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Are you on the Knitting Daily mailing list?  They just sent out a notice that patterns from the Winter2008 issue of Interweave Knits is now up for individual sales on their pattern store.  Of course, Pfeiffer Falls is included!

You’ll have multiple choices for getting Pfeiffer Falls.  You can buy a back issue of the magazine, buy the pattern from IK’s store, or if you’re a little patient, you can buy it from my pattern site. I just finished formatting and rewriting it for the purposes of self-publishing. It just has to go to the tech editor to review so that I can ensure you as much of a flawless pattern as possible.

My self-published version will only be available on my site, as I cannot sell it on other sites but my own.  The difference from the self-published version and the magazine version (the original published version and the one IK is selling) is that the self-published version has additional photos, a written version of the pattern chart, and special grafting charts to help you graft in pattern for a virtually invisible and professional-looking finish.  I’m a sucker for special details and I think the grafting chart really helps you achieve that with ease.

I’m hoping to get the self-published version up and listed on my site within the next week or two. In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview of the actual pattern (click to enlarge):

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Carmen is finally available! I just released the third of five patterns that I’m working on in collaboration with Southwest Trading Company.

Trunk Shows On The Road

Carmen and her sisters Audra, Pacifica, and Lillian were on display at the SWTC booth at the TNNA (a needlearts) trade show in Columbus about 1 month ago. Currently, they are all on tour with SWTC. They will be visiting other trade, fashion and trunk shows with the SWTC team. (I staggered the releases, and Lillian will be next in line.)

The yarn I used for Carmen is Tranquility in a juicy orange color. I am a sucker for good reds and oranges. As I attested in my post about Audra, this yarn really stands up to some abuses.

Inspiration & Unique Details

Carmen continues my exploration into textures, simple lines, and unconventional knits. Also, Carmen is my first raglan-style sweater. I wanted something that had all those elements, plus some fun, so I designed Carmen to be knit in ONE seamless piece from the crown to the bolero’s edge. Then to tie everything together, stitches are picked up for a complementary textured border.

Until Carmen, I’ve always stayed away from raglan styles because overly buxom women like myself really have a hard time with such shapes. In most top-down raglan construction, one has to increase until the bust is the appropriate width. The problem with buxom women is that by the time you increase enough for the bust, we end up with “batwing” sleeves. To solve this problem for Carmen, extra stitches are cast on at the underarms to add to the bust measurement. The result is a comfortable fit with a good drape.

The sample was knitted by my good friend Kristie Naranjo, who also sample knits for Cookie A. and Chrissy Gardiner.

Carmen is a relatively simple but interesting knit and is available in eight (8) different sizes! If you don’t like cropped cardigans or boleros, you’ll be able to modify the pattern easily into a full-length cardigan simply by lengthening the body.

Refining A Pattern

I didn’t experience the type of problems with the finished sample of Carmen as I had with Audra. However, I wasn’t completely happy with the ease allowance I wrote in for the hood. I wanted the hood to have more ease than it does in the sample, but it wasn’t so much as a flaw (like Audra’s neckline) — it was more of a refinement and I didn’t feel the need to reknit the sample.

Though, prior to sending the pattern off to Michael del Vechio, of Kitting with Balls fame, to be ripped to shreds to tech edit, I changed some of the proprotions of the hood to allow a little more ease. Yes indeed, the tech editing process really redlined my copy, but I expected it. Besides, I really not the type to cry over constructive criticism. Michael and I have very different writing styles and I really wanted to have someone with such a different style to edit my work as a means for me to think outside of my box and grow as a designer. His style is American magazine style: concise and prose, like what you may see in Interweave Knits or Vogue Knitting.

A snapshot excerpt form the pattern

A snapshot excerpt from the Carmen pattern. Click for enlarged view.

I like to put little bullets in my patterns (see photo above), which has been largely favored by my knitter-consumers, test knitters and sample knitters I polled, but a definite no-no in publishing. In the end, I did incorporate some of his suggested language (and of course the errors that he found), but I still kept much of my general writing/formatting style.

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(On a side note, I just joined Twitter a few days ago and my current following is dismal. I haven’t quite figured out how to get more Twitter exposure yet and am still trying to get acclimated to the culture. So if you are on there, please follow me @AnneKuoLuktio so that I don’t feel like a total loser. 🙂 Thanks!)

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If you are on Ravelry, it’s still not too late to join in on the Pfeiffer Falls knitalong. It’s a great way to get tips from other people knitting the pattern, and I check it frequently to offer support and assistance.  If you are not on Ravlery, you can check out the Tutorial/FAQ page for my pattern.

Photo taken by Aubrey during my trip to Seattle and Portland this past weekend.

Photo taken by Aubrey during my trip to Seattle and Portland this past weekend.

Pattern Name: Pfeiffer Falls (Interweave Knits, Winter 2008)

Project Details & Notes: I completed this sample to wear to TNNA San Diego in January. To date, according to the Ravelry member statistics, 184 projects are on the needles/are  completed, 818 people have queued this pattern and 917 people have added this pattern as their favorite.  Squeeee!

Yarn: Austerman Bambou Soft. Color: Burnt Orange, from Handicraft Café. I absolutely love this color – it’s the sole reason I chose this yarn despite the fact that the bamboo makes is much more drapey than I had designed the pattern to be.  I may have to make another sample in a fluffier yarn.

Tulip toes progress

For the last 2 months, I have been working on Tulip Toes at a glacial pace for my good friend Linh, who is expecting her first child. I actually put it off until the last possible minute.  Part of the reason is that I came across some errors in the pattern in the size that I’m knitting and just really didn’t have the desire to sit down to figure it out. I also had a competing project deadline for Knitscene’s Fall 2009 issue.

Pattern Name: Tulip Toes, Knitty Summer 2006

Pattern Detail & Notes: Size made: 3-6 months. Error in the eyelets for this size and towards the end of the petal shaping.  Alterations and modifications I made for this pattern included working the eyelets as a one-row buttonhole instead of the way it was written and I worked the top o fthe foot in Stockinette stitch instead of garter stitch.

Yarn: Main color: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Sock, color unknown.  Contrast Color: Zitron Trekking.  I love the way the colors work together.  I’m not much of a sock knitter so my friend Denise let me roll off a small ball of some of her lovely sock yarn for this project.

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I am so delighted to have received my contributor’s copy of Interweave Knits Winter 2008,  along with tear sheets of Pfeiffer Falls, and a check!  Woo hoo!!  I now feel more like a bonafide designer, albeit still green.

My first IK check. You didnt think Id make the photo public without first blurring out the private info, did you?

My first IK check. You didn't think I'd make the photo public without first blurring out the private info, did you?

The only thing that I haven’t received yet is my prototype that I sent in with my submission swatches.  Last I heard is that it will be in the mail to me sometime this week.  Yay!

I need to knit myself a Pfeiffer Falls too! I want one for myself, especially to wear when I go down to San Diego for TNNA in January.  But, with what yarn? What color? This decision has been very difficult!  Handicraft Café just ordered a bunch of new yarn too, so it just makes my decision a lot harder.  Maybe I should narrow down my choices to 5-6 and put it up for a vote.

Tutorial Note:

I haven’t started the FAQ/Tutorial Page for this pattern yet, but just for those of you starting to knit the pattern, if you are on Ravelry, please look at this thread, posts #36 and #37.  If you are not and are having trouble in the beginning, maybe this will help:

My original writing included the ruffles first.  Later, the instructions for the ruffles was changed to be an extra option. I didn’t alter the instructions much, so this may be where some of the confusion and weird start seems to be. I apologize for that, because it sure made sense in my head.

Anyway, the CO calls for double what you need. You will split your CO sts as the pattern says. Half will be put on a holder or waste yarn to be used for the scarf body. The first half you work with is for the pocket.  I did it this way so that you don’t have to seam up more than necessary.  (You can also choose to work the pocket and scarf where it joins the pocket in the round, but you won’t get a nice flat seam if you do, and don’t forget to omit the extra sts used for the seaming if you do it in the round.)

After you finish the pocket, the instructions ask you to work a purl row on the WS after you pick up the sts from the holder.  What is the WS? The WS is the WS of the pocket if the pocket is standing up in its correct and intended position, not as if it was flopping down, as it will when you knit the scarf body.  I did grapple with how to write this, know that some people will be confused and find the WS of the work when the pocket is flopping down.  However, technically, you will not be using the pocket upside down, will you? 😉  So, to find the WS, set your work on a table and flip the pocket flap up in its correct position.

FAQ/Tutorial Contributions:

If anyone has questions or thoughts about what should be included in the FAQ/Tutorial for this pattern, please feel free to send your questions to me.  Also, if you have good progress photos (especially those showing the parts that might be in question), let me know if you would like to be considered to be included in the FAQ/Tutorial.  Of course, I will attribute your photos and link it to your site/blog.

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ik-winter-2008-website-preview1Usually, as a reader and knitter, I eagerly await the previews of each issue of Interweave Knits.  However, the wait was a little different this time — I’ve been expecting the publication of one of my designs in the Winter 2008 issue. What’s even more exciting is that it’s my first time being published in Interweave Knits, and to have a magazine of such caliber like my design is a definite indescribable high.

This left photo is a copy of the current Interweaves site. There’s also a separate preview url.

My pattern Pfeiffers Falls, holds additional special feelings for me as well. This is something that I would have designed and made for my mother had I caught the knitting bug sooner.  I taught myself to knit a little over 3.5 years ago, when I was taking care her of her during her illness. I managed to make her a couple of (terribly knit) scarves before she passed, but I was not good enough (and had limited access to LYS, and the internet) to even begin to try to knit cables or even a hat.  By the time I learned to knit, mom was already deemed terminal, and her cancer had spread from her uterus to her lungs, but I know she would’ve loved the simple clean look of Pfeiffer Falls and the additional warmth it would’ve provided her icy-cold body due to her extremely acute emaciation and low blood pressure.

Mom requested that, upon her passing, she wanted my sister and I to scatter half of her ashes in a land preserve owned by a Buddhist Temple she practiced at in Texas, and half among the giant redwoods of California.  We decided to scatter her ashes near Pfeiffers Falls, in the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. (Hence the name of my project.)

So, this issue and this pattern is truly near and dear to me, and I’d like to think that each Pfeiffer Falls that is knit will pay some homage to mom’s memory, even if I can’t go visit the Park very often.

The photos below are the bonus photos for the IK Winter issue.

I will include more information about the pattern, its construction and alternative options in a later post.

SQUEEEEEEE!

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