I am proud to have been published in a variety of print and online magazines and books. Several of these patterns are or will be available for individual sale directly from the publisher, others are for sale via the Patterns - PDF Download section of this website, and a few are only available in the original publication.
Short, lacy, lightweight, worked in a cotton/silk blend, fast, fun. What better adjectives for a pair of summertime socks?
Your Knitting Life, June/July 2012.
3D roses, curved ends, and a columnar lace stitch in the body make you feel like you're wrapped in a bouquet (or two!) of roses - except much more comfy!
Your Knitting Life, April/May 2012.
Walking into the New Year
It is said that many of the stitches used in Aran knitting are lucky symbols for the wearer. For instance, diamonds represent wealth and success; cables are for strength, safety, and luck. This pattern incorporates such traditional designs into extra-cozy hiking socks loaded with good omens for the new year. Knit in worsted weight at a tight gauge, they are a great quick-knit for men or women.
Knitcircus Magazine 15, Winter 2011/12.
Dramatic lacing and a vintage silhouette make a dramatic statement, reminiscent of the past yet inspired by today’s runways. This is a top down, bulky weight cardigan with raglan sleeves and a cutaway V-neck, based in part on Victorian riding jacket silhouettes but brought up to a modern look through the novel yarn and the addition of wide ribboning laced through the body and sleeves.
Your Knitting Life, Feb/March 2012.
For this regular segment from Your Knitting Life, I turned a vintage dress coat into an elegant christening gown, adding modern details to its delicate stitch pattern.
Your Knitting Life, Feb/March 2012.
Riverbed Rib Hat
This is a fairly straightforward slouchy/beanie style hat, with a drop stitch motif laid onto 2x2 ribbing. The crown of the hat forms a star pattern, rather than the simple swirl that many ribbed hats use. The drop stitches remind me of dry riverbeds that still show how the water once flowed around rocks, pebbles, and plants that may be long lost to time. Some knitters are leery of lace patterns in the round; this one, however, should pass muster with all but the most picky. It may be worn pulled down over your ears as a warm beanie, or pushed back on the head as a slouch hat.
Knit Noro: Accessories, 2012: Buy the book from Amazon.com.
Woven Bell Shrug
This bell-sleeved beauty is cleverly constructed, knit from cuff to center back and grafted up the middle. The sleeves are worked in the round; the back is then stitched straight across after the armholes and neck have been shaped.
Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2011: Buy the issue.
Relevé is a step in ballet in which the heels are lifted off the floor and the dancer balances on the balls of her feet. Not only is that a lovely visual for a sock, but it relates to the inspiration stitch for these cable and lace socks. The “Germaine” stitch is a pairing of a basic cable with an arrowhead lace. Germaine has a similar spelling to the word “germane”, which means “relevant” – and so, in the same way that changing a few letters leads to a completely new meaning, changing a few aspects of the original stitch leads to a charming sock!
Knitcircus Magazine 15, Fall 2011.
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Twinkle Table Runner
Zigzag lace - worked horizontally on the ends and vertically in the center - makes a dynamic statement on the holiday table. When paired with a sparkly or beaded yarn, this is a lovely holiday accessory. Work the center section longer to conver this to a lovely wrap!
Knitting Today! Oct/Nov 2011.
Afternoon Tea Cozy
The cables in this cozy swirl and intersect like steam from the top of a teacup. The pompoms and goofy buttons remind you that teatime is fun and relaxing. Worked from the bottom up, flat, with a hole for the spout, ribbing at the lid, and buttoned under the teapot's handle.
Knitting Today! Aug/Sep 2011.
Hopkins Baby Blanket and Hat
This hat and blanket pattern use reverse Stockinette stripes to dress up an otherwise simple cap and blanket. Both are knit in the round. Use any combination of colors you like to make each one unique! This is a companion pattern set to an interview with Dr. Edward Lawson, Chief of the Division of Neonatology at Johns Hopkins University.
Knitcircus Magazine 14, Summer 2011: Free PDF download.
This men's sweater uses unusual construction to create a striped sweater with vertical, rather than horizontal, interest. The front and back pieces are knit sideways, then the modified drop sleeves are knit from the shoulder down to the cuff. Side gussets done in simple ribbing from hem to arm allow for some room around the middle. The stripe stitch is a happy accident; whereas I meant to have thick and thin alternating stripes, my yarn and swatch thought differently. The result was a pattern of three thick stripes followed by three thin ones. I was inspired by trees – both the play of light birches against dark oaks, and the light and dark rings of tree trunks when they are felled. The name – Barclay – is a Scottish men's name meaning “birch clearing”.
Interweave Knits, Winter 2010: Buy the pattern ($5.50)
This cozy women's sweater is a great knit for the depths of winter. Its generous sleeves are knit cuff to cuff in a cabled rib pattern that drapes nicely over the shoulders and across the fingers. The wide boat neck slides easily over the head and sits without binding. The body is roomy and has enough length to make you want to just curl up in it – with a book or a loved one. Cabling without a cable needle was never so fast and easy – or with such flattering results!
Yarn Forward 31, Fall 2010: Buy the issue.
The Jaume hat and neckwarmer are a quick and fun knit with a manly feel. The rib stitch does not pull in as much as normal ribbing, but is very easy to complete and has an added benefit of being completely reversible. The neckwarmer/collar can be worn folded over like a collar, or unfolded to cover the ears. The suggested yarn used is a super-warm and fluffy New Zealand possum/Merino wool fingering weight yarn that is held doubled throughout, but this pattern could also be done in a DK or worsted wool.
KnitCircus, Winter 2010: KnitCircus website.
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Beide is the German word for “both” and, in addition to being a pretty word that bounces off the tongue like sunlight bouncing off water, is a concept that describes this summer tee nicely. Why? The top combines both cables and lace. It has both circular knitting and flat knit sections. The sample yarn is a pairing of both cotton and bamboo. And it pairs well with both formal skirts and informal shorts! Interesting features include the placement of a single braided cable with eyelets along the sides of the tee, then an overall pattern of the braided cable and eyelets along the sleeves. The eyelets are repeated in the ribbing at the hem, short sleeve cuffs, and shallow scoop neckline.
Twists & Turns: The Newsletter for Lovers of Cable Knitting, Summer 2010: Buy the issue.
Every summer, knitters the world over plan to get a jump on their winter gift knitting. But, for many of us, it’s so hot in the summer! Who wants to work on some large woolly shawl all summer long? This is probably is why so many of us make cotton dishcloths as gifts… So… why stick to the same-old-same-old when there are so many techniques to try and so many little home projects to experiment with – like… napkin rings!! These rings use sock yarn (perhaps the end of a skein already turned into socks?) and a small number of beads each to depict four popular and easy-to-identify constellations in the night sky. This is a good introduction to beading and chart reading, as the background is a straightforward stockinette stitch with garter edging, and the buttonhole is made with a double yarnover.
KnitCircus, Summer 2010: KnitCircus website.
This set evokes thoughts of sand, sea, and summer skies with just the hint of clouds. Your favorite girl will love having a cotton/linen skirt perfect for playing at the beach or at home! The skirt is shaped at the knee with short-row gores. Short rows are a quick and easy way to change the shape of a knit garment without having to work in increases or decreases. You will knit part of the row, then turn your knitting around and knit back across the stitches you just did. Unlike some short row patterns, you should not wrap the turned stitch here; the eyelet created by turning the work without the wrap is deliberate and decorative. The tank top evokes thoughts of wide sandy beaches along a foamy sea. The shirt is a straightforward knit, with picked up garter stitch trim at the neckline and armholes that echoes the colors in the more glamorous skirt. With extra deep armholes and a generous scoop neck, this linen/cotton top is sure to be a favorite even in the heat of summer.
Fons & Porter's Love of Knitting, August 2010
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Slouchy hats and berets are all the rage this year. And why not? They’re fun to knit, forgiving in fit for a wide range of head sizes, and don’t give you hat hair when you take them off. Tammie is a great choice for summer and fall travels, whether to Scotland or just around your neighborhood! The ribbing helps it fold up nicely in your suitcase, and the worsted bamboo/cotton/elastic yarn means it’ll have a good blend of heft and coolness.
KnitCircus, Winter 2009.
This light, lacy shrug is great for summer nights, when you want a little extra weight around your shoulders but don’t need anything too clingy and warm. The ribbon yarn gives some interest to the eyelet and mesh stitches, particularly because of the pearlescent variations in the nylon half. This shrug is called “The Pearl” for the seaside colorway chosen, the fishnet stitch of the main body pattern, for the shimmer of the yarn, and because most of the rows are done in purl. The rectangular base cloth is folded and seamed to form a three dimensional shape without “shaping”, making it a particularly quick pattern to work and wear this summer.
Yarn Forward 15, Summer 2009: Buy the issue.
Monaco Driving Scarf
Come summer, I envy Grace Kelly driving down the coast of Monaco with her hair held safe in a light scarf. When she reaches her destination she either leaves the scarf on her hair or lets it pool around her shoulders… This lightweight, mesh scarf can hold back your hair or hold off an a/c induced chill. The bamboo yarn is feather light and noninsulating, making it a great choice for a summer scarf. With a simple lace stitchpattern, sideways construction, and pointed ends, this quick but interesting pattern will become a mainstay of any summer wardrobe – whether or not you’re a movie star!
Knitting in the Sun: 32 Projects for Warm Weather (Kristi Porter, ed.), 2009: Buy the book from Amazon.com.
This mesh scarf could have been used by a particularly glamorous water maiden (a German Nixe or Nixie) to snare passing fishermen and women. The basic stitch is based on Barbara Walker’s Mermaid Mesh, but with tendrils at the short sides that gently wave like seaweed. The light bamboo yarn lends a light crunchy softness perfect for warding off the cool breath of the night – or overactive air conditioning. This pattern is worked lengthways; you will have more than 160 stitches on the needles at any given time. Circular needles are strongly recommended to accommodate this large number of stitches. Tendrils are cast on at the beginning of their rows using the cable cast on method and then immediately bound off in knit.
Knotions, Summer 2009: Free on the web.
One-skein lace and ribs hat sized for adult s/m and m/l.
Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Small Indulgences, 2008: Buy the book from Amazon.com
An improved version of this hat is available from Katherine Vaughan Designs as the Perri Beanie for $5: Buy now.
When Pandora opened her box, all of the evils of the world flew out, leaving hope behind to comfort her. These bowls are inspired by ancient Greek lidded vessels, use Peruvian yarn manufactured in the US, and a pattern published by an Australian magazine. If the international nature of knitting doesn’t bring you hope, maybe you’ll find something to put in these bowls that will!
YARN Magazine 12, December 2008: Buy the issue.
In the summer, particularly in the American South, it is (to paraphrase Robin Williams) hot. Darned hot. But who’s to tell a little girl that she can’t run around in the muggy, buggy, sunny afternoon? And further, that she can’t do it while wearing something pretty and pink? This skirt was born of a desire to have a workhorse garment that was highly washable, durable, not expensive to make, and simple to knit. It’s the kind of thing you won’t feel bad about knitting every year after the annual growth spurt. The natural striping of the yarn means you don’t need much in the way of a stitch pattern – just the little detail of garter stitch pinstripes that “melt” into a picot bindoff. It’s like a popsicle and a skirt at the same time – the perfect summer combo!
MagKnits, September 2007.
Sadz Resama Bega
Sadz Resama Bega uses a dense stitch pattern knit in the round to create a tote bag out of recycled sari silk that will stand up to normal wear without needing a lining. The inspiration for this bag came from some very yummy recycled sari silk found on eBay. Unfortunately, the silk is very fuzzy, shifts colors suddenly, and has varying weights – so can be difficult to work into items that are picky about pattern and gauge. The stitch used for the tote is very dense, so it has diminished need for lining to prevent stretching or stuff from poking out. At the same time, the slipped stitches form a pleasing hint of pattern among the strong color shifts of the yarn. Simple hemming at the top and a basic seam at the bottom, plus the use of the gauge swatch to make an inside pocket, mean you don’t have to spend a lot of time on finishing. At 8in wide by 10in tall, the bag is roomy enough for most going out uses – or to carry small knitting projects!
Black Purl Magazine, Summer 2007
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
A different take on the string bag - this one uses approximately 20 plastic (nonbiodegradeable!) grocery bags. Gauge is not important for this project. I like to think of myself as a good steward of the earth. When I go shopping, I try to use canvas bags to cut down on the number of those cheap plastic bags that I accumulate. But still, I have an ever expanding bag of bags in my pantry. Every so often we foist off these bags on friends and family that have dogs but this year I decided to reduce, reuse, and recycle those bags into a new grocery bag.
MagKnits, April 2007