Wool Tribe 2017

Hello!

How is your knitting season going? I hear that mid-January is considered the most depressing time of the year. Do you find that to be the case? For me, once I have had a tiny tantrum about Christmas being over, really over, I get excited about the New Year and new resolutions and plans and fresh starts, etc. I had the launch of my Craftsy machine knitting class to keep me on my toes, and the pleasure of seeing the latest publication from the Edinburgh Yarn Fest ladies, so I didn’t feel the blues.

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You may have seen the previews for Wool Tribe 2017 are up and the magazine is available for pre-order now!

There are 6 lovely accessory designs from indie designers, including Amanda B. Collins, Jane Crowfoot, Francesca HughesClare DevineDonna Smith and my contribution; Belsyde, an asymmetrical triangular shawl worked with Kettle Yarn Co. Baskerville in Dawn and gorgeous Islington in Siren Call teal.

belsyde-shawl-by-renee-callahan

The shawl uses 3 different types of geometric lace to create a unisex shawl with lots of interest.

To get all 6 patterns, you can pre-order your copy of Wool Tribe here!

The shawl will be available as an individual digital download in June.

I hope you are knitting the blues away!

Happy knitting,

Rx

Desert Blooms

Hello!

How the time flies, eh? I see that it has been nearly 2 weeks since my last post–the shame! Nothing to be done now except to bribe you with a little coupon treat…

I designed the Desert Blooms shawl last year in partnership with Nature’s Luxury, and it is now available in 3 sizes!

The original size:

Desert Bloom knitting pattern DK by Renée Callahan

The shawl above is worked with  Nature’s Luxury On Stage, a light DK yarn (50% wool, 30% silk, 20% camel, 300 m /
330 yds per 100 g) with a 4 mm circular needle (60 – 80 cm /24 in – 32 in) or size needed to obtain gauge.

GAUGE:
17.5 sts and 22 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in stockinette stitch, blocked.

And now in 2 new sizes: shawlette, using one skein of fingering/4ply weight yarn and large, using 2 skeins of fingering/4 ply weight yarn, as shown below:

Desert Blooms knitting pattern 4 ply by Renée Callahan

 

YARN
Cascade Yarns Heritage Hand Painted Sock Yarn (75% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 437 yards/400 metres
per 100 g skein), in colour way 9825 (blue variegated with purple and navy).

Desert Bloom knitting pattern 4 ply by Renée Callahan
NEEDLES
US 4/3.5 mm circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge.

GAUGE
25 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in stockinette stitch, blocked.

Desert Bloom begins with just a few stitches in one corner and grows until lace blooms along the far side
of the shawl to create an asymmetric triangular shape. With an i-cord edge, a plain stockinette stitch body
and an easy to follow lace pattern, this is a relaxing knit that quickly comes off the needles.

And because you’re great I have a discount code for you! When you get the Desert Blooms checkout, put in this code:

TheDesertBlooms

and you will get 10% discount on the pattern until Friday 18th March 2016.

EastLondonKnit Desert Blooms-4

I’ll post again about the construction and inspiration, but I wanted to share this with you just in case you wanted to get knitting or were looking for some pattern inspiration in anticipation of the Edinburgh Yarn Fest… 😉

Happy knitting,

R.