Havasu Falls

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My newest pattern, Havasu Falls, has just been released! Inspired by the amazing blues of Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon and also by one of my all-time favorite songs (Havasu Falls by Michelle Malone), this crescent shawl is knit from the top down using one skein of Freia Ombre Lace in the colorway Ice Queen.

I knew I wanted to create a pattern that looked like a waterfall itself. The colors of this gradient yarn were perfect for this project. The shawl starts with solid stockinette where the deepest blues are. The lace begins as the yarn transitions to the lighter blues, giving it the look of the light foamy waters at the base of the waterfall.

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This pattern is easy to customize to make larger or smaller and with more or less lace. Instructions on how to make these changes are included in the pattern. The pattern includes charted and full written instructions.

Havasu Falls can be found on Ravelry, Craftsy, LoveKnitting, EtsyPatternfish, and here on my blog.

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Enjoy! And Happy Knitting!

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Picabia

Picabia by Allison LoCicero

Picabia is now available on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, and Patternfish! This is a warm and squishy cowl knit in the round using only one skein of Madelinetosh Tosh DK (the color in the sample is Candlewick).

Picabia by Allison LoCicero

I named this pattern after the cubist painter Francis Picabia because the stitch pattern reminds me of a cubist painting.

This is a super quick knit that you could complete in probably two or three evenings so it’s perfect for gifting! And the stitch pattern is easy to memorize!

Picabia by Allison LoCicero

The pattern includes both charted and written instructions so no matter your preference, you’re covered!

Also, voting is still open in the Craftsy Pattern Design Awards! See my previous post on how you can vote to make my Entrelac Scarf pattern a winner! Voting ends tomorrow (Thurs, Nov. 6) at midnight (US-MST). Thanks for voting! And remember, your vote could win you a FREE Craftsy class!

 

Pesto

Pesto by Allison LoCicero

Pesto is now available on Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy and Patternfish!

Pesto is a garter stitch shawl with lace border knit in one piece from end to end. It can be knit with one skein of sock yarn. The size of the shawl can be customized depending on the amount of yarn you have so it is the perfect pattern for making the most of a special skein of yarn! Instructions on how to do this are included. The pattern instructions are both charted and written.

Pesto by Allison LoCicero

When I first started designing this shawl I knew I wanted it to meet three important criteria. It needed to be simple. It needed to be quick. And it needed to use only one skein of yarn. The sample is knit using only one skein of SweetGeorgia’s Tough Love Sock in the color Lettuce Wrap. I came up with the name because the vibrant green and the little leaves running along the edge remind me of yummy pesto!

This shawl can be knit up in less than a week so it makes for perfect gift knitting with the holidays just around the corner! Or make it as a gift for yourself!

Pesto by Allison LoCicero

 

What’s new?

Well, the cowl design I was working on is now in time-out. I’m not 100% happy with it (I think a change in the yarn will help) so I’m going to revisit it towards the end of summer and get it out in time for fall. I can’t think about cowls right now anyway! Spring has sprung here in Mississippi! And this warmer weather makes me crave more lace! Something light! Something airy!

So a new lace shawl is in the works! I am almost finished with the knitting (it’s a lot farther along than the pic above) and hope to get the pattern out to my tech editor and test knitters in a couple of weeks! If you’re a lace lover, I will be posting a call for test knitters in my Ravelry group and on my Facebook page so watch those spaces! And yes, I created a Facebook page yesterday! So give it a “LIKE” if you’re on Facebook! I wanted a place where I could post quick announcements, show sneak peeks at new designs and post calls for test knitters, etc. So I hope you’ll join me there! I know the timing kinda sucks on this as Facebook is getting some backlash about the current reach of Pages but I’m giving it a shot and hope you’ll join me on the journey!

Another “new” thing for me is starting an Etsy shop. I had never sold my patterns on Etsy in the past because they didn’t have an automatic download service for digital files and I felt that the whole wait-for-me-to-email-you-the-file system was kind of clunky. But now they DO offer instant downloads so I’m open for business there as well. So if you’re on Etsy, “favorite” my shop so you can keep up with its growth! I’m excited about building up my pattern collection there!

I also have a “new friend” that came into my life this past weekend. Darby the Dressform! She and I are becoming fast friends. She’s modeling my Flower Market Shawl above and will probably be making several modeling appearances in the future. Next to the dogs, this is the third thing in the house that I now have lengthy one-sided conversations with during the day. And I’m now getting to the point where I don’t scream when I turn the corner and catch a glimpse of her out of the corner of my eye. Progress!

So what’s new in your world? I hope it’s starting to warm up where you are! What do you like to knit when the weather heats up?