DIY Skull Cutout

There’s a flea market on Sunday that I’ll be employing to rid my closets of excess clutter. While going through old clothes, I found a plain, black unitard that hasn’t been worn in years. I decided to try the skull cutout that I had seen on a number of Ubran Outfitter -esque fashion sites. It was definitely questionable whether it would hold up because of the amount of stretch taking place when the unitard is actually on the body.

I had nothing to lose though.


Apologies for the cell shot, but it was all on a whim. It turned out really well, honestly. So, I jumped online and ordered a leotard to try it again… A little less haphazardly with the scissors next time. And not so low on my back, because that one is crossing into panty line territory.

I ended up wearing it to teach an aerial silks class last night and it held up! New aerial attire trend on the horizon?


More MagCloud Prints

There are two more additions to my MagCloud arsenal:  Pearl Clutcher Magnum and Rutland!

ImageYou recently met Pearl Clutcher Magnum, but Rutland is from a few years ago.  I had high hopes for Rutland, because it knit up so beautifully.  When I first made it available, a lot of people jumped on it.  But as time progressed, knitters were finding horrendous errors in the pattern.  After helping a few people through the pattern, I sat down and start going through the numbers.  It was a nightmare.  


I remember saving the pattern and coming back to it later, but the save didn’t take and half of the numbers reverted back to a previous save.  I didn’t catch that until it was too late.  While most people inquired politely, I did get a lot of hate mail about it.  I understand the frustration, but I don’t think “die in a fire” is an appropriate message over a knitting pattern.

Anyway.  I stepped away from designing for a while after that; making a few things here and there, but I lost my enthusiasm.  As you can see, I’m back in the saddle.  After Freyr and the two Pearl Clutchers, I decided that it was time to give Rutland an overhaul.

Yesterday, I sat in front of my computer with a pot of coffee and combed through the pattern and converted the entire thing into charts.  I love knitting from charts.  Not so in love with making them (especially when different sizes require their very own chart).  It’s worth it though.  All mistakes are stamped out, because it’s all right there in front of you.  

I’m confident that Rutland is now the pattern it should have been two years ago.  I hope people will give it another chance; it really is a lovely knit and I still wear mine daily.  I may even make another, soon.  Go check out the MagCloud pages and you can also find Pearl Clutcher Magnum and Rutland on Ravelry (click here for my designer page).


Patterns now available through Etsy

I was informed that those without Ravelry access would like another purchase option for my patterns.  I’ve made the Elfin Cable Cardi, the Darkwood Cardigan, and Little Nelson available for purchase through my Etsy shop (link in the blog roll).  Hope that helps (and thanks for the heads up)!

Slouchy Cardigan

My mother asked for an afghan.  A big throw in red with a big white ‘A’ in the middle, with Knit Picks’ Crayon.  Hmmmm.

And yet, somehow I ended up with a Slouchy Cardigan.  Trust me, Mom, this is way better and you already have two four three billion Alabama throws, sweaters, and key chains.  I’ll be shipping it out this week, just try it on and walk around the house in it for a while, you’ll see.  A handknit cardigan is way better than another throw (like that quilt I made you three years ago that’s still sitting in the spare room’s closet…).

Pattern:  Slouchy Cardigan by Helene Roux from Greetings from Knit Cafe

Yarn:  Knit Picks’ Crayon in Red (very, very red)

Needles:  US 8

Size:  Medium/Large

Make sure you check the errata for this pattern, but even with the corrections, you’ll have to force the sleeve caps into the armholes.  Even so, the finished project is well worth the effort, very cozy.

Tuft Love Shrug

Close out Rowan Big Wool Tuft is sooo tempting, isn’t it?  But when you order twenty balls of it, what do you do with it?  I sat here, racking my brains trying to come up with something, anything.  Mr. Yarn Bearer almost got a blanket for his rack at the Station, though, we both realized that the “shag” wouldn’t match the decor (or make it into the door without a roar of laughter from Mr. Yarn Bearer’s shipmates).

On a whim, the Tuft Love Shrug was born.  It doesn’t use up twenty balls, but at least I made a dent.  This pattern is sized for 4T, but would be easy to customize for larger size.

Tuft Love Shrug

Tuft Love Shrug

By The Yarn Bearer (aka Kayla Dyches)

Yarn:  Four balls of Rowan Big Wool Tuft in Powder Puff (this pattern used all but one yard of those four balls, so if you plan on modifying, expect at least another two or three balls)

Needle:  US 17 24″ circular

Yarn needle

Gauge:  2 sts = 1″



CO 16 sts.  Work k1, p1 rib for 5″, change to St st and work until piece measures 33″ from beginning.  Work in k1, p1 rib (again) for 5″, BO.  Piece should measure 38″. 

Fold in half to make a long tube and beginning at CO edge, seam 11″ inward.  Repeat at BO edge.

Collar ribbing goes as follows:  Beginning at an arm hole edge, pick up 30 sts around entire opening (top and bottom), rib (k1, p1) for 5″ and BO all sts as follows:  Cut yarn leaving a tail about three times the circumference of the opening, thread onto yarn needle.  *Thread needle through first two sts as if to purl, pull through.  Thread needle through first st only, as if to knit, and drop st off needle.  Rep from * to end.  Fasten off last st and weave in all ends.


(If you plan on altering the pattern, measure around the victim’s recipient’s wrist and add two or three inches, multiply that number by two, and there’s your cast on.  As for length, standing with arms stretched out to sides, measure from cuff to cuff and add two inches – or more if you/they like longer sleeves.  Consider ribbing for a few extra inches as it is meant to reach mid-forearm.  Seam arms until about 2″ less than length from cuff to armpit.  When picking up stitches for collar/edging, it’s quite fluffy and a bit hard to find the right loops, so just wing it and pick up as many as you can, making sure to get an even number of sts.  Rib the same length you used for the cuff ribbing).

A word on copyright.  These things I’ve designed are for personal and non-profit use only.  Make them for yourself, make them as gifts, or make them for charity fund raisers/auctions.  You may not sell items made from my patterns and you may not sell or give out these patterns in your store in order to sell your merchandise.  Do not reprint this pattern any where else.  Think karma.  Any questions, just ask.