Diamonds and Lace Hat ready for testing

Diamonds and Lace Hat ready for testing

Diamonds and Lace Hat ready for testing

The Diamonds and Lace Hat is ready for testing, available in four sizes, Child, Teen/Adult S, Adult M and Adult L to fit most of the family.

Diamonds and Lace Hat Yarn Choices

The Diamonds and lace hat is knitted with DK weight yarn, I used two yarns for the samples so far. For the Teen/Adult S size I knitted this with light grey coloured Austermann Merino Silk worsted. It’s a super soft merino yarn blended with silk and gives amazing stitch definition with all the bounce you’d expect of a merino yarn.

For a more affordable yarn choice, and partly because I fell in love with the colour called Mellow Yellow, I used Stylecraft Bellissima DK yarn.

The smallest size used less than 45g of yarn, approximately 140 yards of yarn. The Teen/Adult Small size used approximately 66g or 165 yards of the Austermann Merino Silk yarn in the light grey. The Adult M should use (with a 10% allowance just in case) 240-280 yards and the Adult L should use around 300-340 yards or so.

Diamonds and Lace Hat ready for testing – Gallery

What comes next in the Diamonds and Lace pattern family?

Do I knit a shawl or wrap to match the hat and cowl, or should I design some fingerless mittens? Let me know what you think.

What yarns are suitable for testing the Diamonds and Lace Hat?

Lanas Stop Alpaca, Austermann Merino Silk, Stylecraft Bellissima DK. Link to my project page so you can see the hat in more detail.

Link to my group on Ravelry if you’re interested in signing up to test the pattern.

Diamonds and Lace Cowl pattern in progress Updated

Diamonds and Lace Cowl pattern in progress Updated

Diamonds and Lace Cowl pattern in progress

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.

Test knitting will start very soon in our Ravelry Group or you can contribute in our Knitting Across The Pennines Facebook group if you prefer.

Diamond Lace Cowl
Diamond Lace Cowl
Diamonds and Lace Hat prototype
crown of the Diamonds and Lace Hat
Diamond and Lace Cowl
FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020

FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020

FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020

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, Evergreen Cowl in James Brett Aria DK in Lavender
Evergreen Cowl in James Brett Aria DK in Lavender

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, Cathedral Cowl knitted with Debble Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran in Stone.
Cathedral Cowl knitted with Debble Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran in Stone.

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, Stillwater Cardigan by Marie Green

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?

Ranunculus Sweater FO September 2020
Ranunculus Sweater FO September 2020

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.

Evergreen Loop Cowl or swatch for a sweater using Lambs Pride Worsted in a pale Aqua

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.

Gardnered Cardigan test knit for Alicia Plummer, size 41".

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.

Cathedral cowl in Hollyhock special Aran with wool

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?

See you soon

Loraine

Test Knitters Wanted Cathedral Cable Cowl 2020

Test Knitters Wanted Cathedral Cable Cowl 2020

Test Knitters Wanted Cathedral Cable Cowl 2020

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.

Link to test thread on Ravelry

Test Knitters Wanted Cathedral Cable Cowl 2020, cowl is laid flat showing the cables on a teal washed plank background.
Test Knitters Wanted Cathedral Cable Cowl 2020

Test Knitters Wanted – Evergreen Cowl

Test Knitters Wanted – Evergreen Cowl

Test Knitters Wanted – Evergreen Cowl

Test knitters wanted for my Evergreen Cowl pattern. I finished my sample for the Evergreen Cowl design a couple of days ago, photos below. The cowl features ribbed bands top and bottom, just 2×2 ribbing and an all over cable pattern for the body of the cowl itself.

I knitted my cowl with worsted/dk weight yarn. The sample was knitted using Stylecraft Highland Heathers DK in the colour Gorse which is a yellowy green with some heathers of teal and rust running through the yarn. It is rich and beautiful. My sample, unstretched and before blocking, measured 18″ circumference with lots of available stretch and was 11 1/4″ tall. I used only 66g of yarn, approx 196 yds but my calculations for yardage will allow a little extra, just in case.

My cowl can be folded over double for warmth or worn higher up the neck onto my chin, it’s up to you. It matches my Campside cardigan knitted in the same yarn and will go with so many items in my wardrobe. It took only a few evenings to knit but you do have to pay attention to those cable crosses.

The test knit will be running here in our Woolly Madly Deeply Ravelry group, please sign up there and then message me with your email so I can send the pattern when the test starts.

Thanks so much

Loraine

Cast on Evergreen Cowl pattern coming soon

Cast on Evergreen Cowl pattern coming soon

Evergreen Cowl pattern coming soon

Evergreen cowl pattern, coming soon, it’s knitted in the round, with entwined diamond cables and textured centres.

I am a sucker for cables, they’re interesting to knit, give texture, depth and most of all warmth to any knits. So, I cast on for a short loop cowl, worked bottom-up and in the round using circular needles. I’m using a DK yarn from Stylecraft for version 1 as it will then go with my Campside Cardi knitted with the same colour. The colourway is called Gorse and it’s a yellowy green with heathering in teal, yellow, dark green and the occasional bit of black.

Evergreen Cowl Cast on with Stylecraft Highland Heathers in the Gorse colourway, the cowl has intricate diamond pattern cables with textured centres.
Evergreen Cowl Cast on with Stylecraft Highland Heathers in the Gorse colourway, the cowl has intricate diamond pattern cables with textured centres.

Once this one is finished, I’ll be casting on another using some Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran, though I haven’t chosen a colour yet, but stone or burnt orange would be lovely.

The Evergreen cowl will be a shorter loop approximately 23 inches circumference, but with instructions on how to make the cowl loop longer to wrap twice or three times around the neck, or make it taller for cooler climates.

The cowl uses the same stitch pattern I used for our Evergreen Hat, you can purchase the Evergreen pattern on Ravelry in our pattern store or on the website here. The pattern is 25% off with the code Autumn until midnight BST on Sunday 27th September.

Evergreen Hat Pattern knitted in Knit Picks Capra in Forest Green with a large pompom.
Evergreen Hat Pattern

You can sign up to test knit in our Ravelry group and testing will start next Monday and last for about three to four weeks. There will be a dedicated thread in the group for the test, so look for that.

Do you like the diamond cable pattern? Let me know.

Loraine

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