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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Why Dye Lot Matters

When I first started knitting, the internet wasn’t really around the way it is now. I had to rely on books, magazines, and other knitters to get most of my information. Unless I was at the local JoAnn’s, I wasn’t often around other knitters considering I was 12 when I picked up my first pair of sticks. I can confidently say the majority of kids my age in the 90’s and early 00’s were not interested in knitting. Being a bit of an anomaly meant that I had to figure out a lot of things on my own, and there were a lot of things that still remained a mystery to me. Hopefully I can pass along some of these hard learned lessons and you can avoid these mistakes all together.

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Semilla

The Semilla pullover is a basic seed stitch pullover with easy eyelet accents evenly spaced throughout the body. The eyelet accents are also added as a decorative detail on the sleeve cuffs. The seed stitch is rhythmic to work and the eyelets create a fun break in the knitting. With an attractive boat neck and an easy fit throughout, Semilla can be worn alone or easily layered.

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Why You Should Have a Long Term Project

I’m a huge advocate of year-long knitting projects. In 2019 I am making a concentrated effort to publish two Klever Knits Designs patterns each month and that means every now and then I’m going to want to make a little something just for me, just for the pure joy of knitting itself. That means the long-term projects needs to be something that I can pick up as I please, and make enough progress that I’m encouraged to keep going. Modular blankets can fit this perfectly.

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How to Knit a Sweater from Stash in 8 Days

Sometimes you just want to make a sweater as quickly as possible. While packing for our upcoming trips to Los Angeles, Tahoe, and Colorado I realized that I really really wanted a red sweater for all of the holiday events we were going to be attending.

Imagine my dismay when I realized I did not own a single red sweater. It turns out that in my massive closet I only had one red garment - a red silk tank that I bought ages ago that’s not quite winter weather friendly. I could have rushed out to the store to try and find one that fit the outfit images in my head but I quickly reminded myself that I am a knitter and I can make exactly what I want! So I quickly got to work and thought it would be fun to share my journey to make this red sweater in only 8 days.

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