Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Petit Pois

With the Summer almost here I am very excited to introduce my newest design – Petit Pois. A light little number, perfect for layering through those fickle Spring days. 

Petit Pois cardigan pattern by Katya Frankel

Petit Pois is a classic seamless cardigan worked in one piece from the top down featuring raglan sleeves, waist shaping and mock cable trims. Its front neck is lowered with short rows for comfortable wearing. The sleeves are worked in the round and the front bands are knitted on after the body of the cardigan is finished.
Petit Pois cardigan pattern by Katya Frankel

  • Finished Measurements – Chest 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42) 44, 46, 48, 50, 52 in / 77.5 (82, 87.5, 92, 97.5, 102) 107.5, 112, 117.5, 122, 127.5 cm. Designed to be worn with minimal positive ease. Cardigan shown measures 36 in / 87.5 cm, worn with 1 in / 2.5 cm of positive ease. 
  •  Skill level – Intermediate – Stocking (stockinette) stitch, decreases, increases, knitting in the round and flat, picking up stitches and simple finishing. 
  •  Gauge – 22 sts and 28 rows/rnds = 4 inches / 10 cm in St st Yarn Elann Sonata (100% mercerized cotton; 50 g / 115 yards / 106 m), 2612 French Navy; 7 (7, 7, 8, 8, 8) 9, 9, 10, 10, 10] skeins 
Substitute with approximately 700 (750, 790, 835, 880, 920) 965, 1010, 1055, 1100, 1140 yards / 630 (670, 710, 750, 790, 830) 870, 910, 950, 990, 1030 m of DK weight yarn that knits to the specified gauge.
  •  Needles – Size 4mm (US 6) circular needles Size 4mm (US 6) double pointed needles Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. 
  •  Notions  – Stitch markers, waste yarn, tapestry needle and 7 - 8 of ¾ in / 20 mm buttons

Petit Pois cardigan pattern by Katya Frankel

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Ravelry Bundles

Bundles is the new Ravelry feature that I am very very excited about. From what I can see, it will make both the designer's and the knitter's life easier: you can bundle projects grouping them by category, yarn weight, simply to highlight a specific technique, or even to present a new pattern collection or a sale. It eliminates the search to a degree making pattern browsing within the designer's page easier and giving the designer the option to feature their patterns in a whole range of ways. 
At the moment it is only available to designers, but from what I understand they are planning to make it available on other places of the site. Exciting beginnings! Care to share what you think or how you'd use it? I'm curious to know :-)

Ravelry Bundles

Thursday, 13 March 2014


bracken vest pattern from Katya Frankel

I love how wardrobe staples I have designed years and years ago are still going strong. Bracken here, was designed sometime in 2009 and having been re-reading the pattern to follow up a shaping query I must admit I was a little addled at 2009 me. My writing style has matured since then and all the work I've done over the last five years had sharpened my eye for consistency.* It was clear that the pattern needed an overhaul and I am sure that the new version will be welcomed by past customers as well as the new ones too as now and then I spot knitters making more than one Bracken for themselves.

And so, on to the new pattern version:
  • The fit, sizing and shaping are kept the same as they were in the old pattern, but there were a couple of points that could've been written clearer. The pattern was re-written to make it consistent and easy to follow. As my tech editor said 'the bones are there, it's just that some numbers needed massaging in to place' :-)
  • Some people have complained that the smaller sizes had an armhole that was way too deep. We had addressed that as well. 
  • And last but not least, it's sporting a new layout.

*I don't think I have even heard of stylesheets in 2009!
** I should mention that if you already own the pattern (purchased through here or Ravelry), there is no need to purchase it again, it will be uploaded to your Ravelry library automatically.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Magpielly Solid Sock Club 2014

Introducing Magpielly Solid Sock Club

get your sine on knitting sock pattern by Katya Frankel

Get your sine on

Hello knitters! Today I'd love to share some very exciting news with you:

Elly Doyle, the organiser of the club and designer extraordinaire
, is bringing you a Solid Coloured Sock Club! I am thrilled to be part of it and I am in great company too, together with Elly herself and Rachel Coopey, the genius behind The Knitted Sock Society and Coop Knits Socks!

This year, Elly proposed a themed club with designs being inspired by maths: be it algebra, geometry or analysis. I thought the task was rather interesting to work on, if not a fun attempt to try to incorporate some maths inspired elements into a sock design.
After much exploration, I have come up with a sock pattern that is based on a trigonometric function. Interwoven sine and cosine waves to be precise: the braided waves translated into a rather pretty cable pattern that flows from the cuff and runs along the leg and foot of the sock, curtailing towards the toe.


get your sine on knitting sock pattern by Katya Frankel

The club is open for sign-ups until tomorrow February 17 *

Sign up on Magpielly.co.uk

* it was originally planned to finish sign ups two weeks ago, but Elly had recently moved house (and an island) with all the excitement of being off line 
for a few weeks, hence the prolonged sign up date.


Thursday, 6 February 2014


Leftie Shawl by Martina Behm
A while ago I was lucky to get some of the SpaceCadet's mini-skeins to sample although was unsure how to use them. They come in most vivid colour variegations in 20 gram skeins and as it turned out were perfectly suited for this pattern.
I originally was planning to make some stripy socks for but when a friend pointed out this Martina Behm pattern to me, I was taken by it instantaneously. It was designed to use up the leftovers and is ingenious in its construction: the shawl grows steadily as you knit letting you carry on until you're practically out of yarn, which I did. Can you see the narrow cream stripe on the end? I figured it could be left as a design feature and trimmed it with another contrast stripe and a leaf point on the opposite side.
The main yarn is Malabrigo Neutral, contrast are two different SpaceCadet mini skeins (I haven't got the dyelots for you unfortunately).

The pattern was so addictive, it kind of makes me want to cast on for another one!