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Friday, February 15, 2008

New Threads FRIDAY!


…proof positive the cat has left the bag…

Little murmurs and echos have been rippling the landscape hither and yon, but it wasn’t until I had eaten a really spicy bowl of Green Curry Chicken that I felt like taking a long walk. And my feet led me right into a Border’s Bookstore on Lincoln Ave. where right smack dab in the middle of a magazine rack I spied this!

©2008 Interweave Press
Pattern: Interweave Knits Spring 2008
*Aleita Shell*
Designer: Bonne Marie Burns
Yarn: Plymouth *Linen Isle*

Now, but of course, I’ve known about this for quite awhile (sample to press takes about the same length as a normal birthing process) but now that it’s hit the stands: WooHoo! Happy Happy Dancing Days here @Chez Chic! My little feet just busta move under the desk as I typed this!

The Aleita Shell is a great wardrobe piece that branches the seasons and mixes well with jackets or a cami. IK shows it over a blouse, making a great look for business. And in the interest of science and fun, we thought we’d show you the Aleita Shell, as well, a shell! Here you see a size 38 (1″ positive ease), worn by a lovely and very curvaceous model. The design of the piece works well with different figure types; the upper bodice has flexibility and range to accommodate different bust sizes well.


Although the shell is shown in a linen blend, the range of yarns that would work well with this piece would include wool, cotton and silk or hemp yarns. It’s knit in one piece to the underarms and has very minimal finishing. I’m thrilled to bring it to you! Thanks IK!

41 responses to “Friday, February 15, 2008”

  1. Karen B. says:

    Congratulations! My copy arrived this week. I’m proud of you.

  2. Michelle says:

    Hooray! It’s lovely!

  3. Helen says:

    It’s a gorgeous piece, Bonnie Marie. I’m thinking pale, pale aqua, the slightest breath of color.

    Me want.

  4. Marlena says:

    I love it! And congrats!

  5. bellamoden says:

    I hope you’ll talk about specific yarn possibilities! I love this top.

  6. Karen says:

    I spotted it right away when I got my copy in the mail. Congratulations! It’s very chic! ;)

  7. Michelle says:

    Bonne marie! This is fantastic!! Congratulations, I’ve been reading your blog and watching your designs develop for years now….lookie, you’ve arrived! Seriously, the design is wonderful. Congrats again.

  8. Joy says:

    Thank you for adding photos that show it in a size other than tiny! What size is shon in the magazine and what size is shown on your blog (with the purple tank under it…)

    One of the things I love about your designs is that you don’t think the largest size known to man is a 38″ bust!

    Thank you!

  9. Temperance says:

    Congrats! Very classy

  10. Jacinta says:

    Thank you so much for showing the Chic Knit photo version, I loved the top when I saw it in IK but couldn’t tell whether the it would fit comfortably under the bustline. Now you have allayed my fears of it ‘riding up’ it will definitely be on my needles soon!

  11. Jennifer says:

    Yay for you! Congratulations!

  12. ~S says:

    Love, Love this shell! And I am glad you included the back, I don’t think I remember seeing it in the Interweave version. Will be making one soon.

  13. megan says:

    Congratulations! The shell is lovely.

  14. michelle says:

    I saw on KNITTING DAILY that you were going to have a pattern published in this issue. It is beautiful, as is all your work. Congratulations!

  15. Teresa says:

    Congratulations Bonne Marie!!

    I knew it was your design when I turned the page and saw it – it exudes Chicknit-it-ness!

    Thanks for showing it here as a shell – I’m no stylist but I didn’t care for the top/blouse they put under it.

    …and Happy Belated Birthday!

  16. Mary says:

    Wow – this looks like a style that would flatter big and small sized women alike. Great job! I can’t wait to pick up this edition of IK!

  17. Pam says:

    Congratulations! It’s a great top – Thank you for the alternative pictures!

  18. elise says:

    Congrats! It looks like a very fun knit and fun to wear as well.

  19. Suzanne In Texas says:

    I was thrilled when I saw this in my Knitting Daily e-mail…my feet, too, did a little dance underneath my desk.


  20. Michelle Dakuras says:

    It was in my mailbox on your birthday. You were pushing some power on that day! All the girls in the office loved it!

  21. Connie says:

    I didn’t check the designer when I glanced through my magazine but did think that it looked like one of your designs! Congratulations!

  22. lisa says:

    I love it. When I was looking through the preview website of the spring designs, this is the one that I liked the best. Then I saw the designer and wasn’t surprised to see your name next to the pattern. As usual, your designs are my fav!

    Can’t wait to find the issue at my local book store.

  23. Mandella says:

    Congratulations! It must be wonderful to see your creations in print.

  24. erika says:

    I love this shell! And I’m not a shell-loving girl. Now if only my IK would come in the mail….

  25. Karma says:

    Yay! I am definitely going to be knitting Aleita. I noticed it right away when I saw the IK preview go up. I’m so excited for you! I know this will be a snap to knit since you are such a thorough pattern writer. I’ll be stalking the ChicKnits group at Ravelry to see everyone’s projects in action and to see what everyone does with sizing. I would knit this with negative ease to work with my bod. Wooot!

  26. AnnDS says:

    Yay you! I just bought my copy of IK yesterday at my LYS; I made a point to show the shop owner your sweater and tell her how much I enjoy your designs and blog. YAY YAY YAY for you!

  27. Gina says:

    Bonne Marie — Aleita is another gorgeous piece. Thank you! I can’t wait to see your list of suggested yarns so that I can find something in my stash (fingers crossed) and cast on ASAP!

  28. Joyce says:

    More outstanding work, Bonne Marie! Congratulations on this impressive publication!

  29. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations, Bonne Marie. How exciting to have one of your beautiful designs published in IK!

  30. Wanda says:

    It is a beauitful top and I’ve liked ever since I saw the first preview online. Way to go! Is this the knitting big time? :-)

  31. Seanna Lea says:

    This was definitely one of the must make tops for me in the latest IK. Now I just need to figure out what yarns I can use with it, because I really shouldn’t be buying more yarn just now.

  32. Congratulations! Bravo! Mazel tov! :-)

  33. Sheri says:

    I saw this in the mag before you mentioned it here. This type on neckline is very flattering on me. This is definitely in my queue. Thanks for the great design.

  34. swellmom says:

    I’ve been enjoying your designs and blog for some time. Congratulations on the recognition you are so deserving of.

  35. connie says:

    Congrats, Bonne Marie! And thanks for the photos of the other wearing options. It’s good to see. :)

  36. claudia says:

    Congratulations! Another lovely design.

  37. Cookie says:

    Congratulations! It looks fabulous!

  38. Isobel says:

    How exciting!! Congrats! It’s already on my to do list!

  39. britt says:

    Loved your pattern. it is one of only two that i plan on knitting out of that issue.

  40. Tracey says:

    Love it love it, I have to say I was so disappointed with all the cardigans, cardigans, and more cardigans. Then of course I stumbled across this and said, oh yeah, so making that, then I saw the designer and about gave my hubby a heart attack when I yelled, “Lookie whose in IK?!?”

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