Saturday, 26 September 2009

Book: Sensual Knits

Now that The Knitter has disappointed me yet again, I felt no qualms when I found Yahaira Ferreira's book Sensual Knits and bought it instead. I'd seen it before in exactly the same shop, but that was before I lost weight and none of the patterns were near enough to my size. So when I saw the book again this week and saw it was the last copy left for only £3.99, I couldn't resist any longer.

Some of the patterns are my current new size or very close to it, so that I am very excited about knitting some of the items and starting a first big project or wearable tops. I have scanned the most interesting images of things I would like to knit once I can afford the luxury yarns required for the projects:

The Vixen Camisole didn't catch my eye at first, but after a while it grew on me. It couldbe very nice in summer, perhaps with a simple shrug of some sort. I may well give it a try and perhaps make a longer version as a nighty.

Speaking of nighties, the above image is the silky negligee that was reprinted in The Knitter some months back. I'd love to give it a try, though I will have to adjust the size to make it fit me. For some reason, all the dresses in the book are in small sizes so I shall either have to adjust them or wait till I can fit into them.

The silken cowl tank is another item that did not interest me at first glance, but I love the colour and the garment looks very lovely in this yarn. I may knit it, especially as it is very simple to do, and wear it with something to cover up my arms. Since I am starting a new job on Monday, I have been thinking of clothes fit for the office, and I think this could be one.

The Sayuri jumper would probably be perfect for me. I am undecided about the sleeves now that I have seen other people's projects on Ravelry, where the sleeves weren't always flattering. I shall have to experiment and see for myself. The yarn is especially soft and seems to shimmer, but I have looked up the price and don't think I shall be able to get it - unfortunately, that's what I fear will be the fate of pretty much all the suggested yarns in the book. Still, I am sure there are some nice substitutes.

Ramona is a very boring jumper, to be honest, but it seems simple enough and a better fit for me than even Sayuri's design. With a few adjustments to make it more interesting - for instance, a change of colour and the addition of some lace - I could well imagine myself wearing it and looking good in it too.

Cable has always been a strange thing for me. I dislike it, deep down, but sometimes there are items that look really stunning with a cable design. Also, I do not like heavily cabled items, but this Moss Cable cardigan seems ideal to me. It may well end up being my first project, simply because it should be a relatively fast knit, and I have been looking for a new cardigan for years now since I only have one. I would knit it in Merino yarn, like the original, but in a more flattering colour that will suit me better.

Wraps are a new passion for me ever since I knit the first lace shawl. The Cleopatra wrap seems perfect - it is simply, yet elegant, just the way I like my clothes most of the time. The yarn is beautiful too, so maybe I will even buy the one used in the image above. Again, I shall have to find a nicer shade.

Betty is something much simpler: a vest like that would probably be the quickest knit and it is just what I need for work as well. Still, it seems to be less interesting to knit, so that I won't be making it first. I'd like to give it a try one day and see how I get on with it. I think this may need modifications and some lace instead of cable, or some more distinct cabling elsewhere. We shall see.

And, finally, this is the cover image that interested me from the beginning. It is the balloon sleeve jacket (somehow I didn't notice the balloon sleeves till much later and I am not sure I am keen on them, to be honest) and what appeals to me is the classic look. I have no idea if this would suit me in the end since jackets of this kind usually don't, but I may yet try it anyway. I would use the same colour as well, though probably a cheaper yarn. Who said knitting was cheap?

Apart from the featured items here, there are a few other ones I am not yet sure about. They are simpler and/or less suitable for me and mostly the colours don't manage to catch my attention. Perhaps they will grow on me as well, who knows? I am happy to say, however, that this book has been a very worthwhile purchase already and I would very much rather buy books like this one instead of another personally useless issue of The Knitter.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Disenchanted with The Knitter

I recall my review of the first issue of The Knitter. By now there have been 7 issues of which I bought only 5. Issue 4 had just one pattern in it that I desperately wanted, but I thought that didn't warrant spending £6 on the whole mag. Now I regret it because I haven't been able to get it anywhere else. I was very disappointed with that particular issue, but luckily the next one was okay again. However, issue 7 was even worse - with nothing it it that was of interest to me at all! I still find that hard to believe, but it was all just awful. I am hoping that the one due by the end of the month is going to be better so that I can buy it again. I hate not having the entire series so far, but then it is a lot of money to spend on a magazine and I can't justify the purchase if I know I won't be using the patterns.

What annoys me about the magazine is that every issue needs errata in the end. What's the point of buying it if what's in it isn't correct? Also, I do not think that the patterns are actually particularly difficult. Some are very easy and certainly not just geared towards the experienced knitter despite the magazine claiming it to be so. I am glad there is Ravelry, which has loads of things for everybody, a lot of it for free. Also, why do people sell old issues on Ebay for twice the original price? In the UK even?

In future, I shall proceed as I have so far and only buy the issues I actually find useful. It may leave me with gaps in my collection quite often, but my little money is too dear to me to squander it on The Knitter every month. I could get 5 secondhand books at the local charity shop for that money!

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

A Long Overdue Update

Dear me, it's been a while, hasn't it? I'm afraid I haven't got anything new to post today either because I still haven't been able to afford new yarn since making the baby blanket. There is hope, though! Now that I finally have a paying job, not just a voluntary one, I am looking forward to my first wages next month, which I will use to save up for a trip to Get Knitted in Brislington to purchase some of their yarn. I have no particular plans, though I would love to make another lace shawl, a big one, and some tops. I doubt I can afford enough yarn for the latter, so I will probably have to make do with something smaller. That's okay though, as long as I get back into knitting at last. To my surprise I haven't had the time to miss it as much as I thought I might. Somehow I manage to keep myself busy all the time.
So, fingers crossed, I will have the chance to put up a new post in the near future! In the meantime I shall jealously watch what other knitters are up to at the moment.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Bamboo Baby Blanket

Steffi is having her baby at the end of July so this baby blanket will reach her a little early, but I am sure she will like it no matter when it arrives. It is the first blanket I ever made and I like the simple pattern that still remains interesting enough both to look at and to knit. The feather and fan pattern would come out more if I blocked the blanket, but I decided not to because it is a practical blanket that will probably have to endure quite a few washes.
  • 4 mm DPNs
  • 2oo g King Cole Bamboo Cotton, colourway 531, dye lot 63916
  • rowcounter

The cotton and bamboo blend was incredibly nice to work with. It is such a nice summer yarn that I wished I could knit a top with it in time for summer. Bamboo Cotton comes in 8 different shades of which I liked the purple best. I can imagine knitting something light and lacy with it, though it won't be happening this summer.

I used a free pattern that you can find here. It's not much of a pattern as such since you don't really need one. All you have to know is the 4-row repeat that you will be knitting till the blanket is long enough. It's a nice and easy project for knitting while watching TV or listening to the radio and the result looks lovely in its simplicity.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Mitred Towel

At long last I am back again with a new post! I must admit I haven't been knitting very much and that the main project I am working on at the moment is a baby blanket for a friend due at the end of July. That means I am not in a hurry and I don't have much else to knit at the same time.
After finishing the tea cosy I started on a mitred towel from Mason-Dixon, which you can see above. I just finished another one in green and yellow too and shall add the images once I get back home in two weeks. At present Mark and I are house-sitting for friends while they get married in Barbados, so somebody has to take care of the pets.
  • 5mm circs
  • a ball of Sugar 'n Cream yarn and some leftovers to add to the loop if desired
  • rowcounter

It is a quick and easy knit and nothing that requires a lot of attention either. It kept me busy for a day or two when we really needed more towels in the kitchen. I am getting rather domestic.

Monday, 30 March 2009

Very British

Bear with me while I try to figure out how to add pics from this computer which doesn't seem to allow me to do things as usual.


  • 85 g Sugar 'n Cream, colourway 19605
  • a bit of spare Sugar 'n Cream Stripes for the string and bobbles, colourway 23143
  • 5 mm circs
  • row counter

This tea cosy is the first project I finished since my move to England and how fittingly British it is! I used the Rosie Posy Tea Cosy pattern from The Knitter as a guide though I certainly didn't stick to it. It was useful as a general outline of what I wanted to do. Basically, my tea cosy is merely a ribbed tube with two slits in it for handle and spout. That's it. I pulled yarn through the top and added bobbles for decoration, so it was a very quick and easy knit. I wasn't sure whether it would work well for keeping tea warm as it seems to be rather thin despite the thick cotton yarn. I am happy to say that it does work nicely and that I had warm tea for a change all evening yesterday.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

WIP: Hibernating Handbag

The handbag is almost done now, but since I have already packed everything for my move to England, the bag had to go into the suitcase as well. Once I've settled, I shall block the bag, sew the lining and add the handles. That is all that's left to be done and I am looking forward to completing it.

The heart-shape cushion is suffering an even worse fate because I can't take it with me at all for now. I am hoping it will be sent to me soon. It's a pity that I don't have a larger suitcase - though mine is already big enough and I have difficulty lifting it. The rest of my knitting is packed except for my two knitting books, which I just can't fit in anywhere and are simply too heavy anyway.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Not Without My Handbag

The hairdresser may have ruined my hair, but at least I can take my mind off it by knitting this wonderful handbag. Yes, even though the pattern is from The Knitter's cushion covers featured in issue 1, I decided to turn it into a handbag instead. Since I still have the handles that were included in the knitting set Mark's mum sent me and I never knew what on earth to do with this fuchsia cotton yarn, this has turned out to be the perfect project for both.
At first it took me ages to knit only a few rows, especially because the bobbles took a long time to do. By now, however, the knitting is easier and quite a bit faster so that I may well finish the bag before my move to England, which I never expected. This is my first project from The Knitter and I am looking forward to trying some more at a later date.
The bag is looking very good so far, but I shall probably have to block t a little bit since the corners seem a bit curly. I am not sure this yarn will block easily, but I shall give it a try anyway.

Friday, 6 March 2009

A Short Woodland Journey

Well, that was nice, if all too brief. It turns out I had less yarn than I thought, which resulted in an extremely short Woodland shawl that I can just about wrap around my neck. It is a good think it is so wide, which makes it a comfortable wear. I love it though: the pattern design is beautiful and just the kind of leafy lace I like. At a later point I would like to knit the shawl again in a lightly variegated thicker yarn.
  • some leftover Merino extrafein from the Hamburger Wollfabrik, colourway 610 (burgundy)
  • 4 mm circs
  • row counter
  • tapestry needle
  • wire, pins and grandma's sofa for blocking
I had feared that the pattern may not come out as well as it did in the end. It is the lightest, laciest Woodland I have seen so far and I am very happy with its look after blocking. Mind you, even before blocking it looked lovely! After only two lace shawls I definitely know I really enjoy knitting these fine projects...
... though you wouldn't know it judging from my face (it's been a horrible week).

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

At Mr Jones' for the Last Time

It's been a wonderful time with my local knitting group every month and it is a pity I only found them a few months ago. Today's get-together was very probably my last one since I plan to move to England before the end of next month. So this day was a chance to see everyone one final time and say goodbye in person instead of via the interweb.

Unfortunately, I arrived two hours later than scheduled, which left me with very little time. I also met a university friend there and left the group to chat to her about her PhD studies. In the end the first people left just before I got back to the group again, which is a pity, really. Still it was much better to have been there at all than to not have seen anyone before leaving the country.
A lot of socks were being knit in my corner and I was able to take a look at Nina's patten book of lace shawls. She has chosen a very beautiful pattern to work with that I thought was the best of all the featured ones. A large section of it consists of a leaf pattern that I liked especially, and it had one of the nups many of the other shawls had. After knitting my Swallowtail I have had enough of nups for now. It's not that I mind knitting them, but I only like looking at them if there aren't too many in one piece.
You can tell that the days are getting longer again because we don't end up knitting in the dark anymore. We had good light and left just as it got dark. There was a brief discussion about possible new times for meetings that I couldn't contribute to since it no longer concerns me, of course. I will be interested to see what they decide. I hope to come back again if I get the chance when I come over on holiday in the future. It would be lovely to meet up again and knit and chat as we have done in the past.

Even though German Rail was on strike again today it didn't look as if anyone had trouble getting here this time. I only heard about it shortly before I was about to leave this afternoon, but my line is so unimportant that it has never been one of the problematic ones, luckily. Apparently, though, Irmi had some issues with the buses instead. We all managed to arrive more of less on time, though, so all was well and I am sure everyone had a very good time as always.

Of course my entry cannot be complete without a mention of food and beverages at Mr Jones. This time I treated myself to a chocolate milkshake - I asked about the milkshake's ingredients first which, depending on which waiter you get, may turn out completely different. Today I got the one I wanted, with extra chocolate syrup which gives it that nice dark shade that I liked the first time I had it there. Believe it or not, I preferred it to my beloved Bailey's milkshake this time. Shocking, I know. Since I had to eat out I also ordered the mozzarella sticks with fries (instead of the potato sticks that are usually too greasy for me). They were very good and came with a nice salad as well. I always find it hard to choose something to eat because, even though it all sounds great, the food can often be a bit underwhelming. The drinks are far better.

Yesterday I started a new shawl called Woodland (Ravelry) that I have had in my list of favourites for some time now. I want to use up my last bit of merino lace yarn and since I have a whole lot of it I needed a large project. I cast on the recommended 89 sts and now wish I'd done more than that. However, it will stretch well when blocking, so it is hard to tell exactly how big it will be. I really love leaf patterns, so this is just right. At first I'd wanted to use a similar pattern from The Knitter's second issue, but it seemed too simple and uninteresting in comparison. Woodland is just a little different and I wouldn't even mind leaving it unblocked due to the nice texture.

I am hoping that it will not be completely lost when I do block it in the end. It would be a shame. I could also imagine knitting this pattern with a thicker yarn that will bring it out even better, actually. This may be something to keep in mind for future gifts, perhaps.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Mix n Match - Ready to Wear

  • leftover Noro Kureyon (S185), Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Bosco (3519), and Schachenmayr nomotta Regia (54)
  • 2.5mm DPNs
  • row counter just in case
  • tapestry needle
These are very nice to wear, especially because they are so colourful. They were made to fit my size EU 39 feet, but they could also be worn by someone with 40, perhaps even a size larger than that because they are very stretchy, to my surprise. I know that I will probably not knit striped socks again very soon becauseI hated alternating yarns. It was hard to not get holes into the socks with each colour change.
These are your basic socks, knit as simple as possible. I'll post my notes here so that I remember what exactly I did.
  • CO 8 sts
  • increase till 60 sts
  • 38 rows till gusset increase
  • 26 rows gusset increase
  • work heel decrease over 30 sts: WS: sl1, p to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1; RS: sl1, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. Reapeat both rows till 14 sts are left
  • pick up 9 sts each side
  • knit sole and ktbl gusset sts; connect heel and rest of sock (ssk/p2tog); continue decrease till back to 60 sts in total
  • 38 rows for the cuff
  • 10 rows k1, p1 ribbing
  • BO loosely

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Socks and Circs

This is just a teaser for my next post which will feature photos of my finished socks. I've yet to weave in the ends because I was rather in a hurry, knitting while cooking. It's a miracle nothing was burned in the process. Both scks fit perfectly as far as I could tell from trying them on before binding off the last one of the two. Exciting!

Not so exciting are the new circs I bought at Lidl today, but then what do you expect? I was unaware of them selling anything knitting related, but they happened to have lots of that terrible fuzzy eyelash yarn, two pattern books that were sealed and couldn't be looked into, and they had a few crochet hooks and knitting needles. Since I've been thinking of trying to knit two socks at once on a pair of circs, I just spent the € 1.99 on each set. Well, you can knit with them, but they feel very odd and aren't particularly smooth. I wouldn't recommend them unless you really want such circs badly and won't be able to afford any others for a while.

The good thing that came of the shopping trip was that the circs reminded me of my grandma's knitting needle collection. Since she doesn't knit anymore, she said I could have it and the best thing is that the circs come in this very nice green box. I'll probably need to close it with a rubber band as it only fits loosely; I am definitely keeping it.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

WIP: Mix n Match Socks

This is my first post as a Dr Nadia, so perhaps I should name my current project something suitable. For now, however, they remain my Mix n Match Socks that I began the day before my doctoral defence. I really like how the first one is coming along; in fact it is looking much better than I expected. The pattern is improvised and it's been ages since I last knit toe-up even though it used to be my favourite method. By now that has changed and I prefer cuff-down socks instead even though that kitchener stitch to sew the toe section together always drives me mad. I am getting better at it, though.
I am only using leftover yarns since I don't have enough of each to make anything much. One sock is this red one featured here, with Noro stripes. The other will be blue with Noro mixed in as well. The red one is almost done and I am looking forward to finishing the other soon so I can wear them both.

And I must say it is fantastic to have sunshine again! We still have lots of snow over here and it is very cold, but at least the sun is out all day. I was very lucky yesterday and had an equally sunny day during my defence. It couldn't get any better! The pictures come out much nicer in this light as well, which is encouraging. I hate taking awfully dark pictures just because the light is never right.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Video: Publishers and Recession

While searching for something knitting related online I came across this news video from th BBC about the way Bath publishers are dealing with recession. Mainly, it's about Future Publishing, who bring out Simply Knitting and The Knitter, among many other magazines. I found it particularly interesting since it combines a number of things I am interested in: knitting, publishing (I've been wanting to work for Future Publishing for a while now), and Bath (where I will be moving soon). I would certainly love to work for The Knitter team and maybe I will get a chance one day. In the meantime, here is the video for a brief glimpse of Bath and some information on how publishers are doing at the moment.

Valentine Flannel

  • a little bit of The Original Sugar 'n Cream, colourway 19605
  • 4.5 mm needles
While revising for my doctoral defence this coming Wedesday, I needed a quick project offering instant gratification. Since I still have quite a bit of Sugar 'n Cream yarn left, it was time for another flannel. This Valentine flannel is a bit smaller than others and took me little more than an hour to make.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Flipflop Chevrolace

As promised, here are the new pictures and details to my Chevrolace socks. I knit these from the top down over 84 sts (way too many, I realised!) and substituted my own heel. The reason for starting from the cuff is that I wanted to split the toe section in order to wear these socks with flipflops when it is sunny enough to spend more time outside in the graden, but too cold without socks. Since I’d never done that before, this was a new experience, but it was fairly straight forward and easy. I really don’t like this yarn’s colourway though.

  • 100g Schoppel-Wolle Admiral Ombré, colourway 1962 ombré
  • 2.5 mm DPNs
  • row counter


Heel set-up:
R1: k 45 sts
R2: p 45 sts

1. (sl1, k1) k1
2. sl1, p all repeat till row 30
Pick up and knit (ktbl) 15 sts + p1

Heel stitches:
First k3 and transfer those sts to the instep instead.
1. (RS) k 26, k2tog, k1, turn
2. (WS) sl1, p7, p2tog, p1, turn Repeat 1 and 2 till 16 sts for gusset are left

Gusset decrease:
1. k2tog, k1 / k1, ssk
2. k all. Repeat both rows till 39 sts on each side (instep and sole)

Knit instep in pattern till desired length, the sole is plain. End on row 8 before toe section.

Big toe section:
Pick up 14 sts from sole, 14 sts from instep, CO 5 extra sts and knit all k 18 rows, then start decreasing (k2tog) every other round after row 21: weave thread through remaining sts and weave in ends

Remaining toe section:
Pick up 8 sts, k all and decrease one side (outside) as follows: (k2tog, k2, ssk); k all the rest; 21 rows total

Friday, 13 February 2009

Chevrolace! Pictures Yet to Come

The flipflop Chevrolace socks are done and I am wearing them right now. I took my time finishing the second sock, but it feels good to have them. The left sock's larger toe section is a bit odd though I did everything right - it seems a little twisted from when I picked up stitches between toes so that the side with the decreases is twisted to the sole. It's annoying though I don't actually feel it while wearing. Though I considered undoing that toe and trying again, I don't suppose I will now.

In my next post I shall have some more pictures, I hope, as well as the details as to how I knit these socks.

Monday, 9 February 2009

Why Don't They Have Lacy Socks?

Your Socks Say You're Cute

You Are:

- Quite cuddly

- Downright adorable

- Truly kind

- Infinitely patient

Saturday, 7 February 2009

WIP: Chevrolace, Almost Completed

Here are some quick pictures of the first Chevrolace with separate toe that I finished earlier today. It took me two attempts to get both toe sections right because I originally made them a bit too short. Now they fit well and I can hardly wait to finish the other sock so I can finally wear them with my flipflops. Expect some (I hope) better photos next time!
I am still quite disappointed by the lace pattern that really doesn't come through very well. Luckily, I am not too bothered about this yarn anyway so that the real reason I am looking forward to these socks is the toe. In the end I could have cast on fewer stitches that I did, but that's all right. It just turned out to be a very wide sock - it's comfortable though.

Soon I will have to find my good pair of flipflops. I think I lost them somewhere under the bed and can't get at them.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Review: The Knitter

When Mark came over last week, he brought the new magazine The Knitter from Future Publishing with him. I'd been looking forward to it very much and now that I have read it I am very impressed and keen on getting my hands on the next issues too if I can.

Since the magazine prides itself on being more sophisticated than most other knitting magazines, even the quality of the paper and images is excellent, I was happy to see. The photos are clear, nicely composed, and bring out the patterns of jumpers, cardigans, bags and pillowcases perfectly. There is a good variety of patterns all centred around this issue's topic "Cable and Lace". Of all 12 patterns there are 6-7 I'd be interested to try sometime, which is far more than usual and literally unheard of. It helps that these are patterns for the experienced knitter, too. Another good thing about The Knitter is that each issue will be featuring an item for men. I especially like the zippered Nevis men's cardigan they included this time.

Apart from the patterns, the first issue includes an interview with the designer Belinda Boaden, a profile of the bloggers Mason-Dixon, suggestions for books and yarns, readers' letters and gallery, a list of retailers, as well as the chance to win a goody bag and more little things of interest. Another of my favourites is the featured masterclass introducing the Turkish cast-on that was new to me even though I had heard of it before. The instructions are perfectly clear with lots of images to ilustrate the steps.

I'm not too happy with the price of 5.99 Pounds, but given the magazine's good quality I'm afraid it's justified. The first issue has some serious printing errors, including the next issue's date being wrong not just once, but twice so that you don't actually know when it comes out. But these are birth pangs that are minor - though annoying - and will, I hope, have subsided by the next issue. I am hoping there are no errors in the printed patterns, though I won't find out till I try them. And then there is this minor quibble: I'm not convinced the magazine's logo is very suitable since it seems better for a simpler knitting magazine such as Future Publishing's first one (whose logo I am also unhappy about, come to think of it). Unfortunately, it doesn't convey the sophistication of The Knitter and seems a little too carefree. I would have preferred something more elegant.

As I said, I am looking forward to the next issue that has just come out this month. I won't be seeing it till I move to England sometime in the next two months, so I need to be patient. Still, it sounds like it will be worth it: the topic is "Colour and Fair Isle", which should appeal to me even more. I'm particularly curious about the featured Victorian lace wrap, lace socks, and the short-sleeved Fair Isle jumper. Exciting stuff!

Thursday, 29 January 2009

WIP: Chevrolace

As I wait for Mark to arrive sometime today after his booked flight has been canceled, I might as well post an update to show you what I've been doing lately. For a few days last week I designed a sock pattern that consists of traditional Maori designs. There doesn't seem to be any such thing around, so I've had to invent my own pattern. It had proved to be quite fun and I will have to make a few adjustments later on. At first I started knitting it with the yarn above, but the pattern didn't come through at all and I decided to use a different kind another time.

So I have put it aside for now and am knitting up some Chevrolace socks that have been on my list for at least a year already (but I am knitting them from the top down contrary to instructions). I must say that I've not seen any of these that look nearly as good as the ones featured in the original pattern on Knitty. My own won't be quite as nice either, I assume, since the variegated yarn distracts from the lace. This is a bit disappointing, but I don't mind too much because I plan to finally knit a split toe section so that I can wear these with my flipflops in spring. I've been wanting to try that for some time too.

In other news, I've worn my Mojos with shoes for the first time - normally, I do not wear handknitted socks in my shoes at all because they are ust too pretty - and that was a mistake. Due to the friction they look quite felted on the sole and back of the heel! Argh! I hate that. I guess this means I won't be wearing any of my good socks with shoes again.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

TARDIS Flannel

Today I came across a TARDIS pattern and just had to knit it to match Mark's Dalek flannel. It was a very simple patter with only knit and purl stitches. It doesn't come through quite as well as it should due to the dark and variegated yarn, but it is okay. Now I will just have to think of a Valentine's Day gift that has nothing to do with knitting!