Monthly Archives: November 2011

Deep breaths, I’m almost there!

I’ve been hinting a little over the last few months at another medium size project I’ve been working on.  It’s a pattern collection called ‘Scrumptious Knits‘ in collaboration with Fyberspates using their aptly names ‘Scrumptious’ yarns.  I’ve done a few individual designs using Scrumptious before but the range of yarn weights and colours available really begged for a more substantial collection.  Jen (who owns Fyberspates) is busy expanding the business with a new American distributor (Lantern Moon) as well as rolling the yarn out in many UK and Irish shops so it seemed like the perfect time to put the collection together.  The fact that Jen is so much fun to work with makes it always a good time to work with her :)

So, now the knitting is finished, the test knitters have finished and the tech editor has done her work.  A few weeks ago I had great fun doing a photoshoot with Joe downtown in Cork.  The photos were taken in Fitzgerald’s park by the skate park and on the shaky bridge and below UCC by the Glucksman gallery.  (In case you’re wondering, the shaky bridge really is shaky…we had to wait for people to pass between shots as it bounces so much!)  The final steps are now out of my hands, Joe is putting the final layout together and then its off to the printer!!  I’m both excited and really nervous about getting my first booklet printed as its a bigger money investment than I’ve done before.

Because of that I’ve got it up for pre-order while the layout is being finished.  This should bring in enough funds that the printing won’t involve the credit card :)  For anyone thinking about pre ordering I’ve put a nice package together for you, you not only get a reduced price but also an exclusive bonus pattern ‘Ignus Junior’.  This offer will expire once the full ebooklet is released in mid-December.

To buy a print version of the booklet please visit Fyberspates.  A 20% discount coupon for a print version will be included with your electronic purchase.  This will also apply if you buy a hard copy of the booklet first, you’ll have a single use coupon for a discount on the electronic version.

Yarn shops may pre-order this booklet also, find all my distributors on my wholesale page (Fyberspates, Lantern Moon and Deep South Fibers).  If you’ve got a LYS that you’d like to see the booklet in tell them to get in contact!

I’ll leave you with a few shots from the book but you can see a little more descriptions on the Scrumptious Knits page or the ravelry page.  I’ll blog a little more about each pattern over the next week or two so you can read about the design and construction process.

Corcovado

I’ve just had a new pattern Corcovado published in the Winter issue of Twist Collective. It is always such an honor to be part of the wonderful Twist team, their attention to detail and wonderful photography makes it just as exciting for me as any other knitter when the issue goes live!  One of the tech editors I work with, Ashley Knowlton, has some beautiful socks, Darlington in this issue also…now just to find some time to knit them (I appear to be running very short of hand knit socks!)

This cardigan was quite different for me in many ways.  I rarely work in multiple colors or with seamed designs!  The construction made sense for this cardigan, the back and front panels are worked in different directions so it was just as easy to sew a seam afterwards as to pick up stitches.
For anyone who really dislikes seaming I’d suggest picking up stitches from the side of the back panel and knitting directly from the back so a seam is unnecessary.

If stranded color work makes you nervous you’ll be happy to hear that this is created using slip stitch color work so you are only ever knitting with one color at a time and the color changes are close enough together that they can be woven up the side to avoid having to weave in a million ends!

I love how the brightly contrasting colors created a woven effect for the front of the cardigan.  In fact that’s how I came up with the name, Corcovado is a national park in Costa Rica close to a spot that my sister in law used to live.
A very different effect would be created with this cardigan if the colors used were closer in tone to each other, I’m curious to see any variations that people knit, so get knitting people!  You can see below my original swatch with only two colors, purple and pink:

Alternative color scheme

Fyberspates booklet

I’ve been hinting a little for the last few months at a new booklet I’ve been working on for Fyberspates.  I’m coming up to the final stages of finishing the booklet now and I’m getting very excited to see it all coming together!  Anyone who has used Fyberspates Scrumptious Yarn knows how delicious it is to work with (well it lives up to it’s name really!) so this was a pleasure to put together.  There will be a mixture of garments and accessories for women in the collection (7 patterns in total) and it will be available both digitally and in print.  Over the next few weeks I’ll give you a few more peeks at the collection…here is the first look, the cowl neck tunic.  (I still haven’t gotten my names for the pieces together!)

We’ve done several photo shoots for the booklet, but the final one from last Thursday really gave us some beautiful shots, the wonderful autumn light and bright golden leaves really create the perfect atmosphere.

I wanted to get this booklet printing this time so that it could be available for yarn shops to sell also.  If you’ve got a local yarn shop you’d like to see it in just tell them to contact one of my distributors.

This booklet should be available to pre-order in the next few weeks, with an extra exclusive pattern for anyone who pre-orders!  With the high cost of printing the pre-orders for this booklet will be important for me to help fund it.  Anyone who’s had anything printed recently knows just what I’m talking about.

My launch party cardigan!

There were a few of you who were looking at the photos from my launch party in September and wondering what cardigan I was wearing…

At the time the pattern was not finished, I had made a mad dash to knit the cardigan up in time for the book launch!  It is a crazy fast cardigan to knit, I think it took 4 or 5 days in total.  It’s top down raglan with a cropped body style and 3/4 length sleeves so a perfect rush job to add that splash of colour to your wardrobe!  In the pattern I’ve added tons of options, different lengths and 3 different sleeve lengths.

I’ve finished writing the pattern up and it’s currently at the tech editor.  For anyone who’d like to knit a little number for your Christmas party I’m selling the pattern on pre-order at the reduced price of $5.00.

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When you buy now you’ll get a pdf to download with project details, then when the pattern is released in approx 2 weeks time you’ll get a link to download the complete pattern.  Once the pattern is released it’ll revert to full price.

Pattern Details:

Vivido Cardigan

Add a splash of color to your wardrobe with this cardigan that knits up in a flash.  Knit from the top down with raglan shoulder shaping, and a flattering a-line body, there are several different options given for modifying as you go.  The sample is shown in a cropped style with ¾ length sleeves but options are given to add length as well as giving 3 different sleeve lengths.

SIZES

To fit bust up to size: 29 (32, 35, 38, 41, 44, 47, 50, 53)” / 73.5 (81.5, 89, 96.5, 104, 112, 119.5, 127, 134.5) cm

0-2”/0-5cm positive ease recommended.

Finished bust measurement: 28.25 (32, 35.25, 38.5, 40.5, 43.75, 47, 50.25, 53.25)”/ 72 (81.5, 89.5, 98, 103, 111, 119.5, 127.5, 135.5) cm.

Finished length: 21 (21.5, 22.25, 22.5, 23, 23.5, 24.25, 24.5)”/ 53.5 (54.5, 55, 56.5, 57, 58.5, 59.5, 61.5, 62) cm.

Size 35.25”/ 89.5cm modeled with minimal ease.

MATERIALS

Yarn

Cascade ‘Eco+’ (100% Wool; 478yds/437m per 250g skein); Color: 8463; 2 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins for ¾ sleeve cropped version, actual yardage: 600 (655, 700, 750, 795, 860, 925, 1010, 1080) yds/550 (600, 640, 725, 790, 850, 925, 985) m.

Note: Ensure you have extra yarn available if you are going to lengthen the sleeves or body.

Needles & Notions

Size 10 US/6mm circular needle, 32”/80cm length

(Size 10 US/6mm dpns if not using magic loop)

Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Stitch markers, tapestry needle, 1 button approx 1”/25mm diam.

GAUGE

15 sts and 20 rows = 4″/10cm in St st.

17 sts and 24 rows = 4″/10cm in Sl Stitch pattern.

Techniques described:

I-Cord Bind Off, M!L, M1R, M1p.

Other Skills Needed:

Cable Cast On, Backwards Loop Cast On.