This is still on the needles but I can tell that it will be a really pretty shawl, and I’m so excited to have you join me on this adventure.  The best thing about this pattern is the unpredictable nature of how different colors will show off the design.  I am using Ensemble Light, which is 400 yards per skein of the softest yarn you will likely encounter, and it is perfect because of the great amount of texture in this pattern stitch.  I recommend it highly.

Because some of you have the yarn already, I have decided to post a small part of the beginning of  the pattern here for you.

Start with an I-Cord Tab.


Step 1:  Provisionally Cast on 3 sts using a crochet hook and waste yarn.  Lucy Neatby has a great Youtube Video for this.

Step 2:  Attach your Ensemble Light color A (darker color), and knit across the 3 provisionally cast on sts.  *Slip the 3 sts to the left needle with the yarn in back, and knit them again; Repeat from *  4 times. This forms the I-cord tube, and the best way to visualize it is to actually do it and see for yourself.

Step 3:   Slip the 3 sts to the left needle and knit them with the right needle.  This time go on and pick up and knit 4 sts along the I-cord tube you just created.  There are now 7 sts on the right needle. (The illustration above shows how the stitches are picked up along to upper side of the I-cord after you have slipped the 3 sts from on end.)

Step 4: Remove the waste yarn from the 3 provisionally cast on stitches, and with the yarn in front, slip them all to the right needle–there are now 10 sts on the right needle.

Abbreviations:  kfb:  knit into the front and back of the stitch, an increase of 1 stitch; pm: place marker, rm: remove marker; sl3wyif: slip 3 sts with yarn in front  from left to right needle–you can slip these knitwise or purlwise, just be consistent.


Using Color A (darker color), and the 10 sts of the i-cord tab you created, work as follows:

Row 1:  K3, slip 3 from right  to left needle with yarn in back, k3 again (same sts), kfb, kfb, pm, k1, kfb, sl3wyif–3 sts increased, 13 sts

Row 2: K3, slip 3 sts from right to left needle with yarn in back, k3 again (same sts), kfb, k to marker, rm, kfb, pm, k to last 4 sts, kfb, sl3wyif–3 sts increased, 16 sts

Repeat Row 2 six more times until there are 34 sts.

Post a photo of your yarn (which must be Artyarns yarn) on the Ravelry Pattern Page.  If you need assistance as to how to create a project page, you can follow the guidelines here.

On or about October 15, I will send instructions for Part 1.


If you need to get yarn, you can ask for it at your local yarn shop, or visit these online re-sellers who have created special project pages for the knitalong:


Join our discussion group here:



Here’s a fun top-down lace cardigan that is really easy to work once you have the hang of it.  I used 1 skein of Merino Cloud and 1 skein of Beaded Silk and Sequins Light to knit the small version.



There is something really fun and satisfying about knitting lace diamonds in garter stitch, and using the natural eyelets in the diamonds to form the increases needed in a top-down raglan design makes it seamlessly lovely.  The pattern is difficult to size conventionally because the diamonds are a finite size, but I have included 2 different diamond sizes, one set for the XS/S/M sizes and another set for the L/XL/XXL sizes.  In addition if you are knitting the XS or L sizes, I have made recommendations to use a smaller needle at a tighter gauge.

Join us for the knitalong and experience one of the most fabulous yarns in the world, Merino Cloud, a combination of 80 Merino and 20 Cashmere that is soft as butter yet wearable for every day, since it is very durable and hardy.  Make it with a skein of Beaded Silk & Sequins Light to alternate a little bling at the yoke, or skip the glitter and use 2 skeins of Merino Cloud for the small size.  Other sizes are specified, and details on joining the knitalong are available here:

The first thing you will receive when you post a photo of your yarn is instructions on how to create a gauge swatch.

This will explain to you how to ensure that you are using the correct needles for the size you need.  Once you have determined the right needle size, post a photo of your completed swatch, and I’ll send you Part 1 of the pattern.  There is a discussion group as well where you can discuss the pattern and yarn with fellow knitters:



11/28/14:  And the randomly selected winner is Cathy:

Submitted on 2014/11/27 at 6:01 pm

I would make lots of jewelry for my knitting peeps!




Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I just finished preparing the Cranberry Relish for this evening’s feast, and I wanted to share my recipe and yarn inspiration with you all:

1 bag cranberries

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup fresh orange juice

1 teaspoon grated orange peel


place all 4 ingredients in saucepan.  Turn on low, and stir until sugar dissolves.  Let cook approximately 10-12 minutes–cranberries should be soft.

Remove from flame, and add:

1/2 cup toasted walnuts, cut into small pieces

1 orange peeled and chopped (no seeds please)

Stir and transfer to serving dish.  Let stand until lukewarm.  Refrigerate or freeze, depending on how much time you have.

Enjoy enjoy enjoy.


This recipe inspired the following yarn, Beaded Silk Light in the exclusive Cranberry Relish colorway:

This gorgeous yarn is 100% Silk, with metal beads and you can see a variety of patterns for it here: beaded silk light


Want to purchase it?  It is only available through Jimmy Beans Wool:

Enjoy your holiday and treat yourself to a yarn fit for a feast!

Want to win this ball of yarn?  Post a comment about what you would make with it, and one winner will be selected randomly on Friday, November 28, 2014.


I just added the Lace Muse Wrap to Ravelry here.  It is a delicate angelic-like piece, that uses such a simple lace pattern.   You can see the graceful drape in the lovely cashmere, accented by the 100% silk and glass beads and sequins.  It is shown in Cashmere 1 color 107 blue, and Beaded Silk & Sequins Light color H34 Silver.

I chose my colors here below:

Beaded Silk & Sequins Light color 1024 Gold and Cashmere 1 color 2289, Eggplant.  I just love the contrast in these 2 colors, and I know I would wear this all the time.  What do you think?


This book is coming out in just a few days, and I am super-excited about it.  The best thing about having a new book out is seeing all the projects that you the readers end up creating using these designs. And I hope you will post them to Ravelry here.    I will add sneak peeks from the book to my blog on a regular basis.

Today’s sneak peeks are two completely new designs:

Wrapped Scarf

Designed to wrap around and around, the Wrapped Scarf  on page 107 has an interesting construction. You build the width with short rows at the edges, right at the beginning, to make it wider and shallower than a standard top-down scarf. Then a lovely lace pattern enhances the shape.

This top-down design uses 2 skeins of Ensemble 4, starting with color H13 and ending with color H23 at the bottom.

Thinking of making another one in these two colors of Ensemble 4: H24 and H31.


Beaded Eyelet Hug

This easy yet versatile Beaded Eyelet Hug designed by the talented Nell Ziroli on page 75 is knit in the round from the top down with a luscious yarn and is highlighted by beads and sequins The increased shaping is hidden in the eyelet design.

Shown in Rhapsody Light color H2 and Beaded Pearl and Sequins color H2 Gold, 1 skein each.

Thinking of making the hug in these 2 skeins:

Rhapsody Glitter Light and Beaded Pearl & Sequins in H18 Silver.  Yummy.




Rayhmah recently designed the Hydrangea Shrug using Rhapsody Light and Beaded Mohair & Sequins. She spoke with us about her design process and her background. 

1.      What was your inspiration for the Hydrangea Shrug?

It was the colour. Since I was introduced to Artyarns, H16 has been my favourite colour beside H26 and 904. This beautiful mix of lavender and light blue reminds me of Hydrangeas, sunsets in northern areas with the ice reflecting the soft shades of the painted sky or also some kinds of mother of pearl. When I had the chance to put my hands on the skein Rhapsody Light and two Mohair Splash in H16, I just couldn’t resist. Even winding the balls was a pleasure. So these three skeins were sitting there waiting for the right pattern to happen so to say. I found that I liked the Mohair Splash most in stockinette and a shrug or bolero was what I had enough yardage for.

2.      Do you follow a specific philosophy as a designer? If so, what is it?

Creating beauty in simplicity is an art and my goal at the same time. I have a soft spot for elegant, feminine and discreet fashion with extraordinary shapes that becomes unique because of it’s details. It’s not easy to make something simple look special but once achieved, it makes the design fabulous.

3.      What is your design process, in general and specifically for this piece?

Usually it starts with the yarn and what it reminds me of. Nature, scents, colours, fine and sophisticated traditional handwork …  These are the things that move me emotionally. Just like a beautiful fabric brings the image of the finished garment to my mind, a beautiful yarn in combination with what moves me initiates the same for knitted designs. What I design is never static. It develops and changes during the process. The finished design must not necessarily look like what I thought of at first. Sometimes a knitted stitch pattern or shape comes out differently or looks better or worse in a specific yarn. If it feels right, I keep going, if not, I unravel and start over. My feeling tips the scales. If it doesn’t feel right, I will never be happy with what I have on my needles.


When I knitted the Hydrangea Shrug, I wanted the eyes focused on the beautiful yarn, so the design itself had to be rather simple. The Lace gives it a final touch, femininity and elegance yet does not distract too much from the beaded yarn.

4.      What are you most proud of about your piece?

Actually I’m not proud. I’m very self-critical and rather surprised by the positive response it gets. When I look at my designs, I always see something that I could have done better. Being praised this much just makes me humble because I don’t see myself like that.

5.      What were your favorite qualities about the yarns you used?
My professional background (master bespoke tailor) made me become very picky when it comes to fibres and threads, may it be a woven piece of fabric or a skein of yarn. I love to buy hand-dyed yarns of high quality natural fibres like smerino, silk, cashmere or mohair. Amongst others, ending up with Artyarns is a natural consequence. What I love about Artyarts is that there are only the finest fibres used: Japanese Silk, Itailan Cashmere… paired with hand-dyeing it’s the crest of what is possible.

 Find all of Rahymah’s beatuiful designs on Ravelry here!

On July 15, 2014, we are starting a knitalong for the Lace Tonal Tee.  You can use any Artyarns yarn to join the knitalong.  If you want to make it using the Silk Pearl kits or Regal Silk kits, here are some of your options:

When you purchase one of these kits, you will get the full pattern, which is actually two separate options:

Lace Tonal Tee

Shown in Chili Rose and Stepping Stones colorways in Silk Pearl kits

Shown in Regal Silk Blue Turquoise Colorway

The Lace Tonal Tee comes in just 2 sizes, since it is oversize, and you will be able to make it longer with more skeins that come with the kits for the larger sizes.


If you prefer to make the easier non-lace version of the tonal tee, you will receive a pattern with your kit for the Piped Tonal Tee:

Shown in Dreamy Blues colorway of Silk Pearl Kits

This tee is knitted in all stockinette, with the exception of the (k1, p1) rib at the bottom hem, and a lovely piped edging is applied to the neckline and sleeves with the darkest color.  You will be switching colors in the round, although you are never working with more than two colors at a time.  The great thing about switching colors in the round is that the color transitions are really subtle, since you are able to change color every round, and not cut the yarn ( as compared with every other row in traditional straight knitting).

The tricky thing about switching colors on every round without cutting the yarn is you will need to mark the first stitch of each round, and make sure to knit it with the new color.  But you will need to slip that first stitch, instead of knitting it, every other round, to maintain the color changes and make sure that they start in that first stitch. Normally when knitting in the round, your rounds move  one stitch to the left, and unless you want to have a diagonal color change “seam,” it is best to mark the stitch so that you always knit it with the new color or slip it when it is already presenting itself in the new color on every other round.

Other than that, this is a lovely television-watching option to the more complex lace version that requires concentration.

Here are the links to the Ravelry pages that contain more details including information on where to purchase the kits and available sizes.

Lace Tonal Tee

Piped Tonal Tee



Lisa Hoffman is a noted knitwear designer. Her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Iris Schreier’s One + One book series, knit.wear, and Knit Simple, among (many) other places. Lisa’s designs lean toward fashionable yet classy pieces that work for any age. She was kind enough to answer some questions about her newest scarf design in Ensemble Light, Belweather.

What was your inspiration for the scarf?

The softness of the yarn. I knew it would make a lovely lightweight scarf so I paired it with a simple lace pattern that would work up quickly, not curl, and look smart on both sides.

Do you follow a specific philosophy as a designer?

I try to design lace patterns that are interesting to work but not too complicated, easy to follow by an advanced beginner/intermediate knitter. I like that I have to think a bit from row to row, if the pattern is too boring I will lose interest with the piece before it’s completed.

What is your design process, in general and specifically for this piece?

I usually swatch different stitch patterns to see what will look best and achieve the result I want for the particular fiber. I will block the swatches and think about what they want to be. Next I will sketch, do some math to figure out the stitch count appropriate to the lace pattern, and get started. With this pattern I knew I needed to add selvedge stitches to keep the edges from curling.

Did the yarn and/or color play a large role in guiding the design?

The color is sooo very important! I have always loved teal, and I originally made this for myself.

What were your favorite qualities of Ensemble Light?

As this is a silk and cashmere blend, there is a slight difference in how each fiber absorbs the dye – there is a beautiful depth of color that adds dimension to a flat knit.

What other pieces that you’ve designed in Artyarns yarns are you most happy with?

One of my very first pieces published in Vogue Knitting Magazine was a lace coat (#15 Lace Coat, Vogue Knitting Holiday 2008) and I just loved working with the yarn and the amazing variety of colors. The following year I had fallen in love with a deep red in Artyarns Cashmere Sock and decided to work up a pair of mittens, they ended up in Vogue Knitting Fall 2009 and Vogue Knitting: Mittens and Gloves. More recently I am so proud to have had pieces included in all of Iris Schreier’s One + One books, every one of which has been quite popular.


You can find Lisa on Ravelry as nycknitr. And guess what? She is offering Artyarns blog readers $2 off on the pattern with coupon code ARTYARNS!