Designs

Knitting designs by Mary Ann Stephens:

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Ivy Headband, knit in Dale Garn Alpakka , available through Kidsknits.com.  PDF available through Ravelry.

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Christmas Eve Collection, knit in Dale Falk yarnPDF available through Ravelry.

Earflap hat knitting pattern

Sagebrush Chullo, a new Fair Isle knitting design for an adult’s earflap hat, by Mary Ann Stephens.

Sagebrush Chullo, adult-sized earflap hat, knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift.  Kit available through Kidsknits.com.  PDF available through Ravelry.

neon fair isle knit hat

NY Nordic Hat“, sized for teens/adults & XL adults, knit in Dale Garn Freestyle washable wool yarn.  Kits available through Kidsknits.com.  PDF available through Ravelry.

Baby's sunhat knit in sport weight or DK cotton yarn from Kidsknits.com. PDF thru Ravelry.

The Littlest Fisherman’s Hat, in Dale Garn “Terne” 100% cotton, 0-3 month size.

“The Littlest Fisherman”, size for 0/3 mo (knit in Dale Terne cotton) & 3/6 mo (knit in Dale Lerke cotton/merino blend).  Kits available through Kidsknits.com.  PDF available through Ravelry.

ladies fair isle knit ski hat

Ladies’ “I Spy a Crocus” hat kit is available through Kidsknits.com, using Dale Garn Cotinga alpaca + merino yarn.  Downloadable PDF for sale through Ravelry.

free knitting pattern PDF with purchase; PDF available for $5 thru Ravelry.

Just add the word “EGGS” to the note section on your Kidsknits.com yarn order to get Mary Ann’s “Nordic Easter Egg” knitting pattern PDF for FREE.

Nordic Easter Egg downloadable PDF on Ravelry.

Fair Isle hat

Fair Isle hat design,

Gentle Hat

Gentle Hat kit available through Kidsknits.com.  This ladies’ Fair Isle hat uses 7 different shades of Dale Garn Alpakka 100% alpaca wool. (Soo00 soft!) Downloadable PDF for sale through Ravelry.com. Yarn / kits available through my online yarn shop, Kidsknits.com. Fits average adult head.

Supernova Hat knitting pattern by Mary Ann Stephens

Supernova Hat – super warm, super cool, with only 30 quick rounds to knit.

Supernova Hat

Kit available through Kidsknits.com.  Choose your 2 favorite shades of Dale Garn Hubro super bulky wool yarn.  Downloadable PDF for sale through Ravelry.com.  Fits average adult head.

Ladies' Camissonia Mittens, knit in Dale Garn Alpakka 100% alpaca yarn

Ladies’ Camissonia Mittens, with fitted cuffs and thumb gussets, knit in Dale Garn Alpakka 100% alpaca yarn; embroidery is optional.

Camissonia Mittens

kit = pattern (printed or PDF) + yarn available through Kidsknits.com; here’s my Dale Garn Alpakka page (feel free to pick your 5 favorites); here’s the downloadable PDF on Ravelry.

Knitting pattern for ladies' hat with Fair Isle detail.

Shepherdess Cloche, a knitting design for a ladies’ hat.

Shepherdess Cloche

kit = pattern (printed or PDF) + yarn available through Kidsknits.com, in your choice of colors; uses Monjita and Heilo or Falk for the main portion, four colors of Hegre for the band. Here’s the downloadable PDF on Ravelry.

fingerless mittens knit in alpaca yarn

Ladies’ Chevron Fingerless Mittens, with fitted cuffs and thumb gussets, knit in Dale of Norway Royal Alpakka 100% alpaca wool yarn

Chevron Fingerless Mittens

pattern+yarn available through Kidsknits.com;  here’s the Royal Alpakka page; downloadable PDF for sale through Ravelry.

Knitting Pattern for Ladies' Fair Isle Gloves

Spice Route Gloves with a bit of optional duplicate stitch embroidery on the cuff.

Spice Route Gloves knitting pattern

Ladies’ “Spice Route Gloves” knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, by Mary Ann Stephens

Ladies’ Spice Route Gloves

pattern+yarn available through the designer’s on-line shop, Kidsknits.com. US toll-free = 877-631-3031.  PDF available through Ravelry.com.

 

shamrock mittens

Ladies’ Shamrock Mittens

pattern+yarn available through Kidsknits.com;  downloadable PDF for sale through Ravelry.

Riverside Cowl knit in Dale Alpakka

Riverside Cowl, Knit in Dale of Norway Royal Alpakka.

Riverside Cowl: kit = pattern + yarn; PDF on Ravelry; blog post.

Fair Isle knitting with embroidery, the Allamanda Hat, designed by Mary Ann Stephensknit hat top, allamanda hat

Ladies’ Allamanda Hat, pattern & yarn, PDF on Ravelry, blog post.

monkey hat knit for babies

Monkey Hat (for little ones) kit, PDF on Ravelry, blog post.

Monkey Hat knit in Dale of Norway Falk yarn for youth and teen / adult sizes

Monkey Hat (for us big kids) kit, PDF on Ravelry, blog post.

fair isle hat

North Star Hat kits, PDF on Ravelry, blog post.

hat knitting pattern - macadamia

Macadamia Hat kits, PDF on Ravelry, blog post.

stranded knit fingerless mittens

Hedgerow Fingerless Mittens PDF on RavelryBlog post.

fair isle Zinnia mittens from Twist Collective Winter 2011

“Zinnia”, front and back

“Zinnia” from Twist Collective Winter 2011

nordic motifs in the fair isle hat from vogue knitting fall 2011

“#08 Fair Isle Hat” from Vogue Knitting Fall 2011

Earflap Hat knit in Dale of Norway Hubro wool yarn

Nomad Earflap Hat

Nomad Earflap Hat kit with printed knitting pattern on Kidsknits; PDF on Ravelry.

Ladies Tulip Mittens stranded with latvian fair isle norwegian and turkish influence

Ladies’ Tulip Mittens, melding Fair Isle, Norwegian, Latvian and Turkish influences, knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift yarn

Tulip Mittens: buy the kit , buy the pdf on Ravelry, read the blog post.

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Amaryllis Mittens

Ladies’ Amaryllis Mittens, knit in Dale of Norway Baby Ull yarn

Amaryllis Mittens: buy the kit, buy the pdf on Ravelry, read the blog post.

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Amaryllis Hat in Baby Ull

Ladies’ Amaryllis Hat, knit in Dale of Norway Baby Ull

Amaryllis Hat: buy the kit, buy the pdf on Ravelry, read the blog post.

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Postwar Mittens knitting pattern, knitting kit

Postwar Mittens by Mary Ann Stephes in Winter 2008 Twist Collective

Postwar Mittens kit with printed pattern on Kidsknits.com.

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The original Rosalia with 3/4 length sleeves, copyright Mary Ann Stephens 2010

Rosalia, a kimono jacket melding Fair Isle, Nordic and Asian influences

Rosalia: buy the PDF on Twist Collective , see the Rosalia page on Ravelry, read the blog posts.

Rosalia Encore, the full length version of Rosalia by Mary Ann Stephens 2010

“Rosalia Encore”, a longer version of the original; see blog for more info

Read the Rosalia Encore blog post.

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Norwegian knitting design

The Timbers Hat

The Timbers Hat: Kit with printed pattern on Kidsknits, PDF on Ravelry.

Polar Chullo, aka “Polar Bear Chullo”, aka “Polar Bear Earflap Hat”

Polar Chullo by Mary Ann Stephens, in the Winter '09 Twist Collective

Polar Chullo, sized for adults, melding Fair Isle and Peruvian influences, knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift

Polar Chullo: buy the Spindrift kit (with printed or emailed PDF pattern) or yarn pack, buy the PDF on Twist Collective, see the page on Ravelry, read the blog post to see more colorways.

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Sleepy Monkey Blanket copyright Mary Ann Stephens

The Sleepy Monkey Blanket, a reversible, stranded stroller blanket

Sleepy Monkey Blanket copyright Mary Ann Stephens

Sleepy Monkey Blanket: buy the PDF on Twist Collective, see the pages on Ravelry, read the blog posts.

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Camellia Mittens by Mary Ann Stephens

Camellia Mittens

Ladies’ Camellia Mittens: PDF on Ravelry, kit with printed pattern on Kidsknits

Birds of ALL Feathers Bag copyright Mary Ann Stephens

Birds of ALL Feathers Bag, with Nordic, Peruvian and Turkish influences, knit and felted with Dale of Norway Heilo yarn

Birds of ALL Feathers Bag: buy the kit, buy the PDF on Ravelry, read the blog post.

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Ladies’ Wintergarden Pullover

Ladies' Wintergarden Pullover, a stranded knitting design with Norwegian and Fair Isle influences, knit in Dale of Norway Heilo yarn

Ladies’ Wintergarden Pullover, with Norwegian and Fair Isle influences, knit in Dale of Norway sport weight Heilo yarn.

Wintergarden Pullover: buy the kit, buy the printed pattern, see the Ravelry pages, see more Wintergarden photos in the steeks article.

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Wintergarden Hat

Wintergarden Hat, a stranded Norwegian knitting design in PDF or kit

Wintergarden Hat knit motifs seen from the top

Wintergarden Hat, knit in Dale of Norway Falk yarn, motifs seen from the top

The Wintergarden Hat, which coordinates with the Wintergarden Pullover, above, is a circularly knit, stranded knitting design using simple, classic Norwegian and Fair Isle motifs to produce a stunning effect with little effort.

Wintergarden Hat: Buy the kit, buy the PDF on Ravelry.

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15 Responses to Designs

  1. taiga hilliard flagstaff sedona says:

    So pretty!

  2. Joy Tucker says:

    I love it all. I am a “wanna be”. all is Beautiful ! I WILL be trying some.

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  5. Christine says:

    Omigosh — I should never have come to this page. I was looking up how to do the tassel on your fair isle hat from the Vogue Knitting magazine….Now I want to make each and every one of these projects!! Simply gorgeous.

  6. Delores says:

    I am in the process of looking for a simple cable pattern for a man’s scarf and cannot seem to locate one. Just want to say I LOVE your owrk. Beautiful thanks for sharing

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  8. Mary Ann – these are amazing!!!! You are so talented!!!

    • twostrands says:

      Thanks, Jane! I just checked out your blog. You’re pretty amazing yourself! So glad to see you’re still the phenomenal athlete that wowed us all as kids. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Sheri says:

    Hi Mary Ann, I have just finished the Wintergarden sweater and I was a little surprised at how large it fits through the shoulders and around the under arms. I know with it being a drop shoulder pattern that some of that is usual, but how much extra bulk is too much. I guess I’m trying to decide if this style of sweater is right for my body type, or is this just how that style of sweater fits. I have looked on Ravelry to see how the sweater looked on others, but unfortunately there are very few good pictures available.

    • twostrands says:

      Sheri, with ANY sweater, there are a few things to consider at the underarms – shaping, bulk and ease. I think I’ll be able to give you a better answer if we focus on distinguishing between those points. And, I’ll add a little background, to hopefully be helpful to anyone else with similar questions.
      Any sweater, with any type of shoulder line, can end up being too large, or too small, through the shoulders and underarms. Maybe the size (targeted finished dimensions) selected is too large? Maybe the size is good, but it ended up larger than planned due to a gauge that’s too loose? Maybe the amount of ease (the excess fabric that we can pinch on each side of the body) is more than you like to wear? Any of those points could occur with any sweater. But let’s get further down to the question of a traditional, dropped-shoulder sweater, and Wintergarden in particular.

      With fitted armholes / shoulders, you typically have 0 – 2″ of ease. There’s no question about extra fabric at the sides, in that case, because it has been cut away in the armhole shaping. In between, you have raglans and modified-dropped shoulders. At the other end of the spectrum, you have Wintergarden’s type of traditional dropped shoulder, with absolutely no shaping – hence, its popularity for traditional, graphic knitting – where folks usually target anywhere from 4 to 10″ of ease. (And back in the 80’s…and occasionally today…some oversized sweaters sport even more ease than that!) You have to have considerably more ease on a dropped shoulder sweater, since nothing is cut away at the armhole, so that you have room for movement. All that ease definitely means you’ll have that many more inches of fabric at the sides, below the armholes. If you look on Ravelry at most any Dale sweater, you’ll see the very same type of construction. Sometimes it fits well and allows for plenty of movement (hence, its popularity in ski sweaters.) Sometimes, it’s too tight and the shoulders are restrictive. (That can also happen if the sleeves &/or sleeve steeks are too narrow and the armholes are not cut deep enough. That shouldn’t be a problem with Wintergarden, which has fairly deep sleeves.) If it fits well (in that 4 – 10″ ease range; I usually shoot for 6 to 8″ of ease on mine), and if the sleeve facings are sewn in smoothly (‘cuz, boy, a hasty job on sleeve facings can definitely cause bulk problems) it can be lovely on many people. That said, I think dropped shoulders, in general, are better suited for those with average or smaller busts – a larger bust benefits from a more refined armhole.

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  11. Maralyn Hamilton says:

    Hi, I left you a message on Ravelry, re- your Puffin/Shetland chullo…I am trying to find the pattern. I have purchased the Polar Chullo. How can I buy/grt the puffin pattern???
    Your designs are beautiful, I will need to come back to your site later!!!
    regards, Maralyn Hamilton

    • twostrands says:

      The puffin charts are not mine. The Puffin/Shetland chullo (a Polar Chullo project on Raverly named “Ribbel’s Shetland Chullo”) used much of my Polar Chullo design, but not all of it. She used her own charts to replace my polar bears with her puffins. You might try contacting her for her puffin charts.

  12. Vanessa says:

    Thank you so much. I saw this style of Christmas Balls on a T.V program and wanted to give it a try without being overwhelmed. I’ve never used dpns but love a challenge nonetheless. You have inspired me.

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