Ever wondered where designers get the ideas for their patterns? Inspiration can take many forms, but for the Leafy Reticule, it began with a trip to the museum. There, I was intrigued (perhaps unsurprisingly) by the textiles. Among various interesting items were several purses, including this little one:
Later, I knitted a small drawstring bag inspired by the one in the museum. Here's how it turned out:
Although I liked the way it looked, this bag was really too small to do much with, and the drawstring didn't work very well. When I received the submission call for Jane Austen Knits 2015, I submitted a design proposal for a reticule with the same basic features but a refined concept and different color palette.
The final design, which appeared in Knitting Traditions Fall 2015, uses the same leaf color-work as the miniature bag I had initially knitted, but in a more practical size, and with drawstrings that actually work. Although quite a bit different, I think you can still see echoes of the museum purse in the finished reticule.
Well, it's getting to be that time of year. Just a couple of weeks until Christmas, and most likely not all of the gift knitting plans are coming to fruition as they were supposed to. So in this post I've pulled together a few cute, quick patterns that there's still time to complete.
Wrist-warmers would make a delightful gift for someone special this year; I love Precipitous by Hunter Hammersen, and crocheters, check out the lovely Alice In Wonderland by Stephanie Dosen of Tiny Owl Knits. My String of Flowers circlet pattern includes instructions for a flower crown and a flower strand to braid through your hair, and would be great for princesses of any age. Another idea is my Leafy Reticule drawstring purse; maybe with a tiny toy tucked inside?
Little toys are always a great option for fun handmade gifts. My Mini Octopus and crochet Orangey patterns are both super fast projects great for worsted weight yarn, and the cute Tiny Turkey by Phia of Tiny Knits! uses scraps of fingering weight yarn. And if you really love toy knitting, you need to spend some time browsing Anna Hrachovec's adorable patterns over at Mochimochi Land. Her Tiny Chickens, Tiny Rose, or Mochimochi Snowmen would be great for last-minute gifting.
Do you have any suggestions for quick-to-knit gifts? Do share!
Hello all! After a bit of a hiatus, I am back and hoping to post a bit more frequently again. Quite a bit of knitting has been going on over here. Let's dive in, shall we?
In the way of recent projects (that I can talk about; there has been some secret design work going on), I've been working on gift knitting. I also finished my Levada Cowl last month:
It features an all-over zig-zag lace stitch pattern and a nice little beaded picot edge. The yarn I used is Holiday Yarns Skinny-Ewe, a lovely wool and silk lace weight yarn--and I just love lace knitted with lace weight yarn. Often, lace looks scrunchy and lumpy during knitting, with the full glorious effect revealed only after blocking, so I was impressed how nice this stitch pattern looked before blocking and how little blocking was needed. Overall, I found it a relaxing little project to work on. But be warned: if you detest k3togs and sssks, this pattern is not for you!
Its getting cold where I live, and it seems sad to be a knitter and not have any handknit sweaters to wear. So I'm making Alana Dakos' Bare Branches hoodie. So far, I've knit one sleeve and am almost done with the second. My gauge is a little uncertain, but I'm hoping it turns out okay. We'll see...
I also want to mention that my Leafy Reticule pattern is now available for individual purchase! If you're interested, you can find it in the Interweave online store for $5.50.
As I get back into blogging, I would love to hear if you have any suggestions for my blog. Is there anyone you'd like to see interviewed? Any techniques you'd like to see a tutorial on? Are you interested in more book reviews, or perhaps in seeing some of my successful design proposals? Any comments are appreciated!
I'm Sarah Gomez, a 17-year-old Christian knitter, sewist, and aspiring historical costumer.
Find me on Instagram and Ravelry as aLittleBitToKnit.