Introducing Annalie

Hello Knitters,

Meet Annalie, a fun pattern for a rectangular shawl or classic scarf. Annalie combines the vintage sweetness of eyelet lace ribs with clean, modern style.

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Annalie is a PDF knitting pattern download  containing full written instructions, knitting charts, and schematic available for $6.00 USD.

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See the Ravelry pattern listing or use the buy now button to buy the pattern. You do not need to be a Ravelry member to use the buy now button.

Here’s a little story about Annalie’s origin.

In another lifetime before I was a knitter, I was a corporate executive assistant and went on a week-long business trip to Luxembourg. If you’ve never been to Luxembourg, it is a country that seems to be right out of a fairy tale complete with castles, cobblestones, and a Duke who lives in center city!

While there I drank the best coffee of my life, tasted my first amuse-bouche on a wide-bowled china spoon (fancy), my first sea scallop (mmmmm), and my first cuttlefish (bleeeeeehhhh) at formal business dinners. I pretended to be a cosmopolitan bomb-diggity twenty-two year old abroad. I also became desperately homesick for my then-boyfriend, now-husband back home in Illinois and felt totally out of place among the throng of cool young professionals working in global finance.

It was early November, and all the Luxembourgers (that’s what they are really called) seemed to be wearing scarves mysteriously wrapped around their necks with the ends tucked in. Over their coats, over their clothes, there was always a scarf. They seemed so stylish in that layered, unmistakably European way of wearing an understated outfit finished off with a beautiful scarf. The choice of scarf added personality and varied from sheer floral silk to cozy wool knit to woven plaid cashmere and everything in between. My scarves had only ever been an afterthought, a long, skinny thing tossed around the neck of my winter coat with the ends flapping in the wind like Snoopy.

snoopy-scarfThese scarves were nothing like that.

Back home, my boyfriend asked me to marry him, I decided to leave corporate life behind, and I began to experiment with wearing wider scarves and wraps coiled around my neck in different ways. If you’ve never seen this amazing video about wrapping scarves, check it out, I guarantee you’ll be digging out your scarves to play. I learned that wearing a scarf is practical, it’s so warm and adds polish to a basic outfit. It’s seasonless, you simply change the fabric or texture as the seasons change. It’s expressive of your taste, your mood since you can wear any sort of fabric, color, texture, or print, and it’s just a lot of fun!

That was about 10 years ago, and my love of the husband, scarves, wraps, and shawls has only grown with time. I hope you enjoy making Annalie because you’re sure to look beautiful wearing her.

Happy scarfing!

Introducing Yarntoons!

Hey Yarnies!

I am really excited to share my new line of fiber art illustrations: YARNTOONS by Sara Kay! Creating Yarntoons is a new passion of mine.

What’s a Yarntoon? It’s a lighthearted artwork doodle that celebrates our love of yarn and yarn-tastic pursuits. I’ve been creating them using permanent ink, a brush of watercolor, and a splash of wit!

If you like them, you can buy my Yarntoons products and downloadable artwork from my Etsy shop to print on anything you please to celebrate your love of yarn, YARNTOON-style!

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Crochet by Sara Kay

 

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K-N-I-T by Sara Kay
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Knit Fast, Die Warm by Sara Kay

 

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Swatch Out! by Sara Kay
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One More Row by Sara Kay
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Balls to the Wall by Sara Kay

Pssst! Don’t forget to check out the coffee mug department at Society 6:

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I love yarn puns, sheep puns, wool puns, puns about balls, irreverent plays on words, and have many more in the works if I could just stop smudging my artworks right before finishing [true story. yes, more than once].

Thanks for visiting and stay tuned for fresh Yarntoons, coming soon!

In Stitches,

Sara

Spring Fling! Coupon Code: SPRINGFLING

Hey Yarnies,

To celebrate the coming weekend and beat this chilly, gray Spring cold snap, I’m offering 50% off any pattern and every pattern in my Ravelry shop.

Coupon Code: SPRINGFLING

Hope you have some fun and celebrate SPRINGFLING with me!

 

♥ Sara ♥

Let’s Knit Magazine ~ Author Interview

Let’s Knit is a UK magazine all about knitting and crochet, and they interviewed me for this month’s “Last Word” section.

We discuss Poetic Crochet, my favorite (favourite!) fibers, and my unusual path into the wonderful world of yarn.

Hint: The path was uncovered by that beloved British lady of letters, Agatha Christie. Strange, but true. Click the “Read the Interview” link to check it out!

Read the Interview

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♥ MBS: My Beautiful Sweater ♥

Hi Knitters and Crocheters,

Guess what? This is project chit-chat.

I rarely post what’s “on the needles” or “off the hook…”

[was just struck with realization that “off the hook” is one of the best crochet puns I have never used.]

ahem…because I typically design with the end goal of submission or indie release and usually I can’t share them with you early.

Since finishing the book, I’ve been in an exploring phase that turned into an L&D phase. L& D = Learning & Development. YAY!

I decided to make myself a sweater to get more familiar with lace knitting, working from (and creating!) knit lace charts, playing with semi-tailored garment fits, poring over knit garment design books to study and apply the principles (later to crochet as well!), embracing seamed garment-making, and just getting back into the swing of sweater designing.

I can’t tell you how tired I am of looking at that water stain on my graph paper chart.

Yes, I could have recopied it. But was I going to?

No.

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I decided to approach this undertaking with a very positive attitude, so I named it “MBS” for “My Beautiful Sweater” instead of giving it a fanciful or feminine name as I normally do. I think referring to it that way helped my mindset when progress slowed to a crawl!

I tried it on and it fits, but I’m 9.99 months pregnant (due date is the day after tomorrow), and I just couldn’t bring myself to get in front of the camera.

One problem I’ve had when making fitted garments is not allowing for enough wearing ease. You know that impulse when shopping to really want to buy the smallest size you can get away with? It’s a little like that. Do you do that?

I think it’s that same problem that sometimes attacks me when I face my body measurements and then I’m supposed to add in extra inches for ease. But it’s denial to think you don’t need them, friends.

Pure denial.

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My mannequin is a skinny minny, so there’s lots of extra ease and the fit is oversized on her, but I think it looks pretty and tunic-like.

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We still need a neckline finish and I’m thinking just a very simple, narrow reverse stockinette rolled neckline will fit the bill.

Now I’m casting on for a baby size! Whee! If it pans out, I hope to release the sweater pattern for little ones.

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Thanks for visiting me today.

♥ knit, crochet, love; rep from ♥ forever.

Sara Kay

Mabel Mitts

Hi Knitters,

The Mabel Mitts are made in a plush lace rib that will keep you texting, stitching, and cozy all the while.

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They are worked flat and seamed at the inside wrist leaving a thumb hole. You’ll pick up thumb stitches and work an easy-peasy gusset–so easy we should really just call it a tube–because it has no shaping whatsoever.mabel2

Cute and practical, these mitts work up in a snap of your fingers.

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They also make nice gifts for friends you deem worthy of knitted lace.

The pattern includes a chart and written instructions so you can choose your own adventure!mabel8

 

 

Free PDF Pattern Download: mabel-mitts

In Stitches,

Sara Kay

Miss Sadie’s Scarflette

Miss Sadie is the first knitting pattern I designed and shared in 2010. Since then, she’s been made by hundreds of knitters. I’ll never forget how exciting it was to discover that knitters 4,741 miles away from me were making my pattern and posting it in Russian needlecraft forums. It was an inkling of how special and connective knitting can be.sadie 2

The original blog is now extinct, so I freshened up the post, kept the original photos (eek), and added a few much-more-charming customer images at the end.sadie

Miss Sadie is the same fun, easy, squishy, cozy knit she always has been! I hope you enjoy.
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MATERIALS

  • 2 balls/skeins worsted weight yarn – 80 g each, held double
  • US 15 (10 mm) knitting needles
  • A yarn needle

GAUGE

10.5 sts and 20 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Garter Stitch worked with 2 strands held together

SIZES

One size fits most. To make the scarflette looser, knit a few inches longer than the recommended 19.5 inches. To make it tighter, knit fewer inches shorter. Adjust the width of the scarflette lapels by casting on more or fewer stitches.

NOTES

ABBREVIATIONS

CO – Cast on

Sl – Slip

Sts – Stitches

Rep – Repeat

K – Knit

K2tog – Knit 2 together

BO – Bind off

PATTERN

CO 26 sts.

Row 1: Sl 1 as if to knit, K across.

Rep Row 1 until work measures 19.5 inches from cast-on edge.

BO 23 sts.

With 2 sts remaining on the left-hand needle, K2tog and BO final stitch leaving a 10” tail for seaming. Note: Knitting 2 together before binding off your last stitch provides a neatly squared-off corner.

FINISH

Lay scarflette out vertically in front of you. Seam 4.5 inches of upper side edge to 4.5 inches of opposite lower side edge [see photos below].

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Once seamed, the scarflette will resemble a tube in the shape of a parallelogram. Weave in yarn ends. Put on scarflette and fold down “lapels.” Position as desired and wear with style like some of these beautiful people.

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♥ knit, crochet, love; rep from ♥ forever.