This crescent shawl was inspired by a family name. When researching our family tree, I found that the translation for Heitkamper was “keepers of the hearth.” My grandparents, Edward and Katherine Heitkamper, were living examples of what love is, and they kept the home-fires burning. The edge of the shawl is aflame, but it is intended to wrap around you like an embrace from a loved one.
The shawl is worked from the neck down in garter stitch with increases worked near the edges on right side rows. The flame lace border is knitted on and serves as a bind off for the live stitches. This part requires attention at first, as the stitch counts change, but as you work it becomes intuitive quickly.
Sample was knit with one skein of Miss Babs Yowza in colorway Wanna Go Crazy. Thanks to Miss Babs for use of the lovely photo and for being great to work with.
Named for my favorite John Prine song, these socks are an easy toe-up sock pattern with a Strong Heel. I prefer this heel to a standard short row heel because it allows room for my high arches. The other benefit is that the heel turn is akin to that of a flap heel sock except that there is no heel flap or picking up stitches. The pattern is written needle neutral, so use whichever sock method you like.
This sock is worked cuff down with a Strong Heel. There is a gusset, which provides extra room for your arches, but there’s no need for a heel flap or picking up stitches. The pattern is written needle neutral, so use whichever sock method you like. Because this pattern is intricate, and I wanted to offer generous sizing options, I found it necessary to divide the instep and back leg/heel stitches unevenly on two of the sizes. For your convenience, I am including those numbers here.
These rosy mitts were named for my grandmother. She always had gorgeous fragrant red rose bushes next to her porch steps. Her favorite color was red, and she had lovely hands with long nails and slender fingers. More often than not, her nails were painted bright red.
I like to think that if she were still with us, she would proudly wear these mitts.
This pattern was inspired by Molly Ringwald’s character in The Breakfast Club. The diamond motif represents the earring she gives John Bender at the end of the movie. I am obsessed with the 80’s, so this will not be the last Breakfast Club inspired pattern you’ll see from me.