New (FREE) Pattern: Morning Glory Sweater Coat

One of the photos taken as inspiration from our garden
One of the photos taken as inspiration from our garden
Original Sketch
Original Sketch
From the TNNA fashion show runway
From the TNNA fashion show runway

Greetings everyone! It has been a long time since I posted. I will fill you in on my month of July in another post, but while I was preoccupied, good things have been happening. You have already seen a little preview of my latest pattern from the TNNA fashion show runway, but I am really happy to tell you that Brown Sheep Co now has the pattern up on their website as a free download.

I really hope you will like it. I am particularly proud of this pattern because it was difficult to write (due to the custom color charts) and to be perfectly honest, there were points in the process I was ready to give up on it all together. I am glad I persisted with it, because as you can see from the photo and sketch, it had a clear path from original inspiration to sketch to final pattern and finished garment. As my fellow designers can probably attest, it is very rewarding when this happens. More frequently than I’d like to admit, I think I have a gorgeous idea in my head, and then when I start the writing and knitting, things don’t work out the way I expect.

With this garment, I had a clear concept from start to finish. I was sitting in my garden one day sketching, and it was at just the right time of day when the morning glories were fully open. I snapped some photos (see above) and instantly pictured a bright statement sweater coat with colorwork based on the flowers. I drew all the color charts by hand, based off of my photographs, and the sweater took shape from there.

If you would like to pick your own colors for this project, Google Images will give you an array to choose from. Based on my Google search, I was surprised to find that the colors of my flowers are unusual – apparently morning glories are more often in the blue/purple family.  It is knit in Brown Sheep’s Lanaloft, so you will have plenty of yarn colors to choose from to fulfill your own vision, and I encourage you to have fun picking your colors.

Please share photos with me if you choose to make this, and I hope you find it as rewarding to knit as I did to design. I also want to say a big thank you to Brown Sheep for working with me. They had not worked with me before this, and had not met me until the TNNA show, so I am very grateful they were willing to feature my pattern and take a chance on someone new. Plus, if you haven’t worked with their yarn before, you definitely should! Happy knitting!

Knit.

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. My weekend was filled with family, friends, and of course, working on projects. It was rainy and chilly, and after being in such a serious drought for so long, my fellow Californians will appreciate how nice it was to be cozy inside while knitting and listening to the rain. In the course of doing some more browsing through my crafty magazines, I came across this pattern and wanted to share. I also browsed the designer’s site, the name of which makes me wish I knew the designer personally, as we would likely have lots beyond knitting to bond over. I’m glad I explored, as the site offers color inspirations and makes me want to come back for more.

Seriously Cool Star Wars

Here’s a little something you probably don’t know about me. I don’t think I’ve posted anything that would have made anyone guess, but I really LOVE Star Wars. I blame this on my brother. I hadn’t seen the movies or paid much attention to it until he became a fanatic. He begged me for weeks to just watch one movie, and of course, once I did, I binge-watched them all.

I am not as geeked out over it as he is – I never bought and traded thousands of the collector cards like he did, but I did go see the re-releases plus all the new ones in the theaters. And every summer or Christmas break, I get in the mood to have a Star Wars marathon, and enjoy them each time. I think this is one of THE coolest things I’ve ever seen, so I am excited to share it! I have no problem admitting that I am definitely enough of a fan to make and wear this! And any fellow fans should seriously send this person a thank you, because I doubt George Lucas would be giving it away for free! 🙂