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!

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Cromarty Sweater in the Knitter Magazine Issue 140

Asymmetric patterns add an interesting dimension to any design and I am especially pleased with this aspect of my Cromarty sweater in The Knitter Magazine Issue 140! Using off-set semi circles, my swirls pattern appears to move across the sweater, emerging from long lines of rib. The rib is repeated on the sweater sleeves. The semi-circles are knitted using twisted stitches and are further emphasised by changing the texture of the background stitch from reverse stocking stitch to stocking stitch. The fabulous yarn is Fyberspates Vivacious DK in the gorgeous shade of Dovestone. This beautiful yarn really shows off the pattern detail and the stitch definition is excellent.

Cromarty Sweater by Emma Vining in the Knitter Magazine

This is a lovely issue of the Knitter magazine and it is very special to me for another reason. My first commissioned knitting pattern, a tea-cosy, was published way back in issue 40. My Cromarty pattern in Issue 140 means that, although I have not had patterns in every magazine, I have been with the Knitter over the publication of 100 issues! 

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Falling Blossom Sweater in The Knitter Issue 139

A virtual snow-storm of falling blossom is the inspiration behind my Falling Blossom sweater design for The Knitter! Long lines of twisted stitches are worked all over the body of the sweater, outlining the blossom shapes. Eyelet petal centres are worked within these outlines, filling the upper part of the sweater with tiny flowers. The lower section of the sweater has a series of individual eyelet flowers gently falling away from the tree-full of flowers above.

Falling Blossom Sweater by Emma Vining
for the Knitter
The lovely yarn is John Arbon Knit By Numbers, DK in a delicate shade of pink, KBN65. I love finding inspiration for my knitting designs from the natural world and the garden setting for the lovely styling and photographs in the magazine, combined with this beautiful yarn, really reflects this!

Cholla Shawl in Knitting 196

My Cholla Shawl design for Knitting Magazine, Issue 196 is inspired by a fascinating cactus plant growing throughout the Arizona Deserts in the USA. Although there are a large number different varieties of Cholla Cacti, my design represents the complex branching structure common to many of them.

Cholla Shawl by Emma Vining
for Knitting Issue 196

This triangular shawl has two main sections of pattern. The shawl begins with a border with the eyelet and twisted stitch pattern worked on a stocking stitch background. As the shawl widens, a second section is added, this time with a reverse stocking stitch background. This change of texture represents the long shadows which are cast on the desert surface as the sun begins to set. The golden glow of the cholla cacti spines with the desert sun behind them is beautifully captured by the gorgeous Opus Yarn from Walcott Yarns, in the stunning shade of Goldenrod.

I am really delighted with the beautiful styling, the stunning model and the way that my shawl has been teamed up with a lovely design from Pat Menchini! Thank you Knitting Magazine!

Monday, 3 June 2019

Chatto Sweater in The Knitter Magazine 138

The Knitter Magazine has a beautiful "Summer Blooms" collection of patterns in this month's Issue. I am absolutely delighted that my Chatto Sweater is a part of this bright and stylish feature! My design looks fantastic on this stunning model and I love the way the whole collection has been photographed with bright background colours. I am extremely proud to be in this issue alongside talented designers such as Dario Tubiana, Sasha Kagan, Bronagh Miskelly, Mary Henderson and many more!

Chatto by Emma Vining
Image from The Knitter Magazine Issue 138
Chatto is inspired by rows of flower bulbs growing in fields and combines a twisted stitch pattern with eyelets to create a textured pattern. My sweater is knitted in Blacker Yarns Tamar Lustre Blend DK in the fabulous shade of Tiddy Brook. This beautiful yarn shows off the stitch pattern perfectly!

Chatto by Emma Vining
Image from The Knitter Magazine Issue 138