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Monday, July 28, 2008

Tatami Progress

Tatami has been coming along well (past the 1/2 way point!) and I'm so excited to get this finished up for several reasons:

1. I can't wait to get the pattern back up for sale.

2. The Ravelympics start in 12 days! Yay! My project will be my Daytrip Cardigan since I have the yarn and I've never made one for myself.

3. I bought yarn for Sea Tangles last friday and I want to start NOW! And in case there is any wonder why I want to start now, feast your eyes on this lovely eggplant silk/stainless steel from Habu:

silk/stainless steel

If you haven't checked out Sea Tangles closely, you need to. It involves an Excel spreadsheet that changes each time you print or open up the file. I love the true randomness of this pattern and it challenges my sense of order to the core. Sometimes I need a project to challenge my linear way of thinking, and it's nice to let it go for once.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Errata, It Happens

Sigh, even the best attempts to catch all errata aren't good enough and I apologize for that.

There was a small, but important boo boo in Row 1 of Lace Chart 2 for Guinevere (written instructions were correct) (File name guinevere_v1 only):

lace pattern 2

And there is also a mistake on Lace Chart 1. The written instructions are correct, but the chart was wrong on Rows 2 and 4.

lace pattern 1

An update email with a new download link has been sent out to anyone who had purchased the pattern, but if you did not receive an email, please contact me at neoknits AT yahoo DOT com and I'll take care of it right away.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Up Next........

Remember Tatami? She's been unavailable for awhile now, awaiting a new yarn since Sundara discontinued her Sport and Worsted Weight Merino (gosh, I loved that yarn!) Sadly, Sundara has not found a suitable replacement yet, but she has graciously allowed me to republish the pattern under neoknits. So I am happy to report that Tatami will be available again (in PDF form) very soon!

For Tatami #2, I've picked out Louet Gems Sport in a lovely shade of Caribbean Blue. DB was kind enough to pick my order up for me from Knitty City this afternoon. He even carried it onto the subway, clear bag and all. I'm such a lucky girl.

louet gems sport

I've also been working on a secret project for One Planet in Lanas Puras Melosa. In this pile, there are 2 sleeves, a back and 1 front. Magically, the 1 front is off by .25 sts and .5 rows per inch, so it is a little wider and considerable longer than it should be. I still do not know how that happened, considering everything was knit in the span of 3 days! I thought that this could only happen if a project languished for months or years? No, apparently not. Why does gauge always have to be so cruel?

Secret project for One Planet

Monday, July 07, 2008


Introducing my newest neoknits pattern:


by Melissa Wehrle



Guinevere back

Guinevere detail

Guinevere is the perfect little cardigan for the warmer weather. This cap sleeve cardigan is full of little details and interesting textures. Two different lace stitches make up the bottom then continue on to a jersey/reverse jersey fully shaped neck finish. The body is then completed with 1x1 rib cap sleeves. Even though the body is knit flat, very little finishing is required! No buttonholes or picking up stitches here

HandMaiden Fine Yarn Flaxen; (65% Silk/35% Linen, 100g, 273yds/250m); 3 (3, 3, 3, 4) skeins Sangria

Actual yardage: 570(625, 690, 770, 840)yds/521 (572, 631, 704, 768)m

1 pair US 5 (3.75mm) straight needles
1 pair US 4 (3.5mm) straight needles
1 pair US 2 (2.75mm) straight needles
1 US size D (3.25mm) crochet hook
1 stitch marker
Tapestry needle
(2) 1/2" buttons
2 small snaps
Sewing needles and thread

30 (33, 36, 39, 42)"/76 (84, 91.5, 99, 106.5)cm; shown in size 33"/84cm with 1.5"/4cm negative ease.

Finished measurements
Finished bust: 28.5 (31.5, 34.5, 37.5, 40.5)"/72.5 (80, 87.5, 95, 103)cm
Length: 18.75 (19.25, 20, 20.75, 21.5)"/47.5 (49, 51, 52.5, 54.5)cm

24 sts and 28 rows = 4"/10cm in Stockinette St with US size 4 needles
20 sts and 32 rows = 4"/10cm in lace stitches with US size 5 needles
26 sts and 37 rows = 4"/10cm in 1x1 rib with US size 2 needles

Pattern is 18 pages long and includes:
- written and charted instructions for lace patterns
- detailed schematic
- fully charted neck shaping for each size (both right and left sides)
- suggestions for fit modification
- flat knit construction with minimal finishing (shoulder, side, and armhole seams only)


P.S. A note about the sizing. Usually, my size range goes above a size 42" bust, but for this particular design, I really felt the larger sizes needed a dedicated plus size pattern. There are just too many special design changes for the larger sizes to truly make it a successful style for ample knitters. I do plan on adding larger sizes later on down the road (complete with appropriately sized garment pictured).

P.P.S. I've added a tutorial on decreasing in lace for this project which can be found here.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Sneak Preview

Before I leave NYC for the weekend, I wanted to post a little sneak peek of my newest neoknits pattern: Guinevere.


I really loved the way this sweater turned out and I hope you do too. Keep posted for the official release some time next week. I hope everyone has a safe, wonderful and relaxing holiday!