Here is the second of my patterns originally published in the new issue of Simply Knitting. 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:
© Philip Sowels Future Publishing
The pattern is a simple two-colour standed design which is fun to knit. The mittens are worked in the round, increasing for the thumb, which is then added on afterwards. The pattern is charted clearly and is available in 2 sizes: 18-20cm (7-8in) and 21-23cm (81/4-9) in.
For more information please see the product page here.
© Philip Sowels and Future Publishing
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.
Photo © Philip Sowels Future Publishing
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.
Photo © Philip Sowels Future Publishing
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 Zinio.
The mittens in the top right corner of the mag are also my design – I’ll be posting about them tomorrow!
Issue 108 of Simply Knitting will be hitting the shops soon and my cup cosies are front page news! (The little picture next to the number 24)
The idea was to create three mug hugs in varying patterns and colours. I chose Erika Knight’s British Blue Wool, as it comes in the teensiest cutest little 25g balls and every colour is delicious. The cosies range from a fairly simple knit and purl chequered rib pattern to twisty lace and a fun cabled pattern, and each are tapered slightly to fit neatly around your take-away coffee cup.
The blue cabled cosy is actually my favourite but it isn’t so visible in this picture. It’s tricky taking a photo of a glossy page in strip lighting, so here’s a shot of it on my desk..
The cosies were a really quick, fun knit, and it was a nice chance to play with Erika’s squishy 100% Blue Faced Leicester. The only downside is, now I’m craving a cardigan in it!
I’ve been so busy this week I totally forgot to mention my pin cushion pattern in the May issue (106) of Simply Knitting magazine! It’s a cute little project to go with the free set of 3mm (US 2) DPN’s that come with the issue. Currently my version is serving it’s purpose quite nicely on my desk, where not only does it brighten the place up a bit, it keeps all my pins handy for when I need to grab them quickly!
It’s a simple pattern that can be created in an evening or two, and is great for those of you new to knitting in the round. It begins with an icord cast on, so you don’t need to worry about joining in the round or twisting stitches. The mag is available worldwide through the Simply Knitting website in both print and digital versions.
In other news this week I have been mostly knitting Fair Isle socks! They should be finished by the weekend so I will post photos soon. For “in-progress” shots join me on Instagram!
If you’ve been following my blog and Instagram lately you might have seen a few pictures of my free knitted bunting pattern! This was a design for Simply Knitting and The Knitter, which we used in workshops over the weekend at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia.
A few of you have asked if the pattern is available, and I am happy to say that yes, it is! You can now download the pattern for free at the bottom of this post.
I went along to the show on Thursday and was on hand to help anyone who felt like joining in. We provided a nice space for new and experienced knitters to put their feet up and click their needles for a bit, and in the process met some lovely people. The free workshops ran from 11-3.15, Thursday to Sunday, and each of us on the team took part in a day at the show, showing newbies the ropes and chatting with some of the more speedy folk.
I’d have loved to have stayed longer to have a look around, and even check out Somerset House’s “Wool House” if I hadn’t been booked in a taxi home, but alas that shall have to wait! There are so many things to see and do in London..
All in all it was a successful weekend and we all had a great time – hopefully those of you that joined in enjoyed it too!
If you like this pattern please consider purchasing something from my Pattern Store or buying me a coffee!
Free Knitted Bunting Pattern