Over the last few months I’ve been gathering ideas for Autumn projects. The end of the summer is when I and many other knitters out there begin thinking about the cooler months to come. This is when the t-shirts starting going away and wool starts to look and feel good again! We lit our stove for the first time in months last night so this week seems like the prefect time to release my Autumn Collection.
The collection began before the summer with the skirt… (Mayu Skirt)
I had a vision in my head of a colourwork skirt that would be knitable by even relatively novice colourwork knitters. When I spoke to Beata of Hedgehog Fibres about the idea she said that her Blue Faced DK would work really well for colourwork (and she was so right!). I knew the basic colour scheme I wanted to work with but without the actual colours in front of me I couldn’t tell exactly which shades would work best to me so I have Beata to thank for the stunning pop of purple!
This skirt is worked in the round from the bottom up with a folded bottom hem, colourwork band and then intergrated contrasting I-cords and finally a folded waistband that creates a pocket for elastic. It’s designed to sit at your high hip, so not quite at your waist but not all the way down to the lower hip either. Lisa from This Is Knit modeled this on Friday at the yarn tasting over a pair of jeans and it really looked stunning!
Once this skirt was finished I still had one skein of Birch and a lot of my contrasting colours left. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to play with different colour combinations and see how reversing the colours looked. So the Mayu Hat was born.
This hat combines lots that I love about hats, it has a soft, comfortable folded brim (to mirror the folded hem of the skirt) and it is worked long and slouchy for extra comfort, warmth and style.
This reversal of colours would work great for the skirt as well if you wanted to play around with your own colour combinations. You will notice also that all of the colour work is is before the decreases making it extra easy for stranded colourwork novices. In the pattern I’ve even put an indicator at each side of the chart to remind you which colour you should have in each hand for that round.
Now that I had two Hedgehog Fibre patterns ready for Autumn I though I’d round it out with a third to make it a complete collection. The final garment that I designed was the Salamba Jacket.
This Jacket uses the same Birch and Damned Nation colourways as the hat/skirt but it uses a different yarn base. The Jacket is knit in Hedgehog Fibres Merino Aran for a quick knit that’s warm and elegant. The jacket is knit from the top down in one piece. All the raglan I-cords, folded front hems and waist contrasting welts are worked with the garment. The front edges are stitched in place afterwards as is the folded bottom hem. I love folded hems so much for clean, elegant lines. The jacket was left without closures but I got to use my very beautiful shawl pin gift from This Is Knit! I love how it looks with the jacket. I think that snap closures would also be lovely with the jacket.
Now if you can’t decide which of my new patterns you’d like to get I’ve made the decision a little easier :-) Each individually cost $5.95 but buy all 3 for the price of 2 $11.90. Just add them to your cart below.
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Would you like to knit the hat or skirt in the yarns I used? This is Knit has them available in kit form – just get in contact with them!