Introducing the Custom Shaping Calculator Tool!

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Whether your body shape is a pear, apple, inverted triangle, rectangle, or hourglass, getting that perfect fit to your garments will make you shine as brightly as your lovely hand knits. That’s where the Custom Shaping Calculator tool comes in. Working in conjunction with the pattern schematic and within the limits of the pattern, the tool calculates custom “Decrease to Waist” and “Increase to Bust” directions. You are now free to pick a cast on size that fits your hips perfectly and transition to a waist size that you want! Or select a perfect fit for your waist and bust even if the sizes differ! The Sarsaparilla Tank calculator enables custom directions for “Decreases to Waist” up to two sizes …

U-turns and Roundabouts

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…the Road to the Design of Essential Tank, erg, I mean Everyday Tank, erg, actually this is it – Sarsaparilla Tank. 2013-2014: I fell in love with Quince n Co’s Sparrow at Warm ‘n Fuzzy. It was my first experience with organic linen and I was eager to dive in. Who’d of thought there was an organic yarn that wasn’t cotton that I wasn’t allergic to! After swatching, I began to design a tank for summer featuring sassafras and Japanese feather lace patterns. However, I quickly discovered the pattern would be too complex for grading, so decided instead on a St st top down tank with the sassafras lace inlaid on the front. This was perfect as I was looking …

Name It, Win It Contest

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This nameless pattern is nearly ready for release, but it lacks a striking name to match.That’s where you come in: suggest a name for the tank in my group on Ravelry & if I use it, you win the pattern! (in your Ravelry library once it’s published) So what makes a great name? 1.It is available on Ravelry. That’s right, there are lots of great names out there that have been used to the point of being lost in all the search results. (I considered “Everday” Tank for this one, but with 757 patterns with that name already, decided to keep looking.) 2.It uses words that people use to search. This one gets a bit tricky as you have to …

Drawing Lines in the Sand

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…the Winding Path Behind the Tidal Breeze DesignMy first treatment center was located just north of Charleston, SC. The blessings of beach trips were welcomed reprieves. Even though I wasn’t a knitter at the time, the images of the wet sand and the receding waves stuck in my memory as did my goofy Great Dane, Cheeky, whom my dad brought down to visit me. Years later, I discovered Americo Original yarn & more specifically, their DK weight Linen Tanguis yarn. The novel texture of the blended cellulous fibers made it leap into my purchase basket. The natural color and weight instantly recalled those memories of wet sand and I knew I’d be cabling this yarn into sand… somehow. Time passed …