Enso Progress


What is more beautiful than a clear and crisp day of Autumnal sunshine? A day like today makes me wonder why I don’t own a single Aran or Guernsey sweater, as they have suddenly sprung up everywhere, like beautiful ecru wild flowers. So I am resisting the urge to cast on, even though I really, really want to. I think I have to finish at least 2 sweaters before I am allowed to cast on anything else. That is, certainly, the reasonable thing to do…

I started this Enso sweater at the beginning of September for the Zen Variations knit along, and I am onto the sleeves now. The end is in sight!

Here is the progress so far:

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Let there be knit!

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I’m knitting the sleeves with the 2-at-a-time magic loop method, which is really my method of choice. I was convinced that I wanted to knit them with double-pointed needles, but when I tried it, I felt like a had no patience for constantly shifting the needles around. Maybe one of these days I will try Karen Templer’s method of knitting them flat, but for now, round and round I go!

How is your Slow Fashion October going? I am working on some more posts about it and really enjoying the conversation on Instagram and the Fringe Association blog. What do you think?

Happy knitting,



Zen Variations the Front


Autumn is here!! Whoop!! Bring on the sweaters and cast on ALL THE THINGS!

This is my mantra and I am practicing what I preach by having 4 sweaters on the needles at the moment. My monogamous knitting is, apparently, a thing of the past.  I’m not sorry! It’s great to have the option of knitting on different projects and not worrying about running out of knitting, or sweaters for that matter. I’m probably not the only one who constantly thinks the next sweater is going to be the perfect sweater of dreams.

If your dream sweater is a top-down, seamless construction like those of the Zen Variations, then let’s talk construction! A post published few weeks ago, I discussed beginning a Zen sweater with the back. Today we are carrying on, working the fronts to the same point.

Zen Variations by Renée Callahan Left front

After knitting the back to the underarms, work the fronts individually:

7. Pick up stitches for the Left Front along the Left Shoulder.
8. Work straight for the length of the flat at the top of the sleeve head (see A below).
9. Begin Left Neck increases: this will be a different instruction for every sweater (+).
10. Work Left Front Underarm increases (+).
11. Put the Left Front sts on waste yarn and work the Right Front in the mirror image.

It should be starting to look like the top of a sweater now!

If you are interested in learning more about the process of knitting top-down seamless sweaters, please do join me you can join me at one of the Zen and the Art of Sweater construction classes coming up:

1 October (this Saturday) I will have the whole Zen Variations collection at Wild and Woolly for a trunk show and little party to celebrate sweater season!

6 October Zen and the Art of Sweater Construction at Wild and Woolly, London

8 October Zen and the Art of Sweater Construction at Ida’s House, Caterham.

16 October Zen and the Art of Sweater Construction at A Yarn Story, Bath

Also, I have just found out the Curious Handmade Country House retreat has a couple of places left. It promises to be a wonderful weekend–do join us if you can!

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,


Pavilion on the Boardwalk


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,