Free pattern for unwind weekend

I know the seaside shindig is only tomorrow, but you can absolutely make this collar by then, cos it’s blinking quick.
Work it up on lace or 4-ply.
Leave plain or decorate with whatever you have handy.20140711-202749-73669665.jpg
Download it now!
Only this weekend!

“Hitch” available for preorder next week!

Way back in March last year, I tentatively answered (for the first time) a call for submisssions. The project was a book to be “curated” by Stephannie Tallent, and the theme was “Patterns inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock”.

This was my initial sketch

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I wanted to create something sublimely feminine; echoing the graceful look of Grace Kelly as Lisa in Rear Window. This is a top that would really look sexy on a woman with curves. I used a whole bunch of tricks to enhance the hourglass look: a crossover top, ease difference between upper and lower body, deep waistband, geometric chevrons at the waist and some deep waist shaping. The sleeves are 3/4 length, coming to just below the elbow, with lots of curves to echo the body. Instead of chiffon, I made the sleeves loose, worked up with a mesh stitch so when the light’s right, you can see through them. I am VERY pleased with the result. It’s by no means an easy knit, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

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This photo by Nick Murway.

 

Preordering will begin on September 5.

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.

Wildacres
Wildacres
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
+353-86-4066526
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.

Swept off my feet – Kaava Lace Shawlette

Kaava - swept off my feet
Kaava – swept off my feet

This light little lace shawlette is quick to start, with just enough challenge to keep you interested. It uses up as much yarn as possible from that special skein of hand-dye you’ve been saving.
Kaava features a beautiful open band of Shower Stitch, an old French lace pattern. The lacy rib section frames the shawl and a nifty crochet bind-off adds the final castellated touch.

Kaava Shawlette
Kaava Shawlette (Moody shot!)

Get it now for £3

I love the phrase “to be swept off one’s feet”. It’s been running through my head since I was at the wedding of a beautiful Irish girl (whose name I’ve jumbled up for this pattern) and a very witty man earlier this year. I couldn’t tell you who did the feet-sweeping between the pair of them, but this shawl is what I plan to be wearing when my own feet next get swept under!

A wide, crescent-shaped shawl that is ideal for showing off a skein of glorious hand-dyed 4-ply yarn. The shawl features Shower Stitch, which is a beautiful old French Lace stitch.

A wool-rich yarn is recommended as this shawl needs to be blocked aggressively to bloom to best advantage.

Size
Shape: Crescent
Wingspan: 148cm / 58in
Depth: 50cm / 20in

Yarn
Shamu Makes Hand-dyed British Blue-Faced Leicester (4-ply; 100% wool; 400m/438yds/100g skein). Colour: mauve/denim, 1 skein.

Needles and Accessories
1 set 4mm (UK 8/US 6) circular needles, 80cm / 32in long
4mm crochet hook
Blunt tapestry needle
Optional, but recommended:
Stitch markers
T-pins and blocking wires

Tension
20 sts and 36 rows to 10cm/4in over stocking stitch, relaxed after hard blocking.

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

Uppingham Hats

 

Uppinghats with Bows
Uppinghats with Bows

Welcome to the world, little hats!

Here are two hats, knit flat, for those who like it that way. The first is a very simple hat that’s quick to work up, yet snuggly warm to wear. The second is similar, but has a flirty peekaboo lace panel to spice up chilly days. They come in sizes from New born to Men’s. These babies are designed to knit up from a single ball of Artesano Superwash Merino (DK)… except for the largest size, if you’ll forgive me.

Available now!

Plain Uppingham Hat
Plain Uppingham Hat
Uppingham Hat with Lace Panel
Uppingham Hat with Lace Panel

 

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