Cheers is a modular shawl I designed for a weekend workshop at The Yarn Club in Virginia Beach, now that the workshop is complete I can share it with you all!
Cheer’s begins with a shallow obtuse triangle that is worked from one end to the other. The top long edge of the triangle has an integrated i-cord edging, and the bottom edge is worked with a slipped stitch as the first stitch of every row.
Once the triangle is complete, stitches are picked up along this slipped stitch edge. Then a transitional 2 color border is worked with optional beads. The main color is then cut and an architectural lace border is worked in one color with optional beads. Finally the bottom edge is bound off and your...
Circulate is my latest beaded design that I am thrilled about. It is a garter stitch lace moebius wrap with a really fun attached beaded i-cord. You will use and conquer many knitting skills while working this pattern, including chart reading (the chart is also written out ), provisional cast-on, knitting with beads, grafting, and a beaded attached i-cord.
The pattern includes two sizes, a Small/Medium and a Medium/Large, since we don’t all have the same width shoulders. I like mine to fit snugly on my torso.
The Undulating Waves Scarf was my first foray into designing with beads. It is based on a lace pattern that has lace stitches on both the knit and purl sides of the fabric. This allows the beads to float on the yarn-overs. Although I have marked this pattern as advanced, you will find that, with practice and perseverance, the pattern becomes quite easy! There is a KAL in the Schaefer Yarn Group on Ravelry that has excellent support and pictures.
You will need 100 g Size 6 beads.
Identical to #334S; the same .PDF download is available for each version with instructions for each yarn...
The Undulating Waves Scarf was my first foray into designing with beads. It is based on a lace pattern that has lace stitches on both the knit and purl sides of the fabric. This allows the beads to float on the yarn-overs. Although I have marked this pattern as advanced, you will find that, with practice and perseverance, the pattern becomes quite easy! There is a KAL in the Schaefer Yarn Group on Ravelry that has excellent support and pictures.
You can make the scarf wider or longer and still have yarn left over!
Identical to #334H; the same .PDF download is available for each...
3fer is three for one! One skein of Schaefer’s Nichole will make you all three items in this pattern, the cap, the mitts, and even the cowl. Using beads is optional, to simply things even further!
3fer is based on an easy slip stitch pattern that is created by wrapping the yarn twice around the right hand ndl and then cabling it on the next row. Directions are included in the pattern for cabling without a cable needle.
Materials Schaefer Yarn Nichole (80% extrafine merino wool SUPERWASH, 20% nylon; 5 oz 140 g / 405 yds 370 m) 1 skein or other heavy fingering weight yarn
Cowl- US size 7 4.5 mm 16” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge Mitts- Set of US size 4 3.5 mm double pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge Cap- Set of US size 5 3.75 mm double pointed needles or size needed to obtain gauge Tapestry ndl Optional: Dental floss threader Size 6 glass seed beads: Cowl- 320 approx 30 gr; Mitts- 576 (672) approx. 56 gr; Cap- 352 approx 30 gr Size Cowl- 16” x 8” Mitts- Women’s Small/Medium (Medium/Large); 7 (8) “ around, stretched Cap-...
Accola is the main teaching tool I use in my Craftsy class Knitting with Beads… as with many of my shawl patterns, it is written for both lace and fingering weight yarns, AND in two sizes.
Skills Used: Accola incorporates size 6/0 beads placed on stitches, nupps, and double sided beaded lace (size 8/0) balanced by a healthy portion of stockinette stitch to keep you sane.
Construction: Accola is worked from the bottom up, starting with the lace border which is worked vertically over a small number of stitches. After the border is competed, you pick up stitches all the way along it’s edge and then start to work the body of the shawl. The top edge is finished off...
For more info: http://nelkindesigns.blogspot.com/2010/08/aile-and-giveaw...
This bit of bijouterie, reminiscent of wings, is written for both sport and lace weight yarns. I designed them to use up some wee little bits in your stash and get you playing with beads. My favorite part is choosing beads and a clasp to coordinate. Start looking in your jewelry box or antique stores. The best clasps are ones that have been lying around just waiting to be repurposed for Ailé.
Inspired by the Artichoke French Sweater, Artichoke French Mittens are the perfect snug hand warmer.
Knit in a dense Aran weight yarn (I love Jill Draper’s Empire) at a tight gauge wind will be hard pressed to get through the stitches and chill your fingers. The snug fit makes it easy to drive, open the mailbox, and walk the dog.
If you want them loose enough to wear liners under for extra warmth then just knit a size up!
I talk a bit about my design process for these mittens on my blog, and I made you a video tutorial for the stitch!
Aventina is a sumptuous scarf, oversized so that you may wrap it around yourself more than once and still have fabric to hang down.
Aventina is worked in two halves and grafted at the middle. Beads are placed onto double decreases with a crochet hook OR dental floss. I made a video to support the technique that you can view here. There is a link to the video on the pattern as well! The lace pattern is both charted and written out.
Batana is all about getting to use those special buttons you have in your stash! I don’t know about you, but I hoard unique buttons, and then never have anything to do with them… this scarflette with it’s shaped lace border and garter stitch body is the perfect solution!
Interested in the gorgeous button I chose? It’s from handmade porcelain by my friend Melissa : )!
To achieve the matching shaped borders, Batana is worked in two halves and grafted at the center back!
With only 10 yards of yarn, 3 different colors beads and an hour of your time you can make this cuff!
Beaded Waves Cuff plays with elongating stitches on one row, and then placing beads on them on the next row. In the pattern I have suggested 2 possible layouts for the bead colors, one with 2 colors and one with 3 colors. There is even a blank diagram for you to design your own bead pattern once you get the hang of the pattern!
The pattern is sized and contains video tutorials to help with the tricksy bits!
With a donut as a focal point, this beaded i-cord necklace explores the elegant simplicity of knitted jewelry. Worked from the bottom up, the cast on is wrapped around the donut integrating it seamlessly into the design.
The pattern includes a link to a private YouTube video that will help you work the cast on!
Biplex is a geometric fauxbius….. What does that mean? You start with a provisional cast-on and work a series of short-rowed blocks to create a rectangle.
After introducing a half-twist, the two short ends of the rectangle are grafted together. You now have a möbius strip with a single outer edge to finish in a simple eyelet pattern. You can knit Biplex in one, two, or even three colors, it is easy to modify!
Biplex can be knit with 2 contrasting colors, or one solid color and one gradient… the possibilities for color combos are endless, just be sure they really...
“She’s a brick house, she’s mighty mighty…” The Commodores This shawl is all that and more: Warm and cozy like a home, built to last, and keeping you looking fine. Make this a study in color; try different color combinations to discover the best mortar for your bricks. Brick House is based on an easily memorized brick eyelet pattern. Started at the bottom, you have a chance to learn the pattern over a few stitches, increasing on each side as go you. As you get the hang of the pattern, it starts getting wider, quite addictive if I do say so myself! Discover all the fun ways Brick House can be worn; to the front, down the back, over one...
Brisa Shrug is a dressy little number to throw on over a simple dress to warm your shoulders on a cool night or for a little something special with your fancy cocktail dress. Beads float gently at the top of eyelets adding a bit of “bling”, though you can easily not use beads and still have a great lacey topper. Brisa Shrug is worked in two parts from the sleeve to the center back and then grafted down the back. The sleeves and edging are worked with feather and fan stitch (a personal favorite!) The eyelet stitch pattern is a 6 stitch, 4 row repeat and EASY to memorize… promise!
A striking garter stitch necklace, Butin requires only 20 yards of fingering weight yarn and is SO EASY you can make one in a night! Beads are simply slipped up to form a “swag” of texture at the center of the piece. This is knitted beaded jewelry at it’s easiest!
More Yarn Info: The Fibre Company Road to China Light (65% Baby Alpaca, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere, 10% Camel; 1.75 oz 50 g/ 159 yards 145 meters; 4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) skeins OR Schaefer Yarn Heather (55% merino wool SUPERWASH, 30% silk, 15% nylon, 4 oz 113 g / 400 yds 365 m); 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins OR 600 (720, 800, 950, 1100, 1200, 1400) yards of yarn that obtains gauge
More Size Information: X-Small (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large, XXX-Large) To Fit Chest: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inches Cayden is designed with 4” positive ease, go down a size if you want a more fitted vest.
Finished Measurements Measurements after blocking (see schematic for more details) Actual Chest: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48,...
Centrino is a giant doily, based on a few vintage patterns I found and adore! I’m not a doily person, neither lacey nor frilly, but the lure to begin something that starts out quite wee and grows into an abundant orb could not be refused. This project is addictive from start to finish. I loved the simple act of working around, and around, slowly building out. The pattern shifts slightly but not so drastically that you are forced to hide away to “learn” your next repeat.
Originally designed for Year of Lace club shipment 2009.
Cheerio is a short row shaped necklace that incorporates three kinds of beads, Czech Glass Donuts (aka Cheerios), size 8 seed beads, and matte triangular seed beads. I found the cheerios when I was in Canada last spring and played with them all summer long to find the perfect way to incorporate them into a necklace…. the teens that work with me decided that this design is decidedly tribal, and we love it!
Clarus is worked top down and is constructed of 2 triangles separated by a center panel. The pattern is written in two different sizes, for two different weight yarns… possibilities abound!
Small Version 420 yards Fingering or Lace Weight Yarn
Large Version 625 yards Fingering or Lace Weight Yarn
ALL Lace Weight- US size 4 3.5 mm circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge Fingering Weight- US size 6 4 mm circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge Tapestry needle Markers- 4 Color A, 24 (36) Color B
YARN USED Fingering Weight Version (Small)- Shalimar Breathless 1 skein Lace Weight Version (Large)- Handmaiden Marrakesh 1 skein
Come Together is SO simple, which is part of why it is SO good! Three separate beaded I-cords are knit and then brought together through the center of a large hole, hand-blown glass bead. By varying two weights of yarn and unique seed beads on each strand, Come Together appears more complex than it is.
Gauge is unimportant for this project.
Originally designed for 2013’s Indigodragonfly: Smart-Ass Knitters/World Domination 1 Skein Club
Crucero Banda is a rectungular version of the Crucero Shawl. It starts at the center with a vertical strip. Stitches are then picked up and each side of this strip out worked outwards with beads integrated into the pattern at the end of each side. Then a crochet beaded border is worked along the bottom edge tying it all together. The stitches are a combination of a simple fir cone lace stitch and an insanely fun migrating drop stitch pattern.
There is lots to learn in this shawl… it was my first time doing a crochet beaded border, so I have a feeling that will be something new for many of you as well! The stitches are a combination of a simple fir cone lace stitch and an insanely fun...
Crucero Shawl was designed for my Nautical Knitting Cruise students. The design was revealed on board, and then classes were held to teach the techniques used!
Crucero starts from the center out in the round and the center back of the shawl is created. Then the stitches are divided… the left and right “wings” are worked separately flat, with beads integrated into the pattern at the end of each wing. Then a crochet beaded border is worked along the bottom edge tying it all together.
There is lots to learn in this shawl… it was my first time doing a crochet beaded border, so I have a feeling that will be something new for many...
This is an extra special one, as it is my 200th pattern posted on Ravelry! SCHEDULE of Clues Clue #1- Sept 18th Clue #2- Sept 25th Clue #3- Oct 2nd Clue #4- Oct 9th HOW IT WORKS: Sign up by purchasing the pattern.
When you sign up you will be sent a pdf with a materials list, yarn ideas, and gauge to be ready to cast on. On each scheduled clue release date an updated pdf will be sent to you with the next clue. There will be videos made just for the KAL to help you along, and an active thread in my Ravelry group so that you have lots of support and FUN while you are knitting. Wondering more about what a Mystery KAL is and how I run them? I wrote a FAQ you can read here.
This is a brand-new never released design with a wacky construction… I think it might be one of the prettiest things I have ever knit, seriously, I cannot wait for you all to see it. MATERIALS You will need approx. 715 yd (654 m) of fingering weight yarn MC- 475 yd (434 m) CC- 240 yd (220 m) (see my...
Other Materials Needed: 1056 size 6/0 seed beads, approx 88 grams SEE NOTE Dental floss threader (for threading beads onto yarn) Length of smooth scrap yarn Tapestry ndl
I made videos to help with some of the more challenging aspects of this pattern and learned how to embed them into the pdf!
There are two versions of Ennoble: One has embedded videos and needs Abobe 9.0 or higher to be able to view them embedded in the pdf. The second is a simpler version with links to the videos on a Private You-Tube Channel.
See the Nelkin Designs Group and my Blog for details and...
The Choice Chullo cap is a great design to jump into colorwork with. Worked in the round, colorwork is really a breeze! The pattern includes an easy-to-read chart and sizes for the whole family!
This pattern uses 2 skeins of Schaefer Yarn’s Esperanza in Coordinating Colors. You can make two hat/scarf sets from the two skeins of Esperanza. Switch the MC and CC on the second set to even out the yarn usage and also get a different look.
The scarf is designed by my awesome co-worker, Heather Porter.
Eventide is seriously one of my favorite beaded scarves ever! Eventide is based an an incredibly easy 6 stitch “cross stitch” pattern. It is made by working double yarnovers that add length to your stitches so they float and appear to be woven not knitted. My inner weaver loves this! Beads are used on each end of the scarf creating an arrow of bling! The pattern includes lots of info on working with beads, including: stringing beads, purling and knitting with beads, working yarn-overs with beads, and more.
For more info go here: http://nelkindesigns.blogspot.com/2010/01/eventide.html
The shawl is worked from the bottom up, first it’s edging is worked in two halves and grafted in the center. Then the body stitches are picked up across the top of the edging and worked with decreases at the edges and center seam so that the shawl seamlessly tapers to the top as you work the Extendo Stitch. Optional beads add both weight and texture to this piece creating a fabric that is knit though it appears woven.
Fino Necklace was the final design for my Patternworks Knit Jewelry Kit Club! It has been released as an individual pattern!
Fino is constructed with one long I-cord that is banded together by individually made “beads”… These “bead wraps” are made by placing beads with a crochet hook or Super Floss onto elongated stitches. There are endless possibilities for this technique . You can make one, two, five or twenty beads to wrap your I-cord with… that is totally up to you!
Wait until you see how fun Fino is to make… especially if you invest in an I-cord maker.
I knit these socks for not one, but two reasons: one, that I wanted to make sure that one skein of Schaefer Yarn’s Heather would yield a pair of men’s socks; and two, that I hadn’t ever knit my man some socks! The zig-zagging knit-and-purl pattern is both in chart and written format. The sock is knit “traditionally” from the top down with a reinforced heel. These take a bit of time to knit, but I promise the recipient will be truly grateful!
Haven River, the next pattern in Just One More, is based on the construction of one of my favorite shawls, Trapeze.
First, three trapezoids are knit from the center out. These trapezoids are then connected by triangles, which I call connectors. Then, stitches are picked up for the bottom border and a beaded lace ruffle is worked.
Finally, the top edge of the shawl is finished off with attached i-cord. Of course, you can knit this pattern with no beads at all and you will still love it!
Optional Bead Info: Approx. 30 grams Size 8/0 glass seed beads (prestrung, for connectors and border) Dental floss threader (for stringing beads) Approx. 8 grams Size 6/0 glass seed beads (placed, for bottom border) .75-1mm steel crochet hook, Super Floss, or Beadle...
Introducing the Hay Bale Hat and Headband, a great gifting set!
Headbands are perfect for those of us who wear pony tails…. but want to have our ears be warm! Hats are a perennial favorite (especially with pom-poms!)!
Both patterns start with the Hay Bale Stitch a textural band created by elongating stitches on one row and then wrapping them with your working yarn to create a mini Hay Bale on the next. Then ribbing organically grows out of it into the hat or headband.
The Hay Bale Hat and Headband are perfect compliments to my Hay Bale Mitts (pattern available on Ravelry in January, 2014!)
The Hay Bale Mitts were born after I developed a new stitch and realized it would make the perfect faux ribbing. This satisfying gift knit teaches a few techniques I developed for working with elongated (or wrapped) stitches in my new book, Knockout Knits.
Elongated Stitches are created by wrapping the yarn more than once around the needle, and then manipulating them on the next round. Once you see how easy this is you will be hooked too! Fingerless Mitts, knit in super soft worsted weight wool, are fast, and fun… you probably won’t be able to knit just one pair, making them PERFECT for the gift knitting season!
Hot Flash is a seamless loose sweater constructed in a simple but unusual way. It is worked flat in two halves and then joined together with back and side lace panels. The pattern includes detailed construction illustrations… and alot of support!
There will be an on going KAL in my Ravelry group… check it out and ask questions, we are happy to help you knit Hot Flash!!!
Hot Flash is part of the Novus Collection, which also includes La Jefa and Las Cruces Sweaters.
Yardage 1000 (1100, 1150, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600) yards/ 910 (1010, 1050, 1200, 1280, 1370, 1460) meters of Sport or DK weight yarn
This luxury scarf is made with one skein of scrumptious yarn! The unique stitch pattern uses double yo’s and slipped stitches to create a fabric with wondrous texture. The pattern also breaks up the colors in the hand-dye perfectly, causing the colors to seem to move on the scarf’s surface. The pattern stitch is in written and chart format.
Iota Capelet is a top-down seamless reverse stockinette stitch cape that incorporates increases into the vertical ribbing. It begins with the Iota Stitch worked in the round to create a cowl neck and then then is worked down. It is easily modified to be longer and/or wider! Available as part of the Iota Collection, or individually.
Written for three different weights of yarn, this pattern explores working the Iota Stitch both flat and in the round. I love how this stitch morphs as it is worked in fingering, DK and bulk weight yarns! Available as part of the Iota Collection, or individually!
Materials Bulky Version Cowl- 90 yards Bulky Yarn, Scarf- 300 yards Bulky Yarn US size 13 9 mm ndls or size needed to obtain gauge
DK Version Cowl- 215 yards DK Yarn, Scarf- 500 yards DK Yarn US size 8 5 mm ndls or size needed to obtain gauge
Fingering Weight Version Cowl- 215 yards Fingering Yarn, Scarf- 700 yards Fingering Yarn US size 6 4 mm ndls or size needed to obtain gauge
ALL Tapestry ndl
*YARN USED** Bulky Cowl-** Blue Sky Alpacas Spud and Chloë™ Outer (superwash 65% wool/35% organic cotton; 3.5 oz 100 g / 60 yds 55 m) 1.5 skeins DK Cowl- Schaefer Yarn Chris (80% extrafine merino wool SUPERWASH/ 20% nylon; 4 oz 115 g/ 215 yards 196 m) 1 skein DK Scarf- Lorna’s Laces Honor (70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Silk; 3.5 oz 100 g / 275 yds 250 m) 2 skeins Fingering Scarf- Schaefer Yarn Audrey...
Iota is a top-down seamless yoke sweater. It begins with the Iota Stitch worked around to create a mock turtle neck. The yoke grows as you work increases in between the stitch motifs. The rest of the sweater is then knit in reverse stockinette stitch with optional waist shaping. Available as part of the Iota Collection, or individually.
Jamie Lee is inspired by, you guessed it, Jamie Lee Curtis and those sexy mock t-neck tops she used to wear in the 80’s… Jamie Lee is a fitted tank, with a lacy ribbing at the hem and neckline, waist shaping, and a shell lace panel traveling up each side. The lace pattern is interesting enough to keep you from getting bored while you whip up the body, and the top gets done in no time at all. The lace on the sides is solid enough that your under”wear” won’t show too much, but airy enough to keep you cool on a hot day.
Size Small (Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large) To Fit Chest: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48) inches
Measurements (see schematic in pattern for more details) Actual Chest:...
Janet Leigh is the more mature, less revealing grown-up version of Jamie Lee pattern!
Janet Leigh is a fitted seamless shell with lacy ribbing at the hem and neckline, waist shaping, raglan cap sleeves and a shell lace panel traveling up each side. The lace pattern is interesting enough to keep you from getting bored while you whip up the body, and the top gets done in no time at all. The lace on the sides is solid enough that your under”wear” won’t show too much, but airy enough to keep you cool on a hot day.
Besides having the cap sleeves, Janet Leigh is 1.5” longer than Jamie Lee… other than that the patterns are quite similar.
It’s time for another Mystery KAL, who wants to “JUEGO” with me? (FYI- Juego (huay-go) means game or play in Spanish….)
Schedule Clue #1- April 12th Clue #2- April 19th Clue #3- May 3rd Clue #4- May 10th Clue #5- May 24th
How it works: Sign up by purchasing the pattern prior to April 12th for a discounted price of $6.00 (You can sign up later and receive the previous clues, but I think it’s more fun if you start it right from the get-go!) After April 12th the KAL will be $7.00
When you sign up you will be sent a pdf with a materials list and gauge to be ready to cast on. On each scheduled clue release date an updated pdf will be sent to you with the next clue. There will be videos made just for the KAL to help you, and an active thread in my group on Ravelry so that you have lots of support and FUN while you are knitting.
Go here to read more about the KAL!
MATERIALS You will need approx. 900 yards of light fingering weight yarn 430 yards Col M- multicolor (or variegated) yarn, you can also use a solid if you prefer! 470 yards Col S- solid color yarn
Want to learn the secrets of reversible cables? Kable Kuff will teach you all about them… and then surprise you with the addition of beads! You’ll get to chose if you want to alternate 2 colors of beads, or go all out with a new color on each cable!
Kable Kuff is available both individually and as part of Adorn Anew!
Two Color Version- 6-inch- Size 8 glass seed beads: Color A- 44, Color B - 36 7-inch- Size 8 glass seed beads: Color A- 56, Color B - 48 Multi-Color Version- 6-inch- Size 8 glass seed beads: Colors A, G- 10 each Colors B, C, D, E, F- 12 each 7-inch- Size 8 glass seed beads: Colors A, I- 10 each,
Kinetik is a based on a chevron beaded lace stitch and is created by working two separate triangles and then joining them together with a center panel. There are detailed instructions for working Kinetik with A LOT, SOME or NO beads. The pattern includes links to videos for made especially for helping with the tricksy bits of this design.
Kinetik was originally released as a Mystery KAL in January of 2012. Because of this there is a HUGE amount of advice and help for knitting this pattern in my Ravelry group.
Materials You will need approx. 420 yards of fingering weight yarn. (see my Ravelry group…)
Two US size 5 3.75 mm 24 inch or longer circular ndls, (or size needed to obtain gauge) Note: using lace needles will be VERY helpful
La Jefa is the BOSS LADY! (pronounced: La He-fa) She is a seamless loose lace sweater constructed in a simple but unusual way. It is worked flat in two halves and then joined together with back and side panels. The pattern includes detailed construction illustrations… and a lot of support!
La Jefa is part of the Novus Collection, which also includes Hot Flash and Las Cruces Sweaters.
Las Cruces is a seamless loose sweater constructed in a simple but unusual way. It is worked flat in two halves and then joined together with back and side panels. The pattern includes detailed construction illustrations… and alot of support!
There will be an on going KAL in my Ravelry group… check it out and ask questions, we are happy to help you knit Las Cruces!!!
Las Cruces is part of the Novus Collection, which also includes La Jefa and Hot Flash.
Yardage Solid- 690 (770, 900, 1000, 1090, 1190, 1270) yards/ 630 (700, 820, 910, 1000, 1090, 1160) meters of Sport or DK weight yarn
Color Changing- 750 (840, 980, 1090, 1190, 1300, 1380) yards/ 690 (770, 900, 1000, 1090, 1190, 1260) meters of Sport or DK weight yarn
Latus is a garter stitch short row scarflette with beads outlining each section of the scarf. The short row sections are built one triangle at a time and stack one on top of the other. Once the first half is finished, it is set aside while the second half is worked with a revised buttonhole, then the two halves are grafted together.
A private video link is included in the pattern that will help you learn how to work the short row sections with beads… it’s not complicated and the video makes it down-right easy!
Latus is Adorn’s November pattern and is available as part of the collection OR indvidually!
This pattern is available when you sign up for my Craftsy Class Lace from the Inside Out and as a stand alone pattern.
With the Life Cycle pattern, you will embark on a journey into working a square of heirloom lace. Worked from the center out, Life Cycle can be made either with fingering-weight yarn for a baby blanket, or with lace-weight yarn for a shawl. The square is worked with a succession of stitches that introduce new lace techniques as you knit. The shawl version contains one more section than the baby blanket to ensure a large enough wrap. Finally, an edging is worked all the way around the square, finishing it off with a flourish.
Read more about Life Cycle here: http://nelkindesigns.blogspot.com/2013/03/life-cycle-shaw...
I also have five other Craftsy classes that are great learning tools as well! Check them all out here!
Listado Cowl is sized two ways, a little neck warmer, and an elegant whole head covering; either way this is a fast and simple ribbed lace cowl worked entirely in the round! Once you get the hang of the 4-round stitch repeat it is smooth sailing. The small cowl takes around 130 yards, and the large one around 260 yards. This cowl is a serious stash buster for your finger weight leftovers!
Read more about Listado here: http://nelkindesigns.blogspot.com/2010/10/its-time-for-co...
Lolly Pod is a super simple and fun baby knit. It starts from the top with an easy 9 stitch bobble pattern repeat. Then you just knit around until it’s time to decrease for the bottom. It doesn’t get much simpler than this. The cap is knit just the same way, but from the bottom to the top.
Sack- 190 yards of a worsted weight yarn that obtains gauge; yarn used in photo: Spud & Chloë Sweater Color: 7519 Waterslide; 1.25 skeins
Cap- 90 yards of a fingering weight yarn that obtains gauge; yarn used in photo: Spud & Chloë Fine Color: 7806 Calypso; .3 skein
Gauge Sack- 18 sts/26 rnds = 4 inches in st st, blocked Cap- 27 sts/40 rnds= 4 inches in st st,...
These eyelet knee highs are worked toe-up with a triangular shaped heel gusset and eyelet shaping for the calf along a sturdy back seam. The beauty of toe-up socks? You can try them on as you knit them to make sure they fit YOU and then adjust for perfection!
Category: Accessories • Feet/Legs • Socks • Knee-highs
Size: 7.75 [8.75] inch foot circumference, 12 [14.5] inch calf circumference
Gauge: 9 stitches and 11.5...
Magia is a lovely summer shawl, with an unexpected construction to keep you amused! Beads are incorporated by placing them onto stitches (video tutorial), you can easily not use beads on this piece and it will still be stunning!
Optional- Approx. 50 grams size 6/0 glass seed beads .75-1mm steel crochet hook or Super Floss (for placing beads)
SCHEDULE of Clues Clue #1- June 10th Clue #2- June 17th Clue #3- June 24th Clue #4- July 1st Clue #5- July 8th
HOW IT WORKS: Sign up by purchasing the pattern prior to June 10th for a discounted price of $6.00 (You can sign up later and receive the previous clues, but I think it’s more fun if you start it right from the get-go!) After June 10th the KAL will be $7.00
NOTE: If you are a member of The M Club an e-mail is being sent to you with a link to redeem your pattern, no need to purchase it, it is included in your club...
Magmatic BOOM takes a stitch I developed for the Magmatic MKAL and applies it to a boomerang shaped shawl. The chevron stitch with elongated stitches and placed beads that zig-zag within the pattern is too much fun!
This pattern was designed to use either a skein of gradient yarn or a self-made magic ball and make the most of it by using almost the entire skein. I made one with Fiber Optics Paintboxes… which are addictive, but hard to come by, and one with a magic ball with yarns from stash!
Directions are included for making a magic ball, placing beads, if you’d like, and how to work with elongated stitches!
Magmatic Scarf was originally the last mystery knit-along of 2014’s M Club…. it was made with 3 mini skeins and 1 set of Space Cadet Mini’s. Members got “parts” of the design, including beads, throughout the year’s shipments and then they put them all together into a magic ball and started knitting. (You can read about more about it here.)
Magmatic is worked in an elongated chevron stitch (with optional beads) in the round, and then steeked to turn it into a scarf. Fringe is then “self-made” by unraveling stitches at each end of the scarf.
Knitting Magmatic is a blast… cutting it is awesome, and fringing it is just plain fun! Of course, the pattern includes videos for these last steps, don’t worry!
Magnify can be knit 3 different ways and you get to decide which is for you! Option 1 is the most fun with two colors of beads, Option 2 is a bit simpler with one bead color, or Option 3 is to make it with no beads at all (and it will still be a beauty). If you decide to work without beads then just skip all the instructions that have to do with beads! Easy!
Optional Beads Option 1 (two color option): Approx. 30 grams size 8/0 glass seed beads, col A (Clues #1, 2, 3 & 4) Approx. 20 grams size 8/0 glass seed beads, col B (Clues #1, 2, 3 & 4) OR Option 2 (one color option): Approx. 50 grams size 8/0 glass seed beads (Clues #1, 2, 3 & 4)
Optional Dental floss threader or large eye beading needle (for threading beads onto yarn) Two-Color Option: Approx. 18 grams size 8/0 glass seed beads, col A Approx. 15 grams size 8/0 glass seed beads, col B One-Color Option: Approx. 33 grams size 8/0 glass seed beads
Inspired by the edging in the Magnify Cowl, Magnify shawl is a long crescent shaped shawl. First the sawtooth edging is worked over 39 stitches for the length of the border. The edging‘s “teeth” incorporate alternating sections of garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and beaded ribbing.
Once the edging is complete stitches are picked up along its straight edge and then simple garter stitch short rows are worked to create the shawl...
Magpie can be a scarf, a shawl OR a shrug… you choose! Magpie is worked from the center out in two mirrored mitered triangles. The triangles are then “built out” on each side to create the arms. Of course Magpie can be worked without beads and it will still be stunning!
There are videos made just for the KAL to help you along, and an active thread in my group on Ravelry so that you have lots of support and FUN while you are knitting.
I am currently working on a new design that uses this construction, but is a bit simpler (and doesn’t have beads!)… what?
MATERIALS You will need approx. 750 yards of light fingering weight yarn 500 yards Col MC- main color, I used a solid color 250 yards Col CC- contrasting color, I used a variegated color
Yarn I Used: Jill Draper Makes Stuff, Esopus; (100% superwash merino; 500 yd 457 m/ 113 g)
US Size 5 3.75 mm 24 inch circular needle (Clues #1, 2, 3 & 4; this is the main needle size) US Size 3 3.25 mm 40 inch circular needle or two sizes smaller than needed...
Medallion is worked in two halves and grafted at the center. The bottom edge creates gentle scallops that provide anchor points for the clasps. Beads slipped up at the sides of the wrong side rows accentuate the edging and beaded yarnovers add a bit of sparkle to your knitted wardrobe. Medallion is also July’s pattern in Adorn Anew.
Medio Cowl is another crazily constructed cowl (inspired by Brioche Bandido)… first two “halves” are knit in the round with a Fibonacci inspired striping sequence. Then those two cylinders are joined together with a garter stitch center strip that eats up stitches as it is worked perpendicularly between them.
3 contrasting colors aran weight yarn Large- col 1: 175 yds (160 m), col 2 and 3: 200 yds (183 m) Small- col 1: 100 yds (91 m), col 2 and 3: 90 yds (82 m)
Yarn I Used: Large- Jill Draper Makes Stuff, Middlefield; (60% alpaca, 40% merino; 200 yd 183 m/ 113 g): col 1: Capiz Shell, col 2: Marine, col 3: Sea Ice
This was a Mystery Knit-A-Long. Meta Mystery KAL is an Adventure in Shapes!
Meta was designed to be knit in sections (or kites) and then those kites are connected to create a uniquely shaped shawl that sits perfectly on the shoulders. First 3 mainly garter stitch kites are knit, 1 of which has optional beads. Then kites 1 and 2 are connected by a rectangular panel that has a lace stripe. An edging is worked out from the side of Kite 1. Then kites 2 and 3 are connected with another panel, and an edging is worked out on kite 3, and suddenly you have a shawl!
Optional Bead Supplies- Dental floss threader or large eye beading needle (for threading beads onto yarn)
Option 1 (two color option): Approx. 16 grams size 8/0 glass seed beads, col A (Clue #2) Approx. 19 grams size 8/0 glass seed beads, col B (Clues #3, 4, and 5) OR Option 2 (one color option): Approx. 35...
Optional: 120 (132) Size 6 glass seed beads approx. 12 grams 1mm crochet hook or Super Floss
It’s time for a pair of fabulous fingerless mitts, don’t you think? These mitts are meant to be worked with a soft and luxurious yarn, cashmere anyone? Mica Mitts are worked in a twisted rib stitch with a beaded feather and fan center panel and a decorative thumb gusset.
Mica Mitts is available individually, or as a part of Adorn Anew!
Designed to coordinate with my Mica Mitts, Mica Tam combines the twisted rib stitch with a beaded variation of feather and fan. The tam is worked from the brim to the top and is designed with just the right amount of “slouch”!
Thanks to JanElinRN for the great idea!
Beads are optional of course! The pattern includes a link to my video tutorial for working with them.
266 Size 6 glass seed beads approx. 25 grams 1mm crochet hook or Super Floss
Category: Accessories • Hat • Beret, Tam
Migrations is all about traveling beads. Traveling beads that float on yarn overs creating movement and texture. This pattern mixes up the colors in crazy hand dyes to perfection. Play with color, have fun!
This scarf is worked in 2 halves and then grafted together at the middle as the pattern would be backwards on one end if you worked it from start to finish. You being with a simple ribbing that has beads placed in between knit sts for weight and flare at the bottom, then beads are incorporated into the pattern for the first eight inches on each side. The scarf would be WAY too heavy with beads throughout it! Have fun choosing yarn and beads, the sky is the limit….
A cute dress for the schnookie in your life to keep them warm and cozy over a turtleneck and leggings. Designed to be knee length so it won’t get in the way when crawling or climbing! Can be simplified by omitting striping and working all in one color with a contrasting color edging.
This two-color beaded Brioche scarflette is inspired by the Brioche Gull Stitch in Nancy Marchant’s book, Knitting Fresh Brioche.
Mouette means gull in French and this elegant little piece certainly deserves a sophisticated name, especially once you see what a fun challenge it is to knit. I (not so) secretly refer to this as my “anti-Alzheimer’s” design as mastering all the skills involved uses ALL of your brain power, which we all know is healthy for our minds : )!
But don’t worry… I’ve given lots of tips and tricks in the notes section (and videos) to help you become a Mouette Master! And as always, the beading is optional!
A KAL for this pattern is “on” for 2015 M Club Members in our...
Introducing Adorn Anew’s first pattern: Mudra Cuff
Mudra Cuff is constructed with 3 strands of I-cord that have beads slipped up in between the cord’s stitches. The beaded sections have smaller size 8 beads surrounding a larger accent bead. This design is perfect for playing with color and best of all is FUN to knit!
The cords are attached to a 3-ring slide clasp which means they stay in place on your wrist!
Mudra Necklace is created by taking an I-cord that has beads slipped up in between the cord’s stitches and hooking it through a pendant with a half hitch knot. The beaded sections have smaller size 8 beads surrounding a larger size 6 bead. There are kits available for Mudra as well!
Mudra Necklace is also June’s pattern in Adorn Anew.
This is a great beginner hat that you can whip up in no time at all for a quick gift, or just to keep warm. Perfect in bright colors to find your family on the slopes, or in neutrals for an understated funky vibe while walking the city streets. The pattern is sized for the whole family, and is an unbelievably quick knit so be prepared to make more than one!
Nicholetta is worked toe-up with a triangular shaped heel (thanks yarnissima!) with simple cabling on the top of the foot and up the leg. The cabling is done quickly by cabling without a cable needle, and easy directions for this great technique are included in the pattern. This pattern is also easily converted to be knit on one or two circular needles, your pick. Both a chart and written instructions are included, though once you get the pattern set-up you won’t need to use either!
The Novus Jacket was inspired by the construction of the sweaters in the Novus Collection. I wanted a winter weight jacket that would keep me WARM and that I could wear open or closed! The jacket is worked from the sleeve towards the center in two halves and then joined together by back and sleeve panels. It is easy to adjust! Add length to the jacket when you cast on for the body and add width by working more rows at the collar.
MATERIALS 495 (525, 630, 680, 760, 825, 885) yards/ 450 (480, 580, 620, 690, 750, 810) meters of a structured bulky or super bulky weight yarn
Yarn I Used: Harrisville Designs, Turbine (100% wool; 110 yd 101 m/ 3.53 oz 100 g); Eastview Note: This yarn is more like 90 yd/100 g, plan accordingly!
US Size 11 8 mm 32-inch or longer circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge (sleeves and body) Spare US Size 11 8 mm needle, or size needed to obtain gauge (for back) US Size 11 8 mm 40-inch or longer circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge (for collar) Tapestry needle Scrap yarn and 8 mm crochet hook for provisional cast on Stitch holders or scrap yarn for holding un-worked sts Jul Designs Classic Waves Shawl...
Obsessio was originally released as a Craftsy Mystery KAL in June of 2013. Copyright has now reverted back to me and I’ve added sizing/yarn and beading options!
Obsessio is an ethereal lacy cowl meant to be worn draped over the shoulders or wrapped around the neck. It can be knit in a lace weight, light fingering OR fingering weight yarn. All you have to do is change your needle size to get gauge!
Obsessio starts with a provisional cast on, and is worked in one long rectangle. The two ends of the rectangle are then grafted together to create the cowl shaping. The stitch pattern combines a modified feather and fan with FAT cables on each outer edge. Pattern includes options for three different places that beads can be incorporated into the cowl. You can choose to do either...
Introducing my newest, latest, favoritest shawl for Just One More: Oscillo!
I’ve always loved the shaping and wear-ability of Spumante, and when I discovered that I could place beads on the Plasma Stitch from Skywalker I thought a shallow shawl with beaded bottom border would be just the thing!
The Details: Knit seamless the bottom border contains elongated stitches in a wave pattern. Beads are placed to “fill” in the negative space creating a striking balance.
Once the beaded section is complete the body of Oscillo is worked with a stockinette base with strips of elongated stitches and short rows for shaping.
Supplies • Approx. 20g Magnatama OR Size 6 glass seed beads for edging • Approx. 7g Size 6 glass beads • Dental floss threader (for putting beads on yarn) • 1 mm crochet hook or Super Floss • Yarn needle
Perle, a beaded scarflette, is worked in two halves and kitchener stitched together. Beads are worked in two different ways on this pattern. The edge beads are prestrung and worked on the first knit stitch of each row. The interior beads are placed onto their stitches with a crochet hook or super floss. Video links are included in pattern to teach specific beading techniques!
Also, there is an article written by Laura on knitting with beads:...
Phi for You is super special and the result of one of the most interesting collaborations I have ever worked on! I designed a top-down Half-Pi Shawl with crescent shaping and then Cat from Caterpillargreen took my spreadsheet and dyed self-striping yarn for it based on the Golden Ratio (Phi). AMAZING!
You can either use the self-striping shawl yarn that was dyed JUST FOR IT , one of Caterpillargreen’s regular shawl striping yarns, or another yarn in your stash.
Pioneer Cuff is a simple lace cuff knit in either lace, light fingering or fingering weight yarn that incorporates both pre-strung beads that are slipped in between stitches and larger beads that are placed on stitches with super floss or a crochet hook. This is a GREAT learning cuff, for teaching multiple beading techniques and knitting simple lace! Pattern is both charted and written out and includes video links for working with the beads!
Pioneer Cuff is also used as a learning pattern in my Craftsy class: Knitting with Beads!
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Proper Etiquette is worked toe-up with a triangular shaped heel.
Category: Accessories • Feet/Legs • Socks • Mid-calf
Age: Teen • Adult
Size: Small (Large)
Gauge: 15 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette in the round
Needles: US 2 - 2.75 mm • US 1½ - 2.5 mm
Hook: 6.5 mm (K)
The Prospect Shrug is worked from the center out. First a square of lace is worked in the round for the back. Each sleeve is then created by working a flat lace panel out for a few inches and then joining those stitches into the round to create the sleeve shaping. Finally, stitches are picked up all the way around the inside of the shrug to pull it all together with a ribbed short row collar. We recommend using sharp tip lace needles to work this project.
YARN: The Fibre Co. Road to China Lace (65% baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel, 10% cashmere; 656 yds/100 gm skein): peridot, 1 (1) skein. GAUGE: 24 sts + 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st on larger needle, after blocking.
Listado Cowl was one of the first cowls I designed. I always wanted it to be longer but to do that I knew I had to change the stitch pattern to be reversible. So this version was born!
I used a brand new yummy gradient alpaca/merino sport weight yarn from Cloudborn Fibers… the color shifts happen without you doing a thing (besides knitting). This pattern can be made with a variety of yarns and it is easily adjustable based on yardage available.
This pattern/yarn combo is definitely a hit as when I bound it off my hubby “stole” it before I even had time to block it and revamp the pattern! Luckily I got it back...
This reversible double-sided lace scarf features beads that graduate in color inside each wave of the lace stitch. The beads are prestrung in a sequence so that they fall in the correct place. You can use just one color bead, if you desire, and it will still be gorgeous!
648 size 6 Japanese seed beads (approximately. 65 grams) (B-bigger) 540 size 8 Japanese seed beads (approximately. 15 grams) (A- smaller) Dental floss threader or large eye beading needle (for stringing on beads)
Sometimes I look back on previous designs and suddenly see how to work them differently—not necessarily...
Rippled is a lightweight lace ruffle to adorn your neck. It is constructed by ten rows of garter stitch with beads placed at intervals for pools of shine. Finished off with a fringe bead bind off and i-cords for easily adjustable length. It’s another necklace you can make in a night! (and yes, there are kits available)
Rippled is October’s Adorn pattern, you can read more about Adorn here.
Selata is worked from the top down, with increases placed so that a squared off bottom hem emerges. To this edge I added a lacy ruffle and to that an optional beaded lace bind off! You can work Selata either in one color, or two as I have done. The pattern is written in two sizes, and includes detailed yardage information for both versions.
A great thing about knitting Selata Shawl? There is ALL that garter stitch with just a little lace at the end…. so if you are looking for a project that makes for easy knitting (and we know not all my patterns are like that!) this might fit the bill!
Sizes: Small (Large)
Finished Measurements: 54” wide x 17” long (60” wide x 19” long)
These fabulous gloves have detailing that appears intricate but is simple to work up. The wrist ribbing is done in my favorite mock cable rib to hug the glove to your arm and keep the cold out. The back of the hand has a twisted cable with a purl background to keep things interesting while you knit the body of the glove. The pattern includes an easy-to-read chart for the cable and is worked on DPN’s in the round. Designed with Schaefer Yarn’s Heather these gloves will add luxury, warmth, and function to your winter!
Skywalker is a semi-circular shawl, worked from the top down. You start with 9 stitches picked up around a garter stitch rectangle, and work out with increase rows loosely based on Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Pi-Shawl formula.
A variety of lace patterns are placed in between these increase rows.
The stitches start out quite easy and get a bit more challenging as the project progresses and you are ready to learn new skills!
Skywalker is one of two patterns I designed for an on-line class with Craftsy.com… if you sign up for the class you will get copies of both Skywalker and Clarus in your class materials.
Slipster is a cute little A-line dress with a lacy ruffle at the bottom and an overall slip stitch pattern. Using slip stitches with hand-painted yarn helps avoid pooling of color, and keeps you entertained while you knit!
Category: Clothing • Dress
Age: Baby • Toddler • Child
Size: 6-12 months (12-18 months, 2T, 3T, 4T)
Gauge: 21 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in pattern st on larger ndls in the...
Snuggler is a cozy hoodie with a slight cowl neck worked up in sport weight yarn. Simple lace stripes go up the each arm and border the pocket. There is also a simple rib stitch collar if you don’t want to work the hood!
Read more about it here: http://nelkindesigns.blogspot.com/2010/03/snuggler.html
Spumante is worked from the bottom up, it begins with a beaded lace border and then is shaped with simple garter stitch short rows. The eight row edging chart incorporates nupps and beaded yarnovers to create a delicate and textured border. A detailed swatching section with an exclusive video is included to help you get started on this stunning shawl.
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Shawl/Wrap
Size: Approx. 64 inches at widest point by 10 inches long at center
Gauge: 20 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch blocked
Needles: US 4 - 3.5 mm