Wondrous Wheatsheaf Sweater pattern planning 2021

Wondrous Wheatsheaf Sweater pattern planning 2021

About the Wheatsheaf Sweater

I cast on for a Wheatsheaf Sweater to go with the Wheatsheaf Poncho. It’s a V neck sweater and I’m knitting the Aline version, not least to match my own shape as I’m bottom heavy or pear shaped. I am using Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool in the Oatmeal colourway. I’ll be writing the pattern to work in the round (bottom up) and also a seamed version. I have talked before about how seams add strength and structure to a garment, they also stop it moving around the body when worn.

I also had to consider the cable pattern and what impact that would have on the fabric of the sweater. Because the cable pattern uses more stitches per 4 inches/10cm, I had to add extra stitches to maintain the correct width of each piece of the sweater. That was easy for the sleeves and back of the sweater as they only have one central cable panel. However, on the front which has two cable panels, it required thought to centre the cables, add some stitches between them to make a seam stitch either side of the V neck.

Shoulders and Fit

I do like the trend for drop shoulder sweaters, but with slimmer shoulders and a larger lower body, it’s not a good look for my body shape. I decided to go with the Modified Drop Shoulder, I’ll add a diagram below this section so you can see what that means.

Drop Shoulders typically have the seam part way down the arm, which can be unflattering for those with slim or narrow shoulders as the jumper looks like it’s falling off the body and you end up with a large amount of fabric under the arms.

A modified drop shoulder, in this case, has the seam moved in to sit on my shoulder line, the sleeves are extended to match the difference between the underarm position and the new shoulder/armhole line. The solid line at the top of the sleeve shows the extra length added to the sleeve to ‘fill’ the armhole area but keep the shoulder seam where I want it to be.

Wheatsheaf Sweater body showing modified drop shoulder line, v neck and aline body shaping
Wheatsheaf Sweater body showing modified drop shoulder line, v neck and aline body shaping
Wheatsheaf Sweater sleeve schematick, you'll see the sleeve is longer, the portion above the solid line at the top of the sleeve is the extension which fills the armhole gap.
Wheatsheaf Sweater sleeve schematick, you’ll see the sleeve is longer, the portion above the solid line at the top of the sleeve is the extension which fills the armhole gap.

Wheatsheaf Sweater Sleeves

The photo below shows both sleeves, on in progress, the other completed and blocked, they are worked flat for my prototype garment, but the pattern will be written to include instructions for working in the round too!

Wheatsheaf Sweater Sleeves, worked flat
Sleeve two showing cable detail and a 400g ball of the Stylecraft Special Aran with wool in the oatmeal colourway
Sleeve two showing the first repeat of the cable pattern in the centre of the sleeve. The sleeve is shown with a 400g ball of the Stylecraft Special Aran with wool in the oatmeal colourway

I’ll be starting the test knit for the sweater pattern on the 20th February, if you’re interested, do sign up in the test volunteer thread to receive an earburn/message when the test starts, here. Or, sign up for our newsletter here.

Suitable yarns for the Wheatsheaf Sweater

You need an Aran weight or heavy worsted weight yarn. Cascade 220, Berroco Vintage or Vanna’s Choice would be suitable or any Aran weight yarn. I used Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool because it’s affordable and machine washable.

Finished Unique Wheatsheaf Poncho Pattern 2021

Finished Unique Wheatsheaf Poncho Pattern 2021

Finished Wheatsheaf Poncho Pattern

It’s finished, done, no more knitting on my Wheatsheaf Poncho. The buttons are sewn on, for the third time and ALL the ends are woven in. I am so pleased. Please excuse the photos, my hair is at that annoying stage where I don’t seem to be able to do anything with it.

Wheatsheaf Poncho worn by Loraine.

Loraine is looking past the camera and wearing a Spruce green poncho, the Wheatsheaf cable runs up one edge of the poncho and it is fastened on one shoulder/arm.  The yarn is Stylecraft Special Aran with wool and is a heathered mix of Teal and Khaki.
Loraine is looking past the camera and wearing a Spruce green poncho, the Wheatsheaf cable runs up one edge of the poncho and it is fastened on one shoulder/arm. The yarn is Stylecraft Special Aran with wool and is a heathered mix of Teal and Khaki.

I’m a UK size 20 (Covid fluff, enough said) and wearing the XL sized Poncho, it took just over 472g of yarn but as always, I add at least 10% to the yardage/usage in the pattern to allow for different knitting styles.

Who is the pattern for? I’m a busy Mum, I work, I’m a Parish Councillor, volunteer Director of our local Housing Association and seem to always have something to do. While I love complex cables and fancy lace patterns, I sometimes just need a project I can pick up and knit a few rows when I have time. The Poncho is mostly stocking stitch but the cable pattern adds enough interest to make you want to knit more rows to see the next bit.

It’s a relaxing and easy TV knit for nights in with the family and perfect to soothe your shattered nerves after a day of cooking, cleaning, home-schooling, shopping and making sure everyone else is fine. It’s also a nice warm project for those days you have to watch the kids at dance class, football or other activities when you’re the Taxi as well as Mum.

There are no bands or borders to pick up. The icord and ribbed bands are knitted as you go, absolutely no picking up of stitches, no faff, no cutting yarn or working in different directions. It’s super easy.

I had a drama with the buttons, the first set, sewn on with a Hobbit needle and Mermaid hair were too small and the poncho fell off me. I found larger buttons. Spent another 30 minutes trying to thread the wrong end of the Hobbit needle because I couldn’t see the hole, the Mermaid hair was so thin and fine I was ready to scream. I found my reading glasses and put on every light in the living room, honestly, the heat it generated must have had the Police thinking I was growing a cannabis crop.

Button set two were also too small and I didn’t have enough of one colour. I ended up ordering larger buttons and they are PERFECT. That said, there may have been some swearing while I battled with needles and fine thread.

To be fair, my buttons stash was used to make NHS ear/mask savers, but I’d forgotten all about that when I went hunting for buttons.

Poncho Sizing

The Wheatsheaf poncho pattern is sized from S/M through to 4XL and is easy to adjust to fit by either casting on more stitches in the stocking stitch part of the poncho (the middle of the cast on) for width or adding cable repeats for more length. It is worked in a rectangle and bottom up (if the rectangle is laid flat). Unlike most of it’s style which are knitted sideways.

It’s a versatile piece and a relaxing TV knit so you have enough interest from the ‘one more row’ cables but also can just chill in the stocking stitch portions.

I’m including photos of the poncho on Vicky, my tailor’s dummy who is smaller than I am, but you get the idea. I can be buttoned top to bottom to make a long tube with buttons either end, this create sleeves with the middle section being the body of a shrug.

If you button one side to the other, as shown in the photo above, you can wear it like a poncho as I have, or move the buttoned section to the centre front like cardigan/cape.

Wheatsheaf Poncho worn by Vicky, the tailor's dummy.  The buttons are fastened at the front to wear as a cape.  These are the second set of buttons, the final ones match the yarn.
Wheatsheaf Poncho worn by Vicky, the tailor’s dummy. The buttons are fastened at the front to wear as a cape. These are the second set of buttons, the final ones match the yarn.

The pattern is currently being test knitted in our Woolly Madly Deeply group on Ravelry.com, you can check out tester’s projects and comments here.

The pattern will be released on 14th March, if you’d like a special subscriber only discount code, sign up for our newsletter here. It’s easy to adjust in width (the long edge of the rectangle) or height/length (the short edges with the cables) by adding or subtracting cable repeats.

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Wheatsheaf Poncho Gallery

Suitable yarns for knitting the Wheatsheaf Poncho

Any aran weight yarn should work, the important thing is to achieve 17 sts per 4 inch/10cm. I used 5.5mm needles and it gave good drape with my Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool yarn. I used the Spruce colour way which is a mix of a muted teal and khaki to create a heathered green. I love it.

Is it poncho, a wrap, a bolero or a blanket?

Is it poncho, a wrap, a bolero or a blanket?

What’s on my needles, is it a poncho, a wrap, a bolero or a blanket?

After a conversation with a good friend, Helen, she talked to me about a poncho she wears a lot. It’s not a garment style that I have in my wardrobe but it’s been on my list to make one for several years.

We chatted about shapes and styles that are flattering, particularly for plus size sizes and I was keen to design a poncho that was versatile. But, also an easy knit for someone new to cables, with stocking stitch sections for an easy TV knit. That would be your go-to for an extra layer on cooler days, evenings or at the park with the kids when the breeze is a bit more than you expected.

My poncho on the needles, I cast on for the larger size using Stylecraft Special Aran with wool in a blue/green called Spruce.

I didn’t want to work the piece bottom up and I’ll explain my reasons why. If you aren’t a shawl knitter, a sweater or cardigan knitter, it can be daunting to be asked to cast on a lot of stitches. I almost always use longtail or the thumb cast on which uses the tail of the yarn and the working yarn to effectively knit your first row as you make your stitches.

If you’re familiar with it, you’ll have had the experience of being short of yarn, or having too long a tail at the end. As I knew I’d have to cast on a lot of stitches, I used a piece of yarn from two balls, one for the ‘tail’ and one for the working yarn. At the end of the cast on, and having counted my stitches very carefully, I cut the tail, leaving an end to weave in and worked a wrong side (WS) row with the ball that is now my working yarn.

Why working the poncho one piece sideways wouldn’t work

My other option was to work the Wheatsheaf Cable section to the height I needed, and pick up stitches for the stocking stitch portion of the poncho. I wanted to add buttons and buttonholes, to give you several ways to wear your poncho. That would mean picking up stitches for borders, adding edgings and a lot of faffing about. It would be an interesting and more advanced piece to knit, but how many people would want to knit it knowing the work involved?

Here’s my swatch, showing an icord cast on, an icord end to the cable, side border with icord knitted at the same time and stitches (on the left of the photo) picked up to work sideways from the cable section to make the rectangular piece. It uses different directions, picking up stitches, adding applied icord to finish one edge and an icord cast on for the lower edge of the cable. It’s hard to make it match and have some symmetry.

Here's my poncho swatch, showing an icord cast on, an icord end to the cable, side border with icord knitted at the same time and stitches (on the left of the photo) picked up to work sideways from the cable section to make the rectangular piece.  It uses different directions, picking up stitches, adding applied icord to finish one edge and an icord cast on for the lower edge of the cable.  It's hard to make it match and have some symmetry.

Knitting a wide Poncho bottom up and why?

Why I’m knitting my Poncho bottom up and why that’s a far better idea. The icord edgings I want to give the piece finesse and a neat edge can be knitted at the same time as the rest of the poncho. The button bands and buttonholes are also knitted as you go. The side borders can also have buttonholes if you wish to wear the piece folded like an asymmetric poncho and create the illusion of cuffs.

Working bottom up, even with a lot of stitches, is as easy as knitting a simple shawl, once the knitting is finished, you add buttons, weave in ends and you are done. No picking up, no fancy finishing. If you don’t want to add buttons, you can just fold the piece and seam it closed and only wear it two ways. If you take the time to add a few buttons (super easy) then you have at least three ways to wear the poncho, maybe more.

Ways to wear the poncho, rough sketches over some designers croquis.

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Finished Unique Wheatsheaf Poncho Pattern 2021 6

The Wheatsheaf Poncho after two vertical repeats of the cable pattern

Poncho laid flat on a wooden background, knitted using Addi 5.5mm circular needle and Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool in Spruce, a blue/green.  The poncho has a decorative cable on the right and left of the wide rectangular piece.
Poncho laid flat on a wooden background, knitted using Addi 5.5mm circular needle and Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool in Spruce, a blue/green. The poncho has a decorative cable on the right and left of the wide rectangular piece.

What’s next with the poncho pattern and testing?

We’ve been thinking of events and Knit Alongs/Crochet Alongs (KALs/CALs) to have during the year to keep everyone entertained and another designer in our group is also working on a poncho pattern. Our plan is start at the end of January (Sunday 31st) and the Poncho Along will end on 30th April. I’ll have the pattern ready to test and any of my testers can take part in the Poncho Along, with their garment.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites

Here’s a selection of Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites I wanted to share with you today.

Bobbles

by Christelle Nihoul

This pretty yoke sweater is knitted in sport weight yarn and is perfect for using up mini skeins or self striping yarns for the bobbles.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites Bobbles Sweater by Christelle Nihoul

Ginkgo Leaf Top

by Michele DuNaier

Knitted in DK weight yarn with a beautiful lacy yoke, this sweater would be one of my go-to items to wear every day.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Sweater Favourites - Ginko Sweater by Michele NuNaier

Linnutee

by Arella Seaton

Linnutee (Estonian for Milky Way, however the direct translation would be A Birds Path) is a cute tee specially designed for gradient yarn cakes or mini skein sets. It would also be a great way to use up those self striping yarns you aren’t sure how to use.

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The Raglan Cardigan

by Cynthia Spencer

It is completely sized to fit each part of your body, from the hips to the shoulders. If you have trouble getting your sweaters to fit, this book is for you!

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Rhys

by Kat Riddell

A cropped layering pullover in worsted/aran weight yarn will be a super fast knit and come in a big range of sizes.

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Vera

by Emma Sadler

I’ve knitted this myself to test the pattern for Emma, it’s easy, relaxing and a great way to use up scraps of sock or sport weight yarns to knit a very lightweight but super warm sweater for cool days and nights.

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Sabino Canyon Cardigan

by Megan Nodecker

I love the collar on this cardigan, but suggest you look at other projects for this garment on Ravelry as the designers photos, whilst beautiful, are really dark and are very hard to see.

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Hope cardigan

by Anne B Hanssen

The body of the cardigan is worked in a lovely lace-pattern.
The sleeves are worked in stockinette sts, and could be worked to any length. The hems of the body/sleeves are folded back.
The cardigan is supposed to be roomy and comfortable, with it’s rounded neck, and box-shaped body.

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Rather Nice Jumper

by Helen Gipson

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https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rather-nice-jumper

Bittercress

by Faye Kennington

Part poncho, part pullover, and all pretty with flattering ombre neckline and an elaborate and large floral motif around the yoke. Knitted in sport weight yarn and perfect for mini skins, gradient sets or self stripers.

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Eazy

by Anna Johanna

Top down and brioche, a fabulous combination and such fun to knit.

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Endorphins

by Kim McBrien Evans

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Cascading Kittens

by Claire Slade

cat, cats and more cats.

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Peasant Surprise

by Hanna Maciejewska

Worked top down and in the round with texture patterns on the yoke and body, the sleeves are the start of the show in this peasant style top.

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Parsons Green

by Kathryn Folkerth

I love the mustard colour at the start of the top down yoke on this one, a beautiful contrast to the crisp cream and navy. Knitted in DK for a relatively quick knit.

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Spica sweater

by Anke Telschow

Bottom up stripes and mosaic, super easy colourwork for those who don’t know to create a striking yet simple to make sweater.

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Hamiltonian

by Kathryn Folkerth

Aran weight, oversized with a boxy shape, perfect for working at home, a coffee with friends (via Zoom or in person).

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Mrs Grimmet’s Pullover

by Carol Sunday

The pullover is knitted from side to side in one piece beginning with a provisional cast-on. Pockets are cleverly knit in. Cowl and ribbing at hem are picked up and knitted. Sleeves are knitted from the top in the round, and sleeve caps are shaped with short rows.

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Joan

by Christelle Nihoul

A chic and stylish top down sweater knitted up to plus sizes

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Once Again

by Debra Gerhard

Once Again is a top-down, pullover sweater; knit in-the-round with a stranded yoke that is coupled with simple cable stitches. Short rows are used to shape the neckline after the yoke pattern is completed.

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Brise soleil

by Paola Albergamo

Brise-soleil is a double-breasted, asymmetrical cardigan with textured elements.

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Utmost Happiness

by Katrine Birkenwasser

Utmost Happiness sweater is worked seamlessly top-down. After a ribbing for neckband and set of short rows to raise the back of the sweater, a round yoke is decorated with an elaborate cable pattern achieved with mosaic knitting.

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La Briohème

by Lesley Anne Robinson

A bohemian open cardigan with drop sleeves, long brioche cuffs, a cozy brioche collar, and a large brioche hem as the focal point.

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Twisting Lights

by Artesanitarium Designs

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Potala

by Hanna Maciejewska

“Potala” is a seamless open-front cardigan, especially warm thanks to the yak-merino-silk blend and a ribbed back.

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Haiku cardi

by Svetlana Volkova

A simple shawl-type construction applied to an oversized sweater. An easy introductory garment and a fun knit.

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Telos

by Jennifer Dassau

Knitted in Aran yarn, worked top down and a great cardigan for work or play.

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Sprague Lake Pullover

by Triona Murphy

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Flight formation

by Fiona Hamilton-MacLaren

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Longbeard Hooded Cloak

by Raven Knits Design

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Morning Walk

by Becky Wilkins

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Cambria Cardigan

by Brenda Castiel

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Adult Modular Cardigan Jacket

by Loraine Birchall

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Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Favourite Cowl Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Favourite Cowl Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Favourite Cowl Patterns

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Favourite Cowl Patterns and designs I’d love to knit/crochet.

Foxy Stripes Cowl

by Janelle Martin

I love the rich, autumnal green yarn for this one and the strong design lines, very clever.

Indie Design Gift Along 2020 Favourite Cowl Patterns- foxy stripes cowl in green by Janelle Martin

Double Wrap Fair Isle Cowl

by Michael Harrigan

I love this in two contrasting colours but it would be a fun way to use a solid with a self striping or variegated yarn too.

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Cathedral Cowl

by Loraine Birchall

This is one of my own designs but I do love this cable, it’s fun to knit and evokes gothic arches and strong lines.

Cathedral Cowl, photo used with permission by Amanda of http://www.gratefulkneadsandknits.com
Cathedral Cowl, photo by Amanda of http://www.gratefulkneadsandknits.com

Whitethorn Cowl

by Megan Nodecker

I love Megan’s designs and this cowl caught my eye. I love the tassel, a nice finishing touch.

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Chevroche Cowl

by Sarah Jordan

A fun project to get you started on brioche knitting with two colours.

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Faileas

by Sierra Morningstar

A bit of two colour stranded knitting, worked in the round and joined with a graft, really effective and a lovely design.

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© Abby Lank

Leafy Origami Cowl

by Michele Bernstein

Beautiful use of brioche knitting and a very pretty result.

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Diamonds and Lace Cowl

by Loraine Birchall

Easy cables and a bit of lace, worked in the round in either Aran or DK weight yarn.

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Avenoir

by Hanna Maciejewska

I’m knitting her CareAway shawl using this same stitch pattern, it has lots of twisted stitches but is really addictive.

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Dogwalker’s Cowl

by Raven Knits Design

Two colour stranded knitting, simple but stunning. I love the use of a variegated yarn and a great way to use those pesky skeins with lots of pattern or colour.

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Ripples on the River

by Stacey Lewis

A bit more stranded colourwork with a simple pattern repeat, easy to make wider or taller to suit the recipient and great to bust some stash.

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Kruska

by Elena Fedotova

A bit of crochet and such an interesting looking texture, in three sizes of loop to suit your yarn stash.

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Cobblestone Cowl

by Rachy Newin

Wonderful use of colour, as is always the case with Rachy. Beautiful crochet.

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Simpson Cowl

by Amy van de Laar

Lovely pattern, undulating travelling stitches, no need for a cable needle.

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Evergreen Cowl

by Loraine Birchall

One of my new cowls, I just love the cables and knots.

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Shine On

by CJ Brady

A speedy crochet cowl and brilliant for those highly variegated skeins you want to use but have no idea what to make with them.

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Finding Your Way Cowl

by Lilinette Crochet

Mosaic crochet used with different colours work really well in this cowl designed to represent a garden maze.

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Tuberose Cowl

by Kavitha Raman

Lovely use of vertical columns and lace, all simple stitches but very stylish.

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Symbiosis Cowl

by bunnymuff – Mona Zillah

Amazing colourwork and look at the motifs, love, love, love it.

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Stormfront

by handmade by SMINÉ

Evokes the stormy clouds in Cumbria where it’s either raining or about to rain.

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Stornes Cowl

by Cheryl Chow

Lovely way to use up mini skeins or self striping yarns, simple crochet but really stylish.

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Orchids For Eve

by Kirsten McTeer

Very pretty lace and love the picot edging.

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Laketown Cowl

by Raven Knits Design

This could be my first proper foray into double knitting for an actual finished item, it’ll be super warm and so stylish.

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Strawberry Fluff Cowl

by Denise Balvanz

This cowl is definitely on my knit list, I made the hat and boot cuffs a few years ago and love them.

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Crocheted Harmony, hat and cowl set

by Darleen Hopkins

Great use of simple shape and granny stitches to make a warm but chic set.

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Twisted Textures Braided Cowl

by AlyseCrochet

Very clever construction and great use of both texture and colour. Wow!

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Lille Loop

by Frauke Neubauer

It’s green, two greens which is bonus points for me, lace and garter used to create a super stylish cowl.

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Cove Neck Cowl

by Michele DuNaier

i crocheted this a couple of times, enjoyable and a really effective cowl, the recipients love them.

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Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans

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Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans

Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans for December knitting and crochet.

I cast on the Ronan Cardigan by Tiona Murphy for the Gift Along, it’s going to my friends Ben and Kelly for their new baby boy who was born a few weeks ago. I used Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool in the Denim colourway and it works well with the cables. It’s also machine wash for a new and busy Mum of two.

Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans - Ronan Cardigan in denim blue on a teal wash background
Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans - Ronan Cardigan back view  in denim blue on a teal wash background

I’m also sending them a couple of cotton burp cloths from a pattern by my good friend Emma Sadler, it’s called Muzies.

Indie Gift Along 2020 my WIPs, FOs and plans - Muzies cloth in natural craft cotton shown laid on a teal plank background

I have wanted to knit Alameda by Clarice Gomes since I saw her knitting the sample in a beautiful green colour when we met on a Saturday night Zoom knit and natter which we both go to. It’s absolutely stunning and I love it so much. I’m using Lanas Stop Bambini in the Linen colourway. You can buy that yarn here. I’ve knitted a bit more since then and will add another photo to the project page, click the image below to see more info.

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This is Clarice’s sample

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I did another crochet test of a pattern for Lillinette Crochet of her Ilsan pattern, you can make two of the squares and join them to make a Biscornu which is a clever construction and makes a very pretty pin cushion. I used scraps of DK sparkly yarn in silver grey, purple and magenta.

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I cast on for the CareAway Shawl, I’m not sure I made the best yarn choice, but I do absolutely love the colours, it’s a creamy white, a light grey and a mustard yellow and is called Skittles. The yarn is Stylecraft Bambino DK.

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CareAway Shawl by Hanna Maciejewska

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Next up to knit is a non-gal project, the Christmas Robin by Jacqui Turner which is fun and super cute.

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