As winter FINALLY appears to be over, after my badly needed family vacation, I am busy finishing up a few “secret” garments for next fall and wrapping up my events for the season! If you are anywhere near Baltimore, read to the end to see what we have in store for you at Woolworks this weekend.

As for the unexpected surprise: I have been so busy over the last month, that I haven’t had time to launch a new pattern (sorry to all of those waiting for the SEQUENCES HAT), so I was surprised when I started seeing a big uptick in pattern sales from my Ravelry store. Low and behold, Dayana Knits featured POINTED FIRS, one of my favorite shawl designs, on her FaceBook page! What a lovely surprise… Thank you, Dayana! And thank you Loop, for the fantastic photos. Click on the photos to link to Ravelry, where you can see more gorgeous POINTED FIRS. The pattern is written for 3 different sizes (shown in the largest size) and the shawl is knit in DK weight yarn.

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For my last event this season, I am headed to Woolworks in  Baltimore, Maryland to host a trunk show and Woolfolk yarn tasting, teach a class (I think there are a few spaces left, so call the store to reserve yours) and kick off a knit-a-long! I am especially excited to see the shop (I have been following for years) and to finally meet Amy, Karen and Brenda in person! If you are in the area, please stop in on Friday evening or Saturday to say hello. I will have lots of samples, hard copy patterns and Woolfolk has provided yarn for tasting and several door prizes! We are going to have lots of fun… Hope to see you there!

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Happy knitting,

Lori

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I am quite literally just about to pop over to Stitches West to help Yarn Culture set up their booth. But before I go, I wanted to let you know that KEYSTONE is now available on ravelry (and, of course you can come see it at the Yarn Culture booth at Stitches West this weekend)!

KEYSTONE is a luxe pullover, knit in Woolfolk TOV DK, designed to be as comfortable as your favorite sweatshirt. Woolfolk TOV DK has quickly become one of my favorite traditional DK weight yarns. It feels as soft as cashmere but has the durability of merino. Truly a joy to work with. It makes any garment luxurious and turns KEYSTONE into a sweater that you will want to wear every day!

 
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fullsizeoutput_2cb6The shaping of KEYSTONE is what makes it so special. The bodice has a keystone shape formed with dart shaping, so that it is oversized in the bust but fits loosely on the hips. And has a refined v-neck shaped neckline.

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KEYSTONE is knit all in one piece from the bottom-up, then is divided for the FRONT and BACK and worked flat to the shoulders. Then the shoulders are joined and the sleeves are picked up and worked in the round to the cuffs. And there are 2 different neckline options: a ribbed version for a more conventional look and a rolled version for a more relaxed look.

Since I have long wanted to hone my skills when it comes to casting on and binding off, I have included instructions for both tubular cast-on and bind-off. You can always use your favorite method, but maybe you, too, what to learn a new skill!

My test knitters (thank you Flo for the photo of your rolled neck version), found some other fantastic luxe yarns to knit their KEYSTONE out of, so go check them out on ravelry! All you need is some lovely traditional DK yarn and some great knitting time to knit yourself one of these comfy and luxe “sweatshirts”.

If you are headed to Stitches West, be sure to come visit us in the Yarn Culture booth and you can see and try on FORM for yourself!! 

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Thank you Flo, Dolly, Jude and Natalie for all of you help!

Happy knitting,

Lori

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Introducing Molly’s Mustard Hat!

February 15, 2018

All fall, and into winter, my daughter just kept saying that she wanted a mustard colored hat. We looked and looked and couldn’t find one we liked, but leave it to The Plucky Knitter to have the perfect color mustard yarn (Primo Worsted in color Curry Up)! I started thinking of a simple rib, but […]

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Two New Designs Just in Time For VKL NYC!

January 9, 2018

Just a quick note to let you know that two new designs are now available: LINEAGE and LATERAL! I really wanted to take these new designs to Vogue Knitting Live NYC, so everyone on the team worked overtime to get them written up, editing, tested, printed and now published. Since we are deep in the throws of […]

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Another new design: FORM!

January 4, 2018

FORM [fawrm] noun: external appearance of a clearly defined area, as distinguished from color or material; configuration. verb (used with object): to give form or shape to; shape; fashion. verb (used without object): to be formed or produced; to make a particular form or arrangement. As Vogue Knitting LIVE NYC approaches, I have a few […]

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Introducing MEANDER!

December 27, 2017

It started as a swatch, as many of my designs do. Kristin Ford of Woolfolk yarns sent me a skein of her worsted weight yarn, TOV, and I was inspired to try something bold. The idea was to see what happened when I juxtaposed the bold, graphic texture of twin rib and the undulating curves […]

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It’s PLAYTIME, a new baby knit!

December 11, 2017

Easy enough for most knitters, interesting enough to keep you knitting and cute enough to be beloved by all, PLAYTIME is my new go-to baby design for 3 – 18 month olds! Inspired by the simple beauty and utility of Japanese knitwear design, PLAYTIME has clean, garter stitch lines and is knit all-in-one piece from the top-down. Fun design elements […]

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Introducing WICKERWORK

October 19, 2017

I am so excited to introduce WICKERWORK! This pattern has been a long time coming! I started the first shawl last winter with a twisted stitch pattern that I admired in Barbara Walker’s, Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and a wonderful skein of @jillmakesstuff Empire. I really wasn’t sure how I would like a triangle shawl knit […]

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My Summer of Socks: Introducing Op-Socks!

October 5, 2017

It has been many years since I knit a pair of socks! Actually, nearly a decade! Yet back in June I found myself in Shetland on one of Gudrun Johnstone and Mary Jane Mucklestone‘s Grand Shetland Adventures (you really should go on one) and realized that the most important thing that I didn’t have with […]

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VANDRE: A Cozy Pullover with Modern Lines!

September 9, 2017

I could not be more excited to announce that the has launched and I am honored to be included among some of my favorite designers. I will put together a proper email next week, but for now here is a photo of , knit in one of my favorite yarns, Woolfolk I could not be […]

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