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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Sanguinaria yarn bag

Sanguinaria yarn bag

One of my favorite spring wildflowers is bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis. The design on the bottom of this bag, with its asymmetrically-spaced petals and squarish shape, reminds me of that small white flower.

This lace bag, knit from the center outward, will carry yarn, a handkerchief, or other such things. The stitch pattern is based on the Arrow Pattern from Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury.

The bag also makes a fetching child’s cap without the drawstring.

This pattern is available for $3.00 USD

Ravelry page.

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Bread & Roses

Bread and Roses, a rectangular lace stole pattern whose design is based on numbers derived from the name.

The phrase bread and roses originated in the early twentieth century in the American labor movement. There are stories about it being sung as part of a song by strikers, which seems to be apocryphal. The meaning is not, however: Bread and Roses stands for the desire for both fair wages and dignity. The slogan has particularly come to be associated with a textile workers’ strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1912.

I looked up the individual concepts for bread, roses, and labor unions in the Dewey Decimal System (used to catalog books in many libraries in the US) and then placed the numbers on a grid as a starting point for designing this lace. The yarn overs in the alternating columns of lace in the middle are placed based on bread and roses; the border is generated with the numbers for labor unions. Decreases were placed to form undulating lines; occasional two-stitch cables highlight this effect.

(For more on this method of designing stitch patterns, see my blog posts on embedding meaning in knitting or other crafts.)

This pattern can be used to knit a rectangular scarf or stole.

Regular price US$5; half price through September 7, 2014. (Discount appears at checkout.)

Happy Labor Day! (As observed in the US.)

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Étude no. 3 — a Roll of the dice, version 2

Étude no. 3 — a Roll of the dice, version 2: slipped stitches. Two different yarns, both sides of the fabric.

First, I’d like to thank everyone for their sympathy last week. It really means a lot to me!

I usually try to include one lace pattern and one not, for the sake of those who don’t wear lace. I forgot last time, so here’s something to fill that gap.

I envisioned the pattern as charted, with the floats and the bulk of the purl blips on the front, but it turns out I like both sides equally. I worked it in both solid and variegated yarn because slip stitch patterns often work especially well with variegated. The solid is more subtle, especially on the mostly knit side – but I think it’s still a pleasing texture.

When designing textured stitches in particular, it’s always worth looking at both sides of the fabric. Sometimes you’ll find that you prefer the side that was meant to be hidden!

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