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

C front 1 for web

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

D evie 3 for web

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.

E 4 for web

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.

Medaki 2

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.

Medaki 3

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.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

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Yes! We have kicked off our 96 day trip.

First stop: The Big Apple.

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Only Day 2 of our 90+ day trip and Anais called it:
New York is the best city ever.
With Rome, Berlin & Paris yet to come,
she *may* have peaked a little early
but, hey, l can understand her enthusiasm.

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I’ve been fortunate to meet up with friends
and, of course, see the sights.
Jet lag seems to have only affected the adults
(for which I am extremely grateful).

You can follow our trip via Instagram: assemblagekj.

THE CRAFT SESSIONS 2014

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So, my friends, it is on again – The Craft Sessions 2014!

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After the fantastic inaugural event last year
I was thrilled to be invited back again to teach two new classes.

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I will teaching a half-day class to make a Sev[en]circle Neckpiece.
A sweet little knitted design that can be adapted and tweaked to suit you and your yarn.
Oh, and maybe learn a few handy knitting techniques, too.

I am busily knitting up some new samples to help whet your appetite
and get you thinking about how you might like to make yours.
I’m thinking sterling silver ‘add-ins’, a bracelet version, chunky 10ply/aran weights,
or perhaps skinny little loopy loops for a bright colour punch.

You might like to use handspun yarn, add in some beads, tie on some yarn ends.
Your imagination is really the only limit.
Take a look through the Ravelry Project Page for some more great inspiration.

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My other class will be a full day session to make a Seamless Hat.
[Please note, the images are indicative only at this time.]
I am developing a new hat pattern specifically for this class:
to suit confident beginners through to intermediate knitters.

As with most of my knitwear patterns – there will be design options!
For those keen to learn the basic techniques; beautiful stocking stitch options.
For those wanting to take the design to the next level; a textured stitch pattern.

This new design includes a Provisional Cast On, knitting in the round,
decreasing to shape the crown and then an applied I-Cord Bind Off to the brim.
And the best part? You will finish your hat in the time alloted.
Yes – I’m aiming for a group photo at the end with our new hats on!

I am already loving my first 2 samples – really cute shape and neat fit.
Cannot wait to share them with you!