March 12, 2010

New Pattern: Shapeshifter!

It’s here!  Shapeshifter is an any-gauge pattern and can be worn a seemingly endless number of ways, giving it truly infinite possibility!  (Many thanks to April for thinking up the fabulous name!)

Shapeshifter!

It’s an asymmetrical chevron shaped flat piece, with very basic eyelet lace making buttonholes all over, along every edge and down the off-center chevron seam – depending on how you line up the buttons with the eyelets, and whether you add any extra buttons or ties, it can shift into a hood or a cowl in whatever style you can arrange it into!

Shapeshifter!

I’ve been wearing my bulky orange one constantly since finishing it, and I loveloveLOVE my new handspun version!!  I’d love to see someone else knit one up in a nice sock yarn – I bet it would be gorgeous!

Shapeshifter!

Button size depends on gauge, since bulky eyelets are much bigger than finer gauge eyelets, of course – I chose these 3 mismatched vintage beauties to pop on the orange base:

Shapeshifter!

The pattern PDF is 9 pages – 2 of those pages are just photos of different ways to wear it; the 3 pages you might want to print out are photo-less to save ink.  (The pattern itself is on one single page, but there’s some simple math to figure out your numbers for your gauge, and I provided a page of help with the calculations to make it as easy as possible.)

Shapeshifter! Shapeshifter!

There’s a page on making a hood, either by adding extra buttons or tying up the hood seam.  Even with the hood, there are lots of different ways you can position the buttons for the cowl part, for a tighter, warmer fit, or with looser wrapping, etc.

Shapeshifter! Shapeshifter!

I didn’t attempt explaining how to wear it all the different cowl ways, because the way I usually position it is to get in front of a mirror and just start wrapping it and buttoning it until I like how it looks.  I often can’t recreate a position (like this one – I love how it looks here and I couldn’t recreate it for the photoshoot!) so there’s no way I could explain to you… But, my advice, just play around with different positions, twisting and looping in different directions, and you’ll find methods you like.

Shapeshifter! Shapeshifter!

For a little design backround… the original idea developed off of this smaller piece I made a couple years ago (on ravelry) – it was knit at a super loose gauge so that the fabric was all buttonholes, and I loved how it could be worn so many different ways.  It’s a silly little piece, but the asymmetrical chevron and buttonhole abundance were a great combination!  I made the prototype (ravelry) a couple months ago (in Imperial Stock Ranch’s Lopi bulky wool), perfected the eyelet pattern, and adjusted it to turn it into an any-gauge pattern!

Shapeshifter! Shapeshifter!

You can grab the pattern for $4 on the leethal page, or on ravelry – I can’t wait to start seeing your versions!!

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