Interweave Fall 2015

Did any one notice that the new Interweave Knits (Fall 2015) came out this week?

Interweave Knits Fall 2015 Digital Edition (affiliate link)

I’ve got 2 sweaters in this issue:

First is Dee Sweater

This is knit using one of my favourite yarns, Blue Moon Fibers Targhee (also used for my Landscape Waves last year). This sweater is knit from the top down, starting with the waffle stitch saddle shoulders. From there the front and back were knit from each side and joined in the round for the body. The body is knit in one piece to the hem where it is split for front and back and worked in waffle stitch. If you wanted a longer sweater it would be fairly easy to work more length here.
Afterwards the sleeves are knit using short rows to shape the sleeve caps from the top down. The waffle stitch panel continues right from top where the saddle stitches are still live.

My second sweater is the Paddock Cardigan

This cardigan uses Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair, I used this for the first time in my Short Row Knits book (you’ll see that sweater soon!) This yarn has nice body to it and is delightfully soft and enjoyable to work with.

This sweater is knit in one piece from the bottom up and uses raglan shoulder shaping. The cables used are a zig-zag infinite cable that runs around the hem and has a central cable at the top of the back.

There are some beautiful knits in this issue…Romi’s shawl (Squall Line) is a special favourite of mine!

 

Capitoline

Welcome to the next in my Dovestone Hills patterns; Capitoline (view on ravelry here). Remember that today is the last day that you can use the coupon code DOVESTONE (either free euro shipping or 20% ravelry sale).

This sweater is knit completely from side to side. You begin at one side of the front, casting on all of the stitches for the complete yoke and body. From there you work from side-to-side, working short rows at the yoke so that the yoke is the correct size.

When you reach the sleeves you cast on the sleeves stitches provisionally, work the bottom of the sleeve then the sleeve and yoke are worked together. When the sleeve is finished you graft the start and end of the sleeve together for an invisible seam. For anyone who hates grafting a standard seam will work just fine as well!

When the sleeve is finished we go back and work the side of the body under the sleeve. this is worked using a simple lace stitch with short rows to create an a-line shape at the side of the body.

Now we make our way around the back of the body, again with short row yoke shaping. We work the second sleeve the same way as the first and finally we finish at the other side of the front. And magic, you’ve got a cardigan :-)

Caelius

The Caelius sweater from Dovestone Hills, travelled a lot with me; it started on the plane ride to Denver…then it made it to TNNA in Phoenix (being knit on the show floor) and finally it came home to Ireland.

I wanted this sweater to be a nice fast knit that was super wearable. It’s got a few key features that I love in an everyday sweater; a warm, easy to wear neckline, a long body with enough room that I can wear layers underneath but enough shape that it was flattering to wear.

The sweater begins with the neckline, you can knit it for as long or short as you like. It’s allowed to fold down into a cowl shape.

The yoke is shaped using raglan shoulder shaping that is worked on either side of double yarnover seam lines. These yarnovers continue into the body where the a-line shaping happens between them.

All the edges are designed to be allowed to casually roll so it ‘s easy to modify for your own length, adding or removing length for the sleeves and body.

I’m actually knitting a version for myself in green (Chevin) and grey (Coal) and I think I might add a little length for a super long body….if I ever get knitting time for me again!

Aventine

Aventine

Let’s take a look at the first pattern from Dovestone Hills, Aventine. This pattern idea started as a gift. Blue Moon Fibers sent me yarn a couple of years ago, a worsted weight ‘Worthy’ . This yarn in the heavier weight wasn’t made as a commercial yarn so I couldn’t use it for a published pattern. It was so wonderfully soft though that I thought it’d be beautiful to make a gift for my mother who adores green.

I began playing with ideas; I never like doing things the ordinary way (top down simple shawl!) so I began this from the bottom. I started with a standard shawl tab, with standard triangular shawl increases at the center and sides. But then when each diagonal of the shawl was as long as I wanted I separated them. From there I began knitting each shawl side separately; first straight and then angled to decrease. I also added a few buttonholes at the very end to allow the shawl to be wrapped around the front and buttoned at the back. (A common complaint of mine with shawls – it’s hard to hold them in place!).

Just because this shawl is buttoned though doesn’t stop you from using it as a standard wrap or scarf, its happy to do whatever you ask :-)

Baa Ram Ewe knit the second version in Dovestone that was a perfect match for my wrap!

Dovestone Hills

The time has come to share my Baa Ram Ewe collaboration with you – last August they told me about a brand new yarn, Dovestone DK, that they were producing and asking if I’d like to do a pattern collection to go with it. Needless to say I jumped at the chance; a great company plus a wonderful new woolly Yorkshire yarn. What’s not to like?
I wasn’t disappointed, I had so much fun with the yarn; it’s bouncy and rustic but not rough. The official yarn launch is in August (come book your place for the launch and my class!) but the yarn can be pre-ordered already.

So I welcome you to Dovestone Hills.

Dovestone Knits

There are 3 different ways to purchase. Plus a few early bird discounts for you special people!

If you want digital only you can purchase in Euro. With code DOVESTONE get 20% off. add to cart
For dollar purchases of the digital/print package get 20% off book cost also with DOVESTONE. add to cart

If you want a signed copy (with a digital code also) you can buy in Euro directly from me here. With code DOVESTONE you’ll have free shipping.

Note: These codes are valid until the end of July only.

I’ve recently joined (well actually started using!) Instagram and it’s a lovely way to start sharing a new project. You can find me here as feller.carol.
Over the coming days I’m going to share each of the projects individually with you but for now here’s a glance at all 7 in one go.

Baa Ram Ewe

I’m a little disconnected at the moment, we’re on a long (working..great photos!) holiday in Costa Rica….I’ve been trying zip wiring for the first time and was very surprised to actually enjoy it!

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I wanted to tell you about a very exciting August I’m going to have with Baa Ram Ewe in Yorkshire.

Baa Ram Ewe have let the cat out of the bag, they are releasing a brand new yarn, Dovestone DK next month that’s currently on pre-sale.

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and I’ll have a pattern collection to go along with the new yarn!

Dovestone KnitsYou are going to just love this yarn, it’s both rustic and soft at the same time. Just a dream to knit with and the colours aren’t half bad either :-) In about 2 weeks when I get back from holidays I’ll release the booklet in both digital and print format but if you’re lucky I’ll get around to putting a few little peeks at the patterns up along the way….here are a few to get you started:

Dovestone Knits

For anyone close enough to Baa Ram Ewe I’m going to be there in August for the new season launch.

To take a class on Seamless Knits with me you can register here.

If you want to attend the new season launch come register here.

I can’t wait to share these new patterns and yarn with you!

Review: Beaded Lace Knitting

I’ve been send a new book, Beaded Lace Knitting by Anniken Allis to review. (The book is also available in Amazon in the US and UK). Anniken is one of the most prolific (she had nearly 400 patterns!) current designers out there, originally from Norway she now lives in the UK. While Anniken has a wide ranging design style she is best know for her lace knitting especially her shawls. So it does seem fitting that her first book is on lace knitting.

Digging into the book the first part that struck me was the clear and very extensive technique section. Its all illustrated with photos and it contains several cast-ons and bind offs including Provisional Cast-On, Invisible Cast-On, multiple circular cast-ons, Russian Bind-Off and sewn Bind-Off. Basically if you want to improve your lace knitting skills there should be enough in the book to give you a good boost.

In addition to this each of the projects has a skill rating, with the skill level moving from 1 to 3 through the book. These move from basic lace and beads through to more complex all-over lace with extensive beading. Remember as well though that beads are always optional so most of the knitting in the book can probably be done with or without beads.

Now a quick look at the projects. There are 25 projects in total, ranging from lace shawl and lace garments through to lace accessories. Projects in the book have both charted and written instructions so it’s accessible to a wider audience.

I’ve run through the book picking my favourites from each of the levels, although when I did this I realised that often my choices are determined by colour as much as pattern!

From level 1 I love Alexia. A shallow triangular shawl it’s designed to be easily modified for different yarn amounts. It’s worked in 2 halves so all you need to do is weigh  your yarn before you start and then work half to the widest point and the other half to the end.

Alexia

From Level 2, Helena I think is just beautiful. Worked from the centre out, I love the swirling central lace motif. The edge is finished with a knitted on beaded edging. It would take a while but I think it’s pretty enough to justify the hours worked on it :-)

Finally for level 3; Josephine. This pattern is a delicate crescent shaped shawl worked from the bottom up. It’s got lace worked on both the right and wrong side row along the bottom as well as beading. The body of the shawl uses decreases and short rows to create the crescent shape.

Josephine

Now for the giveaway! Post your favourite project in the comments below and I’ll pick a winner next Sunday (28th June) to send a copy of the book to. I’m afraid that the publisher will only send to the US though, so only US postal address :-(

TNNA recap

So a couple of weeks ago I went to Columbus, Ohio once again for TNNA (The national needlearts association). It’s an intense, full-on experience every year and this was no exception! I was sharing a room with two of my favourite knitting pals, Woolly Wormhead & Ann Kingstone, always fun when you can work and play on the same weekend :-)

I’ve got very few photos from the weekend so please forgive the very poor quality, grainy and fuzzy phone photos I’ve got to use.To add to the oddness of the weekend there was also a trumpet convention and a haunting/zombie convention. In fact I had the pleasure of being walked to the Crown Plaza on Saturday by a well dressed zombie before their zombie ball :-)IMG_0524

Also on Friday night I had my new cardigan, Rakuda, in the fashion show with Anzula yarns.You can see the cardigan in action here. (Yes I’ve eventually started using Instagram!)

My new US distributor is Fyberspates, so this year I shared a stand with them and Rachel Coopey.

They were just the most wonderful booth mates, it makes such a difference; it was definitely a weekend of fun more than work!

IMG_0522On the final night, when it was all over I did manage to take a few photos as we sat around the table eating:

IMG_0535Here we’ve got Jeni and Sean from Fyberspates, Rachel Coopey and Jennifer Wood (who I just met that night but is such a delight!).

While my photos are not the best Jeni did manage to bring (and use!) a much better camera so her Facebook feed is worth a look.

I do have some wonderful yarn and other goodies that I’ll be knitting with and reviewing in the coming weeks also….

Lorna's Laces 'Cloudgate' http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/lornas-laces-cloudgate

Lorna’s Laces ‘Cloudgate’

IMG_3604Spin Cycle ‘Dyed in the wool’

IMG_3599Anzula Croquet

IMG_1268And finally Fix-a-Stitch that I’ll try out in the next few weeks….hopefully on a ‘minor’ mistake :-0

At the end of this week I’m heading on holiday BUT when I come back I’ll have a little surprise for you that I’ve been working on with Baa Ram Ewe….

Dovestone Knits

 

Feamainn Shawl – Final IYC 2015 pattern

Well the final pattern of the Irish Yarn Club has been released – Feamainn Shawl. This was a pleasure to knit, the colours made me so happy :-)

Feamainn

(Club can still be purchased pattern only).

I am not usually a big lace weight knitter, when it’s very fine I find that my small finger starts cramping from holding the tension in the yarn. However for the Yarn Club I wanted to find a yarn with more yardage for a larger project and lace was the only way to do that. The Hedgehog Fibres Silk/Merino lace was a little heavier as laceweight goes. This make a big difference to me, it felt very comfortable to work with, no finger cramping!

feamainn

The colours of the yarn swim between blues and greens and are rich and vibrant. It felt like a deep rich sea colour so the lace pattern I used has echoes of waves and seaweed. It starts at the top with a garter stitch tab, working down in a standard triangular lace shape but with a lace spine that runs the full length. It flows from st st into linear lace and finishing with a wider lace edging.

feamainn

If you only want a single pattern from the Yarn Club then next month they will be released individually.

Rakuda winners

Just a quick post to say congratulations to Birgit, Catherine and Touran on winning copies of Rakuda. Can’t want to see how it turns out for you :-)

I’ll have a few quite weeks on the blog here – this week my husband is traveling and my older boys have school exams. Tensions are high in the house!

Wednesday night we’ll be doing a parent swap, with my husband arriving home at 10 and my plane to Columbus for TNNA will be leaving before 8 in the morning. So please everyone keep your fingers crossed for me that everything runs smoothly.