Celebrating my Biennial as a Knitwear Designer (with a Giveaway!)

I picked up my copy of Knit Now 31 today.


I have two designs in it this month. I’m going to talk about Biennial, the jumper today.


Two years ago, I sent off my first proposal, and I have been calling myself a knitwear designer ever since; tentatively at first, but with ever-growing confidence. The last few months have been crazy busy with 6 garment designs and a number of accessories. Biennial started the run and it was my first garment for Knit Now.

Biennial was hard to design. It looks very simple, but it took a lot of brain-cranking to get it that way. The diagonal line that cuts across the arms and body had to be calculated just right for all seven sizes.

To get the line to look like it was slicing straight across the arms and body involved trig and maths I haven’t attempted since college (in case you’re new to this blog, I’m a qualified engineer). Each size has a different line gradient, as I wanted the change from one colour to the other on the body to be complete by the start of armhole shaping. The larger sizes have a gentler slope. I eventually found a simple way to calculate the placement based on seam length.

The editor of Knit Now, Kate Heppell, has been very generous in her praise of Biennial. In the page 3 editorial, she writes “I am absolutely besotted with Elanor King’s Biennial jumper (page 24). Elanor and our technical editors put a lot of work into making sure the design is right, and I think the result is just stunning.”


And then there was this conversation on twitter


Jaw-on-floor WOW.

:)))) @clairelneicho (also in Kate’s list) said at the time she had a Cheshire Cat grin when she saw that tweet. Well I still have one, and it’s almost a week later!

Giveaway time!!!
The lovely, generous people at UK Alpaca gave me too much yarn for Biennial, so I have some to pass on to one lucky recipient. If you would like to win 3 balls of this springy, soft, warm, resilient, beautiful British yarn, comment below with your own answer to Karie’s question: “Who are your favourite knitting designers? And why?”


Yarn giveaway restricted to UK and Ireland only (soz! postage!). Draw will take place on or after Feb 21st

Photographs either my own or (c) Practical Publishing by Dan Walmsley

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!