Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Meet Meghan, a great new designer for us

Hello, hello! I'm getting lots of emails asking how I'm doing since I've been missing in action. I'm fine, thank you for asking. Just working my tail off, which is a good thing for paying the rent but not so good for blogging about knitting. But I am knitting every day as usual. That never stops - of course!

I've got lots to talk to you about. Can't do it all in one day, so I'll just get started on the top of my list. I'd like you to meet Meghan Jones, aka anythingbutsnow on Ravelry. For the past few years, Meghan has been designing and publishing beautiful patterns for cowls, mittens, hats, and baby clothes. Her work appears in Stitching In the Stacks, a new book from Cooperative Press that offers "30 exquisite designs inspired by librarians (real and fictional), library architecture, cataloging systems, and sometimes the books themselves."

But Meghan is more than Marian the Librarian. Last month, she published four terrific patterns that come in both "regular" and extended sizes. I'm delighted by her talent and ability to make patterns for the larger among us. She also offers notes on how to rework increases or decreases if you need to alter pattern sizing.

Meghan has given me two copies of each of these patterns to give away to some awfully lucky winners. To enter this contest, just leave a comment below with your favorite design. I'll pick two lucky winners for each pattern. 


Racer Cables

Sizes to 62.25
Gauge 5 spi

A flattering hourglass silhouette is accentuated with vertical cables of bright red racing up the right front and center back of this cardigan. Featuring simple intarsia techniques and bicolor cables this classic cardigan is the perfect combination of new techniques and basic stockinette.



Chevron Tee

Sizes to 60
Gauge 5 spi

Worked in the round from the bottom up, Chevron Tee has simple garter stitch stripes and a mosaic pattern embellishment. Wide panels of garter stitch hide the decreases in the A-line shaping, and are slimming to the body. The garter stitch panels continue along the raglan sleeve shaping and culminate in an open neckline.




Stonehenge Tee

Sizes to 62.25
Gauge 5 spi
Stonehenge was inspired by the monolithic blocks of granite that make up the Stonehenge circle floating in a sea of green grass. This seamless  garment is worked all in one piece from  the bottom up with areas of intarsia and A-line shaping.





Color Crossing

Sizes to 57.25
Gauge 4.5 spi

A color blocked vest worked all in one piece from the bottom up with stranded cables to transition between colors.

If you'd like to win one of these patterns, please leave a comment below with your first and second choices. You've got to play to win, so leave a comment today. Or buy Meghan's patterns - we need to support the designers who do so much to support us.

23 comments:

  1. Oh wow - such great garments and so lovely to see them on Meghan! If I could choose it would be the Stonehenge Vest.

    taphophile on Ravelry

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  2. If I had to chose, I would go with the Racer Cables!

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  3. I love the Racer Cable pattern. I'll be making it whether I win or not!

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  4. I love Stonehenge. Nice tee with just enough pizazz.

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  5. Missed you while you were busy earning a living. My favorite sweater is the cardigan called Racer Cables.
    My

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  6. Racer cables and color crossing are my two favorites. But they are all wonderful, and what's even more wonderful is the beautiful not a size 6 lady! I love seeing sweater patterns on ladies who look a lot like me. Thanks for the opportunity!
    Jennie rav name dayartist

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  7. My favorite is the Stonehenge tee. I am always intrigued by mirror images, so this would be a fun knit.

    Karen aka purplepenguin on Ravelry

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  8. I like the Racer Cables and the Stonehenge Tee, but I would make at least short sleeves on the tee.

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  9. I love Stonehenge! I would add long sleeves as I'm not a vest person, and I'd make it into a cardigan with some cool square buttons. I'd love to knit that design!

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  10. I can see myself knitting all of these! Love, love classic designs with inspired details to make a very special project. Each of these answer to that!!

    Susan (imojo on ravelry)

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  11. I love racer cabkes and the chevron tee is cute. Glad your doing well....

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  12. Wonderful patterns! My favorites are the Chevron Tee and Stonehenge Tee. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. My first choice is the Chevron Tee and my second choice is the Racer Cables.

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  14. I'd definitely make the Stonehenge Tee! - Gretchen (ursulavesta on Rav)

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  15. I love that chevron tee. I tend to wear lots of A-line garments, and orange is my favorite color, so cheerfull!

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  16. Chevron tee and then color crossing. I love the raglan decreases and the panels on the sides. And it looks like it would be really wearable. I've been wanting to try cabling with multi-colors and that's why I picked color crossing. Those cables are a standout feature and I love them!! The designer is very talented. I love anyone who designs for more voluptuous bodies. :)

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  17. I love the Stonehenge Tee and Racer Cables. Love the way this designer spruced up some basic shapes with A-lines and color! Thanks.

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  18. Always glad to find a new designer! That Chevron Tee intrigues me.

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  19. So hard to decide! At the moment my choice would be Stonehenge. They are all interesting!

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