Look what I am lucky enough to have my hands on a preview copy of… The new offering from the Arnall-Cullifords’ bottomless pit of amazing instructionals hones in on one particular area of knitting techniques: cables. Where A Year Of Techniques touched upon introducing or …
I am pleased to be able to release my latest pattern, Morganite, a design that has been a long and meticulous time in the making.
Named for a complex but robust gemstone, Morganite is the perfect hat project for combining a number of simple knitting skills into a stitch pattern that delivers more than the sum of its parts.
Though the cabling, smocked stitches and colourwork are each relatively simple elements in themselves, working them together results in a stitch pattern that looks more challenging than it truly is. Pleasing crown shaping is designed to look like the converging facets of a cut jewel, and the hat is topped off with an optional pompom.
Knitting instructions are given in both written and charted forms with descriptions for each of the cable stitches used as well as full details on the smocking stitches. The pattern includes written and illustrated instructions and templates for creating two sizes of pompom (larger pompom shown on white & grey hat, and smaller pompom shown on grey & pink hat) as well as full schematics.
The two shades of yarn chosen for the hat will determine the look of the finished project. Subtly contrasting yarns play with the texture of the garter stitch fill in the colourwork diamonds to emphasise the areas of differing shade, whereas stronger contrasting yarns draw a more immediate attention to the colourwork aspect. Knit in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, each size hat requires 2 skeins of the chosen MC and one skein of CC, which provides enough yarn for both the hat and a pompom in either the main or contrast shade. The model hats above show the grey and pink hat with a MC pompom and the cream and grey hat with a CC pompom. The hat may, of course, be left without a pompom if the detail of the crown decreases is desired left uncovered.
This hat has a cushiony, comfortable warmth due to the colourwork, cables, and the soft texture of the garter stitch. It’s the perfect quick and interesting project to launch the cold weather knitting for warmth.
To view Morganite on Ravelry, please visit the Ravelry page for the Morganite hat.
These Argyle Cables socks were a design that were first published in Simply Knitting Magazine, and were one of my favourite knits to both make and wear. Knitted in 6-Ply Regia yarn, they knit up extremely quickly considering the amount of detail that exists in those sumptuous bouncy cables.
These socks are extremely warm and kind to cold feet. The 1×1 rib that tops each sock provides a stretchy cuff to cling to the leg and prevent those warm socks from falling down, keeping you nice and cosy, and they look fantastic with jeans and boots, but also extremely cute and quirky with a nice skirt and natural fibres or neutral colours.
Links are provided in the PDF to a tutorial for the recommended cast on as well as sources for pattern support. The pattern also features a large clear chart for ease of knitting with an incorporated key on the same page for ease of reference.
The cushioned flap & gusset heel that these socks feature ensure a nice padded and hard-wearing fitting sock, which if knitted in the warm 6-ply wool with nylon yarn recommended will mean that your socks will last you through many cold winters. The cables, though squishy and soft, are not bulky. The side cabling lays very flat, and the main argyle patterning features very few crossover points to keep these socks wonderfully comfortable.
If you’re looking for a wonderfully fulfilling knit that provides a lot of impact for your stitches, these socks are a great way of maintaining good knitting mojo.
Yarn weight: 6-ply or Sport Weight yarn to achieve gauge.
Gauge: 28 stitches and 36 rows = 10cm/4″ in stocking stitch
Needle size: 3 mm (US 2½)
Yarn usage: 320 – 370 m (350 – 410 yards)
Sizes available: Women’s S/M, (L) to fit foot circumference 18-20cm/7/8″, (22cm, 9″)
Price: $4.50 add pattern to cart or buy it now