Have you all seen Legendary Knits volume 1 by Anne Podlesak? It is a collection of 8 patterns inspired by fairy tales, myths and legends. It is available as an e-book and also as a gorgeous print book. Last year I knit the Scheherazade Stole sample for this book. Later in the year I went on to knit 2 other projects from the collection.
The next 2 photos are copyright Kristen Brooks Photography.
Pattern: Scheherazade Stole by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Nimue Sock in colorway Brocade and Black Dahlia
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
Notes: This stole is knit using slip-stitch colorwork, meaning that you are only ever knitting with 1 color at a time in your hand, though you will use 2 colors to complete the row. It is not difficult so don’t shy away from giving it a try if you haven’t ever done it before. The place to take the most care is when you switch from purple to yellow – here you need to twist the yarn together to prevent holes between the purple border and center panel.
Take care with the center panel that you knit it loosely enough. Before blocking the center will be highly textured, after blocking it flattens out and drapes nicely.
Pattern: Icarus Socks by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Ceridwen Sock in colorway Brocade
Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Notes: Love how these turned out! They are pure luxury knit up in Anne’s Ceridwen Sock yarn. I thought I might gift them, but after trying them on for photos there is no way I’m giving these up.
The motif is easy to memorize and the socks are knitting up quickly since I keep telling myself, ”I’ll just do one more motif before I set these down.”
I started these using the M/L size and then ended up ripping them all the way back to re-knit in the S/M size. They have plenty of stretchiness for me in the smaller size and were really too large before (I must have given up my death grip on sock needles because I used to be able to knit socks for myself at 80 stitches around).
Sleeping Beauty Cowl
Pattern: Sleeping Beauty Cowl by Anne Podlesak
Yarn: Elemental Affects Natural Shetland Fingering in colorways Old Gold, Ochre, Lime Juice, Mustard Field, Purple, Teal, Berry, and Cranberry.
Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)
Notes: Finished size 8.5 inches tall by 24.5 circumference. Maybe I should have gone down a needle size. This was my first time knitting with Shetland and the sticky yarn took some getting used to.
This was a great learning experience. I’m very happy with the finished cowl and looking forward to improving my Fair Isle technique going forward. One mistake I made with this one is that I held the background color in my left hand throughout and the foreground color in my right hand. If I had held them the other way it may have made the bright colors show up more.
And, coming up in a few weeks…
Anne has started to release the patterns from volume 2, in which I knit 3 of the samples. If you want a sneak peak some of the patterns have been released on Ravelry.