Last September I designed a shawl called Penrose Tile for the second issue of Ply magazine (blog post here). This is a spinning magazine so the shawl was knit using hand spun yarn. It was my first time knitting with hand spun and I loved it. They created a variegated yarn with a complementary solid color that I used to create a garter stitch/lace shawl that used the two yarns in a series of garter stitch short row stripes with lace panels.
The shawl was very popular and that issue of the magazine quickly sold out with the result that I’ve had a lot of request for this shawl pattern over the last few months. I’ve been preparing for the re-release by knitting the shawl again in hand dyed yarn. Yvonne from Dublin Dye Company kindly custom dyed two colors for me, Ripple and Mustard (good think it’s not for eating!) that work really nicely together in her new Swing Sock yarn.
The updated shawl pattern has just been released and there is a bonus coupon for a 15% discount included for Dublin Dye Company. They have just updated their etsy store to include some lovely swing sock color combinations that would be just prefect for Penrose Tile.
We’ve been throwing some color combination ideas around on twitter if you’re looking for some inspiration!
This summer Jenny from This Is Knit started hand dyeing yarn under the label ‘Townhouse Yarns’. They sent some on for me to try in a very pretty olive green colour. The yarn was soft and light, perfect shawl material.
I decided to use it for a new shawl pattern that uses a slip stitch pattern that I’ve experimented with before. I love the geometric lines through the garter, with a ruffle that finishes with a flourish. The shawl starts with a standard garter stitch tab and then from there you can see how it evolves into a series of st st and garter panels. The end result is called Georgian Heights.
Georgian Heights is for sale at a discounted price until the 4th of August. Plus as an added bonus all pattern sales before that are entered into a draw for a skein of Townhouse Yarn in the same colour that I used for the pattern!
The Briar Rose KAL is getting off to a great start, knitters are picking their yarns and photos are popping up every day as the yarn is arriving. If you’ve joined the KAL drop by and introduce yourself!
This is always my favorite part of a KAL, the excitement is building and great friendships are started. Apparently on one of my previous KALs (Ravi) two knitters made friends in real life and are still knitting together!
Do you all remember the Irish Yarn Club? I’ve been busy in the background with this, every 2 months a new pattern has been released and yesterday I just sent out the last one. I really enjoyed this project, This Is Knit, is one of my favourite yarn shops and they did a fantastic job organising the yarn. And I got a chance to knit with some of the great yarn being dyed in Ireland.
We hope to do another club for 2015 so the planning will have to start soon…anyone out there with preferences? What type of yarn would you like to see? Lace/fingering/heavier? All the same type or a mixture? The benefit of fingering is that there are loads of projects that can be done with just one skein so the club cost doesn’t get too high. Would you like to see more yarn each installment with 2 skeins instead of 1 with bigger patterns? What kind of patterns would you love to get? Let me know your thoughts, it’ll be a big help with planning!
Would you like a sneak peek of the patterns that were released in the 2014 club?
First up was a hat, Tempano with Hedgehog Fibres yarn.
The second pattern was a shawl, Dunderry, using Coolree Yarns.
The final pattern that was released yesterday was toe up socks, Talium, using Dublin Dye Company Merino Sock.
Much to my astonishment I’m already up to my 150th pattern. I’ve no idea how that happened so quickly, but here we are :-)
To celebrate I’m doing a great big KAL (knit along), Dark Pearl KAL.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a KAL so I’m really excited about this one. I got the Sea Pearl yarn from Briar Rose several months ago and I’ve been looking at it longingly wanting to cast on. With so many book projects on the go I didn’t have the time to get started. However a local knitter, Kathy, got me moving with this. She knit the back and sleeves of the cardigan and I knit on the lace front this week. Even though it was a fingering weight it just flew off the needles. The yarn is smooth and easy to work with and the lace pattern is fast to memorize. It took a couple of days to block thanks to the damp weather but at last I’ve got a few photos. I’m really happy with the way it turned out, the extra fabric at the front of the neck draped just right, so it’s easy and fun to wear.
So now for the KAL details – I’ve got the pattern up for pre-sale until the start of June. When you order you’ll get an information sheet detailing sizing, yarn and gauge. There will also be a 10% discount code for Briar Rose Fibers if you want to order Sea Pearl to knit the cardigan with. If you decide to use a different yarn I’ve also given detailed yardage information to help you out.
The first clue will be sent out in early June and the other 3 clues will be released every 2 weeks. I’ll have a tip/tutorial section with every clue and we’ll have a full discussion going in the ravelry group. If any problems arise along the way I’ll put extra tutorials/videos together to make sure everyone knows what’s going on.
At the end of every clue I’ll have a spot prize for all completed clues and a wonderful end prize from Briar Rose at the end of the KAL.
Come and join us!
I’m so pleased to get the chance to work with Brooklyn Tweed again; the yarn is beautiful to work with and the patterns and photographs they produce are just amazing. The cardigan I designed for the Wool People 7 collection, Pente,
is the culmination of several things I love. I’ve been exploring biased fabrics over the last year (Vertex Cardigan, Nishibi, Chrysanta) and I’m completely obsessed with how they alter a fabric. All you are doing is stacking increases and decreases on top of each other but they create a dramatically different fabric.
In the front of Pente you can see how I used this, the front waterfall panels are biased which creates an even more dramatic waterfall front sloping downwards. This is emphaisised by using stripes in the fabric so that you can really see the biasing.
To make sure that the cardigan still fits well even though it is biased I used short rows. These effectively ‘fill in’ the gap created at the top by the bias which allows the top of the front to lie flat.
I’m looking forward to seeing how knitters make this cardigan their own; what colors will you use? Will you change the stripes? I’ll be watching out for them :-)
A few months ago a DC yarn store, Looped Yarn Works, approached me to do a design for them. This design was specifically for the Metro Yarn Crawl. Impressively this area boasts an amazing 11 yarn stores, coming from an area where yarn stores are thin on the ground the idea of having enough to do a yarn crawl made me rather envious!
Looped Yarn Works is one of Quince & Co’s flagship stores so they sent me on some lovely Chickadee to do the design in. The resulting pattern that I created was Berry Creek. This pattern was initially exclusive to the store for the duration of the yarn crawl but now I get to release it for everyone else :-) There’s a automatic $1 discount on the pattern until April 21st!
I wanted to design a cardigan that was a perfect spring/summer layer. It has been designed with short sleeves, a ribbed lace pattern and smooth a-line side shaping. The ribbed lace flows straight into the ribbed bodice with raglan shoulder shaping and a v-neck. I’ve shown it styled over a longer top (it’s still really cold here in Ireland!) but you could wear it buttoned over a tank for a summer style.
If you like your cardigan with longer sleeves all you’d have to do is start your sleeves separately and then add them instead of casting on your sleeve stitches at the start of the yoke. It wouldn’t be a hard modification to make.
So get knitting and let me know on my board what modifications you’re going to make.
I know a few of you out there have been waiting for individual Among Stones patterns so we’ve been busy preparing them for individual purchase.
First up is Pyrite:
The second individual pattern is Liathite:
And finally we have Liathite Junior:
Happy knitting everyone :-)
I gave you a little peek at this cardigan last week, but I’m now putting it up for pre-sale with a discount. Plus it’s now got a name – Sandy Cove.
This cardigan was knit from just 2 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. It is such a lightweight yarn that I wanted to create a perfect spring/summer cardigan. Lightweight, but with enough sleeves that it will warm you in a cool breeze. Cropped with a slim style that won’t overwhelm your lightweight outfit. I’ve bought a few cardigans with the same idea but I wanted to knit the perfect version for myself.
This cardigan is knit using one of my favorite techniques, top down with short row set in sleeves. As I had a smaller amount of yarn I wanted to make sure I didn’t run out. For this reason I created a cardigan that was snug fitting, with some negative ease. The body of the cardigan is fitted and it is designed to finish just below your waist. The sleeves are 3/4 length, which I think is a really flattering length. The details I’ve added at the front of the neck and across the top of the back are designed to be simple and delicate to retain the simplicity of the design.
BUT, if you want to make a few changes it’s pretty easy to do.
Don’t like negative ease? Go ahead and knit a bigger size!
Want an longer cardigan? Work some increases after the waist before you work the edge ribbing (just make sure you have extra yarn!)
Short or long sleeves suit you better than 3/4 length? They’re worked top down so knit to your desired length. You’ll only need to add a couple of extra decreases for a longer length and you can check the size by fitting as you go.
If you want some input on any changes you’re making along the way come join the KAL that A Good Yarn is hosting on their ravelry board here. It will be starting on the 10th of February when the full pattern is released. Please join in and I’ll pop in to answer any questions as they come up!
(BTW the yarn used for the pattern was an exclusive colorway ‘Midnight Pass’ that was dyed for A Good Yarn).
SCRUMPTIOUS COLLECTION WINNER! I’m happy to congratulate Anne Marie on winning a copy of this collection. An email is winging it’s way to you :-)
Last month I ran a survey on ravelry to see what pattern you wanted released first from Among Stones. We had a very clear winner with Dacite, but Gabbro came a close second. I’ve gone ahead and released both patterns with a bonus; 25% off for one week if you use code ‘indivas’. To use the code, click ‘add to cart’ then in the shopping cart click ‘use a coupon code’ and enter code ‘indivas’.
I think Dacite is my go-to cardigan from the book. It’s easy to knit and easy to wear with a lot of different looks. In fact when I was showing it at TNNA people thought it was two different cardigans. The idea for this came from the child’s cardigan, Thirsty Rose. This is a simple top down raglan cardigan with a large crossover at the front. but Dacite is very much a grown-up version with waist shaping and a clean, I-cord finish.
You can wear it open with the fronts draped.
You can button the top and fold the front collar over on itself.
It’s even possible to cross the fronts and pin them lower down so you have larger fold over lapels.
Gabbro is a very different garment. Light and delicate, it’s knit from a fingering weight yarn and is well suited to spring or cool summer weather.
Also knit from the top down, you can see the delicate diamond lace detail at the neckline.
There is a single panel of lace down the body that opens out into unusual short row hem shaping.
Go knit yourself a new year top and spoil yourself!
Last week I was delighted to be part of Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 6. My contribution was Carpino.
The idea for this sweater came to me over a year ago. I wanted to create a sweatshirt like top that was really easy to wear and very comfortable. But I didn’t want a standard sweatshirt, the front was going to have a lace panel. But not fussy lace, a delicate texture lace. In fact the lace is so subtle I had someone on ravelry ask me where the lace was :-)
A lot of the details in this sweater are very subtle. It is designed from the top down with raglan shoulder shaping. But it’s not standard raglan shoulder shaping, it begins with the top of the sleeves a little wider and not increases for the first few inches. This creates an effect similar to a saddle shoulder. The edge of the neck is finished very minimally when you’ve finished knitting with an applied I-cord.
The front lace panel continues right down to the hem of the body but very gentle shaping is added at the center of the back. It would be easy to increase or decrease this shaping as needed for your own body type. The sleeves are knitted to be 3/4 sleeve length but again as it is worked from the top down it would not be difficult to change the length to suit yourself.
When I took some of my own photos I tried it on over a dress as well as with jeans, I think it could be work in a variety of ways. How do you think you’ll wear your Carpino?