Tuesday, October 30, 2007

SWAN LAKE & LILY STOLE Pattern Released!

After 1800 hours of work, the pattern Swan Lake & Lily Stole was completed and available for sale on October 1. It is completely original and written from scratch, and was a complicated journey to make it a simpler knit. There is nothing really like it, and it includes thorough instructions and tips for lace knitting, and various ways to tie or wear this beautiful design.

You can view it on my website:


More patterns are to come within the next months, some simpler and some more complicated, from lace to socks, baby items, and sweaters, etc. If you are curious, you can read some of my design comments and background under the Designer link on any of the pages. Feel free to write me under the Contact tab is you have any questions!

It is totally gorgeous and really addicting knitting, but for at least an intermediate lace knitter.

Best blessings,
Susan A. Reishus

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Swan Lake & Lily Stole pattern is released!!!

My flagship pattern, Swan Lake & Lily Stole is available as a downloadable pdf. on my website:


The feedback has been wonderful! It took about 1800 hours as there is movement within several sections at the same time in the pattern, which required intense work. It was also reworked to simplify it to lace knitting with plain purl back rows to make it easier for the knitter, and still keep the integrity of the design.

Everything is written from scratch and original, (though I am sure the bias mesh exists as it is staggered pairs of YO's and decreases), and the pattern is hopefully mistake proof.

You can email me at elationrelation@aol.com with questions or comments.
I hope you like it as people say it is incredible.

More is coming in short order, and they wil be just as beautiful, but easier knits at lower price points.

Swan Lake & Lily Stole is a timeless original!

Best blessings,
Susan A. Reishus

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Sock Length Knitting Notes

I have to say that figuring out SOCK LENGTH when knitting for someone else can be frustrating. Makes one want to kick oneself!

I just had to go through this when making size 14 socks for my father, and with fine yarn, 1x1 ribbing and mailing them a distance, wanted to make sure they fit!

There are some very general rules I know from old fashion design and fitting rules...

This one is APPROXIMATE but helpful if you are unable to measure the foot of the recipient:
If you know the person's height in inches, you divide it by 6 for a man, and 7 for a woman.

This one is exact, and can throw off many as to what the gift is to be:
Measure the bottom of the forearm, from the outside of the elbow to just beyond the wrist bone. (A bend arm makes this easy and accurate). This will provide the precise foot measurement.

There are also charts online you can search. If you know the person's shoe size you can measure the inside of that, but vendors vary and men tend to wear their shoes looser, and women sometimes on the tight side so it isn't a completely reliable indicator, but it will provide an approximation.

Obviously #2 is the most reliable and with all of the work that goes into socks, the one I rely on if I can't measure the foot itself.

Hope this helps!

Susan Reishus