Helianthe: a shawl pattern

Nim Teasdale and I collaborated together on Helianthe. She suggested sunflower to me and I encoded it as stitch patterns to suit the sorts of designs she likes to make. This is a pattern that will suit a variety of weights of yarns and can be worked to more than one size. Here’s more information on Ravelry. (No Ravelry account required for purchase.)
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Suffrage: new shawl pattern

When I decided to knit a shawl based on sunflowers, I really had no idea what I wanted to call it. Shortly after starting work on this shawl, it was International Women’s Day, and I was reminded that my great-grandmother had been a suffragist in Kansas as a teenager. While looking around on the internet for information about Kansas suffragists, I happened across the information that they used the Kansas sunflower as a symbol. The name for my shawl became obvious, as did its purpose.

I’m donating all my profits from this shawl to organizations concerned with voting rights. Half will go to the League of Women Voters (the successor to the women’s suffrage movement) and half to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which works for voting rights, among many other civil rights issues.

The shawl is shaped like a letter C: cast on a somewhat long inner edge, work honeycomb mesh outward for a while with some shaping, work a mildly complicated transition (with some patterning on two wrong side rows), finishing up with chevron petals. The outer edges have some garter stitch to counter curling. The petals can easily be made longer or shorter to accommodate different quantities of yarn.

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Some patterns

some patterns

I’m making good progress on the big project that’s got my attention at the moment. I thought I’d take a few moments to spotlight the patterns I’ve published for sale this year (and an extra). Here is a link to all my patterns.

Meeting of the waters mitts

Meeting of the Waters

These top-down mitts are designed to make a matching pair from a yarn that would otherwise make fraternal mitts. The secret? Knitting them in one piece, then cutting them apart and sewing a seam in each mitt. This is good practice for learning to use steeks before trying them in a larger project. See more information, and buy here.

New Hope Creek shawl

New Hope Creek
This unusual, not exactly a crescent, shawl is made from five triangles which hug the shoulders nicely. The pattern is planned to work well with a wild yarn in combination with a mild yarn to make a more subtle fabric. See more information, and buy here.

Sycamore Creek

Sycamore Creek

This deep crescent shawl is all garter stitch with a few yarnovers. It starts at the center top and works outward, making it a great way to use up your stash. See more information, and buy here.

And a pattern from 2014 that uses one of my code stitches:

Onward hat


This top-down hat for any size head, in any weight yarn, is a simple knit-purl combination that encodes the word onward. See more information, and buy here.


Designs using my stitch patterns

It occurs to me to mention that I have a bundle on Ravelry that lists all the patterns I know of that use my stitch patterns: Naomi’s stitch patterns in use. So far, it’s just nine patterns, but I know of four more that will be coming in the next few months.

If you have a Ravelry account, you can click the “add to favorites” button on the bundle to find it easily in the future.

Here’s a screenshot of what you’ll find right now (see bundle for working links):

screenshot of patterns currently in pattern bundle


Announcing New Hope Creek shawl

New Hope Creek: a striped garter shawl in a kind of crescent shape.


New Hope Creek is designed to be knit with two skeins of yarn that coordinate with each other but that don’t match exactly. The shape is crescent-like – formed by knitting five triangles pointing in alternating directions.

The sample is knit with one muted skein and one that’s wildly variegated with short runs of color; I think of this as one mild and one wild. Many variations are possible: one gradient and one wildly variegated yarn, two self-striping yarns with different length stripes, multiple scrap yarns left over from other projects, even two solid yarns. Instructions are also provided for working with a single yarn.

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Ellerbe Creek knitalong


If you’re on Ravelry, you’re invited to join me in a knitalong of Ellerbe hat and mitts. Pick one, or maybe try both? They’d make a good gift for friends or family or yourself.

I’m trying something new to me this time: prizes. I’ll be randomly giving away a coupon for a free pattern and a custom secret code stitch pattern. Each will be given to a randomly chosen person who posts a finished project on Ravelry and tells us about it in the Ravelry group. Deadline is the end of December 2015, Eastern Standard Time. 

Please, join the fun!

Pattern announcement! The Ellerbe Creek set is now complete.

Ellerbe HatEllerbe mittsphotos copyright Kathryn Wall

Announcing my Ellerbe hat!

The cornflower design I used for my Ellerbe mitts makes another appearance here, creating a larger flower or snowflake shown to best advantage on the back of a top-down slouchy hat. The flowers can be worked in the same yarn as the body (which looks subtle in a solid color, and can be striking in a multicolored yarn) or can be worked in yarn that contrasts in color or texture. (There is no embroidery – it just looks like it.)

A purchase of either of my Ellerbe patterns on the Ravelry website (don’t use the buy now button on this page) means a US$2 discount on buying the other. Discount is automatically applied at checkout.

Ellerbe Creek runs through Durham, North Carolina. I love going for walks by the creek and will donate ten percent of my proceeds from this hat to the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.

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If you’re on Ravelry, please join me for a knitalong on my group – if you finish either the hat or the mitts by the end of November, there will be prizes! Knitalong signup and details here.


  • To fit head sizes 18 (20, 22) inches [46 (51, 56) cm].
  • Brim measures 16 (18, 20) inches [40.5 (46, 51) cm] just above ribbing.
  • You can also increase to the desired diameter (about 2 inches [5cm] less than head size) and work from there, making it easy to adapt this to other yarns or head sizes, or to a beanie.


  • 18 stitches and 26 rounds over 4 inches [10cm] in stockinette on larger needles.

Materials needed:

  • 137 (177, 220) yards [125.5 (162, 201.5) m] of main color worsted weight yarn. Sample is worked in Quince & Co. Lark.
  • 8 yards [7.5m] of contrast color worsted weight yarn (or extra of main color). Sample uses Berocco Ultra Alpaca.
  • US size 8 [5mm] needles for working in the round.
  • US size 7 [4.5mm] needles for ribbing in the round.
  • cable needle (optional)
  • darning needle for working in ends.


  • You need to know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, yarn over, slip stitches, cable, increase, decrease, and knit in the round.
  • Both written instructions and a chart are provided.

Thank you!

Pattern Release: Onward top-down hat recipe

Onward: a top-down hat recipe with the word Onward encoded in the stitch pattern.

There are days when I need to acknowledge unpleasantness, but keep moving forward. On those days, my motto is onward. I made this hat as a tactile reminder to myself for those days.

I took the letters of onward, encoded them as numbers, and then charted those numbers, using my methods for encoding words as patterns. The marked squares were turned into purl stitches, and thus I made this stitch pattern.

This is a top-down hat. It can be ended when the yarn does if necessary; the pattern has sufficient purls in it that it doesn’t curl. A shorter hat will be a cap; a longer one can cover the ears for warmth; an even longer one can be slouchy. Knit the crown and some ribbing in a contrast color if desired. I have seen this hat worked to good effect in solid yarn, tonal yarn, variegated, and self-striping. Gradient would also be fun!


Onward Ravelry page

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