Patterns for Presto!
This is the time of year when I start itching to get back to all my knitting plans that have fallen by the wayside during the hotter summer months, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Our bulky-weight Presto yarn is a great choice for a quick and gratifying fall project, and we're really excited to announce the publication of four new patterns using this yarn.
We sent a skein of Presto each to three different indie designers at the beginning of the summer, and they've all come up with great ways to use this soft and squishy yarn. In fact, we were so inspired by their patterns that Elizabeth decided to add a design of her own to the collection!
The Sweet Dreams hat is Zev Hurwich's creation, in our Calico Skies colourway. Zev is an up-and-coming designer based in New York City who specializes in men's sweater patterns. This toque features a fun cable pattern, and I love how the cable strands all come together in the crown decreases. I'm hoping to get one of these cast on myself very soon, I just have to decide which colour to use...
The skein of Presto that went on the farthest journey this summer traveled all the way to Annina (the brains behind Artesanitarium Designs) in Finland. Artesanitarium patterns are always unique and often feature interesting or unexpected construction. The Cyclone Cowl (shown in our August colourway) is no exception, since it's a tube that's knit flat but requires no seaming! Annina says it's the perfect accessory for fall cycling, since it can cover both your nose and your ears.
If you're looking for an even quicker project to keep your ears warm, the Celtic Headband (shown in our Boysenberry colourway) might be just what you need! The cable instructions are given in both written and chart form in this free pattern created by Juliana Lustenader. I just found out that Juliana is also an actress and singer-songwriter (when she's not designing gorgeous patterns) and you can see her perform an original song with her duo Baird and Beluga here.
Last but not least we have Elizabeth's latest design! The Dissymmetry Cowl is also a free pattern, shown in the Sea Breeze colourway. This is a super simple pattern, so it's great for beginners, but its unusual shaping makes it an interesting knit for more experienced crafters as well. The pattern includes a photo tutorial showing how to fold and wear this unique cowl, and the design can easily be adjusted for a tighter or looser fit by changing the button placement.
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The story of this pattern starts back in 2008 when Elizabeth and I, along with our sister Margaret, decided that we wanted to make a blanket for our parents as a gift for their 25th wedding anniversary. Elizabeth suggested we base our blanket design on the traditional Attic Windows quilting pattern, and she came up with a simple technique to knit the squares.
We wanted to share the basic technique for the Attic Windows squares, because it's so adaptable, and so much fun to play with! So, we decided to create a free "recipe" version of the pattern, that shares the basic technique as well as a step-by-step guide on planning your Attic Windows project.