Due Passi Released Today!

Knit this blanket in any weight yarn!

Due Passi Released Today!

Due Passi Released Today!

This pattern was written to celebrate the marriage of two dear friends of mine. The full name is “Due Passi per la Felicità”, which is Italian for “Two Steps to Happiness”. Maybe it’s the romantic in me talking, but I think the blanket is a great metaphor for marriage. It’s worked up with only knit and purl sts, yet makes a complex, intertwined whole.

Abbreviations Used
K Knit
P Purl
RS Right Side
WS Wrong Side

Approx. 122cm x 183cm (4΄ by 6΄) when using bulky yarn.

Substituting Yarn
This pattern works best with a solid or semi-solid yarn with good stitch definition.
It is not necessary to obtain gauge for this project, but please be aware that estimated yardage will differ.
Before you begin, work a tension square and weigh it to calculate whether you will have enough yarn to complete the blanket. Some estimates are given below.

Needles and Accessories
Although this pattern is worked flat, circular needles are highly recommended as then the weight of the work can rest on a table or in your lap.

Estimates for varying weight yarns
Worsted: 6 x 100g balls/skeins; 1188m/1302yds. 20sts x 27rows per 4in/10cm. Dimensions: 32.75 x 55.75in (83 x 141.5cm). E.g. Berroco Vintage

DK: 11 x 50g balls/skeins; 1320m/1441yds. 22sts x 30rows per 4in/10cm. Dimensions: 29.75 x 50.25in (75.5 x 127.5cm). E.g. Patons Diploma Gold

4 ply/Sport: 4 x 100g balls/skeins; 1460m/1596yds. 28sts x 36rows per 4in/10cm. Dimensions: 23.5 x 41.75in (59.5 x 106cm). E.g. Fyberspates Scrumptious

Lace: 2 x 50g balls/skeins; 780m/852yds. 33sts x 50rows per 4in/10cm. Dimensions: 20 x 30in (51 x 76cm). E.g. Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace

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Make your knit your own – Workshop at Puddleducks, Ardee

I am delighted to announce I’ll be running a workshop in Puddleducks in Ardee, Co. Louth on Saturday week (August 3rd).

We’ll be using Wildacres as the workshop pattern.

There are many ways to make your knits your own. First and foremost, once you understand all the information set out in the pattern, you can plan how you want to change it. The next step is to choose whether to substitute the yarn type and colour. There are also many techniques for modifying as you go or working decorations into or onto your piece. This class will go through the pattern, teaching you the standard pattern elements so you can change what you want to make it unique. We will cover:
 – Choosing yarn
 – Elements of a pattern
 – Changing it up
 – If there’s time, surface embellishments (beading & embroidery).
Wildacres is knit in the round. There will be an opportunity to learn to knit in the round if you have not tried this before.
Materials for Wildacres: leftover DK yarn and 4.5mm circular needles (80cm long) (or size required to get gauge 20sts x 28rows / 10cm over st st)
Optional: If you have them, please bring a st st or ribbed square or even an old knit that could do with some “je ne sais quoi”!
This workshop costs 45 euro and is being hosted by Clare of Puddleducks.ght lunch and refresh
A light lunch and refreshments are included in the price.
Ring Clare with any queries
Puddleducks is a craft cafe (with lots of yummy cakes in both of the most important varieties… yarn cakes and chocolate!)
Puddleducks, Kells Road, Ardee, Co-Louth

spaces are limited and a non refundable
booking deposit of 25 euro is required.

Kaava is Hot Right Now!

I can’t believe it! So, so happy to announce that Kaava has reached #15 on the ravelry Hot Right Now list! Out of 127,977!

Kaava is Hot Right Now
Kaava is Hot Right Now

This is a huge “designer moment” for me, I thought I was at least 20 more patterns away from making “the list”. Seriously guys, happy, happy, happy dancing going on here.

Win, win, win! “In the Loop” goodies and Knit Now 22!

Competition time!

To celebrate my first published pattern, I’m having a giveaway!

Win yarn, needles and a copy of Knit Now 22!

In the Loop Cowl
Josephine Anderson for BOSS models is wearing my latest pattern “In the Loop”. This cowl features a funky 3D stitch pattern that creates leaning holes and loops, all without  breaking the yarn. It’s knit with Wendy Roam Fusion and the pattern is available in Knit Now 22  – which goes on sale May 30th.  Photos by Dan Walmsley and reproduced here with kind permission from Practical Publishing.

All you have to do is comment below describing or linking to your favourite 3D or innovative stitch pattern. Leave me a way to get back in touch! (i.e. don’t be anonymous!)

Yarn and Needles and Mag!
Win yarn and needles to make my “In the Loop” cowl from Knit Now 22.

The prize is a ball of Wendy Roam 4 ply, Knitpro 100cm circular needles, size 2.75mm and a copy of Knit Now 22, which goes on sale on May 30th.

The competition is open to residents in the UK and Ireland. I reserve the right to add further competition caveats and rules as I go along.

Also, thought you should know, I made and frogged a small (tiny) tension swatch with the first few yards of the yarn. Soz!

Colour-In your own Wildacres

One of my testers had a genius idea when she was starting Wildacres. She printed out the schematic and coloured it in to see how the yarns she had chosen would work. You can see it on rav here.

I thought it was such a good idea that I have supplied a picture here for you to colour in too!

Please feel free to download/print out this image and plan your own Wildacres.

I had fun colouring some in using one of the basic paint packages on my computer.


Wildacres Wild!

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here!

That’s me lookin’ like a twit, cos I can’t model for toffee.

I’m so excited about this pattern. I spent AGES calculating yardage(metreage) estimates. I’ve had 11(!!!) testers try it out and the pattern is lookin’ goooooood.

This baby will eliminate your DK stash. You’re going to be buying MORE DK so you can make extra capelets. It’s warm, practical, and it’ll go with everything. Cos you can make it in one colour, three colours or as many colours as you like!

I’m so enthusiastic about this one, I’ve even taken out ads!

So go on, give it a whirl, ‘cos honest to betsy, this pattern is so well written (I’ve had such great help), you’ll be using it for years.

Hugs ‘n’ kisses for my lovely tech editor Steph Boardman and testers rwilliams, ting-ting, gothknitty, msoyster, shan79m, whatifknits, winemakerssister, marjos, podruha, puddleduckproduce, and anniepuffin.

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Unravel 2013

Had a marvellous time at unravel today. Met lots of wonderful people and so many lovely compliments on Wildacres.

Wildacres Preview
Wildacres coming soon

It’s in the final stages of testing so it will be up on ravelry soon, soon, soon.

Here are some detail shots:

Wildacres - Shoulder view
Wildacres – Shoulder view
Wildacres - Front top
Wildacres – Front top
Wildacres - detail
Wildacres – detail

Bow Ties Are Cool

I’m pleased to introduce my latest pattern, Bow Ties Are Cool, lots of puns intended.

This cosy cowl will keep you warm any time you feel like running away with a madman in a box. The funky 3D pattern is created by casting stitches on and off in the middle of a row.

The pattern uses 100g of DK weight yarn.

Available to buy for £2.95 from my ravelry store

Bow Ties Are Cool Cowl
Bow Ties Are Cool Cowl
Bow Ties Are Cool Cowl
Keep stylishly warm!
Bow Ties Are Cool Cowl and Uppingham Hat
Coming soon: Uppingham Hat