Sunday, August 25, 2013

presenting my latest knitting pattern, 'Ayanna'

Following my recent post in using the inspiring colors of Heartland yarn by Lion Brand, I am thrilled to present my latest pattern. . . .

Models wearing 'Ayanna' paired with my Newsboy Cap







Ayanna ~ a faux fair isle patterned sweater dress

Now Available

 Designed to fit: American Girl Dolls & the comparable 18" Gotz Dolls like my models that share the same body type

Pattern Features: The faux fair isle is achieved with the use of slipped stitches, thereby avoiding the traditional stranded color work, written out with line-by-line instructions given, including back buttonhole placement. Set in 3/4 length sleeves and a ribbed stitched turtle neck worked from picked up stitches complete the look.

See my Etsy store for completed ensembles
Fall, the most inspirational time of the year for me, inspired also by my love of fair isle stitch patterns, ‘Ayanna’ is worked without the need for experience in stranded color work, as I made use of slipped stitches worked in pattern throughout to achieve the look of fair isle for this stylish sweater dress,  along with line-by-line written instructions.  ~ Debonair Designs

My inspirational picture, for 'Ayanna' in Yosemite

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Autumn Delights ~ fall inspired

While thoroughly enjoying summer to its fullest, the days are flying by and as September nears so do my thoughts turn to the most inspirational season to knit and design for. 
After a recent visit to my local yarn store, who already are steps ahead with fall colors appearing at every turn, I happened upon new yarn, which is always exciting, this yarn not only spoke to me, it is perfect for Autumn delights, and of course a few of the colors just had to leave with me, called Heartland by Lion Brand

Here are a couple that caught my eye

Yosemite Colorway

Yellowstone Colorway

  I adore this colorway, but what I love the most is the, 'proudly made in USA', and honoring our national parks . . oh and it's softness too!

This stunning corn maize will work up with so many other colors, a stunning colorway

So after purchasing this eye candy, and more, I just knew I had to cast on for fall. 
What I came up with I am sure will delight, a new pattern for our 18" Dolls, American Girl & Gotz, the design is a faux fair isle sweater dress, what I mean by 'faux fair isle' is that I make use of slipped stitches using two contrasts and a main color to achieve a fair isle look without the need for experience in color-work, no charts to follow as the pattern is formatted with line-by-line written instructions. The sweater dress also features seed stitch ribbing, a generous cowl neckline along with 3/4 length sleeves, called, 'Ayanna'

Check back later this week for the release of Ayanna, along with some colorful photos that I cannot wait to show and tell, thanks for looking, Deb