Earlier this week I released Meddybemps, my new pattern. A lovely neck and shoulder warmer for fall. Available on Ravelry and Craftsy
If you are an Instagram fan you may have seen me working on the worsted weight version.
Some will notice that this design is similar to my Autumn Waves Shawl. In fact the stitch pattern is the same. So you may ask “Kate, what’s the deal, slacking on your designs?”
Let me tell you the story. This stitch pattern had plagued me for years. It first came to me in 2004 while playing around with my stitch pattern books. At that time I was trying to figure out how to work it into to a pointed triangular shawl. The stitch count and the row count were vexing me so much so I dreamt about it one night. Knitting and ripping, knitting and ripping . . . in.my.dreams but alas an answer did occur to me.
When I finally woke up, I ran into the living room to get my knitting off the sofa and look at all my work. My knitting from the night before showed no benefit of all my dream knitting. Sigh!
But I sat down and charted out what I had dreamed up and it worked. I thin ripped out my old knitting and cast on again this time with happy results. Then I went for breakfast….
I created my design and it was . . . not as amazing as I thought. So the idea sat charted and waiting.
Years later, Knitting Lace Triangles by Evelyn Clark came out and I remembered my charted lace idea. I pulled it out and, well the idea got better, but still not just right. Back on the shelf the idea went.
Years passed again when I started playing one day and discovered for myself 3 triangles. I liked this shape. I liked how it stayed on my body. Looking for something to knit I came across the 2 triangle shawl and knew, just knew, this was it. Autumn Lace was born.
Around this time I also finished knitting Indigirl’s Cilantro with the shaping on one side. I was intrigued by the way it looked and when finished I really liked it and wear it often.
Again looking for something to knit I pulled out my vexing stitch pattern and played with it until it fit. Vio-la Meddybemps.
I have to say, THANKS for the name to Julia Farwell-Clay – I have such a hard time naming designs, she was so kind to help me with this one.
Blissful Knitting, Kate