Joy of Knitting!

2023 Theme

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Over the last few years, I delved deeply into a lot of techniques.  To celebrate 2023 joy of knitting theme, this year we’ll be revisiting some of favorites in new ways.  From brioche to lace, regular cables to slipped stitch cables over garter stitch backgrounds, keep an eye out for easy accessories, technique filled beautifully structured garments, and a couple of exciting collaborations. Without letting too much out of the bag, here a few a snapshots of what’s coming: Last year I fiddled (and fiddles and frogged and fiddled and tossed in time out and fiddled) a design in brioche that featured butterflies.  After designing a shawl with the final butterfly motif in mind, I knit up the “plain” shawl …

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Heading Out of the Unknown

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What a wildly unexpected year 2022 turned out to be!  13 new designs, oodles of mini tutorials, new cables with notations, a complete website overhaul, and a few events, too, made these past 12 months fly by. The 2022 Slip and Rise Pattern Club brought these 6 designs, along with a KAL option: Shadowlands Headband, Love Letters Cowl, Vertical Hiker, Archways, Floral Chic, Glistening Evergreens Peppered throughout the club releases, these stand-alone patterns appeared: Optimistic Elevations – slipped stitch cables in the pattern club and slipped stitch cables out of the pattern club… Into the Unknown can easily be dubbed the year of slipped stitch cables! Depth Perception – turning 40 as an April birthday girl and being “Miss April” …

Glistening Evergreens cowl

Glistening Evergreens

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Drifting softly, falling gently, white clumps of snow appear speckling the landscape and changing the colors of Glistening Evergreens.  Whether exploring a choose-and-cut lot for just the right Christmas tree or hiking through an evergreen wilderness, the appearance of snow dramatically changes the scene.  A medley of simple slipped stitch cables over Garter stitch background creates the evergreen motif while the optional color change adds surprise and delight. The tech edited and test knit pattern is fully written and charted with a couple of how-to videos available on the Knit Eco Chic blog. Available exclusively in our 2022 “Slip and Rise” Pattern Club!Pick up the Slip and Rise Pattern Club on Payhip, Ravelry, and Lovecrafts. Finished Measurements:Cowl (shown): 24”/ 61cm around by 10.5”/ 26.5cm …

Tulle Collar by Jill Wolcott

Tulle Collar

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Mentor and designer, Jill Wolcott, delivers the final design to the Technicolor: Matinee collection.  If you are looking for a cozy design, check out her Tulle Collar!  This double thick knit features textured stitches and gorgeous buttons.  If you read Jill’s essay in the eBook, you’ll find a few names for this design.  Never fear, check her blog for the story behind the story’s story! 1. Which came first, the movie or the designDefinitely the movie came first. 2. Is your design something to knit while watching a movieYou can knit most of this while watching a movie.  Like all of my designs, there are moments of needing to pay attention, and lots of good viewing knitting. 3. Any sneak …

Holyrood Hooded Scarf by Sue McCain, photography by Avi C. Dascaloff

Holyrood Hooded Scarf

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Sue McCain dives deep into the cold weather knitting season with her contribution to the Technicolor: Matinee collection. Featuring strong yet beautiful geometrics, Holyrood Hooded Scarf, invites you to escape to the Scottish countryside through your stitches! I can’t decide what I love more – the gorgeous hoodie or the perfectly simple scarf? 1. Which came first, the movie or the design? Honestly, as soon as I chose the movie (which took about 10 seconds), the design came flying right behind. So much of Outland for me is about the scenery, buildings, and clothing. I’ve been to some of the places they used for movie locations, and I’ve seen the incredible beauty of the Scottish countryside. As a rider, I’ve …

Calla Lily Wrap by Carol Herman. Photo by Avi C. Dascaloff

Calla Lily Wrap

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The next release in the Technicolor: Matinee eBook is Calla Lily Wrap by Carol Herman (aka Knit Equals Joy). I love Carol’s blending of highly textured sections with easy sections. Curiously enough we both picked the same pattern from the 4 to use and were both inspired by Katherine Hepburn! 1. Which came first, the movie or the design?  The design came first, based on the stitches our group of designers selected.  My original hope had been to come up with a colorwork design, but our choice of stitches ruled that out.  Once the design became concrete, it led me to think of Bringing Up Baby and other madcap romance/comedies of the 1930’s and ‘40’s. 2. Is your design something …

Steam Heat by Laura Patterson

Steam Heat

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The next release in Technicolor: Matinee is Steam Heat by Laura Patterson.  We may have totally different design processes, but one thing we do both love is jazz in movies… especially when sung by power-house singers! More about how this relates to Laura’s design in the essay section of Technicolor: Matinee ;-).   1.  Which came first, the movie or the design The movie. Actually, a set of movies came first. Starting with old black and white movies, and progressing to pictures that are much more current. Parts of each of these movies shared a feeling, a theme as it were, in a certain kind of scene. 2. Did the movie play a role in your yarn or yarn color …

Silvia Needs a Bag

Silvia Needs a Bag

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The next release in the Technicolor: Matinee eBook collection is Silvia Needs a Bag by pattern engineer, Christine Guest.  Christine’s designs fascinate me!  She incorporates such incredible detail scientifically proven to work together in beautiful artistry.  I’ve had a few peeks into her process and her pile of swatches to get everything perfect is mesmerizing!  I’m also privileged to be test knitting an upcoming release of hers, a men’s sweater, and am loving her attention to detail.  The care she takes to make sure patterning develops in a beautiful method even when doing something like increasing for a sleeve – wow!  But you’ll hear more on that a little bit later.  For now, Christine was kind enough to let me …

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Fasten Off Yarn Along 2022

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Happy social knitting days! This Christmas season I’ll be taking part in the Fasten Off Yarn-a-long (FOYAL) as both a designer and participant. If you’re new to the FOYAL, check out this link! The event kicks off tonight at 9pm (Nov 25) and runs through December 31st. The social side and games takes place on a dedicated discord channel and social media. This year, the FOYAL features 109 designers with over 4,300 total eligible patterns including 3,500 discounted patterns! Use code: FO2022 to save 25% off 25 of your favorite Knit Eco Chic designs. Code works on both Payhip and Ravelry and expires December 8th midnight EST.

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Technicolor: Matinee

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Introducing Technicolor: Matinee, a collection of small knitting projects by 6 indie designers!  Over the past few years (I won’t admit exactly how many years this project has been going on behind the scenes), Jill Wolcott, Laura Patterson (Fiber Dreams), Christine Guest, Carol Herman (Knit Equals Joy), Sue McCain, and yours truly have secretly planned a two-collection set around the theme of movies.  Technicolor: Matinee, is the first in the set all focused on small projects inspired by some of our favorite films. Like previous collections the idea was simple – so often designers end up releasing patterns with similar stitches at the same time; what would happen if we did it on purpose?  This time, we added 2 twists …