Monday, October 11, 2010

Say hello to Regalia

Chunky oversized hand knit cowl knitting pattern regalia

I've promised more details about Regalia, the newest addition to Phydeaux Designs' chunky, oversized accessories and knitting patterns!

This Summer, I worked up the courage to invest in not one, but two, books of Japanese knitting stitch patterns (trust me, it IS a significant financial investment!).  I love the uniqueness of these stitch patterns, which are full of complex details, delicate lace, bold lines ... without one word in English!  Luckily, each stitch pattern is charted, but with chart symbols that often require significant work to decode.  Which took me awhile to get the hang of.

I've incorporated elements from these stitches into other designs, but kept coming back to this gorgeous lace pattern with twisted rib stitch.  So elegant, with a bold modern feel that I wanted to use with something surprising - super bulky yarn - to give it a wonderfully rustic appeal.

Hence, Regalia!  Elegant, rustic, artisanal, modern.

As a plus, I've long desired to create a line of accessories based on medieval/ancient motifs, which I adore.  Ancient religion, history and mythology are lifelong reading passions, so creating art and craft based on that passion makes me very happy.  To me, Regalia is reminiscent of motifs and heraldry from medieval Northern Europe.  You'll be seeing more designs incorporating similar elements!

The finished, hand knit Regalia is available in Phydeaux Designs on Etsy.

The knitting pattern for the Regalia Cowl is available on my own site, in my Etsy pattern shop, and on Ravelry.

Or you can select "buy now" below and purchase (and download) immediately.

Thanks so much - I hope you are having a great week!

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