Duality Shawl: Knit Now 45

Duality Shawl: Knit Now 45

Duality Shawl - in issue 45 of Knit Now
Duality Shawl – in issue 45 of Knit Now

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”.

Duality Shawl
Duality Shawl

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.

Duality shawl - close up of cables and lace edging
Duality shawl – close up of cables and lace edging

This pattern features in the revamped Knit Now issue 45, available in selected UK newsagents and supermarkets or online (internationally) in paper or digital format from More Mags.


FO: Leaf it Alone socks

FO: Leaf it Alone socks

Leaf it Alone Socks
Leaf it Alone Socks

Pattern: My own toe-up pattern (with standard gusset incs and heel flap).

MC: Easyknits Sushi Roll in Vlad. 330 yds per roll (used almost all of it).

CC: Posh Yarns Jeannie Sock in Froggy Went A-Wooing (remnants of Mad Eye Moody Socks)

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  • Used Judy’s Magic Cast on with CC.
  • Continued CC through socks with simple intarsia-in-the-round technique.

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  • 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
Calf shaping and standard heel flap
Calf shaping and standard heel flap
  • 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.


Leaf knitted at end of stem and tacked down
Leaf knitted at end of stem and tacked down


FO Friday: Cariad Cushion

FO Friday: Cariad Cushion

Available in issue 40 of Knit Now magazine.

cariad_fo2Well, that came around quickly/it feels like ages since I finished this! Such are joys of designing that you can forget you made something at the height of summer for publication in Autumn!

Inspired by all things Celtic, I designed this intarsia-technique cushion cover.

It’s knit in a lovely, buttery-soft, Aran-weight yarn from Bergere de France called Magic+.

Here you can see it in repose:


And! Baby got back


No fabric backs on my cushions!

cariad_fo3Check out that texture!

Knit Now issue 40 is available in supermarkets and newsagents across the UK (and possibly further afield) and you can also purchase either a paper or digital copy online.

New pattern: Wardown Mitts

New pattern: Wardown Mitts

Wardown Mitts from Knit Now 24
Wardown Mitts from Knit Now 24

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.

Ta Da!!!!

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.

Pattern: Strawberries & Cream socks

Pattern: Strawberries & Cream socks

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]

Photograph from Knit Now issue 23 © Dan Walmsley 2013

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).

Details of (from top to bottom) ribbing, parasol handle and basketweave pattern, basketweave and gingham pattern.
Details of (from top to bottom) ribbing, parasol handle and basketweave pattern, basketweave and gingham pattern.

Yarn: The Yarn Yard BBFL in Natural and Red

Strawberries & Cream in repose!
Strawberries & Cream in repose! Made in size M with no modifications.

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]

Regia Silk and House of Xen version of pattern. Heel done with decreases every 3rd round.
Regia Silk and House of Xen version of pattern. Made in size L with heel modification.

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.

MC: Regia Silk, CC: House of Xen

Techniques used:

  • figure of 8 cast on
  • knitting a sock from the toe up
  • afterthought heel
  • jogless stripes in the round
  • stranded knitting
  • textured (knit/purl) knitting
  • simple intarsia in the round (optional; duplicate stitch can be used instead)
  • lace knitting
  • ribbing
  • stretchy cast off

Knit Now Issue 23 is available via More Mags, some UK supermarkets and also available via the Apple App store for compatible devices.

© 2013