From Soaring Airships to Mad Science Labs

Greetings, my colleagues!  As promised, today I am thrilled to bring to you the first detailed pattern reveals from our upcoming publication:

 The Ladies of Mischief Interrupt Their Knitting To Present To You,

Needles and Artifice:
A Refined Adventure Story with Ingenious Knitting Patterns

Coming to you later this summer from Cooperative Press, and all of us here at Mischief Central.  Here’s an in-depth look at two of the patterns, with another two to be revealed next Sunday.  Enjoy!

Airship Captain Coraline Hackworth, always the picture of efficiency and style

Legacy Frock Coat

Designer: Sarra Loew

Yarn: Fidalgo 100% Merino by Woolgatherings

The Legacy Frock Coat was designed out of the most inspiring blend of elements- practicality combined with style. The cozy long sleeves and long tail provide coverage while the open front frames, flatters, and prevents overheating. The tail (which is adjustable to each knitter’s preference) solved a tricky fashion problem for me; I find low-rise pants comfortable to wear, but sitting in them can cause unwanted exposure. The Legacy Frock Coat sweater neatly solves this problem by covering just the back of the hips. The open front of the sweater makes it comfortably wearable in a variety of temperatures.
The style, reminiscent of formal frock coats, lends a classy feel to the coat, making it appropriate as a formal coverup. It’s not fussy at all, and is also easily utilized for day to day wear. It looks smashing in bright saturated colors, and in self-striping yarns. I have multiple versions of this coat and plan to make many more. The pattern is easy to knit and customize to your exact measurements. I hope that many knitters enjoy making and wearing this fine coat!

Miss Hackworth didn’t earn the right to run the family business by being timid

Sleek, poised, and elegant

The Null Hypothesis Scarf

Designer: Katrina Elsaesser

Yarn: Yarn Pirate Superwash BFL

I’ve always loved charted knitting designs; if you were ever a kid who drew on graph paper, or played with making pixelated characters on the computer, I’m sure you can relate. Absolutely anything you can draw out in little rectangles can be turned into a knitted garment, which pleases me to no end. I’ve also always loved the metamorphosing works of M.C. Escher, where one artistic element slowly turns into another, and into another, sometimes even morphing back around to the beginning. One fateful night, when pondering what a mad scientist might knit, those two elements fell serendipitously together and produced this scarf… all six feet of it.
Yet another thing I love is the (in my option) underutilized technique of Double Knitting. With only a few extra tricks – included in the pattern – you can produce a gorgeous, flat, non-rolling, reversible, warm and amazingly smooshy fabric. Absolutely perfect for scarves, and intricate charted patterns – floats are a non-issue!
The pattern journeys through books and beakers, gears and pipes, swirls and filigree. Take one chart element and makes some gloves, or repeat your favorite parts into a scarf design all your own. I hope this pattern takes you to you a place that’s perhaps a little mad, but quite inspired.

Dr. Erma Melanogaster may have a few screws loose, but her style is unquestionable

When creativity and science come together, ingenious things happen


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bonnie
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 11:24:18

    I want that coat for myself, and I never, ever want to wear anything else. Ever.


  2. Leah
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 11:59:01

    Very cool. Congratulations, Ladies!


  3. Mary Jane
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 18:41:45

    I have wanted this frock from the moment I saw it. I cannot wait for this book- you all are so amazing and seriously talented!


  4. Rebecca W
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 20:43:12

    Oh holy cow. Is this available for preorder? Because I want it. I’m really hoping the frock coat comes in plus sizes for us busty and curvaceous ladies, because I WANT ONE! Awesome job!


    • theladiesofmischief
      Jun 25, 2012 @ 20:46:32

      It is not up for pre-order just yet but I am sure it will be and when it is we will post it here. NEver fear!! The frock coat will be available in 9 sizes that span the entire size chart. In fact virtually all of our patterns span from the 32 inch bust up to a 54 so we will have you covered!


      • Rebecca W
        Jun 25, 2012 @ 21:08:31

        HOORAY! I’ll be patiently (mostly) waiting for preorder info! 🙂 And thank you for thinking of us plus sizes! We heart awesome fashions, too (and I’m not nearly good enough at math for taking on an upsize on my own LOL)!!

  5. Little Green Pixie
    Jun 28, 2012 @ 14:50:44

    Oh, this is amazing! I am so glad I stumbled upon this. Keep it up – I’m eagerly awaiting!


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