Introducing WICKERWORK

October 19, 2017

I am so excited to introduce WICKERWORK!

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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 in such a bulky yarn, but the shawl took shape, I had the idea of exploring eyelet openings and then some lace! The outcome was a fabulous blanket shawl, which drapes happily over my knitting chair and often makes its way to my shoulders or lap, depending how chilly my studio becomes!

 
IMG_4180Nonetheless, as I knit, I wondered what WICKERWORK would look like if knit in lighter weight yarns. So I elicited help from some ravelry, IG and FB friends, who knit the pattern up in fingering and DK weights. The results were stunning! You can see many of the projects on Ravelry!

Meanwhile, I tried out knitting WICKERWORK in Woolfolk TOV, a fantastically soft, luxe worsted weight yarn, using one of their new colors, #11, a smokey grey with a touch of forrest green. Not only was it a wonderful yarn to knit with, the resulting “wrap” has followed me around from Squam in June to Maine all summer and I was so sorry that I had not brought it to chilly Shetland! I love it so much that I am knitting a second one as a sample (I refuse to let it travel to trunk shows and events)!

 
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With Woolfolk introducing TOV DK (I personally am so excited because I am a DK kind of girl and you all know how much I love Woolfolk yarn), I knit another WICKERWORK in TOV DK in color #00. While the “wrap” size is the ultimate size for wrapping yourself up in on a cool evening, the “shawl” size is perfect for throwing in your bag when traveling. Now I am working on my TYND version (“shawlette” size), which I think will be the right size to keep wrapped around my neck all winter!

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WICKERWORK is a classic triangle shawl featuring the beautiful Wickerwork Pattern which spreads out to incorporate, first, eyelets and then a stunning lace pattern. It is a fun and interesting knit worked from centre top down, starting with a  garter tab, with increases made at the edges and center to form the triangle shape. Directions are charted and written out, so you can pick whichever works best for you. And, since all of the WICKERWORKs came out so well, regardless of the weight yarn, I decided to include information in the pattern for yarns ranging from fingering to bulky weight.

I must admit that I am in love with this pattern! I hope that you do too…

Head over to ravelry to see more photos and learn more about WICKERWORK!

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Happy knitting,

Lori

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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 me was a really good pair of wool socks! I coveted the beautiful hand knit Kanoko Socks that Mary Jane kept wearing and I swear that Andrea Rangel and Malia Mather (Stephen and Penelope) had on a different hand-knit pair every day!!! And I love socks! I have a great collection that includes Marimekko, Catherine Andes and many others. …  So why don’t I knit socks?????

On the flight home, it all came together: my Op-art Cowls motifs would make fantastic socks!!!

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Since I hadn’t knit socks in so long, I had to spend a good deal of time re-learning how to knit them. I explored methods (cuff-down, toe-up), heel types, needles and even tried out my knitting belt! I learned how to do afterthought heels and tubular cast-ons and even learned about what yarns are not well suited to socks (like the Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift that I knit my first pair in shown below, which I still  love because they remind me of Shetland and they are squishy and warm, but unfortunately will not wear well)! And then I set out to reinvent the Op-Art Cowls into Op-Socks….

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In the end, I decided to knit the 4 different Op-Sock motifs in a different color combination of YOTH Little Brother yarn [80% Superwash Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon; 435 yds/100g per skein]. I happened to pick up a set of Little Brother “Puppies” at Stitches West last February and each pair uses 2 of the 1/2 skeins. Shown below, from left: Cuboid in Concord Grape and Star Fruit; Conic in Portobello and Shiitake; Spiral in Thyme and Mandarin and Superellipse in Portobello and Mango.

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The patterns are available as individual downloads or as a collection. The collection includes all 4 motifs and is priced 40% below the cost of the individual patterns.

Head over to ravelry to see more photos and learn more about Op-Socks and heart and queue or buy the ones you like best or the collection!!!

Read more about VERSACIKNITS on the blog and follow us on facebook and Instagram!

Happy knitting,

Lori

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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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NEW SUIT: A Modern Classic!

August 3, 2017

About six months ago I started thinking about how fashion lines have changed, since I started designing some 8 years ago. I wanted to work toward a collection of garments that would be considered NEW BASICS! I thought about a few of my classics and considered how I would re-design them today. I started with […]

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COLOR MY STRIPES! A New Shawl Pattern.

June 24, 2017

It’s time to Color Your Stripes! The next in my ongoing quest to discover the joy of shawl knitting is COLOR MY STRIPES! A simple, asymmetrical striped shawl, COLOR MY STRIPES uses elongated one-row buttonholes to add a bit of whimsy. The shawl is knit tip-to-tip in garter stitch, with increases on one side and […]

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Just in time for Stitches West: summer fog

February 23, 2017

No time to talk, just a quick note to let you know that my newest design, SUMMER FOG, and I will be at Stitches West all weekend. Fun us both in the Yarn Culture booth Thursday, Friday and Saturday and in the Monarch Yarns booth on Sunday between 11AM and 1PM! For now, just a […]

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Introducing unMix 31!

February 17, 2017

I am so excited to be relaunching one of my favorite designs. First published as part of the Shibui Mix Collection, unMix 31 has been updated to include a broader range of sizes (28”-54” bust sizes) and to be knit in a single strand of Shibui’s luxe yarn, Drift. The curved hemline, A-line shaping and loose […]

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Valentine’s Day Offer

February 14, 2017

Today is the last day to get 20% off SINUOUS! SINUOUS is an easy knit with just enough interest to keep you going to the end and the shawl is finished with a lovely I-cord edge. Once off the needles, you will love how elegant you feel when wrapped up in your own SINUOUS! In honor of […]

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Introducing SINUOUS – a new shawl and a Valentine’s Day offer!

February 10, 2017

I am having so much fun exploring indy dyed yarns AND shawl design. Here, in my second design, I combine a dyer who I have followed for many years, A Verb for Keeping Warm and a classic crescent shawl shape to create a modern, wearable statement shawl: SINUOUS. sin.u.ous ˈsinyo͞oəs/ adjective having many curves and turns. winding, windy, serpentine, […]

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New Pattern: THE REACH

January 20, 2017

As many of you know, I spend my summers “on The Reach”. A body of water between Vinalhaven and Greens Islands in Penobscot Bay, Maine. The Reach is a meditative place for me. The water and adjoining rocky coast change color and texture depending on the weather and time of day; sometimes blustery and sometimes […]

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