Wisteria Blossoms

Hello!

Thursday I will publish Wisteria Blossoms! I am really pleased with how this cardigan has turned out.Wisteria Blossoms by Renée Callahan sea Wisteria Blossoms Cardigan by Renée Callahan backIt began life long ago and far away… on a Mexican beach last year….

It happened that I didn’t have a project to travel with, and, in a panic, I decided to take yarn and a sketch book and hope that I could work something out as I went.

This meant that I had to make the construction and design simple to follow because there was no clever spreadsheet to do the work for me, and I had to be able to be able to put it down and pick it up without thinking too much.

The yarn turned out to be the perfect choice; I had purchased a sweater quantity of Quince and Co. Kestrel from Tolt Yarn and knitting while visiting Seattle last year.

Kestrel linen yarn

Kestrel is worsted-weight, 100% linen yarn, chain-plied into with a flat tape. The linen was excellent for the beach—no chance of accidental felting, although as I was knitting, I was twisting the yarn and felt the need to untwist it every so often which was a drag. That said, I really like the fabric it produced, which has loads of drape and, being linen, is super breathable and perfect for a warm summer evening.

Wisteria Blossoms knitting pattern by Renée Callahan

I am offering an introductory discount on Wisteria Blossoms for subscribers to the EastLondonKnit newsletter—please do sign up for both the discount code and for the Brioche Twister knitting pattern, a free gift for subscribers.

Finally, I will be hosting a knit-along beginning 1st September in the EastLondonKnit Ravelry group, and running through the end of the year. I’ll be posting tutorials and information specifically about the Zen Variations collection, but you can knit any EastLondonKnit design you would prefer, including Wisteria Blossoms!

Happy knitting,

Rx

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Cyclamen

Hello!

I’ve independently  published my first sweater pattern!

Cyclamen Cardi pattern by EastLondonKnit

Cyclamen is a top-down, raglan cardigan with garter-stitch trim worked in worsted- or aran-weight yarn. It is designed to be a great first cardigan for the beginner or a blank slate for more experienced knitters to alter. I wanted a pattern for a very straight-forward, customisable cardigan that could used as a basis for a ‘knit your first cardigan’ class (coming soon…).

cyclamen cardigan buttonband
The cardigan features a knit-as-you-go button band so there is no need to pick up stitches later and add the band. I sewed large snap fasteners onto the band after it was finished, but it could be secured with a beautiful shawl pin or left open. I am more and more convinced that all button bands need sewn-in reinforcing, preferably with some vintage lacy trim.  Really, I can’t get enough of the stuff!

cyclamen cardigan pocket detailI knit this sample in Quince & Co. Owl yarn, which I hadn’t used before. I like the yarn–it is a 50% Wool, 50% Alpaca mix and is woollen spun, which means that the fibres are slightly jumbled up before it is spun unlike ‘worsted spun’ yarn, in which all the fibres are combed to lie parallel to one another before being spun, to make a smoother, denser yarn. The woollen spun process creates a lofty, textured yarn that with space between jumbled fibres to trap air and warmth. Sue Blacker wrote a great piece for Wovember a couple of years ago you can read here.

I tried to give a wide range of sizes for this one: chest sizes 29.5 (33.5, 37.5, 41, 45)(49.5, 53.5, 57, 61) inches/75 (85, 95, 105, 115)(126, 136, 145, 155) cm. The cardigan is designed to be worn with 10-15 cm of positive ease. The sample shown is 10 cm larger than the actual bust.
Yarn requirements: 840 (960, 1080, 1200, 1320)(1440, 1560, 1680, 1800) yds/770 (880, 990, 1100, 1210)(1320, 1430, 1540, 1650) m of worsted or aran weight yarn.

Cyclamen cardigan with pockets

You can get the Cyclamen knitting pattern here!

Happy knitting,

R.

Seattle Love

Hello!

ELK celebrates memorial day 2014Although I love the place I live, I’m not native to East London.  It is one of the quirks of my (everyone’s?) brain is that the further away I live from Seattle, the more important it seems to my identity.  I visited my city and my people at the end of summer this year and enjoyed all the usual joys of the season, plus some exciting new ones.

Especially joyful was visiting Tolt Yarn and Wool.  I got excited about that one, and took so many pics that it will have to have its own blog post.

I also met my new nephew, which was also actually really nice.

EastLondonKnit's family

It was a lucky coincidence that my sister had a photogenic baby.  I was so pleased I designed some knitwear for him, and we had a several little photo shoots.

ELK masters the one-handed baby dressing

ELK masters the one-handed baby dressing

My parents’ place is in a wonderful part of the world; rural, but not far from the bright lights of the big city.  I couldn’t resist the morning sunlight on dewy spiderwebs.

EastLondonKnit on the farm

Spiderwebs in morning sunshine

No trip to the hometown is complete without some serious shopping, and I did pretty well this year, splurging on Quince and Co, not once but twice!

Quince and Co 1

 

Quince and Co Owl

Quince and Co Tern

Signature Needles

I also bought a pair of Signature Needles. After all the hoopla at Unwind Brighton* I to find out for myself what all the fuss was about.  I have just started my first project with them, so will have to give a report on them later….

Happy knitting,

R.

*You can still get the needles from the Unwind Bright Shop!