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!

Friday, 25 March 2022

Beachcomber Shawl Pattern now available!

I'm delighted to tell you that my Beachcomber Shawl pattern is now available in my Ravelry and Payhip designer stores! Beachcomber is knitted in the Birlinn Yarn Company's gorgeous Hebridean 4ply yarn in the stunning shade of Corn Marigold.

Handknitted shawl held open pointing towards camera

My shawl design is inspired by a tiny piece of seaweed washed up on a beautiful beach in the Outer Hebrides. The delicate seaweed motif is recreated in my knitting with twisted stitches and eyelets on a garter stitch background.

Small piece of seaweed embedded in sand

Beachcomber shawl draped on dress form showing picot edge pattern

As well as this wonderful Corn Marigold shade, there are several more beautiful shades of The Birlinn Yarn Company's Hebridean 4ply and the Beachcomber Shawl would look amazing in any of them! Yarn kits are available through The Birlinn Yarn Company website. Also on the website, you will find both of my Crowood Press books for sale - A Knitter's Guide to Shawl Design and A Knitter's Sketchbook!

Beachcomber shawl draped on dress form showing pattern detail at lower edge

Beachcomber was first published in Knitting magazine 222 in September 2021.

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Hera Cardigan in the Knitter Magazine Issue 174

I am so proud to be featured in The Knitter Magazine this month! My Hera cardigan is on the magazine cover and there is a full page review of my book, A Knitter's Guide to Shawl Design, on p34!

Magazine cover with model wearing a hand knitted cardigan and looking at camera

My feather-inspired cardigan design features delicate motifs on either side of the front bands and the centre of the back. The feathers are knitted using twisted stitches and are placed on a reverse stocking stitch background. The cardigan sides and sleeves are knitted in contrasting stocking stitch. 

The gorgeous Fyberspates Vivacious DK yarn shows off this pattern perfectly and I particularly love this beautiful denim shade of blue. 

Model wearing hand knitted cardigan, with back to camera

Don't forget to take a look at page 34 for a lovely review of my book, A Knitter's Guide to Shawl Design!

Open pages of a knitting book showing a selection of shawl designs

Monday, 7 March 2022

Silecroft Shawl in Knitting 228

Inspired by a beautiful stone wall on the coastal footpath near Silecroft Beach in Cumbria, my long, narrow crescent-shaped shawl is perfect for keeping cosy and warm during a leisurely walk! You can find the pattern in this month's Knitting magazine, issue 228. My shawl has been styled with another lovely pattern from this issue, the Vest Dress by Eline Oftedal - our cable and texture designs look so good together!

Model wearing hand knitted shawl and dress

The different materials used to build the wall are represented in my drawing and by my textured cable pattern: smooth stocking stitch olds represent the larger stones, and an embedded twisted stitch pattern alternates between each large stone fold, representing the finer texture of other sections of the wall.

Drawing of a wall with a field and hills in the background

The Silecroft shawl is knitted with three skeins of gorgeous Cumbria yarn by The Fibre Company in the stunning shade of Catbells.

Three skeins of yarn

Friday, 25 February 2022

Salina Jane Art

Only two weeks ago today I was at the Unravel Festival of Yarn, really excited to meet up with artist Salina Gani and to see the fantastic illustration she had created for me! If you didn’t get a chance to see it on display at Unravel, here it is!

Black and white illustration of a woman knitting. She is surrounded by multiple drawings of knitted swatches and architectural inspirations.

The idea for the illustration began when Salina was the artist in residence at the Knitting & Crochet Guild online convention in September 2021. I was so impressed with her wonderful live sketches of all the speakers that I commissioned her to create an illustration for me. I love the way Salina has shown my designs and ideas swirling around me - yes, there are always this many! - and they all contribute the the stitch patterns I create on my knitting needles!

Thank you so much Salina ❤️ It has been a joy to work with you and to learn about your amazing creative process!

Thursday, 17 February 2022

Cast on with Emma Vining in Knitting Issue 227!

Knitting magazine 227 invites you to “Cast on with Emma Vining”! 

Thank you so much to the Knitting magazine team for the amazing profile article about me and for featuring so many of my shawl designs! 

On this page from the magazine, next to the profile article, there are images of shawls from my new book, A Knitter's Guide to Shawl Design, alongside four of my shawl designs for Knitting magazine - Ammonoid in Ullcentrum 2ply from Midwinter Yarns, Beachcomber in Birlinn Yarns 4ply, Wavelet in Irish Artisan Yarns Merino/ Nylon 4ply and my new design for this issue, Criss Cross in Walcot Yarns Opus!

magazine page with multiple images of shawl designs

I’m really delighted to be featured in this fabulous magazine issue and to be headlining on the cover with the amazing Tom Daley! This issue is all about textured knits with fantastic garments and accessories from outstanding designers! The stunning knits featured on the cover are the Tuck Stitch Cardigan by Annekin Allis and the Mossler Shawl by Brian Smith.

magazine cover showing model wearing hand knitted shawl and top

Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Criss Cross Shawl in Knitting 227!

Did you spot my Criss Cross Shawl at Unravel 2022? The lovely folks at Walcot Yarns displayed my new shawl design on their stand for the whole Unravel weekend! You can find more images of the shawl, along with the knitting pattern in Knitting magazine issue 227!

Model wearing hand knitted shawl and looking at camera

This wide crescent shaped shawl was inspired by a parking surface! The concrete slabs have a criss-cross pattern and grass has grown through these shapes. This has created a textured grid of crosses set within the textured concrete surface. 

The shawl stitch pattern uses an eyelet cross pattern combined with garter stitch to recreate the effect in knitting. The shawl begins with a narrow edge and gradually increases to the full width. The pattern then continues straight, before the decreasing to match the cast-on narrow edge. 

The gorgeously soft Walcot Yarns Opus contrasts the hard concrete inspiration. The beautiful shade is called Greenery and there are so many more shades to choose from as the Opus colour range has recently been extended. Here's the link to the yarn shades - enjoy!

concrete parking surface with grass growing through cross shapes

Monday, 7 February 2022

A Knitter's Guide to Shawl Design at Unravel 2022!

Interested in finding out more about shawl design?

Join me for my Unravel 2022 talk, A Knitter's Guide to Shawl Design, on Sunday 13th February at 2pm at the Farnham MaltingsI'm delighted to be part of the Garthenor Organics Talk Series with so many distinguished speakers and panelists!

Illustration of a sheep knitting

I'll be sharing examples from my recent projects and from my new book, A Knitters Guide to Shawl Design, to inspire knitters to personalise their knitting and create original shawl designs.

"As a desirable item of fashion, a cherished gift or a wardrobe essential, shawls enjoy enduring popularity among knitters and non-knitters alike. The most admired of these beautiful accessories are designed with inspiration drawn from a wide range of themes and ideas. This creativity is achieved by blending a knitter’s imagination with their knowledge of how to translate a source of inspiration into an exciting new design."

Book cover with hand knitted shawl displayed on a dress form

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Ammonoid Shawl Pattern now available on Payhip and Ravelry!

The fantastic Ullcentrum 2ply shades of Petrol and Natural Gradient are now in stock at Midwinter Yarns which means this is the perfect time for a pattern launch!

Hand knitted shawl drape on dress form

Combining a "half-pi" construction with a "knitted-on" border creates the fascinating shape of my Ammonoid Shawl!

The ridged border begins with a narrow section and gradually widens, allowing the beautiful shades of the natural gradient yarn to gradually emerge

The Ammonoid Shawl pattern was originally published in Knitting magazine Issue 215 and is now available on Payhip & Ravelry.

Hand knitted shawl held opened out towards camera

When I was creating my ammonoid shawl pattern leaflet I took many, many photos of the shawl from different angles. The images I chose for the leaflet show the shawl draped on my dress form and laying flat. These images clearly show the shawl pattern and layout and help knitters understand the instructions. 

However, this shawl also looks amazing worn "upside down"! The strong graphic lines of the design mean that it can create dramatic effects depending on the orientation of the semicircle and ridged sections.

Just goes to show that shawls are incredibly versatile accessories! 

Hand knitted shawl draped upside down on dress form

Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Leaf Cable Cowl In Knitting 226

For Issue 226, Knitting magazine asked “where's your knitting happy place?” My answer is that I am always really happy with a knitting project that combines cables and texture! As the cables begin to grow, I find that the stitch pattern develops a lovely rhythm, allowing me to relax and really enjoy the process of knitting.

Hand knitted cowl draped on dress form

My Leaf Cable Cowl design in Issue 226 reflects this feeling of wellness with a large leaf inspired cable pattern.

This long, cosy cowl is knitted in Eden Cottage Yarns wonderful Keswick Aran yarn and is great for draping at full-length or wrapping around the neck twice as a cosy neck warmer! Cables knitted in this fabulously soft yarn look amazing and the gorgeous shade of Falling Leaves made me feel like I was knitting with spun gold!

Also in this issue is a lovely review of my new book, A Knitter's Guide to Shawl Design, by editor Christine Boggis!

"As well as being a handy toolbox and an academic look at many knitters' very favourite knits, this is an inspiring introduction to knitting design that gives you all the skills you need to create your own unique makes."

Book cover with hand knitted shawl draped on dress form