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It’s so very quiet…

Sorry about that.

I’ve been working on one top-secret project after another. And bursting to tell y’all about them, but sworn to secrecy. The suspense is killing me!!

I’m also getting ready to go to TNNA, the needlework conference being held in Columbus, OH, later this month. Which has meant lots of running around like a headless chicken getting travel plans, my portfolio, and other details squared away.

Happily, I can show you a tiny bit of one of my current projects. The color is a bit of a secret, one of Lorna’s Laces new Fall 2012 multicolors, but you can see the brioche and garter stitch details. I’ve used a “cheater method” brioche, which skips the yarnover/slip stitch combo in favor of knitting into the row below to create the brioche floats. I can’t wait to share this sweater design once it’s complete!


Live Oak Socks

live oak socks cover
Inspired by my years of living in Savannah, Georgia, these top-down socks use a leafy lace pattern, traditional heel, and garter stitch details to evoke the beauty of the Live Oak-lined streets of one of my favorite Southern cities. Dragonfly Fiber’s richly colored “Spanish Moss” colorway makes a beautiful compliment to the textured lace pattern. Continuing from the leg, the lace pattern sweeps in mirror-image panels across each instep.

Lace is charted only. Work socks with your preferred tubular knitting technique: Magic Loop, 2 Circulars, or DPN.

Finished size: women’s medium/large. 8″ instep and ankle, lace pattern will stretch generously.

Yarn: approx. 400 yards fingering/sock weight

Needles: US size 1

Gauge: 8st/1″ in St st

Originally published for Club Dragonwitch, 2011.


live oak socks cuff

live oak socks toes

Photos were taken by the amazing Caro Sheridan of Splityarn, and modeled by the delightful Stitchy McYarnpants on the streets of Portland, OR.

Campbell and 2nd

C2 bike 2

Named for the gorgeous Lorna’s Laces colorway, Campbell, named for a Chicago street, and for the location of the photoshoot on Birmingham’s 2nd Avenue North, Campbell & 2nd is a sleek boatneck pullover with asymmetrical lace detailing at the shoulder, and optionally, at the hip.

Knit seamlessly from the top down, this lightweight pullover features sleek shaping and gorgeous lace details. Sleeves are a raglan/set-in hybrid, increasing on both the body and sleeve sections at first, then increasing on just the sleeve sections. A brief series of short rows help create a slight dip in the front neck.

For proper sizing, a finished bust size that provides from 2” negative ease or up to 1” of positive ease compared to actual full bust measurement is recommended. I will be adding a post on adjusting shaping and other possible pattern modifications for more in depth information on adjusting fit on bust, waist, and hip shaping; look for it in late Feb (Have questions about custom fitting? Let me know and I’ll cover as much as I can in the post!).

Finished sizes: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X). 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52)” bust circumference. 25.5 (26.5, 27.5, 28.5, 29.5, 30.5, 31.5)” finished length, shoulder to hem.

Yarn: 1175 (1400, 1600, 1975, 2150, 2400, 2700) yds fingering weight.

Gauge: 24 st & 32 rows = 4” in Stockinette stitch.

Needles: body & sleeves- US size 4 (3.5mm) 24” circular, edgings- US size 2 (2.75mm) 24” circular & dpn; or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: stitch markers, scrap yarn, tapestry needle.


C2nd shoulder detail

C2 torso 2


Coeur d'Coeurs

Coeur d'Coeurs red full

Named for the fictional town of Coeur d’Coeurs from the quirky show Pushing Daisies, this heart-themed lace scarf is as sweet as pie.

20% of February sales of Coeur d’Coeurs will be donated to Breast Cancer Action, a national, feminist grassroots education and advocacy organization.

A gently curved shape is created with simple short rows and adorned with bold lace heart motifs. The smaller size wraps around neck once, the larger size offers a more dramatic length.

54 (96)” length

230-425 yds DK/light worsted yarn

size 9 circular needles

Formerly released as Heartbreaker, as part of the Badass Women’s Yarn Club.


Coeur d'Coeurs violet long

Coeur d'Coeurs detail



resurrected free pattern- Spokes Crochet Cuff

Spokes Cuff modeled

This pattern is was a popular freebie that I had posted on the old Kitchen Sink Dyeworks blog a few years back. I had gotten lost after a site crash, and I hadn’t had time to hunt down the old files until now. Rejoice, it lives again!

Spokes Cuff,  copyright 2009-2012, Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

Yarn: fingering/sock weight remnants
Hook: size C/2.5mm
Gauge: 15 sts/7rows in double crochet=2″, gauge needn’t be exact, cuff length can easily be modified.
Notions: two buttons (use up those spare shirt buttons!), tapestry needle, sewing needle and thread

Finished size: 2.75″ wide by 7″ long, length can be adjusted to fit your wrist measurement

cuff closeup

Work medallion chart, or written directions below, for center of cuff.  The last partial round will bring you across one edge to begin cuff wrap-around.

Ch 4, join into round w slip st.

Round 1: ch 5, (tc, ch 1) 11 times, sl st into 4th ch of turning ch to join.

Round 2: ch 3, 2dc into ch space, ch 1, (3dc into ch space, ch 1) 11 times, sl st into 3rd ch of turning ch to join.

Round 3: ch 3, dc into each of next 2 dc, (ch 7, skip next 5 sts, dc into ea of next 3 dc, ch 2, dc into ea of next 3 dc) 3 times, ch 7, skip next 5 sts, dc into ea of next 3 dc, ch 2, sl st into 3rd ch of turning ch to join.

Round 4:ch 1, sc into next 2 dc, ([3 sc, hdc, ch2, hdc, 3 sc] along chain, 3 sc into next 3 dc, 2 sc into ch space, 3 sc into next 3 dc) repeat 3 times, [3 sc, hdc, ch2, hdc, 3 sc] along chain, 3 sc into next 3 dc, 2 sc into ch space, sl st into turning ch to join.

Round 5 (partial round): slip st into next 5 sc, sl st into next hdc, sl st into ch space, ch 1, 18 sc along edge.

Turn work to begin dc band.

Ch3, dc in each of next 17 sc, turn.
Ch3, dc in each of next 17 dc, turn.
Repeat last row until cuff measures 1″ less than total desired length. Cut yarn, fasten off.

Attach yarn at opposite edge, ch1, 18 sc along edge, turn.

Ch3, dc in each of next 17 sc, turn.
Ch3, dc in each of next 17 dc, turn.
Repeat last row until cuff measures total desired length, ending with a right side row, turn.
Ch1, sc in each of next 3dc, ch3, skip next 3 dc, sc in each of next 6 dc, ch3, skip next 3 dc, sc in each of next 3 dc, turn. Ch1, work one round of single crochet around entire outer edge of cuff, join to beginning of round with slip stitch.  Cut yarn and fasten off.  Weave in all ends.  Using sewing needle and thread, sew buttons in place on long end of cuff, opposite buttonholes.

Spokes Cuffs flat

crochet cuffs buttons

Copyright notice: This pattern is made available free for your personal use or gift giving.  Please do not sell items made from this pattern or post the pattern instructions to any other site.