Thursday, 7 June 2012

Two new patterns!

This month I have two new patterns being published, how exciting!

The first really is very exciting, I'm in the new edition of Knitscene Accessories :)

The Marion socks were designed in response to the "socks fit for a heroine" theme, and were inspired by thoughts of Maid Marion (betrothed of Robin Hood) galloping on horseback in her seamed stockings. I didn't want to knit socks requiring an actual seam, so took the time and some careful thought to conjure up a way of creating a pseudo-seam up the back of the leg.

They also feature a novel openwork pattern developed for this design. Note the socks are fraternal, the openwork spiralling in opposite directions on each foot.

These socks feature a provisionally cast on short row toe, short row heel, and a long cuff - complete with two eyelet rounds perfect for inserting ribbons for extra hold-up security. The foot and calf length, along with the calf circumference are completely customisable to fit any shape.

They use just 3 skeins of Louet Gems fingering weight (150g ~ 480m, 100% merino wool) - a yarn I cannot speak highly enough. The twist is high, which is great for this kind of lace patterning, and it will wear well. The colour is perfect for these socks too, the editing team did such a good job of picking it out.

This is my first pattern published under the Interweave umbrella, and I'm so very happy and excited to be working with them. The whole process has been such good fun, and being in such good company for this magazine, and being able to see the quality of the other designs is so lovely.

Knitscene accessories is available throughout much of the world in good local yarn stores, and is widely available in the United States. You can also download a copy here Knitscene Accessories, and check out all of the patterns on Ravelry.

The second pattern this month is in Issue 9 of Knit Now Magazine. Named Erfenis, from the dutch for "heritage", this is a huge modular shawl. Perfect for cuddling into on summer evenings, or truly sprucing up your winter wear, the tweedy yarn (Rowan Felted Tweed DK) and tweedy colours are perfectly on trend for this autumn. I'm super excited about this design, it's something I really really want for myself this winter!

Over the last three issues I have been writing reports on the key trends seen at February's London Fashion Week in order to prepare knitters for the autumn. This pattern was inspired by the shapes and colours seen at Burberry, McQ and Pringle of Scotland, who have all taken the Jubilee and Olympics to heart and developed collections filled with classic British elements, twisted up with a modern silhouette. My interpretation was to "blow up" a classic triangular shawl shape into something enormous, but as light and draping as any other soft shawl. Loose gauge garter stitch is perfect for this effect, and a shawl more than 2m along the long edge is created using less than 400g of DK yarn.

I snapped this quick pick of the shawl blocking before posting it off. While it was very naughty of Joey (just seen) and Elmo to sneak in while my shawl was blocking they do give an element of scale:

Knit Now is widely available throughout the UK (I've even seen it here in Antwerp!) and can be ordered internationally too.