Episode 100 of Knitting Across the Pennines 22/10/2020
Episode 100 of Knitting Across the Pennines aired last night, we had a lovely natter in our Facebook group and the video is now on YouTube.
I can’t believe this is our 100th live craft and natter. We chat about WIPs, FOs and Emma prepared a bundle of patterns based on parties, celebrations, 100 and anything that made her laugh. The knitting Octopus was super cute.
A quick round up of FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020. I had the chance to meet up with my knitting bestie yesterday, Jacqui, for a socially distanced coffee in town. We took our own drinks and sat on a bench people watching, knitting and nattering for a couple of hours.
Thankfully it was warm in the sun, but when the sun went it, the temperature dropped and I was glad to get in the car and warm up. It’s the first time we’ve got together since the start of lockdown in March and we had lots to catch up on.
I brought along a bag of FOs and WIPs to show Jacqui and thought I’d share some of them with you today.
FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Evergreen Cowl
First up is version 2 of my Evergreen Cowl pattern, I just worked one repeat of the pattern for a shorter cowl, using just 34g of DK yarn from James C Brett called Aria. I’ll be launching the pattern tomorrow and newsletter subscribers will get an exclusive 25% discount, the launch discount for everyone else will be 15% for the first 48 hours only.
FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Cathedral Cowl
I’ve already used this cable pattern in my Cathedral Cable Hat design and love how it resembles Gothic arches, churches and the architectural lines of the cabling. It’s a fun knit with a resting row between each set of cable crosses, worked in the round, bottom up and a nice stash buster. It’d make a great gift too. As with all our patterns, these will be added to our Ravelry and Payhip Stores so you can purchase them there. The pattern will launch next week and newsletter subscribers get a code for 25% off. Don’t miss out.
FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Stillwater Cardigan by Marie Green
I had originally started knitting the Stillwater cardigan for myself, not sure when, a while ago when the designer was running a Knit your cardigan in four days challenge. I did more or less finish mine in five days, which is awesome other than the front bands. It was packed into a plastic crate and put away for a while. I found it a couple of weeks ago and decided to knit the band and try it on. The upper body and sleeves are perfect but for someone with rounded hips, there is no coverage for them or my belly in the lower body. It’s now wrapped and ready to go to my Mum, who it will fit much better and will love the cable details and simplicity of the design. The tweedy yarn does all the work on this one. I used Sublime Luxurious Tweed DK in the Stone colourway and close up it has tiny, tweedy flecks of yellow and blue it. It washes and wears beautifully but has quite a bit of vegetable matter in it that had to be picked out as I knitted.
FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Ranunculus Sweater
I thoroughly enjoyed knitting the Ranunculus Sweater, it’s using Aran weight yarn (Sirdar Romance in Khaki with gold threads) and I went up to a larger needle to get tension/gauge, 8mm needles (I just checked). It’s comfy, pretty and the yoke is a fun but relaxing knit. I will definitely knit more of this sweater. Have you made Ranunculus?
FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Evergreen Loop
This might become a loop cowl, but is serving two purposes, as I want to design a sweater with the Evergreen cable and this will be a great swatch for that. I’m using some Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in a pale turquoise or aqua colour, it’s fabulous and was a gift from the lovely Joan Dyer. Joan sent me 22 skeins in various colours just before she died and I treasure this yarn. Every pattern I’ve designed with it has been a joy to knit and I can’t thank her enough for that.
FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Garnered Test Knit
This is a cardigan pattern test for Alicia Plummer, very pretty lace, short sleeves, cropped body and destined for my Mum as a gift. It’s wide and boxy so I folded the back in half vertically to get a photo, it has short row shoulder shaping in garter stitch and features an all over lace pattern. Knitted in Aran yarn with 6mm needles, it’ll be a fast project for gifting.
Cathedral Cowl in Hollyock Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool
This is just to test the pattern and because I already knitted myself the Cracked Pepper Cardigan by Alicia Plummer in this yarn and it will make a really lovely set to wear together this Winter.
Unnamed cardigan, suggestions welcome!
I cast on with the stone coloured Sublime Luxurious Tweed DK and am knitting a raglan cardigan, top down. I may add colourwork and you’ll see the other colours I have available in the gallery below. Do I go for stranded colourwork or mosaic knitting?
I probably have lots more on my needles but that’s enough for now, have I inspired you to knit something or pick up a project and show it some love?
I’m looking for Test Knitters for my new design, the Cathedral Cable Cowl which is adapted from our Cathedral Cable Hat pattern published in 2015.
The Cathedral Cable Cowl pattern features cables that resemble Gothic arches separated by a four stitch rope cable. Knitted with Aran yarn its a quick but interesting knit. Worked in the round and bottom up.
I used 4.5mm/US7 needles for the ribbed borders and 5mm/US8 needles for the cabled body of the cowl. It’s available in three sizes, the narrow fit shown below is 18.5 inch circumference unstretched, 2nd size is 23 inch and 3rd size 27 inch. Estimated yarn usage is approximately 208yds/190m, 270yds/247m, 320yds/293m.
Today I’m chatting to a good friend of mine, designer Mary E. Rose. She has a pattern release tomorrow in honour of Ruth Bader Ginsberg aka RBG.
Hi Mary, can you tell us the name of your gorgeous new design?
Hi, Loraine, I would love to tell you. It’s called Dissent to honour Ruth Bader Ginsberg aka the Notorious RBG.
What inspired you to make the Dissent collar?
During the summer of 2020 a friend of mine was participating in an event for GISH, which is an international competition to do “strange” things for good causes.
The participants get a list of various tasks which range from art projects to things like collecting donations of hygiene products and dropping the off at your own local homeless shelter.
One of the fun challenges was to knit or crochet a collar inspired by RGB that contained either a portrait or a message to or about her.
I’ve been working on a lace alphabet for a long time, so when my friend asked if I could knit a collar on short notice, I could quickly come up with a plan. I wasn’t even thinking of making it a pattern until some people commented on my Instagram photos that they would be interested in buying the pattern.
I’m surprise and excited at the interest in the pattern and hope that RBG would love it.
What is it about RBG that makes her so important to women in the US?
The list is long! Some of the things she secured for women in the US were the right to sign a mortgage without a man, the right to have a credit card or a bank without a man, the right to get a job without being disqualified for their gender, and the right to keep or get a job if they were pregnant or had kids.
She also helped put in place legislature that protected the rights of people who aren’t women or don’t identify as women…the LGBTQ+ community along with protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities.
Can you tell us more about the Dissent design itself?
The collar is worked flat, starting with the center panel, which reads Dissent in lace, to top edge is finished with a picot bind off and then stitches are picked up along the bottom of the panel and lace leaves are knit top down to either a crochet chain bind off or a plain lace bind off.
Three buttons are added when it is finished to make it easy to put on and take off. It has both charted and fully written line by line instructions.
What elements did you include in the Dissent Collar and why?
I felt I had to include the word dissent in the pattern as her most famous collar would be worn on days when no oral arguments were allowed and she would use her white lace collar to express her “dissent” to whatever was being discussed or had been decided. The crochet bind off is a nod to her “favorite” collar which is simple, white and very mesh like.
Where and how can we buy the Dissent Collar pattern?
The pattern, to remember RBG is called Dissent and will be available in my pattern stores on both Ravelry and Payhip on Monday, October 5th (and Love Crafts soon afterwards, their site takes a little longer.) so plenty of time for US knitters to make their own to wear while (absentee) voting from home.
I would like to note that as it is a political statement, poll workers will most likely not let in-person voters wear their Dissent Collar to the polls.
From today through Election Day in the US…Tuesday, November 3rd all proceeds from pattern sales will be split between two groups.
Test knitters wanted for my Evergreen Cowl pattern. I finished my sample for the Evergreen Cowl design a couple of days ago, photos below. The cowl features ribbed bands top and bottom, just 2×2 ribbing and an all over cable pattern for the body of the cowl itself.
I knitted my cowl with worsted/dk weight yarn. The sample was knitted using Stylecraft Highland Heathers DK in the colour Gorse which is a yellowy green with some heathers of teal and rust running through the yarn. It is rich and beautiful. My sample, unstretched and before blocking, measured 18″ circumference with lots of available stretch and was 11 1/4″ tall. I used only 66g of yarn, approx 196 yds but my calculations for yardage will allow a little extra, just in case.
My cowl can be folded over double for warmth or worn higher up the neck onto my chin, it’s up to you. It matches my Campside cardigan knitted in the same yarn and will go with so many items in my wardrobe. It took only a few evenings to knit but you do have to pay attention to those cable crosses.