New Pattern: Leaf Anatomy

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It’s a cold and damp day so here’s a bright rainbow shawl to brighten things up.

This is my latest pattern Leaf Anatomy, knit in 4ply / fingering weight yarn it uses from 500 – 1200 yards of yarn. My sample was knit in Knitting Goddess 4ply Britsock in the printer ink colourwheel shades, I used 600yds of yarn and the finished shawl is a large 53″ wide x 33″ deep.

Leaf Anatomy is available to purchase now, and if you use the coupon code ‘leaf’ you can get an introductory 25% discount. As always if you decide to knit this pattern I would love to see a picture.

Little Knitting

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The sun has finally arrived and it is getting warmer here, and for some reason as soon as it gets to late spring / early summer all my knitting ideas seem to be baby related. I have no idea why this is but baby items are pretty good summer knitting projects as they are usually quite small so you don’t end up with a pile of knitting on your lap boiling your knees!

I’m quite lucky in that I do have recipients for any baby knitting, my nephew and niece are 9 months old, and I’m hoping that if I do come up with any new designs they’ll be willing models. At the moment all my new ideas seem to be for little dresses, as you can possibly see from the pic I took of my current sketchpad, I need to have a think about some more boy appropriate items too.

If you too are thinking about knitting baby clothes I do already have a few patterns, including Tigs which you can see below, or you can view all of my patterns here. Oh and there will be a couple of baby additions to my pattern catalogue in the next few weeks, I just need to get some photos take.

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Picot bind off

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I have a love/hate relationship with picot bind off, I love how it looks but hate how long it takes to do. Before starting a picot bind off there are two really important things to consider:

  • Have you got plenty of yarn
  • Have you got plenty of time

If you are already close to playing yarn chicken then this is definitely not the bind off for you as it uses a huge amount of yarn. Also if you have got a lot of stitches to bind off then find a good film, a comfy chair and large cup of coffee before starting.

I’ve seen a number of different methods for this bind off but below is my version, I personally find this way to be the quickest and easiest.

Picot Bind off:

  1. Cast on 2sts using the cable cast on method
  2. Bind off 4sts using the normal method
  3. Return the single stitch back to the left needle

Repeat steps 1 – 3 until all sts have been worked.

This is a 2 stitch picot, which I like as it is not too big or small, you can change the size of the picot points by casting on more or less sts, just remember that you always have to bind off twice as many sts as you cast on.

The picot bind off is really stretchy so it is great for the bottom edge of a shawl or for a decorative edge on pretty much anything.

New knitting pattern: Hathi Sweater

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Time to start the week with a new pattern, Hathi is the Hindi word for elephant; this sweater boasts an entire herd of hathi striding majestically around the yoke.

Hathi is knit from the bottom up in the round, the body and sleeves of the sweater are knit first then all three are joined together before the elephant yoke is knit.

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Hathi is knit in worsted weight yarn, so it works up really quickly, I knit my sample in Rowan Pure Wool Worsted in shades raspberry and charcoal. It is designed to be loose fitting and is sized from XS to 3XL.

You can find the pattern here on Ravelry and from now until the end of 21st of April you can get an automatic 25% discount on this and all of my self published patterns.

Fracture Shawls

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So now that my Fracture mystery knit-a-long is finished I can post some pictures, the one above is my sample, but below are some finished shawls from knitters that joined in. One of the things I’ve enjoyed the most is seeing all of the great finished projects and how the shawl looks in different yarns and colours.

How lovely is this white version, would make a great shawl for a bride.

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Pink and hearts are a perfect combination

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The next two are by the same person, I’m in awe, they both look amazing.

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I’ve enjoyed the MKAL so much that I will definitely do it again, possibly towards the end of the year.

 

Oh hello there!

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It’s been at least a couple of weeks since I last blogged, this is mostly due to Easter school holidays and small ill children, trying to get any sort of work done when there is two (very loud) small people in the house is near impossible at times. So much of the stuff that I need to get done is computer based like getting my website up and running, setting up a newsletter and charting a new design and these things need quiet, something there isn’t much of here at the moment!

But all that being said I have managed to do some knitting, the little knitted square in the picture is a swatch for a new sweater that I am working on, (it’s not going to be stripey I knitted stripes to soak it to make sure that the colours wouldn’t run) it wasn’t until after I had knit it that I noticed it looks a bit like watermelon, I rather like the effect. This sweater is going to be all-over stranded colourwork, charting the yoke increases took me most of a weekend, but its a fun challenge. It’s a lightweight 4ply / fingering weight sweater and the pattern should be out in the summer.

I’m also working on another project that I’m quite excited about, it’s a collection of shawls, all knit in British indie dyer yarns and all inspired by the countryside around me.  These shawls will be in my usual style of bright, bold and textured, and there will be lots of different techniques involved from lace to twisted stitches. The ebook and individual patterns for these will be out in the autumn.

Anyways hello again, I’m going to have a lot more regular posts coming up including a few new tutorials and some lovely pictures from my mystery knit-a-long, if you took part and would like to see your photo on here please send me a pm on Ravelry.