February, the shortest month of the year, certainly seemed to fly by quickly this month. For me it was a month of new beginnings, specifically I started a new job. You can hear all about it – and what I do for a living – on my Knit Tea Live! . Fair warning, moving into March I am still committed to updating Fiber Happenings on Friday, BUT, having a new ball to juggle I may be late on occasion. Thank you for understanding. For now, let’s look back at the amazing work indy designers brought us!
February Pattern of the Month: The Snuggery Hat
Lauren Rad of A Bee in the Bonnet is one of my favorite designers. I featured her work in a designer spotlight during the February 14 Knit Tea Live! . What I love about Lauren’s work – aside from he photos that I want to daydream in- is the way she combines texture with lacy details. Her work strikes an elegant balance of cozy and light. I think her latest pattern: The Snuggery Hat perfectly illustrates what I am talking about. (Even the name feels light and comfy). Also, I’ve said it before and I will say it a million times more. Follow Lauren on instagram. Not only are her knits beautiful, so are her blooms!
Of course, there were more patterns in February. Read More to see all the pretty things made of pretty string.
I love knitting in the round, and this book taught me a lot! I refer to it often and where I first learned about helix knitting!
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Victoria Marchant Knits: Raindrops Fingerless Gloves
Raindrops is a pair of short fingerless mitts decorated with eyelet raindrops. When I saw the stitch pattern I immediately thought of a little pair of mitts to take the chill off a cold umbrella handle on a wet rainy day. This is the result! They can be made with a small amount of yarn, making them perfect for leftovers of your favourite 4-ply.
Granary Knits: The Wind That Shakes The Barley
A semicircular shawl, worked from the hem up, featuring lace barley ears. This shawl is knit in DK weight yarn.
Liz Corke Knits: Dromanach Fingerless Gloves & Claiseach Hat
Liz Corke released two patterns this month!
Dromanach, meaning ridges in Scottish Gaelic, is a simple fingerless mitts pattern with garter stitch detail up the outside of the hand and around the thumb.
Meaning furrows in Scottish Gaelic, Claiseach is a simple hat pattern with garter stitch detail up each side. Knit as either a beanie or a slouchy hat it is a fantastic way to show off those special yarns, especially speckled and variegated yarns.
Amy Snell, The Devious Knitter: The Wanderloo Socks
Wanderoo is a sport-weight sock that takes us on a little adventure. Its cables meander back and forth as though they can’t quite make up their mind where they want to be: a little to the left, back to the right, sometimes a little longer, sometimes a little less.
Wanderoo is worked toe-up, with contrast color toes, heels, and cuff. The heel construction uses short rows and a clever little mini gusset that delivers the perfect amount of extra room across the ankle for those who need it.