Tomorrow night, I will kick off the gift along by casting on a hat by Michele Bernstein, pdxknitterati on Ravelry, so I thought I’d introduce her and some of her designs here!
Kilter should be a quick and easy knit, but the crown is what really sets it off to me! The bands of stockinette and reverse stockinette start to swirl and twist, throwing it off kilter. Should be fun. I think it’ll look great in Malabrigo’s Silky Merino. I’ll be using the Lavanda colorway. (The pattern calls for sport, but I know I can get gauge with the Silky Merino.)
I asked Michele which patterns of hers she really loves and she mentioned two patterns for ponchos – Tilt Shift and Summertime Blues. I love the cabled edge on Tilt Shift and Summertime Blues has just enough lace to be interesting without being overwhelming in the way that lace can sometimes be. While “poncho” made one think of 70’s retro not too long ago, they are making a big comeback this year! Michele likes how handy they are to wear when you really need both hands for something. They may not be doable for the gift along, but they are definitely something to keep in mind for January selfish knitting!
Michele loves to learn new techniques and incorporate them into her designs. She’s tackled entrelac, steeking, and thrumming. I’ve done entrelac but have never be courageous enough for steeking. And then it never gets cold enough for thrummed items in Oklahoma. But maybe where you live, you could cast on for Thrumbelina or Thrumviator – two great patterns included in Michele’s discounted bundle for the gift along! (Thrumviator would sure keep your ears warm!)
Be sure to check out Michele’s bundle on her designer page HERE. She has lots of great designs to inspire you!
Michele blogs at www.pdxknitterati.com about knitting, teaching knitting, and traveling.
Bridget says, “Those slippers look so soft and squishy! Could you make me a thrummed cat bed?”