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.