Summer 2009: Shannon is excited to announce the opening of her new teaching space/studio and retail location, Knitgrrl Studio. You can shop online for Shannon Okey/Knitgrrl.com patterns as well as other types of patterns, spinning wheels, specialty felting equipment, hand-dyed yarns, sweater kits designed by Shannon and much, much more. Click the image below or here to visit the shop section directly.
The Knitgrrl Guide To Professional Knitwear Design
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Knitgrrl CSA: Farm Fresh Knits
The Knitgrrl.com CSA Farm Fresh Knits booklet, featuring 10+ patterns, including Maize, Furrow, Green Fingers and more is currently in progress. If you are not already on the Knitgrrl mailing list, sign up and you’ll be among the first to know when it’s out!
If you are a yarn store owner, you can order Shannon’s patterns wholesale. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Say hello to Karira! Designed with my friend and partner in knit-crime Margaret Ruble, these socks are named after the Sanskrit word for ‘bamboo shoot.’ They’re knit in the glorious Lemongrass colorway by Blue Moon Fiber Arts, in Socks that Rock Lightweight. Featuring a linen stitch heel, a leafy lace pattern up the front and several bamboo-like stitch motifs, not to mention what we’re calling “the dragon toe,” Karira is just right for summer sandal time!
What’s the dragon toe, you ask? It’s a leaf-like lace shape over the big toe so you can let your fun summer toenail polish peep through…and get a little extra ventilation. We’re not big fans of summer heat and humidity.
Cili cardigan (seen above)
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Ennis is a tubular scarf with multiple variations, and it’s named after my muse, model and studiomate Arabella Proffer…well, her middle name, anyway!
Red Lotus, $4.00
Pattern translations! Exploded View is now available in French; more patterns are on the way in French and other languages.
The Alt Fiber collection
Originally published in my book Alt Fiber: 25+ projects for knitting green with bamboo, soy, hemp and more, but now available as single patterns thanks to a very thoughtful and designer-friendly provision in my book contract, three patterns: Rose Kilim, Sea Creature and Dutch Girl.
Rose Kilim, $5
Sea Creature, $2.50
Dutch Girl, $2.50
Rivulet cardigan, $6
For more images, see Rivulet‘s Ravelry page
Rivulet is a stylish, flattering, jacket-style cardigan features cable shaping, a peplum that looks great on knitters of all sizes, and inset panels under the arm that give a charming swing to the finished piece. The front, neckline and shoulders use garter stitch on all edges for rustic charm, but advanced knitters or cable fans can easily adapt the charts given here to make cabled edges. You could also make seed stitch edges or something incorporating your favorite stitch pattern – the pattern is very forgiving. The upper arms are knit in 1×1 rib, which is exceptionally flattering for plus sizes, not to mention comfortable and flexible. Shown in Beaverslide Dry Goods Fisherman Weight yarn, a mule-spun 2-ply yarn with almost handspun consistency, you could easily make this pattern in just about any popular yarn or even your own handspun.
Exploded View cardigan/pullover (you choose), $6
Some people see a knitted dissected frog and say “ew!” Some people end up designing a sweater because it gave them an idea. (Note: I am one of the latter)
Exploded View is based on the principle of, what else? exploded view. Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees when you’re in the middle of knitting a sweater, and I wanted to create a design that would be
- easy to knit
- a good ‘transitional’ pattern for people coming to the world of sweater knitting from, say, scarf knitting
- a flexible template for you to make your own design decisions
- flattering and fun
- a good way to use up stash yarn
Because you’re only working on any one section at a time after you’ve knit the yoke, this sweater knits up fast and can even accommodate different stitch patterns in each panel if you like. Some design ideas are included in the pattern, so don’t feel as if you need to be a capital-D Designer in order to truly make this your own. Enjoy!
Reboux hat, $5. This hat is named after “Queen of the Milliners” Caroline Reboux (1837-1927) who – in addition to her hat-related innovations – divided half her profits among the lead cashier, workroom director and other women in her employ. She is perhaps best known for inventing the felt cloche hat. Knit then felted, this pattern comes with multiple variations and sizes, just right for the knitter who likes to customize. It takes less than 1 skein of yarn, too!
Fetlock wristwarmers, $2.50
These stylish horseshoe-cable wristwarmers were designed as a simple, quick knit that will also show you how to read a chart and compare it to written directions. The word directions for the cable even line up directly with the same line in the chart!
Their name is a bit of an equine joke — the fetlock is roughly equivalent, on a horse, to the area these would cover on a human.
Dissolve stranded colorwork hat, $4 I developed this pattern as a good introduction to stranded colorwork knitting for people who don’t want to dive right in with a sweater or do something fiddly and small-gauge. It takes part of a skein of Noro Kureyon and part of a skein of Cascade 220. You can substitute with any other multicolor and solid yarn you like, the important point is that you have one of each. The crocheted bottom edge is optional. Ideally, your multicolor yarn will have the solid color in it somewhere, making it “dissolve” into each other (and hence the pattern name).
Katalin möbius wrap and wristlets, $5. This wrap and wristlet set has been given a Hungarian version of möbius master Cat Bordhi’s name. Knit in luxurious merino/baby alpaca/silk yarn, this set is also an excellent stashbuster and will work with just about any yarn imaginable. Substitution ideas are given in the pattern notes.
Questions and special requests
You can also buy Knitgrrl-themed merchandise at our CafePress shop.
Special requests? Want to order a signed copy of one of Shannon’s books? Please let us know via email or comments! Send to admin [at] knitgrrl [dot] com. Thanks.