Empire + Knit Picks

Last fall I submitted my design idea to Knit Picks for their Form & Function booklet, a pattern collection that was going to focus on the Gansey pullover but with a fun and modern take. The designs in this collection feature beautifully textured pullovers with textured stitches and cables, from pullovers to easy accessories.

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Aleutian + Knit Now Issue 103

This summer I had the opportunity to knit a summer pullover for Knit Now’s Issue 103, which launched in June. The design concept was simple: a cropped boxy pullover with a fun deep v-back to pair with all your summer skirts and dresses. Knit in Rowan’s Summerlite 4ply this pullover is just as easy to wear as it is to knit.

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What I'm Designing in 2020

It’s incredible that it’s August already. I feel like the year just started and I’m a little sad to know that summer is almost over. While fall is my favorite season, I’m not quite ready to welcome in 2020. There’s a lot I would still like to do in 2019. Keep an eye on this space as there are a few more summer patterns coming your way, but in the meantime I wanted to share what I was working on for 2020.

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A Look At Yarn Substitution

The more you knit, the more likely you are going to encounter a scenario when you don’t have the yarn that your next pattern calls for. There are several situations that could require you to use a different yarn - the yarn called for is discontinued, too expensive, or a fiber you may be allergic to - so refer to this article as a guide when selecting the new yarn for your project.

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Wild Dunes Shawl

When I first started knitting this shawl I admit that I didn’t have much of a design in place. I just cast on and started knitting a crescent shawl in stockinette stitch hoping that I would get inspired along the way. That strike of inspiration never exactly came - I didn’t know what lace pattern to use, if I even wanted to use one at all, and I didn’t know what I wanted to do for the edging. But I kept on knitting anyway.

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Retrospective + July 2019

Several years ago I had a series of posts designed to look back on the projects I completed the month before. As I dove deeper into the design world I had less time to complete projects and the posts fell by the wayside. Lately though I’ve been wanting something tangible that I could look back on to see what I’ve accomplished as a designer.

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Folly Beach Shawl

If you’re looking to squeeze in one more shawl this summer, Folly Beach is the answer. It’s a crescent shaped shawl with an airy knit on lace edging. With a body of stockinette stitch body this piece is quick to knit, and the perfect project for the beach.

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Jordan Shawl

I’m so excited to announce the launch of my Jordan Shawl. This design has been a long time coming and holds a special place in my heart. I thought of the idea for this shawl last spring during our trip to Israel & Jordan, for which this shawl is named. To purchase the pattern for immediate download, you can head to the pattern page in my shop here. For those that prefer to purchase through Ravelry to store the pattern in your library, you can do so here.

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What I Want to Knit This Spring & Summer

It’s officially spring here in Charleston. The flowers are beginning to bloom, the temps are in the low 70’s, and the no-see-ums are beginning to come out at night. The timing could not have been more perfect as I have finished up several submission pieces that will be coming out in fall of 2019 (more on those later this year!) and I can start planning what I want to make in the next few months. Aside from my own design calendar, which I plan to share in a later post, these are the items that I’d like to make this season.

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