I have been sitting on my hands. Not literally, but with regards to what I am about to show you.
In the Atlanta area we have this awesome thing called Shop Hop. Nine of the metro area yarn shops get together and put on a whole week of awesome yarn-y happenings. One of the best bonuses of shop hop is that, if you spend at least $10 in a shop, you get a free pattern. This year one of the shops asked me to collaborate with them to create their pattern. Together we perused the shop and picked out some awesome yarn and then I got to commune with the skeins and find out what they wanted to become.
There were some parameters and frankly I work great with parameters. When I can make “oh, whatever” I can become paralyzed with how many options that are available to me. But with this one I/we laid down some rules and it helped me find my way. The pattern needed to be: a) relatively easy and appealing to a range of skills and b) short (only two pages).
If you know me at all you will know that both simplicity and brevity are not things I am known for. So a challenge it was!
I think it came out great if I do say so myself. I played with a lot of different ideas, there were chevrons and wavies and all kinds of stuff but in the end this won. And the yarn held up through so many froggings of swatches it is amazing.
The yarn? To be honest I did not expect to love it as much as I did. It is Prism Merino Mia and it was a dream to work with. It is a sproingey and squooshy sport weight yarn with beautiful stitch definition and colors. Blocked awesomely and holds up to all of the cramming into bags and carrying around that happened during the photo shoots.
Yep, I said photo shoots. While I haven’t really done it on purpose, I have managed to create another piece that is well and truly unisex. The colors I selected are Steel and Sagebrush and they worked exactly as I had hoped. I hadn’t really realized how flexible the color scheme was until I decided to take some shots on my husband. And he looked so handsome. Another thing that was fun and not particularly deliberate is how he is wearing the cowl.
When I started with the pictures he was skeptical about the idea of wearing a cowl, but willing to take one for the team. And throughout the shoot he maintained a wary attitude until I held the cowl flat and pulled it through itself. Then it magically turned into something that he would wear. He actually got excited about it and started talking about how it kept his neck warm and that he could tuck it inside his coat and keep his chest warm … really, I am lucky I got it back.
One final picture so you can see the full length.
Now, if you live in the Atlanta area you can go to Lovin’ Knit Yarn Shop & Studio during shop hop (until October 6) and get this as a free bonus with your purchase. For all y’all who don’t live in Atlanta I have put it up on Ravelry in my design shop (not free).
I cannot wait to hear what y’all think of this one. Please feel free to let me know in the comments!