Wednesday, September 28, 2022

A Little Bit More Shawl

 Fall weather is coming! So excited for the changing of the seasons because that means shawl weather is coming! My newest shawl was inspired by Little Bits which is an asymmetric triangle shawl featuring slip stitches. A Little Bit More (clever right) is a top down triangle shawl that also features slip stitches and a striped border. 

A Little Bit More uses a main color that highlights a complimentary set of contrast colors, they could be leftovers, a gradient or self striping yarn, or a mini skein kit. I used a single ply 100% Merino yarn from Lavender Lune Yarns and it was so nice to knit with. Sometimes a single ply can be a bit splitty but I didn't find that with this one. 

My newest shawl features lots of garter stitch and is very easy to memorize, perfect as a take along project. As I was knitting the shawl body I felt that it needed a bit more at the ending the original concept did, Little Bits has fun and unique shaping, A Little Bit More also needed a pop. The stripes as the end follow the same color sequence as the contrast colors in the body really pulling all the colors together. 

I would recommend knitting this shawl with any fingering weight yarn you are comfortable wearing around your neck, a merino or single ply base isn't necessary. Have fun watching ever little blip of color come along as you knit your shawl up! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Contemplation Shawl

Hey Knitters! Fall is starting to come to the PNW! The mornings and evenings are chilly and I'm so excited for it! 

With the coming of the fall and the changing weather I'm excited to announce that my newest design is here and it's part of a collection! The Sun and Fog Fall 2022 collection is now available to purchase and Contemplation is one of the designs ❤️

As a person who suffers from social anxiety, I spend quite a bit of my time contemplating. Contemplating my designs, contemplating life, past failures, and future endeavors. As a new transplant to Washington, I contemplate my lovely new home, how the weather is different from California, and whether or not I'm going to need a shawl when I leave the house (usually, yes). The inspiration for this piece was curling up on my favorite chair with a mug of kombucha and contemplating the changing of the weather and what my home is going to look like for each season.

Contemplation is a garter tab, top-down, 3/4 shawl featuring welted garter stitch for the outside wedges and alternating diamond and braid cables in the center wedge reminiscent of falling leaves. The bottom border framing the shawl is worked in a 1x1 rib- bing and finishes with a bind-off in pattern. The 3/4 shawl is a new shape for me and I love it! I found that it sits on the shoulders similar to a sweater and has perfect drape.

I used a gorgeous yarn called Eponymous Sock from Three Fates Yarns in the Mochi Dark colorway and it was a dream to knit with. The ply was perfect to show off the cables and the dye job was amazing. I would highly recommend using Stephania's yarn. 

If you are planning to knit from stash, the sample used ~1200 yards of fingering weight yarn, in a 100% merino base. I recommend a solid or tonal yarn to really show off the cable work, I think a variegated yarn will hide all the work you will put into the cables. The shawl could be made smaller if you want but I don't think the shape would fit correctly without the correct amount of yardage. 

You can take a look at the rest of the collection here

All photos were provided by Sun and Fog and taken by Ksenia Naidyon @life_is_cozy

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Floral Shades Toque

Fall is coming!...hopefully...right? For as long as the wet spring was this summer feels hot and long. Hot is relative, it doesn't get above 85 but most places don't have air conditioning up here. But, with fall in mind my new pattern is here! 

Floral Shades Toque is a doubled layer hat that features a stockinette inner layer and a delicate lace floral pattern on the outer layer. Floral Shades was inspired by the pops of color that come with spring flowers or bringing home flowers in the winter to brighten up your space. 

This hat uses a provisional cast on with a contrast color to make it easier to pick up the out layer. Floral Shades is the perfect accessory to combine smaller skeins of yarn, each side takes less than 50 grams of fingering weight! 

The original sample is knit with a light fingering weight for the inner layer and a traditional fingering weight for the outer layer so you have a little leeway with the weights of yarn that you use. I would suggest anything that you are comfortable wearing around your temples as the inner layer, the out layer doesn't matter because it doesn't touch your skin!