Tuesday, 4 May 2021

A Knitter's Guide to Shawl Design

So excited to share the cover of my new book! I submitted my manuscript a few weeks ago to my lovely editor at The Crowood Press. We now have a beautiful cover image, a first proof of the layout and publication timing. Look out for the release of A Knitter's Guide to Shawl Design in November 2021! 

Shawls are the perfect knitted accessory for exploring beautiful yarns and creative stitch patterns. My book is full of inspiration for shawl shapes and stitch designs. Readers can dip in and out of the chapters for ideas or they can knit one of the beautiful shawl patterns that I have designed especially for the book. The shawl featured on the cover is knitted in Bilum Snek gradient yarn - a real joy to design and knit with. Over the coming weeks, as we lead up to publication, I'll be writing more about the inspiration behind this design and much, much more. I cant wait to share more details!

Monday, 22 March 2021

Ammonoid Shawl Pattern

My Ammonoid Shawl pattern has been published in Knitting magazine issue 215! For this issue, designers were asked to explore a range of different knitted construction methods. My shawl combines the half-pi semicircle construction method with a knitted-on outer border. Pi-shawls were popularised by the inspirational designer, Elizabeth Zimmerman. In her book, Knitter's Almanac, the construction for a circular shawl is beautifully described and I really recommend having a read!

Once the semicircle is completed, the knitted-on lower border is added. This border uses the "live" stitches of outer edge of the semicircle and is almost like casting off the stitches as you go. As the border progresses, it gradually widens. The resulting asymmetric shawl shape reminds me of a fossilised ammonite!

The shawl is knitted in Ullcentrum 2ply Swedish yarn from Midwinter Yarns. This lovely yarn provides amazing structure to the stitch pattern. The main shade is called Petrol and the contrast shade is Natural Gradient.

Pattern Update. Please note that the stitch count for the Shawl Body, Row 1 should be 13sts.

Saturday, 27 February 2021

Wave Drift Shawl for Irish Artisan Yarn

I am absolutely delighted to announce a new shawl pattern! My Wave Drift Shawl was created in collaboration with the lovely Tara at Irish Artisan Yarns (IAY). The beautiful shades of IAY merino bamboo silk 4ply yarn are just perfect for my design!

Wave Drift is inspired by surface water on a lake. The textured zigzag pattern represents the ripples of little waves that can ruffle an otherwise smooth lake surface as a gentle breeze blows. The shawl design aims to capture the drift of the waves along with the stillness and serenity of a peaceful lake.

The triangular shawl begins with a garter stitch tab and then grows downwards from the top centre by four stitches being increased on every right-side row. The centre spine and outer edges contain a textured twisted rope and eyelet stitch pattern. The diagonal lines of textured waves stretch from the outer shawl edges and meet at the shawl centre. The pattern has full written instructions and charts created using awesome Stitchmastery charting software. Many thanks to Joanna Miles for her excellent tech editing and to Maxine Vining for taking the brilliant photo below!

The pattern is available from Irish Artisan Yarns, alongside all the beautiful yarn colour ways. The shawl requires two skeins of IAY merino bamboo silk 4ply. You can also purchase the pattern as a digital download on Payhip and Ravelry.


Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Wistman's Wood Cardigan

My Wistman's Wood cardigan in is this month's Knitter Magazine! I am delighted that my pattern is included alongside so many beautiful designs in Issue 160.

The cardigan design is inspired by crisscrossing tree branches. The stitch pattern is full of zigzgging lines of eyelets combined with reverse stocking stitch texture. The branching eyelet pattern is worked on the cardigan back and the front bands, which are knitted at the same time as the fronts. The pattern gradually widens towards the upper body and shoulders. It was such a pleasure to design and knit with this wonderful warm bright yellow shade of Novita Nalle yarn!

Here are some images of the lovely Novita yarn with the ball band information.

Friday, 5 February 2021

I'm really delighted to tell you that my Cholla Shawl knitting pattern is now available to purchase from Walcot Yarns. This means that my design is on sale alongside the gorgeous Opus yarn in which I designed the pattern! There are many beautiful shades available, including Goldenrod. I love this shade and the shawl that I am wearing in the photo is knitted in this colourway.

During #iknit7 last year, I was really excited to purchase 2 skeins of a limited edition Opus yarn created by Townhouse Yarns. As soon as I saw this colourway I knew it would be perfect for a new Cholla shawl! I am making great progress with this new version - only a few more repeats to go! Thanks to my daughter Maxine for taking these great work-in-progress pictures.

The Cholla Shawl is inspired by the desert landscape and cholla cacti in the state of Arizona, USA. It is constructed using two-stitch cables and a combination of single and double yarn-overs worked on stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch backgrounds. At the same time, the shawl gradually widens with increases worked on every right-side row, creating a right-angled triangle shape. The pattern was originally published in Knitting magazine issue 196.

You can currently buy the lovely Walcott Yarns Opus yarn direct from Walcott Yarns, along with a hard copy of the pattern. The Cholla Shawl requires 2 skeins of Opus. I’ll also be adding a digital version of the pattern to Ravelry and Payhip in the next few days.

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

A lovely package and a pattern release!

My Mum has rediscovered her knitting mojo and has been creating beautiful gifts for family and friends. I am over the moon that she has been enjoying knitting one of my patterns. My Shoreline Scarf was first published in Knitting Magazine Issue 195. The original design is knitted in gorgeous Uist Wool Cannach 4ply yarn. I love how the Cannach yarn textures and shades work so well together in bias-knitted stripes.

Mum wanted to knit a slightly larger version of the scarf so she chose a DK yarn, Rowan Yarns Alpaca Soft. Working the pattern in a heavier weight of yarn means that Mum's scarf is a little bit wider than the original. Now that all the presents have been received by the lucky friends and family, I can share a few photos of Mum’s knitting. This is also a great opportunity to release the pattern as a download from Payhip and Ravelry

So, what was in the lovely package? Well, Mum has knitted a scarf for me! This version is knitted in two shades of UK Alpaca Super Fine Alpaca DK and I love it! 

Mum is now working on a short version of the scarf, so that she can sew the ends together and create a cowl version! Such a clever way to use up the remaining yarn. 

Happy knitting and I hope you enjoy this pattern!

Emma x

Monday, 2 November 2020

Barberry Crescent Shawl

My Barberry Shawl pattern is now available on Ravelry, LoveCrafts and Payhip! This shawl is a lovely accessory project, inspired by autumnal leaves and berries. Knitted in Carol Feller's beautiful Stolen Stitches Nua Worsted, you will need three skeins of the main shade and one skein of the contrast shade. There are so many gorgeous shades to choose from! Why not take a look at the full range of colours over on Carol's website.

The Barberry Shawl begins at the back of the neck and is knitted top-down to create a crescent shape. The centre panel features a cable and bobble pattern that is inspired by little clusters of berries and leaves. The cables form leaves by combining two- and three-stitch cable twists. The bobble berries are made over two rows, with stitches increased on the first row and decreased on the next row. The panel is bordered by two long lines of twisted-stitch ropes, and the curved shawl wings are knitted in stocking stitch with an eyelet pattern. The crescent wings of the shawl are formed by increasing six stitches on every right-side row: two stitches at each end of the row and one stitch on each side of the centre panel.