Thursday, 19 November 2015

Cabled Pattern Sale and Indie Design Gift-Along

It's the busiest time of year for knitters, when we're all trying to make the perfect handmade gift. This year we're trying to make things a little easier by running  four different sales. Two weeks ago it was lace, now it's cables! (basic patterns and quick knits are the next two themes!) All our cabled patterns in our Ravelry Store will be 30% off with the coupon code "XmasCables". 

Christmas Knitting pattern sale

It's also the time of year for the Indie Design Gift Along on Ravelry. This is a great knitting event where hundreds of independent pattern designers offer a discount on their patterns, and more importantly we all get together to knit, chat, and inspire one another. This year I'll be looking for a chunky sock pattern to knit for one of my brothers and a couple of hat patterns to knit as gifts for my boyfriend's sisters. And of course I'm always on the lookout for a stunning lace design. This is a really lovely thing for knitters of all abilities from across the globe to take part in, with a real sense of community.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Courie In

So I released a new free pattern today...

free chunky cardigan knitting pattern

"Courie in" is a Scottish phrase meaning to "snuggle up" - and it's the perfect name for this oversized, supremely warm, wrap front cardigan. This is a real winter warmer, ideal for nestling into with a mug of cocoa on a cold day. And it's so quick to knit! This cardigan has a slightly unusual construction. Sleeves are knitted first from cuff to centre back, then both sleeves are joined with a three needle bind off. Stitches are picked up at the bottom edge from armpit to armpit and worked down to the hem to form the back. Then stitches are picked up round the front to form the garter stitch wrap front.

free cardigan knitting pattern

Here are the details:

Yarn: Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Merino Bulky in Heather Grey. 6 (7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15) skeins = 654 (763, 981, 1090, 1308, 1526, 1635) yards
To fit bust: 30-32 (34-36, 38-40, 42-44, 46-48, 50-52, 54-56)” Across back: 15 (17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27)” 
Sleeve length: 15 (16, 17, 17.5, 18.5, 18.5, 19.5)” 
Upper arm circumference: 12.5 (13, 14, 14.5, 16, 17, 17.5)” 
Length armpit to hem: 14.5 (15.5, 16.5, 17.5, 18.5, 19.5, 20.5)”
Needles: 100cm/40” 8mm/US11 circular needle, 8mm/US11 dpns if you wish to avoid using “magic loop”.
Gauge: 10sts x 17 rows = 4” in Double Moss Stitch after blocking. Note that the weight of the cardigan whilst damp will cause it to stretch out more than a small swatch will.
Extras: Crochet hook for weaving in loose ends, stitch markers.

It's available to download on Ravelry and Craftsy

Friday, 6 November 2015

Christmas Sale Part 1 - Lace

Time to start knitting for Christmas!

knitting pattern sale

I'm not sure how everyone else is feeling, but I'm starting to panic about my Christmas knitting. I'm aiming to knit eleven gifts by Christmas and haven't started one! So as an act of solidarity with the knitting community, I'm offering a 30% discount on lace patterns for the next two weeks to make things a little bit easier!

Coupon code is "XmasLace" and all my lace patterns can be found in a Ravelry Bundle.

Hate knitting lace? We'll be running sales on cabled, basic and quick-to-knit patterns too. (Thought having quick-to-knit patterns last and fancy lacy ones first was the most sensible order!)

Friday, 18 September 2015

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Year of Lace Knitting

Three of my oldest and dearest friends turn thirty this year. I've set myself a challenge to knit each of them a truly timeless heirloom piece to mark the occasion. 

For my friend Gill, I knitted Sineabhar, a stunning shawl that looks amazing but is actually quite straightforward to knit. The pattern gives two sizes, for a 50" and 80" shawl. Using only 65 and 35g of yarn for each size, it's the perfect pattern for using up leftover laceweight yarn.

sineabhar lace knitting pattern lace shawl knitting pattern

Sineabhar is available to purchase from RavelryEtsyCraftsy and Loveknitting.

For my friend Jo, I have knitted up Northumbria. A gorgeous rectangular shawl with zigzag stripes of delicate lace. This would work just as well as a truly beautiful everyday scarf as it would as a wrap over an evening dress.

Northumbria lace scarf knitting pattern

Northumbria is also available on RavelryEtsy, Craftsy and Loveknitting.

And my third friend? Her birthday isn't for a few more months, so it's still a bit of a work in progress! 

Friday, 10 July 2015

Summer Knitting

The weather as always here in Scotland remains changeable, but there have certainly been some warm (and even one or two hot!) days lately. So in keeping with the season, here's a few new knitting patterns perfect for Summer evenings on the balcony, keeping the chill off on long seaside walks and lazy days in the park...

Just released today and hot off the presses is my Summer Lace Tank. It's the ideal Summer knit, something lightweight that still looks stunning.

This tank is knit from the top down with a yoked construction. Stitches from the front and back of the yoke make up the body, and extra stitches are cast on at the underarm. The hem and sleeves have an attached i-cord edging to keep everything neat and to stop edges from curling. There are more stitches at the front than the back to provide a better fit and to give a pretty scoop neck. The pattern gives 10 sizes - to fit bust 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52, 56)”.

lace knitting pattern tank top

Available on Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy.

And the details:

Bust: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52, 56)” 
Neckline: 23.5 (26, 27, 28.5, 30, 31, 33.5, 36, 38.5, 42.5)” 
Yoke Depth: 3 (3, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 4, 4, 4, 4.5, 4.5)” 
Armhole Circumference: 14 (15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17.5, 18, 18.5, 19)” 
Length Armpit to Hem: 16 (17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25)”
Yarn: Rowan Fine Lace in colourway “Patina”. 
550 (625, 700, 780, 870, 960, 1050, 1190, 1350, 1510) m 
605 (690, 770, 860, 960, 1050, 1150, 1310, 1480, 1660) yds
Needles: 4mm/US 6 circular needle-100 cm long if you work magic 
loop, or at most 60 cm if you prefer not to; 3mm/US 2.5 circular 
needle-100 cm long if you work magic loop, or at most 60 cm if you 
prefer not to; two 4mm/US 6 dpns for i-cord bind off.
Gauge: 21 stitches and 30 rows = 4”/10 cm in stocking stitch after 
Extras: Two stitch markers, waste yarn, embroidery needle for weaving in loose ends.

Epsilon is a cute cropped cardigan knitted from the top down using a yoked construction. Both charts and written instructions are given for the lace sections.

Instructions are given for eight sizes: to fit bust 28-30, 32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50, 52-54 and 56-58.
cropped cardigan lace knitting pattern

Available on RavelryEtsyCraftsy and Loveknitting.
Here's some of the details:
Yarn: Abstract Cat Superwash Bluefaced Leicester Sock Yarn 400m/100g. 
Needles: One 4mm / US 6 40”/100cm circular needle, one set of 4mm/US 6 dpns if preferred to magic loop, one 6mm/US 10 40”/100cm circular needle for initial cast on.
Gauge: 24 sts and 30 rows = 4” in stocking st with 4mm/ US 6 needles.
Extras: Waste yarn, 2 detachable stitch markers, embroidery needle for weaving in loose ends.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas Knitting 2014

It's the busiest time of year for knitters, as we try to finish off handcrafted gifts for everyone. Here are four hot off the presses patterns that make perfect last-minute knitted gifts:

colourwork colorwork mitts mittens gloves knitting pattern

Dipped Mitts are cute and quick to knit. Colour-block patterns are so on trend, and a great way to use up ends of yarn. This is one to break out your brightest, boldest colours for. 

Available to download from Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy.

colourwork colorwork mitts mittens gloves knitting pattern zigzag

Blaze mitts are another eye-catching fairsle design. The yarn is Rowan Felted Tweed, which is a gorgeous alpaca blend that's lightly felted, giving a lovely vintage look.

Available to download from Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy.

chunky bulky cabled hat knitting pattern

Superchunky Cabled Hat is super quick to knit. It's knitted with worsted weight yarn held double, you could knit it up in an afternoon if you put your mind to it! A classic design that would make a good first cabled project.

Available on Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy.

fairisle fair isle hat knitting pattern

Arrochar Hat is another winter classic. Fairisle snowflakes and soft, cosy yarn make this a lovely Christmas gift. 

Available to download from Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy.

Our First Ebook

Proud to announce the release of our first Ebook, Warmth

knitting pattern ebook knitting pattern designer

Warmth is a collection of our cosiest, comfiest patterns - perfect for keeping the winter chill at bay! 

Buachaille Scarf is a chunky lace and cable creation in chunky, undyed bluefaced leicester yarn.

Heron Cardigan is a classic cabled cardigan in a luxurious cashmere blend yarn.
Snowcloud Cardigan is our bestselling pattern - a wearable hug. Chunky yarn and double moss stitch accents make this a winter classic.
Lomond Hat is a cute and quick to knit accessory. Perfect gifting material!
Felted Lace Wrap is an elegant way to keep the heat in. Felting gives this a gorgeous vintage look.

Available as always from Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy.