New Pattern: Con Brio Cowl

I enjoyed knitting this new cowl so much, I almost didn’t want to finish it. But — of course I did, and now the pattern’s ready for you to cast on and enjoy knitting, too.

This light, airy lace cowl, worked in DK weight yarn, can be made in one of three sizes, ranging from 23 to 54 inches / 59-138 cm. It’s knit in the round, so there’s no seaming or grafting.

The Con Brio Cowl is on sale for 20% off on Ravelry. Use the coupon code BRIO20 to get the discount.

I made the largest of the three sizes, using Juniper Moon Farm’s Patagonia, a woolen-spun organic merino with a soft hand. I’m really impressed with its stitch definition and beautiful drape. One skein was more than enough for a swatch and the cowl.

When designing this cowl, I was inspired by my Con Brio Mitts, which have the same energetic, waving lace stitch. They’re my favorite spring mitts, and now I’m excited to have a matching cowl to wear with them. The two patterns can be purchased together in an ebook set, which you can pick up on Ravelry for just $8.

The Con Brio Cowl sale continues through Wednesday, April 24. Thanks for reading, and happy spring knitting!

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Woodpecker Love

Just as I was about to start typing this post about my Downy Hat, a downy woodpecker whinnied somewhere outside. It was easy to hear because — at last — it’s warm enough to open windows.

What a charming bit of serendipity — I was popping in here to let you know the March Mayhem Downy Sale ends tomorrow (Monday, April 15). Through midnight EST, you can save 20% on Ravelry with the coupon code MAYHEM on this sweet colorwork hat inspired by the colors and markings of the downy woodpecker. The pattern provides instructions for four sizes, so you can make Downies for the whole family.

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It was so exciting to see Downy advance in the Mason-Dixon Knitting March Mayhem bracket. There were many beautiful designs this year, but only one could become the champion. That honor went to Carol Feller’s Tabouli cardigan. It got my votes from Round 1 onward — those lovely cable-and-lace details really stole my heart.

Did any of your favorites make it to the final four? Are you casting on any of the 64 bracket patterns? Of the many I would love to make, the one that most likely will be on my needles before long is Christin Kimsey’s striking Smilla.

Before we all move on, let’s take a moment to thank Kay and Ann of Mason-Dixon Knitting for creating and hosting March Mayhem. There must be quite a lot of behind-the-scenes work to put together the bracket, gather photos, contact designers, set up the surveys, write the blog and social media posts — all so we knitters can join together to celebrate the work of independent designers. I hope you’ll support them by having a look around the MDK shop (I fell hard the other day for a few skeins of Socks Yeah! DK, which I’ve had my eye on for a new sock design).

It’s such a fun event — can’t wait for next year. Thanks again to all of you who voted for Downy!

Downy Has Flown to Round 2!

The results are in: of the initial 64 patterns in this year’s Mason-Dixon Knitting March Mayhem bracket, 32 have advanced to Round 2 — and I’m thrilled that Downy is among them.

Today and tomorrow (March 26 and 27), you can vote for four patterns in each of the bracket’s categories: Head & Hands, Neck & Shoulders, Pullovers, and Cardigans. The top vote getters will advance to the next round on Friday.

Thank you so much for the love you’ve shown for Downy. Be sure to vote in Round 2! And just a reminder: through April 15, you can save 20% on the pattern in my Ravelry store. Use the coupon code MAYHEM to get the discount.

Happy voting — and happy knitting!

Mason-Dixon Knitting: March Mayhem

March Mayhem has begun! The “world’s only bracket for knitters” was cooked up by Ann and Kay over at Mason-Dixon Knitting to celebrate knitting patterns created by independent designers. Out of the thousands of patterns published during 2018, only 64 were chosen to compete in March Mayhem. I’m thrilled that my Downy Hat is among them!

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How does it work? There are 16 patterns in each of four categories: Cardigans, Pullovers, Neck and Shoulders, and Head and Hands. You can view them all here, with handy links to each pattern’s Ravelry page.

Starting this Thursday, March 21, you’ll be able to vote online for your favorites in each category. There will be five rounds of voting, with the top patterns in each round advancing to the next round. The championship round, April 5-7, will determine the final winner. And after that? More fun - a big knitalong begins!

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Keep up with the voting and the excitement as patterns advance at Mason-Dixon Knitting. If you like my Downy Hat, I hope you’ll vote for it!

New Pattern: Catharus Shawl

I’m excited to have a design in At the Spinnery, a beautiful new book of patterns featuring Green Mountain Spinnery yarns. There’s a print edition, for all of us who love to hold a book in our hands and savor its pages. You can order it from either the Spinnery or the publisher, One More Row Press. There’s also a digital version, which you can get on Ravelry.

Catharus Shawl , by Bonnie Sennott (photo: Gale Zucker)

Catharus Shawl, by Bonnie Sennott (photo: Gale Zucker)

Catharus, a triangular shawl worked in fingering weight yarn, features a wide rib flowing gracefully into sculptural lace, ending with a scalloped edging. I named it after the state bird of Vermont, the hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus) — as a tribute to the Spinnery’s home state (they’re located in Putney, Vermont).

Catharus Shawl , by Bonnie Sennott (photo: Gale Zucker)

Catharus Shawl, by Bonnie Sennott (photo: Gale Zucker)

The shawl is knit in two skeins of Green Mountain Spinnery’s Forest, a fingering weight yarn that combines the warmth and bounce of Targhee fine wool with the gleam of Tencel® Lyocell (from trees). It blocks beautifully, creating a light, airy fabric.

See all 12 patterns in At the Spinnery on Ravelry.

In other news: I’m putting the finishing touches on my Bay Road Mitts pattern. The mitts, a companion to the Bay Road Cowl, will be released very soon. The two designs will be available as individual patterns and as an ebook set. Stay tuned!

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New Pattern: Bay Road Cowl

Knitters of cowls, lovers of cables and lace: I’ve got a new design that’s just for you!

The Bay Road Cowl has just been released on Ravelry, where it’s on sale for 20% off. Use the coupon code COWL20 to get the discount.

Named after a winding road with views of apple orchards in my hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts, the Bay Road Cowl features gently curving cables and pretty wrapped cluster lace stitches, all framed by crisp seed stitch.

The cowl is knit flat, end to end, in fingering weight yarn, beginning with a provisional crochet cast-on. Finishing is simple: after the piece is blocked, the two ends are joined with a three-needle bind-off. The pattern includes instructions for both the cast-on and bind-off, in case either of those techniques are new to you.

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With a circumference of 51.5 inches/131 cm, the Bay Road Cowl can be worn either in a single loop or — on those coldest days — doubled up for extra warmth. In yesterday’s freezing temperatures, it kept my neck toasty warm all day.

For this design, I used a special skein of yarn that I purchased from White Barn Farm Sheep and Wool at Rhinebeck last fall. I fell in love with both the lovely color and the soft Cormo wool. This is a new, 2-ply fingering weight version of their DK NEST yarn. It’s not in the Ravelry database yet; according to the label there are 365yd/334m in the 100g skein. The cowl used nearly all of the skein.

The 20% off sale ends this Sunday, February 3. Happy knitting — and if you’re dealing with record-breaking cold, I hope you are warm and safe!

Treat Yourself KAL: What We're Making

The Treat Yourself KAL is off to a great start! Patterns cast on (or announced) so far include the Downy Hat, Tailwind Shawl, Indikon Mitts, Couplet Socks, the Catbird Shawl, Tortoise Shells Socks, Purlish Mitts, and the Biscuit Cowl. Such a nice variety!

If you’d like to join us, head to the Ravelry Blue Peninsula group. This KAL continues through February 25, so there’s plenty of time to cast on and finish.

Tailwind Shawl  (photo courtesy Interweave/Harper Point Photography)

Tailwind Shawl (photo courtesy Interweave/Harper Point Photography)

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I’ve joined the KAL with a pair of Indikon Mitts in handspun Cormo. Ever since I spun this yarn and dyed it with hickory nuts a few years ago, I’ve been wanting to cast on these mitts. I’m so happy to be treating myself to them at last.

If you’re feeling like you could use a new handknit — maybe something lacy for your spring wardrobe? — hop over to Ravelry and join us. Any of my designs can be knit for this KAL. We’d love to have you!

LINKS
Treat Yourself Knitalong
Bonnie Sennott: Ravelry Designer Page

Flash BOGO Sale!

Buy One-Get One Sale

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To celebrate my birthday, I’m having a flash sale in my Ravelry pattern store! When you place two individual patterns or ebooks in your cart, you’ll get the lower-priced one FREE, with the coupon code BIRTHDAY (sale ends at midnight tonight — Monday, January 14). The sale applies only to my self-published patterns (patterns from books, magazines, or yarn companies are not included).

Treat Yourself KAL Starts Today

Today’s the first day of the Blue Peninsula Treat Yourself Knitalong. All of my designs are eligible for this fun annual KAL. You can cast on today or anytime during the KAL, which runs six weeks and ends February 25. Come knit with us and treat yourself to a special handknit garment or accessory!

I’m making a new pair of Indikon Mitts for the KAL, using handspun Springdelle Farm Cormo that I dyed with hickory nuts. The sheep and farm, their wool, the hickory nuts, the designer (me), and the knitter (also me) are all from western Massachusetts, making this project about as local as it can get.

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The Treat Yourself KAL is always a fun event. As an added bonus, lovely prizes of yarn and other goodies will be awarded to FOs. And one prize will be awarded randomly to a post in the discussion thread — so even if you don’t finish your project, you still might win a prize. I hope you’ll join us!