Tag: colourwork

Mouse Knitting

Mouse Knitting

All crafty endeavors this week have been turned towards finishing Alex The Mouse, because I need to have him finished before I can move onto the next project which is a (deep breath) deadline knit. I don’t usually decide to take on deadline knits, so […]

Socks With Stripes, And Why You Shouldn’t Take That Tone

Socks With Stripes, And Why You Shouldn’t Take That Tone

Mr Awesome’s socks are coming along in short spurts between feeds and changes, and the occasional long walk to town. The cuff and seven stripes for the legs have been knit, and the final dark teal colour has been reached, signalling the end of the […]

New Pattern: Emberwarm Shawl

New Pattern: Emberwarm Shawl

I am excited to announce the release of my new shawl pattern: Emberwarm.

This smart and stylish shawl is so named for the resemblance of warm embers in a fire grate, and the feeling of cosy warmth that both will give. The shawl is knit in simple garter stitch with occasional slipped stitches that create the pattern in a form of mosaic knitting. This means that to knit the shawl the knitter only works with one shade of yarn in any given row, so the knit is both speedy and incredibly easy, yet still interesting as the pattern unfolds with each successive row. This also means that there are no awkward ‘floats’ of yarn at the rear of the work to catch on clothing or  to cause interference with tension when knitting.

The ingenious design of this shawl allows for complete customisation of the size without any need for complex mathematics or forward-planning, as it is knit from the bottom point upwards and can be knit as a small neckerchief by simply completing fewer rows, or knit into a huge encompassing wrap by continuing the knitting until the piece is at the desired size.

An added benefit of this is being able to use all of a precious skein of yarn with a colour progression that should be made the most of, or a special skein of handspun that deserves to be knit in its entirety with none left to waste.

The Emberwarm shawl has a beautiful slightly textural feel to the knitting due to the garter stitch and slipped stitch patterning making the finished shawl springy and light. Warm air is trapped between the fibres of the garter ridges of the fabric, which retains extra bounce due to the nature of the stitch.  

A benefit of garter stitch is that it lays completely flat, which, alongside the other benefit of there being no yarn floats on the reverse side to get caught clothing, or any other annoyances makes it extremely hard-wearing, simple to wear and extremely easy to care for.

For all of these reasons, Emberwarm also makes a perfect gift, as it requires no instructions for blocking should it require washing!

As well as being completely customisable in size (as a guide the sample shawl measures 130cm (52″) in span, instructions are also given to add an optional knitted-on iCord edge for finishing the shawl.  This iCord edging is different from many knited-on varieties as it completely wraps around the outer edge rather than sit flush on top of the edge, giving a perfect finish to both sides of the shawl.

The downloadable pattern for Emberwarm contains both written and charted instructions,  for ease of knitting, as well as schematics and notes on sizing.

Yarn weight: Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
Gauge: 28 stitches = 4 inches in Main Pattern
Needle size: US 3 – 3.25 mm
Yardage: 427 – 448 yards (390 – 410 m) used for sample size
Sizes available: Can be knit to any size. Sample shawl is 130cm (52″) wide and 30cm (12″) depth.
Price: $4.80 add to cart or buy it now

Finished Argyle Hat

Finished Argyle Hat

Sometimes the most perfect projects come from tried and tested traditions that have already stood the test of time. I designed this Argyle Band hat to make the most of a couple of small skeins of Rowan Pure Wool 4-Ply yarn that I had squirrelled […]

Finished Knit: The Polka Dot Jumper

Finished Knit: The Polka Dot Jumper

After just a little procrastination I have finished the Polka Dot jumper after just a little bit of extra work knitting the second sleeve, pockets, and then adding the finishing touched by making sure that every end was woven in and the buttons attached.I’ve even […]

Polka Dot Sweater Update

Polka Dot Sweater Update

Polka Dot SweaterIt has been a while since I did any work on this sweater as I have barely picked it up since Christmas, but this weekend I decided that I would accompany some recent spinning with a little simple knitting, and I realised that I was actually quite close to completion on this sweater as it was really only awaiting a second sleeve (is there such a thing as Second Sleeve Syndrome? If so I think I might have fallen foul of it).
Colourwork detail on sweater sleeveAfter a few hours of knitting I am quite close to the colour work section of the sleeve, which is of course the interesting bit. I have a funny feeling that after knitting the spotted pattern of the first sleeve I just didn’t want to go back to the plain stockinette rounds of the main sleeve portion, so cast the sweater and it’s boring sleeves aside for something new and shiny, but as with most things if you leave it for just long enough you find a second wind and I have found that I have been able to crack on with getting a good portion of this sleeve knit in front of a few episodes of some decent Scandinavian crime drama.
GrellowHopefully I will have this sweater completed by the end of the week and shall probably look back on the past couple of months and wonder what on earth took me so long, especially at a time of year when I have needed a good wool and alpaca sweater so very desperately! On the plus side, the completion of this sweater now seems like it is due for a very speedy completion.