Life

New year – 2020 Thoughts

new year

For me, 2020 started in the best possible way – my little sister had flown in from Finland and we got to spend New Year’s together! This included lots of food, many cups of coffee/tea, watching Trolls and crying, and barely staying awake until midnight on New Year’s Eve! Living abroad has definitely made me appreciate my family and friends even more, and seeing them always feel extra special. And it’s not like Finland and France are on the opposite ends of the world either!

new year

When it comes to patterns, I’m planning on making 2020 my year. I published the Kielo Headband pattern last weekend, and the Kielo Socks will be next on the line (I’m talking in 1 week and 2 days)! The Kielo Socks definitely feel like my baby – I’ve been writing the pattern for the past 6 months and I’m beyond happy for all the feedback I’ve been getting from my testers. All the hard work, hesitation, and wanting to make the pattern as perfect as possible seem to have paid off and I’m so proud to be publishing my very first wearable sock pattern with a full knitting support to share my best sock tips with all of you! I’ve realized that when it comes to patterns, wanting to make everything perfect is often holding me back – I read and then reread a pattern 19480198 times before even being able to send it out to testers juuuuuuust to make sure every single thing is beyond perfect. One of my projects for 2020 is to let go of this, and know when to just do things instead of not doing anything because I’m scared there’s a typo or a stitch count mistake somewhere!

new year

hilla scarf

Other designs that are already well under works are the Hilla Scarf and Vieno Mittens! The Hilla Scarf is a long term commitment type of project at least in my world as it takes a lot more time to finish than a beanie, and also uses a lot more yarn. But let me tell you, it’s such a fun & squishy project to knit up! It was my go-to procrastination project during finals, and if you’re willing to sit down and knit for hours at a time it won’t take you that long to finish. And the squish is unbelievable (you heard it here first)!

vieno mittens

When it comes to the The Vieno Mittens, they are definitely a cable & hurdle stitch dream just like the Vieno Beanie – I’m so into matching sets I don’t think there’s any stopping this train! I love knitting and wearing mitts, and I love that they’re a quick knit that you can even knit as a side project in the middle of longer projects (because the feeling of finishing a project is the thing that keeps us all going).

Aside from knits, 2020 feels like the older sibling of 2019 that has a way better idea of how to manage this thing called life. I remember last year at this time feeling overwhelmed about having acne, being scared of failing my first semester of studies, missing home, and all in all just not being in an ideal state of mind. I feel like living abroad over these past two and a half years has taught me so much and this time has changed me as a person in ways I can’t possible put into words. Januaries are often the toughest months of the year with all the rain, darkness and days that feel like nights, but moving towards the spring I feel happy, motivated and determined. I even meal prepped a few days last week, and me & B plan on starting to get back to the gym, so it’s definitely a year of opportunities!

xx, Kati

Knitting

FREE PRINTABLE Pattern Planner

pattern planner

Hi fellow makers, and happy 2020! My goal for this new year was to be more organized, and I’m starting with patterns! I love the process of bringing patterns to life but with multiple designs and ideas, life can get a little messy if you’re not on top of things…which is exactly why I made this little planner!

The planner comes in 3 color options and prints out perfectly onto an A4, and it includes a to do -list, space to write down your testers, materials and more!

Scroll down to download your own copy and happy knitting/crocheting/whatever your craft happens to be!

pattern planner

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pattern planner

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pattern planner

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xx, Kati

Knitting Patterns

Knitting Pattern: The Hilla Mittens

hilla mittens

Want to make your own Hilla Mittens? Head over to my Etsy shop to purchase the pattern!

This pattern comes with a knitting support full of tutorial pictures to guide you through your project!

Hi friends – and happy October! Fall has officially arrived and I’m currently spending all my free time cuddled up on the couch with blankets, apple & cinnamon tea and my favorite knits. I published the Hilla Beanie this past winter and at the time, it immediately became my most popular knitting pattern, and last month after releasing the Kielo Mittens I decided the Hilla needed a pair of matching mitts as well!

hilla mittens

I’ve been sooooo obsessed with knitting these lately and mittens have become my favorite project for a few reasons: they knit up quickly, are often a 1-skein project and can be easily adjusted size-wise. I love how luscious the cables look on these mitts and the pattern is so easy to remember you’ll basically be knitting these with your eyes closed once you get started!

hilla mittens

The Hilla Mittens call for a light-ish bulky weight (category #5 – suggestions incuded) yarn, 6mm/US 10 DPNs and a few hours of your time. The pattern also includes a knitting support full of tutorial pictures to guide you through the project, so don’t worry – I got you!

hilla mittens

If at any point you have any questions don’t hesitate to send me a message on Etsy or an email at kati@katimaaria.com

Also, if you share a picture of the mitts on Instagram, please tag me @katimaariaknits and use the hashtag #hillamittens – I can’t wait to see your designs! You may also sell the finished product but please give credit to Katimaariaknits as the designer.

hilla mittens

Find this pattern on Etsy by clicking here!

So get your needles and yarn ready, and happy knitting!

xx, Kati

Knitting Patterns

Knitting Pattern: The Kielo Mittens

kielo mittens

Want to make your own Kielo Mittens? Head over to my Etsy shop where you can buy the pattern!

This pattern comes with a knitting support full of tutorial pictures to guide you through your project!

Hi everyone! My mind has been all about beanies for the past I don’t even know how long, so when I got the idea to turn the Kielo Beanie into a matching pair of mittens I was BEYOND EXCITED! After a few trials and errors I finally found the perfect stitch count that still gave enough space for the lace and cable details, and ever since I haven’t really been able to stop knitting (I think I’m at 4 finished pairs now). So darn addictive!

kielo mittens

I often run out of patience to make anything in pairs, but these mittens are such a quick knit I guarantee you’ll be making them non-stop! I timed myself one Saturday morning and was able to finish one mitten in about an hour and a half – thumb included!

kielo mittens

For this pattern I’m also including a little knitting support with a bunch of tutorial pictures for the techniques used: DPNs, lace, cables, thumb all in one place!

kielo mittens

kielo mittens

If at any point you have any questions don’t hesitate to send me a message on Etsy or an email at kati@katimaaria.com

Also if you share a picture of the mitts on Instagram, please tag me @katimaariaknits and use the hashtag #kielomittens – I can’t wait to see your designs! You may also sell the finished product but please give credit to the designer.

Find this pattern on Etsy by clicking here!

Add this pattern to your Ravelry library by clicking here!

So get your yarn and needles ready and happy knitting!

kielo mittens

kielo mittens

kielo mittens

xx, Kati

Crochet

The Isla Scarf by Darling J’Adore

isla scarf

After coming back from our little holiday in Finland this August, I was desperately looking for a new CROCHET project to change things up a bit and challenge myself. I had thought about a crochet scarf pattern for a while but felt like I hadn’t yet found the right one for me. I had scrolled through Pinterest and multiple blogs until it finally hit me – why am I not looking through my favorite designers on Instagram?! So I found my way to the beautiful feed of Darling J’adore and knew instantly I’d come to the right place! Sierra is such an amazing maker and designer, and ALL her patterns are like pieces of art.

isla scarf

So I decided to grab myself a copy of the Isla Scarf crochet pattern, and it was SO GOOD I finished my first scarf in a few days and have already started a second one. The different textures look incredible together and nothing was too difficult for an adventurous beginner like me!

isla scarf

Yarnwise I went with Phil Rustique by Phildar – I had already used the yarn for a knit shawl I made earlier this spring and knew it worked perfectly for projects like this. It’s a mixture of cotton, linen and viscose, and super easy to work with. The texture of the finished product is airy and light, and the yarn really brings out all the different details of the scarf!

isla scarf

I’ve taken my time with the second scarf as I find crocheting it exceptionally relaxing and soothing, and I secretly wish I could keep this project forever. Or I guess I’ll just start a third one once I’m finished! I often find myself knitting instant gratification projects that take an afternoon to finish, so reaching out to the world of crochet and really enjoying the process have definitely been some of the best things with the Isla scarf!

Xx, Kati