Saturday, July 30, 2011

Green Goes... Purple

Blackberry Blossom Scarf
The latest pattern in the Shades of Green collection isn't actually green at all. What's up with that? I just felt like it. That's what! If you want to stretch the limits of green you could look very closely at Blackberry Blossom and see greenish blue patches scattered across it. Believe it or not, the yarn was originally supposed to be a green/blue color. The dark purple came about as a result of my less than professional abilities to dye yarn. I didn't get what I wanted to I just kept adding other colors. I was very surprised the yarn came out looking as it did. I can't complain, despite having messed up, because I really like the result. A happy accident. I decided I'd use the yarn anyway. So there you have it, the reason behind green going purple.

Blackberry Blossom is a shawlette, cowl, and scarf all in one. The design begins with casting on for the longest edge first. (Yes, it's a very long cast on. I won't even try and deny it. However, it balances out when you realize each row you work after that is getting shorter.) The last row worked is the inner neck edge. This is where the magic happens. A picot stitch bind off serves as embellishment and also functions as buttons loops. Small buttons placed all along the inner "v" allow you to wrap the ends around your neck and fasten Blackberry into a cowl using those picots we just mentioned.

In the end, despite the mistakes and wrong turns along the way, I'm happy with Blackberry Blossom. I hope you love it too!

Blackberry Blossom buttoned up

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Cutting Ferns Shawl

The Cutting Ferns Shawl

Last Friday saw the release of another design from the Shades of Green Collection. This one, Cutting Ferns, has quickly become one of my favorite shawls.

What do I love about Cutting Ferns?
The pattern uses bulky yarn and size 10.5/6.5mm needles.
There are only 71 rows.
The longest row is just 201 stitches long.
The large leaf lace makes a very wearable design.

Cutting Ferns is worked from the top center wingspan out and down. All increases are formed with yarn overs. Three different decreases are used, all of which are written out in the stitch guide included in the pattern for easy access.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

New Month, New Designs

The 3 Rs – From the Shades of Green Collection
A few new designs have popped up on the Fiddle Knits site since the last time I posted. First we had the Green With Envy semi slouchy hat and today was the release of a 2 design set of travel mug cozies: The 3 Rs and Leaves Gone to Seed. All of these patterns are part of the Shades of Green Knitting Collection. I've been publishing designs from the collection weekly. (Builds more suspense this way!) At the moment we're just about half way through the designs.

Next week will see the launch of my favorite design from the collection, The Cutting Ferns Shawl. I love the shape of this one. It's a standard triangular shawl, but it's long and shallow making it great for wrapping around your neck like a scarf. Another perk is it's done in bulky yarn, so it works up pretty fast. Nearly instant gratification. The pattern requires some focus, but after a while you'll most likely start to recognize what's coming next.

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