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