Friday, November 8, 2013
Posted by Jess Kahele at 10:58 AM
Friday, November 1, 2013
Today is exciting because I'm making my favorite knitting pattern free. I've been wanting to change the name for quite awhile so I did that too! It is now the Plume Beanie. A lot of hard work goes into designing a pattern and I never hesitate to purchase a pattern that I love if I can afford it. That being said, I have an immense appreciation for all the amazing free patterns that I have used and I get way more personal value out of seeing people knit my patterns than I get from any profit.
This blog has been on hold for a long time, and I still expect any postings to be sparse since I am so busy with school. But I'll be back eventually.
Posted by Jess Kahele at 11:11 AM
My favorite design so far is this long stretchy beanie with a lace plume motif. It can be worn many different ways: messy and scrunched up, the top part left floppy, or rolled up once or twice. It's perfect for the end of summer and throughout the fall season. The Alpaca Prima gives it a lightweight breathable quality while still being soft and cozy. This is an easy intermediate lace pattern that is knit in the round.
Small - stretches to 22 inches.
Medium - stretches to 24 inches.
Length measures 13 inches.
1 skein of Plymouth Yarn Alpaca Prima or approx. 200 to 250 yards of fingering weight yarn.
Size US 2 (2.75mm) 16 inch circular needle.
Size US 4 (3.5mm) 16 inch circular needle.
Size US 4 (3.5mm) double pointed needles.
Most people should knit the medium size so that the finished hat is not stretched to its limits. Also, pay attention to gauge since I am not a tight knitter. If you are, you may want to go up a needle size.
This pattern is for personal use only.
Copyright 2009, Jessica Kahele. All rights reserved.
Available as a free pdf.
Posted by Jess Kahele at 9:41 AM
Friday, September 7, 2012
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
I've been prepping this sewing project for awhile but finally finished it up this past weekend. I used the free Sorbetto Top pattern from Collette and turned it into a dress. I didn't want the center pleat to go all the way down so I created a drop waist seam and curved dress hem. It's a pullover so to give it more shape I used the leftover bias tape to make a long tie for the waist. The fit of this tank pattern is perfect and I didn't need to make any adjustments to it. I will be using it again for sure. The fabric is grey and aqua Floral Scribble Crinkle Chiffon by April Johnston for Joann. I'll be wearing this dress over a bright aqua slip because it's sheer. The drop waist technique will only drape well with very lightweight dress fabrics but you could always shorten the tank at the natural waist before creating the skirt portion.
Monday, September 3, 2012
I knit this Storyteller Beret for myself and named it after the color of the bulky handspun yarn I got from Lazy Pi Farm on etsy, Smoke and Embers. I finished it at the very beginning of summer but have not had the chance to wear it yet. I'm hoping October will be the lucky month. The yarn is ridiculously soft and it's a muted grey but still colorful at the same time. I have knit several berets with this pattern and I'm planning to publish it, but it could still be awhile. It's the perfect design for small amounts of bulky handspun art yarn. I also have a pullover sweater near completion that I can't wait to show off!