THE MONOCHROME COLLECTION

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As you all know, I love my colours in the darker range:
Black, charcoal, mid grey, light grey, a sliver of white. And grey. Did I mention grey?
My recent Monochrome Collection for Shibui Knits allowed me to explore
my preferred palette with their gorgeous yarns.
A match made in my version of heaven!

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To provide an extra dimension to the collection,
I also based my designs around square geometry:
simple squares
combined squares (grids + mesh)
garments with square forms + elements.

Love, love, LOVE.
< insert ecstatic full-body shudder over squares + greys >
[I *may* have squealed in delight more than a few times over these pieces!]

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Monochrome | Aperture | Cardigan
Square fronts,
framed with applied I-cord and
an asymmetric modified fisherman’s rib collar;
may be worn draped or buttoned.
Tip: You could try substituting the yarns listed with Shibui Staccato for increased sheen + drape.

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Monochrome | Blur | Sweater
Square colorblocks
created with an added contrast thread.
Simple yet timeless.
And that high neckline: Perfect.

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Monochrome | Filter | Vest
On trend transformable design piece:
Vest / Hoodie / Wrap Top / You decide
This square mesh stitch is truly sublime.
Balanced with a hem + snaps.
Tip: This design is super economic on yarn for the win.

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Monochrome | Frame | Hat + Handwarmers
A spirit of play in these pieces
that take the grid design to another level:
the hat elongates the grid into the crown
the grid emerges over the hand in the handwarmers.
Tip: Ideal smaller projects to try the fabulous Shibui Pebble yarn + utterly on-trend for this Northern Winter.

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Monochrome | Grain | Sweater
A feature wardrobe statement:
unique squared boatneck,
angled fronts, expressed seams,
and short row shaping to the back.
Tip: You could try substituting the yarns listed with Shibui Heichi + Silk Cloud for increased structure + form.

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Monochrome | Lapse | Scarf
A spectacular graphic design piece.
Exploring negative + positive space
with an Escher-esque play on perspective
and square transitions with stranded colorwork.

And as I promised, a giveaway. MY BIGGEST GIVEAWAY EVER!
I have a total of 4 sets of these Monochrome Collection patterns to share with you.

1. Please leave a comment about your favourite Monochrome or Square Artwork or Building.
Yes – it could be a cubic sculpture or a cathedral with mesh form and eveything in between.
I will draw 2 random comments here for a chance to win one of the two available on my blog.
Entries close next Monday, 22 September 2014.

BUT WAIT. There’s more!

2. Share + Leave a comment on this Facebook post for a chance to win 1 set of the Monochrome Collection.
(You might want to like my page while you are there to keep up with any future giveaways, too.)

AND/OR

3. Hop over to my Instagram Account, regram this Instgram image with the hashtag #TheMonochromeCollection and tag me @assemblagekj for a chance to win the the last set of the Monochrome Collection I am giving away.
(And while you are there, you might want to follow me on IG to keep up with any future giveaways, too…)

Yep. It’s a bit like Christmas around here!
A total of 4 sets of these 6 patterns up for grabs.
Feel free to enter all options to up your chances.
Get on it and share the love. x

THE CRAFT SESSIONS 2014

Kestrel Room for Class
Above: Kestrel Room, my Knitting – Neckpiece class board.

The Craft Sessions 2014 really was bigger and better than last year,
and I thought that would be mighty hard to beat.
More people, more classes, more teachers.
Dare I say, it was “more” all round and on every level?

Neckpiece Class
Above: my Knitting – Neckpiece class enjoying an outdoor balcony session in the sunshine.

The new schedule + class format added in flexible chill out time to use as you like:
finish off things from the first two sessions,
enjoy the glorious Spring sunshine reading or knitting or stitching,
sampling the local vineyards,
attending the optional extra informal workshops,
or chatting with new + old friends.
Brilliant.

Seamless Hat Class
Above: my Knitting – Seamless Hat class ready to Go!

My classes were lots of fun.
It is a privilege to sharing my love of knitting with relatively new knitters,
or those simply keen to learn a new technique or two.
I could pass on a simple mantra to remember the knitting steps,
provide a guiding hand to wrangle those wretched sticks,
which ultimately turns into a shared passion for the process.
Gorgeous.

TCS 2014 Gift Bag
Above: The Craft Sessions 2014 Gift Bag contents + double sided nametag.

And the people?
Warm, open, enthusiastic, big hearted. Of course.
People keen to learn something new, or improve on what they know.
People eager to share the joy and the love of creating + making.
My kind of people!

Quill TC
[Pardon yet another photo of me with that ridiculously goofy smile...]

Felicia asked me to design a neckpiece for this year’s Gift Bag;
a wee TwinCircles design to suit some sock yarn
generously provided by Kristen from Skein.
At present this is a Craft Sessions exclusive
and you can add your project to Ravelry if you were there.

And a sneaky little headsup:
a Shibui Monochrome Blog Post + Giveaway is coming your way
very
very
soon!

THE [NEW] SEV[EN]CIRCLE

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Above: Shibui Knits Pebble Light Fingering/3ply, Col. Poppy

With the encouraging impetus of a class to teach,
I have completely re-worked my sev[en]circle pattern in preparation!

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Above: MadelineTosh Sock Fingering/4 ply, Col. Charcoal

Utilising 4 fantastic yarns with 4 different weights,
a fully revised + updated pattern with new construction method + details,
I hope you, too, will love the new sev[en]circle!

DK 1
Above: The Plucky Knitter Sweater DK/8ply, Col. Elegant Elephant

As previously, it can be readily adapted and developed to suit your style;
add or subtract loops to suit your yarn,
use the last of a treasured remnant
or work it with a new ‘splurge’ skein.

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Above: MillaMia Aran/10ply, Col. Stone

I have even had the pleasure of ‘playing’ with the new MillaMia Aran yarn!
Deliciously soft with wonderful stitch definition
[not to mention the excellent selection of greys available].
They have also recently shared an interview with yours truly over here.

襖 | FUSUMA

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襖 | FUSUMA : Japanese (Romanji) for (n) sliding screen.
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Japanese sliding screens provide the design inspiration for this seamless monochromatic cowl.
The double thickness construction provides rich warmth with contrasting colourwork:
positive and negative,
frame and shadow.

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Above: 3 Colour Cowl Option

Using the fabulous Shibui Knits Pebble, the lush drape and softness of cashmere
works beautifully with this colourwork design.
You might choose to wear the cowl long with a short trench coat or
looped twice about your neck for extra warmth and graphic effect.

Below: 2 Colour Cowl Option

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The pattern includes 2 design options with detailed instructions for either
a 3 colour cowl (first 3 photos)
or a 2 colour cowl (last 3 photos).

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FRACTAL COWL | WINNERS

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Thank you to all those who commented and entered into the Giveaway.
A few facades noted that I knew,
but some I am not at all familiar with.
I’m loving my internet travels to all your favs.

And the Winners are…

Bogna
+
Brigitte!

Please email me your address details using the Contact Form here
and I will get these in the mail to you ASAP!

FRACTAL COWL | GIVEAWAY

Fractal Cowl 3 for web

During my recent 3 month absence [aka travelling]
the Fractal Cowl I designed for
Blue Sky Alpacas’ Destination Collection was released.
Poignant timing and all, I know!

Fractal Cowl 2 for web

I had the honour of representing my country
[the only time I'll ever be Ms Australia!]
and based my design on the facade of Federation Square
in my home town of Melbourne.

Fractal Cowl 1 for web

Designed by Lab Architecture Studio,
the fractal facade is comprised of scalene triangles
in mixed materials including local bluestone.

BSA Cowl 5

And, drumroll, please:
I have 2 copies of the Fractal Cowl pattern to offer a GIVEAWAY!
Please leave me a comment here telling me about your favourite building facade
and your contact email before next Wednesday, August 6 for your chance to win.

五 | GO HAT

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五 | GO : Japanese (Romanji) for (n) five; the number five.
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Five hat designs.
Five essential skills.

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Choose from one of the five unisex hat models: A, B, C, D or E.

Then fine-tune five essential knitting skills:
Provisional Crochet Cast-on
Knitting in the Round
Seersucker Stitch Pattern
Shaped Crown Decreases
I-Cord Bind-off

A side 1 20sq for web

This versatile and unisex hat ticks all the boxes.
Designed as a quick knit for a single skein of yarn,
this hat is sure to become your “GO to” hat pattern.

B 20sq

Hat begins with a provisional cast on.
It is worked in the round with the right side facing you for ease of knitting.
Brim is finished with I-cord.
Pattern details 4 hat sizes, optional feature Seersucker pattern,
I-cord bind-off technique and 5 different Hat Models.

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I am teaching a class based on this very hat at The Craft Sessions.
Registrations close very soon so get on over to check it out
and join the warm, friendly and creative crew that will be there.
I will have these samples with me so you can be sure to find the one you like best
and let me know if you have any queries about the class and what you need to bring.
I’d love to hear from you and I hope to see you there!

K E crown 1 for web

女滝 | MEDAKI

Medaki 1

女滝 | MEDAKI : Japanese (Romanji) for (n) the smaller waterfall (of the two)
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My newest and possibly most favourite cardigan to date:
a super sweet top down seamless cardigan made with DK/8 ply yarn.
The feature waterfall fronts cascade around the waist and hip
providing gorgeous shape and style.

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In terms of construction, the yoke is provisionally cast-on and
the long sleeve top down raglan cardigan is worked with the back shaping.
An applied I-cord bind-off neckband is added before picking up the stitches
around the body to create the stunning waterfall fronts with this beautiful feature stitch.

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The pattern details 9 sizes to suit girls 2 to 12 years of age.
My girl completely adores her Medaki cardigan;
it has travelled around the world with us!
She has been styling it with shorts, pants, leggings + skirts.

Medaki 4

And as you may have guessed based on the name, there is a Womens version coming!
The pattern for us Big Girls will include two design options:
a cropped or a draped waterfall front worked in 2 well-known DK yarns.
I cannot wait to show it to you!

Medaki 5

NEW YORK – TAKE 2

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Photo heavy recap of our return trip
to New York over the Easter Weekend.

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WASHINGTON DC

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DESTINATION 02

Amtrak from Penn Station to Union Station DC.

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Our street is tucked behind Capitol Hill and visible from our rooftop balcony.

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So good to finally meet Olga in person!

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Doing the sights.