This idea developed when I started brainstorming about a design concept that I wanted to play with in different ways, but not let one single design get too out of control complex, like I can tend to do sometimes. I wanted to try to steer myself to design slightly more simple patterns, so I figured if I planned three different designs around one idea, then I could really explore that idea, taking it in three different directions. Three seemed like the perfect number, enough room to play around, but not too many designs so that I’d get bored with the idea by the end.
I’m loving the trio concept so far. I actually first started on a completely different trio, when the concept originated, which is still in the works, but then I got sidetracked by wanting to play with short rows and stripes, and the leethal Short Stripes Trio was the first to actually come to be!
So, there will eventually be three accessory patterns, for three different objects, each featuring short rows and stripes. There will be some overlap with techniques and themes, but the three designs will definitely stand out on their own… and chances are, if you like this first one, you’ll like all three!
The way the trio collection functions is: Maurice is currently available, alone for $6, or as part of the trio for $12. Buy the whole trio now, get Maurice immediately, and have Barry and Robin delivered straight to your inbox as soon as they’re released. (All three patterns will be $6 individually.)
And yeah, with the naming, “trio”, get it? I’ve done way too much brainstorming about future trio pattern names!
Moving on to Maurice specifically… as you’ve been seeing, it’s a cowl that can be made in three different versions – narrow, wide, and long loop. All the versions can be small, medium, or large, and there are lots of detailed modification notes for making any size you want in any gauge you want. The pattern is written for a recommended gauge of aran weight yarn at 3.25 sts/inch, but you can use the mods to use any yarn you want!
The striping pattern is designed to stripe between two colors in each section, and you can stick to the same two colors for the whole thing, or switch to new contrasting colors for each section. The narrow cowl and long loop versions have two (symmetrical) sections, and the wide cowl has three (asymmetrical) sections. There are also modification notes for working with colors in different ways, if you want to really do your own thing!
There are also photo tutorials included for carrying yarn neatly between short rows, and switching yarns to avoid holes. Once you get the hang of that stuff, after going through the repeat pattern once or twice, it becomes a really easy, quick, fun knit! I had no problem making 5 samples because they were such fast moving tv/movie knitting projects, and I’m not a fast knitter. (Actually I made 6, because my first pattern for the long loop version wasn’t right, but I liked the wrong sample too much to frog it – I’ll put that up as a rav project after I weave in the ends and take photos…)
I made samples of the narrow version in small and medium, the wide version in small and large, and the long loop in small; a bunch of awesome test knitters made a wide variety of different versions, several with modifications, so check out the rav projects to see those! Thank you so much, my fantastic testers!!
That’s about all I can think of to say about Maurice… the yardage estimates and other details are all listed on the pattern page. I’m currently working on the second trio pattern and I’m really excited about it – I should be to the point where I can start showing you sneak peeks (on twitter, instagram, tumblr) within a couple days!
(If you’re reading this by February 11th, my birthday coupon code is still valid, so you can save 31% off Maurice or the whole Short Stripes Trio!)