From Mama, With Love:


As I eluded to in my last post, I’ve been working on a collaboration with four other knitwear designers who also happen to be mothers of young children: Tanis Gray, Margaux Hufnagel, Melissa LaBarre + Connie Chang Chinchio. The end result is From Mama With Love, a collection of 15 knitting patterns designed specifically with our kids and busy knitters in mind.


My three contributions to the e-book (from top to bottom):

Isadora Lopapeysa: This is the sweater I began knitting a while ago (full disclosure: I started it well before the project began!) I was knitting the sweater specifically with Charlie’s personality and love of outdoors in mind, so it seemed like a perfect project for the book! Isadora is knit in a classic Lopapeysa style – although not a “true” Lopapeysa, as it isn’t knit out of Lopi and there are short-rows utilized to raise the back neck – from the bottom up in the round. The sleeves and body are then joined at the armholes, short-rows are worked, then the yoke is worked with the decreases integrated into the colorwork pattern.

Petunia’s Blanket: a blanket designed using Tundra featuring garter stitch and modular construction. Knit seamlessly, the individual sections are picked up and knit in segments and the blanket is designed to use pretty much every last inch of the Tundra.

• Bluebell Pullover: an envelope style pullover designed using Organik featuring color blocking, set-in sleeves and garter edges. The body is knit in the round from the bottom up, then the front and backs are knit back and forth after the armhole division. The contrast garter collars are then picked up and knit back and forth. The sleeves are knit separately in the round, back and forth after the armhole division, and then seamed in using mattress stitch.

The twelve other patterns in the collection are also fabulous – there are blankets, hats, vests, sweaters knit every way (top-down, bottom up, in pieces, seamless, yoked, raglan, etc), and even a boppy cover that blows any commercially bought boppy cover out of the water.

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Clockwise from Top Right:
Seed Stitch Boppy by Margaux Hufnagel
Velvet Hoodie by Connie Chang Chinchio
Callum Vest by Tanis Gray
• Sid Scrappy Hat by Melissa LaBarre

To purchase the collection, check out more images, specifics, and details, visit the Ravelry page here. If you’re interested in following the rest of the awesome blog tour, or check out past posts, the full calendar is below!

• Friday, April 4th, Carol Sulcoski of Black Bunny Fibers
• Monday, April 7th, Melissa LaBarre of Knitting School Dropout
• Tuesday, April 8th  Tanis Gray of Tanis Knits
Wednesday, April 9th, Connie Change Chinchio
• Friday, April 11th, Susan B. Anderson
• Monday, April 14,  Kate Gagnon Osborn of Things for Charlie
• Wednesday, April 16, Vickie Howell, Host of Knitting Daily
• Friday, April 18, Carol Feller of Stolen Stitches
• Monday, April 21, Kate Chioccio of Dragonfly Fibers
• Wednesday, April 23, Julie Crawford  of Knitted Bliss
• Friday, April 25, Katie & Kara of Nice & Knit
• Monday, April 28th, Ysolda Teague
• Tuesday, April 29th, Karida Collinsof Neighborhood Fiber Co.
• Friday, May 2nd, Cecily Glowik McaDonald of Winged Knits
• Monday, May 5, Carrie Bostick Hoge of Maddermade
• Wednesday, May 7th, Thea Colman of Baby Cocktails
• Friday, May 9th, Kate & Courtney of Kelbourne Woolens
• Tuesday, May 13, Jessica Correa, of Dream in Color Yarn Co.
• Thursday, May 15, Kristen Kapur of Through the Loops
• Tuesday, May 20, Tanis Lavalee of Tanis Fiber Arts
• Friday, May 22, Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting

And, as a treat to you all for a) reading this blog in the first place and b) making it through the longest post to date, I’m hosting a little giveaway! Leave a comment* by midnight EST Friday 4.18 and I’ll randomly choose a winner to receive Organik in one of the three colorways below (your choice) to knit the Bluebell Pullover! Lood Guck**
cumulus algae aquatic forestL to R: Aquatic Forest, Algae, Cumulus (sample colors)

crater lake fjord claystoneL to R: Claystone, Crater Lake, Fjord

desert rose heather moorland painted desertL to R: Painted Desert, Heather Moorland, Desert Rose

*U.S. only contestants, please!
** Extra special bonus points if you know that totally random reference!


18 responses to “From Mama, With Love:

  1. I have a Charlie, too! And I would like nothing more than to make him a beautiful Organik. Oops, naptime’s over, must run…

  2. So darling!! I already bought my copy of the e-book and your two sweaters were big motivators for my purchase.

  3. This whole collection is absolutely beautiful but I’m smitten with your little Lopi-esque pattern. It seems like all of my friends are having babies this year and these are some great projects for gifting.

  4. Gorgeous! I’m normally not big on pink, but love the combination of the Painted Desert, Heather Moorland, & Desert Rose combo.

  5. Pretty! I have been knitting with Fibre Company yarns so much these days, and I’d love an excuse to make a cute little sweater for a special friend’s little one.

  6. such beautiful patterns! i love both the greys and the pinks/purples (i know which one my daughters would choose…). 🙂

  7. These patterns are adorable! And I’d love to make the bluebell pullover. I also love Tanis’ Callum Vest, and Connie’s Velvet Hoodie, and Melissa’s Sid Scrappy Hat, and…

  8. Ahhhh alas I am an hour too late as I have been up coloring Easter Eggs for my grandson Maximus to enjoy…. And knitting a baby blanket for our 2nd grandson Andrew who will arrive in early August. I adore these yarns and Charlie’s new sweater. Perhaps I will get in on the next (if there is one) give-away. congrats to the lucky winner!

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