Nicole

 

I have decided to have a give-a-way.  Yay!  Leave a comment on my blog under this post by midnight on Sunday, July 31 to be entered into the drawing.  I will choose one winner for this drawing.  The winner will receive the Nicole pattern PDF as well as a hank of Pagewood Farm Tapestry in the gorgeous Grasshopper colorway and of course a fun button for a little pizazz.

I finally finished typing up the pattern.  Phew!  This is one of my new favorite patterns!  I knit it in two days and have worn it at least a couple dozen times in the last month. This tunic is a super simple knit with just enough to keep you interested, but mindless enough where you can still plop yourself in front of the t.v. and knit away.  I used two yarns for this pattern, Habu Textiles A-111 Tsumugi Silk Combination (100% silk) in color 2-Grey and Louet Euroflax Sport (100% wet spun linen) in 43-Pewter.

Full view of Janna's Tunic

This tunic is knit in one piece in the round (for those of you who don’t like purling or seaming).  I cast on using the Habu Tsumugi Silk, something I have never really been sure what to do with because of its unique texture and construction (until now!). I was sitting at the shop and just about to cast on and there it was sitting on the coffee table whispering – “Grace, look how pretty I am.  I match your linen perfectly.”  So I grabbed a skein, cast on and never looked back.  It’s actually really nice to work with and very strong in structure.  I added a little button detail (which only function is decorative) because I just couldn’t resist.  Here is a closer image of the Habu Tsumugi and the buttons!

Side button detail

 

The body of the tunic is made out of the Louet Euroflax sport- A great yarn for this hot weather.  It is knit in the round with lots of fun mindless stockinette stitch.  When you get to the front and back neckline there is a fun pleat detail for a little something different.  Here is a close up of the small pleats on the front and the larger pleats on the back neckline.

Pleat detail on front

Pleat detail on back

 

This pattern is available for PDF download on Ravelry, use the promotion code AuntJanna for a discount on your purchase.  This promotion will run now through July 15th at 11:59pm.  I hope you enjoy knitting it as much as I did!

 

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I thought my Ruffled Ascot pattern could use a little sprucing up.  I found some yummy yarn in my stash -  I used one hank of the Sanguine Gryphon Bugga (70/20/10 – merino/cashmere/nylon blend) that I picked up at Sock Summit ’09 for the body of the scarf and Habu Textiles Silk Stainless (a personal favorite) doubled for the ruffles.  I knit the body of the scarf as the pattern directs but made modifications when I got to the ruffle.  Use the Ravelry promotion code rufflyruff to receive 30% off between now and August 31st.

2009 version of the Ruffled Ascot

2011 version of the Ruffled Ascot

 

The modifications are as follows:

After removing waste yarn and placing all live sts onto needle use any fingering or lace weight yarn in a dark color (or any color that matches your ruffle yarn) knit 6 rows. Bind off all sts.

***With the RS facing and using two strands of Habu Silk Stainless (I used Top Brown and Black) pick up and knit 41 sts from the garter ridges closest to the body of the scarf.

Row 1 (WS): Purl.

Row 2 (RS): K1, *yo, k3; repeat from * to last st, yo, k1.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: Knit.

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: K1, *yo, k3; repeat from * to last st, yo, k1.

Row 6: Purl.

Bind off pattern: Bind off one stitch.  *Place stitch from right hand needle back onto left hand needle.  Cast on one stitch using the knit cast on method.  Bind off 2 sts.  Repeat from * until all sts have been bound off.***

Repeat from *** to *** for every other garter ridge in the right side of the work.  Work the same set of ruffle instructions for the other edge.

More photos for inspiration. Enjoy!