Monday, 1 October 2012

Boom Boom Pow! The Mile End Collection is here!

Today is the big day, the Mile End Collection is here!

I've been working on this collection for over a year, it's so amazing to see it finally out there in the world!

Mile End is a mini-collection of 4 patterns inspired by my life and times living in this vibrant and exciting part of East London. Featuring 3 brand new accessories and the Ropery garment pattern (that so many of you seem to love!), a wide range of fun and unusual yarns and some fantastic photography from photographer Gareth Williams, Mile End has been a labour of love.

Ropery has been available as an individual download since last November, and features my favourite deep neckline and set in sleeve construction. All previous purchasers of this pattern will receive a £4.50 discount from the collection if purchasing via Ravelry. Ropery Street in Mile End is a cute little street of terraced brick houses, and is one of the few complete streets of Victorian houses in the area.

Burdett is a huge, oversized cowl knit on 20mm needles using wool roving based yarn Bouton d'Or Mistral, or could easily be knit with any wool roving suitable for spinning. It features wandering 1x1 cables, easily made with your fingers, and a rib texture for even more warmth! Burdett Road was our local high street, full of takeaways, corner shops, our local vets, florists and greengrocers were there.
Wentworth is a double whammy of a design, with both full mitten and fingerless mitts options. I fell in love with the Habu Cotton Slub yarn at Alexandra Palace last year, and spent a great deal of time experimenting with stitch patterns to maximise it's effect. Held double with Koigu KPM a fun and unusual mitten is created, that is surprisingly warm and hardwearing. Alternatively, make them with solid DK yarn to show off striking herringbone cables and slip stitch patterning. In Mile End, the Wentworth Arms was our local pub - full of old cockneys and cheap beer. We loved it.
Tredegar is quite possibly my favourite of all the designs, a soft, draping beret with large lace repeats that cleverly decrease into the crown shaping. This hat, knit in super soft Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino, is so comfly and gentle, you'll find yourself wearing it all winter. Tredegar Square is a cobbled square in the North of Mile End, with (sadly) private communal gardens featuring some of the most spectacular fully mature trees in London outside of the Royal Parks. Plus, they filmed Harry Potter there!

The Mile End Collection, featuring all 4 patterns and the only source for the Burdett Cowl is available for download for £6.00 from Ravelry. You can buy now. Ropery is available for £4.50, Wentworth for £2.50 and Tredegar for £2.50. Any single pattern purchase price will be deducted from the collection price if you later change your mind and realise you need to knit ALL THE PATTERNS! And yes, I have worn all 4 at once!