Pavilions

Hello!

It should be no surprise to me by now, but working at a fibre festival over the weekend inevitably means I am a bit useless for the beginning of the following week. This weekend past I joined Kettle Yarn Co. at Fibre East in Bedford, and though the rain poured and the wind blew, we appreciated the knitting weather and spent a lovely weekend meeting knitters.

It was our first official outing with the Boardwalk collection- and it was really satisfying to see how much people like it. As I blogged about the collection previously, I thought I would just mention a bit about the unusual construction of the design I contributed; the Pavilion.

Pavilion by EastLondonKnit hand knit pattern

The Pavilion is constructed from the centre bottom out, beginning with a garter tab cast on and worked like a triangular shawl until the full height is reached, and then worked out to either side. As I worked on the pattern, I began to think of the elements of the wrap in terms of building, and so I wrote the pattern with a step-by-step building construction theme.

Pavilion knitting pattern schematic

The second half of the Pavilion schematic…

I have to say thank you so much to my wonderful tech editor R. Deborah Overath, aka scienceknitster, and the great test knitters who helped me so much with their comments!

stillawake's pavilion knit

stillawake’s Pavilion in Verdigris

mskgb's pavilion knit

mskgb’s Pavilion in Peony

ryn2103's Pavilion knit

ryn2103’s Pavilion in Purple Reign

mitknit's Pavilion

mitknit’s Pavilion in Neckinger

The knit along starts 1st of August over on the Kettle Yarn Co. Ravelry group–please do come join us!

Happy knitting,

R.

Pavilion on the Boardwalk

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Jetty knitting pattern by Linda LencovicI am proud to be a part of Kettle Yarn Co.‘s latest venture; The Boardwalk Collection.

As you may know, Kettle Yarn Co.’s Linda is a friend of mine, and I am terribly lucky to have a good friend who is also such a talented indie yarn dyer. When she began planning a collection inspired by her seaside home and showing off her new Islington yarn base, I was only too keen to take part. And I was in good company;  Rachel C. Brown, Rachel Coopey, Isabell Kraemer, Maria Magnusson and Linda herself have all created beautiful designs, which Linda has collected together in this beautiful e-publication:

My contribution to the collection is Pavilion, a luxuriously-sized, rectangular wrap with garter stitch borders and details. With an innovative construction and easy to follow stitch patterns, it is designed with the knitter in mind. I wanted it to be a pleasure to knit and to make a beautiful yarn shine. I’ll discuss the unusual centre-out construction in a future blog post, but I am really pleased to have had great feedback about the pattern so far (available here).

Pavilion by EastLondonKnit  hand knit pattern 2

Sample shown knit in Islington DK Marigold and required 4 skeins.

My fellow designers have really pulled out the stops and created some beautiful things, including Linda herself, who designed the Jetty shawl modelled by moi, above.

Bagatelle knitting pattern by Rachel Brown

Speaking of modelling, confession time: I feel incredibly awkward about being the model for my own designs, let alone someone else’s, but Linda is very persuasive and I did really like wearing Rachel Brown‘s Bagatelle Cowl. Seaward

Rachel Coopey‘s Seaward Hat is a great design for the eye-popping Parapadshada colour way.

Arcade knitting pattern by Isabell Kraemer

Isabell Kraemer designed the simple but perfectly formed Arcade Pullover, which I am hoping to knit for myself someday soon.

Coming up:

There will be a knit-along in the Kettle Yarn Co. Ravelry group for the month of August and a draw for the full set of patterns from the collection will be made from the comments at the end of the blog tour.

You can purchase the yarn and see the collection live at our next fibre festival outing: Fibre East 25-26 July 2015, and this Autumn at the Yarn in the City Marketplace 5 September.

Thank you so much for stopping for a moment here with me! And thanks to the previous stops on the blog tour:

And a great interview with Linda on the Shiny Bees podcast

Next stop is the designer of the much admired Promenade, Maria Magnusson, a beautiful lacy cardigan, perfect for a summer’s eve.

Promenade knit pattern by Maria Magnusson

Happy knitting,

R.

Woolfest 2015

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A couple of weeks ago I joined Kettle Yarn Co.‘s Linda on the epic drive to The North for Woolfest 2015. Neither of us had been before, and we were excited to be going to a new show in such a beautiful part of the country.

Linda showcased her beautiful new Islington DK base with a collection of new patterns by designers including me! My contribution was the golden wrap called the Pavilion about which a blog post is immanent….

Knitting Patterns: Boardwalk Collection

As ever, Linda allowed me to take over a little corner of the stand to sell patterns and show off samples. She had some new beautiful shades of Westminster which I may have had to steal for a new design…

Woolfest 2015 Kettle Yarn Co. Stand

Shawls visible from the left: Naloa, Astrisks, and Antiprism, with a basket of gorgeous Westminster in the middle….

Woolfest, for those of you who haven’t been, is held in a cow shed, and staying true to the venue, the animals were the stars of the show.
Woolfest 2015--baby alpacas

The baby alpacas nearly killed me with cute.

Woolfest 2015--cashmere goat

I don’t think I have ever seen a cashmere goat in the flesh before. There were signs not to pet them, and I respected the request and absolutely didn’t stick my hands right into all that silky woolly goodness.

Woolfest 2015--Gotland sheep

Now, I live in the middle of a capital city and have no contact with livestock. I’m not sure whether this makes me more or less susceptible to the attribution of human characteristic to animals, but maybe it doesn’t matter. The Gotland goats seemed to me to be very inquisitive,Woolfest 2015--teeswater sheep

whereas the Teeswater sheep were entirely regal, proud sheep, who seemed to demand a certain about of admiration and got it.
Woolfest 2015--Teeswater Sheep

I thought this was kind of a sweet family portrait of Herdwick sheep, even if I think the lamb looks a little like the traditional depiction of the Devil….Woolfest 2015--Herdwick Sheep

After the show we had a few days to roam around Cumbria and there are some stunning views from the farm we stayed at.  Woolfest 2015-Cumbria Alpacas

Including a flowery field of llamas and a pasture of tiny ponies.  Woolfest 2015-Cumbria

 

Yes, TINY PONIES I say. That’s why you have to look closely to see them.

It was, all in all, a splendid weekend, even if the travelling took some of the immediate gratification away from the experience. My next adventure with the lovely Linda is Fibre East in Bedford. I hope to see you there!

Til then, happy knitting,

R.

Shortening Sleeves tutorial

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In this last post about the family cardigan, I thought you may enjoy seeing some sweater surgery. Cutting into knitwear is always a bit of a thrill, and it was necessary for Grandma’s cardigan. I knit the sleeves to my own length in her absence. I should have known better, as I am abnormally long monkey arms and an unconscious desire to knit all sleeves longer than they should be. That’s a theory for why my sleeves often come out out too long anyway.

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When we tried the cardigan on Grandma, the sleeves were much too long–more than 10 cm, so I marked the correct length with a safety pin and grabbed some scissors. I knit the cardigan bottom up, so ripping back the sleeves wasn’t an option.

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I cut it to the correct length, and then decided to graft the cuff I already knit back onto the sleeve.  The other solution would have been to pick up the stitches and knit a new cuff down.

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Beginning to work a cuff-length from the cut-off point, I began to graft the stitches from the cuff to the sleeve.
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I quickly realised 2 things; first, there were more stitches at this place on the sleeve, and they would have to be eased into the number of stitches on the cuff. Second, that it was easier to rip back to the point I wanted to graft from and work directly with the live stitches. After being blocked the stitches are well-set and the chance they will run/get lost is minimal.

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I grafted all the stitches, easing in the extra stitches evenly around the cuff.

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I kept the stitches loose until then end, and then tightened them up and I think it is a pretty smooth join.
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In the end, I think she was happy with it too. Or at least she did the nice thing and acted appreciative.

Grandma's hand knit cardigan

Happy knitting,

R.

Patch Pocket Mini Tutorial

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In a previous post, I mentioned the baby cardigan I made for the newest addition to the family.

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I applied a single patch pocket to the cardigan,and thought I would just briefly describe the technique I used to attach it.

I began the pocket by casting on the number of stitches needed with waste yarn, and then knit a row or 2 with waste yarn. I then worked the pocket leaving a long tail and laid it out for placement.

 

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Using the long tail from the pocket, I grafted along the bottom edge of the pocket to a row of stitches in the cardigan. The waste yarn acts as a kind of indicator, so you only have to follow the stitches that are already there. Knit patch pocket tutorial (1 of 1)-4Knit patch pocket tutorial (1 of 1)-4

 

I kept the grafting loose, and removed the waste yarn once all the stitches were grafted.Knit patch pocket tutorial (1 of 1)-4

Then I gently tightened up the grafting so the new stitches matched old.

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I then used the tails to sew the sides of the pockets up, weaving them in at the end.
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Til next time, happy knitting,

R.