Thursday, 28 November 2019

Vintage Style

The recent Prairie collection for The Knitter Magazine Issue 144 features four elegant patterns inspired by wild flowers and vintage styles. I am absolutely delighted that my Bee Balm Sweater is included alongside beautiful designs by Kristin Blom, Maddie Harvey and Mary Henderson!

Bee Balm Sweater by Emma Vining
Image from the Knitter Magazine
Bee Balm was inspired by elements from a classic lace trimmed blouse. For the stitch pattern, I used long lines of eyelets with delicate cable details. Texture plays a big part in all my design work and this sweater begins with a reverse stocking stitch background, changing to a stocking stitch background for the upper section. Picot cast-on and cast-off edges complete the vintage effect. My Bee Balm sweater looks amazing in beautiful Walcot Yarns Opus yarn. The gorgeous colour is the rich, deep shade of plum.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019


I love collecting all kinds of inspirational images to spark new knit design ideas and one of my favourite subjects is the staircase! This month Knitting magazine have published my Staircase Shawl in Issue 201. The inspiration for this design comes from the wonderful National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Staircase Shawl by Emma Vining
Image from Knitting, GMC Publications

The particular inspirational staircase for my shawl is located in the upper levels of the building. I love everything about these stairs, from the curve of the steps, to the smooth and textured triangular features beside them, and also the monochrome colour way shown in my photo. The National Museum of Scotland is full of fantastic inspiration and there are amazing views of Edinburgh Castle from the top levels too!

Staircase in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Photo by Emma Vining

View from the top of the National Museum of Scotland
Photo by Emma Vining
Stunning architectural features inside the NMS
Photo by Emma Vining
My Staircase Shawl knitting pattern combines textured triangles, eyelets and short row shaping to make the series of steps. The short rows create a shawl with a gentle curve, just like the stairs in the museum. Using gradient shades of yarn sets off the stitch pattern perfectly and the John Arbon Knit by Numbers yarn range has so many different colour ways to choose from! These beautiful greys were the perfect match for my design ideas, but the shawl would look amazing in any of the colour gradients. To knit the shawl, you will need three 25g mini-skeins and one 100g full skein of 4ply KBN.

Staircase Shawl detail
Photo by Emma Vining

Friday, 1 November 2019

The Craftie Awards!

Exciting news! My blog has been nominated for a Craftie award!

Love Crafts have just announced the nominations for all the Craftie awards categories and I would be really grateful of your vote for my blog! You can use this link to access the voting page.

Here are all the categories. My blog has been notated for the Noteworthy Knitting Blog!
  • ●  Creative Crochet Blog, 2019
  • ●  Noteworthy Knitting Blog, 2019
  • ●  Stylish Stitching Blog, 2019
  • ●  Motivated Multi Craft Blog, 2019
  • ●  Dedicated Indie Designer, 2019
  • ●  Blog Personality of The Year, 2019
Voting opens from today, 1st November 2019, and closes on 18th November 2019. The shortlist will be announced on 26th November 2019 and the winners on 2nd December 2019.

As a way of celebrating my nomination I would like to share links to some of the blogs and websites that inspire me and that I hope you will enjoy too.

First up is the wonderful Knitting Now and Then blog, full of fascinating knitting information including detail about items from the Knitting & Crochet Guild Collection. Barbara, the blog author, is the publications curator for the Knitting & Crochet Guild and her blog shares her research into a wide range of the magazines, books, booklets and patterns held in the Guild collection.

Two years ago, I was delighted to be the winner of the Birlinn Yarn Company Knitting Design competition! I wrote about meeting owner Meg at her home on the Isle of Berneray in a previous post, here. Since then, we have kept in close contact and Meg and I have recently been working together on new knitting designs inspired by pottery fragments found on the beaches of Berneray. Through her blog, Meg shares news from her croft on the Isle of Berneray and updates about her gorgeous yarn. You can read Meg's blog here and see her range of knitting patterns using Birlinn yarns here.

One of my favourite ways to be inspired is by visiting museums and galleries. When the opportunity came up to volunteer at the V&A Museum in London, I jumped at the chance! Every time I walk in the door of the museum, I see the world of design in a different way. I love being part of the Visitor Experience team, helping visitors get the most out of their trip to the Museum. The museum curators and staff share their extensive knowledge through many different blogs and articles on the V&A website. A great place to start exploring is with this interesting post on the history of hand knitting, here, and a selection of knitted objects from the V&A collection, here.

These are just three of the many blogs and articles that I enjoy reading. Being a part of the Lovecraft Craftie awards is a great way to find out about other designers and crafters and I'm really looking forward to discovering more amazing blogs. Thanks so much for your support for my blog and please do vote if you can. Happy knitting and crafting!

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Crow Steps

My Crow Steps cap-sleeve top is in this month's Knitter Magazine! I'm delighted that my textured cable top is amongst the gorgeous designs that are all part of Issue 143. Crow Steps is inspired by distinctive architectural features of roof tops in the Belgian City of Ghent.

Crow Steps by Emma Vining
Image from The Knitter Magazine
The beautiful yarn I chose for this project is Kate Davies Designs (KDD) Àrd Thìr in the lovely shade of Veyatie. This yarn was fantastic to work with and is perfect for my cabled and textured stitch pattern. It is a blend of Peruvian highland wool and alpaca and is produced by Fyberspates in collaboration with KDD.

Crow Steps by Emma Vining
Image from The Knitter Magazine
In this issue of the Knitter, you can also read part 2 of my three-part series of design articles. Titled "Notes from my Sketchbook",  each article explores one of my stitch patterns, beginning with the inspiration and describing the design development all the way through to the charted design. Part 1 looked at pattern development inspired by tram tracks and this month's article is all about my Crow Steps stitch pattern. At the end of each article I have included suggestions about how knitters can customise the stitch pattern and I can't wait to see some new design variations!

Roof tops in Ghent
Image by Emma Vining

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Wych Elm Cardigan in my new Deramores Designer Shop!

Three of my favourite designs are now available in my new Deramores Designer Shop! They are all knitted in beautiful West Yorkshire Spinners (WYS) yarns. I wrote about my Jadeite sweater and my Ruby cardigan in my last two blogposts and in this post, I would like to tell you about my Wych Elm CardiganWych Elm is knitted in WYS Blue Faced Leicester DK yarn and is shown below in the gorgeous shade of Olive. The pattern was first published in the Knitter Magazine, Issue 111 and then subsequently in the Knitter Deutschland, Issue 33.

Wych Elm Cardigan by Emma Vining

My Wych Elm cardigan design captures the moment just before new leaves burst from their buds. A single twisted stitch travels across a reverse stocking stitch background creating the impression of a drawing within the knitting. Combining this stitch pattern with a wide rib forms flattering long lines. The cast on edges are worked in garter stitch with the buds and stems emerging from this border. The front of the cardigan has a rib band that is knitted at the same time as the fronts. The bud and stem motifs are also worked at the sleeve cuffs.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the patterns in my Deramores Designer Shop and the inspiration behind each of them.  Thank you for subscribing to my blog posts and happy knitting!

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Ruby Cardigan in my Deramores Designer Shop

In this second post about my new Deramores Designer Shop, I would like to tell you about my Ruby cardigan pattern. Ruby is knitted in West Yorkshire Spinners (WYS) Illustrious DK yarn and is shown below in the beautiful shade of Garnet. The pattern was first published in the Knitter Magazine, Issue 106.

Ruby Cardigan by Emma Vining
Ruby is an elegant fitted cardigan with a pattern inspired by gemstones. The rubies are formed by knitting extended lines of twisted stitches. Set on a stocking stitch background, long lines of eyelets separate each set of rubies. The eyelet pattern extends from the cast on edge to the shoulders and neckline. The front band is knitted at the same time as the fronts. The set-in sleeves are also knitted in stocking stitch and have a pair of knitted rubies at the cuff.

In my next post I'll be writing about my Wych Elm Cardigan. In the meantime, you can see all three of my patterns on the Deramores website. They are available as single pattern downloads or together with the all yarn required to knit the garment. Thank you for reading and happy knitting!

Saturday, 14 September 2019

My new Deramores Designer Shop!

I'm absolutely delighted to announce my new Deramores Designer Shop!

The first patterns to be added to my shop are three of my favourite designs knitted in West Yorkshire Spinners (WYS) yarns, Jadeite, Ruby and Wych Elm. Each of these patterns can be purchased as a single pattern download or along with the yarn required to knit the garment. Starting with this post, I'd like to tell you a little bit more about these designs and the inspiration behind the patterns.

Jadeite by Emma Vining

My Jadeite sweater is knitted in WYS Bluefaced Leicester DK yarn and is shown in a beautiful Teal shade. The pattern was first published in The Knitter Magazine, Issue 105.

Jadeite has a twisted stitch cluster design around the neckline inspired by a beautiful semi-precious stone necklace. The front of the necklace extends to a point in line with the centre neck. The shorter back of the necklace is worked below the back of the sweater neck shaping. The main body of the sweater is knitted in stocking stitch which gradually changes to reverse stocking stitch with the twisted stitch necklace. The set-in sleeves begin in rib and are knitted in stocking stitch with a jadeite bracelet at each wrist.

Thank you for reading my blog post and I hope that you will enjoy browsing my patterns. I am so proud to have them listed in my new shop alongside all the other amazing designers on the Deramores website!