The first issue of Stranded Magazine, the knitting magazine I co-founded, came out recently, and in it, I had two new patterns!

Rabbitbrush

Rabbitbrush

Rabbitbrush

The first is called Rabbitbrush. It’s a pretty classic, cropped cardigan with dropped shoulders. The construction is mostly seamless, with the exception of attaching the little patch pocket and stitching the sleeve cuffs in place. The sample was knit using Knit Picks CotLin, and I just adored working with the yarn. Cotton yarns tend to be unpleasant to knit with, but blended with the right fiber, it’s a different story! I even liked working with this better than a cotton/wool yarn. The linen just makes everything so smooth and nice. I’m really need my own version of Rabbitbrush to wear in the office in the summer.

Median

Median

Median

My other pattern is really different from the usual kind of thing I do. It’s called Median, and it’s a seamed, loose tank knit in Sincere Sheep Agleam, a wool and tencel blend. This one is knit in four pieces so the center back panel can be a contrasting color without having to fuss with intarsia. After the pieces are knit and seamed, the neckband and cuffs are picked up and knit from the whole piece. This project is a good opportunity to play with color, and it’s super portable.

If you want to learn more about the patterns, you can find a PDF lookbook on Stranded’s website. The issue is $16, comes with all of the patterns as well as articles and tutorials, and it available for only a year. We’ve been hearing great things so far from people who bought it, and I hope you love it just as much.

10 Comments

  • I absolutely adore that tank. It’s really different and unique, which is what I look for in a knit pattern! Excellent job, I’m planning to make one in the future.

  • H Andy, I have rolled your blog for many years. I was wondering if you could point me in the direction how to become a test knitter . I would love to do that but don’t know where and how to start the process. Can you help?
    THank you,
    Ursula

  • Congratulations on your first publishing! And I love your Rabbitbrush pattern. Once I knit away my pile of WIPs I’d love to make that for Spring days. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • My friend and I both love your tank top and are doing a knit-a-long. Do you have a preferred seaming method that we should use?

    • I use mattress stitch, but I feel very strongly that you should use the method you prefer and will work best for you, which might not be the one I prefer. My suggestion is to try few methods on swatches and learn which you like the most.

      • Thank you. Actually this will be the first garment that I have made that required seams. Never thought about seaming swatches, thank you! I am having a terrible time getting the correct gage and am on my 3rd swatch. Learning all kinds of new things and I haven’t even started the tank yet. ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate your prompt response. Thank you!

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