Last week I promised you two more spring patterns, so here they are!

Haru

   

Finished Measurements:
Width at bust-line (open, including front edgings): 32 (36.25, 39.25, 43.5, 46.75, 51, 54, 58.25, 61.5)”
Approximate length from shoulder: 33.25 (34.25, 34.25, 35.25, 35.25, 36.25, 36.25, 37.25, 37.25)”

Gauge:
12 sts and 26 rows = 4” in Shifting Ladders st with MC, blocked
16 sts and 26 rows = 4” in Seed st with CC, blocked

Yarn:
MC – 9 (10, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17) oz Habu Textiles Silk Gima A-22 (100% silk; 105 yards per oz), shown in 00 Natural White.
CC – 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3) skeins Shibui Knits Lin- en (100% linen; 246 yards per 50g skein), shown in 2003 Ash.

Materials:
Size 6 U.S. (4mm) needles (circular recommended)
Stitch holder Tapestry needle
Waste yarn for provisional cast on

Knit from side to side with a uniquely designed reversible textured stitch, this garment can be worn about 12 different ways and counting.

Silver Lining

    

Finished Measurements:
Bust: 28.5 (32, 35.5, 39, 42.5, 46, 51.5, 55, 58.5)”

Materials:
Size 4 U.S. (3.5mm) 32” circular needle
Yarn needle

Yarn:
4 (4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8 ) hanks Shibui Linen (100% linen; 246 yards per 50g), shown in 2003 Ash.

Gauge:
20 sts and 36 rows = 4” in Starry Sky stitch, hung gauge

This garment in knit from side to side and incorporates short-rows shaping for a flattering A-line shape. The uniquely designed stitch compliments the linen yarn and drape of the garment.

Last week I announced the winner of the Circles + Dots giveaway.  Today is the very last day to claim your prize! If you are the lucky winner please make sure you email me@graceakhrem.com with your address so I can get your prize sent to you!

It’s been a while since I shared a recipe… a cookie recipe! YUM!

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 stick of butter (softened at room temp)
  • 2 tbsp Matcha green tea powder
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1/3 cup pistachios (chopped)

In a food processor mix the flour, sugar, and matcha powder until it is well combined.  Then add in the butter and mix well.  Add in the egg yolk, milk, and vanilla and mix well.  Last but not least add in the chopped pistachios and mix well.  Form dough into a log about 1.5″ in diameter and roll into parchment paper and refrigerate for at least an hour.  Preheat oven to 325°, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Slice log of dough into 1/2″ slices  and bake for about 18-20 minutes.  The color of these cookies will not change much, be careful to not over bake!  Yield: 20-24 cookies.

Enjoy!

I live in the “great” Los Angeles, where the difference between each season is about a half a degree.  But yesterday I saw the very first sign of our “spring” (what happened to winter?), the Magnolias are in bloom!  They are so beautiful and smell so wonderful.  So, that means it’s officially spring time! New pattern time!

I have two new patterns for you! Two patterns of that I am very excited for and very happy to be able to share them with you!  And I have two more coming very soon!

Hydra

     

Sizes:
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL)
Shown in size M Tunic

Finished Measurements:
Bust: 34.5 (38.5, 42.5, 46.5, 50.5, 52.5, 56.5, 60.5)”
Pullover length: 22.75 (22.75, 23.25, 23.5, 24, 24.5, 25, 25.5)”
Tunic length: 31.75 (31.75, 32.25, 32.5, 32.75, 33.25, 33.75, 33.75)”

Yarn:
Anzula Sebastian (70% superwash merino wool, 30% seacell; 395 yds per 4oz/115g skein)
MC: Teal, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) hanks
CC: Seaside, 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) hanks

Knit in two pieces side to side this top can be made into a pullover or a tunic! The flattering vertical stripes make this piece a flattering fit for every body-type!

Aviva

   

Sizes:
XS( S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)

Finished Measurements – please note this garment is to be worn with negative ease:
Bust: 26.75 (30.5, 34.75, 38.5, 42.75, 46.5, 50.75, 54.5, 58.75)”

Yarn:
4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) hanks Alchemy Silken Straw (100% silk, 236 yards per 40g skein), shown in #129w Cornflower Blue.

This pattern is knit all in one piece with NO SEAMS! The nature of the gorgeous Silken Straw yarn make for the beautiful drape and stitch detail of this garment.  Combining textural elements such as pleats and lace make for a flattering fit and a unique piece to add to your wardrobe.

I hope you all enjoyed the Q&A session with Olga Buraya-Kefelian about her Circles + Dots collection.  She is such an incredible and talented designer! Congratulations to Twitter follower @maryolszewska you are the lucky winner of last week’s giveaway!  Please email me@graceakhrem.com and claim your prize by Sunday March 10, 2013 or it will be forfeited.

P.S. — A little tiny birdie told me there might be another giveaway coming soon, so stay in the loop!