Notice anything different? Like the new blog header?
When I first started the blog, I wanted a header that showed off my designs…but I didn’t really have any to show off that would make a pretty header. Well, with the release of my first two designs published by someone else, that’s changed.
Introducing Diamond in the Sky:
Of course, you may be wondering what the other sweater you see in the header is…
Pattern: Diamond in the Sky
Yarn: Three Irish Girls Springvale Super Merino
Colorways: Brighton (stockinette) and Brighton Green, a custom dyed semisolid (lace)
Well, it’s also Diamond in the Sky. The sweater pattern comes with 2 versions, one with standard shaping and with the open A-line shaping that looks skirted. Additionally, the pattern describes how to knit each of the versions either in one color, or how to knit the lace in one color and the stockinette in another.
I had a couple goals in writing this pattern:
- Capturing the personality of my daughter (and model) Lexie–a tomboy mostly because she’s always following in the footsteps of the big brother she worships, Lexie’s recently started getting more into her girly side. So this sweater had to be a little bit of both. The name is pure Lexie too, since her favorite song is “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”…and the openings in the lace are diamond shaped, so it works all around.
- Working with beautiful variegated yarns, not against them–Sharon of Three Irish Girls has so many beautiful variegated colorways, but with variegation can come pooling…and while some knitters love it (like me), others hate it. In this pattern, the lace sections will break up any potential pooling, even in the one-color versions. A two-color version, on the other hand, will give the knitter a chance to showcase Sharon’s talent in creating coordinating semi-solids.
- Making something a busy knitter can knit–I’ve never considered myself either a process or a product knitter (I enjoy both the act of knitting and the final creation)…but I do like quick results. This pattern gives them: the sweater is knit from the top down, making it easy to customize; has raglan sleeves and no seams; and the only stitches that are picked up are the few under the arms (the collar, button bands, and bottom edge are knit as part of the body).
The sweater is written for sizes 6 months, 12 months, and child’s sizes 2-12, and is available for download for US$4.95.
PS: I had a lot of fun finding buttons to go with the design samples I knit…and there will be a contest coming up that involves buttons that go with some of the yarns I used. Stay tuned!