This has to be, hands-down, one of my favourite designs ever. I loved working with the Blacker Swan over-dyed Falklands Merino DK in the sample and the colours (while not to everyone’s taste, I will admit) are totally “me”.
This side-to-side shawl/scarf features lace, cables, garter stitch, and intarsia.
The shaping for the shawl is done within the garter stitch section.
The lace and the cables are all fully charted.
The ends of the shawl are shaped, with the cables growing gracefully out of and into the points.
Continued CC through socks with simple intarsia-in-the-round technique.
On one sock I moved the green “stem” stitches across with the main fabric with cable-like moves and on the other I inc/dec either side of CC yarn.
Stems moved at random but in same general direction across the foot and then around the leg.
Included calf shaping
I never blogged about these in case I wanted to send them to a magazine for publication, but I’ve decided to either self-publish or just not bother at all! If I do write them up, they would be a paid pattern because there’s quite a bit of work involved (for me, anyway!)
Added a free-floating lace leaf at the end of the stems, and tacked it down at the point to the ribbing.
These ultra-feminine fingerless mitts were inspired by the big, busy prints seen on the Spring/Summer 2013 runways and the little cream lace on the cuff echoes delicate ladies’ gloves trimmed with broderie anglaise. Although the Shetland wool, at first, may not scream summer, I always keep a pair of fingerless mitts with me for those chilly days on the beach or cool evenings in the garden. Make in bold colours for a statement or pastel shades for a more delicate feel.
I think these have to be the most feminine things I’ve ever designed, and I love them!
They turned out pretty much as I had envisioned them, which is not always the case!
It was a tricky “birth” but I got there in the end.
Yarn: Ripplecrafts Shetland 4-ply in The Bru (and yes, it really is that orange!), Ecru, Wild Violets and Primrose. Note: there is a code in the magazine for 15% off the yarn used from Ripplecrafts.
Wardown Mitts are in Knit Now issue 24, on sale from the 25th July 2013 from moremags.com (who ship/post overseas) and selected supermarkets in the UK.
Well, I hope this explains why I’ve been quiet recently! This is my third pattern for Knit Now and, if it’s not too boastful, one I’m very pleased with.
May I introduce, Strawberries & Cream Socks. [Rav link]
This is a “sampler” sock, with lots of different techniques in one piece, inspired by a traditional British picnic; gingham rug, picnic basket and parasol (or, more likely, an umbrella).
Yarn: The Yarn Yard BBFL in Natural and Red
I liked the pattern so much that I have made a pair for me (well, only 1 sock so far but the second is on the needles)!
I picked a dark colour for the main yarn and a light for the contrast, so I called them “Liquorice & Nougat”! [Rav link]
I wanted to show one of the heel modifications detailed in the pattern; the decreases are worked every 3rd round to increase the heel depth. This fits my foot/ankle very well.