New Pattern: The Galahad Scarf!


I just released the Galahad Scarf pattern on Ravelry! Knit in Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed, the pattern is written in two different sizes: Large (shown above in Soot), and small (shown below in Old World).



This pattern was so fun to write. I used StitchMastery for the charts, and while it's definitely buggy on the OS platform, it got the job done. It makes nice, tidy charts, simple to read and follow. While it has some kinks that will need to be ironed out in future updates, Cathy was very responsive and helpful.




I'm really happy with the way the stitch pattern turned out; it's not often that an idea in your head plays out so well in the physical realm. Shelter was an absolutely perfect choice for the yarn: it shows the stitch definition of the grid, and the tweed adds a classic touch. The woolen-spun yarn (100% American made, I might add) makes for a scarf that's as warm as it is lightweight. It's an easy accessory to wear, perfect for a crisp autumn day.




Next up is the Galahad Hat pattern, I'll post here once that's ready for release. If you have any questions about the scarf, you can find me on Ravelry as kerryrobb, or head to my Contact page for email info. Hope you enjoy this pattern!

Photo Shoot for the Galahad Scarf Was a Success!


                    

I've been hard at work on the Galahad Scarf pattern, and the photo shoot with the finished samples was on Wednesday morning. I couldn't be happier with the results! I've worked with the InHouse team for my photo shoots so far, and they've made the best photographers and models (and in some cases, both!).

The photo at the top of this post shows Kevin wearing the large size scarf. This sample was knit with four skeins of Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter, shown here in Soot.

The photo below shows Brandt wearing the small size scarf. This sample was knit with three skeins of Shelter, shown here in Old World.

                    

The InHouse crew has done such a fantastic job on the shoots so far, they're such a talented bunch. The shoot for the Galahad hat is coming up soon, and after that I'll give these guys a much-deserved break from all things knitting related. Promise. 

All photos by Elise Beavers. You can find her on Instagram as @elise_lebeav.



Working on the Galahad Scarf: New Pattern on the Way!



I've been spending my summer test knitting a large project for a designer whom I respect, and I've been so thankful for the opportunity to do so. While I've been knitting, I've been listening to the audiobook version of one of my most favorite books: The Mists of Avalon. It's the legend of Arthur as told from the perspective of the female characters, so often relegated to the status of "witch" or "temptress" in most tellings of the Arthur tale. Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote such an engrossing and beautiful tale, and I'm thoroughly enjoying story's unfolding all over again. I first read the book a decade ago, and it's stuck with me so fastly that I feel like I'm revisiting old, dear friends.

While knitting and listening to the book, I've become inspired to design a men's scarf pattern that's a modern interpretation of chain mail. Named for Lancelot's son, Galahad (which was also the name given to Lancelot in Avalon), this scarf will be written for two sizes: The large size will be a wider scarf, meant for wrapping in a classic fashion. The small scarf will be thinner and a bit shorter, for those men who prefer to knot their scarves.

The geometric grid pattern is made using just knit and purl stitches, and creates a satisfyingly gridded fabric that's masculine and modern. Knit with Brooklyn Tweed's Shelter, the woolen-spun American yarn is the perfect pairing with this pattern: traditional tweed meets a thoroughly modern palette. I love the way Shelter handles stitch definition; it shows stitch patterns so well, while the woolen quality softens the stitches a bit. The grid stitch pattern is softened and accentuated all at once.

I'm hoping to have this pattern finished and ready by August, which is reasonable considering I'm still giving the bulk of my knitting time to that large project I mentioned before. Galahad will have both charts and written instructions, and it's a great knit for those knitters who love a project with enough variation to hold their interest, but not so complicated that they can't travel with it. I'll keep you updated as the work comes along; until then, wish me luck in my test knitting!