Countdown to Rhinebeck

The recent warm weather here in New England has been nice, but it also makes me a little nervous — is it global warming, or just an unusually warm fall? I hope these unseasonably high temperatures don't continue through the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, coming up October 21-22. If it's hot, no one will want to wear their Rhinebeck sweaters or shawls!


I'm so looking forward to Rhinebeck — seeing (and petting and hearing) lots of pretty sheep and goats. And — of course — checking out everybody's gorgeous knitwear. Maybe if all of us knitters wish for crisp, cool, and bright weather, we can make it happen. Let's try!


I'm working like mad on my Rhinebeck sweater and am optimistic it will be finished in time. The pattern won't be published until November, but I can share a few details now: it's a casual women's pullover, with modified drop shoulders, knit in worsted weight yarn (I'm using Quince & Co. Owl, a wool/alpaca blend). It's worked in the round from the bottom up and the only seaming is at the shoulders (or, if you hate seaming, use a three-needle bind-off instead). More details soon!


The other new design I'm working on is the third and final accessory for my Dragonfly Days collection (the first two were the Enallagma Shawl and the Cordulia Cowl). This time around, I've mixed in some cables with the dragonfly lace, to create a crescent-shaped shawl. Worked in bulky weight yarn — Brooklyn Tweed's Quarry — it will be super warm and cozy, perfect for chilly winter days.


In other news: My Chili Pepper Cardigan from the fall 2017 Knitscene is now available as an instant download from Interweave. Did you know my patterns in the Interweave family of publications are available as digital downloads? I participate in the Designer's Choice program, which means my patterns appear both in the magazines and in the Interweave online store. It's a nice program both for knitters and designers — knitters can purchase individual patterns long after the print magazine is no longer on store shelves, and designers receive royalties for those digital sales.

To find my patterns at Interweave, just type the pattern name in the search box. Or, use these direct links:

Chili Pepper Cardigan
Mathews Street Vest
Firehouse Alley Cowl
Drafter's Cardigan
Nested Knots Hat
Stagger Cowl
Morgantown Hat

Are you going to Rhinebeck this year? If you're working on a Rhinebeck sweater, I hope it's going well and you finish with plenty of time to spare!


New Pattern: Chili Pepper Cardigan

The fall 2017 Knitscene is out! It's full of beautiful sweaters—including my Chili Pepper Cardigan.

Chili Pepper Cardigan by Bonnie Sennott

Chili Pepper is an open-front cardigan featuring a pretty lozenge stitch on its cuffs and fronts. It's a comfortable classic you'll wear for years to come—and it's equally at home in the office or on weekends.

Chili Pepper Cardigan by Bonnie Sennott_2
Chili Pepper Cardigan by Bonnie Sennott_3

Knit in DK weight yarn (Valley Yarns Northfield, a soft merino/alpaca/silk blend), Chili Pepper is nearly seamless. It's worked in one piece to the armholes, then fronts and back are knit separately. After seaming the shoulders and back neck, the sleeves are worked top down, in the round. A touch of shaping gives the body a swingy, A-line shape.

Chili Pepper Cardigan by Bonnie Sennott_4

In addition to lots of great patterns, the fall Knitscene has an article on slipstitch colorwork, tips for getting a good fit, and an interview with Krysten Ritter. Find it at your favorite yarn shop or bookstore or purchase the digital issue directly from Interweave.

Photos: F&W Media/Harper Point Photography