Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Charrette Sweater for Quince & Co!

I am absolutely delighted that my Charrette sweater design is part of Quince & Co’s gorgeous new Atelier Collection!

Photo of model wearing a hand knitted cable sweater

Charrette is knitted using a strand each of Quince & Co Lark, shade Iceland and Owlet, shade Elf. Both strands are knitted together creating a marl effect, perfect for my textured cable pattern!

Photo of model wearing hand knitted cable sweater and walking away from the camera

The Atelier Collection is initially available to purchase as a beautiful pdf with all the gorgeous patterns included. If you have your eye on an individual pattern, these will be made available over the next few weeks. Look out for more details coming soon on the Quince & Co website!

© 2021 Quince & Co

Photography: Regan Kenny

Model: Joanne Kenny

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Zaha Cardigan in The Knitter Magazine Issue 167

My Zaha cardigan has just been published in The Knitter Magazine issue 167!

Architectural inspired cables and textures decorate this smart, short-sleeved cardigan. There are Beautiful contrasts between the central stitch pattern and the stocking stitch sleeves and outer garment sections.The front bands and centre back are worked in a twisted rope stitch, with textured triangles mirror-imaged on either side. The sleeves and cabled cuffs are worked as part of the body pieces. Zaha is knitted in Cascade 220 superwash wool in the gorgeous shade of Golden.

Photo of a model wearing a yellow knitted cardigan which is open at the front

Photo of a model wearing a yellow knitted cardigan with the back centre panel showing

I have lots of exciting knitting news to share over the next few months, including new patterns, new yarn collaborations and of course, my new book! I'll be continuing to write new blog posts about all of these, but the most up to date information, please also follow me on Instagram and Twitter. I am Purlemma on both!

Happy knitting!

Thursday, 12 August 2021

Demeter Top on the cover of The Knitter Magazine!

 I'm so excited to see my Demeter design on the cover of The Knitter Magazine, Issue 166!

Image of The Knitter Magazine cover with model wearing a gold colour knitted top

My Demeter sleeveless top features a textured central pattern panel on the front and back. The stitch pattern comprises a series of linked rectangle shapes, which are knitted using twisted stitches. These interlocking shapes are bisected by long vertical lines, creating a wide rib effect. The outer edges of the top are knitted in stocking stitch.

Image of a magazine page showing a beautiful model wearing a gold colour knitted sleeveless top

The top is knitted in Juniper Moon Farm's lovely Zooey DK yarn, which is a mix of cotton and linen. This delightful yarn is available in a range of earth tones and brighter colours, including this summery shade of Goldenrod.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Wavelet Shawl in Knitting Magazine!

My Wavelet crescent shawl pattern is in this month’s Knitting Magazine, Issue 218!

Wavelet is knitted in Irish Artisan Yarn (IAY) sock yarn in the beautiful shade of Keem Bay. This issue of Knitting also features a wonderful article all about Irish Artisan Yarns and owner, Tara. The stunning Irish countryside and coastal areas inspire Tara’s gorgeous yarn colours which are a perfect match for my shawl design!

Pattern correction - please see the Knitting magazine website for a chart update.

For the photoshoot, Knitting magazine teamed up my Wavelet shawl with a beautiful short sleeved top by designer Bronagh Miskelly. I love how great our coastal inspired designs look together!

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.