I’ve been working on a couple of new designs, Diamonds and Lace Cowl pattern and also a matching hat to go with it. I used some Stylecraft Bellissima DK in Mellow Yellow for the first sample and am planning to use some Lanas Stop York Merino for the next size. The hat was knitted with Austermann Merino Silk Worsted in light grey.
The diamond cable pattern features cables, a texture pattern in the centre of the diamonds and a reverse stocking stitch background to make the cables pop. It matches our Evergreen Hat pattern. It’s a quick knit worked in the round from the bottom up.
A note on sizing: The cable pattern itself is VERY stretchy, as is the ribbing with this yarn. It will easily fit between a 17 inch neck circumference and up to a 23 inches, you can add pattern repeats to make the cowl wider and I have included instructions for that. The smallest size will be a neat fit on my Dad who has a 25 inch head circumference but the 2nd or 3rd sizes worked very well on him.
Tension/Gauge: Lightly Stretched Ribbing: 20sts x 32 rows = 4in/10cm sq Ribbing Unstretched: 32 sts x 32 rows = 4in/10cm sq Body of Cowl using larger needles in cable pattern unstretched: 16sts x 27 rows = 2.25in x 4in/5.5cm x 10cm 20st x 28 rows using 4mm needles and dk yarn in stocking stitch
Measurements Size 1 18-22 inches, 46-59cm Size 2 22-26 inches, 56-66cm Size 3 26-30 inches, 56-76 Body Circumference Unstretched 18 inches/43cm 22.5 inches/57cm 27 inches/68.5cm Rib Circumference Unstretched 17.5 inches/33cm 22 inches/56cm 26.5 inches/67cm Height of cowl 11 inches/28cm or 7 inches/18cm for shorter cowl for all sizes
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.