As Autumn Leaves

 

009 This is ‘As Autumn Leaves’, my seventh shawl pattern this year and possibly my favourite. You can see more information and purchase the pattern here.

The shawl was inspired by the poem ‘come little leaves’, it is perfect for autumnal evenings as it wraps all the way around your shoulders, both pretty and functional.

011You will need approx 320 – 340 yards of worsted weight yarn, 6mm / US10 circular needle and 8 stitch markers. The sample used 148g of Manos del Uruguay Maxima in shade fire.

The pattern includes both written and charted instructions and is suitable for an advanced beginner knitter.

 

 

 

Venation Shawl

It has been a while since my last post, school holidays were busy and we’ve been away on vacation, but now all is back to normal and I have a bit more time again.

I have just published my sixth shawl pattern, yay! and because I’m happy (and somewhat shocked) that I managed to design six shawls, this pattern is available for free.

011 This shawl comes in two shapes and two designs, either all over lace, or just a lace border. This pattern would be a perfect for anyone attempting lace for the first time, although the lace sections are charted the charts are simple and easy to follow.

036You can knit this shawl in any weight of yarn, the pattern includes full details on needle sizes for all weights and a guide on yarn requirements.

My squared crescent, all over lace sample used 426 yards of laceweight yarn and my triangular, lace border sample used 348 yards of bulky yarn.

I hope you like it, and if you do decide to make one of your own I’d love to see a picture.

Six Shawls

Summer in the UK is a random thing, last year it was mostly overcast and damp, but this year, for a change, we have had sunshine! As a family we have been making the most of this, spending as much time as possible enjoying the warm weather and because of this I haven’t done too much knitting recently.

But rummaging through my pile of finished knitting (and it is quite a pile) this morning I realised that I have more finished objects than I had at first thought. Back in January of this year I set myself the challenge of designing and publishing 6 knitted shawl patterns, so far I have published 5 patterns, but what I hadn’t realised was that I have 3 more finished designs and another one on the needles.

011 So this shawl will be design number 6, it is all finished and the pattern just needs typing up and I need to come up with a name for it. This shawl incorporates a very simple lace pattern but with multiple options, there is two different possible shapes, plus the option for either all over lace or for just a lace border. Plus the pattern will include directions for multiple yarn weights, I have so far knit this shawl in laceweight and chunky/bulky yarn.

I’m hoping to get this pattern released this week, then my Alpinia cardigan pattern will be released in approx two weeks, this is currently being tested and so far so good, no problems with my pattern.

When I set myself the 6 shawl challenge I wasn’t sure if I would succeed, but this challenge has been just what I needed to give myself ‘a kick up the backside’ and to write up the patterns that I love to create. So if you love shawls like me watch this space, I also have my noro shawl coming soon as well as a worsted weight creation perfect for the coming cooler months and I am currently working on a highly textured, two coloured semi-circular design too.

thank you to everyone for the supportive messages I have received over the past seven months.

Heartfelt Shawl

003This is Heartfelt, my newest shawl pattern, this shawl was designed purposely to use one of those ‘special’ skeins of yarn, you know the one, that super pretty/expensive yarn you bought and have been saving for something special. This shawl lets you wear your heart on your shoulder and show you yarn just how much you love it.

016Heartfelt is knit from end to end so you can make it any length and included within the pattern is details on working out how to calculate how much yarn you will need to save for the decrease section.

You will need as little as 300 yards / 275 metres of 4ply / fingering weight yarn and 4mm/US6 needles. There is also optional beading, if you want to add beads then you will need at least 84 size 6 beads and a small crochet hook with which to add them. The pattern also includes full details on how to add beads to your knitting.

The pattern has both charted and written instructions and is suitable for an advanced beginner, experience of lace knitting may be an advantage.

You can buy this pattern through Ravelry here.

Meandros Shawl

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This is Meandros, my fourth shawl from my 6 shawl challenge, and it is now available to download on ravelry.

This semicircular shawl is knit all in one piece from the top down, the meander pattern in this shawl is created using slipped stitches, a simple technique that allows you to work with just one yarn at a time to create a pretty two colour design. The shawl is finished with a simple, but elegant lace edging.

The shawl is knit in artesano 100% alpaca 4ply, you will need approx 360 – 390 yards of the main colour and 55 – 70 yards of the contrast colour. You will also need 4mm/US6 and 5mm/US8 circular needles.

The pattern is all written, no charts required and so is suitable for an advanced beginner knitter.

You can get this pattern completely free of charge until midnight thursday 27th (UK time) just by adding it to your cart on ravelry and entering the code MEANDER

Hearts at last

003After all the trials and tribulations that I had with designing a heart themed shawl it has finally been finished, blocked, photographed and is now being test knitted. I don’t know why I had so many problems with the design of this shawl, think I may have been suffering from some sort of mental block because the design is not overly complicated. I am really pleased with how it turned out and hopefully my test knitters won’t find too many issues with the pattern.

If all goes to plan I will be releasing this pattern at the beginning of July.

Rock Pool Shawl

005My Rock Pool Shawl pattern is finally available to download!

This shawlette is knit all in one piece from the top down with the main body knit all in garter stitch leading to a pretty, open lace edging. Rock Pool is perfect for both varigated and solid coloured yarns and is ideal for using up that special skein of yarn you have been saving.

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You will need approximately 420 yards of fingering / 4ply yarn and 4mm needles, my sample is shown in Cherry Tree Hill supersock merino in the peacock colourway. The lace edging can be easily lengthed or shortened to suit how much yarn you have.

The instructions are all written, no charts required for this one and so is suitable for an advanced beginner.

For today only (5th June) you can get this shawl for free by entering the code halfway on the ravelry purchase page.