Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Merrow Berries Shawl

My Merrow Berries Shawl is now available to purchase on Ravelry, Payhip and LoveCrafts!

Hand knitted shawl draped over shoulders

The shawl is inspired by small details of the natural world that catch my eye during walks near my house. The stitch pattern is based on branches and berries in the rain! The shawl is knitted as a long right-angled triangle with a series of stitch patterns that are gradually extended as the shawl grows. I love the asymmetric design element that is created when the shawl is worn with the long side wrapped around the shoulders!

Hand knitted shawl held open to show stitch pattern

The Merrow Berries shawl is worked as a right angled triangle, knitted from tip to wide cast off. The outer shawl edges are knitted in garter stitch with the cast off edge worked in a picot pattern. The stitch pattern begins with a wrap stitch, which is knitted by drawing a loop of yarn through from the back of the work to the front, creating a small diagonal knitted line. In the second pattern section, this is extended with a large double-eyelet. The third pattern section includes textured garter stitch rows. All three sections of the shawl are visually linked by using the wrap-stitch throughout.

Detail of hand knitted shawl showing stitch pattern

The shawl is knitted with one 100g ball of Rico Superba Premium Mouliné 4ply. However, the final rows of the pattern can be repeated as many times as required, making this an extremely versatile design that can be adapted and extended to suit the chosen yarn.

One ball of coral pink yarn that was used to knit the Merrow Berries shawl

The Merrow Berries shawl was first published in August 2021 in Knit Now Magazine Issue 132

Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Mini Modernism Shawl

Introducing my Mini Modernism Shawl! This lightweight shawl is knitted with two skeins of Garthenor Preseli yarn and this gorgeous light grey shade is called Flint.

Hand knitted shawl draped across back and shoulders

Detail of hand knitted shawl hanging over one shoulder

The idea for this mini shawl began with my full size Modernism shawl pattern which is in my Crowood Press book, A Knitter’s Guide to Shawl Design

I love wrapping myself in the large shawl (which is knitted in the fabulous raspberry shade of Garthenor Beacons DK) but I decided I’d also like lighter weight version that drapes across my shoulders and I’m delighted with the result!

If you would like to knit your own mini Modernism Shawl just follow the original pattern in my book until the shawl is 6 squares wide instead of the full-size 10 squares. When just under half of your available yarn has been used, you are at the halfway point of the shawl. Make a note of how many centre pattern repeats you have worked, then use your remaining yarn to knit the same number of repeats and complete the rest of the shawl!

Happy knitting!

Friday, 24 June 2022

Little Wavelet Shawl Pattern

The Little Wavelet Shawl is a smaller version of my full-size Wavelet Shawl and is specially designed for mini-skeins! The pattern is now available from the Irish Artisan Yarn website and from my Ravelry and Payhip stores.

Shawl held open to show stitch pattern

Inspired by the long curve of a sandy beach, the shawl is constructed top-down, from across the back of the neck to the outer edge. After casting on a long centre section, the top border is worked in an eyelet pattern. This is followed by the crescent shape, which is created using short row shaping. The outer shawl section is inspired by multiple waves that ripple along the shoreline. The wave pattern is emphasised with reverse stocking stitch ridges and a stripe pattern.

Shawl shown wrapped around Emma's neck

Shawl shown draped over Emma's shoulder

The shawl is knitted in Irish Artisan Yarn (IAY) Hand-Dyed 4Ply Yarn (100% Superwash Merino, 80m/87 1⁄2yd per 20g mini-skein) and you will need 5 × 20g mini-skeins in 5 different shades.

This pattern requires a total of 100g/ 400m of yarn (5 x 20g mini skeins of 80m each or 1 x 100g skein of 400m). However, it is very adaptable to the available yarn!

If you have a little bit less yarn (eg approximately 90g in total), work fewer repeats of the border rows, making a slightly smaller shawl size.

If you have more yarn available (eg more than a total of 110g), you can make a larger shawl size by working additional repeats of the border rows.

Before casting on, decide your preferred colour order of mini-skeins and label as Shades A-E. Examples include dark to light; light to dark; random order. The shawl shown was knitted from darkest to lightest shade using five shades from the Irish Artisan Yarn Advent 2021.

Five mini skeins of yarn arranged from light to dark shade of blue

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Bracken Vest in The Knitter Issue 177

I'm really delighted that my Bracken Vest is part of the Wildwood Collection in The Knitter Magazine Issue 177

Page from the Knitter Magazine with model wearing hand knitted vest and text with pattern title

The stitch pattern is knitted with twisted stitches, cables and long lines of rib, with the zigzag cables emphasising the little diamond shapes. The fabulous yarn is Eden Cottage Yarns Milburn DK in the stunning shade of Crocosmia. The combination of Bluefaced Leicester wool and silk creates beautiful drape and a lovely silky sheen!

Model wearing hand knitted vest

Detail of cable stitch pattern

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

The Bath Knitting & Crochet Guild Regional Day

Saturday 11th June 2022 was World Wide Knit In Public Day and this year it just happened to co-incide with The Bath Knitting & Crochet Guild Regional Day. A perfect combination of knitting events!

The day was a lovely mix of workshops, discussions and talks. Super-talented designer Mary Henderson hosted a knitting clinic to answer knitting questions throughout the day and I so enjoyed our design discussions about colour and texture! Alice-Marie Archer's talk in the morning was extremely thought-provoking and I'm looking forward to hearing more about her fascinating research into knitting soilless cultivation forms using wool. There was a fantastic outdoor sculptural installation by Lou Baker, where everyone was welcome of spend some time knitting in public!

I was very honoured to be asked along as a speaker and, inspired by a chapter in my book A Knitter's Guide to Shawl Design, I decided to talk about shawl borders and edgings. Here are a few images of me in action, taken by my lovely friend Denise.

I took along several recent shawl designs to illustrate my talk. Here I am with my Ammonoid Shawl, knitted in Ullcentrum 2ply yarn from Midwinter Yarns. The shawl border shows off the amazing natural gradient shade! I'm also holding the two mini shawl samples that I knitted to test out the proportions of the design.

Hand knitted shawl help open to show curved and striped pattern

Hand knitted mini shawl samples mounted on black foam card and held up to show curved and striped pattern

Another featured shawl was my Cholla Shawl, knitted in Walcot Yarns Opus in the stunning shade of Goldenrod. This shawl has a very subtle border. The top border stitch pattern is worked with a stocking stitch background, contrasting with the textured reverse stocking stitch background of the main pattern. I was holding the shawl opened out to show the whole pattern and when someone asked me how I would wear it, I was more than happy to wrap myself up in this gorgeously soft Opus yarn!

Hand knitted shawl held open to show stitch pattern

Emma wearing hand knitted shawl wrapped around neck

Many thanks to the Bath KCG Branch for inviting me! It was a fantastic day!

Friday, 20 May 2022

Lavender Shawl

Knitting magazine issue 231 is full of beautiful designs celebrating the Pantone Colour of the Year “very peri” and I’m delighted that my Lavender Shawl is in this amazing issue!

My top-down triangular shawl is inspired by beautiful lavender flowers. Each lavender flower is knitted with a twisted stitch stem and eyelet flowers. The stem and flowers emerge from two small leaves and the pattern builds up from a single flower to a whole field!

The beautiful yarn is John Arbon Knit By Numbers 4ply in the delicate shade of KBN29.

In the great photos from Knitting magazine, my shawl has been styled with a beautiful top designed by Pat Menchini - a lovely combination!

magazine cover with model wearing hand knitted shawl and top

Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Kew Gardens Cardigan on the cover of The Knitter 175!

My Kew Gardens cardigan is on the cover of this month's The Knitter Magazine! My leaf inspired design is part of the magazine's "Fresh Looks for Spring" theme.

Magazine cover with model wearing a green hand knitted cardigan.

The Kew Gardens raglan cardigan has leaf inspired cables knitted on either side of the integral front bands and in the centre of the back. The smallest leaves are also knitted in the centre of the sleeves, running all the way from the cuffs to the shoulders. The gorgeous yarn is Blacker Yarns Tamar DK in the stunning shade of Tiddy Brooke and I love how my leaf cables look knitted in this wonderful yarn!