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New pattern release :: Sizzle Pop!

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Sizzle Pop!!  Satisfy all of your brioche cravings with this square shawl, knit using fingering weight yarn and the two color brioche stitch. Grab four skeins of your favorite yarn: speckles, variegated, solid, hand-dyed – whatever you have in your stash that you’ve been itching to use, and cast on a shawl that you will be showing off all spring long!

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I have been dreaming of this shawl since I first started designing Pop Fizzle last summer. I love folding my shawl in half along the center spline and wearing it as a triangle shape (shown in the above right photo)!  With a wingspan of 53″, it makes a lovely shawl to keep you warm in the winter, or to throw over your tshirt in the spring.  The pattern can also be easily modified for a larger or smaller shawl, so if you want a longer wingspan, add extra pattern repeats!

This is a very special collaboration for KNIT in COLOR, using custom colorways developed and created together with Michele from Republic of Wool and Maria from Fern Fiber. “Love Dust” by Republic of Wool was used for the Main Color to really make this pattern POP, and “Grape Ice Cream” by Fern Fiber (which is naturally dyed using cochineal and indigo to achieve the gorgeous amethyst purple) for the Contrast Color.  These two yarns together created the perfect combination for the pattern and I couldn’t be happier with the result!

Join in on the Sizzle Pop Knit-A-Long, starting March 8, 2016!!  See my Ravelry group for all the information and knit this super fun shawl with others in a positive environment!!

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This is the third and final pattern in the POP! brioche series! Purchase the POP! e-book and receive three patterns :: Sizzle Pop, Pop Fizzle, and Pop Twizzle, for $12!

Purchase Sizzle Pop on its own and receive a 25% discount using coupon code SIZZLE ! This introductory offer will end on March 2, 2016 at midnight Eastern.

Happy briocheing, friends!

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It’s a Whittle hat!

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Left: Child size modeled on a 4 year old with a 19″ head. Right: Adult large modeled on a 23″ head.

Looking for a simple hat pattern that your entire family will love?!  Try my newest knitting pattern, Whittle hat, part of the Woodworker series e-book!  I created this hat design with simplicity in mind.  The large ribbing adds extra stretch and slouch, for ultimate comfort.  New to cable knitting?  These cables are super easy to make, and the pattern is both written and charted. I’ve also included a link to a helpful video tutorial explaining cable construction!

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Adult small modeled on a 22″ head.

I just love the crown shaping on this hat.  It gives an almost 3-D effect, and is also very simple.  This hat comes in 4 sizes from baby to adult large, with room for customizing, so you’re sure to find something that will fit everyone in your family. My samples are all knit using Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted in different colors, which is made here in Michigan.  It is the softest wool, both of my sons love wearing the red hat inside the house all day!

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You can find this pattern on Ravelry, here. Be sure to grab your copy of the pattern today, and receive a 25% discount using coupon code WHITTLE !  This introductory offer ends at midnight Eastern tonight.  Or grab the entire Woodworker series e-book for $8!  Thank you and happy knitting!!

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Handmade clothing for the knitter who can’t sew…

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The Handmade Wardrobe.  This is something that has been on my mind, and a goal for myself and my family, for a very long time.  There is something so right about it, knowing where our clothes come from, who made them, and most importantly, feeling good about them.  I always thought this meant that I would be making ALL of my family’s clothes myself!  Well, this brought on a lot of self-made pressure and stress for me, as I am first and foremost, a knitter.  And I do enjoy knitting for my family.  I have some sewing experience, and learned some pattern drafting and sewing while in college.  I can use a sewing machine!  But, sewing garments and clothing is an entirely different animal, and I have great respect to those who do provide a completely handmade wardrobe for themselves and their families!  I am not one of those mommies.  And that’s ok!

So, in comes one of my super talented friends, Kim West [Makes Stuff]! She created modern clothing for children and moms, sewing them together with her two hands, and utilizing patterns created by other sewing mamas!  Shortees, her Etsy shoppe that she’s been running out of her home for 8 years now, is packed full of clothing for kids of all sizes!  My son literally ripped off his shirt and immediately put his new dinosaur shirt on as soon as I took it out of the package!  She’s also recently added this Mom-chic sweatshirt that can double as a nursing top!!  Woah, watch out new moms!!  This is for YOU!!

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Yes, I will basically be living in this for the rest of the winter.

If you, like me, would love to have a handmade wardrobe for your family, but lack the time, energy or maybe even skills to sew your own clothing, let’s support other talented people and buy handmade!!

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Oh yea!

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2016 :: the year of the shawls

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A new year brings all kinds of joy, plans and…. sifting through ALL the yarn! After taking a little time off during the holidays to rest, relax and really spend time figuring out where I want my knit design career to go, I have decided that 2016 will be the year of the SHAWLS!!  I spent 2015 finding my knitting “voice”, researching, learning new techniques (aka BRIOCHE), knitting sweaters and building exciting relationships that I hope will blossom more and more this coming year.  And now, I’m organizing my thoughts (and my yarn) to see how many shawls I can knit this year!

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These shawls are almost equal parts personal designs and those that have been in my knitting queue for months.  Some very special yarn has been set aside for design ideas (from top left, to bottom right) – Baerenwolle, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, Manos del Uruguay, Havirland, House of A La Mode, Hedgehog Fibres…..and of course, my current design: using custom hand dyed Fern Fiber Organic Merino wool, and Republic of Wool Twist Fingering.

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More about this design later this winter, when it’s released.

One of my favorite things about being a fiber artist are collaborations, working with indie yarn dyers, yarn shop owners, and other fabulous knitters and designers.  I am very excited about several projects that I will be working on this year and can’t wait to share them all with you!

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Besides shawl designs, I also have a few shawls that others have designed calling to me – like Alluvial Plains, designed by my dear friend, Karen MaCall. The yarn pictured above is destined for that piece of loveliness that I look forward to throwing over my shoulders. From left to right: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Fragrant, Havirland sock in Toxic Ooze, and Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Graphite. Exploration Station by the amazing and inspiring Stephen West is next, followed closely by Quicksilver, designed by shawl genius Melanie Berg. What shawls are on your MUST KNIT list for this year?

Not pictured are a few of my other favorite yarns: Quince and Co., Infinite Twist, Shepherd’s Wool, The Flying Kettle, Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom Romney, La Bien Aimée, and O-Wool.

On top of all this, I still plan to continue learning, knitting sweaters, and playing with new yarn.  Stay tuned for another post about my favorite tools for knitting with this gorgeous yarn!

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One year since Pink Graffiti…..

Happy New Year from Knit Graffiti Designs!

I really just can’t believe it.  It has been nearly one year since I published my first knitting pattern, Pink Graffiti!

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This design was born out of a NEED to knit a brioche hat, and I wasn’t finding a pattern that spoke to me or was my style.  I had just started learning brioche knitting with Stephen West’s pattern, Ferocious Briocheous. Little did I know then that it would take over my LIFE!!  Since independently publishing this design, I have published a total of 12 knitting patterns, several of which utilize the brioche stitch!

2015 was quite an amazing year for me, but it was also quite difficult.  At the beginning of the year, I lost my dear grandmother.  I had been close to her for my entire life, and even though we were prepared for her passing, it was extremely saddening. Pink Graffiti was published the same week as her memorial service, and after that, I became obsessed with knitting.  It became my best friend, soothing my grief and comforting me during dark days.  Knitting was my shining light, and knit design made it even more exciting.  I just wanted to learn everything!  I spent my days this year knitting sweaters (4 of them, to be exact!), shawls, hats (so many hats) and also developed some amazing friendships within this fiber community.

This community of knitters, yarn dyers, and other fiber lovers has really helped to make my past year in the knitting world unforgettable.  So, to thank each and every one of you, I would like to have a special offer in my Ravelry shop for the entire month of January!  Buy 2 Knit Graffiti patterns, get any pattern of your choice for FREE!  See my shop page for all the details.

Thank you all so much!!  Here’s to another fabulous year!

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New pattern release :: Pink Madness!

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Introducing…Pink Madness!!  My newest knitting pattern with KNIT in COLOR is live and available for digital PDF download on Ravelry!  Pink Madness is a statement scarf with a dramatic brioche motif, surrounded by two color garter stitch stripes and two-color brioche borders.  It starts with all two-color brioche, with a few simple increases and decreases, then moves to an interesting two-color garter stitch interior that surrounds the brioche. The main body of the scarf just flies by with mostly garter stitch!

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This scarf is knit flat, worked in two halves, then grafted together. This is the perfect pattern to play with color!! I chose these gorgeous pinks that were almost made for each other.  I paired up Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in color Fragrant (purchased at my LYS Woven Art) with House of A La Mode Dreamy DK in color Zakka.  This is a very special colorway, and if you’re interested in some for yourself, Heather will be dyeing some to be sold with Citizens of Textile early next year!!

I honestly thought of this scarf pattern on a whim.  I had been sketching and swatching for a much larger scale project, and came up with a new design with which I just fell in love.

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The brioche motif is just as much fun on the other side of the fabric!  I think that’s what I love the most about brioche, and even this combination of brioche and garter: the fabric is completely reversible.   The two halves of the scarf are opposites, as I switched the colors!  This opens up endless possibilities for color combinations! See my Ravelry pattern page for more information!

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Celebrate the holiday season with a 25% discount on this pattern, and all other patterns in my shop! Use coupon code HOLIDAY25 at checkout until midnight Eastern time on Monday, December 28! Happy holidays!!