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.
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Only this weekend!
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
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.
This photo by Nick Murway.
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.
spaces are limited and a non refundable
booking deposit of 25 euro is required.
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.
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.
Wingspan: 148cm / 58in
Depth: 50cm / 20in
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:
T-pins and blocking wires
20 sts and 36 rows to 10cm/4in over stocking stitch, relaxed after hard blocking.
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!
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.
Had a marvellous time at unravel today. Met lots of wonderful people and so many lovely compliments on Wildacres.
It’s in the final stages of testing so it will be up on ravelry soon, soon, soon.
Here are some detail shots:
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.
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