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Hat KAL in Fyberspates Ravelry group

I’m a bit late in posting this, but there is a KAL featuring two of my hat designs in the Fyberspates group on Ravelry.  There’s still time to join, and you could win a skein of Fyberspates Vivacious DK!

Lace Fyberspates DKGwithian

The options are the recently published DK weight Gwithian, from issue 63 of The Knitter, which is still available to purchase as a back-issue here.   Or if you prefer, you can knit Autumn Gold in Vivacious 4ply.  Knitters taking part in the KAL can purchase this pattern at 25% off until the 30th November.  Details are in the thread!

Autumn Gold Lace Slouch HatAutumn Gold

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Do you have your copy of The Knitter yet? Issue 63 sees my pattern debut, a sunny yellow lace hat in Fyberspates Vivacious DK, featured in the free “Hats!” supplement.

Lace Fyberspates DK This pattern is a fun lace repeat worked in the round, which is decreased (in my usual stylee) to a flower at the top.  This yarn was absolutely gorgeous to work with, it feels great in your hands and the stitch definition is amazing, which is why I chose to use it for this design.

Fyberspates Vivacious DK

The hat pattern is written for three sizes, from 51-61cm (21-24″) head circumference.  Due to the width of the lace repeat, each size is made with different needles, so make sure you check which size you’ll need.  There is talk of a KAL next month in the Fyberspates group on Ravelry, so make sure you join the group to stay informed!

Fyberspates Vivacious DK

To compliment the pattern I also wrote a big masterclass on designing your own hats.  This covers everything from choosing yarn, finding a stitch pattern that works nicely, adding repeats, whether you want to work it flat or in the round and how much length and ease you want.   If you’ve not quite ventured into design territory yet, this is a great start!

This pattern and masterclass is now available through our free Apple Newsstand app for £2.99.  Just visit http://bit.ly/1g4kXkE on you iPhone or iPad to download.

The Knitter Issue 63 is available as a digital download from Zinio for £4.99.

This is also an exciting issue for my friend Ellen Gill, who is also a featured designer.  Her gorgeous cardigan pattern Tyrolean has had us excited in the office, and our technical assistant Jen has already cast it on.  Celebratory gin and tonics all round!

New Pattern Available! – Autumn Gold Slouch Hat

Please welcome the newest edition to my pattern collection – Autumn Gold! This can be knit as a slouch hat or a beanie, depending on what sort of look you prefer.

This is also the first time I have written a pattern which is available for both right handers and lefties! It was brought to my attention that there aren’t that many left handed knitting patterns out there, and I just thought, why not? I have created an extra page with this in mind, and intend to edit the rest of my patterns the same way.

Autumn Gold Lace Slouch Hat

So let me talk about the yarn – Fyberspates Rural Charm.  I bought this yarn out at Fyberspates when I went to collect a loom from Jeni a couple of months ago. (Sadly I haven’t had time to play with the loom much yet!)  However this yarn is LUSH.  It’s a blend of 70% Blue Faced Leicester, 20% Silk and 10% Cashmere and it’s so, so soft!

It was actually an accident that I bought 4ply sock yarn. I’ve never really made socks, so I wasn’t about to start designing them.  I was squidging the yarn for about a week or two to figure out what it wanted to be. “What if it sets it’s sights too high?” asked my other half. “What if it wants to be an astronaut?”

Autumn Gold Lace Beanie Hat Pattern

It turned out that the yarn really wanted to be a hat.  A lightweight hat that’s absolutely perfect for spring and autumn – when it’s warm in the day but then chilly at night.

The pattern is reasonably simple – a mixture of yarn overs and cables, to keep you busy the whole way through the pattern and your fingertips satisfied.

Autumn Gold Slouch Beanie Hat Knitting Pattern

Today was the first time I’ve had the courage to go outside and take photos of myself. It wasn’t too bad, and the fear of looking stupid soon passed! This little cat really wanted to be part of it though – he lives nearby and we call him Socks. So original!

Autumn Gold Lace Hat Knitting PatternAutumn Gold is now available on my patterns page, as well as on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy.  If you buy it here you don’t need to have a Ravelry account, it will just take you straight to Paypal, where you will be sent the pattern directly after payment.

Autumn Gold Knitted Beanie PatternFor more detailed pattern information please see here.

FO Friday – Autumn Gold Slouch Hat

Finally! My slouch hat is finished and now just needs to be written up.  Stupidly, I didn’t write everything down too clearly so it might take a while to get this one ready for testing.  This isn’t the sharpest photo but you get the idea!  You can see a close up pic of the pattern here from a previous post.

Fyberspates Rural Charm Slouch Hat
The yarn is Fyberspates Rural Charm, 4ply Blue Faced Leicester, Cashmere and Silk in Gold. Yum 🙂

I have decided that this will be my first leftie friendly pattern, as I feel bad for all the left-handers out there that have to read patterns backwards!  I will be enlisting help from my good friend Lucy on getting everything multi-lingual so everyone can enjoy knitting it, before I start on working on my previous patterns.

On another note, here are some pretty poppies and wild flowers I spotted on my way to the post office this morning 🙂

© Buttons and Beeswax

© Buttons and Beeswax

© Buttons and Beeswax
I figure there is no point in doing a 366 project if I don’t use the photos not included for blog content! I love this last one, the flower looks super-imposed (but its not!) I’m not sure what this flower is..

And lastly, yesterday I came across these fab tutorials for creating knitting charts using Adobe Illustrator.  Previously I’ve used Excel, but being a Photshop/InDesign kind of laydee, I thought it might be nice to get my head around some of the Illustrator basics.  There is a lot more control to be had in how your chart looks, and you can easily create your own symbols.  It’s strangely addictive too!


WIP Wednesday – Autumn Gold Lace Hat

Apologies for my lack of blog posts recently.  I really cannot think where all my time is going, given that I am no longer in the routine of a full time job.  I seem to be spending a lot of time designing and feel a bit out of the loop in blogland.  I haven’t even read any blogs in the last week or so!

Fyberspates 'Rural Charm' Autumn Gold Pattern Swatch

Fyberspates 'Rural Charm' Autumn Gold Pattern Swatch

As some of you will have read a few weeks ago, I went out to Fyberspates to pick up an old loom, and came home with a lovely soft skein of yarn to play with too 🙂

The yarn is ‘Rural Charm’ 4 ply sock yarn, 70% Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Silk and 10% Cashmere. Yes, it is gorgeous! I love how tidy the stitches come out, and it blocks wonderfully.

It took me a while to decide what to make with this lovely yarn – I have not yet ventured into the world of socks (I know it will happen someday) but it seems I am still stuck on hats, you can never have enough! Plus I love the fact that they don’t use up too much yarn, and can be finished pretty quickly.

Fyberspates Autumn Gold Hat - WIP


This one is taking a little longer as I am knitting on 3mm needles, but I’m really looking forward to it being finished. The pattern is a really fun knit!

For more WIP’s please looky here!

Wednesday WIP – Giving an Old Loom New Life

On Monday I was super lucky to be given this loom from the lovely Jeni at Fyberspates.

Harris 4 Shaft Table Loom

After meeting Divaweaver at the Southbank Arts Trail back in May, I’d been inspired to give weaving a go.  So when I saw Jeni’s tweet that she had a loom requiring a new home I knew I had to go and rescue it.

Harris 4 Shaft Table Loom

Now I know nothing about weaving, nor which parts of the loom I need to fix up.  I’m going to start with a bit of dusting and go from there.  I’m not even sure what any of the parts are called, so I joined this Ravelry group in the hope that some of the experts there might be able to give me a nudge in the right direction.

Harris 4 Shaft Table Loom

I think these wires are called the heddles.  They appear to be ok, maybe a little rusty, but I’m hoping they’ll clean up ok.  I also know I need to get a new reed as the one for this machine is missing.  Any advice would be gratefully accepted!

Harris 4 Shaft Table Loom

As luck would have it, this morning I met with another lovely lady called Claire, from Bristol Sewing School, which opened in March about 10 minutes from my house.   I learned that not only will they be running weaving workshops, but knitting machine courses too, hurrah!  So there is hope yet to get even more creative hobbies than I already have.

Harris 4 Shaft Table Loom

I’m not sure if it’s possible to take a trip out to the Fyberspates workshop and not come back with yarn – I know I didn’t manage it.  There are so many pretty colours! I had to restrain myself and just buy the one skein, which I think was pretty good going considering I haven’t bought anything new in at least 6 months.  Unless you include yarn for gifts.

I don’t.

Fyberspates Yarn

I’m not sure what to make with it yet – a lovely pair of yellow socks or a nice lacy fingering weight hat.. I’m not letting myself play until I’ve finished my bolero though!

After the drive back I found there was a street party in full swing near our road, so went down to take some snaps.  I love living somewhere with such a lovely community feel to it!

fraser street street party bristol

Fraser Street Street Party Bristol

Street Party Bristol Balloons