Today I’d like to introduce the pattern I wrote for the Machine Knitting, Sweater Basics. I have to say that I was really pleased with this pattern, and I hope it will be useful for both hand and machine knitters.
My idea was to create a worksheet that could lead a knitter through making a pattern based on a fabric of any gauge. I wanted it to be super clear and easy enough for even a beginner knitter to understand and work through. It was particularly important for me that it would be easy to customise.
Peek of the Sweater Blank Worksheet courtesy of Craftsy.com
Initial indications suggest that the pattern has been really successful for the people who have used it and I am so excited about seeing the finished projects–sometimes a very first project for the knitter (!) coming through.
I knit several versions of the sweater, modelled here by the lovely Craftsy model:
Photos courtesy of Craftsy
I have started a Ravelry project page for the sweater and I really look forward to seeing the projects progress.
If you haven’t signed up, but are interested in learning more about machine knitting or getting the Sweater Blank OR you would just like a 25% discount on any Craftsy.com class, please have a look at my website.
I went down to Brighton Saturday for the big event and was so pleased to see the shop chock full of knitters and supporters, including her mum, who was helpfully manning the till while Kate welcomed the well-wishers.
Linda of Kettle Yarn Co., Kate, proud new owner of YAK and Tom of Holland, darning master all enjoyed a glass of bubbly in celebration.
The shop has a great stock of yarn from indie dyers, particularly from Brighton-local The Uncommon Thread, as well as Yellow Bear Wares jewelry, all the notions a knitter could want and space for classes and workshops.
The shop looks set to become a loved local and I wish Kate all the success in the world.
I recently had a pattern published in a real world, paper and ink knitting magazine, which is frankly pretty exciting. We are all so digitized now, but you know, there is just something about the ability to flip through it and put it on the bookshelf that makes a difference. It is my first such publication, and I am pleased to introduce the Rill Rill Jumper!
Image copyright: Dan Walmsley for Practical Publishing. Used with permission.
Rill Rill is a seamless raglan pullover, gently over-sized, knit from the the bottom up, with lace column detail on the front yoke. The yarn I used is West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Aran, which is not only a shocking bargain, but really gorgeous once washed. I called it Rill Rill for the rivulets of rain streaming down my windows while I was working on the pattern, and, I can’t lie, because I really love the Sleigh Bells song.
So many thanks to the wonderful Kate and the team at Knit Now Magazine! Issue #41 November 2014 is available now from quality knitting magazine suppliers:)
September’s pattern is Frost & Flame, a shawl designed to use two skeins of fingering-weight yarn, one solid and one variegated. The main body pattern is a simple brioche stitch intended to bring out the beauty of a variegated yarn as well as provide an interesting but rhythmic main stitch pattern. A lace pattern at the border compliments a solid contrast-colour and creates a delicate, frost-like finish for this crescent-shaped shawl.