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I'm designing again! In the coming months, you'll see some new patterns coming out under my new 'akabini' label.

First up - Let the Light In, a boxy popover in a simple mesh lace stitch. Three sizes, to fit busts from 30"-50".

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silky Laci or Laci (900 yds/skein); 1 (2, 2) skeins.

Needles: US 6, or size needed to get gauge in Irish Mesh Lace stitch.

Gauge: 27 sts x 34 rows = 4"/10cm in lace pattern.

Construction: Two body panels are worked from the bottom up (front and back are the same).  Sleeves also worked flat, from the cuff to the shoulder; increases are worked into garter-stitch border at underarm. Neckline is picked up and worked in the round on a smaller needle after pieces are blocked and assembled.

Lace pattern stitch instructions are written out in each row; no chart-reading skills necessary.

Suitable for the advanced beginner. 

 

And for those of you who are always on the lookout for a new, interesting sock pattern: Keystone Socks!

3x1 rib from the cuff flows onto the instep before decreases taper it down to a point. The taper is balanced by increases under the foot, which create a supportive arch shaping and an interesting lift to the bottom of the foot.

Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock®Lightweight; shown in colorway "Beach Glass." 1 skein is plenty: size S takes just 250 yards; size M 300 yards; size L 350 yards. (With the 4"/10cm cuff as shown; yardage in skein is enough to make cuffs longer, if you like.)

Needles: US 1.5/2.5mm in your preferred sock-knitting format - DPNs, 2 circulars, or Magic Loop. (I give tips along the way for how to arrange stitches on needles for maximum ease of knitting.)

 

All patterns are available for digital download on Ravelry and (soon!) on Patternfish.

Come join us in the akabini & friends Ravelry group for knitalongs, pattern support, and general mayhem.