Name This Design…

Update ~ May 11, 2017 I am super pleased to announce that this design now has a name! All the names submitted were wonderful so choosing just one was difficult. And now..without further ado…(drum roll)… Meet  “Refined Arches Tabard” ~ named by Magda. This name really spoke to me for a couple of reasons – […]

Snood-Cowl Pattern…or Not?

A while back I designed this snood/cowl…and have been undecided about whether I should write up the pattern or not. Overall, I like the concept and design. It would be part of the “Madeira Collection” with Breza Scarf. The yarn is fingering/sock weight so it’s light-weight while still warm. What do you think? Should I […]

Lace Leaf Wedding Garter…

A special gift for a special bride ~ re-introducing Lace Leaf Wedding Garter. This lovely garter is now available as a single pattern under my Desert Rose Fiber Arts label. Dainty lace leaves knit in a silk blend yarn create a posh fabric perfect for a bridal garter. Soft, lingerie elastic keeps the garter in […]

Meet Henry ~ Charity Knitter….

A little while ago I noticed a project on Ravelry that used my Menat Scarf, with custom touches I thought were really nice. So I contacted the person who posted the project…and met a person I would like to introduce you to. Henry knits because he can, and donates his projects to charity because he […]

Three Stitches from One….

When we think of increases, we usually think of making one extra stitch or replacing a decreased stitch. How often do we think of making multiple increases in a single stitch? Or how to do that? The most common multiple increase is to make three stitches from one stitch….let’s look at one decorative way of […]

Mystical Night Shawl

Quick announcement ~ Mystical Night Shawl is now available directly from Desert Rose Fiber Arts! This is a fun shawl with a unique shape. Diamond modules join together to form a shape that stays on your shoulders, with or without pinning. The lace stitch pattern was developed especially for this shawl. It’s easy to work […]

Casco Bay Sport Yarn Review…

I recently completed a project for a publisher, using a yarn I had not heard of before ~ Casco Bay Sport by Halcyon Yarns. Let me introduce you to this yarn… Casco Bay is 100% cotton with a fine, criss-crossed binder. The binder gives a slightly ‘pebbly’ texture to the yarn, which adds interest to […]

Majka Shawl is here!

I am really happy to announce the official release of “Majka Shawl”! It’s been a long while from concept to completed pattern…and well worth the wait. The flora of the earth is brought to mind in the stitch patterns and colors for “Majka Shawl” ~ soft greens, browns & blush knit in motifs reflecting leaf, […]

A Design Journey..the final stop..

This is the final stop on our design journey…our sample is done and the final checks for the pattern are underway. When we left stop #3 we had finished the hat body and just needed to complete the brim then write the pattern. Completing the brim went nicely. My choice for a bind off was […]

A Design Journey…part 3..

The 3rd stop on our design journey is the actual knitting of our sample hat, and making any design changes that might come to light while we’re knitting. As a designer, sometimes you’ll find that an element you previously choose, works better a different way. For this hat, the bias strip for the body knit […]