What better time to release a new pattern than at the beginning of a new year! The Constantinople Shawl is an asymmetrical shawl worked from one point and gradually increasing.  The shawl is worked primarily in st.st. which allows for plenty of Netflix binge watching. Just before you begin to get bored with the st.st. the shawl switches gears and incorporates an interesting lace section.  Complete with a pointed lace and eyelet border this is the perfect shawl for knitters of almost any level.

We are kicking off a KAL for this pattern on Friday, February 5th, 2016. Click here for all the fun and details! We hope you’ll join us!

Sizes: 

One size

Materials:

  • Size 4 U.S. 40” or longer circular needle
  • Size E (3.5 mm) crochet hook

Yarn:

2 hanks The Plucky Knitter Bello (380 yards, 55% merino wool, 45% cashmere), shown in Old Lace.

Gauge:

20 sts and 24 rows = 4” in st.st. after blocking

Finished Measurements:

  • Wingspan: 69”
  • Depth: 37.5”
  • Side A (top of shawl, yo edge): 69”
  • Side B (shorter side edge, garter): 50.5”
  • Side C (border edge): 56.5”

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The people have spoken – the votes are in!  The Silver Lining will be our next KAL (knit along).  Join us in the knit along (KAL) for the Silver Lining pattern. This gorgeous A-line tunic is knit from side to side and designed for the shape of every woman in mind. Wear this over a camisole with tights or over a bathing suit this summer… either way you’ll be set for those warm summer days and nights.

Silver Lining for KAL

KAL starts Monday, April 13, 2015 and ends Sunday, May 25th, 2015. During this KAL we will have an open discussion here in this forum, but there will also be little tutorials on the blog for the tricky parts of this pattern.

I hope you will join us in this exciting journey of the Silver Lining tunic. There will be two prize winners for this KAL (prizes announced on KAL start date). To be qualified to enter to win you must do the following:

  1. Start your Silver Lining on or after the KAL start date.
  2. Post pictures of your progress and be active in the forum
  3. Post a finished picture of your Silver Lining project in this thread before or by the KAL end date
  4. Bonus points to those who tweetfacebook, and instagram photos and link me and of course use the hashtag #silverliningKAL
  5. Play nice

KAL prize winners will be announced on or by Saturday, May 30th, 2015 on the blog. Please make sure you check the blog to find out if you are one of the KAL winners

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Here we go again – Spring has sprung and its time for us to choose a pattern to knit along (KAL) together for the season.  I have narrowed down the choices for you to these three:

Rippling Lace – Available in sizes XS- 5XL.  Work up this pattern up in an aran weight, or really mix things up and knit it in a much lighter weight yarn to achieve the weight and drape you want for the spring and summer seasons!  This piece can be worn at least six different ways, a perfect addition to your summer travels wardrobe.

 

Silver Lining – Available in sizes XS – 5XL.  Knit this gorgeous A-line tunic designed from side to side and for the shape of every woman in mind.  This piece is meant to highlight the good places and hide the not so good places.  Wear this over a camisole with tights or over a bathing suit this summer… either way you’ll be set for those warm summer days and nights.

 

Aviva – Available in sizes XS – 5XL.  A perfect tunic for the upcoming summer season.  This delicate knit tunic is shaped with short rows at the bottom hem for maximum coverage where we might need and dramatic pleats in the back of the piece to draw the eye to more flattering parts.  The lace detail on the side of the garment makes the whole look complete.  Wear this out to beach over a bikini, with tights and a cami around town, or to bed on a romantic evening with your sweetie.

Place your vote here today through 03/29/2015

Which pattern would you like to knit for the KAL this spring season?

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Very often, but especially around this time of year with the cold and dry air, my hands get so dry to the point where they begin to get rough and sometimes even crack.  Even with constant moisturizing its near impossible to keep my hands smooth and hydrated.  As a knitter this becomes a more frustrating issue because my yarn starts snagging on my fingers while I am working – and that’s no fun for anyone!

A couple of weeks ago I received a lotion bar from Milk + Honey.  It was so perfect how it came in the exact time that I actually needed something like this.  I received the Bee + Sunflower bar in the lavender and rosemary scent.  WOWZA! Not only did this lotion bar smell AH- MAY-ZING, but it did the trick!  All I had to do was take the bar and rub it on each one of my hands once, then I rubbed my hands together to get an even distribution of lotion and that was enough.  My hands were once again smooth and hydrated, but the best part of all – it lasted hours and though hand washing.  That was what I couldn’t believe.  I didn’t need to reapply after washing my hands!

I have tried other lotion bars before, but I couldn’t quite figure out why I liked this one so much and what make this particular lotion bar so special.  I visited the Milk + Honey site to learn more about the company and their products.  It was then that I found out the milk is goat’s milk and the honey is beeswax.  This is a natural product that is made out of two main ingredients that are both very rich and conditioning.  What could be better?!

Milk + Honey has been around for 10 years now and started out of a home just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  They have such a sweet and comforting family business story that talking about it here won’t do it any justice.  Just watch this video about Milk + Honey and you’ll fall in love just as I did.  I highly recommend this product to all knitters and crocheters.  It comes in many motifs and all kinds of scents, there is something for everyone!  Take a look!

The good people over at Milk + Honey are hosing a giveaway, enter here to win your very own lotion bar!

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Last Saturday was the last day of the Crashing Waves KAL.  There are three lucky winners for that KAL, first place will win one hank of Dream In Color Wisp in the color Absolutely Marvelous along with a PDF of the Spring Leaves Lace Shawl pattern.  This is a generous hank of 50% silk and 50% wool with approximately 1100 yards of lace weight.

Second and third place will receive a pattern bundle from yours truly.  Please email me@graceakhrem.com if you are one of the three winners to receive your prize.

    
1st place – Ravelry user: tweetee
2nd place – Ravelry user: luvs2knit
3rd place – Ravelry user: fromthebasket
I’m very excited to announce the next KAL.  This time we will be diving into the Hydra pattern, a simple garment knit in two pieces from side to side creating flattering stripes that can me made into a cropped or a tunic version.  This pattern calls for a heavy fingering weight yarn or a light sport weight yarn in two colors and is available in sizes XS through 4XL.  I do hope you’ll join us in the group from February 21st – March 15th, 2015.
The prize(s) for this Hydra KAL will be announced closer to the KAL start date.  In the meantime please feel free to join us for chatter and yarn suggestions.
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