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Trick of the TOG
Here's a simple scarf that packs ... some drama! Changing the "lean" of knitting two stitches together changes the lean of the entire piece. This is a great example of the resulting effect ... It depicts the great battle between SSK & K2Tog!! Gradient, hand-painted and slow color changing yarns really emphasize the effect. ... WOW!
Notes are included for making it longer/shorter and wider/narrower. Available in my Ravelry store and PatternFish.

Circling Infinity
"DO NOT TWIST YOUR KNITTING!" they all said. HA!!!! One needle, four pockets all worked simultaneously into a cute, mini-messenger cross-body bag. Perfect in size for your tablet-type devices with lots of room for extras. This design uses the same, unique "needle-crossing" technique as MuffleHead, Turn Again Tote , Around 'n Around and Twist & Shout. It is a fun challenge ... if you are timid about twisting things up, try a MuffleHead first! What could be better (or more fun to knit)? Available in my Ravelry store and PatternFish.

Getting Sleepy
Are you getting sleepy? ... or maybe dizzy! Simple stripes turn into a CRAZY spiral in a baby or lap blanket. It's not magic ... Really!! In one or two main colors and a contrasting color, this blanket will catch some eyes. Hand-paints and solids work wonderfully! Hypnotic? Maybe ... It's spiraling madness! Available in my Ravelry store and PatternFish.

Spiral Up Tote
Don't let this bag make you dizzy! Simple stripes turn into a CRAZY spiral in this spectacular tote. It's not magic ... Really!! In two or three colors of feltable wool, this bag rocks!! There are several options for the look of the top and the pattern includes instructions for simple but perfectly coordinating spiraling handles. It's spiraling madness! Available in my Ravelry store and PatternFish.

"S"ential Bag
This funky bag might blow your mind! Add a zipper to a simple "S" shape and it turns into a really cute bag! So many options here ... from an evening clutch to a tote for small toys. Worked in worsted weight yarn it can be lined or felted (or not). One color, hand-painted and slow color changing yarns all look incredible. Available in my Ravelry store and PatternFish.

Twisted Torus
Simple and intriguing! This headband and muffler are worked In-the-Round yet ... end up On-the-Bias! Gradient, self-striping and hand painted yarns look fantastic and it works in anything from Sport to Worsted weight! Two sizes are included for both headband and the muffler. Available in my Ravelry store and PatternFish.

A Touch of Zen
Simple, stylish and elegant. This modular scarf is worked in several coordinating DK or sport weight yarns. Think colorful, textured or glitzy! The finishing options explain a long-flat and an infinity version. They are long enough to wrap twice. Two sizes are included ... PLUS Moebius instructions! Available in my Ravelry store and PatternFish.

Crossing Madeira
Here's another graduated lace piece! This one boasts mirror images of Madeira Diamonds. The pattern swirls to the left and to the right with a simple line of beads at the change. The cape can be cinched up at the beads to add some interest or left alone. Three sizes are included. Available in my Ravelry store and PatternFish.

Six Rings
Six rings woven together into a sphere makes a ... bracelet, hat, baby/pet ball, headband, muffler, fingerless mitts, even a trivet. What??? ... Really! This just kept morphing into more and more things. I'm certain it will continue! Available in my Ravelry store and at PatternFish.

StarBurst Cape
Here's some asymmetrical symmetry! This little cape is worked out from the center point on the shoulder with a starburst of radiating eyelets! It calls for worsted weight yarn and looks great in one color and handpaints. So dramatic, versatile and elegant. And how about a little glitz ... a beaded, sequined carry-along?? What fun! Available in my Ravelry store and at PatternFish.

Meandering Moebius
Check out this retro scarf/head-wrap. Picture Audry Hepburn (or, better yet, yourself!) in sunglasses and a convertible with the top down, cruising along wearing this! It begins with a Moebius cast-on in soft, worsted weight yarn. It features a traveling stitch pattern and three sizes; 20" for days with gale force winds, 24" for breezy days and 28" for calm days. Fabulous and classy! Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Islander Belt
And, to accompany the duo ... a belt!! Here's a knitted belt with a dramatic closure. Beads are optional for some added glitz! Available kitted, including everything you need (a set of buckles, yarn, beads and instructions), in lots and lots of colors from Ellen's Half Pint Farm or send me an e-mail for more info.

Islander Collar & Cuff
Presenting a CUTE duo!! Here's a knitted collar (necklace) and cuff (bracelet) with a dramatic closure and beaded for some glitz! Available kitted, including everything for the pair (2 sets of buckles, yarn, beads and instructions), in lots and lots of colors from Ellen's Half Pint Farm or send me an e-mail for more info.

Pinch Pot Pouch
This little bag was a pleasure to create. Donated to Ellen's Half Pint Farm for the 2014 "Prouty" cancer benefit walk ... it was an honor to help out and contribute. It is available in Ellen's Bella Sorella kits in many colors ... all (actually more than all) of her proceeds are donated. They are available on her web-site or send her an e-mail for more info.

Peeking Beads
This long beaded scarf is both fun and a classic! Perfect for double wrapping or fancy tying. Using an innovative beading technique, the beads peek out on both sides, so it is reversible. It is worked in fingering or sport weight yarn and looks great in one color and handpaints. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Drops and Ripples
This soft wrap is sophisticated and elegant. Dropped stitches (yes!) create swirling ripples like drops in a pool. Either side can be worn as the front and the armholes keep it on! It is worked side-to-side in worsted weight yarn and looks great in one color and handpaints. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Reintroducing .... Knitted Bead Bracelets Kits
Create a simple but elegant bracelet ... it can be dressy or casual. The beads are knitted in giving it a uniform, almost polished look. The bracelets are slightly stretchy and have a twist to them so they roll on over the hand ... a "quick knit" on very small needles. Available kitted in many colors, e-mail Ellen's Half Pint Farm for ordering info.

Flying Ply
Simple, yet elegant. This scarf does make a statement! This little cutie is worked in lace (or fingering) weight yarn but incorporates some plying tricks that ups the needles size to an #8 (or #9)! Yes ... no tiny needles on this baby. The bias, triangular shape sits nicely around the neck and the fine yarn provides fine drape. The knitted-in loop keeps it on and the optional beads add some sparkle. Solid color and painted yarns look fantastic. Simple elegance! Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Cubing Above & Below
Here's something for up above and down below! A hat in two styles, a slouch and a cloche, and a pair of cozy leg-warmers. Simple in shape but wonderful accessories, and a great first EntreBlock project! Another addition to the "EntreBlock" collection ... If you can entrelac, you can EntreBlock! Entrelac experience is recommended. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Cubing Down Vest
Here's a top-down vest or top in EntreBlock! Worked on #10 needles with worsted weight yarn, this looks spectacular in solids and handpainteds. It includes a great size range and tips for shorter, longer and larger! Another piece in the "EntreBlock" collection ... If you can entrelac, you can EntreBlock! Entrelac experience is recommended. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.
AND ... Check out the cropped version of Cubing Down Vest. Click here for the extra page of instructions.

EntreBlock Neckerchief
Just a little something ... This neckerchief can add a little warmth or a lot of drama! Instructions are included for multiple sizes for fine/sport to DK weight yarns. Another piece in the "EntreBlock" collection. Entrelac experience is recommended. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Trinity Shrug
Another "EntreBlock" piece, Trinity Shrug is elegant, yet practical. It looks fantastic in solid color and hand-painted yarns, is so comfortable and stays on! This one uses heavy worsted weight yarn on #10 (6mm) needles. Entrelac experience is recommended. Available in my Ravelry store and at PatternFish.

Trinity Baby Blanket
Another in the "EntreBlock" collection, this baby blanket is the perfect Welcome gift. Easily made heavier or lighter, larger or smaller, it is quite the unique piece. Available in my Ravelry store and at PatternFish.

Trinity Capelet
Worked in DK weight yarn on #8 (5mm) needles, this capelet is certainly unique. Look closely ... These diamonds are all worked together in "EntreBlock"! Yes, a trinity of diamonds throughout, with a lightly beaded edge. Available in my Ravelry store and at PatternFish.

FlutterBy
Here's an idea that will make your hand painted yarn colors pop ... "FlutterBys"! Featured here in an Infinity scarf AND a Moebius in two lengths. Worked in fingering / lace weight hand painted yarns from Ellen's Half Pint Farm on #8 (5mm) needles and G hook, this scarf collection features a KNITTED base with CROCHETED embellishment!! Oh, what fun!!! Available kitted at Ellen's Half Pint Farm.

Triddian Ascot
Afraid of fingering and lace yarns? Try this!! This simple, light weight ascot will finish off any outfit. Made in FINGERING or LACE weight yarn on #7 (4.5mm) NEEDLES using some creative plying tricks to create a wonderful combination of featherweight and thick lines. There's a build in loop for simple securing or add a pin or beads for an even dressier look. Available in my Ravelry store and at PatternFish.

All Tucked In (formerly Hand Jive)
Mittens keep your hands warmer then gloves, but don't we miss our fingers! The top of this mitten flips back so you get the best of both. Plus, because they are felted, they are even warmer. There are lots of optiond here, including finger-less/thumb-less and traditional versions. Pictured in Brown Sheep's Lambs Pride. Now available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Twilight
Hand dyed and painted yarns work wonders here! This wrap doubles as a long scarf. It can be worked in fingering/lace WITH worsted yarns or it can be worked ENTIRELY in fingering/lace weight yarn using Navajo plying - all on #8 (5mm) needles. There are streaks of featherweight areas surrounded by heavier, textured areas and the hand dyed and painted colors pool and flow through out. Available in my Ravelry store and at PatternFish.

Braid Around the Ring
Now for a little i-cord magic! There are tricks behind creating this braided bracelet from a length of i-cord - this is one long length of i-cord - there is no end! This is a fun project with just enough twist to warrant that "Ah-HA" moment. There are two sizes included and several beading options. Yet another addictive project! Available at PatternFish.

Matters of the Heart
Here's a fun and quick project with many possibilities! Every child needs a heart on their bed, the Bride-to-be needs a pillow for the young ring bearer and what's Valentine's Day without a hand-made red heart pillow! This is worked symmetrically (in-the-round), so yarns with slow color changes look fantastic. The size ranges from 10" to 12" across depending on the yarn weight. Careful, you may end up making dozens! Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Cables Cubed
Here's a great beginner cable project ... A reversible cabled scarf. Simple, practical and warm, masculan or feminine, with two cables on one side & one on the reverse. Instructions are given for both worsted and bulky yarns. Super simple and attractive. Available in my Ravelry store and at PatternFish.

Snuggles
Originally designed for the toddler through elementary child, now Snuggles is available in adult sizes as well. This is a poncho that doubles as a blanket. Great for cold days in the car over a jacket. Presented in four sizes (very simple to go one larger or smaller). The kid's version is worked in aran weight yarn, the adult in bulky. Both work in yarn with a slow color change or 2 colors. It's a really fun knit in Entrelac - turned on its end! Shown in Crystal Palace Mochi Plus & Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Superwash Bulky. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Ruana Minor
This versitile ruana-style vest looks great in a light breezy yarn (shown in Rowans Kid Silk Haze) or in a heavier, warmer yarn (shown in Brown Sheep Hand-paint Originals). It is worked on #9 (5.5mm) needles, so a lot of yarn weights work wonderfully, in an interesting version of Entrelac - it's off its point! Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Ruana Major
This Ruana certainly makes a statement. Worked in two colors or in a yarn with a slow color change, the lines are stunning! Shown here in Noro Yuzen and Rowan Lima - the decadent fibers gives wonderful drape. And no, it's not hard - it's just Entrelac turned off its point! Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Twist & Shout
This contemporary bucket bag in two sizes certainly has flair. The colors are worked at the same time in Stockinette Stitch, part in-the-round and part in rows. It is worked in one piece with just two seams. There is lots of space inside for your stuff with inside and outside pockets. The models are felted, adding to the structure and stability. Shown in Bryspun Kid-n-Ewe and Cascade 220 with leather handles from Homestead Heirlooms. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Torqued-About Bag
Here's a torqued up bag that's just fun! It's knitted flat and then twisted into shape! For stability, this is either knitted a bit tighter than usual or knitted & felted. Several striping and yarn options are included resulting in diverse sizes and styles; big to small, sporty to dressy. Instructions are also given for knitting the strap rings into the bag (they can also be attached afterwards). Lots of choices!! Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

MuffleHead
So, I'm running in the cold. My face is FREEZING because I hate to run with a scarf around my neck (too much bulk!) and this hits me ... This is Mufflehead, a no-nonsense muffler. There's no bulk around the neck, down your back or on your chest. Unfolded, it serves as a full muffler & almost-hat, folded, a headband & turtleneck. Worked in ribbing, it fits just about every head & instructions are given for various weights of yarn. Warning - this one's very adictive - you may end up making dozens! Available in my Ravelry store and at PatternFish.
AND ... Check out the Trendsetter Cha Cha version. Click here for the extra page of instructions.

Starry Starry Night
This gently curved little wrap is perfect for breezy evenings and starry nights. The simple lace swirls through it like the van Gogh. Worked in fine yarn on #6 (4mm) needles, it has great drape. Secure it using the eyelet opening or your favorite shawl pin. Shown here in Wagtail Farm's 100% Kid Mohair (lavender) and Ellen's Half Pint Farm's silk/alpaca (silver). Available in my Ravelry store and at PatternFish.

Around n' Around
Here's a "saddle-bag" style shoulder bag with really unique construction. It is knitted in-the-round in one piece; the colors are worked at the same time so there are no separate parts, which means ... no seams! There is lots of space inside for your stuff and a heafty front gussetted pocket and inside pocket as well ... and its felted for extra stability. Shown in Cascade 220 (green/black) with a wonderful braided handle from Homestead Heirlooms. Also shown in Ellen's Half Pint Farm (tan/moss/peach) and Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride (brown/black). Pattern available in your local yarn shop and Homestead Heirlooms and at PatternFish.

Synchronicity
A Moebius in Entrelac ... There's something about the stitch that fits the shape, there's something about the shape that fits the stitch. This is almost more fun to make than it is to wear. The pattern is written for heavy worsted / bulky yarn worked on #10.5 (7mm) needles, but there are instructions for adjusting to worsted weight on #9s (5.5mm) and DK on #7s (4.5mm). Shown here in Ellen's Half Pint Farm's Alpaca/Silk fingering yarn (tripled) and Noro's Silk Garden chunky. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Turn Again Tote
Here's a bag with pockets ... Inside & out! Lots of places to stash your stuff. It can be large enough for a knitting tote (of course) or small enough for a handbag. The construction is unique; the entire bag is knitted as one unit, so no seams! Shown in Cascade Eco Wool (largest in brown), Cascade 220 (medium in green/blue) and a mix of sport weights (small - red/black), with wonderful leather handles from Homestead Heirlooms. Pattern available in your local yarn shop, Homestead Heirlooms and at PatternFish.

Chain of Ribbons
Now, this is a little different. This is Chain of Ribbons; a scarf designed to raise breast cancer awareness. Pink and white ribbons appear to be chained together. Pictured in Reynolds's Rapture and Berroco's Softy/Gedifra's Serano, it can be made in any soft heavy worsted or bulky yarn. It is a great gift for a dear friend or to donate to your local breast center. All but a few cents of my proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research and support. We all know someone affected by this disease and every little bit helps. Available in my Ravelry store and at PatternFish.

First Frost
This is a fun combo for those "almost cold" days - a pair of free-finger mitts & a headband to match! They are worked in the Mosaic Basketweave color pattern ... don't fret about the color work, you only work one color at a time! Shown in Bonker's hand-dyed merino (orange/blue), in Henry's Attic's silk/wool with a hand-drafted silk cap from Ellen's Half Pint Farm (neutrals) and in Jo Sharp's wool tweeds (greens) ... or try some handspuns! Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Toe-Up Joy
And ... my all-time favorite sock! This is a toe-up sock with a classic heel (heel-flap & heel turn), a rounded toe and a nice. slim fit. The advantage of this classic heel is the reinforced back AND bottom. The advantage of toe-up is that you don't run out of yarn just before completing the toe. With this one, you pick the stitch pattern and one of four sizes. So many possibilities from one pattern! Shown here in Brown Sheep's WildFoote and Ellen's Half Pint Farm's merino & nylon sock yarns. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Petals
This is a wrap with contempoary style. Worked in lace weght yarn in Petals Lace pattern, this is shaped like a "U" so it stays on your shoulders. Add a few small buttons for a vest look (taupe), softly tie the ends or use your favorite shawl pin as the closure. It is shown here with a very light beaded edge in Just Our Yarn's Myne (blue - cashmere) and in Hand Maiden's SeaSilk (taupe - silk & SeaCell). Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Stelle Contende
"Shooting Star" - This romantic, scarf edged, layered wrap skirt knitted in linen sport weight yarn has a crisp hand with great drape. The pieces are easy to knit on a #7 (4.5mm) or #8 (5mm) needle and assembled on the bias at the waistband. Pictured is a small in Louet's Euroflax in Eggplant. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Raveneli
This shawl collared vest and jacket duo (named after the round-rib scallop) works up fast in super-bulky yarn. The body is one piece, and the sleeves are worked from the shoulder down, so ... just two short seams at the shoulders! The button closure is optional. Pictured is a small jacket in Textiles A Mano's Machu Pichu and a medium vest in Malibrigo's Aquarella (color Soriano). Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

From The Top!
Straight forward and simple, this crew neck, set-in sleeve pullover is knitted from the top ... that means NO SEAMS!! There are two basic shapes; the "Her" (cabled ribbing & slightly tapered body) and the "His" (simple ribbing & boxy body). Worked in heavy worsted weight yarn, it includes a vast size range. Shown here in Ellens Half Pint Farm's Silk/Kid. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

A Little Hug & Kiss
I just could not resist ..... Gran's Hug with a hood. This one is the toddler version in 4 sizes, from 3 months to 3T. Pictured is a 9 - 12 month size in Wendy's Velvet Touch, a thick, but very soft, worsted weight yarn, on #10 or #10.5 (6 or 7mm) needles. Certainly a "Quick Knit". Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Kid's Hug & Kiss
And by popular demand .... here's the final one; A Kid's Hug & Kiss. Again, more rounded and shorter in shape then Gran's Hug. This version is in three sizes, child sizes 4-6, 8-10 & 12-14. Pictured is a 4-6 size in a hand-spun angora blend by Shadyside Farm (blush) and a 12-14 in Koigu KPPPM (blues) TRIPLED (Yes, tripled sock yarn)! Both work as heavy worsted weight yarns on #10 or #10.5 (6 or 7mm) needles. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

A Big Hug & Kiss
And ... here's the "young adult" version; a Big Hug & Kiss. Again, more rounded and shorter in shape then Gran's Hug. This version is in three sizes, 32-36", 36-40" and 40-44" chest. Pictured is the 32-36" size in Artful Yarn's Pastry, another heavy worsted weight yarn, on #10 or #10.5 (6 or 7mm) needles. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Luna
Here's an very soft, elegant wrap shown in Mountain Color's Merino Ribbon trimmed with beads from South Beach Trimmings. It can be worn several ways; cross the long tails in the front (or back) and then drape them over the shoulders, or wrap one around the body and drape the other over the shoulder. This yarn is a very soft merino tape, the wave stitch is open to highlight the color and texture of the yarn, the garment is knitted from side to side and the beads add a touch of glitz. Available in my Ravelry store and at PatternFish.

Yin Yang
This is a cute, cropped cardigan with a geometric lace edge in two variations; a vest - Yin - and a long, slim sleeve (slightly longer then normal) version - Yang. They both close with a single button or a favorite broach. Pictured in RY Classic Yarn's CashCotton in Apple and Oak Grove's DK Merino in Paprika. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Wisp-Around Vest
This is a lightweight, sophisticated vest, knitted in linen giving it incredible drape. It is constructed with an intriguing crossed back, which add to its soft, flowing look and allows it to hang attractively on just about any body shape. Pictured is the vest in Louet's Euroflax Barcelona; Autumn Maples and Gypsy Bronze. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

A Walk in the Woods
This cute, almost off-the-shoulder top is knitted in an easy lace pattern. Worn over a cami (with just a hint of the cami color showing), this light/medium weight top is perfect year round. It also features two sleeve options; the first has a bell cuff, ending at the knuckles, the second is a 3/4 sleeve, ending just below the elbow. Pictured in Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Tweed and Frog Tree's Pima/Silk. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Gran's Hug
A sophisticated wrap with a flattering twist in the front, gently tapering to a soft point at the center back. It is knitted on large needles creating great drape. Pictured is a medium size wrap in Berroco's Optik Montmartre (model is 5'3"). Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

MoonGarden Wrap
This elegant wrap is made in two mirror pieces, each made up of two different lace patterns that flow together. The two pieces are graphed together at the center back creating lace symmetry. Wonderfully soft and warm in Ellen's Half Pint Farm's Silk & Wool DK weight single in Charcoal and Noro's Cash Iroha (deep green silk/wool/cashmere). Available in my Ravelry store and at PatternFish.

Willow and Willow Leaf Poncho
Two simply knit asymmetrical ponchos or elegant wraps with edge variations. All are made in just Stockinette Stitch with a few carefully placed yarn-overs. The edge variations include beads and fringe, shown in Louet's Euroflax and Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

The Muffs
Here's a three-some of fun Muffs; great for a quick hand-warming. Pictured is the very simple Un-SheepSheep Muff (sheepskin look) in Berroco's Suede and Chinchilla, About-that-Bias Muff (twisted in lime) in Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride with a nylon slubbie, and finally Fluff Muff (entrelac) in Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride and Crystal Palace's Splash. They all can be made out of almost any worsted weight yarn. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

Woven Peaks
An alternative to the typical hat and glove set ... A headband and mittens in Entrelac. The Headband is simple, a great first Entrelac project, and the matching mittens are lined for extra warmth, pictured in a soft DK weight aplaca and a hand-dyed merino. Available in your local yarn shop and at PatternFish.

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More of my available designs ...

Three Bags Fulled Entrelac Purse
Yes, another Entrelac bag, but this one has corner gussets and a snap-bar closure. And, the handle is super-fast ... no miles of i-cord here! Pictured in Brown Sheep's Lambs Pride. Coming soon to PatternFish & Ravelry.

Bunny Hug
This I designed exclusively for The Studio in Kansas City. It is a little stole made out of Cascade Yarn's Conejo Chunky Angora ... so, so soft. The eyelet edge carries a satin ribbon for just a touch of shine. Pictured is a small size hug in Ruby. Other available colors include Black, Navy, Purple, Green, Pink, Yellow and White. I was thinking "Prom!!!". Contact Cindy at the Studio for info.


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