Issue No. 5, May 11, 2012
Welcome to the fifth issue of Pulling Threads, the official newsletter of Picklesnot Design. Pulling Threads is a monthly publication intended to be a comprehensive look at what is going on with PsD.
During the last week of April, after three complete test knits and several edits, the newest pattern – Thistle – was released.
Thistle is a top down shrug pattern, featuring a unique square collar design, raglan cap sleeves and simple detailing.
Thistle looks equally great when paired with a simple tank-top and jeans or a sun dress. (I know because I wear mine all the time!)
Great for those semi-cool days where a cardi is just too much, Thistle will become your go-to shrug when you just need a touch of warmth.
The shrug is worked entirely flat, and in a single piece negating the need for seaming. Easily completed in a few days, Thistle is an ideal project for a beginning knitter making their first foray into cardigans or sweaters.
Designs in the works
This week work began in earnest for the new swteater design. It wasn’t enough that I had chosen the yarn to work with, Henry had to have a say in the decision as well.
I think he likes the yarn very much. I kept turning around and finding him with his head stuck in the bag…I think it might have had something to do with the baby alpaca and merino wool the yarn is made of, but that’s just a guess.
As I mentioned in the last Pulling Threads, the sweater has already taken on a life of its own. However, it’s always a good thing to start with the basics. Swatching for fabric is one of the most important steps you take. Even if you love the yarn in the skein, the fabric it creates may not work for what a designer intends. While there are many stitch elements present in this design the major stitch is stockinette. So I began with that swatch. It worked perfectly for what I wanted it to do. Yarn choice officially confirmed, the name for the sweater pattern popped immediately into my head. And I do mean immediately! The pattern will be called Briar Rose due to the color of the yarn and the little design elements being utilized at various points.
Because Briar Rose is based loosely on the Thistle pattern, there should be less of a delay in the release. Look for it some time in early to mid June!
You know you want it
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