For many years I have had the goal of getting a pattern published in Knitty.  For a while I was actively thinking about it, but then life got in the way and I didn’t think about it as much anymore. Today that goal has been reached, and it is my proud pleasure to introduce to you Urban Tribe.

I have had this design planned out in my head for a few years now.  I didn’t cast on for a long time because I wasn’t sure which yarn(s) I wanted to use, but also I hadn’t completely decided on the exact spacing in the chevron section.  Last winter I decided I had enough time mulling over this design – it was time to cast on and see what would happen.  I worked up a swatch, decided how many to cast on and never looked back.

When I originally designed this piece I was going to have the chevron section on both sides… maybe in reverse colors (which is still an option for all of you knitters out there), but after knitting the first chevron section I decided that I wanted to mix things up a bit and also add a fourth color.  That’s when this piece was put on hold.  I knew the look I wanted – something completely different from the chevrons (which were inspired mostly by my daily drives through LA and all the freeways and urban lines), I wanted something a little more…. something…. I couldn’t put my finger on it.

I started playing around and creating color charts for the side of the cowl.  I must have sketched out at least 10 designs before I settled on this exact one.  After looking at all my color designs I realized I had gone in the complete other direction and had entered a realm of tribal designs.  I guess what I was looking for was more tribal.

I give to you Urban Tribe.  Knitting this piece was a bitter sweet experience for me – I really enjoyed knitting this pattern and the charts where pretty east to memorize (meaning I could watch TV and work on this piece at the same time… which is VERY VERY important), the bitter part came when I finished :-( I didn’t want it to be over, I was having too much fun.  Hopefully you will cast on for this project and share it with me, that way I can vicariously live through your stitches.  Enjoy!

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Yes, I know– I already blogged this morning.  But this I had to share!  Today through Sunday, December 7, 2014 (pacific time) I am having a Cyber Monday Sale!  Yes, that’s right!  Now through Sunday when you buy two patterns in my Ravelry Store you will get one FREE!!!  Make sure to use the coupon code CYBER-MONDAY2014 when you check out!!!

 

Also make sure you place your vote for the final TDS layout – choose your favorite of the three layouts by Sunday!

 

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Congratulations to Facebook follower Tina Tiffin Williams – you are the lucky winner of the Hydra pattern PDF and yarn giveaway!  Please email Me@GraceAkhrem.com with your full address and the size you would like to make to claim your prize by Monday, April 1, 2013.

Once upon a time this was a free pattern… but the site that was hosting it changed a few things around and the pattern was lost.  But now its back baby! And its still free :) Just click on this link to download and knit at your pleasure! Happy knitting!!!

The knitting/cyber world had buzzing about the new Clotheshorse online knitting and crochet magazine.  I know what you’re thinking, “Oh no, not another knitting magazine.”  But this one is different.  I had the pleasure of seeing what was going into the magazine before it was published when I met up with Heather Dixon and Mindy Brown, co-founders of Clotheshorse magazine at TNNA in January.  What makes this magazine different?  Clotheshorse is a fashion forward and season appropriate magazine.  The pieces in the magazine are inspired by current runway fashions.  The selection of patterns are wonderful, they have everything from dresses to jewelry and knitting to macrame.  Clotheshorse is fashionable and wearable, there is something for everyone!

 

 

The Spring/Summer 2012 Issue has 25 fashion forward patterns.  Two of my favorite patterns are:

 

Peekamoose by Heather Dixon

 

Cobalt by Mindy Brown

 

The great thing about Clotheshorse Magazine is that you don’t have to buy the entire magazine if you like just one pattern.  The patterns are all sold individually so you can pick and choose what you would like to make.  If you like one pattern in the whole magazine, just buy the one.  If you like ten, then buy ten.  That’s the beauty of it!  Every issue offers a free pattern.  In this issue the free pattern is Morea a macrame necklace  that is done beautifully by Mindy Brown.

Not only does this new magazine have knitting, crochet and macrame patterns but they also have a great product review page where they reviewed products like Lavishea Lotion Bars, Soak, Knitter’s Tool Tin by the Sexy Knitter and more.  What I enjoyed most about this issue was the Interview with Amy Small of Knit Collage.  I love to read about how yarn companies were started and the inspiration and drive behind the yarns.  Amy in particular has a fun and interesting story about how she got started and her production, make sure you read the interview with Amy Small!  Another fun read was the “Shop Report.”  We all know that Purl Soho is a wonderful place- but in the “Shop Report” Jennifer Wendell wrote about Purl Soho and about the texture and color to the point where it transports you there.

 

I hope you enjoy this issue and all the future issues of Clotheshorse Magazine.  Mindy and Heather have been very generous as to sponsor two give-aways. Each winner will receive a free PDF of the pattern of their choice.  To enter for a chance to win all you have to do is post a comment in this blog post by Sunday March 4, 2012 by 11:59pm Pacific Time. Good luck to all who enter!

Cadmium by Jennifer Lori, Mercury by Heather Dixon & Palladium by Gyorgyi Suta