Ultraviolet Knits: Twelve knitting patterns featuring UV-reactive hand-dyed wool

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my latest book, Ultraviolet Knits: Twelve knitting patterns featuring UV-reactive hand-dyed wool (Anchor and Bee, 2020). This collection features 12 original accessory knitting patterns designed with black light-reactive hand-dyed wool-based yarns.

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Inspiration

This book includes 12 knitting patterns written to showcase the UV-reactive yarns I’ve chosen to work with. Half of the projects are inspired by enjoying the night’s sky here on Earth, such as star-gazing from a porch swing, while the other patterns pay homage to astronomy.

The idea for this book grew from hearing from a friend about music festivals with ambient black light. Then I wondered if any yarn would glow under black light – and some do! My goal was to create a design that, when knit with this yarn, appears with rich textures as you’d expect, but when the light spectrum changes, the appearance of the design changes as well. Imagine the secret style unveiled when ultraviolet lights go on at the nightclub, rave, or music festival.

I enjoyed the added challenge of designing for yarns that might be speckled, very bright or busy, or even neon. These are often colors which overpower subtle designs or textures. For this reason, the patterns I created are relatively simple but practical, comfortable, and workable for a wide variety of colorways.

This project was a slow, determined, and well planned one… that took three years from idea to book release. Aside from learning about how it takes more than a three-year book project to thwart my determination, I also enjoyed most was choosing yarns from different dyers to go together.

All patterns were tech edited by Michael Harrigan. Photography by Niall Twamley. Martina Leahy styled the outfits for the photoshoot. Georsan Caruth modelled the Aerglo Wrap, Altair Cowl, Firefly Hour Mitts, Phare Hat, and Porch Light Shawl.

 

Hand Dyers

For this book, I chose independent hand dyers who sell their wool yarn online and ship internationally.

Where to Buy

Before I go over each pattern in the book, I will let you know that Ultraviolet Knits will be released on March 24, 2020, and you can order your copy online at:

Ravelry.com  (digital version is available now)

Amazon.com (USA)

Amazon.co.uk (UK/Ireland, affiliate link)

Amazon.com.au (Australia)

Barnes and Noble (35% off preorder with free shipping)

BookDepository (Worldwide)

Waterstones (UK/Ireland)

Bokus (Sweden)

Anchor and Bee Publisher (Worldwide, books ship signed)

 

Patterns

Each works well with bold, speckled, and vibrant yarns as well as semi-solid and neutrals. These accessory designs are excellent for travel knitting. The patterns included in this collection:
• Aerglo Wrap (two sizes)
• Altair Cowl
• Betelgeuse Shawl
• Cassiopeia Mini Skein Shawl
• Elara Shawl
• Firefly Hour Mitts
• Midnight Waffles Cowl
• Phare Hat (three sizes)
• Porch Light Wrap
• Rigel Cowl
• Rigel Mitts
• Wreath Nebula Mitts

Aerglo Wrap

This wrap can be made in two sizes, both of which are knit using three full skeins and three mini skeins. Each is knit with a background created by the two darker neutral skeins, so the UV-reactive yarn colors pop all the more — like a pink sunset against a dark creeping ceiling of stars. The construction is very straightforward and much like a triangle shawl, but the result offers extra fabric at the top of the shawl, making it drape nicely for extra neck warmth. The spine of the shawl is a mock cable, in keeping with the shawl’s overall appreciation of the slipped stitch.

Knit with Olann Grá SPORT, Mothy and the Squid 4-PLY SOCK, Easy Knits TINSEL SOCK, and Mothy and the Squid 4-PLY SOCK MINI SKEINS.

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Altair Cowl

Inspired by Altair, the brightest star in the constellation of Aquila and the twelfth-brightest star in the night sky. Altair rotates rapidly, with the velocity at its equator resulting in a non-spherical shape. That shape
is emulated in this seamless cowl design. It looks more complex than it is, making this a great project for anyone who can knit and purl in the round. In designing this, I focused on texture that could handle speckled or busy colorways.

Knit with My Mama Knits PATSY DK.

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Betelgeuse Shawl

This single-skein bottom-up triangle shawl is knit at. The nature of the construction also means it is flexible regarding yarn quantity and sizing – just use more yarn for a larger shawl. Named for one of the largest stars visible to the naked eye, Betelgeuse is the ninth-brightest star in the night sky and second-brightest in the constellation of Orion. The star itself is a distinct orange-red, much like this yarn when viewed under black light.

Knit with Qing Fibre SINGLES.

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Cassiopeia Mini Skein Shawl

This pattern helps all the beautiful mini skeins you’ve collected shine. This shawl is knit on the bias with easy-to-memorize stitches, making for an approachable wrap. Knit it with eight skeins for Hanukkah, 24 for the Advent season, seven for a one-week shawl challenge – or just use this pattern with leftover scraps of various amounts for a fun, vibrant wrap. The stitch pattern emulates the constellation after which the pattern is named with subtle W-shaped eyelets.

Knit with Eve Chambers Textiles SOCK MINI SKEINS, Mad Scientist Yarns SOCK STELLAR MINI SKEINS, Mothy and the Squid 4-PLY SOCK MINI SKEINS, and My Mama Knits CHOUFUNGA SOCK MINI SKEINS.

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Elara Shawl

Elara is the eighth-largest moon of Jupiter. This design re ects the moon’s shape through purl stitches, eyelets, and bobbles. This shawl has a triangle shape, but feels elegant with the alternating textures and bobbles. This is a nice size for warmth while eyelets still showing off the clothing beneath, making this a choice project for a special event or to go with a favorite occasion dress.

Knit with Eve Chambers Textiles SOCK. This Flamingo Moon colorway was created especially for this design!

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Firefly Hour Mitts

Our hands have to deal with all the elements and with work, from washing dishes to weeding the garden, but they take on an almost magical softness when we cup them to briefly hold a caught firefly. When I saw La Bien Aimee’s Pop Grunge colorway, it reminded me of those childhood moments of running around the garden at twilight amidst the twinkle of emerging fireflies. The ruffled edge winds like the paths of the insects. The ribbed nature of the knitting and the lack of thumb gusset in this pattern, making make it a quick knit that works for a range of hand sizes.

Knit with La Bien Aimee MERINO DK and Uschitita 4-PLY SINGLES (Pink Ruffle version), GamerCrafting DK SOCK and GamerCrafting 4-PLY (Yellow Ruffle version).

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Midnight Waffles Cowl

The Midnight Waffles pattern looks complex, but is a simple combination of slipped, knit, and purl stitches.The cowl design features a provisional cast on that is later joined with the bind-off edge for a continuous pattern and double the insulation. The resulting cowl works equally well as a headband/earwarmer. The name is inspired by my mother’s tradition of taking me out to the all-night diner for waffles when she finished a wallpaper or DIY project on our home. It was one of the early ways she included me in home improvement projects even before I could wield a putty knife or hammer. It was made all the more special that the diner had a sister location which is where my parents went on their first date. Midnight Waffles celebrates the littlewins that make big memories.

Knit with My Mama Knits PATSY DK.

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Phare Hat

Inspired by lighthouses perched on the coastline, I named this hat pattern for the French word for lighthouse. With slipped stitches and textures to emulate the beacon of light. The hat pattern has three sizes and can be topped off with a pompom.

Knit with Bear In Sheep’s Clothing HAND-DYED BEAR COSY ARAN.

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Porch Light Wrap

The warm illumination of a porch light shares its beam to cast shadows and play with light in the night. Insects flock to its mesmerizing glow. This fun, sideways asymmetrical triangle shawl grows as you knit it. You can keep going as long as you like – or your skeins allow – making this a flexible pattern.

Knit with Martin’s Lab BOUNCY SPORT, My Mama Knits CHOUFUNGA SOCK, and Green Elephant Yarn BFL SOCK.

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Rigel Cowl

Rigel is the brightest star in the constellation of Orion. The star looks blue-white to the naked eye. Knit from the top down, this cowl is soft and a fun way to use special buttons. The stitch pattern is my Colorway Accented Stockinette. Similar to the approach used for the Rigel Mitts, this pattern spotlights small bursts of color, making it ideal for colorways with a dominant color accented by a mini rainbow or speckles.

Knit with Fibre Art Studio Superwash Merino Worsted.

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Rigel Mitts

Similar to the approach in the Rigel Cowl, this pattern spotlights small bursts of color, making it ideal for colorways with a dominant color accented by a mini rainbow or speckles.

Knit with The Wool Kitchen BFL DK.

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Wreath Nebula Mitts

There is something so satisfying about quick knits that are also soft and cosy. Using two colors of DK yarn,these mitts are knit at, top down, and seamed up the side, leaving an opening for the thumb. Just weave in the ends and start keeping your hands warm! Like the other two mitt patterns in this collection, the result works for either the right and left hand – which means if you have enough yarn you can make a third as a spare in case one gets lost.

Knit with Green Elephant DK.
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Ultraviolet Knits will be released on March 24, 2020, and you can order your copy online at:

Ravelry.com  (digital version is available now)

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk (affiliate link)

Barnes and Noble (35% off preorder with free shipping)

Anchor and Bee (publisher, books ship signed)

A photo collage showing all 12 knit samples from the Ultraviolet Knits book.

Ultraviolet Knits by Evin Bail Okeeffe (Anchor and Bee, 2020)

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