Saturday, January 4, 2014

Savannah sweater becomes Shelly

As often happens with a pattern, this one morphed into something different than originally intended but I like it much better. I reworked the shaping of the draped front to have more of a princess line fit; very flattering for a variety of figure types.  The ribbed body can be quite form fitting or blocked out a bit but still give feminine shaping.  I've worn this design as both a top all on it's own and also with a turtleneck as a vest to add a layer for fall/winter wear.  The pattern is now available on my Ravelry store page.www.revelry/designers/jpollard

Saturday, August 24, 2013

savannah Swatch

#kwsummersweatter, Not much that's more fun than starting a new project!  Here we go , August 22, rolled most of the hanks into balls, left one in case I need to return it.  Every yarn has a different quality about it, and it's great fun to see if what you think will happen with a certain stitch pattern or idea actually happens.
August 23- Thought I wanted to use an eyelet ribbed pattern for some of the body but at this gauge the hole is too big.  maybe use as an accent, hemlime or neckline..we'll see.

Guage come out perfectly at 5.5sts=1' on a size 5 needle.
So now to get working on stitch counts for this design...
The color and weight are fabulous and the yarn is soft yet with a lot of integrity; it will be great to show stitch definition.

Friday, August 23, 2013

My Savannah Arrived Today #kwsummersweater

My Savannah arrived today! #kwsummersweater.   Very exciting!  My LYS called and I was over in a flash to pick it up!  The color is just gorgeous ;a deep, deep raspberry; colorway Crepe Myrtle...Can't wait to get to swatching!  This will be a garment for The Fibre Companies new pattern contest.
My design will be a summer shell ; the body will have a ribbed eyelet pattern and the front a drapey cowl neckline. The yarn is 50% wool, 20% cotton, 15% liene and 15% soya   50gms = 160 yards.  I estimate 7 skeins for my project.
more photos and details  as I get going......

Friday, August 9, 2013

Sweet Savannah Summer Sweater Contest..hmmm...what color?

I'm thinking very seriously about entering this contest through The Fibre Company.
Very nice cotton DK yarn and I have several summer shell patten ideas running around in my head.
but..what color to choose???they have some really lovely ones....I think either the chambray or the pinky red color, crepe myrtle  I think it's called would be great with my wardrobe.  It's always hard to second guess what color will show best and if color is a deciding factor in what designs are chosen, as the designs all end up as a spread in an upcoming publication.   The neutrals are safe and pretty too but  I'm tempted to stay with one of the colors that I was first drawn to.....ok decided.....crepe myrtle!

guess I'll have to set up a facebook page........#kwsummersweater   here I come!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Lacy Cowl Pattern

Cowl Lovely........Posted a new design today on Craftsy;  It's a one size fits all cowl worked in a lovely Madeline Tosh Yarn;  It's called Cowl Lovely....   TmoneySymbol=%24&fresh=true&NAVIGATION_PAGE_CONTEXT_ATTR=PATTERN

The cowl is knit as a long rectangle , then seamed at the cast on and cast off edges.   I wanted the lace design to go "around" the neck.   It could also be made longer, 54" or so if you wanted to wrap twice around your neck.   I designed this to wear over a plain shirt or sweater to dress it up.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Addendum to the Ribbed Baby Beanie

Here is my ribbed baby beanie pattern on a real live kidlet! ; My adorable grandson Dorian.
Dorian lives in Vancouver , Canada with his lovely parents and needs a hat most of the year.
He was the inspiration for this pattern as he would outgrow hats as fast as they could be made.  This one with it's ribbed stitch structure gives more flexibility with head size while still hugging the little head so it stays on.   Sizes available for this pattrn:S (newborn-3mo,13”-14” circumference), M (3-6mo, 14”-17” circumference), L ( 6-12mo,16”-19”), XL(12mo-3yr, 18”-20”). and the pattern is available here:

This hat is made of fingering sock yarn , it can also be done with a self striping yarn and contrasting crown or fold up cuff...a real stash buster and fun to make!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I now have 14 designs available on Ravelry!  Here is the link to all of them.