My fall collection is now up on ravelry as pre-sale patterns. I wanted sweaters that you could sink yourself into this season. Sweaters you wouldn’t want to take off. Some of my favorite features in a garment are pockets, hoods, and cowls. There’s a little bit of each in the Tea Leaf Collection.
One of my readers gave me the idea for the theme. I had sent out an email asking for suggestions (and got some great ones!) when I couldn’t make up my mind. Naming designs and collections doesn’t come easy for me. Someone (thank you, Sharon!) mentioned teas and I thought “that’s perfect!” Coincidentally, my daughter had just started working in a tea house, so I looked up their website and that was all I needed for inspiration.
My favorite go-to tea is Tulsi, made from the holy basil plant, so it was only natural to name my favorite garment in the collection Tulsi.
Tulsi has it all: a hoodie vest with pockets. And knit in one of my favorite yarns, Scotland, from Tahki yarns. It’s 100% merino and a dream to knit with. I don’t usually play (or name) favorites, but this time I couldn’t resist.
This is a close knit design, with waist shaping, and I realize not everyone wants that. But I love the feel of a sweater that hugs my body. If you look closely, there’s a little ridge (from slip stitches) that defines the edging of the center fronts and hoods. No closure, but buttons or a zipper – or even a shawl pin – could easily be added.
For a more relaxed fit, there’s Jasmine Pearls.
This tunic is knit in 2 colors of Alden, also from Tahki yarns (all the garments are in Tahki yarns…). It’s a wonderful light weight blend, making it perfect for color work. This is an easy slip stitch pattern to work and remember that looks great on both sides. Here it is reversed, with the seams exposed. I think this is actually the look I prefer.
There are three more designs in the Tea Leaf Collection, all available on ravelry as pre-sale until the end of the month. And as a special thank you for reading this far, here’s a coupon code just for you! You can use it on any of the Tea Leaf Collection. The patterns should be back from editing by the end of the month, so that gives you until July 31st to use the code on ravelry for any of these designs.