New Pattern: Lavinia

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My new capelet pattern Lavinia is out today! Prior to this design, I wasn’t entirely sold on capelets, but I wanted to make something that was a little dressier yet still cozy. I love the elegance of a good capelet, but I wasn’t sure what one would be like to wear. I have to say I’m converted now. Wearing Lavinia is a bit like wearing a blanket out but managing to look fabulous at the same time. It’s just so beautiful and cuddly to wear, and it’s the perfect layer for late summer and early fall when things start cooling down.

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Both the body and the collar are knit separately from the bottom up, and then they’re joined together with a 3-needle bind-off. It’s super simple and completely seamless. My version was knit using Sincere Sheep Luminous on 4.5 mm needles. The drape from the silk content and larger needle size allow the capelet to hang nicely. The pattern includes three different sizes, and you can get it for $6.50. Check out Lavinia in the Untangling Knots shop or on Ravelry.

Announcing the Marion KAL

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Beating out its closest competitor by just one vote, Marion has won as the pattern for the fall Untangling Knots KAL! The official cast-on date will be September 10th, and you will have until October 25th to finish your sweater and share it in the Marion KAL FO thread in the Untangling Knots group on Ravelry. Like the Hetty KAL, that will give you a month and a half to finish your sweater, and you’ve got a few weeks to pick out your yarn and grab the pattern. Marion will be on sale for 20% off until September 10th when you use the coupon code MARIONKAL14 at checkout on Ravelry.

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Cables and Lace

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My current project is a bottom up raglan, and because it’s knit from the bottom up, it doesn’t look like much as a WIP. Although I don’t believe in the try-on-as-you-go method for fitting sweaters, I do like being able to put on my WIPs and admire my work. That’s one of the many reasons why I prefer working from the top down, but sometimes you just have to do what the stitch pattern wants to do. I like this stitch pattern best when it’s running in this direction, so I had to design around that.

P.S. There’s a final poll up to decide what we’ll be knitting for the fall KAL. Be sure to vote!

Wrapping Up the OAL & Planning the Fall KAL

Have you looked at all of the beautiful outfits in the OAL FO thread on Ravelry? There’s some seriously impressive work there, and the OAL exceded my expectations. A surprising number of people knit their first sweater or sewed their first dress. I was really impressed! This morning Lauren announced the winners of the OAL prizes. Winners get an Untangling Knots pattern of their choice and a sewing pattern of their choice from Indie Stitches. Many of you asked if we’ll be doing this again next year, and that’s the plan! It was a ton of fun, and I want to say thank you to everyone who participated and made it such a great event.

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Now that the OAL is over, I’ve started planning the fall KAL. It will be a simple KAL, but instead of just choosing the knitting project myself, I set up a few polls to let everyone help decide what we’ll be doing. Keep an eye on that thread because another poll may be added to choose the final pattern.

Finished Outfit-Along Outfit

Today is the last day of the Outfit-Along, which means it’s time to share pictures of your finished outfits in the OAL FO thread on Ravelry. Four lucky crafters who completed their outfits will be randomly selected to win both an Untangling Knots knitting pattern and a sewing pattern from Indie Stitches, so be sure to add your outfit to the thread!

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Here’s my finished outfit. I made both of the official patterns, Simplicity 1803 and Myrna. It’s kind of hard to tell in these pictures, but my cardigan matches the darker shade of red that outlines the orange and red flowers on my dress.