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April, 2013

Knit Notes by Nadine Curtis

Knit Notes - Explore, Design, Create

Knit Notes – Explore, Design, Create

I’m so happy to have gotten my hands on a copy of Knit Notes, a new designers notebook created by Nadine Curtis of Be Sweet. I’ve seen this floating around the internet for a few months but didn’t really get what the notebook was all about until it landed on my doorstep last week.

Inside Project Page

Inside Project Page

Knit Notes is a spiral bound, hardcover notebook full of pages just like the above, where you can sketch, chart stitch patterns out on graph paper, even punch holes and attach your swatches. Knit Notes is clearly designed by a knitwear designer so it’s got spots for everything you’d need to write down – fiber content, yardage, gauge. All those pesky things you sometimes find that you forgot to write down when you finally sit down to type up the pattern!

Confused? Nadine Helps!

Confused? Nadine Helps!

After my first quick flip through of Knit Notes I didn’t really know where to start! But Nadine provides a lot of help at the start of the book to help you get the most out of Knit Notes. So whether you are a beginner designer looking to get started, or a seasoned veteran, you can easily get a lot out of having this notebook at hand.

Finished?! Awesome!

Finished?! Awesome!

And at the end of all that hardcore designing you’ve got to have a celebration moment! Nadine leaves a spot at the end of your design section for a picture of your finished design.

There is a lot of really helpful stuff in here as well – a printed ruler! Common abbreviations, a rundown of different types of sweaters with measurements, notes about taking measurements as well as a complete list of standard measurements for women, men, children, and babies, and even heads and feet. Nadine also puts an example pattern at the back, so if you’ve got any questions about layout or wording, you can reference this provided pattern.

Knit Notes, $13.45 on Amazon right now and $14.95 at Be Sweet, is an amazing notebook for any knitwear designer. And there are 30 design templates, so it will keep you busy for years. And snag a few for your knitwear designer friends! They will be crazy jealous when they see you using your copy!

A huge thank you to Nadine for sending me a copy!

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Granny Squarz

GrannySquarz4Lyfe

GrannySquarz4Lyfe

Since the Holla Knits launch last week I’ve been getting my granny squares on! There is a new special collection of Holla Knits coming out this summer – Holla Crochet! And it’s a little granny square heavy. Thank goodness! When I think about crochet I think about granny squares, and I’ve been having a ton of fun working a million of these up.

El Matador Pattern Winner!

Thanks so much for your enthusiasm about my new pattern El Matador! I love it too, guys!

Congrats Claudia!

Congrats Claudia!

Congratulations Claudia of Proper Tension! I’m going to shoot you a copy of my pattern right now. And I’m really excited to see this reflective cycling cape idea of yours!

The Holla Knits Blog Tour Stops HERE!

Welcome Holla Knits blog tour goers! So naturally it’s impossible for me to look at the new Holla Knits collection objectively because Holla Knits is my baby, so I’m not even going to try.

Holla Knits Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

Holla Knits Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

If you haven’t peeked it yet, do it! From top left to right: Just Beachy by Emma Welford, El Matador by me, Nachtfalter by Stefanie Pollmeier. Bottom left to right: Meeting Point by Courtney Spainhower, Julep Jacket by Katie Canavan, Lady Bat by Teresa Gregorio.

It's a fun cape you can wear with anything!

It’s a fun cape you can wear with anything!

My design for the collection, El Matador, is an awesome LOT of look! But I’m planning on wearing it real casually, just like a normal jacket, when it gets cool in the evenings all summer long.

 

El Matador - Holla Knits - Summer Styling
El Matador – Holla Knits – Summer Styling by allyson-dykhuizen featuring pointed flat shoes

Cute summer outfit? And totally one I would wear. Lots of colors, a cross body bag, and big sunnies! And throw El Matador over this outfit and I’ll be made in the shade.

If you are a Holla Knits subscriber, head back over to the Holla Knits Blog and make sure you comment over there for a chance to win a skein of Yarn Love’s Anne Shirley.

El Matador Pattern Giveaway!

Need this pattern?! Comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of El Matador! Tweet, facebook, pin it – and be sure to leave additional comments for every social media outlet you share this giveaway on. A winner will be chosen at random a week from today. Good luck!

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New Pattern! El Matador

Holla Knits El Matador Knitting Pattern

Holla Knits El Matador Knitting Pattern

Buy now ~ Ravelry Pattern Page

The word ‘cape’ just sounds hotter than the word ‘poncho’, am I right? Toward the end of winter there comes a point when you just can’t look at your coat anymore, and that is where this fun garment comes in. A cape transitions nicely to summer! Throw it over your shoulders on a chilly night. Worried about too much volume in your arms? Button them up to create bobbled sleeves any old school bullfighter would kill to wear. Play this bold look up by choosing a bright color, or keep it neutral to work El Matador into your everyday wardrobe.

El Matador in Yarn Love Anne Shirley

El Matador in Yarn Love Anne Shirley

Finished Size 28-38 (39-52)” bust/chest circumference. Cape show in size S/M.

Knit Picks Swish Worsted

Knit Picks Swish Worsted

Materials

Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted, 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 110yds/50g: Squirrel Heather, 11 (16) skeins.

Yarn: Yarn Love Anne Shirley, 100% Merino Wool; 250yds/4oz: Arabian Nights, 5 (8) skeins.

Hot from the back!

Hot from the back!

Needles: Size 8 (5 mm): 36” circular (cir). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

It's a fun cape you can wear with anything!

It’s a fun cape you can wear with anything!

Notions: Markers (m); tapestry needle; 8 (9) 3/4” fabric covered buttons; fabric for the buttons.

Fabric Covered Buttons!

Fabric Covered Buttons!

Gauge 18 sts and 21 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st.

Notes El Matador is worked from the neck down with raglan arm shaping and bobbles worked in just the growing sleeve sections. Garter stitch and ribs add extra texture throughout.

Buy Now ~ Ravelry Pattern Page

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