An Angelus Novus or Four…


I am so pleased to have a some new Angelus Novus cardigans to show you. Curious Handmade Helen hosted a fantastic knit-along in her Ravelry group and the resulting finished objects have been awesome!

Little Bobbins Angelus Novus Cardigan

I was honored to have designed the cardigan that Dani, aka littlebobbins knit herself as a birthday present. She even mentioned it on her podcast, which was a bit of a thrill for me!
Tinkhickman's Angelus Novus Cardigan

Deb, aka Tinkhickman created a wonderful version and captured the entire making process from balls of yarn to gorgeous finished object on her Instagram feed and project page. Vincakent's Angelus Novus Cardigan

As I was looking through the finished objects for the Curious Handmade Klee KAL, I realised I hadn’t shared any of the previous finished objects, and I must as they have turned out so beautifully! Above is Vincakent’s cardi which I love in a fabulous shade of deep orange.

Chopkins Angelus Novus

When I first saw Chopkindknits interpretation in ombre shades, I nearly lost my mind–what a fantastic idea! I love it!

The amazing Josh Moll has knit up a wonderfully tiny version  of the Angelus Novus cardigan that makes my heart burst just a little. She has sent me notes, and I’ll grade the pattern and republish it for several children’s and baby sizes. This is so very exciting! This will be the first EastLondonKnit pattern for children and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Watch this space 😉

Happy knitting,


Something New: The Zen Variations


It’s nearly here! Tomorrow I will publish my second collection of knitting patterns: The Zen Variations.

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The Zen Variations is a collection of six sweaters featuring The Fibre Company’s Acadia yarn that embraces the idea that knitting is a physical mediation. Each sweater begins in the same way with a top-down, set-in sleeve construction, and then develops with variations on the theme of Zen. Each pattern has a simple, clean design to showcase the rustic beauty of the yarn.

I will be posting more information about the collection as a whole and individual designs in the coming days. I worked really hard on the collection and I hope that you will enjoy knitting the sweaters and much as I enjoyed designing them.

Until tomorrow…. happy knitting!




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,


A Cardigan for A Baby


Last week I blogged about a pair of cardigans I knit for my family back home. I had the overwhelming urge to make a gif of the little one after a fun photo shoot which I almost managed to keep the dog out of.

Baby hand knit cardigan-GIF

In my rush to finish by the time, I totally forgot buttons. In fact, I was still knitting on the plane, but that wasn’t really a problem. The buttons, however, were. I had hoped to use the lack of buttons as an excuse to do some crafty shopping, but was thwarted by the fact that the baby showed up hours after the plane touched down. So I got creative with my options.

My mother kindly found me some gold buttons, but I really wasn’t into the colour combo. Upon snooping around Dad’s closet, I found his old LL Bean shirt, which had just enough buttons left to help me out. This shirt is such a classic, right? It has a fine patina of wear.

Grandpa's shirt

I sewed the new (err, quite old) buttons onto the baby’s cardigan and replaced them on my Dad’s shirt with Mom’s shiny gold numbers. Now my Dad may not have been best pleased with this. In fact, I don’t know; I didn’t ask. It seemed for the best. I couldn’t miss the photo op…..

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I like to think he understands. And maybe he loves his new blinging buttons even more than the old. Maybe…..

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Next time, I will have a little tutorial for sewing on patch pockets.

Happy knitting,


Not quite #mmmay15


**First of all: Next week the ‘knit your first cardigan class begins at Wild and Woolly starts in East London.  Please pass it on to beginner and improver knitters who may like to take the class!**

There comes a time for most crafters, I think, in which it becomes common knowledge amongst peers, family & friends that you make stuff. This knowledge may have ramifications, such as people asking you to make things for them, or, in my case, being regularly asked if I have made the clothing I am wearing. I would certainly like to have made more of my own wardrobe, and not just to thwart the disappointment people unintentionally express when I admit that I have not made what I am wearing, but that too.

So, although I would very much love to properly participate in me-made-may 2015, I am not there yet.  I am working on it. I have finished a few sewn projects and will share them with you over the next couple of weeks.

First up: This is a dress I made recently from material I found somewhere.  It is a bad habit of mine to pick things up in the hope that they will be useful someday in the future. Mostly they aren’t. This fabric is an exception to that rule.

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The pattern is one I made.  I have some blocks in my size, and I simplified it as much as possible–no closures (it is just big enough to go on over my head), pleats for waist-shaping, and binding at the edges.

mmmay dress WIP sewing


bias binding sewing

I suspect sewing facings on is an easier option, but there is something elegant in the simplicity of binding. Minimalist craft. Could that be a thing?

Happy making,


A kimono dress


Perhaps I’ve mentioned this before, but sewing isn’t really my strong suit. Possibly because I don’t do it often enough to get good at it.  I feel like it should be so quick and easy a way to make garments, since you don’t even have to make the fabric, but it is often an arduous task by the end. Nevertheless (inexplicably?) I aspire to great feats of sewing.  I have a considerable collection of sewing patterns, but I’ve never managed to make much. Until now.

You see, the Man of the House broke an ankle, so has been home for some weeks.  Enterprising soul that I am, and knowing how easily he gets bored, I thought he would benefit from being given some homework. Does my altruism know no end, you ask.  Indeed, no! I immediately set about making lemonade with lemons and set us up as a sweatshop of 2. Having a sewing assistant has been great and I finally have some finished objects.

First on kitchen catwalk is the kimono dress:

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I have this thing about dresses with pockets just now–in fact all garments should have pockets if you ask me.  Hats, scarves, socks, all of ’em.  So when I saw this dress, I celebrated the pockets by popping it right into the shopping basket.

Many years ago, the Man of the House and I married and honeymooned in Japan.  I bought many souvenirs, including vintage kimonos with the intention of up cycling them into some fabulous thing yet undecided.  I also came across 2 rolls of kimono fabric at a junk shop and had to have them.

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This one is rather floral for my taste in clothing, but, I mean, really, how could I resist? When I realized that the Simplicity pattern could be easily modified to accommodate the narrow width of the fabric, I got cutting.  Only after I cut everything out did I notice a rolled up newspaper in the fabric tube;

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Though I could be wrong, I reckon this dates the fabric to at least 1981.  The newspaper had some comics that you will no doubt also find hilarious:

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The finished dress turned out lovely;
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He doesn’t do bad work, eh? Of course, I am in no way advocating the hobbling of loved ones in order to get those languishing projects finished, and no hubbies were intentionally harmed in the making of this dress. But you know, silver linings…

Happy knitting (& sewing),


**Edit: Turns out, Man of the House occasionally reads this blog, and objects to being called ‘Man of the House’.  ‘Why don’t you just call me Ben.  It’s my name,’ said Man of the House to me.  ‘Fair enough,’ I replied.

Effervescence Cardigan


I reckon it’s about time to show off a finished object.  There have been so few!

EastLondonKnit's Effervescence

I began the Effervescence Cardigan bOlga Buraya-Kefelian some time ago.  Months? Years?  I have no idea. 

The yarn is a beautiful sport weight merino by Kettle Yarn Co. If I remember correctly, it was a bribe of some sort…

It is not a difficult knit, but while finding the time to knit someone else’s design gets harder and harder, it’s so worth it!  All that lovely knitting without thinking about a pattern to be written up is so nice.

The body knit up relatively quickly. I find this is often the case–the largest part of the project is finished and then I see something shiny and I’m off.

ELK's Effevescence cardi-1

Months later, I realise it would take just a few minutes to put on the sleeves, but then I have to sort the button band…. This process can go on for years!  I don’t think it lasted quite that long this time.  However long it took, I finally have a new cardigan and am pleased with it.

I tried a new technique with the button band that I haven’t quite decided on.  It may be a great idea that I didn’t execute well, or an idea that is difficult to do well, and there are just better ways.

EastLondonKnit's Effervescence 2

This was it: I picked up and knit the band as per instruction, then pinned a stabilizing grosgrain ribbon to the inside and marked the button holes. effevescence (1 of 1)-4

Then I removed the ribbon, machine-sewed the holes and sewed it back into the knit-band. First with machine,

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and when that went slightly awry, by hand…effevescence (1 of 1)-6

This produced the result I was after–a stablized band that doesn’t buckle when I wear it buttoned up.  However, the holes on sewn and knit band only mostly match up.  There are definitely deviations, which aren’t particularly noticeable, but do make for a fun little challenge when trying to button it up while wearing it.

EastLondonKnit's Effervescence cardigan


-Knit the band without holes, and sew the grosgrain and knit at the same time.

-Do it the way I did, but making sure the button holes all matched up more carefully.

-Divide the grosgrain in half lengthwise, and sew it either side of the knit-in buttonholes.

-Dispense with grosgrain altogether and knit a double thickness band.

-Something else altogether…… What do you do?  What are your recommendations for the non-bucking, stay-straight button band?? Dear reader-please share your advice!

Happy knitting,