Author Archives: Vicky Chan Designs

About Vicky Chan Designs

I'm an independent crochet and knitting patterns designer, currently focused on crochet designs of floral and botanical themes.

Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2018 Issue

I’m really excited that the Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2018 issue has finally published because Lee Ann Dalton of Vogue Knitting has written an article about me and my designs. To see the extent of my excitement, imagine me in a grocery store frantically waving the magazine at my husband from far away, while he was at the ice-cream aisle deciding which flavour to buy (edited out as someone complained that it was fictitious) and wasn’t aware at all that I was hunting him down from aisle to aisle after stalling at the magazine stands.

Beyond the excitement, it’s an honour to be profiled in Vogue Knitting by Lee Ann. This issue also has a very nice collection of beautiful patterns. If you are interested to learn more, please check it out at your local magazine stands or from http://vogueknitting.com/magazine. You can find Lee Ann’s delightful article in her “KNIT LIFE: Canada” column.

Lee Ann, thanks for the wonderful article! It will be a treasured memento for me.

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Another Patricia

Yay, spring is finally here! And I just finished knitting another Patricia shrug, this time for me, with the knit border in the beautiful deep red Illimani Santi. I like shrugs, they are so chic and easy to wear, and are perfect for the cool spring weather. The Patricia shrug has all the elements I love: leaf lace, bobbles, eyelets and texture ribbing. I especially love the pretty leaf pattern on the sleeves. What do you think?

leaf pattern shrug leaf pattern shrug

 

 

Floral Motif Mitts – April 2018 Release

Justina mitts with floral motif

A delightful companion to the Justina Hat, the handsome mitts adopt the same pretty floral motif to charm. The mitts, with two sizes, can be made fingerless or in full length. They are knitted in the round from the cuff up, with thumb knitted last.

  • Yarn: Illimani Royal I (Royal Alpaca)  220 yd (200 m);
  • Gauge: 24 sts x 30 rounds = 10 cm/4” square in Reverse Stockinette, blocked
  • Needle size: US size 6 (4mm)  – set of double-pointed needles
  • Finished Size:
    • Size I – 6¾“ / 17cm hand circumference above thumb. 
    • Size II – 7¾” / 19.5cm hand circumference above thumb.
    • Lengthwise dimensions are adjustable.

To learn more about this design and to purchase, please find it here at my Ravelry Store.

CO left or right handed?

Should you cast on (CO) with the knitting needle in your right or left hand? Does it matter?

If you care to know the answers, read on.

It all started with the Long Tail (LT) CO method. I learned this all-purpose CO from my late Aunt Iris when I was little (and it always brings back fond memory of learning it with my two sisters). Aunt Iris was right-handed; and I’m, well, mostly right-handed. We did the LT CO with the needle in the left hand. Eventually I discovered that the usual way to do this CO is with the needle in the right hand. So I determined to try the norm, it was easier than I expected and in no time I was able to CO with the other hand. Naturally, I started wondering — “Does it matter”?

The answer is: Yes, it matters because you’ll get different result. This applies to other COs with the CO edge looking different for front and back. When you’re working flat and if you want to have the “pretty” side or a specific side of your CO edge on the right side (public side) of your project, it will be handy to be able to CO with either hand. For me, the pretty edge of the LT CO is the edge that faces me as I CO. Compare the two in the photos below.

LT CO with needle in right hand – the usual way. Notice the “pretty” edge is facing you as you CO, but you need to flip to the other side to work the first row.

LT CO with needle in left hand. Notice the “pretty” edge is also facing you as you CO, but you don’t need to flip to the other side to work the first row.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I’m knitting flat, if my first row is a right-side (RS) row, I CO with needle in my left hand. If my first row is a wrong-side (WS) row, I CO with the needle in my right hand. Try it out and see. Simply CO few stitches with either method and see which edge is facing you when you begin to knit the first row.

What about working in the round? There’s no dilemma, I CO with the needle in my right hand as usual. Unless for some reason, I want the “pretty” edge on the WS, then I CO with the needle in my left hand.

Finally, here’s my trick to remember which hand to hold the needle: RS with right hand. When working in the round, which is always worked from the RS, hold the needle with right hand. When working flat, just do the opposite, hold the needle with left hand.

10000 hearts

Today I have accumulated 10000 hearts at Ravelry for my design Jordan, since the 5000 hearts milestone on . This is one of my favourite designs, and I have crocheted another Jordan in early January (with Euroflax Sport to replaced the discontinued Allegoro). Each heart means an additional special encouragement to me as I continue to design.  Thank you so much to all of you for your kind support!

Jordan

Floral Motif Hat – March 2018 Release

Justina hat with floral motif

Adorned with a pretty floral motif and embellished with subtle florets for textural interest, Justina is delightful to knit and elegantly feminine to wear. Reminiscent of blissful spring flowers, the floral motif will happily blossom in any of your favourite colors. The hat is knitted in the round from the bottom up, and comes in two sizes.

justina

  • Yarn: Illimani Royal I (Royal Alpaca)  220 yd (200 m);
  • Gauge: 24 sts x 30 rounds = 10 cm/4” square in Reverse Stockinette, blocked
  • Needle size: US size 6 (4mm)  – set of double-pointed needles
  • Finished Size:
    • Size I – 10”/ 25.5 cm in diameter; 18”/ 45.5 cm around brim, stretch to fit 20-22”/ 51-56cm head circumference.
    • Size II – 10⅝“/ 27 cm in diameter; 19½”/ 49.5 cm around brim, stretch to fit 23-24”/ 58.5-61 cm head circumference.

To learn more about this design and to purchase, please find it here at my Ravelry Store.

Reversible Mitts – February 2018 Release

Sherry – reversible mitts with floral pattern

A delightful companion to the Sherry Hat, the handsome mitts adopt the same pretty motif and are reversible as well. The mitts, with two sizes, can be made fingerless or in full length. They are knitted in the round from the cuff up, with thumb knitted last.

  • Yarn: Illimani Baby Llama 200m/220yd
  • Gauge: 23 sts x 28 rounds = 10 cm/4” square in Reverse Stockinette, blocked
  • Needle size: US size 6 (4mm)  – set of double-pointed needles
  • Finished Sizes:
    • Size I – 7” / 18cm hand circumference above thumb. 
    • Size II – 8” / 20.5cm hand circumference above thumb.
    • Lengthwise dimensions are adjustable.

Get C$2.00 off when you also purchase the Sherry Hat pattern, past purchase eligible. Sale ends after Easter Monday (Apr 2, 2018 at 23:59 EST).

To learn more about this design and to purchase, please find it here at my Ravelry Store.