More Faerie Looks

This week, we’ve been focusing on The Faerie Dragons. I had some yarn left over from The Faerie Dragon Shawlette, and I wanted to use it for top-down gloves. The idea of working an upside down Indian thumb gusset had been brewing for quite a while, and with this project, I finally worked up the courage to just do it. The thumb gusset worked out wonderfully, and I’m so happy with the way these pretty little gloves turned out! The Faerie Set is our featured product for this week, so today I wanted to show you some more Faerie looks.

Well I was Cold

Summer can be unstable. Cloudy skies and rain showers often follow crazy-warm mornings at least up here in the North (where winter is always coming). The easiest way to prepare for ever-changing weather is to carry an extra layer of clothing. This look is perfect for the days when you want to go shopping, and know there’s a chance of a dramatic drop in temperature.

Mary’s Dress is designed to be worn as is. It has ruffled cuffs and a lace-up bodice, so it doesn’t really need accessories. For this look, I wore Mary’s Dress with The Faerie Dragon Shawlette and Faerie Gloves. The long sleeves pretty much hide the colorful gloves, but they still offer a lot of warmth for chilly hands. The shawlette brings more color to the look, and also serves as a warming layer. The Shawlette may look large, but it fits into a relatively small space. I can easily fit mine into a larger purse, so it’s a good choice for a just-in-case shawl.

Wide Wide Hems

My Handkerchief Dress has quickly become a new favorite. I wear this thing every chance I get, and wanted to incorporate it into these Faerie looks as well.

Spaghetti strap dresses are easy to wear and fun to accessorize. They can also feel a bit cold or too revealing. With this look, I sorted out both problems by adding a shawl. A wildly colored vortex stays put pretty well, and brings both warmth and coverage to any outfit. The Faerie Gloves give this dress a whimsical feel I thoroughly enjoyed.

I like to wear this dress with belts and corsets. It’s really loose at the waist, and though I love the way the fabric moves around me, I do like to enhance the waist a bit. For this look, I wanted a black elastic belt. I didn’t have one, so I turned the one I had backwards. Worn in the front, a silver clasp is an eye-catching detail. It dictates and balances the look, and gives it a certain feel. Flipped to the back, though, it’s less dominating, and can serve as another aspect of whimsy.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Faerie looks!

This is the last blog post before my summer break, but I will schedule at least one post for each week. On Monday, The Pretty Basics go on sale, so don’t forget to take advantage of that!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Faerie Looks

Last week, I launched a brand new knitting pattern. The Faerie Gloves are designed to gobble up left-over yarn. They’re worked top down, and feature an upside down Indian thumb gusset, and crochet cast off. I really like this pattern, and hope to knit another pair during my summer break. Which starts next Monday. While I’m off playing Elder Scrolls Online, The Pretty Basics go on sale. Before that, though, we’ll concentrate on The Faerie Dragons.

I made my Faerie Gloves with the yarn I had left after knitting The Faerie Dragon Shawlette. I didn’t want stripes, so I made one purple glove, and one green. Today and Friday, I’ll share Faerie Looks featuring The Faerie set. All of these photos include a fun detail: as I wanted to show you the gloves as a part of an outfit, I couldn’t hide my hands, so you’ll be able to see my remote.

Blank Canvas

I like simple dresses and basic styles. They give loads of room for accessories, and can work for any style. For the first of today’s faerie looks, I wore one of my Pretty Basic Jersey Dresses. This one features mesh inserts on the sleeves and a very giving neckline. I wore The Faerie Dragon Shawlette thrown over my neck so that it offers a bit of coverage. The gloves complete the colors of the shawlette.

I don’t usually wear skin-toned socks, but for this look they seemed appropriate. They match the mesh inserts, and create an illusion of bare skin. Basic heels bring a touch of elegance to the look along with a classic up-do.

This look felt really polished and put-together, but, thanks to the elastic dress and super-soft merino-silk, this was also comfortable. I’d love to wear this out some day!

LopSided

Today’s second look was the first one I put together on photo-day. I was feeling a bit un-inspired so I just pretty much reached into my closet, and pulled out clothes. Sometimes that works wonders when trying to figure out what to wear!

For this look, I ended up in our Crinkle Skirt (check out a free tutorial behind the link there), and a top with just one sleeve. I liked the lopsided feel, and wanted to continue it with accessories. I’m not entirely happy with my Crinkle Skirt’s waist, so I try to hide it. Today, I used an elastic belt. I wore the belt with the buckle on the side rather than the middle, and really liked the result. It was fun and really easy, and created two different sides to the outfit. The Faerie Gloves continued the lopsidedness, and make the look even more fun.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Faerie Looks. There’ll be more on Friday, so I’ll see you then!

Love,

Heather

Faeries

On Tuesday, I shared a brand new knitting pattern. It’s for top down gloves with an upside down Indian thumb gusset. I made these gloves with what was left from The Faerie Dragon Shawlette. Instead of striping the gloves, I made one purple glove, and one green. I love the solution: these gloves are perfect for bringing a touch of madness into any outfit.

The Faerie Gloves are available as a free download for all VIPs until Halloween. I’ve created an automated email that sent out to each new subscriber. That email includes a coupon code for The Faerie Gloves, plus a 20% discount code to be used on anything you choose.

Now my older subscribers moan in dismay, but fear not! If you’re already on our mailing list, you’ll get the coupon code later today.

Along with something else.

I’m pretty ready to start my summer vacation. That happens on June 26th, and on that day, our Pretty Basics go on sale for everyone, and stay on sale until August 6th. That’s a lot of time to shop! But before that happens, we have time for one more featured product. This week, it’s The Faerie Dragon Shawlette with matching Faerie Gloves! I was actually going to do a really cool outfit post today, but I didn’t have time for a photo-day. I will rectify this next week, and in the mean while, we can walk down the memory lane for a spell. When The Faerie Dragon was first launched, I did a party-themed outfit shoot with it. The weather’s warmer now, but there was a look that will work during the summer as well.

Fun with Faerie

Cotton is a light, breathable material perfect for summer. I created this look with our Yoked blouse, and a circle skirt. Though this is pretty concealing, it is, thanks to light cotton, cool to wear on a summer day. I would stay out of direct sunlight, though, since black has a tendency of becoming really hot in the sun.

I love this look: it’s cute and fun, and the wildly colored vortex shawl gives it a bright pop of color. The long sleeves are perfect for keeping lethal rays away from vampire-white skin, too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Faerie Gloves

Yesterday, I decided that for the rest of the summer, I shall do whatever I want. So today, I launched a brand new knitting pattern! It’s for top down gloves worked with left over yarn. I know summer isn’t really the optimal time for knitting, but this project is quick and really easy. It’s perfect for rainy days, and small enough to take along on road trips.

For this project, I used yarns left over from The Faerie Dragon Shawlette. I had one tiny ball of purple, and one equally tiny ball of green left. Instead of working stripes, I made one purple glove, and one green one. This mismatched combo is a lot of fun, and I like it better than conservative stripes.

The color choice isn’t the thing that makes these top down gloves special. You see, I really like the Indian thumb gusset. It looks good, it’s easy to work, and it gives gloves a perfect fit. The basic Indian thumb gusset is worked from the wrist up. I wanted to see if it can be incorporated into top down gloves. For many weeks, I wondered and pondered. Jumping in with an idea I hadn’t seen done before felt daunting. Then one day I was desperate for a small travel-knit, tossed what was left from The Faerie Dragon into my bag, and just cast on. And it worked out beautifully.

The Faerie Gloves are ridiculously easy to knit: they’re worked top down, interrupted by a thumb gusset, and continue to cobble up all the yarn reserved for them. A frilly crochet cast off perfects the design, and helps create a loose edge. You can knit these in any color, and with any kind of yarn (as long as the gauge matches). I used 3,5 mm needles for my gloves along with  fingering weight yarn.

As you know, all new patterns go on sale for all VIPs. The Faerie Gloves will, too, but with a twist. From now until Halloween, these top down gloves are completely free for all VIPs! Just join our mailing list, and a special code for a free knitting pattern will arrive to your inbox. If you already are  VIP, you’ll receive the code in this week’s newsletter.

I hope you’ll enjoy The Faerie Gloves Knitting Pattern!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Violets on Stripes

Cropped tops come and go in fashion. In the fall, cropped tops were starting to make a huge comeback, but the trend faded pretty fast. Tiny little tops are still available, and they can look really cute. I think they look best layered, and that’s one of the reasons why I designed our Violets on Stripes Cardigan, a stripy cropped cardigan with flower embellishments.

Violets on Stripes is best made with soft, Aran weight yarn, that’s suitable for size 5mm / US 8 needles. Worked with a larger needle size, this little cardie is a quick project. It’s worked in stockinette with a stripe pattern, which makes it suitable for beginners, too.

Violets on Stripes is designed to be short, but it’s easy to turn it into a full-size cardigan. It’s knit from the hem up, so all you really need to do is to work the hem longer. The pattern comes with instructions on how to do this. You can also knit the cardigan with short sleeves if you prefer a lighter version for the summer.

This cropped cardigan features crochet flower embellishments. I’ve always been a huge fan of mixing knit and crochet, and this is one of the easiest ways to do it. Crochet flowers bring an interesting detail to the cardigan, and give it a fun texture. Feel free to use your imagination when embellishing the cardigan. I sprinkled flowers on one side of my cardigan, and ended up with quite many. A single arrangement on one side of the neckline would look lovely, too, and covering the entire cardigan would no doubt look outrageously cool.

Violets on Stripes features a basic button closure, and twisted rib edging and cuffs. These elements make it seem classic, while the cropped hem gives it a modern look. The tiny little cardigan loves dresses best of all. With shrug-like qualities, it offers warmth to the shoulder and arms, giving room for dresses of all kinds to show off their hems.

I hope you’ll enjoy The Violets on Stripes Cardigan as much as I enjoyed designing it! This little cardigan will be on sale along with The Pretty Basics until April 9th, so don’t forget to take advantage of the offer.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Cute Shrug Looks

Shrugs and cardigans are probably the easiest way to add warmth to winter outfits. Today, I wanted to share a couple of cute shrug looks, all featuring our Faux Cable Shrug. The Shrug Knitting Pattern is our featured product for this week and next. That means it’s on sale, but for VIPs only! Be sure to order our newsletter to gain access to special offers.

I love shrugs of all kinds, and this one has proven to be both warm and comfy. It’s made with a mohair-blend, and the natural fiber makes it soft and squishy. If it weren’t green, I’d wear it all the time!

Sleek and Casual

The Faux Cable Shrug is designed to be snug. That means it’s best worn with slim-fit tops. For the first look, I paired the shrug with it’s best friend ever, The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress. These two figure-hugging garments look stunning together, and create a look that’s classic, chic, and so comfy you cannot believe it.

The Faux Cable Shrug has a wide border worked with mock cables, cables running down the sleeves, and smooth back. The shrug is finished with crochet edges. I love the feminine style of the shrug, and like to pair it with dresses. Though the shrug looks small, it’s surprisingly warm even during the harshest winter.

Pleated

For the second look, I wanted to incorporate a pleated skirt. I started by picking out a tartan mini with a red base, and green and yellow accents. I paired it with the tops you see, was pretty pleased with myself, pulled on the shrug, and shrieked in terror. There were way too many colors for me!

After changing into a black, pleated skirt, I felt much better.

Winter can be really cold. Warm outfits are a must even indoors. Houses can get drafty, and draft causes neck and shoulder pains for many. Shrugs are a great way to keep cold air away. The Faux Cable Shrug rises to cover the neck, and brings warmth especially to shoulders and arms. For this look, I wore it over a long-sleeved mesh Tee and a spaghetti strap top. This style works without the shrug, too, so if I get too warm, I can just take the shrug off and still look good.

Romantic

Shrugs go with not only dresses, but with corsets, too. Corset looks often leave arms and shoulders bare, and that means it can get really cold. A shrug covers arms and back, but leaves the beautiful corset fully visible. That’s why shrugs enjoy the unconditional love of Gothic girls everywhere. This one goes beautifully with my zip-up overbust. For this look, I paired the shrug with my mesh Tee, a long peasant skirt, and my favorite corset.

This is maybe the most Me of this bunch of cute shrug looks. With a Victorian feel, this look is closest to my personal fashion sense.

And yes, there was something interesting outside the window on photo day!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our cute shrug looks today!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Faerie Dragon Shawlette

A while back, I showed you a shawlette made with wild colors. Back then, I promised to write it into a pattern. Well, I’m happy to announce, that today is the day I finally get to publish it. The beautiful vortex was renamed, and I am proud to introduce The Faerie Dragon Shawlette.

Again.

Faerie Dragon Shawlette

As I mentioned when I first shared the shawlette, I got two gorgeous skeins of merino-silk for my Birthday. They were very unusual colors for me, and the person who gave them to me was actually a bit antsy about whether or not I’d like them. Well, I didn’t. I loved them! I loved the yarns so much I really just wanted to sit down in the middle of the floor and start knitting right there and then.

I resisted the urge, but not for long. You see, the yarns screamed that they wanted to become a vortex scarf, and be together forever. My only doubt at this was whether there’d be enough for a scarf. I quickly decided that if the scarf would be too small to wear, I’d just hang it somewhere and look at it.

Turns out there was plenty for a scarf. After a bath, the scarf grew into a long shawlette.

Faerie Dragon With Black Dress

The yarns were an absolute joy to work with. The colors were vibrant and full of life, and the luxurious merino-silk was a sheer indulgence. I didn’t check to see how long it took to knit the shawlette, but it couldn’t have been more than two weeks. I worked The Faerie Dragon in garter stitch and eyelet lace, so it was a zero-concentration-required -kind of project. I actually picked simple stitches for this shawlette so that I’d get to admire the colors more closely when knitting.

Faerie Dragon Curve

The Faerie Dragon Shawlette is now available as a knitting pattern. It’s our featured product for this week and next so you’ll be seeing more of it in later posts! Since this is a winter accessory, I’m planning to create some warmer, layered outfits to go with it. And as you know, featured products are on sale, but only for VIPs. If you haven’t already, order our newsletter to gain access to these special offers.

Faerie Dragon - vortex scarf knitting pattern

I hope you’ll enjoy The Faerie Dragon as much as I enjoyed knitting it!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

WitchHunt Scarf

Every now and again, we all make something we’re not really that into. Sometimes it’s the design, sometimes the materials, often the combination of both. Not succeeding every time is the price of crafting. We invest our time and energy to a project only to realize it didn’t turn out quite as planned.

For my Birthday, I got a skein of hand-dyed yarn. I love shades of red, and this 80/20 Merino/Bamboo had the most delicious tones of red. It’s named WitchHunt, and dyed special pour moi. The yarn was really light, and I chose to work it with 3mm needles. I usually go for larger needle sizes due to impatience, but it’s actually kinda nice to sometimes work with smaller needles. 

Due to the small needles, I wanted the easiest stitch repeat ever. Garter. It makes a nice, fully reversible surface, and works really well with self-patterning yarns. After a few inches of knitting, I noted two things.

Working a shawl on small needles takes FOREVER.

And the yarn had shades of brown hidden into it.

These facts combined slowed me down quite a bit. I worked on the garter scarf whenever I was in between projects, and was pretty eager to pick up something else.

Despite my eagerness to pick up another knit, I finished the scarf. It took a whopping five months, but I finally got it done.

I got bored with garter at some point pretty early on, and worked simple lace stripes into the garter scarf. Then I noted they made knitting even slower, and counted my lucky stars for not committing to a full lace project. I knit the scarf as long as I dared, and still had a third of the skein (now of course a ball) left!

I toyed around with knitting a lace border to the scarf. The thought scared me a little, so I went with a crochet edge instead. I’m really happy with this choice. Crocheting was a lot faster than knitting, and gave the scarf a cute, frilly finish.

A this point I was actually pretty pleased with the scarf, and though it is a pretty basic scarf with nothing fancy to it, I considered turning it into a pattern.

And then I washed it.

Dying yarns is a challenging venture. There are many, many things that can go wrong with the process. I don’t feel that nice having to say this, considering they just went into business in dyeing yarns, but this skein bled like crazy. After washing this scarf, the bathroom looked like I’d killed someone in there.

The shape of the scarf is actually pretty nice. Blocking it would bring more shape to it and open the crochet lace, but I don’t really want to introduce it to water ever again. The scarf’s obvious dislike toward moisture keeps me from wanting to wear it, too. What if it rains and the scarf gets wet and starts bleeding? That’d be a “goodbye, coat” -moment.

As you see, sometimes we end up making something that doesn’t quite work. The reason why I wanted to show this garter scarf is to remind you that designers mess up, too, and more often than we’d like to admit!

This post will also set the theme for this week and next. I’m trying to get a new pattern out for Friday, so we’ll be focusing on shawls!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Grey In The Making

Cardigans aren’t only fun to wear. They’re fun to knit, too! I’m currently working on two new patterns for cardigans. Both are quite deep in the making, but I wanted to give you sneak peaks  of my works in process anyway. These designs will be fun to mix and match, and easy to knit up. Instead of funky details, these cardigans feature classic shapes.

Lately, I’ve developed a liking toward grey. It’s soft and neutral, and, well, let’s face it, easier to knit than black. Grey is subtle and elegant, and never goes out of style. The color dictated the style for the first cardigan. I wanted it to have classic lace and a V-shaped neckline. The yarn I chose for this cardigan is thick and heavy, and 100% cotton. This makes the finished (well, almost finished, I still need to weave in ends and sew in buttons) decadently heavy and delightfully warm.

I like raglan-sleeves best of all when it comes to cardigans. Knitting a top down raglan cardie is fun and relaxing, and the shape is comfortable to wear. For this style, I wanted something different. Most top down raglan cardigans have a round collar. With this design, I wanted to create a V-shaped neckline. This took so much brain work I had to turn to google for help. I found a blog post with instructions on the general process of knitting a V-neck for a raglan sweater. When I looked again, the post was nowhere to be found. I’m starting to think I might have dreamt it!

I wanted to work lace for the hem of the cardigan. Feather and Fan was the perfect choice for this design. It’s easy to knit, and the result is just lovely. The sleeves are free of lace, but they come with the option to work in purled stripes.

I’m not a big fan of after thought -buttonlists. I like to work them in while knitting, or not at all. This cardigan has seed stitch button lists. They’re worked in from cast on, so the’re will be no tasks waiting after cast off. When you’re done, you’re done. Well, there will be a few ends to weave in and buttons to sew, but no knitting buttonlists!

I really like the Feather and Fan Cardigan, and I’m hoping to get the pattern published soon.

The second WIP is also grey. This is actually a re-design of a cardigan pattern I made a long while back. It’s a short sleeved shrug-like cardigan which I’ve never learned to wear. A week or so ago I realized I had an ugly shawl worked with the same yarn as the shrug. I frogged it, ripped out the cardigan’s sleeves, and cast on long, stripy ones! I love working with this yarn, it’s a shame Novita discontinued it.

The re-vamped cardigan is going to have a light grey bodice, stripy sleeves and maybe a stripy border. I also want it embellished with a fall of crochet flowers. This project is so much fun I think I’m going to go work on it right now!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my grey works in process.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Wide Sleeved Cardigan

Knitting is an important part of my life. It offers a way to express my creativity, calms me down when I’m feeling agitated, and helps me feel productive even when I’m low on energy. I designed this cardigan quite a while back, but it’s still on of my favorite patterns. With simple lace and 2×2-rib, this wide sleeved cardigan is easy to knit, and super-fun to style. The cardigan has a huge collar, low neckline, and flared sleeves which are all my favorite details.

wide sleeved cardigan knitting pattern, image four

The model cardigan is worked with a self-patterning yarn.

Going through Amazon, I found two yarns that would work well with this cardigan. Digging up sport-weight yarns on Amazon is more challenging than one might think. Most yarns in this category are made with knitting for babies in mind, and the color choices are quite pastel. The two I came out with come in more grown-up colors. I loved Ultra Pima by Cascade Yarns, it both sounds and looks soft and smooth. Vanna’s Glamour Yarn, however, does come with a healthy dose of glitter!

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Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima
Lion Brand Yarn Vanna’s Glamour Yarn

I really like the shape of this cardigan. It’s fun and quirky and pretty unique. The basic eyelet lace combined with rib makes the cardigan easy to knit, too. Despite the extravagant shape, this garment is worked with basic stitches and techniques. Knitting this cardigan will take a bit more time, though. It’s worked with size 3,5mm needles, so there’s a lot of stitches to move around. The result will be worth the effort, though! This cardigan is guaranteed to turn some heads.

red cardigan with large collar and bell sleeves, image two

I hope you’ll enjoy our Wide Sleeved Cardigan Knitting Pattern.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather