The knitting adventures of a French Canadian girl in exile

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Frugal knitting - a small accessories collection


Being a designer, I am a fairly productive knitter and I have always a couple of projects on the needle. And this leaves me with a problem that was not so obvious in the early years on my yarn obsession: leftovers. Every time I work on a garment in a women's size, I have a 1-3 skeins leftovers, because I always lean on the safe side of things when I buy yarn for a new garment design. Adding this to my constant desire to familiarize myself to new yarns and you find my accessories quantity stash of yarn to be quite considerable.

This gave me a quite good idea (plus the obvious space concerns...), if I dare say so myself: a collection made up of entirely small to medium sized accessories from all my non garment quantity of yarns.

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  • Notification of the release of new patterns 
  • a 50% discount on the price of the individual pattern valid for the first 2 weeks of the pattern's release 
  • The collection will be 15$ from the first pattern release until 2 weeks after the last pattern release - no coupon code needed!
This collection will feature 12 designs of small accessories like hats, mittens, cowls and scarves.

Buy the collection here:



So, without making you wait for more, here are the few first patterns of this new exciting collection:

Piccolo -  a stranded colorwork hat

Piccolo hat -  a stranded colorwork patternPiccolo hat -  a stranded colorwork pattern




Piccolo hat -  a stranded colorwork pattern


Go visit the Piccolo page for more information on this simple and cute hat!

Worked in
Knitpicks Andean Treasure
in color "Prairie Heahter"
Knitpicks Andean Treasure
in color "Meringue Heather"

As my collection is called Frugal Knitting, I feel the obligation to explain to you how I obtained these yarns! The yarn from this hat is from the remnants of a set of hat and mittens I designed for Knitpicks Independent Designer Program (IDP for short), and remnants of a failed attempt at another design (yep, this happens more than I would like, and does contribute to my leftovers).

Piccolo hat -  a stranded colorwork pattern


I had 4 balls left of the Prairie Heather and 2 balls left of the Meringue Heather. This hat uses only 2 balls of the main color (Prairie Heather) and 1 ball of contrast color (Meringue Heather), so I do believe I did a great work out of my leftovers!

Piccolo is now available as an individual pattern as well as part of the collection.

Tourbillon - an asymmetrical cable hat




For this little hat, I opted for a single but bold cable and a little slouch. The bold color of the yarn was attractive and showed the cable very nicely, and with less than one skein leftover after my old Dichotomy design, I was quite happy to finally get to use up this beautiful yarn!

The cable for Tourbillon is both charted and written, to suit every knitter's preference.

Sparkling -  a simple textured hat






For this little hat, I decided to take advantage of the wonderful color of my single skein of Madelinetosh Tosh DK in color "Nutmeg)", a single skein I bought a long time ago to try out the Madelinetosh yarns. The knit and purl texture is very attractive and the whole project is relaxing and yet interesting.

The pattern for Sparkling is both charted and written, to suit every knitter's preference.


Brookstone - a textured cowl

Brookstone cowl

 Brookstone came out of my desire to create a stylish cowl using a high texture pattern of only knits and purls (yes, I was kind of on a roll here...) I had a few lovely balls of luxury yarn, Knitpicks Capra in color "
Platinum", which I bough to try out the yarn since I mostly love to work with their yarns. I was not dissapointed by the softness and overall quality of it, but I had to find out what to do with 5 balls of yarn!



Knitpicks Capra Cashmere in "Platinum"


So, I used up 4 balls to create this lovely cowl, in a simple but attractive pattern:

Brookstone cowl - textured cowl knitting pattern


Brookstone cowl - textured cowl knitting pattern


The pattern for Brookstone is both charted and written, to suit every knitter's preference. Go check it now!

Eye of the Storm - a cabled hat


Eye of the Storm is a fun and striking looking cabled hat worked with a little less than 200 yds of worsted weight wool.



Pattern is now available individually as well as in the collection!


Sparrow - A textured shawl
Sparrow shawl

Sparrow is lovely and simple top-down crescent shawl worked in an amazing Aran weight yarn. It features a pretty texture in the center panel and a large lace border. The result is a warm and versatile shawl perfect for fast project and instant gratification.



The size of the shawl is very easily adapted by adding more repeats of the stitch pattern and the crochet border can be replaced by a few rows of garter stitch if desired.




Pattern is now available individually as well as in the collection!

Cathedral - a geometric lace shawl


Cathedral lace shawl


Cathedral is the seventh design to be added to the collection. This little shawl has everything I like in a shawl: it is worked form the top-down (meaning it's adaptable to your own yarn amount), has a lot of visual effect for little effort and is easy enough to memorize after a few pattern repeat.



Pattern is now available individually as well as in the collection!

Montauk - a textured wrap

Montauk 

Montauk is available in both a wrap and scarf size in a pretty and unusual textured stitch pattern made entirely of knits and purls.

Pattern is now available individually as well as in the collection!

Simply Joy -  mittens



Simple Joy mittens


Simple Joy mittens are exactly what they promise: simple and joyful! They are the perfect mitten pattern to whip up in a jiffy on a cold day. They showcase variegated yarns especially well, but would look equally good in a solid color. 

Pattern is now available individually as well as in the collection!


The other designs are still to come, but I will update this post regularly as soon as the designs are ready to come out!

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