Find My Way Cowl new pattern

Find My Way Cowl new pattern

Find My Way Cowl, Adjustable cowl, change length and width

For the chunky version of the Find My Way Cowl, I used Stylecraft Bellissima Chunky in Precious Posy, for the two colour version shown below I used Rowan Cashsoft Aran in Foxglove and Japonica, for the four colour DK version I used Stylecraft Special DK in Mocha, Mushroom, Pale Rose and Grap. You can knit the cowl to any length and there are stitch counts suggested to adapt the width to suit what you want. You can buy the pattern here

Aran prototype test knit for my new design Behind The Green Door Cowl, out this month, another adjustable pattern to make to any length or width and in any weight of yarn.

Find My Way Cowl – Chunky version

If you’d like to see any of those videos, we’ve shared links on Facebook, you can see the live on Facebook and also on our Youtube Channel Knitting Across The Pennines with Emma and Loraine.

Today we are chatting about colourwork, stranded knitting, stripes with lace, tension/gauge issues, floats and how they differ.

We have a free Facebook group where we go live once a fortnight for our Q&A and also post our pre-recorded video content in between. https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

Our Cowlabunga KAL starts mid March with the hashtags #knittingacrossthepennines and #cowlabunga There will be prizes for the best FO’s made during the KAL and spot prizes of pattern codes for FO and WIP photos shared on social media with the two hashtags.

Our Ravelry group is here https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-and-crochet-across-the-pennines

Emma Sadler of Emma Sadler Designs and Loraine Birchall of Woolly Madly Deeply. We design knitwear and some crochet items. Emma is based in Yorkshire, East of the Pennines and Loraine is based in Cumbria, West of the Pennines.

Emma is esadler on Ravelry Emma’s website https:emmasadlerdesigns.co.uk

Emma’s designs on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emma-sadler

Emma on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/allneedles

Loraine is lor-artemis on Ravelry Loraine’s website https://woollymadlydeeply.com

Loraine’s designs on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lor-artemis

Loraine on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WoollyMadlyDeeply

Our Podcast is Knitting Across The Pennines and you can watch our videos here. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAnR_-rmRR6Fg-iuab81_1010Nj4fRnQv

We have a free Facebook group where we go live once a fortnight for our Q&A and also post our pre-recorded video content in between. https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

Join our FREE Facebook group for knitting/crochet chat, pattern updates, testing opportunities and all the latest news.

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Where to find Emma Sadler Designs

Emma is esadler on Ravelry
Emma’s website
https:emmasadlerdesigns.co.uk
Emma’s designs on Ravelry
https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emma-sadler
Emma on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/allneedles

Where to find Loraine of Woolly Madly Deeply

Loraine is lor-artemis on Ravelry
Loraine’s website
https://woollymadlydeeply.com
Loraine’s designs on Ravelry
https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lor-artemis
Loraine on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/WoollyMadlyDeeply

Behind The Green Door Cowl new pattern

Behind The Green Door Cowl new pattern

Behind The Green Door Cowl, Aran Version

I used Stylecraft Special Aran with wool to knit a short loop say 24-26 inches long and about 11 inches wide, super soft, warm and snuggle. I love the rich, cranberry colour of the yarn. You can buy the pattern here

Photo copyright Loraine Birchall

Aran prototype test knit for my new design Behind The Green Door Cowl, out this month, another adjustable pattern to make to any length or width and in any weight of yarn.

Behind The Green Door Cowl – Chunky version

Gallery of Test Knitters samples

As always, I couldn’t do this without the help, support and suggestions of my amazing Test Knitters, there’s a sneak peak of some of their projects below. I hope you love them as much as I do.

If you’d like to see any of those videos, we’ve shared links on Facebook, you can see the live on Facebook and also on our Youtube Channel Knitting Across The Pennines with Emma and Loraine.

Today we are chatting about colourwork, stranded knitting, stripes with lace, tension/gauge issues, floats and how they differ.

We have a free Facebook group where we go live once a fortnight for our Q&A and also post our pre-recorded video content in between. https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

Our Cowlabunga KAL starts mid March with the hashtags #knittingacrossthepennines and #cowlabunga There will be prizes for the best FO’s made during the KAL and spot prizes of pattern codes for FO and WIP photos shared on social media with the two hashtags.

Our Ravelry group is here https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-and-crochet-across-the-pennines

Emma Sadler of Emma Sadler Designs and Loraine Birchall of Woolly Madly Deeply. We design knitwear and some crochet items. Emma is based in Yorkshire, East of the Pennines and Loraine is based in Cumbria, West of the Pennines.

Emma is esadler on Ravelry Emma’s website https:emmasadlerdesigns.co.uk

Emma’s designs on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emma-sadler

Emma on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/allneedles

Loraine is lor-artemis on Ravelry Loraine’s website https://woollymadlydeeply.com

Loraine’s designs on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lor-artemis

Loraine on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WoollyMadlyDeeply

Our Podcast is Knitting Across The Pennines and you can watch our videos here. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAnR_-rmRR6Fg-iuab81_1010Nj4fRnQv

We have a free Facebook group where we go live once a fortnight for our Q&A and also post our pre-recorded video content in between. https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

Join our FREE Facebook group for knitting/crochet chat, pattern updates, testing opportunities and all the latest news.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

If you’d like to support our channel, you can buy us a Kofi here https://ko-fi.com/knittingacrossthepennines

Or support us on Patreon here https://patreon.com/knittingacrossthepennines

Where to find Emma Sadler Designs

Emma is esadler on Ravelry
Emma’s website
https:emmasadlerdesigns.co.uk
Emma’s designs on Ravelry
https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emma-sadler
Emma on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/allneedles

Where to find Loraine of Woolly Madly Deeply

Loraine is lor-artemis on Ravelry
Loraine’s website
https://woollymadlydeeply.com
Loraine’s designs on Ravelry
https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lor-artemis
Loraine on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/WoollyMadlyDeeply

Sophie McKane Interview Gift A-long 2019

Sophie McKane Interview Gift A-long 2019

Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview with Sophie McKane

Today we’re chatting to knitwear designer Sophie McKane, here is Sophie’s Bio.

Sophie is a knitting designer based in London, UK. Sophie began publishing patterns in 2016 and was Knit Now Magazine’s 2017 New Designer of the year. Sophie’s work has appeared in many publications including Knit Now, Knitting Magazine, The Knitter and Simply Knitting.

Sophie spent nine years living in Brooklyn, New York, which is where she learned to knit. Sophie’s emphasis is on striking graphic designs with a contemporary vibe. She loves seamless construction, quick results and combining colour in unique ways. Sophie has three energetic kids who are the inspiration behind many of her baby and child knitting patterns.

How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you Sophie?

I got into knitting in a big way when I moved to New York back in 2005. The knitting scene was really taking off in a big way there, and it was so exciting to be a part of it. For many years, Brooklyn General was my LYS. The store’s owner, Catherine Clark, also works as a midwife and delivered all three of my babies!

I took a mamas and babies knitting class at Brooklyn General after my first son was born. Our group of sleep-deprived first-time mums bonded over babies and yarn, and I remain close to many of those women now, even though we’re on different continents.

One of the things I’m most proud of is my patter for the Marie Curie Socks:   I’m donating the full £5 sale price of the pattern to Marie Curie, to support people living with terminal illnesses. I’ve raised £420 so far, and hopefully there will be lots more to come.

Marie Curie Socks by Sophie McKane

Marie Curie Socks by Sophie McKane

What made you want to start designing?

I moved back to London in 2014 and started designing a couple of years later, when my youngest child started nursery. I’ve always begun by looking at the yarns themselves, holding them and figuring out what they should become. I love finding just the right stitch pattern to suit a yarn’s particular characteristics, or a colourwork motif that lets two or more contrasting colours really shine.

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

I’m so fortunate to live close to some world-famous yarn stores – I pass by Loop every day and am also within easy distance of both Knit With Attitude and Wild and Woolly. I really enjoy understanding where yarns have come from, and I seek out sustainable, ethical and small-scale producers wherever. My favourite part of the designing process is working with small yarn brands and dyers to come up with collaborations that help both of us.

Designing can be quite a solitary business, so working with magazine editors, test knitters and yarn companies gives me some day-to-day personal contact that I really enjoy.

Are you a full-time or part-time designer and how does that fit into your life?

I’m very much a part-time designer, I try it fit in in around my kid’s school schedule and my other commitments. I manage to get a couple of hours in front of the computer most weekdays, and I tend to knit my samples in the evening while I’m watching TV with my husband. Sometimes I have to lay down the law about what we can watch – no complicated detective shows while I’m distracted by a complicated design. And anything with subtitles….forget it!!

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

My favourite thing to design is baby clothes. They’re just endlessly adorable and I’m fortunate to have a steady stream of new babies amongst my family and friends to knit for.

All my adult garments are graded to 9 sizes and I’m very committed to inclusive sizing. I love the geeky challenge of grading patterns to multiple sizes – I studied maths at university and am pretty handy with a spreadsheet (!) so it’s quite fun for me. I’m an avid fan of cryptic crosswords and I think these two activities have quite a lot in common

Do you have much time to make things for yourself or for gifting?

I make some things for myself, but my real joy comes from knitting for my kids. My daughter in particular loves handknits and gets involved right from the early stage, telling me how she wants things to look, and what colours they should be. I do also knit for some family members, my mum and dad in particular are always very appreciative of handknits.

If someone knitted or crocheted a gift item for you, what would you love the most?

A swap partner once made me some hand knit socks and that was truly the most special gift.

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

I can’t play favourites with yarn brands as there are so many to love. But I do have a real thing for hand dyed British BFL. And silk/merino blends…yes please!!

What’s your favourite of your own designs and what do you love about it?

As for favourites of my own designs…I think I might have to go with the Quince Blossom cowl, which will be coming out as a single pattern quite soon. It’s just so different and unlike anything I’d ever designed or knit before. The stitch pattern is satisfying and has that real “wow” factor. 

Quince Blossom Cowl by Sophie McKane

Quince Blossom Cowl by Sophie McKane

Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?

My most popular patterns are my Sheep Shuffle Mitts and Socks
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sheep-shuffle-mitts
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sheep-shuffle-socks
and the nice thing is that the motif is from Andrea Rangel’s Alterknit book. She’s also a PD in the GAL so it’s sort of a virtuous circle!

Sheep Shuffle Mitts by Sophie McKane

Sheep Shuffle Mitts by Sophie McKane

What’s your favourite colour?

My favourite colour is green…I live such an urban life in central London and I wish there was more green in my daily life. At least I can look to the yarn in my lap! I tend to stick to very neutral colours in my own wardrobe, so knitting for others is the perfect excuse to get the rainbow palette out.

Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?

This is my 4th year as a GAL PD and I’ve loved every time. It’s great to see so many people getting excited about the beautiful patterns on offer, and I love discovering designers that are new to me. The atmosphere of fun and mutual support is just amazing.

 

How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?

If you’d like to test knit for Sophie, here’s a link to her open Tests.
 
Yarnpod Tests: https://www.yarnpond.com/design_brands/28
I have a couple more tests to add soon, but they will all show on this page so please visit.

 

 

Aline Modular Cardigan ladies knitting pattern is released

Quick links to our shop

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Kay Hopkins Interview Gift A-long 2019

Kay Hopkins Interview Gift A-long 2019

Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview with Kay Hopkins of Knit For The Soul

Today we’re chatting to knitwear designer Kay Hopkins, tell us a little about yourself and your business please, Kay.

I strive for simply, elegant designs that are versatile to wear and have lots of options for the knitters to choose from to make it their very own design.  I’m way into versatility for wearing as that’s my lifestyle.  “From the beach to the Board Room” is often my mantra.  I started my career as an accountant then transitioned over into IT and Business Consulting.  It’s kind of funny how much the skill sets are the same for IT and knitwear design.  It’s all the same process actually and that is a little amusing to me.

I specialize in sweaters and shawls and do a few hats for the winter season.  I try to design things that I would wear myself and I love sweaters the most.   

How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you?

I used to sew a lot but when my daughter played a lot of soccer, I switched to knitting.  It’s kind of hard to lug a sewing machine to the soccer field…. And I’ve always done something creative.

Forest Park Cardigan by Kay Hopkins

Forest Park Cardigan by Kay Hopkins

What made you want to start designing?

I didn’t!  It’s funny how that started.  I was such an idiot that I just started playing around and didn’t even think of buying a pattern.  A friend of mine finally made me join Ravelry and put one of my designs out there.  I figured if I sold 12 patterns that then I could deduct my yarn cost as a business expense so just went with it….well, that was a slippery slope and here we are.

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

The ideas, the yarn, the swatching of ideas, and knitting up the sample.  I’d then like fairies to pick up the rest and I’d just move on to the next idea.  There are so many…..  lol

What inspires you?

Most of my inspiration comes from nature and beautiful places I’ve seen.  The PNW is full of gorgeous beauty.  I love the ocean, rivers, lakes, mountains and small, picturesque towns.

Puget Sound Pullover by Kay Hopkins

Puget Sound Pullover by Kay Hopkins

Are you a full-time or part-time designer and how does that fit into your life?

I design full-time on top of still doing a little IT and Business consulting……  I try to keep a balance but it’s hard.  I strive to get off of the computer in the evenings and on Sundays and be able to just enjoy knitting.    The needles go everywhere with me! 

What’s your favourite of your own designs and what do you love about it?

Gosh….I don’t know for sure.  I love my Forest Park cardigans and Puget Sound pullovers although the latter missed the GAL deadline by a couple of days. 

Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?

I love my recent Forest Park cardigan and Puget Sound pullover….I’m wearing those a lot and they are fun to make too.

Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?

I participated in 2017 and I think the camaraderie and support for each other is the best part. 

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

I’m looking at a lot of designers that I’ve not even heard of and it’s exciting to see what all everyone is doing.  There are a lot of talented designers in the group this year!

Love the crochet designs by Ruth Brasch
Love Christallk’s creative colorwork
Love Frogginette’s Children’s designs and can’t wait for Grandkids
Love Ukeeknits festive designs!

How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?

Blog:  haven’t started mine yet
Website:  www.knitforthesoul.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Kay-Hopkins-Designs-313660885763735/
Ravelry pattern store: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/kay-hopkins

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/knitforthesoul/
Pinterest:  not very active there


 

 

 

Aline Modular Cardigan ladies knitting pattern is released

Quick links to our shop

Austermann Yarns, Baby Yarns, Debbie Bliss Yarns, Lanas Stop Yarns, Araucania Yarns, Schoeller & Stahl Yarns, Felting Yarns, Noro Yarns, DK Yarns, 4ply Yarns, Aran Yarns, Fur Yarns, James C Brett Yarns, Lion Brand Yarns

Brenda Castiel Interview Gift A-long 2019

Brenda Castiel Interview Gift A-long 2019

Indie Design Gift A-Long 2019 Interview with Brenda Castiel

Today we’re chatting to knitwear designer Brenda Castiel, tell us a little about yourself please Brenda.

Hi, I’m Brenda Castiel, I’m Goodstuff on Ravelry.  I’ve been designing knitwear for close to 10 years. I do shawls, accessories, sweaters, and kids clothing. A little of everything!

I also have an Etsy Shop, GoodStuffCrafts, where I sell handmade project bags, and notions pouches. Link https://www.etsy.com/shop/goodstuffcrafts

How did you get into knitting/crochet and who taught you?

I am a self-taught knitter. I taught myself out of an old black-and-white brochure published by Patons. I may have picked up a few odd ways of doing things since I figured lots of techniques out by myself. I still think I don’t pick up stitches in the right way.

I knitted a few items when I was in my teens. They turned out fine.

Then when I was older, I knitted a few baby items when my son was born. But then I dropped it again until 2007. I came across an old abandoned knitting project that had languished for over 20 years, picked it up again and finished the project. Knitting was becoming “cool” again so I joined right in.

What made you want to start designing?

I started designing when Knit Picks announced their independent design program. I thought they might be interested in working with a newcomer, since they were new to this area themselves. They accepted my first design,
and then I was off and running. I submitted ideas to every magazine and publication I could think of, and my design work started to take hold.

What’s you favourite part of the design process?

My favourite part of the design process is the beginning, when your head is full of ideas and you just want to get started and cast on! The less interesting part is actually writing out the pattern; making sure the math works, and that you have covered the different sizing options.

I’m also not great at the photography part! I’ve recently started asking my granddaughter to be my model. She is more photogenic than I am 🙂

What inspires you?

I guess I get inspiration from many different places. I might see an interesting stitch pattern somewhere and try to figure out how it was made. Sometimes a particular yarn inspires me.

I guess I get inspiration from all around me. It’s hard to pin down!

Are you a full-time or part-time designer and how does that fit into your life?

I would have to say I’m a part-time designer I only spend a couple of hours a day on my knitting design work. I also spent two or three hours a day working on my Etsy shop. So I guess both together add up to nearly a full-time job!

Do you have a favourite thing to design and why?

My favourite thing to design is shawls. There is so much scope for creativity in shape, colour, stitch patterns. And luckily it doesn’t have to be sized to fit every body type. Having said that, I often try to make shawls in at least two sizes though, because some people like a shawlette, and some people like a big cozy shawl to wrap around themselves and keep them warm. I also like to adjust patterns so that you can make it bigger if you have more yarn.

Do you have much time to make things for yourself or for gifting?

It’s rare when I knit someone else’s patterns, but I do occasionally — if I want something quick for a gift, or a design is so unique that I couldn’t hope to emulate it myself. The Hitofude sweater comes to mind. I like to knit for my two grandchildren – there’s a girl who is 10, and a boy who is 6, and for now they still seem to appreciate my knitting. I made them both mittens last winter.

If someone knitted or crocheted a gift item for you, what would you love the most?

I would really appreciate anything someone made for me, it would be wonderful!

Do you have a favourite yarn and why?

It’s too hard to pick a favourite yarn. There are so many talented independent dyers, it would be impossible to choose. I have some great yarns in my stash that I haven’t had a chance to get to yet.

What’s your favourite of your own designs and what do you love about it?

It’s so hard to choose but I might say it’s the Pistachio Ice Cream Shawl. It uses two yarns that, at first, look like they don’t go together. It’s a way to use a highly variegated yarn that might be too wild to use on its own, so it’s paired with a solid that helps tone it down. It doesn’t use lace just blocks of garter stitch and stockinette stitch, and there are wedges of colour created by short rows. It’s a very achievable shawl for most knitters, and I think it gives a great result. 

Pistachio Ice Cream Shawl by Brenda Castiel

Pistachio Ice Cream Shawl by Brenda Castiel

Is there anything new you can tell us about or a recent design you’d like to chat about?

One of my recent designs is theFirst Impressions Shawl by Brenda Castiel.It was inspired by a beautiful yarn dyed to represent Monet’s water lilies paintings. I designed the shawl to feature the beauty of the yarn, and also to hint at the ripples of the pond that the water lilies grew in. I think the marriage of pattern and yarn turned out great.

First Impressions Shawl by Brenda Castiel

First Impressions Shawl by Brenda Castiel

What’s your favourite colour?

My favourite colour is the blue family, anything from sky blue to dark blue to teal. I love Reds too!

Have you been a participating designer in the Indie Gift Along before and what do you love most about it?

I have participated in the GAL for several years now, and I love the way it inspires knitters to try new things, and the way it helps to showcase some designers who otherwise do not get much visibility.

Which Gift Along 2019 designers inspire you and why?

Oh gosh, there are so many designers I don’t think I could pick a just few to say that I admire them. I think they’re all so talented!

How do people get in touch with you or see more of your work?

Blog: http://knitandtravelandsuch.blogspot.com/

Facebook:  https://facebook.com/Brenda Castiel
Ravelry pattern store: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/brenda-castiel
Instagram: @bcastiel

 

 

Aline Modular Cardigan ladies knitting pattern is released

Quick links to our shop

Austermann Yarns, Baby Yarns, Debbie Bliss Yarns, Lanas Stop Yarns, Araucania Yarns, Schoeller & Stahl Yarns, Felting Yarns, Noro Yarns, DK Yarns, 4ply Yarns, Aran Yarns, Fur Yarns, James C Brett Yarns, Lion Brand Yarns

Woolly Madly Deeply Online Yarn Shop Cumbria UK

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