Hello! It’s been a while, I’ve been working on a couple of super secret projects with quite tight deadlines so I put myself on a bit of a self-imposed internet ban, its amazing how easy it is to waste hours of your time faffing about on the net.
But now that I’m down to just one deadline project I am thinking about what to start next, now it may be summer and the sun has finally decided to appear here in the UK but I am thinking about winter and these rather lovely balls of Lopi yarn, isn’t it pretty and so squooshy! I actually have no idea what I am going to do with these yet, possibly a colourwork yoke sweater or a stripey vest, but I thought that if I took a photo it would perhaps inspire me and then I really liked the photo and had to share!
Right back to the knitting, no summer vests for me, I am currently working on a super warm, cabled shawl that will be published in December!
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.
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.
If you are in the US the October issue of I Like Knitting is now available and it includes my leaf lines sweater pattern. This is probably one of my favourite designs so far, the simple lace down the sleeves together with waist shaping make it feminine and flattering. I just only wish that when I get the sample back I could wear it, its a size small and only wishful thinking will get me in it! I guess I will just have to knit me a larger one.
So I had this idea for a new colour work sweater a couple of months ago, drawing charts, working out the maths and finding just the right yarn has all taken a while and then Christmas came along so I’ve been quite eager to cast on, and this is where the problems started. On boxing day evening I cast on and eagerly started knitting, 48 hours later I realised I hadn’t cast on enough stitches, I wasn’t just a couple short but 20 less than there should be, luckily I’d only knitted about 3″, so I ripped it out and started again. I’d knitted 4 rounds when yesterday I realised that I’d twisted my knitting when I joined in the round so instead of knitting a jumper I was knitting a moebius, arrrgggghhhh, ripped back once more. I started again last night, triple checking number of stitches and that I hadn’t twisted anything, so I’m hoping that this is third time lucky, fingers crossed that nothing else goes wrong!