Wee Austin *PRINTED PATTERN* Errata

Posted on | March 9, 2013 | 1 Comment

It’s come to my attention that there are errors in the printed pattern of the wee Austin Hoodie.  I want to stress that this affects the printed pattern only. If you purchased the PDF from my Ravelry shop or from this blog, this errata does not apply.

My pattern distributor, Deep South Fibers, has had the correct pattern in their hands since late January, but I wanted to also post the errata on my blog and will link to this post from my Ravelry shop in case someone tries to find the errata through that avenue.  Please accept my apologies.  This pattern was both tech edited and test knitted and as far as I know, the PDF in my Ravelry shop has always been the correct version, but do check your copy against the errata here in case you have lingering questions. Errors are in red and their corrections are in blue below:

Wee Austin Printed Pattern Errata:

On page 2, 1st column, in the Woven St Guide, row 3 says:

Row 3: *Sl1 wyif; rep from * to last st, k1.

And it should say:

Row 3: Sl1 p-wise wyif, *k1, sl1 p-wise wyif; rep from * across.

On page 5, 1st column, last sentence of the HOOD paragraph, the final stitch counts after all the stitches are picked up are incorrect.  The last sentence ends with:

85 (91, 97, 101, 105, 109) sts.

And it should say:

63 (71, 79, 87, 95, 95) sts.

On page 5, 2nd column, 1st sentence of the 1st paragraph, the number of stitches given is incorrect.  The sentence says:

Next row RS), placing center of hood markers: Work 5 garter sts, sm, work 37 (40, 43, 45, 47, 49) sts as they appear, place center of hood m, work 1 st as it appears, place center of hood m, work 37 (40, 43, 45, 47, 49) sts as they appear, sm, work 5 garter sts.

And it should say:

Next row RS), placing center of hood markers: Work 5 garter sts, sm, work 26 (30, 34, 38, 42, 42) sts as they appear, place center of hood m, work 1 st as it appears, place center of hood m, work 26 (30, 34, 38, 42, 42) sts as they appear, sm, work 5 garter sts.

On page 5, 2nd column, 1st sentence of the 2nd paragraph, the number of stitches given is incorrect.  The sentence says:

Next row (RS), inc row and incorporating increased sts into ribbing: Work 5 garter sts, sm, work 37 (40, 43, 45, 47, 49) sts as they appear, m1, sm, work 1 st as it appears, sm, m1, work 37 (40, 43, 45, 47, 49) sts as they appear, sm, work 5 garter sts.

And it should say:

Next row (RS), inc row and incorporating increased sts into ribbing: Work 5 garter sts, sm, work 26 (30, 34, 38, 42, 42) sts as they appear, m1, sm, work 1 st as it appears, sm, m1, work 26 (30, 34, 38, 42, 42) sts as they appear, sm, work 5 garter sts.

Vogue Knitting Live

Posted on | February 25, 2013 | No Comments

This post is coming a bit late, but I wanted to get it in before another month passed me by. Last month, I taught a Beginning Sweater Design class at VK Live in NYC. It was my first time teaching at VK Live, but I hope it won’t be the last. The class was fun – though it was a bit tiring to talk for 6 hours (with a lunch break in between). But I loved the energy of interacting with a group of eager knitters hungry to learn. I haven’t done much teaching, but I think I’ll try to do more in the future.

After class, I wandered around the market floor for a little while. It was crowded, but there were lots of interesting booths of yarns, notions, bags, lotions — too many to list! But what caught my eye was the very crowded Plucky Knitter booth. I’ve admired her yarn online for many months and was thrilled to see some of it in person. Sarah and her sister, Hayley, are lovely — and I took home a gorgeous skein of Plucky Feet that I’m currently petting and dreaming about.

I snapped two quick photos to mark my time at VK Live — photography unfortunately was not high on my list of priorities that weekend!


A Long Absence – and some blankets

Posted on | February 5, 2013 | 8 Comments

Wow, it’s been a long time! I guess I got swallowed up in the new baby, then active toddler hole. But one of my new year’s resolutions this year is to get back to knitting (and designing) and posting more regularly on this poor, neglected blog.

I went to Purl Soho this Sunday to pick out some Koigu for a new granny square blanket.  I had made one for Olivia before she was born with colors very similar to the shop’s sample — pinks, reds, oranges, browns.  This time, I decided to go with some more masculine colors for the little boy we’re expecting in May.  I wanted their blankets to be similar, but different.  And I knew I wanted Koigu — I just love their nearly solid colors and the tight twist in the yarn.  And with the leftovers, I’ll have enough to make several newborn socks.

I will be back in a few days to talk about upcoming plans for designs and my experience teaching at VK Live this past January.


I wish I were independently wealthy

Posted on | April 28, 2012 | 3 Comments

I took a quick window shopping trip through the many children’s boutiques in Soho after work yesterday. The wee blouses, dresses, sweaters, and pants were so adorable, but so completely out of my price range. I would have balked at paying those prices for myself, much less for someone who would double in size in a few months. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but Olivia is outgrowing her clothes pretty quickly. Maybe I can justify it as a business expense (i.e. styling for knitwear photoshoots)?

The clothes were really well made. And mostly from France (made in China though).

Some quick cell phone snapshots from my afternoon…. I went to Kisan Concept Store, Makie, Les Petites Chapelais, and Bundle (no photo).


Flagstone – new Twist pattern

Posted on | April 16, 2012 | 4 Comments


It feels like forever since I’ve released a new women’s pattern — so it’s with great pleasure that I give you Flagstone, a new design I have in the just released Twist Spring/Summer 2012 issue.  This design incorporates some of my favorite elements — namely pockets, a smattering of lace, and minimal finishing.  The beginning is a little tricky to set up because the lace band and raglan increases need to be established at the same time, but once all the lace stitches are accounted for, it’s pretty smooth sailing from there.

The cardigan is knit from the top down with inset pockets.  After the bulk of the sweater is finished, you pick up stitches all around the fronts and neck to work the thin garter buttonhole and button band.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really have time to take modeled photos of the sweater, but I do have a picture of it on my blocking board.  My husband, ever the precise scientist, helped me stretch it to the right dimensions.  I tend to knit a wee bit tightly when on deadline, but fortunately his methodical  pinning and blocking managed to whip the sweater right into shape.

You can purchase this and other great patterns directly from Twist.


Happy 1st Birthday to Olivia

Posted on | March 7, 2012 | 9 Comments

I can’t believe it’s been a year since Olivia came into our lives, changing it irrevocably and wonderfully. To celebrate, I’m offering a one-day 20% off sale on all of my patterns. No coupon code is necessary, discount will be applied at checkout.  Sale ends tomorrow (March 8th) at midnight EST.  See all the patterns here: http://www.ravelry.com/stores/physicsknits—connie-chang-chinchio-designs

Happy birthday, sweetheart. Your mommy loves you very much.


Olivia says ‘don’t forget that the wee Austin sale ends tomorrow (Monday) night!’

Posted on | February 19, 2012 | No Comments

I took these photos of Olivia in her wee Austin last weekend, but I couldn’t get her to look at the camera. She’s becoming a more willful model in her old age ;) This hoodie is in the 9 month size in the Cousteau colorway. Pattern details can be found here.

A wee Austin for the wee ones!

Posted on | February 6, 2012 | 7 Comments

I’m really excited about finally releasing the wee Austin Hoodie, the baby and child sized companion to the adult Austin I released a year and a half ago.  I knit the 6 month size (in Tart) as a gift for a friend’s new baby and then knit it again in the larger 9 month size (in Cousteau) for Olivia.  It’s my daughter’s first time modeling for me and I think she did a great job.  She managed to not melt down too much while her crazy mom took a ton of photos — although the not-seen-in-the-photos baby wranglers (i.e. my patient fiber husband) may have had something to do with that!

This hoodie is knit at a slightly tighter gauge than its adult counterpart for hardier wear and has an explicit button band (instructions are included for both girls and boys) for practicality. As always with baby and children’s clothing, please do measure the intended recipient to ensure an accurate fit. Babies and children’s bodies vary so much as I’m discovering with Olivia’s commercial clothing. Stuff she’s wearing right now ranges from 6 months to 12 months. I think she even has a pair of pants in the current rotation that’s labeled 18 months! It’s kind of crazy.

To celebrate the beginning of what I hope will be a new line of baby and children’s designs, I’m offering a 20% discount on this pattern for the first 2 weeks of its release. The promotion is good through Monday, February 20th. The wee Austin is the inaugural piece in my Piccoli Tesori line. Piccoli Tesori means little treasures in Italian and tesoro is also a term of endearment. I have more knits in the works for Piccoli Tesori and a new logo for it drawn by my brother, so stay tuned! I hope you’ll want to make my knits for the tesori in your life.

wee Austin
Click button to buy ($5.00 $4.00):

Finished Size: 19½ (21½, 23¼, 24¾, 26½, 28)” to fit 6m (9m, 12m, 2y, 4y, 6y) with a suggested ease of 2 to 4”. Sample measures 19½”.
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% superwash merino wool; 420 yards, 100 grams): Tart, 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins.
Needles: Size 5 and Size 4 32” circular needles.
Notions: Markers (m); stitch holders; spare US 5 needle for 3-needle BO; buttons — 6 (6, 6, 7, 8, 8); tapestry needle; sewing needle and matching thread.
Gauge: 25 sts and 34 rows = 4” in St st with larger needles. 26½ sts and 34 rows = 4″ in 1×3 rib with larger needles. 25 sts and 38 rows in Double Woven st with smaller needles and two strands of yarn.


Cool artwork from my little brother

Posted on | January 31, 2012 | 2 Comments

My brother recently came back from a 2 year stint abroad studying in Hong Kong and is looking for graphic design/illustrator work. But in the meantime, he’s trying to stay busy and get his name out there with various small projects. One of those projects is an etsy storefront. He’s just beginning, but I think (and it’s not just the big sister in me talking) he’s off to a promising start with the first item he has on sale. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, he’s drawn an adorable Love Birds card. Just look at the detail in the pairs of birds below:



I especially love the punk rock couple on the lower right hand side. And the Mad Men-esque couple right next to them.

He’s planning on more cards and prints, including a nursery themed line for the young and young-at-heart. I’m sure Olivia will want some uncle-designed art for her room!

Vogue Knitting Live

Posted on | January 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

This weekend I was fortunate enough to go to VK Live in midtown.  I was there to sign copies of my new book, Textured Stitches, but it was also a great opportunity to catch up with old knitting friends and meet new ones.  On Saturday I was at Bijou Basin’s booth and on Sunday I was at Knitty City’s.  Bijou Basin has some truly drool worthy yarns and it took every ounce of restraint I had to not bring home any.  The folks at Bijou Basin, however, foiled my good intentions and very kindly gave me some of their Tibetan Dream Sock yarn to try.  Not only is their yarn interesting (yak is a new fiber for me), but their color palette is right up my alley — deep, intense yet subtle too.

These types of events — Rhinebeck, TNNA, etc — are always such a mad rush of stimulation, inspiration, and fun that it’s sometimes hard to properly catch up with friends.   Luckily, my good friend Angela was coming in from Boston for the event and decided to stay with me, so we got the chance to really chat in earnest.  I also got to hang out quite a bit with my buddy from Ithaca, Laura Nelkin, and the always in-demand, Melissa Wehrle.

Because I’m still processing the weekend, I’ll let photos do the rest of the storytelling.  There was yarn-bombing in the marketplace, an adorable amiguri exhibit by the very talented Anna Hrachovec (check out the peeing gnomes below!), and I even had time to attend a lecture by Debbie Bliss on how to design for babies!







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