Category Archives: Knitting Patterns

Llangennith

Ooh it’s about time for a new pattern design isn’t it?! I’ve been so busy recently I hadn’t realised it had been so long since the last one – I swear being in a bubble of publishing seems to make time speed up sometimes, when we’re constantly on deadline and trying to get ahead for the next one! We do love it so though..

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I actually wrote this knitting pattern around Christmas time, but it was decided that it would go in our special bumper edition of The Knitter Issue 100, so I didn’t complain! The socks are knitted in Coopknits Socks Yeah!  which comes in 10 awesome colours and I love them all equally.

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Using Judy’s Magic Cast On, the pattern is knitted toe-up, with a 4-row lace repeat worked across the instep. After you have turned the heel you get to mix things up a bit and knit some cables up the leg. This makes it a fun sock that doesn’t get monotonous – and it obliterates second sock syndrome as the foot section knits up quite quickly.

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Buttercup

Buttercup 4ply v-neck Cardigan

Wow. I’ve just realised I haven’t made a blog post in 8 months! This has gone by so quickly, I’ve wanted to write something and share photos, but I had to keep super quiet about what I was spending all my free time making.  There will be a lot more about this in the next post!

This post for me to celebrate the fact I finally designed a garment! It’s a very simple 4ply v-neck cardigan, which was exactly what I was looking for at the time and I decided to take the plunge.  It wasn’t a particularly big plunge, as I spend all day Monday to Friday checking numbers for other designers’ garments, it just took me a while to get around to working everything out from scratch.  And knitting it. And deciding what to do with the neckband.

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I digress. I designed this pattern using Knitpicks Palette which is 4ply weight, 100% wool and comes in every colour under the sun. I didn’t even set out to design anything, it was just what I was after at the time, and I found there was a surprisingly small amount of patterns for similar v-neck cardigans in 4ply on Ravelry, so I ended up crunching a few numbers. I’m planning to make at least 3 more, it’s a real staple cardigan and I love the neckline.  The yarn is lovely, it knits up really neatly, though I have noticed it start to pill a little so I will keep an eye on that.  The best thing is, it’s cheap at £3.75 for 211m/50g balls, and I only needed about 4.5 balls to knit the size 8.

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The cardigan is worked flat in stocking stitch with a garter stitch neck band and is sized from a UK 8-26 (bust 81-127cm or 32-50in).  The pattern is available in Issue 133 (May 2015) of Simply Knitting magazine, which is out now (in all good newsagents!) or you can buy a digital issue here:

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5kcbwday2 Dating Profile

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Today’s topic for Knitting and Crochet Blog week is to create a dating profile for one of your projects.  Meet Barney, a lonely teddy bear, seeking a fellow bear to hang out in the yarn basket with.

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Hi! I’m Barney, a small, stripy bear, and I’m seeking a teddy bear (no yarn preference) for fun times and stash diving. I have a good sense of humour, am well stuffed, enjoy cuddles, stripes, hanging out in the yarn basket, long train journeys, camping, and wrapping myself in a massive duvet.  I’m not so keen on hot water, washing machines or dogs.

I was created in Brighton about 6 years ago using Regia sock yarn. Sock yarn always makes a happy bear, it turns out, as we are bright, colourful and distinctive. There were a few of us in the beginning, but over the years we have all found friendship with tiny human beings and have lost touch with eachother.

I’m looking for another bear as sometimes I can get a bit lonely, now my human is older and interested in other toys. It would be nice to have a fellow bear to play with when he is asleep or no longer free to cuddle me. 

The pattern used to knit me is a free vintage teddy bear pattern from Weldon’s, that my knitter found on a website a long time ago.  The original blog it was on is no longer working, so if you would like to knit me a friend you can download my pattern here for free!

I look forward to seeing all the other potential bear friends!

 

 Click here to read more of the posts from Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2014 5kcbwday2

Knitted Bunting Pattern on Hobbycraft

free knitted bunting patternI wrote this free knitted bunting pattern last year for Simply Knitting and The Knitter, and we took it to Olympia for a workshop at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show.  The idea was to make a simple bunting pattern for beginners, to teach the basics (garter stitch, increasing, decreasing and eyelets) and give them something to take home and work on.

free knitted bunting tutorial pattern

 free knitted bunting tutorial pattern

Knitted bunting seems to be pretty popular at the moment, it’s cute and is a great party decoration.  I lent my set (pictured) to a friend for her wedding, and it now resides in our office.

So I was quite pleased this week to see that the pattern is currently available through the Hobbycraft blog, which is full of fun and inspiring projects to get your juices flowing, such as card making, scrap booking, crochet, wedding bouquets and home decoration.

So if you’re getting itchy to do something creative, this is a good place to start!

‘Portreath’ Reversible socks pattern in The Knitter 71

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Reversible socks – the left sock is the ‘wrong side’, the right sock is the ‘right side’

I’m so excited about this pattern. Reversible socks! This came about sort of accidently, I created the stitch pattern, tweaked it in illustrator and then was swatching to see what it would look like. Happy with the results, I cast on and began sock one. When I reached the heel, I realised I preferred the sock inside out, and decided the sole would need to be knitted in such a way the sock could be worn either way around.

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Moss stitch was out – I personally love it, but I know a lot of people loath it, and the prospect of knitting the sole using 4ply yarn alternating knits and purls might put some people off. So I swatched some garter stitch. Man, this yarn looks good in garter stitch! I love the subtle colour changes that are apparent throughout the pattern, but there is something about this simple stitch. Plus, a garter sole gives you a little foot massage and adds a certain squish that you wouldn’t get with stocking stitch.

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The yarn I used is Violet Green Solemate, 100% merino, 400m/100g. It’s lush, try it!

reversible socks knitting pattern The Knitter 71

The Knitter Issue 71 is available in all good newsagents, or you can purchase online at My Favourite Magazines, or a digital version at Zinio for £4.99.

Also in this issue is this gorgeous shawl by Anniken Allis, modelled by yours truly! I had to pop this in as it’s not every day I get made up like a superstar, but also the shawl is beautiful and is getting a lot of love on Ravelry already. Knitted in a fab orange shade of Cashmered’s 3ply Cashmere, I found it really hard to give this back!

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Photos by Jesse Wild

My Hat Design Workshop and Gwythian pattern now on iTunes

My Hat Knitting Design Workshop from Issue 63 is now available for just £2.99 through The Knitter app on Apple Newsstand, for iPhone and iPad. Not only does this include the knitting pattern for Gwythian, my latest hat design, there is also a 4 page spread on how to design your own hat pattern, and an interview with yours truly!

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Quite the bargain, I should say 🙂

New sock pattern in The Knitter issue 70

If you’re a subscriber, you might have already received your copy of Issue 70, which features the ‘Platinum Collection’, in celebration of our 70 issues. I love the photography from this shoot, and especially Fiona Morris’ cardigan on the front cover.

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My pattern is featured in the sock supplement, along with a sweet pair of yellow socks by Rachel Coopey, and some adaptable ’10 stitch socks’ by Liz Lovick.

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Photo by Jesse Wild – Future Publishing

‘Heliotrope’ were designed with Artesano Definition sock yarn, and the pattern is available in 2 sizes. It’s a really fun pattern to get stuck into, as each repeat is so large, you’re done in no time. The yarn really is what it says it is too, the stitches really pop and are well defined. And I love the colour!

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I’m really pleased with this sock design and how the cables flow nicely into the pattern. Worked from the toe up, the heart pattern flows up the front of the foot, and the chain-like cables run up from the heel.

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The Knitter Issue 70 will be available tomorrow in all good newsagents – or alternatively you can buy your copy from My Favourite Magazines, or a digital version at Zinio for £4.99.

Happy knitting!

 

Fair Isle Hat Pattern in The Knitter 67

Apologies to my regular readers for my lack of posts lately, we were on holiday for 4 weeks over Christmas and I couldn’t get the WordPress app to work on my phone!

Issue 67 of The Knitter was released on the 7th Jan and features my new hat design, Kolka.  I even made it onto the cover!

I was inspired to make this hat by traditional Scandinavian techniques and began looking at different ways to work the head band.  I settled on the Latvian Braid, which is fun to make and looks really effective.  There is a masterclass in this issue of The Knitter on how to achieve this.

The hat is knitted in the round on 3.5mm needles using 4 different shades of Milla Mia Naturally Soft Merino DK.

The braid is snug around the ears, and because the rest of the hat is worked using the Fair Isle technique, the hat is double-layered and really warm.  Instructions are given for both a slouch hat (pictured) and a shorter beanie style hat for those who prefer.

Also featured in Issue 67 is a gorgeous jumper by Sasha Kagan, a tweedy aran cardigan by Linda Parkhouse and an amazing elephant cardigan by Martin Storey – all things I would like to knit when I get the time!

You can order your copy online at myfavouritemagazines.co.uk

Fair Isle Mittens pattern in Simply Knitting 115

Here is the second of my patterns published in the new issue of Simply Knitting, available on the 6th December. These mittens are seriously cosy, knitted in Blacker Swan Falkland Islands wool DK, which sooo soft! The pattern came about by mistake when I was charting an old vintage chevron pattern and messed it up, so I flipped it over and ended up with this.

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The pattern is a simple two-colour Fair Isle design which is fun to create.  The mittens are knitted in the round, increasing for the thumb, which is then added on afterwards.  The pattern is charted  clearly and is available in 3 sizes – Women’s Small-Large and Men’s large.

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Simply Knitting issue 115 (January 14) is available on the 6th Dec (in all good newsagents!) and also contains my slip-stitch “Cute Cabled Socks” pattern. You can also purchase the magazine online it at myfavouritemagazines, where it will be available for 6 months, or as a digital issue from iTunes or Zinio.

Cabled Socks Pattern in Simply Knitting 115

I’ve got two patterns in the new issue of Simply Knitting, so I’ll start with these cabled socks, which appear in the free supplement.

Knitted in Rowan Fine Art, I played around with cable slip stitch patterns to show of the variegation of the yarn.

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The pattern is easy to learn as the repeat is only 4 rows, which make these socks a great tv knitting project.  They are worked top down on 2mm needles, the ribbing designed to flow nicely into the pattern.

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This yarn is scrummy to work with – 45% wool, 20% mohair, 10% silk and 25% polyamide, making these socks really soft and cosy! I love how each of the slipped stitches shows up as a different colour.

Simply Knitting issue 115 (January 14) is available for £4.99 on the 6th Dec (in all good newsagents!)  You can also purchase online it at myfavouritemagazines, where it will be available for 6 months, or as a digital issue from iTunes or Zinio.

The mittens in the top right corner of the mag are also my design – I’ll be posting about them tomorrow!