Thursday, September 20, 2012

Knit Simple inside the Issue and at Home

 (photo provided by Knit Simple)
Hi, Knitters,
First, the photographs from the Knit Simple Holiday Issue 2012 that are shared in this post are by Paul Amato for, Rose Callahan, Jack Deutsch and Marcus Tullis. The issue hits the stands on October 2nd, 2012.

I want to share the rest of my projects found in Knit Simple Holiday 2012 today. 

The first is the #19 Fairy Doll. The doll is knit in the round, completely seamless and from the top-down. The wings are knit separately and stitched on the doll's back.

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Fairy Doll.

Here is more information for the fairy doll:
For sizes: 12" long

Yarn Information: Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash
Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Quatro
Amounts: 1 ball each in #817 aran, #914A tahitian rose and #902 soft pink
1 ball in #1932 butterscotch

(photo provided by Knit Simple)

I was asked to take on the gift section for the cook/kitchen this year. I was assigned an owl tea cozy, an owl pocket apron, a market bag and a dishcloth. The yarn was sent to me and here is what I came up with for the kitchen section.

Above is the #41 Owl Tea Cozy. That happens to be my sister's orange teapot in the photo. She loaned me her teapot to use while I designed the cozy. It looked so cute with the finished cozy that I sent it along for Knit Simple to use for the photo shoot. This is a super easy and quick knit. It is worked in the round, separated to knit the openings on the sides for the handle and spout, joined again to work in the round, and finished with a three-needle bind off. Easy peasy!

Here is more information for the Owl Tea Cozy:
Owl Tea Cozy
Designer: Susan B. Anderson
For sizes: 16" circumference x 7 1/4"
Yarn Information: Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme Batik
Amounts: 1 skein #22 waffle cone

Before I send off any projects I try my best to take a series of photos of the project in progress and then again when it is finished. I love how the ear tassels look so perky in the photo above.

Also, here you can see the side slits for the spout and handle. I wanted it to stay in place so I made a loop and bobble to hold the cozy tightly around the teapot. It's really cute.

(photo provided by Knit Simple)

The editors also wanted an apron with an owl pocket. There was an owl theme going on for this kitchen set. This was a fun and fast knit as well and really it couldn't get much simpler. The apron is knit from the top-down and the ties are picked up and knit on. The owl pocket is made separately and stitch to the front of the apron. This project turned out great.

Here is more information about the apron:
Owl Apron
Designer: Susan B. Anderson
For sizes: One size
Yarn Information: Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme
Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme Batik
Amounts: 2 hanks in #602 orange creme
1 hank in #22 waffle cone

Here the apron is on TC. At first I knit the apron without the ruffle but the editors wanted a ruffle so I added it on later. You could knit it either way but the pattern in the magazine includes the ruffle.

It's an adorable set and would make quick knit gifts for the holiday season.

 I just love this photo of TC, "Could I get you some tea?"

(photo provided by Knit Simple)

I love this super stretchy, lightweight linen/cotton market bag. The stitch pattern is fun and easy, a rib and eyelet pattern that is easy to memorize. The bag is knit in one piece from the bottom up to the garter stitch top, which is then separated. It is a very simple and quick knit. 

I'd like one of these for myself. Here is some information about the #42 Market Bag:
Cook's Market Bag
Designer: Susan B. Anderson
For sizes: One size
Yarn Information: Classic Elite Yarns Cricket
Amounts: 4 balls in #3981 grass green

I adore the Classic Elite Cricket yarn. It is the perfect yarn for this project. What a fun knit.

(photo provided by Knit Simple)

I love a knit washcloth/dishcloth. I love to knit them and design them. When asked to do some kitchen dishcloths, I immediately wanted to stray away from the square shape you usually see. I thought something round and sweet would make for a fun gift knit. The yarn called Sprout from Classic Elite is just fantastic. It is a soft, thick cotton that works up like a snap. The cloth is worked from the center out on US size 9 needles.

I did three versions, all fun and simple and cute. Here is more information on the #43 Dishcloths:
Kitchen Dishcloths
Designer: Susan B. Anderson
For sizes: Set of 3, 9" across
Yarn Information: Classic Elite Yarns Sprout
Amounts: 1 hank each in #4320 spring breeze, #4381 mint, and #4346 glacier

Knit Simple is one of my favorite knitting magazines. There is a lightness and a sense of fun in every issue and the projects are so doable. Everyone can find something fun to knit in every issue. I am so excited to be a part of the holiday issue again this year. This is the third year in a row that I have had projects in the holiday issue and it is such an honor. Holiday gift issues are always the best. You get over 50 project patterns in this one issue.

Click here for the Knit Simple website!

The magazine hits newsstands October 2nd!

I hope you are all having a great week. It is flying by fast.
best, susie