I love lace.
I love the exacting choreography of yarnovers and decreases, the way my needles dance through each step, and the all-encompassing concentration I need to read the chart.
I love the transformative power of blocking a new piece, the elegant sweep of a delicate shawl, the easy drape of a loose front cardigan.
I love the feel of lace fabric, the unexpected lightness, how the breeze slips through and makes the edges flutter.
But a lot of times, I don't like wearing lace. I find most lace garments are neither practical nor flattering.
For this project, I set out to change that. I wanted to make a collection of designs that I would be happy to wear in my everyday life; designs that were elegant & beautiful and ready for action!
My challenge was to shape lace to flatter real women, women like me, women who value the combination of elegance and action while also looking for an adventurous romp in their knitting.
My Flutter and Flow collection contains nineteen unique designs to entertain you, challenge you, and flatter your shape. The collection includes pullovers, cardigans, shells, tanks, jackets, tees, hats, a shawl, and even one blanket. (I hope you don't mind that I snuck in a little home décor among all these garments!) Here are a few of my favorites:
A gorgeously feminine tank, the La Vela surprises with its uncommon line of lace tumbling down your back.
Mildred Pierce, the dedicated mother of an ungrateful daughter, would find this cardigan perfectly fits into her hardworking lifestyle. A hearty lace pattern allows the retro thirties vibe to shine in this piece which celebrates your unique form.
The Erebor, a lace dress evoking the simple pine tree, easily slips onto your needles to create a summery form.
Wedding jackets perfectly fit for a formal event in any season. In the depth of summer, they warm you in the dark of the evening as you sip your final glass of champagne. The sleeves protect your arms on the wintry days. The Wisteria Wedding Jacket warms you without concealing your feminine flair.
The Mariposa tunic remains my favorite of the collection. The fluttering sleeves and flattering silhouette conceal the fact that it is a joy to wear - so comfortable!
While these are my favorites, I'm sure you will find yours within the nineteen patterns included in the Flutter and Flow collection. When completed, these pieces will take you from the grocery store to the most formal gala.
To see the rest of the collection visit: http://www.theyarnslayer.com/flutter-flow-preorder/
Your support in this effort will allow me to pay my tech editor, my graphic design helper, and print a limited run of books. To thank you for supporting this effort, I've made a special list of rewards for you including copies of the book, special knitting tutoring sessions, knitting kits, and even custom knitted hats and sweaters.
Conventional wisdom dictates knitting is relaxing and mindless. Unfortunately, I’ve never been good at relaxing and mindless. As a child, knitting gave my antsy hands something to do. As I got older, my antsy hands and restless brain searched for harder and harder patterns to conquer. Finally, nothing would do except to invent new patterns myself.
These days, the creation of a simple pattern isn’t quite enough to tame my restlessness. It demands that my designs push the envelope, often beginning with the thought, “Is this possible?” With that, a quest to slay the next dragon begins!
Yarn is my favorite tool in this quest, but also my most gifted adversary. Like my sigil, the ferret, I continually search in familiar corners to find something new and surprising to challenge me. Also like the ferret, my fingers display a joyous dance of war when I discover it.
My background includes an M.S. in Textile Engineering from Philadelphia University. My designs have appeared in publications including Interweave Knits, Knitscene, knit.wear, Creative Knitting, Vogue Knitting, and Knitter’s Magazine. My winning knit fabric design was also distributed nationally through Urban Outfitters.
Through my work as a knitting instructor and yarn guru at Prairie Yarns in Fargo, ND, I enjoy teaching people how to slay their own dragons.
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