She’s back with a new book:
This is More Lovely Knitted Lace by Brooke Nico, newly published by Lark Crafts. It has sixteen patterns that are organized by basic shape: circle, square, triangle, and rectangle. You can view all the patterns here on Ravelry.
I’ve picked some favorites. From the “Circles” section, I love the DeBauliver Top.
It is knit from Heaven’s Hand Silke, a 1005 mulberry silk yarn. In the book they say it is DK weight, on Ravelry it is listed as worsted. It’s a multidirectional knit and I can only imagine how fabulous the drape is in the 100% silk yarn.
In the “Triangles” section, my pick is the Peony Tam.
The sample is knit from SMC Extra Merino, a dk weight wool and it is knit from the center out.
In the “Squares” section, the Holly Shawl really stood out for me.
It’s knit from Schoppel Wolle Leinen Los, another DW weight yarn that is a wool/linen blend. (I’m picking all DK-weight projects here — not done on purpose!) While labor-intensive (look at all those nupps!) I think the results are well-worth the effort expended.
And finally, in the “Rectangles” section, I love the Primrose Tunic.
Knit from Debbie Bliss Angel, a laceweight mohair/silk blend (it looks like it’s comparable to Rowan Kidsilk Haze), each panel features a meandering vine pattern and the sample is knit in three different colors. You could use different colors or do a smashing monochrome version!
The patterns are clearly written with nice big charts and the photography, by Carrie Hoge, is exquisite.
Who’d like my review copy?
To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of s More Lovely Knitted Lace, leave a comment on this post by noon next Sunday, April 17, 2016.
The winner of my copy of 60 Quick Cotton Knits: The Ultimate Cotton Collection in Ultra Pima™ from Cascade Yarns® is Kari M., who has been notified.
And the following people, identified by their Ravelry IDs have won cowl patterns from me: Sophy0075, PickleSoup, jdnrob, Ismenecat,Uny, SassyFrass, BCGramma, bufknitter, Swakins, knitandfiber, liso, monibknits, jdnrob, HLMauera, KaisaWM, Philhellene, brendac, and ccfan. Thanks everyone for weighing in on your favorites!
Excel for Knitting Charts
There were a number of questions in the comments after my last post, regarding using Excel for creating knitting charts. I do make the squares in my charts wider than they are tall so they more realistically resemble a knitted stitch. The ratio varies depending on the gauge of the item I’m working on, so rather than describe how I do it, I’ve uploaded a sample Excel Workbook that you can download, save, and use. I put a small chart in the corner and entered a few squares, using the Dingbat font, so you can see how to get started. Download here.
Now, you are on your own to figure out how to use it and make changes to it.
There was also a question sent to me about how I deal with the “jog” in colorwork when knitting in the round. For some of my cowl patterns, the ones knit “vertically,” I have a plain stripe of color at each side, so the jog is not visible. For the “horizontally” knit ones, it doesn’t seem to matter too much either. Here is my current cowl-in-progress shown at the beginning of the round:
Loki is showing off his toe-hawks.