Daisy-Edged Handkerchief

Here’s a brand-new pattern that you can easily complete in a weekend.  It’s a lovely little handkerchief with a daisy-stitch border. Buy via Ravelry. Buy via Craftsy. Use a stretchy-plant-based yarn such as Queensland Collection’s Sugar Rush.  The soft sugar cane viscose is stretchy enough to make the daisy stitch easy and also soft enough to make handkerchief usage practical. All knitting patterns are sold through third party sites Ravelry & Craftsy.  With Ravelry, once payment is complete your pattern will be emailed to you immediately; you do not have to be a Ravelry member to purchase through Ravelry, but we highly recommend it as it is a vibrant community of knitting and yarn enthusiasts.  With Craftsy, once payment is confirmed you will have a download link available from your Craftsy account.

Crashing Waves: Bay of Fundy Shawl

New Pattern Release!  Our new shawl is finally here. This is a new take on our Crashing Waves motif inspired by the impressive waves and high tides in the Bay of Fundy between Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Add to cart. Show cart. The model is stitched on US Size 5 [3.75 mm] needles using Queensland’s Sugar Rush yarn, a lovely soft sugar cane viscose. Pattern is knit from the bottom up so circular needles are used to accommodate the large number of stitches. We recommend using pattern markers between each section of the Crashing Waves motif to help keep your count correct and to help easily find any errors across the long rows of stitches. Add to cart. Show cart. GAUGE – 28sts x 34rows = 4in [10cm] on US Size 3 [3.25 mm] needles. Note that the pattern is knit on US Size 5 [3.75 mm] needles … Continue reading

May Flowers Baby Dress

A lovely little dress in stockinette stitch, knit from the top down with a bottom floral lace border and picot edge bindoff. Buy on Ravelry. Buy on Craftsy We recommend knitting this beauty in cotton to keep it light and breathable for your little one.  This pattern uses multiple yarn overs to create the larger circles in the center of the flowers.  In the following row, the 1styarn over is knitted while the 2nd is purled. Pattern includes 3 sizes, 3 month, 6 month and 12 month.  Sizes based on children’s clothing size, NOT age. For a sizing chart, please visit: http://www.windsweptdesignsonline.com/sizing-chart Buy on Ravelry. Buy on Craftsy Also, we recommend NOT using a variegated yarn for the floral border.  Below, you can see why.  The floral border gets lost in the myriad of colors. If you choose not to use the recommended kitchen cotton, you may want to adjust the … Continue reading

Crashing Waves Scarf – New Pattern Release!

It’s finally here!  Our Crashing Waves Scarf is inspired by the impressive waves and incredible high tides in the Bay of Fundy between Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Maine. In order to create the actual image of crashing waves, this pattern is knit from the bottom up instead of from the side across.  Circular needles are used to accommodate the large number of stitches. Available for purchase in our Ravelry Store. Add to cart. Show cart. You don’t have to be a Ravelry member to purchase. All knitting patterns are sold through Ravelry.  Once payment is complete, your pattern will be emailed to you immediately.  You do not have to be a Ravelry member to purchase through Ravelry, but we highly recommend it as it is a vibrant community of knitting and yarn enthusiasts.

Blocking Acrylic

People have told me for years that you can’t block acrylic yarn.  As my British friends would say, that’s bollocks.  Of course you can block acrylic – you don’t see acrylic sweaters at the mall with an unsightly roll at the hems. The problem is that you have to block them differently because acrylic is essentially plastic so methods you use to block plant and animal fibers just won’t work. I stumbled upon this wonderful blog post on BeadKnitter Gallery’s  blog a while back outlining a simple and effective way to block acrylic: steam. I encourage you to read the whole article for it has lots of pointers and visual examples, but it boils down to these simple steps: pin/blocking wire the piece into the desired shape set your iron to full steam ahead There are two VERY IMPORTANT things to remember – 1) NEVER touch the piece with your … Continue reading

May Flowers Shawl

The new May Flowers Shawl pattern has been released! You can buy it now on Ravelry – no need to be a member to purchase. Add to cart. Show cart. A lovely floral shawl featuring 4 different floral patterns – 4-petal, 6-petal, 8-petal and 12-petal with a ruffled edging. This pattern features multiple yarn overs in a row to achieve the larger floral patterns. When working the next WS row after the yarn overs purl every stitch except the 2nd yarn over –knit this stitch instead. These are noted in the instructions. All rows, RS and WS, are listed in this pattern to make remembering these knit stitches easier. Pattern is knitted on circular needles to accommodate the large number of stitches. Pattern is knit on circular needles to accommodate the large number of stitches. Gauge is not critical. Any DK yarn will likely work fine. For reference, this pattern … Continue reading