Starflower is a semi-circular shawl worked in chunky yarn to create a hug of wool that revels in simple elegance. Easily made as large or as small as you would like, this is a perfect first-shawl project or a quick knit for someone in your life in need of warmth.I had the pleasure of using the appropriately named Pleasingly Plump yarn from Hill View Farms for this sample shawl, which is an exceptionally soft 100% Blue-faced Leicester wool. This is the same yarn I used for the Starflower Sweater and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
A shawl may not be the first thing you would imagine knitting with chunky yarn, but I think there is a good case to be made for it! I’ll chat about the shawl and the benefits of chunky yarn on the EastLondonKnit podcast Episode 7, coming out 30th June.
I also chat about the new printed version of the Zen Variations (and the printed Klee Collection too), for which there is a 20% discount with the code ‘SPRINGZEN’ in the EastLondonKnit Etsy shop. Also, there is an awesome giveaway from Woolly and Skeinny Dipping yarns, so please do have a peruse of the podcast for all the goodies!
Last but not least, Kettle Yarn Co. is helping me celebrate the launch of the printed Zen Variations with a discount on the yarn we used for several of the new Variations: Islington DK. You can get 10% off with the code ‘ZenLOVE’.
Because you are great, I have a 30% discount on my new sweater pattern for you!
Spring is sprung, at least according to the flowering cherry trees around my way. There is light in the sky when I get up and I feel the promise of warmth in the (still rare) sunshine.
So I think to myself, what better time to release a pattern for a chunky sweater! haHA!
In my defense, I wear sweaters all year round and will wear this sweater well into the spring, trading my coat for the breathable warmth of the sweater when the spring really kicks in.
The Starflower Sweater is a modified raglan pullover knit in beautiful chunky wool for a cosy hug of a sweater. Designed to be a beginner-friendly knit, Starflower is worked from the top down, so you can try it on as you go to get a perfect fit.
I used Hill View Farm Yarns Pleasingly Plumb wool for the sweater and I love the squishiness of the Bluefaced Leicester fibre.
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I was honoured to be the recipient of the very first batch of yarn from Hill View Farm. It is a lovely yarn and I know that Natasha, the owner, has some amazing plans for crafty retreats, workshops, and yarn-based goodness.
p.s. I have some podcast (!) based plans in the works, and I would love to know if you listen to/watch podcasts. If so, what do you really like or dislike about them? More on this next week, but it would great to hear your opinions!
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.
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.
You may have seen the previews for Wool Tribe 2017 are up and the magazine is available for pre-order now!
Welcome to 2017! How’s it treating you so far? I am off to a flying start. I have made lists by the shed-load and the post-it notes have proliferated, but I am happy with that. This feeling is probably something to do with having had a good, lazy holiday break with lots of movie-watching and naps. I did have a tiny tantrum yesterday just before I accepted that Christmas was really over and Ben really was going to go back to work and I had to get up at 6am AGAIN!?>! but then I set the alarm and got on with it.
Which brings me to the first order of service for the new year: last year’s EastLondonKnit knit-along. It is officially over, but just in case you have knit an EastLondonKnit design and would like a chance to win one of the fabulous prize packages…
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If you would like to win of these lovely packages, please post your finished EastLondonKnit project over on the thread in the ELK Ravelry group. I will choose 2 prize winners at the end of this week.
So, let’s talk about resolutions!
If you know me, you know that I love a New Year’s Resolution. Honestly, I am not restricted to New Years to make my resolutions–I make them regularly throughout the year with unnecessary zeal, but I have a real soft spot for the beginning of January. This year, in addition to the usual promises to self: more exercise, less sugar, no booze this January, I also wanted to add some different things: find somewhere to regularly volunteer, don’t be angry about the world, do things to make it better, and something completely unrelated: learn to play the guitar, because, well, why not?
I know that I should have started with the musical things a lifetime ago, but I’m one of those people who thinks it is never too late. If I start now, in 10 years I might be pretty good. If I don’t start now, in 10 years, I’ll just be 10 years older and still not playing any instruments.
And until I figure out where to volunteer (suggestions welcome!!), I am going to knit some hats and things for KnitAid. If you haven’t heard of KnitAid, please do have a look. They are making a big collection on 20th January if you would like to participate too!!