I'm trying to be better about posting new designs… The design world is similar to the magazine world (and so often we work in conjunction with each other so that only makes sense) whereas we design and knit something, send it off, forget about it and appears months later in print or online. It's akin to seeing an old friend after a long absence or cleaning out a closet and finding the shoes you've been looking for for months. I design a pattern every other month for Imperial Yarns. You may recall that Imperial Yarns was featured in my Knit Local and Knitting Architecture books and they also supplied Ralph Lauren with the yarn for the US Olympian Athlete sweaters. What I like most about working with them is they are family owned and operated, they work the land themselves, raise the animals, keep everything in the US and are good people. The Wrapped Lace Hat is knit in 1 hank of their Anna yarn, a textured, fun knit with wrapped stitches, lace, reverse stockinette and garter in the round, topped off with a pom pom. Download the pattern here.
Everyone knows and loves Webs. If you've never found yourself in western Massachusetts, I highly recommend visiting. They have a very nice storefront, but then you go through the double doors in the back and WOAH. A warehouse full of yarn. It's like Costco for knitters, filled with discontinued colorways, yarns, OMG the YARN. So. Much. Yarn.
Webs is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year and I adore the husband and wife team that run it. I have been on their podcast a few times and they're good people. I was honored to be asked to design a special knit for their anniversary. I knit a lace cowl, the Nikiya Cowl. Webs will carry it for 6 months, then it will be available through TanisKnits in October. Download the pattern here.