Inspired by a desire to design a modern, unexpected take on a classic Lopapeysa, the Ninilchik Swoncho is my personal dream come true of style meets cozy comfort…
The shift between seasons can bring some unexpected weather, and layers are an essential part of staying comfortable as the temperature dips and lifts. This swoncho is as comfy as being wrapped in a blanket, but is more functional thanks to its clever construction and sleeves. Craggy Tweed DK from The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers comes in the perfect palette for fun colorwork options, or you can grab a kit for ready-made fun! This cozy piece will surely be a go-to knit in your closet - you may find yourself reaching for it year-round! Coming in just 2 sizes that fit a wide range of bodies, you may even have to make a few to compensate for the family members who swipe one from under your nose!
Sizes: Sizes: 1 (2) Size 1 will fit XS-M, size 2 will fit L-3X Body Circumference: 69 (83)” 175 (211) cm
Materials: Yarn: Yarn: DK weight yarn 1,460 (2020) yards MC: 800 (1100) yards CC1: 230 (320) yards CC2: 230 (320) yards CC3: 200 (280) yards Sample shown in Craggy Tweed DK from The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers in MC: Horse Belly CC1: Buffalo Gal CC2: Pukuni CC3: Castle Rock
Needles: US #4 / 3.5 mm and US #6 / 4.0 mm (or as required to meet gauge) 24” and 40” circulars and DPNs (or longer cables for magic loop) in both sizes.
Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rounds over 4” in colorwork pattern on larger needles
Skills Requires: Knitting in the round, short rows, stranded colorwork (note that while most rounds use only 2 colors, there are 2 rounds which require carrying 3 colors)
Kobuk can be knit either by combining 2 yarns together, one strand of DK weight and one of laceweight mohair (as pictured in sample), or with a single strand of worsted weight. The choice is yours!
Nothing says winter to a northerner quite like fresh snowfall and a hot drink in hand. The light, fluffy flakes can make the whole world feel like a snow globe, and the picturesque landscape of Alaska’s mountains and rivers certainly don’t detract from that vision. This hat is inspired by the spicy scents at Alaska’s own Kobuk Coffee Co., where cinnamon, clove, and orange from their signature tea mingle with the stronger richness of freshly ground coffee. Similar, perhaps, to how the speckles in Madelinetosh’s Modern Fair Isle mingle with fluffy laceweight mohair to journey along the knits and purls to create their own rich and textured landscape. Grab a hot tea and pop this cozy hat on your head to keep warm, and go walking in your own winter wonderland!
Materials: Yarn: Kobuk is knit holding 2 yarns together- one DK weight merino wool and one lace weight mohair to create a super-soft, warm fabric with a lovely halo. As Q Mohair can be hard to find, I suggest Rowan Kidsilk Haze as an alternative. It can also be knit in worsted weight, as was successfully done by some of the testers.
Sample uses: Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Modern Fair Isle (100% superwash merino 100g/225 yds) Qing Fiber Q Mohair in Siren (70% Goat - Mohair 30% Silk 50g/459 yds)
Needles: —One 16” circular needle, US size 4/ 3.5mm (or one size smaller than needle required to get gauge) —One 16” circular needle, US size 6/ 4.0mm (or size required to get gauge) —US size 6/ 4.0mm DPNs or a longer circular needle for Magic Loop method for crown shaping
Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows over 4” in bobble pattern on larger needles
Nothing cuts the chill of winter quite like the spice and warmth of a hot drink. Your morning cup of coffee can be made extra luxurious with a dash of cardamom in the grounds. Add a touch of luxury to the rest of your winter with this cozy hat, whose simple yet effective colorwork lets you evoke some of your own internal spice. Top it off with a fluffy pompom for extra snug factor! This pattern was designed to be used with just half a dozen of Madelinetosh’s wonderful unicorn tails in three colours. Whether you choose from their rainbow of options, or opt to stash bust instead, this pattern is perfect for getting big impact with minimal financial commitment!
You’ll need: Madelinetosh Merino Light Unicorn Tails (100% merino wool, 52 yards) Color A: 3 tails (130 yds/ 119 m) Color B: 2 tails (80 yds/ 73 m) Color C: 1 tail (10 yds/ 9 m)
-or equivalent amounts of any other fingering weight yarn
Sample shown in: Color A (dark brown): Whiskey Barrel Color B (off-white): Antique Lace Color C (rust): Glazed Pecan
Glacier Park is a satisfying knit when you want something uncomplicated to work on that still has a refined elegance. The stranded colorwork uses only 2 colors and the repeats are short, so you can enjoy the pattern as it emerges without worrying about a messy tangle on the back of your work, making it a good project for colorwork newbies. Instructions are given to modify the cowl to be longer or shorter, based on your preference (and the amount of yarn you have on hand!)
Glacier Park is named after the stunning national park in Montana which I was visiting when I created this design.
Finished Measurements: 24” / 61cm circumference, 12” / 30.5cm height (adjustable). Measurements taken after blocking.
Materials: Yarn: Woolfolk TYND (100% merino wool– 223y per 50g skein): 1 skein each in 2 different colors were used for the sample pictured. Shown in COLOR A: No. 13 (light teal) COLOR B: No. 14 (dark teal)
Needles: US 3 / 3.25mm circular
Notions: 1 stitch marker, tapestry needle
Gauge: 28 sts & 34 rows = 4” / 10cm in stranded color work Gauge is not terribly important for this project, just make sure you like the drape and look of your fabric
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Little Cabin is a round-yoked pullover, worked seamlessly from the bottom up. The lace motif at the hem and cuffs makes me think of tiny cabins in the woods and inspired the name of this sweater. The hem and cuffs feature the cabin lace motif, followed by an allover bobble pattern and garter yoke, with short rows worked at the back neck. An oversized, boyfriend style fit makes this sweater a cozy fall staple.
Yarn: 980 (1080, 1140, 1240) 1320, 1400, 1480, 1600 yards of worsted weight yarn. A lofty yarn with some halo is ideal for this sweater.
Suggested Yarn: O-Wool Local (Sample pictured in Red Squirrel) Quince and Co. Owl Brooklyn Tweed Shelter
Needles: US Size 7 (4.5mm) circular needles with 32” cable for hems and collar. Use same length cable to magic loop sleeve and collar hems or size 7 DPNs if preferred. US Size 8 (5mm) circular needles with 32”, as well as DPNs for working smaller circumferences in the round, if preferred.
Gauge: 15 sts and 26 rows over 4” (10cm) in bobble pattern on larger needles.
The Camp Wilkerson shawl was inspired by a gorgeous printing of John Muir’s Wilderness Essays (pictured in photos). I was inspired by the colors, lines and of course the words of John Muir to create this huge and cozy wrap. This asymmetrical, arrow-shaped wrap is worked from end to end, starting at the arrow point. The pattern was designed to utilize most of an entire 250 yard skein of Splendid DK yarn (or DK weight yarn of your choice, as long as the yardage is sufficient) in each of the 4 colors used. Have fun playing with color combinations on the coloring sheet included on the last page of the pattern to create your own signature statement piece. Alternating sections of garter stitch, stockinette and a central eyelet panel keep this knit interesting and relaxing. Suitable for an advanced beginner. Yarn kits are available from Little Fox Yarn in the colorway used for the sample, as well as many more colors to choose from in her shop!
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 70” (178cm) long and 19” (48cm) wide (after blocking).
MATERIALS Yarn: 4 skeins of Splendid DK by Little Fox Yarn (40% baby alpaca, 40% merino, 20% silk singles 252 yds/100 g) in 4 different colors. Approx. 230 yards in each color. The sample was made using colorways Smudge (color A, dark gray); Demelza (color B, gold), Petal (color C, pale pink) and Vardo (color D, blue).
Needles: US 6 (4 mm) needles. Other notions: Tapestry needle, blocking pins or wires.
GAUGE 21 sts and 31 rows over 4” (10cm) in stockinette st on US 6 (4 mm) needles after blocking.
Inspired by the golden grasslands and wide open blue skies of the Montana prairie, this lovely worsted weight shawl will keep you warm and cozy even against bracing northern winds. Drape it around your shoulders over a soft linen dress in the day and wrap it snugly around your neck as the sun goes down. Knit up up in a cushy, super soft woolen yarn with an easy textural pattern and simple lace motif, this shawl is a relaxing and enjoyable knit. The prairie skies shawl is perfect to layer over tanks and sundresses for summer, or piled on over flannels and sweaters in the colder months.
Yarn: 600 yards Worsted Weight 400 yards of Main Color, 200 yards in Contrast Color
Suggested Yarn: Farmer’s Daughter Fibers “Squish Worsted” Sample uses 3 skeins of Squish Worsted, 2 in Eagle Eye for the MC, 1 in Castle Rock for the CC.
Needles: Size: US 8/5mm (32in/80cm-40in/100cm circular recommended)
Kennecott is cozy, rustic, and a super fun knit. The wickerwork pattern is simple to memorize yet interesting enough to be addictive and make it a hard-to-set-down project. A simple twist-stitch technique and knit and purl stitches are all that are required to make this classically stylish beanie.
Sized for babies through adults, you can outfit the whole family in rugged, good woolies.
Named for the stunning abandoned mining town Kennecott, Alaska, this hat was inspired by the rugged beauty of my homestate and the practical need for good, warm woolens needed year-round in the Last Frontier.
Yarn: 180-200 yards (165-183 meters) of sport weight wool. Suggested Yarn: Mountain Meadow “Mountain Down Sport” 25% hand-pulled American Bison, 75% Mountain Merino Little Fox Yarn “Vixen” Madelinetosh “Tosh DK” Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) 16” circular needles US 6 (4.5mm) 16” circular needles US 6 (4.5mm) dpns or 32” (or longer) for magic loop (for crown shaping) (Or needle size needed to achieve gauge) Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker, scissors, balloon or bowl for blocking Gauge (measured over Stitch Pattern Repeat in the round after blocking): 22 sts/ 31 rows in 4”x4” on larger needles Sizes: Baby (Child, Adult) Finished Measurements: Unstretched brim circumference: 12”, (14”, 19”) Height: 7”, (8”, 9”)
Named for the tiny Swiss mountain village where I spent a year abroad, Fidaz (say fee-dats) is a lovely and modern slouchy beanie. The chevron rib band can be folded up for a more fitted look. The lace pine cone pattern is quite easy to memorize and fun to work up. The pattern is both written and charted.
Suggested Yarn: Little Fox Yarn in Vulpine DK, color “Into the Woods”. 80% superwash merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon approx 231 yds/100 g per skein
Suggested Needles: US 4/3.5mm -16in/40cm circulars US 6/4.0mm -16in/40cm circulars US 6/4.0mm -32in/81cm circulars for magic loop or DPNs for the crown shaping
Fun, modern mitts perfect for gift giving season- for a friend or to keep yourself! The Oulu mitts were inspired by the graphic modern designs of Finnish art and named for the town there where my great-grandmother was born.
Sizing: Womens S, M, L Finished mitt measures 6.5” (7.5”, 8.5) circumference at palm. You can make the mitts larger or smaller by changing your guage/needle size if desired.
Yarn: 100-150 yards of worsted weight yarn
Suggested Yarn: O-Wool Local Quince and Co. Owl Brooklyn Tweed Shelter
Needles: US Size 7 (4.5mm) and US 6 (4.0mm) or as needed to obtain gauge Instructions are given for Magic Loop method, but you can use DPNs if preferred.
Gauge: 24 sts and 31 rows over 4” (10cm) in colorwork pattern on larger needles.
The Faller's Cap is a perfect one-skein project for that special skein of worsted weight yarn you’ve been saving!
Stylish, slouchy, understated and hip, this hat is perfect for both the ladies and the gents. Inspired by the vast Oregon timberlands which surround my home and the loggers (or fallers), who work here, this hat features a tree and cable twist pattern surrounded by rows of simple garter stitch. A great pattern to try out cables for a beginner, or a quick and easy project for a more seasoned knitter!
The white version is knitted in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage, color Birch Grey. The green is Soft Donegal by Studio Donegal. Any worsted or aran weight yarn would be great for this project!
Rock Creek is a classic raglan pullover in worsted weight is a lovely staple that will earn a permanent place in your wardrobe. A dropped hem, textured front, and wide, flattering neckline elevate this sweater from basic to treasured classic.
Designed to be worn with 1-4” of positive ease, this sweater is perfect for layering or to wear with a simple camisole for a more romantic look.
This is a great “first sweater” for newer knitters, but it’s timeless quality will appeal to knitters of all abilities.
My designs are inspired by slow/ sustainable fashion- I aspire to create beautiful pieces that defy trends and can be worn and loved for many years.
These rustic, homespun mitts are perfect accessory for chilly mornings at the campfire. The feather design is based on a stitch pattern found on one of the oldest pieces of nalbinding (an early predecessor of knitting) ever found. Imagine women of an ancient era creating the same stitch as you knit these gloves, and feel the thread of history binding us together.
Knit seamlessly in the round, these mitts feature a deceptively easy braid detail and afterthought thumb.
These mitts are perfect for any Aran weight yarn. Cocoa chaff naturally hand dyed yarn from Fern Fiber was used for the sample, and has a lovely, rustic halo. You can make 2 pair from a single skein of Fern Fiber yarn, why not get started on your Christmas knitting and make a pair for yourself and one for a dear friend?
Virgil is a universally flattering top, designed to celebrate and highlight the beauty of all women and all body types. The gentle shaping is naturally formed by the slightly tighter tension of the colorwork bands, bringing stability and fit to the yoke and waist and allowing the bust and sleeves to flow easily and comfortably over the body. The sample was knit in Vixen by Little Fox Yarn- a super soft merino/silk blend which drapes beautifully and is delightful to wear against the skin.
Knit from the top down in the round, show-stopping sweater is deceptively simple and suitable for all levels of knitters. There are no short rows, seaming or complicated construction elements required.
This pattern is offered in a wide array of sizes, from a 31” through 59” bust circumference. Due the the large number of sizes available the pattern has been split into 2 pdfs, one for sizes XS-L and one for XL-4XL. I’ve also made different charts for the 2 size sets so that the colorwork sections maintain the appropriate ratio. You’ll receive both patterns when you purchase the Virgil Tee, just make certain to download the one with the size you wish to knit.
Sizes: 31, (35, 40”, 43”, 47”, 51”, 55”, 59”) inches bust circumference. 0-4” of positive ease is recommended. Choose a size by measuring the wearer’s bust and selecting the size that measures 0-4” larger. For example, a person with a bust measurement of 52” should knit the size 3XL (55”).
Yardage Requirements: 840 (900, 1080, 1160,1260,1450, 1540, 1740) yards of fingering weight yarn Approximate amounts needed of each color: Main Color: 500 (540, 650, 700, 760,870, 930, 1040) yards Contrast Color 1: 170 (180, 215, 230, 250,290, 310, 350) yards Contrast Color 2: 170 (180, 215, 230, 250,290, 310, 350) yards
Suggested yarn: Suggested yarn is Vixen by Little Fox Yarn, an 80% superwash merino/ 20% silk blend. Main Color: Vardo Contrast Color 1: Smudge Contrast Color 2: Whisker
Suggested Needles: US 4/3.5mm in 16” and 32” circulars and US 6/4mm in 16” and 32” circulars
Gauge: 24 sts/26 rows over 4” Note- Gauge is measured in solid color stockinette after blocking. My color work gauge is ever so slightly smaller than my plain color gauge, which works for this pattern as it gently pulls in the design at the waist and yoke. If your color work gauge is the same as your plain gauge you may want to go down one needle size in order to achieve this effect. Be sure to block your swatch before measuring the gauge.
Techniques used:Top down, seamless sweater construction, colorwork, knitting in the round, seed stitch, picking up stitches