Pattern Spotlight - February 2015

They're Here!

February 2015 patterns have been published and released to members (as well as in our shop) in a multitude of ways: links were sent via email and a coupon code for a complimentary download was sent to you if you'd prefer to gain access to your patterns via our online shop.

If for some reason you have not received our emails regarding your patterns for this month, please let us know and we'll make sure to forward them directly to you.

The Theme

February is traditionally considered a month about love. The type of love doesn't really matter. It could be romantic, friendly, familial, or maybe just a love for a hobby (like knitting or spinning) or a thing (like yarn).

We wanted to really pursue a romantic vibe for our patterns this month, and for us it meant reaching back into time to pull out vintage and antique elements for the designs we selected.

Now, the term "elements" could have an infinite number of meanings. Specifically, we focused shapes and stitch patterns in order to allow our creative muse to walk away satisfied.

The Patterns

We had two very different and extreme ends of the spectrum to select and/or design patterns for this month given that our yarn choices were either a super bulky (and trendy) yarn or a laceweight (read: fabulously light) yarn.

Our first collection of patterns was created by Sylvi Designs, and features three total options for our super bulky weight feature this month.

First, members get to decide which of the two following hat designs, inspired by the ladies of Downton Abbey, they would like to rock during the last couple of weeks of winter:

We love the vintage cap which brings back some popular Edwardian era silhouettes (and invokes one of the best costume designed series on television . . . like, ever):

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Do you see how ingenious Sylvi was? She even recreated the bow on the side of hats!

Now, we realize there was some heavy-duty yardage in the skeins we featured this month. Depending on the size of your head (and how loose your gauge is, because super bulky yarn is extremely forgiving and you can only adjust the gauge so much, really), you should be able to also knit a matching cowl for your new hat, which embodies the same bow design to create a texture we absolutely love:

We really love the way these patterns work and how easy they are to knit up. Thank you Sylvi Designs - these are fab! Now, onward to discuss our laceweight pattern of the month which was designed by Hunter.  If the cloche and cowl throw it back to the early 20th century, he wanted to reach back a couple of more decades to really highlight some of the intricate (but accessible) lace of the Victorian era (King Edward's mum).  Hunter decided to trust his online copy of The Ladies' Guide to Elegant Lace Patterns which was originally published in 1884, but now is available for free (click on the link to access the PDF). If you flip through the pamphlet, you're going to see some interesting commands, such as "plain, "narrow", and "seam". These have been translated into modern day instructions and incorporated into the edging of Hunter's design for this month: the Witchy Woman Shawl.

We really love the way these patterns work and how easy they are to knit up. Thank you Sylvi Designs - these are fab!

Now, onward to discuss our laceweight pattern of the month which was designed by Hunter. 

If the cloche and cowl throw it back to the early 20th century, he wanted to reach back a couple of more decades to really highlight some of the intricate (but accessible) lace of the Victorian era (King Edward's mum). 

Hunter decided to trust his online copy of The Ladies' Guide to Elegant Lace Patterns which was originally published in 1884, but now is available for free (click on the link to access the PDF).

If you flip through the pamphlet, you're going to see some interesting commands, such as "plain, "narrow", and "seam". These have been translated into modern day instructions and incorporated into the edging of Hunter's design for this month: the Witchy Woman Shawl.

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The shawl is begun with the lace edging on the outside. Stitches are then picked up along the edge of the lace edging strip, and the main body of the shawl is worked into a triangular shape.

It's wonderfully light, drapes beautifully, is reversible (with stockinette or reverse stockinette highlighted in the top body of the shawl), and when worn showcases the Victorian lace.

The sample above is knit with Spellbound Fiber Co.'s "Willow Mist" colorway. You can see that the harsh in-skein color variations blend wonderfully into a knitted garment. We can only move forward to confirm they deliver on their tagline: Enchanting Color. Magical Results.

We hope you love the patterns featured this month! If you have any questions or concerns, or need pattern support, please email us at team@fiberista.club and we'll be happy to help.




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