Happy New Year, y’all! It’s been a busy holiday season over at Kninja Headquarters, but I think the coming year should be a really great one. As you probably have heard, the Sanguine Gryphon closed its doors at the end of 2011. This is sad news for all of us who loved the company, but the two new companies (The Verdant Gryphon and Cephalopod Yarns) rising phoenixlike from the ashes promise new temptations and beauty for all.
The pattern rights for Sanguine Gryphon patterns reverted to the designers when the company dissolved, and I am now rereleasing Audrey Totter through Knitting Kninja. Both companies will still be carrying the Bugga! yarn used for the body of the dress, and both will have some lovely laceweights on offer for the sash. If you previously purchased Audrey Totter through The Sanguine Gryphon and you would like a copy of the Knitting Kninja version, please let me know through email or Ravelry message (username Jejune).
I am very excited about the advent of these new companies, and I hope you’ll be seeing more Knitting Kninja designs using their yarns in future!
I am addicted to murder. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve never killed, but I love a good murder mystery, and I love a good noir film. I have a certain sympathy with the dames, broads, dolls, and molls of the noir genre. They may be bad, but in the words of Jessica Rabbit, they’re drawn that way. Every femme fatale needs a tight fitting dress that makes her look like a million dangerous bucks, and that’s what Audrey Totter is. Knit simply in mostly stockinette fit, the design uses dart shaping and negative ease to cling to every curve. The lace sash is knit separately and joined to the dress afterward for a retro look that is to die for.
Woman’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X)
Bust size 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inches
Bust: 26 (30, 34, 38, 42, 45.5, 49) inches
* 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6) skeins The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga!
[70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon; 412 yds per
113 gram skein], shown in colorway Longhorned Beetle
* 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2) skein(s) The Sanguine Gryphon Gaia Lace
[40% Mongolian cashmere/60% silk; 420 yds per 56 gram skein],
shown in colorway Cobblestone Mazes
* U.S. size 4 (3.5 mm) 24” or 32” circular needle
* U.S. size 5 (3.75 mm) needles (straight or circular)
* U.S. size E (3.5 mm) crochet hook
* 5 stitch markers, one distinct
* tapestry needle
* waste yarn or 3 stitch holders
22.5 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch in Bugga on size 4 needles
12.5 sts/25 rows = 4 inches in Vine Lace stitch in Gaia Lace on size 5 needles
One thing more! I will also be rereleasing the pattern Dear Jane, previously available through The Sanguine Gryphon. However, that pattern was knit in Sanguine Gryphon Codex, a yarn that will not be regularly offered through either company. (Sad tears here – that yarn was a real favorite of mine!) I am planning on reworking the pattern in a currently available yarn of similar fibers offered through another company and Dear Jane will be rereleased when the math is all done and the sample knit in the slightly different weight yarn. Thanks for your patience.