Ravishing Ranunculus Sweater FO September 2020

Ravishing Ranunculus Sweater FO September 2020

Ranunculus Sweater FO September 2020

Last weekend, almost by accident, I cast on for a Ranunculus Sweater. I was using some very deep stash, Sirdar Romance in colour 150 Khaki which has a fine gold thread running through it and feels almost cashmere soft. It’s a surprise as it’s a very cheap yarn bought in the sales.

Ranunculus Sweater – about the pattern

It’s by Midori Hirose and has two files for the English version one up to a 49″ finished chest and the other to cover plus sizes with the largest finished measurement being 65″ chest. Depending on the fit you want, that could fit up to a 65″ chest with no ease or a 48″ chest with a LOT of ease.

Ranunculus Sweater Neckline Options

It’s knit top down, in the round with two options for the neckline, a narrower neck and a wider neckline. I chose the wider neckline and I’m very happy with that. My first cast on, which I ripped out, was the narrower neckline but I soon realised that I needed to go up to a 7.5mm needle for the body and 8mm for sleeves. I didn’t do the front neck short rows but I did do the back neck short row shaping.

Ranunculus Sweater Sleeves

I didn’t pick up as many underarm stitches for the sleeves as I knew I was going to be very tight on yarn, other than that, I knitted the sleeves to 9 inches, changed to 5mm needles and worked 5 rows k1, p1 ribbing then cast off in rib pattern.

Ranunculus Sweater Body

I knitted the body to 14 inches from the underarm, worked 4 rows in k1, p1 ribbing using the same needles as the body, then used a stretchy bind purl bind off.

I am super pleased with it, as those of you who watch our videos on YouTube or Facebook will know, I am a Slimming World member and losing weight gradually. I tried the sweater on and it’s a good fit with very little ease, but on Victoria who is a 38″chest it’s just nice. It’ll fit me for a while and as I drop a few sizes, it’ll still be a good fit.

View my project on Ravelry

Yarns suitable for Ranunculus are:

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020

Today Emma and I chatted on our Facebook Live about the Pantone Autumn/Fall 2020 colours, how to wear them, how to combine the colours and what catwalk trends are for this Autumn/Winter season 2020-2021.

I’ll link to the video, which includes a presentation with the colours for the New York Fashion shows and the London colours which are slightly different.

In the video above, I talk about the London and New York colour trends, suggest possible colour combinations, which colours are bright/clear, soft/muted, warm or cool and how best to make them work for you. Emma shows us her Pinterest board from the Autumn 2020 Fashion catwalks for ready to wear. If you prefer to bypass our intro and chat, the Pantone presentation starts at approx 7 mins into the video.

Link to Emma’s Pinterest Board of the catwalk highlights and lowlights.

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020 – New York

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020- New York colours, top left to right are: Amberglow, Samba, Sandstone.   Middle row: left to right Classic Blue, Green Sheen, Rose Tan.  Bottom row left to right: Ultramarine Green, Fired Brick, Peach Nougat
Colour grid of New York Colours, top left to right are: Amberglow, Samba, Sandstone. Middle row: left to right Classic Blue, Green Sheen, Rose Tan. Bottom row left to right: Ultramarine Green, Fired Brick, Peach Nougat
Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020- New York colours, Top row left to right: Magenta Purple, Almond Oil, Blue Depths. Middle row left to right: Sleet, Military Olive
Top row left to right: Magenta Purple, Almond Oil, Blue Depths. Middle row left to right: Sleet, Military Olive

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020 – New York Colour Descriptions

  • PANTONE 16-1350 Amberglow A radiant autumnal orange, Amberglow promotes self-confidence and creative self-expression.
  • PANTONE 19-1662 Samba A voluptuous sultry red, Samba introduces an upbeat energy.
  • PANTONE 16-1328 Sandstone Tied to nature, earthy Sandstone speaks of the rustic outdoors.
  • PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue A boundless blue hue, Classic Blue is evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky opening us up to a world of possibilities.
  • PANTONE 13-0648 Green Sheen Optimistically rebellious, Green Sheen is a bold acidic yellow-green shade that will always stand out.
  • PANTONE 16-1511 Rose Tan A gentle dusky pink, Rose Tan imparts a sense of composure.
  • PANTONE 18-5338 Ultramarine Green Ultramarine Green, a deep cooling blue-green, exudes self-assurance and poise.
  • PANTONE 19-1337 Fired Brick Strong and sturdy, Fired Brick adds gravitas.
  • PANTONE 14-1220 Peach Nougat Nurturing Peach Nougat embraces with its inviting warmth.
  • PANTONE 19-2428 Magenta Purple A hypnotic purple shade, Magenta Purple intrigues and mesmerises.
  • PANTONE 12-0713 Almond Oil Tasteful Almond Oil is a smooth and subtle off-white shade.
  • PANTONE 19-3940 Blue Depths Blue Depths implies an air of mystery and the unknown.
  • PANTONE 16-3916 Sleet Highlighting our desire for longevity, Sleet is a timeless gray that is dependable, solid and everlasting.
  • PANTONE 19-0622 Military Olive Military Olive is a strong and stalwart foundational green tone.

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020 – London

London Colours for Autumn Top Row left to right: Mandarin Red, Samba, True Blue.  Middle Row left to right: , Exhuberance. Military Olive, Celery.  Bottom Row: Ultramarine Green, Strong Blue, Burnt Henna.
London Colours for Autumn Top Row left to right: Mandarin Red, Samba, True Blue. Middle Row left to right: , Exhuberance. Military Olive, Celery. Bottom Row: Ultramarine Green, Strong Blue, Burnt Henna.
London Colours Top Row left to right Tawny Birch, Jet Stream, Sheepskin.  Middle Row Dress Blues and Sleet.
London Colours Top Row left to right Tawny Birch, Jet Stream, Sheepskin. Middle Row Dress Blues and Sleet.

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020 – London Colour Descriptions

Combining Pantone Autumn Colours 2020

  • PANTONE 17-1562 Mandarin Red An amplified and provocative orange-infused red tone, Mandarin Red is a dynamic force.
  • PANTONE 19-1662 Samba A voluptuous sultry red, Samba introduces an upbeat energy.
  • PANTONE 19-4057 True Blue A definitive and reliable blue hue, True Blue is constant and ever faithful.
  • PANTONE 17-1349 Exuberance A good natured and expansive orange shade, Exuberance conveys a message of spontaneity and happiness.
  • PANTONE 19-0622 Military Olive Military Olive is a strong and stalwart green tone imbued with a rich narrative.
  • PANTONE 14-0647 Celery Botanical in feeling, Celery is a vital yellow green that reflects the natural freshness of nature.
  • PANTONE 18-5338 Ultramarine Green Ultramarine Green, a deep cooling blue-green, exudes self-assurance and poise.
  • PANTONE 18-4051 Strong Blue The red undertone we see in Strong Blue injects vibrancy into this confident blue shade.
  • PANTONE 19-1540 Burnt Henna A robust red shade, Burnt Henna combines heartiness with sophisticated earthiness.
  • PANTONE 17-1225 Tawny Birch A rugged and woodsy tan shade evocative of rustic nature.
  • PANTONE 11-0605 Jet Stream Jet Stream is an off-white suggestive of our affinity for raw and recycled.
  • PANTONE 14-1122 Sheepskin A rich camel tone emblematic of naturally coloured fleece.
  • PANTONE 19-4024 Dress Blues Dress Blues conveys a message of integrity and credibility.
  • PANTONE 16-3916 Sleet Highlighting our desire for longevity, Sleet is a timeless gray that is dependable, solid and everlasting.

The main trends on the catwalk this Autumn/Fall are

  • Belted coats and jackets
  • Big check patterns
  • Bell sleeves but bigger than last year
  • Feature collars, either very big or contrasting to the outfits
  • Wide leg trousers
  • Pattern Clash – using lots of different patterns in one garment or several patterns in one outfit
  • Lots of leather coats, jackets, skirts and dresses (faux leather for most of us)

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Pantone Colour Trends New York Autumn/Fall 2020-21

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A letter from America 2020

A letter from America 2020

A letter from America, well, an email

I received a letter from America, well an email from America, from a lovely lady in search of a discontinued yarn which I imported from America and she needed to finish a very large project.

But that wouldn’t have been so catchy and it also didn’t link beautifully to the The Proclaimers hit song Letter From America. For those who know them, you’re welcome, feel free to hum along for the rest of the day. For those who don’t, I’ve embedded a YouTube video link below, enjoy the ear worm :).

Back to a letter from America

Kelly was desperate for just a few more balls of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky, in the Willow colour. It’s a soft, muted green and so pretty. I was keen to know what Kelly was making and she replied to say it was needed for a blanket she was crocheting for her son. It’s been a long project which she has been worked on over several years. It’s an heirloom piece which I’m sure her son will love, use for years and pass down to his own children over the years.

It’s a real labour of love and will be a treasured memory of home when her son leaves to continue his education, to go to work etc. Like a warm hug from Mom, it’ll always be an anchor to his family.

Much like a letter from America, it’ll be treasured on good days, keep him warm when he’s unwell, be a play mat for his kids or a fabulous snuggle blanket when watching TV or playing games with friends. We all need a virtual warm hug from home and this really fits the bill.

A letter from America, photo by Kelly DeLong
A letter from America, Kelly’s gorgeous Crochet Blanket for her son, a labour of love.

The blanket fits nicely with an overhang on a King Size bed and used a few yarns which Kelly had picked up on sale over the years and in colours chosen by her son. I’m so pleased that Kelly has allowed me to chat to you about the blanket, but now I’ll let her tell you in her own words:

“I really, greatly appreciate your help in buying that yarn! I started digging through my old photos for when I began this project, and it was November 2017. I attached the photo of the stack of yarn from when I first bought it. I can only guesstimate that I spent about 85 hours on it, but that’s only just a guess. 

For the body of the blanket, I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky in Willow (light, mossy green), and Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Kale (dark green) and Mesquite (brown).

I didn’t use a pattern. I just chained until I was satisfied with how wide it was. I wanted it to be wide enough to cover a king sized bed with plenty of overhang on the sides. I used a double crochet/chain 1 repeat throughout. 

For the border, I used Caron One Pound in Espresso (brown). For the first row on the border, I did 3 SC stitches in each chain space of the blanket body. In each corner, I put one extra SC. On each of the next three rows, I used double crochets. In each corner stitch, I did a DC, TC, DC in the same stitch. It helped keep the corners squared. I ended it with a row of SC.

I’m very happy with how it turned out and even happier that it’s finally DONE. Buying all that yarn on clearance was nice at first, until I couldn’t find more of it when I ran short. 🤣 Thanks again for having what I believe to be the last 7 skeins of Willow on Earth. 

This blanket is so, so warm and soft. I really wanted to make my son something that he could use & enjoy for many years to come. With Ohio fall weather quickly approaching, I think it’s done just in time!”

A letter from America, photo by Kelly DeLong

I have only one ball of the yarn left, some Wool-Ease Chunky in Willow, if anyone needs it for a project? Lion Brand have a great range of free patterns on their website and great advice on yarn substitution.

Thank you so much to Kelly for her Letter From America, the beautiful photos and sharing her fabulous blanket story with us.

What will you make for your family?

We are adding our digital patterns to the store

We are adding our digital patterns to the store

As some of you will know, our pattern store for Loraine’s designs has always been at https://ravelry.com/loraine-birchall. There were some design changes to the Ravelry.com website earlier in the year causing issues for some users.

Many of the issues have been resolved, but the team at Ravelry are going to be working long term with an accessibility expert to deal with the problems which are still an issue for the minority, but whose needs should be met as soon as they are able.

In the meantime, we are adding Loraine’s digital patterns to the Woolly Madly Deeply web store on this website and have set up a store at https://payhip.com/woollymadlydeeply. Hopefully this will allow those who are still having problems with Rav, to access our patterns for sale. We are also in the long and rather laborious process of adding our patterns to LoveCrafts.

WIPs, wishes and knitting plans 7th August 2020

WIPs, wishes and knitting plans

As always, I have a ton of WIPs around the house waiting to be completed, or at the stage where I’m a) not sure I want to finish them or b) needed to finish another item first.

Vera Sweater WIP

I’m working on a few WIPs this week, the first being a test knit for Emma of Emma Sadler Designs. It’s her new Vera Sweater, knitted with 4ply/fingering weight sock yarn. Her sample knit used West Yorkshire Spinners 4ply for the main body in a light grey and she used oddments of sock yarns for the sleeves.

Yarn choices

I’m using some Lanas Stop Bambini in Antique Pink for my main colour and some odd balls of Drops Fabel in 911 Picnic and 904 Lavender Dreams.

Vera Sweater Test Knit WIP wips
Vera Sweater Test Knit

Campside KAL 2020 WIP

I cast on for the Campside Cardi, using some newly purchased Highland Heathers yarn from Stylecraft, in the colour Gorse. It’s a rich heather with greens, teal and yellow greens in the mix. Very pretty and 100g goes a long way. I bought two balls, I’ll probably need another three but will buy four, just in case. The yarn is DK weight acrylic and is very soft to touch. #campsidekal2020

Campside KAL2020 Campside Cardi wip
Campside KAL2020 Campside Cardi

In Stillness WIP

A few weeks ago, using a 50/50 blend of superwash merino and acrylic in a rich, chocolate brown, I cast on In Stillness by Alicia Plummer. I’m making the 41″ chest size and will add extra hip increases to suit my body shape. It’s knitted top down and I’m about an inch from separating the sleeves from the body. The yarn is buttery soft and so nice to knit with, it’s a joy.

I’m sorry, I haven’t taken a photo of this one as yet, but I promise I will soon and add it to this blog post.

Emma and I will be live on Facebook again on Sunday 9th August, assuming she’s not helping her brother in law to put up the new fence. Last Sunday rain stopped play and they only got the posts in.

See you soon, happy crafting and don’t forget to tag us in social media so we can see your projects @woollymadlydeeply or #woollymadlydeeply

Loraine

Campside KAL, interview with Alicia Plummer

We were delighted to welcome Alicia Plummer @aliciaplums to our Facebook Live session on 19th July 2020 to chat about her Campside KAL (knit along).

What is the Campside KAL all about?

Alicia designed her Campside Shawl the year her Dad passed away, it was very much linked to her grief and the eyelet represents tears of grief and raindrops in a storm. She’s added a number of designs to the Campside collection and shows us the newest shawl design in the video linked below.

Campside KAL, interview with Alicia Plummer 6
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/campside

The Campside KAL or knit along starts on 1st August in Alicia’s Ravelry group or you can follow along on https://instagram.com/aliciaplums

I’ll be knitting the Campside Cardigan and Emma will be knitting the Campside Sweater (the raglan version, not the Campside Drop version). Emma is making a sweater for her mum using some gorgeous pink yarn and I’ll be making a cardigan for myself (selfish knitter) and I haven’t decided on colour yet. You can see the range of patterns here on Ravelry.

Alicia says “Hello All!

This summer’s annual Campside KAL 2020 Knitalong is almost here! It kicks off August 1st, at 8 pm EST and wraps up (pun intended) September 19th at 8 pm EST.”

To help get you ready, all eligible patterns are 25% off until August 1st with the code campside2020.

Watch the interview about the Campside KAL here and after we’ve chatted to Alicia Plummer we look at some of her designs and talk yarn choices.

Interview with Alicia Plummer about her Campside KAL 2020

For Alicia, it was clear to us, that yarn and knitting is an emotional connection to an event or how life is going at the time. Campside is an interesting example of how we feel informs our yarn choice, the colours we knit with and the end design.

I’m planning to knit a Campside Cardi, however, I am also tempted by the raglan version of the Campside Pullover, I don’t really do drop sleeves as they don’t work well with my body shape. I thought I had chosen my yarn until an accidental trip to the LYS in our town’s Market Hall led to be seeing Stylecraft’s new yarn Highland Heathers. It took me a while to pick my colour but I chose Gorse, a rich heathery green/yellow mix and I LOVE IT.

It’s a DK weight yarn and to get gauge/tension I’d need to use a 5.5mm needle for the cardigan. I have, after swatching with 5mm and 5.5mm decided to go with a larger size but using the smaller needles. I much prefer the resulting fabric and I think it’ll wear better over the longer term.

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Alicia Plummer wearing her Campside Cardi

I’m planning a few mods which I’ll need to work out carefully, for example, I would like to increase a few times on each front for boob coverage and also make a deeper collar so that covers the lower body a little rather than a large gap in the middle that screams BELLY at everyone I walk past.

I need to work to the stitch counts for a larger size and make sure the charts will still line up and the pattern for the lower body work the way I want it too. It’s an easy enough set of calculations to do and I’m sure it’ll be fabulous.

I phoned Pat at our LYS to ask her to put the rest of the yarn I need to one side and I’ll collect that on Friday next week, unless I need it before, lol. In which case I’ll need to drive into town and sort that out.

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