Full details about this design are included on the pattern page HERE
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With Autumn just around the corner, I'm happy to share my latest design: the Colton half-zip pullover.
The motif is based on houndstooth and uses a few simple repeats to create an engaging pattern. Using Cascade 220 in your choice of colors, it could be knit in traditional black and white, or a more subtle offering of navy blue and brown. What I liked about this concept was the gentle allover pattern. The sleeves and chest are fitted, and the lower part of the body is left with no shaping which helps to keep the wearer comfortable.
This design is offered in 5 sizes, and the pattern can be purchased online as a .pdf through Ravelry.
For the photo shoot, I selected the walls and doors of The Misión San Francisco de Asís. Built in 1791, it's the oldest standing building in the city! With over four feet thick walls and redwood ceiling beams, its sturdy construction helped it to survive the great earthquake and fire of 1906. Interested in learning more about this beautiful building and the neighboring basilica? Visit: www.missiondolores.org.
Exterior of the Old Mission Church, Mission Dolores, Dedicated in 1776
This men’s half-zip pullover uses a gently shifting motif to create a modified houndstooth motif. Carefully tailored with set in sleeves, and solid cuffs and hem, a zipper finishes off the neckline and completes this timeless design.
This pattern is worked flat and requires basic knitting knowledge, including knit/purl, increasing, decreasing, reading charts, stranded knitting, and finishing.
I had a great time working with Cascade Casablanca knitting this cowl! It's a new (FREE!) pattern up on their website and it's a fun way to watch the colors interact with each other. The pattern is part of their collection of free designs and is a great project for someone new to stranded knitting!
Worked in the round, this cowl features a geometric pattern that comes alive with Cascade’s Casablanca yarn. Choose two similar colors for a subtle cowl, or go for the dramatic by picking two contrasting colors. Whatever you decide, the result will be a fun, warm cowl full of graphic interest that’ll be well loved when winter arrives.
This pattern requires intermediate knitting knowledge including: cast-on, working in the round, reading charts, and simple stranded color work, on circular needles.
Skill Level | Intermediate
Yarn | Cascade Casablanca
57% wool, 24% silk, 19% mohair
220 yards / 200 meters
100 g / 3.5 oz
Gauge | 21 stitches and 27 rounds = 4″ / 10 cm in pattern To save time, take time to check gauge
US 7 (4.5 mm) 16”
32” diameter x 10″ high (25.4 cm x 81.28 cm)
© 2013 Classic Elite Yarns
The Jack cardigan began its life back in October when I talked with Classic Elite about contributing to a collection of men's garments for release Fall 2013. After a few emails, we agreed on design, materials, and colors.This design began as a swatch in different yarn, and different colors... but once I got going on it I was infatuated with the sheer luxury of Classic Elite Yarn's Inca Alpaca.
I LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. this yarn. Seriously. It was glorious to work with (and I want to work with it again VERY soon) and the finished cardigan is so comfy and soft it was really hard to send away. I want to knit another for myself for chilly San Francisco days!
The pattern is part of Classic Elite Yarn's new booklet #9231: Leader of the Pack, available for purchase on Ravelry
, and pattern and yarn both should be waiting for you at your local yarn shop. More information about this and the rest of the collection can be found HERE
© 2013 Classic Elite Yarns
© 2013 Classic Elite Yarns
Back in mid-March, I mailed off a little bundle to Amy Clark Moore and her staff at Interweave. My very own contribution to the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits! Here it is, 4 month later, and I am finally able to share this project with you.
The Order of the Phoenix Winged Vest uses Zitron Lifestyle (100% extrafine superwash Merino) in #54 Nutmeg and #33 Corn. It features a solid front and, when worn with a jacket, others can't know the secrets it holds.
©Harper Point Photography for Interweave
The inspiration comes from the idea of the "hidden identity" of everyday superheroes. People (like policemen, nurses, and counselors) in our communities work hard to protect, educate, and serve. Out of uniform (or out of the office!) they blend into the crowd, unnoticed. We don't recognize they are the ones that do so much good when duty calls.
It is interesting to me how these individuals carry with them such strength and knowledge, and others can so easily be unaware. They walk by us... on the streets or at the mall... but at work; when they're needed, they dive in. Head-first. Selflessly.
While I was designing this vest I had in mind this idea of carrying around that "hidden identity"... it's more than the "secret powers" of heroes like Harry Potter - it's the real power of knowing what to do when a problem arises. It's also important to note that everyone has the ability to make a difference in the lives of others. Listening... Offering emotional support... Teaching "the tricks of the trade" to someone new to your field... Taking time to write a letter... Visiting people in the hospital. The small efforts we make turn us into true heroes in the eyes of others.
I hope the Order of the Phoenix vest will help others appreciate the heroes of their communities, and to find time to recognize the knowledge and talents of those around them.
©Harper Point Photography for Interweave
©Harper Point Photography for Interweave
The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits will be available at your Local Yarn Shop or through the Interweave website. If you can't wait to cast on this (or any of the other AMAZING projects) in the magazine, you can hop on over HERE
and download an electronic copy right now! (Due to copyright restrictions, this magazine is only available for sale in the U.S.)
I've just completed testing of this simple pattern designed for those who are newer to knitting and might want a more interesting pattern without feeling overwhelmed. The Franklin Scarf (named after my father) is just that type of project.
For those who are a bit more advanced, this pattern becomes intuitive and is an easy one to carry around as "emergency knitting" or to take on car trips.
Read about it HERE
on Ravelry. Purchase the pattern there for $2.00.
The Franklin scarf is named after my father, William Franklin Kunnecke, who believed in working hard, always doing your very best, and being generous enough to share your knowledge with others. My dad worked in construction, and I grew up around tools and sawdust. He taught me early on that shortcuts lead to a longer path and that almost always, the quickest way to get something done is to do it right the first time. It's a good lesson to learn and not always the easiest one to practice.
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William Franklin Kunnecke (my dad) out on a boat, late in his life. He was a quiet, strong man whose memory constantly reminds me to make each & every day count.
| |From my dad I also learned we can find the answer to almost any question if we take the time to research. He was an avid reader, could build (or fix) anything, and I have missed him every day since his death in 2007.Thank you, as always, for your support of my work. If you have questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you (either via the comments or my email).Kyle
My ceramics class finished for the year a few weeks ago. I wanted to share some of the finished pieces with you! I had a good time spending the start of 2013 getting up really early and making the trek across the city to say good morning to the Golden Gate Bridge and to get my hands dirty in clay. I love it because it's so different from knitting and the other fiber arts... 11.5"W x 11.5D x 7.25"H
A key lesson in ceramics is when making something, you make 2 or 3 (or 10!) of the same thing, and with each one, you learn more. Working in multiples also allows for the inevitable problems that happen in ceramics... like firing mistakes, glaze issues, and cracks.
During this class, I focused on making footed pedestal bowls with these "torn" edges. This one is my favorite (and was also the last one finished.
There were (I think) 5 or 6 by the time I finished the course. One was a big failure [lesson?] because there was a glaze problem and it stuck to the kiln shelf. Another turned out wonderfully but there was something in the clay that melted and burned a funny drippy hole in the bowl. (In this program students are provided, and required to use, recycled clay. That means there's often foreign objects in the clay and, from time to time, they make their way into a finished piece.)
As you probably know, I'm drawn to text on art. In paintings. On knitwear. And in ceramics. This quote from Daisy Whitney resonated with me and something about it reminded me that I do the things I do (and surround myself with the things I love) because I love them. It's sort of an artsy twist on "you are what you eat."
We are what we love. We are the things, the people, the ideas we spend our days with. They center us, they drive us, they define us to our very core. Without them, we are empty.
-Daisy Whitney, The Rivals
Another goal in the class was to make proper cereal/ice cream bowls. There's nothing like eating out of a handmade bowl. Among my favorites was this one - blue and rust and organic looking glaze over a simple bowl. I am enamored with the wheel, and if I had time and was able to focus, I could spend weeks making hundreds of bowls. This one has yet to be used!
7"W x 7"D x 4"H
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6.25"W x 6.25"D x 4"H
...and then, there's this bowl. I was in a mood experimenting with pouring glazes and leaving the outside of the bowl raw. I wanted to show that clay that was making me so frustrated. The interior is smoothe and glazed but outside it's full of drips. One side dipped in a different color allowed for interesting contrast.
Mixing glaze on glaze like this makes for unique results. Taking notes and trying combinations over and over gives an idea of what might happen but in the end, the final result is up to the "kiln gods"... I think this bowl might end up living in the studio and holding yarn. It's a nice sturdy bowl with a wide brim and I like how it looks on my old wood table.
I talked about this bowl on Facebook. 3 colors of glaze poured and dipped on this bowl. the one green got super duper green! - outside it's raw clay again (and I know now it's a bit more rough to the hand that I prefer) but I like the bowl still. Another candidate for ice cream or cereal.
6"W x 6.25"D x 4"H
6.5"W x 6.5"D x 4.25"H
Going back to the very start of the class, this was one of the first pieces I made. It's also one of my favorites as far as the way the glazing turned out.
I carved spider webs into some pieces during this course, much like I did a few years ago when I was doing ceramics in Los Angeles. Then, I used my little letter stamps to impress another beautiful quote, this time from Tolstoy. After it was bisque fired, I dipped the entire piece in glaze, then, after it dried, wiped most of the glaze off of the exterior. A final "kiss" of clear glaze on the rim finished this piece. It feel organic and free. This one might also live in the studio - but I suppose not everything can live in the studio, right?! - perhaps some of these should become gifts....
The means to gain happiness is to throw out from oneself like a spider in all directions an adhesive web of love, and to catch in it all that comes.
So that's some of the ceramic work I did this year. There's lots more, of course... but these were among my favorites. Class is done, so my tools are all packed away, along with my ceramics notebook; waiting for the next adventure in clay.
Today I listed a few more hand dyed tops - I have grand plans to spend a day or two in the dye lab. Here's hoping for a larger update soon! It's so fun to turn on the music, mix up the dye and spend a day creating color. Perhaps this weekend will bring more time for that!
I've spun up one of these 4oz braids made by Lisa Merian of Spinners Hill
that are from Trumpet Hill
in Albany, NY - I split it in half lengthwise, then spun it and finished by Navajo plying it - making a nice 3-ply yarn. Hank #1 has 102 yards and hank #2 has around 120 yards... I have another braid to spin up and can't decide if I want to do it now or save it for another time....
The knitting I've been working on recently isn't very exciting. yet. I'm busy working on a design that's got me unsure of what it should be. It started as one project (which is complete), then I thought the motif would work better as a different kind of project (which is on the needles)... and now, as I work on that design I think it might need to be something different than THAT... so I'm a bit thrown by that project.
In other knitting news, I've created a few swatches and concepts for proposals and that work takes time away from knitting things I can share. It's work I love to do, though, so it's quite worth it. The only thing I don't like about it is the WAITING to talk about it all!
What a treat to be part of the new Quince and Company collection: Scarves Etc. 2013! My contribution, Caden
, is a scarf designed for anyone to love and cherish. It's soft, flowing, textured... and the pattern is a gentle repeat that's easy to remember, making it perfect to take along to knit night!As always, the folks at Quince provided beautiful images. If you haven't worked with Quince yarn before, now's your chance. It's available at Quince and Co's online shop, and select yarn shops, including A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, CA! A preview of this and some of the other scarves appeared today on Quince and Co's blog HERE.
It feels great to have a piece among the other gorgeous submissions... I am really excited about seeing the final e-book too!I'd love to know what you think of my latest design, and can't wait to see it in different colors of Chickadee.
This pattern includes a suggestion for a special cast on and bind off. I created tutorials for each of these techniques and added them to the videos tab of www.kylewilliam.com. I announced the cast on tutorial on February 5, and below, you'll find the bind off video.
Working with Quince and Company Chickadee was a dream. The stitches are crisp, the fabric soft, and the final scarf is one that I'm quite pleased with. I hope you'll like it too!
I'm happy to announce my latest hat pattern! Meet Emeline: a stranded hat that celebrates individuality. It begins with 2-color ribbing, blossoms into a engaging chart, and finishes with striped decreases at the crown. It's a comfy, slouchy, stylish hat and is going with me everywhere I go. After the bind off, a wonderfully lightweight hat like this encourages us to venture out on chilly nights.
Emeline, comfortable and stylish, celebrates the unpredictable and unexpected adventures of working simultaneously with two skeins of Noro Silk Garden Lite. The pattern, inspired by 18th Century ironwork, is interesting to knit and satisfying to wear. As a compliment to the rigid structure of the chart, gentle color changes within the yarn guarantee a unique hat.
This pattern requires intermediate knitting knowledge including: working in the round, two-color ribbing, reading charts, simple stranded color work and decreasing, all on double point needles.
The "Emeline" hat by Kyle Kunnecke
So, Emeline is available on Ravelry
and in the Shop
. I hope you enjoy knitting this one; it really is a rewarding project!
Now that Emeline is completed, I can get to work on some of the other fun things I have in the works. There are so many good things happening right now, and believe me when I say it pains me not to talk about all of them. All I can do is ask you to "stay tuned" - In the meantime, I'll continue to keep you updated on what I can
In website news, I added a link to a page of abbreviations most commonly used in my patterns. It'll be updated as needed, and the current version is included with the Emeline pattern. This seems a good way to make sure people are aware of the abbreviations I use, and could also become a good tool for people as they work on other patterns.
So, here's hoping you fall in love with Emeline - if you're still searching for a gift for a knitter, perhaps this pattern along with a gift certificate to their local yarn shop would be loved?
I'm busy in the studio posting scarves and hats and goodies in my Etsy shop - and thought I'd send out a quick blog post (as promised) with the image of the finished clasped weft scarf. This one is going up right now and will hopefully find a lovely home for the holidays.
It also features the (fairly new) Kyle William labels - I LOVE my label and my logo... I hope that the recipient loves this scarf as much as I do!
**UPDATE** This scarf sold within minutes of being posted. Hooray!
As with all my postings, I offer free gift wrap and a card if you are purchasing to send to someone via mail.
There's not much time left for online holiday shopping without paying lots of shipping costs - so I better get back to uploading and posting these items in case someone wants a fun finished fiber project as a gift!
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The moment I saw this pattern I knew I HAD to make it. It is vintage and kitchy and fun and I wanted to own one that was as close to the original as possible. The first decision was what yarn to use. I selected Knit Picks Palette because it's priced well, comes in a ton of colors, is a decent fiber and was about the right weight.
I received the yarn as a gift during the holidays last year and immediately cast on. Here's where I note that not only is swatching important, but paying close *honest* attention to the swatch measurements is also important. I cast on, found my "home" with US 2 needles, and started knitting a lovely, lovely vest with gorgeous, tight stitching.
Where was it in the making that I realized this vest was not going to fit me? Honestly, probably about 2" into the pattern. It was too small. By a longshot. I kept trudging along, though... mezmerized by the patterning and thinking, "it's ok; it'll block out".
Seriously. I was finishing up one of the intarsia horse heads as I finally came to my senses; this wasn't going to fit. No matter how much I wanted this gauge with this yarn, if I finish it, it'll be beautiful and too small... so if I really want to wear this horse vest, then I must rip. it. out.
So, I did.
Then, the next day, I started swatching again. I found that I really needed to be on US 5 needles (yes, 3 sizes up!) It was going to work this time, and started to re-knit the vest from the beginning.
Do I feel bad about ripping out all that work? Not really. It was frustrating, but in reality, exercises like this are helpful. Working a "large" swatch (i.e. the front of the vest!) helps me to study and understand the pattern. In this case it also helped me figure out the quirks of the vintage pattern so that when it was time to do it over, I knew what I wanted to change.
The thing about a vintage pattern is that the wording is different than in more modern patterns. Sometimes, working through one feels a bit like decoding a word problem! The details can be different too, like the ribbing length at the bottom of this vest. I actually like it - it's fun and true to the design and its era.
I have worn this vest a few times now... to work, and around town. Not one person has asked me if I knit it. I don't know if that's a compliment or not! I LOVE my horse vest and look forward to casting on for my next project!
For those on Ravelry, here is the LINK
to this project's page.