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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..

Knitted socks shot on wooden floor

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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‘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.

reversible socks knitting pattern The Knitter 71

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

Gwythian

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!

Cardigan Design Part Deux

Warning – Swatch geek alert!

After a week of properly sitting down and planning, I have to say my cardigan design hasn’t got as far as I’d hoped.

Originally in my head I wanted to make a traditional aran style cardigan, with a hood and chunky cables.  A similar fit to the one below, I made a while ago, but longer with different cables all the way around.

I started working on the new pattern about 2 years ago and settled on this as the main cable design.  Can you imagine that as a hoodie? I can and will!

So this week I got to work on looking at other cable stitch patterns and deciding what I did and didn’t like. This one is simple but you need a couple of basic cables in there, or else it starts to look too fussy.

I also made a honeycomb stitch swatch which I think is totally awesome, but it ran away and hid somewhere after blocking and hasn’t been seen since. If you’re wondering what I’m on about, it looks like this.

However… Late on Wednesday night, after swatching, frogging, blocking, snapping etc, and generally having cables tangling around my head for the best part of 6 days, I thought, “hang on.. those 10 balls I have of Rowan Wool Cotton are 50g, not 100g.  How the hell am I going to make a cable hoodie out of that?”

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So back to square one.  I got on to Ravelry to see what other people had made with Rowan Wool Cotton and discovered something great.. This yarn likes to be knit as lace!

For all the cables I had knitted so far with this yarn I had been using 3.25mm needles.  But they just weren’t working for the lace.  The picture above is one of my favourite stitches, yet you can clearly see the difference between the smaller needles (at the bottom) and the 4mm needles I used for the part above the garter stitch.

I really love this stitch but I’m not sure if it’s a bit close in aesthetic to the cardigan below, Lichen by Lisa Richardson which I made for myself about 2 years ago.

Obviously one is cabled and one just has the effect of cables, but it is the lattice look that I am referring to. And although this pattern will be up for sale once it is complete, the designs that I write are based on things that I want to wear myself. I’m not at the stage yet where I can create something, put hours into it and then sell it or give it away.

So then I tried this stitch out.

There’s something about it I’m not sure about, and I think it’s the fact it’s so uniform. I can just see it draping in lacy rib down the front, and I find that a bit.. boring? Plus there are too many holes to make it warm.

This was the last stitch I tried out it made me happy to knit. The pattern wasn’t too repetitive and I liked how neat it looked after blocking. Initially, I felt, yay! I’ve found the one!

But now I’m not so sure! I’m drawn back to the lattice stitch every time I look at the swatch.   So thought I’d ask for help.  Imagine a round neck, classic style cardigan in either of these stitches.

Which would you go for?

 

New Pattern Available! Heather Shrug

Please welcome the latest pattern to my collection – Heather!  This bolero was created in Erika Knight’s ‘Vintage Wool’, which is British worsted weight 100% wool.

The name ‘Heather’ was chosen by Tracy at Woolly World of Me, and I think it suits it very well! The bolero is pretty and girly, yet chunky so it progresses quickly.

The warmth of the wool and the looseness of the stitches create a perfect drape, keeping the shrug soft and cosy, yet allowing the air in so you don’t get too warm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern is available in 5 sizes –

XS (Bust 71-76cm/28-30’)
S
(Bust 81-86cm/32-34”)
M
(Bust 91-96cm/36-38”)
L
(Bust 101-106cm/40-42”)
XL (Bust 111-116cm/44-46”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This pattern is fun and quick, easily memorised and will suit knitters new to lace.  Created as one piece, this can be knitted in a few evenings in front of the tv, and is perfect for those summer/autumn evenings after the sun has gone down 🙂