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Nouveau Bohemia

Nouveau Bohemia - Prototypes

So excited to announce that my new pattern is out! Nouveau Bohemia is a hat pattern with three styles – a beanie, a beret and an extra slouchy beret – that is perfect for those cold days we are having and for the cooler nights during the Spring! The pattern includes all three styles, so you literally can get three hats out of one pattern purchase. How great is that? πŸ˜€

Nouveau Bohemia - Extra Slouchy Beret

The hats are all very quick and easy knits (you can make the beanie version in just a few hours of knitting!) but the lace and cable make it look a lot more complicated than it actually is.

Nouveau Bohemia - FINISHED

From the pattern description: I enjoy wearing slouchy hats for their beauty and girly look but I find that I do still crave beanies when the weather is particularly cold and I want the comfort of a hat hugging my head. With this in mind I decided to make a pattern that you could make either as a beanie or a beret – the best of both worlds! Being a lover of hand dyed yarn, I also wanted to make a pattern that would work with both variegated and solid colors. Coincidentally (and happily!) I think that the pattern would also lend itself beautifully to handspun yarns. I knew I wanted this to be a fun and casual style – totally Bohemian! – using fine yarns that feel wonderfully soft on your head. Thus, Nouveau Bohemia: a rich Boho look for those who can’t give up decadent yarns but still love to look β€œartsy.”

Nouveau Bohemia - Beanie

Pattern Specs:
Sizing – 17”(19”) to fit a 20”(22”) head. Hats shown are the 17” size modeled on a 21.5” head for a snug brim.

Yarn
Beanie: Madelinetosh 80/10/10 MCN Worsted shown in Warm Maize – 1 skein 90(100) yds
Beret: Madelinetosh 80/10/10 MCN Worsted shown in Quilt – 1 skein 130(140) yds
Extra Slouchy Beret: Malabrigo Rios shown in Zarzamora – 1 skein 190(200) yds

Gauge – 20 stitches and 32 rounds = 4” in stockinette stitch using larger needle

Nouveau Bohemia - FINISHED

I can’t wait to see other people’s iteration of the hat design! Especially variegated and handspun versions as I love my variegated ones. πŸ˜€

Nouveau Bohemia - Extra Slouchy Beret

Nouveau Bohemia is available for purchase on Ravelry. Enjoy!

Another sock…

I’m very excited about finishing my second pair of socks for 2011! However, I’m not counting these officially for my 11 in 2011 as really they were started back in September 2009. That’s right… I just finished a pair of socks that I started a little under 18 months ago. How awesome is that?

Psychedelia - FINISHED

I love how these came out! Of course I’d had the first one done all this time, so I knew I’d love them, but it feels good to get these off the needles and onto my feet.

Psychedelia - FINISHED

I knit these using Hazel Knits Artisan Sock. It’s a lovely color (Fireberry) and the yarn is wonderful but a bit cottony feeling. Reminded me a bit of a heavier Wollmeise, actually. I still love the feeling of the socks on my feet, though… just like WM! πŸ™‚

Psychedelia - FINISHED

Pattern – Psychedelia by Melissa Goodale (project link | pattern link)
Yarn – Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in Fireberry (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US1.5 (2.5mm)
Cast on – September 19, 2009
Cast off – January 30, 2011
Modifications – Did my standard toe rather than the one written in the pattern.

In other knitting news, I’m done with all the prototypes for my hat (thanks for all the lovely comments on the last post!) and it’s currently being test knit. Pattern will be coming out around Valentine’s Day, so be ready for it! Here’s a sneak peek with the pile of Nouveau Bohemia goodness. So yummy!

Nouveau Bohemia - Prototypes

New Design Prototypes

Nouveau Bohemia - FINISHED

I’m so excited to have 2 of 3 prototypes done for a new hat design! I’m hoping to publish it soon, though not sure on an exact date yet. The pattern will be called Nouveau Bohemia and will have a beanie, slouch and extra slouchy version.

Nouveau Bohemia - Beanie

So far I have the slouch and beanie versions done and will probably get the extra slouchy version done tomorrow. I just love how these turned out and have been wearing them out and about already. They’re so nice and the Madelinetosh 80/10/10 MCN worsted is just a dream to knit with! The slouch was made with the color Quilt and the beanie with Warm Maize.

Nouveau Bohemia - FINISHED

Someone brought up the fact that this one would look great in a handspun, and I totally agree! It’s such a versatile stitch pattern in that it looks good in both solids and variegateds. I can’t wait to publish and see what other great colors and yarns people make it with! πŸ™‚

Nouveau Bohemia - Beanie

Mistakes happen…

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

It’s how you go about fixing them that matters! The picture above is my latest WIP – a Wood Hollow Vest as a birthday present for my mom’s 55th birthday. The broken rib was looking quite wonky to me and I was wondering what was going on only to remember that I had changed this to be knit in the round (who wants to seam when you don’t have to?) and I was still knitting the broken rib as though it was flat. Duh! I was about 7 rows into that part of the knitting when I realized this and I knew I had two options: One, rip everything back all the way down to the twisted rib. This was not something I wanted to do… I mean at 274 stitches per round and a crap load of cables ripping back 7 rows seemed daunting and very upsetting to me. So I went with option number two: Ripping back just that section and knitting it back up!

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

Looks quite messy, doesn’t it? And it did take a bit of time, though not even half as long as it would have taken me to rip back all the rows again! And look! All fixed. πŸ˜€

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

I’m really enjoying knitting this one up though I have to admit that it’s a very slow knit due to all the cables and patterns within a single row. And did I mention that each round is 274 stitches? Yeah, not that quick at all! But even with all of these deterrents, I’m zipping through it at a relatively good pace. I have 11″ of the body done and only 3″ left to go before splitting for the armholes (love that my mom is petite and 14″ is plenty long enough for the body!).

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

Not too shabby for 6 days of work, although it’s hard not to compare it with the 6 days of work it took me to knit up the Effortless Cardigan! Then again that sweater was knit on US9 needles and this one is on US5 and not entirely stockinette/ribbing either. Yeah, not the same thing at all!

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

Plus, knitting up this vest is reminding me why I love knitting so much… whenever you are presented with a problem just fix it! It will be better in the long run. The broken rib section that I ripped all the way back?

Wood Hollow Vest - WIP

Good as new! πŸ˜€

I also wanted to take a moment to thank all my readers for the show of support and congratulations on Folha Luz winning the Fiberphile Design Contest. You guys are wonderful!

I’m a Winner!

Folha Luz - FINISHED

I’m so excited that my design, Folha Luz, was one of the two winning patterns for the Fiberphile Design Contest! I’m doubly excited as well because the other winning designer is Vanessa from The Fiber Fix who is also a good friend of mine. How amazing is that? And as part of my winnings I get a sweater’s quantity of Super Squish Worsted yarn in any color I want. And now I’m at a loss as to what color to choose… so many beautiful ones out there! I’m thinking a pretty gray-ish color will look wonderful in a lot of different sweaters, but then again a nice jewel tone would be gorgeous too. Whatever I end up choosing, I’m just happy to have won and to be able to receive this beautiful yarn! πŸ™‚

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