Wheatsheaf Cowl Knitting Pattern 2 Sizes

Wheatsheaf Cowl Knitting Pattern 2 Sizes

Wheatsheaf Cowl Pattern

I wanted to show you our Wheatsheaf Cowl Pattern, for sale on Ravelry.    I used some wonderful Rowan Yarn Company Cashsoft Aran which is softer than butter and so warm.     I made samples of the Wheatsheaf Cowl pattern using both Aran and DK weight yarns.  The difference in circumference was 26inch for the Aran and 22 inch for the DK version.  One of our pattern testers for the Wheatsheaf Cowl knitted the cable pattern repeat twice to make a taller cowl, you’d use more yarn, but it would be fabulously warm if you live in colder climate.

Knitted in aran weight yarn, the Wheatsheaf Cowl is a speedy knit, easily made over a few evenings of knitting.  Ideal for Christmas knitting or gift knits.

A great stash buster, the Wheatsheaf Cowl is a quick knit.   Easily finished in a few evenings by the fire and is toasty warm.     Great for gifting and a chance to use up a bit of stash, you’ll need between 200-225 yards (depending on size) but you’ll need more if you knit a deeper cowl.

Wheatsheaf Cowl knitting pattern

Wheatsheaf Cowl knitting pattern, image shows matching Wheatsheaf Hat

The Wheatsheaf Cowl has been designed to match the Wheatsheaf Aran Socks, Wheatsheaf Hat, Wheatsheaf Boot Cuffs and Wheatsheaf mittens.

You could cast on three times as many stitches for a looped style cowl if you wanted the extra warmth, but this will use at least three times the yardage and you might need a little extra if you add depth/height to the ribbed sections.  This would loop easily twice around your neck and look fabulous.

The cable pattern used in the Wheatsheaf Cowl pattern reminds me of a Wheatsheaf, hence the name, but bluesocks thought they looked like X’s for kisses. Either way, I love it. It’s a quick knit, great way to use up small amounts of yarn and you can make a matching set as a gift.

The cable pattern has both charted and written instructions to suit your preference.

Wheatsheaf Cowl on cushion

Wheatsheaf Cowl on cushion

Wheatsheaf Cowl Tension/Gauge

Gauge/Tension for body of cowl in cable pattern – unstretched:
16sts x 32 rows = 3in x 4in/7.5cm x 10cm with 5mm/US8
16sts x 32rows = 3 5/8th in 9.25cm x 4in/7.5cm x 10cm with 5.5mm/US9

Wheatsheaf Cowl Recommended Yarns

I made samples using the following yarns:

Rowan Yarn Company Cashsoft Aran

Rowan Cashsoft DK

Stylecraft Special DK

My Test Knitters used

Zeeman Royal

Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK

I found the Aran weight yarn washed really well and still looks as good as the day it was knitted.   The matching hat has worn equally well and is machine washable on a delicate setting.

I think you would need to use a cable needle for any of the Wheatsheaf patterns, the earlier cables in the pattern can be done without, but the central crossover cable does need a cable needle, or spare dpn.

I’ve been asked by a couple of knitters if the cowl could be worked in chunky or bulky weight yarn.  The simple answer is yes.  However, you’d need to go up a needle size to perhaps a 6mm needle to get enough drape to the piece and obviously both the height and circumference of the cowl would change.

I haven’t tried this myself so I can’t help you on yardage/meters required to complete the cowl.

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Wheatsheaf Aran Socks

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Wheatsheaf Aran Socks

Wheatsheaf Aran Socks

Wheatsheaf Aran Socks Pattern

We recently released our Wheatsheaf Aran Socks Pattern, for sale on Ravelry.    I used some wonderful Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted which was a gift from the lovely Joan Dyer.     The socks use different needle sizes to achieve three sizes from Ladies Small/Child up to a Mens size with options for slim, regular and slouchy fit.

Knitted in aran weight yarn, the Wheatsheaf Aran Socks are a quick knit, easily made over a few evenings of knitting.  Ideal for Christmas knitting or gift knits.

A great stash buster, the Wheatsheaf Aran Socks are a quick knit.   Easily finished in a few evenings by the fire and are toasty warm.     Great for gifting and a chance to use up a bit of stash, you’ll need between 200-260 yards (depending on size and if you make the longer, folded cuff.

wheatsheaf aran socks

wheatsheaf aran socks with folded cuff

 

Wheatsheaf Aran Socks in Lamb's Pride Worsted

Wheatsheaf Aran Socks in Lamb’s Pride Worsted

wheatsheaf aran socks

The Wheatsheaf Aran Socks have been designed to match the Wheatsheaf Cowl, Wheatsheaf Hat, Wheatsheaf Boot Cuffs and Wheatsheaf mittens.

The socks can be knitted at a tighter or looser gauge/tension and feature ribbing on the cuff, back of the leg, heel flap and sole to ensure a nice fit for many foot sizes. The socks are made for lounging, wearing around the house instead of slippers and relaxing. They’re an attractive sock for lazy days and nights by the fire.

Sizes:
Small US 4-6.5/UK 3-5.5
Medium US 7-9/UK 6-8
Large US 9.5-11/UK 8.5-11

Options for
slim fit: 4mm/US6 for all sock
regular: 4mm cuff, 4.5mm for sock
slouchy 4.5mm cuff, 5mm for sock.

I made samples of the small size using 5mm needles for the body of the sock in Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, they would easily fit a slimmer foot or a wider foot due to the nature of the yarn and how springy it is.
I made the large size using Stylecraft Heritage Aran (Acylic/wool blend) and 5mm needles. They fit a wider food very well and spring back to shape after a wash.
I made the small size using 4mm needles for the whole sock, this had good hard wearing fabric and was a lovely neat fit.

Sizing and Fit of the Wheatsheaf Aran Socks

If you want a slouchy sock, use larger needles and for a slimmer fitting more hard wearing sock, use smaller needles.
Size small using 4mm needles and acrylic blend yarn would easily stretch to fit a 9 inch foot circumference.
Size small using Lamb’s Pride and 5mm needles would easily stretch to a 10 or 11 inch foot circumference, but be less hard wearing.

If you need to make a longer foot, the charts are set up so you can repeat a section or part of chart as often as you need to get the desired length. I’ve also included which chart row I ended on for each of my samples so you have an idea of how it worked for me.

There are four options for your heel pattern. I’ve used a slip stitch heel and a ribbed heel for the samples, both worked well and gave a good fit.

I’m knitting another pair for Christmas this year, using some Rowan Calmer I had in stash.  It’s so soft and will make such a comfy pair of socks.   I’m tempted to make them in my size and keep them 🙂

 

 

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Aline Modular Cardigan ladies knitting pattern is released

Aline Modular Cardigan ladies knitting pattern is released

Introducing the Aline Modular Cardigan Pattern for Woolly Madly Deeply

I do love the Aline Modular Cardigan pattern – and like my other modular cardigan and adult fit garment patterns, it’s sized from small to plus-size with options to customize sleeve width, length etc.

Size:
Sml, Med, Lge, XL, 1XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL
Chest / Bust
inches:
32-34. 36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62.
cm:
81-86, 92-97, 102-107, 112-117, 122-127, 133-137, 142-147, 153-158

I used some Debbie Bliss BFL Aran to knit my sample version of the Aline Modular Cardigan Pattern, but any heavy Worsted or Aran weight yarn should be fine as long you as you get the right tension/gauge.

The Aline Modular Cardigan Pattern is worked in garter stitch, with iCord edgings and some short row side panels (for the optional Aline shaping).   It’s an easy knit and I’ve included photos of the stages and a diagram showing the joins, pick up edges and direction of knitting for each section.  You can choose to have visible joins (on the outside of the fabric which look decorative), or hidden joins (worked on the WS of the fabric and which are hidden inside the garment).

Aline Modular Cardigan Pattern showing the back and first two front pieces with joins visible on the RS of the fabric for a decorative effect.

Aline Modular Cardigan Pattern showing the back and first two front pieces with joins visible on the RS of the fabric for a decorative effect.

As always I’d like to thank my incredible test knitters, they are:
Mirella, JHankie, CarleneRuns, CoonPrairie and GreatMinds and I hope you like their photos and Carlene’s modifications.

Carlene altered the side panels of her Aline Modular Cardigan pattern sample to be symmetrical, which worked well with her self striping yarn and adapted sizing to make the lower body slightly larger than the upper body.   It looks fabulous on her and I love the colours.   She also raised the neckline, I’ve added information on how you can do that if you too live in a cooler climate.

If you don’t know Carlene, give her a cheer on Facebook.  She’s been growing her hair very long and donated it recently to raise funds for her local Children’s Hospital, read more here.

 

 

 

Mirella in her Aline Modular Cardigan pattern sample

The gorgeous Mirella, modelling her sample knit of the Aline Modular Cardigan pattern in a cool green.

The gorgeous Mirella, modelling her sample knit of the Aline Modular Cardigan pattern in a cool green.

This particular cardigan was a labour of love, I had to think long and hard aout how best to use the decorative joins on the outside of the garment.  It took a while to write the descriptions for each of the joins and as I wrote each, I knitted each one again to make sure it was correct.

My testers of the Modular Aline Cardigan pattern have been amazing and I cannot thank them enough for their hard work, dedication and attention to detail.

Do I need to add the icord edge to the garment?

Yes, I think it’s important to finish it with the icord edging.  It’s the detail that takes it from a simple cardigan to a professionally finished piece.

It’s not hard to do.  I’ve included written instructions and links to various video tutorials which show how to knit an icord edge.

Do I need to add buttons to my Aline Modular Cardigan?

I added buttons to mine because I like to wear it fastened on cold days, but if you live in a warmer climate, then leave them off.  I don’t fasten mine as much these days, I’m in the realms of hot flushes/flashes and can go from comfortable to boiled in oil in seconds.  I’m sure some of you can relate 🙂

Can I add pockets to my garment?

I suggest adding Afterthought Pockets which are very easy to do.  There are a few methods, one using waste yarn.  The other to cut the fabric afterwards, pick up stitches and knit the pocket edgings.

 

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Be as Water – Mindy Dykman aka Ravenknits – 6 patterns from Elements of Memory

Be as Water – Mindy Dykman aka Ravenknits – 6 patterns from Elements of Memory

Introducing Be As Water by Mindy Dykman aka Ravenknits

Be As Water Shawl

Be As Water Shawl

I’m a big fan of Mindy Dykman, aka Ravenknits and love her intricate patterns, often inspired by nature or the works of JRR Tolkein.

Mindy’s latest release is being published today (Pi day for those in the know) and is called Be as Water, which is part of a collection of patterns called Elements of Memory.

The ebook of six patterns does represent a HUGE saving, but if you prefer there is a discount code for 20% off the individual pattern.

Save 20% off the price of Be As Water using the code BeAsWater in your Ravelry shopping cart.  Offer good until 11:59pm EST Tuesday March 19th.

I love the beading and lace details and knitted with fine yarn, it’ll be as light as a feather.

I asked Ravenknits about her design inspiration, here’s what she had to say

“Growing up in the Fraser Delta of British Columbia, with parents who attended UBC, I remember spending many days in the Nitobe Memorial Gardens.

These gardens on the UBC campus are considered to be amongst the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan itself.

The deliberate plantings and symbolic statuary of the gardens are a huge part of the artistic sensibilities I have carried with me since childhood, and I wanted in some way to honour that debt of influence.

It is for this reason that, when I started contemplating the shape with which to represent the traditional elements as a shawl series, I turned to the structure of the gorinto.

Built in towers of five defining shapes, the gorinto represents elements of stability and of change, of permanence and impermanence, of the known and of the unknowable.

The spherical second level of the gorinto represents Water. Be As Water is a lace weight circular pi shawl worked from the center out.

It is worked in concentric circles with a stocking stitch ring between each ring of lace motifs.

The first two lace rings of the Be As Water Shawl use the traditional Old Shale motif.

The third and fifth lace rings of the Be As Water Shawl use a stitch that represents the word “rain,” the return of water from sea to land.

The fourth lace ring of the Be As Water Shawl uses a Japanese stitch which is an interesting variation of the same concepts found in Old Shale, suggesting that like water, the ideas that are expressible within knitting stitches are similar around the world.”

Let’s have another look at this stunning shawl by Ravenknits, Be As Water

be as water shawl by mindy dykman ravenknits

Be As Water shawl by Mindy Dykman Ravenknits

 

I love the delicate beads and variety of lace patterns included in this intricate but beautiful design.  It’ll be an enjoyable knit and I could have a lot of fun choosing beads to go with the yarn.

Elements of Memory is a subscription ebook which will contain a collection of 6 shawl patterns of different shapes in various yarn weights. Four of the six patterns will represent the classical elements, with a fifth pattern representing the metaphysical concept of spirit, and the sixth pattern representing the unification of the previous five concepts.

 

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Indie Design Gift Along 2018 – Beginner Patterns Part 1 – Knit

Indie Design Gift Along 2018 – Beginner Patterns Part 1 – Knit

Beginner Patterns, Knit – Indie Design Gift Along 2018

I’m sorry I’ve not blogged for a few days, it’s a busy time of year for my day job and I’ve also been helping out with the Gift Along (as I do every year).     I’ll catch up a bit today with two posts crammed with goodies and ideas and a few discounts and offers I saw along the way.    I’ll also show you a super little gift I bought for myself and one for a very good friend and I think is awesome.   I’m not affiliated with the company and I don’t get commission, I just loved the product and wanted to share it.

Today I wanted to focus on some beginner patterns in the Indie Design Gift Along, a pattern where a total newbie can have a go and create a finished item pretty easily or where a more experienced knitter can learn a technique or skill that’s new to them.     Part 1 is Knit and Part 2 is crochet.

First Up is an offer I saw when browsing beginner patterns in the Giant Bundle of Gift Along Patterns.

If you buy this one and add the Bead Drop Scarf and the Garter Eyes Cowl to your cart at the same time, you’ll only pay for Ma Cherie.     I’m not on commission, I just thought it was a great deal for anyone wanting to try beads on a knitted project and learn a little bit of lace knitting while getting two patterns for free.

Beginners Socks Tutorial Pattern

A good introduction to sock knitting using thicker yarn and larger needles to get you started and give an understanding of sock anatomy and all the common terms used in sock patterns.   Handknit socks are the best and you can learn quickly to customise for fit and comfort.

torto beginner’s cowl

A lovely introduction to cables, working a piece flat and changing to working in the round, it’s soft, warm and super smooshy.     A really great starter pattern if you’ve never worked in the round before.   It’s not scary and it’ll open up a whole new world of knitting to you.
Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Beginner Knits Torto Cowl

Snowy Evening Boot Cuffs

Worked in the round, a little bit of simple embroidery for the stars but what a gorgeous pair of boot cuffs you’ll have at the end.

Beginner’s Cabled Fingerless Mittens

by Lynette Meek

Easy Ninja Socks

This one encourages you to make the teeny size, ideal for a Christmas decoration or on a key ring, a great intro to socks for everyone.

Easy A

An easy, boxy sweater with some nice finishing touches, so you can learn icord finishing, afterthought pockets – all optional and have a sweater that’s a relaxing, fun knit.

Mount Rainier Hat

A simple and classic hat, with ribbing, an easy introduction to shaping a hat and one that both you and your super fussy MAN will wear.

Easy Crescent Shaped Shawl

There is a youtube video tutorial to go along with this beginner shawl pattern, absolutely brilliant for someone starting to knit and who wants to make a pretty shawl for themselves or a gift.

Easy Looped Scarf

A great beginner pattern suitable for a range of yarn weights/thicknesses.

Star Garland

The star starts as a pentagon worked in the round for the center. Then each of the five points is worked individually back and forth.

Easy Tweedy Cowl

This simple cowl pattern can be knitted at virtually any gauge, with any yarn. The stitch pattern is an easy mix of knits and purls, nearly identical on right and wrong sides, which produces a textured fabric that is suitable for both men and women.      It is knitted in the round, in one piece with no seaming.

Faberge Mittens

A cute slip stitch pattern creates a fabulous and complex looking mitten with beads, when actually it’s all simple techniques, well explained with a photo tutorial and you get to take all the credit for it 🙂

Easy Two-Color Purse Pouch

Great little stash buster using tiny amounts of yarn and makes a great gift or stocking filler for kids.

Checkerboard Scarflet

Simple knit and purl combination creates a great checkboard effect suitable for men and women.  A very easy knit and the chance to add some buttons from your vintage stash is an added bonus.
Last of all, I wanted to show you this product, from Fobbles, it’s called Stash n’ Store and I’ve been sticking my scissors, tapestry needles, cable needles, crochet hooks and stitch markers in mine since it arrived.   I’ve never been so organised.    Bev is closed until the New Year, so this’d be an ideal New Year treat for yourself.
Part 2 will be along later today with Beginner and New to You Crochet Patterns.

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