It's Almost Here! Sunshine + Socks KAL

We’re gearing up to knit lots of socks this summer in the Ravelry Blue Peninsula group. This Friday is not only the first day of summer, it’s the first day of the Sunshine + Socks Knitalong.

You can make any of my sock patterns for this KAL, and they’re all on sale through Friday, June 21. Use the coupon code SUNSHINE to save 20% (you can use the code as many times as you like).

If you love lace, cast on Plumtree or Couplet. If color is your thing, go for the Rowhouse Socks or Sugar Dusted. Find more ideas in my Ravelry socks/mitts/hats pattern bundle.

A sock is the kind of knitting project you can fit into any summer day, no matter how high the temps go or where you happen to be. A few rounds here and there, and before you know it, you’ll have a new pair of socks for fall (or gift giving). And you needn’t feel rushed — the knitalong lasts until September 1.

Join us on Ravelry for a fun summer of sock knitting!

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New Pattern: Sugar Dusted Socks

If you haven’t decided which socks to knit for the summerlong Sunshine + Socks KAL starting next week, here’s a new design to consider — my just-released Sugar Dusted Socks.

A pretty confection of texture, lace, and color, the Sugar Dusted Socks feature columns of lace on the outer leg and foot, surrounded by clusters of purl stitches. Worked top down in two colors of fingering weight sock yarn, they're easy yet engaging to knit.

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I used a solid main color and a speckled contrast color for my sample pair, but you could do just the opposite — use a solid on the cuffs, heels, and toes instead. Or two solids? The possibilities are endless — this design lets you create a truly unique pair of socks using colors you love.

I used the Bakery Rye colorway of Bare Naked Wools Better Breakfast Fingering for the main color. This yarn marinated in my stash for a long time until the lightbulb went off and I knew what to make with it. The lovely neutral was a good match for a colorful skein of The Fawn and the Fox Otter, in a colorway called Let’s Stay Home. The Better Breakfast Fingering, a blend of merino, alpaca, and nylon, is a soft yet sturdy yarn with a satisfying crispness equally suited to textured stitches and lace. The Otter, a blend of superwash merino and nylon, was a delight to knit — with every round it was great fun to watch the colors change.

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I’ve added the Sugar Dusted Socks to my Sunshine + Socks sale on Ravelry — save 20% on this pattern and all of my sock patterns with the coupon code SUNSHINE. The sale ends on the first day of summer, June 21.

Friday, June 21, is also when the Sunshine + Socks summer knitalong starts. Knitters are already chatting about yarns and pattern ideas — feel free to join in anytime. The KAL will continue all summer, ending on September 1. There are some great prizes, too — head to the Ravelry Blue Peninsula group to get all the details. I hope you can join us for a summer of leisurely sock knitting!

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Summer Sock Sale

I myself don’t wear wool socks in warm weather, but I do love to knit them. A sock is the perfect knitting project for summer: small, portable, easy to pick up and set down. You can tuck one in your bag and take it with you wherever you are, whether that’s in your car (not driving, of course!), the beach, or your own backyard.

Now through the first day of summer, all of my sock patterns are 20% off on Ravelry. Use the coupon code SUNSHINE to get the discount. You can use it as many times as you like through Friday, June 21. That’s the day the Sunshine + Socks KAL begins in the Ravelry Blue Peninsula group. Once you pick your pattern(s), come join us for a fun, relaxed-pace summer of sock knitting.

Next week, I’ll be releasing a new sock pattern called Sugar Dusted — a pretty confection of texture, lace, and color. It will be added to the sock sale so you can get the 20% discount. Stay tuned!

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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!

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!