Week 13- Springtime Shawl

This weeks pattern is a fairly simple shawl using a self striping sock yarn. It alternates bands of stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch and has simple eyelets up the middle and at the edges.

This a great pattern if you’ve never tried a shawl or lace before, there’s very little to go wrong! You can also easily make this pattern larger, I’ve included how to do this on the pattern that is available here

Doris

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Week 12- Goldfingers

This weeks pattern is in a yarn I have never used before but definitely will be using it again! Snældan is a beautiful mix of Faroe Island and Falkland Island wool, read more about it on the Island Wool website here. It comes in several weights and these gloves are using the 2-ply.

There are lots of natural colours to chose from and some deep jewel colours too. It took me a while but I picked the Charcoal and Viking Gold for these Fair Isle gloves. They are knitted in the round so there are no seams in the fingers to rub! The pattern is available on Ravelry for free here!

Doris

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Week 11- Drop of Red Wine

This weeks pattern is a simple cushion cover. It has a long rib section up each side and a couple of small cables in two opposite corners. It’s a nice quick knit in any chunky yarn!

 

This pattern is available for freeee here! Or if you don’t use Ravelry I can email you a pdf, just let me know 🙂

Doris

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Yarn Substituting

There could be many reasons why you don’t want to/can’t use the yarn that is specified on a pattern. It could be too expensive, not in your colour or the worst, discontinued! This guide will lead you through finding a yarn that will work with your pattern.

1. Tension!

Tension (gauge) is vital otherwise you won’t end up with a jumper that fits you or a giant tea cosy or another disaster. If your pattern calls for a yarn in a standard weight i.e. 4 ply, DK, Aran etc then this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. It’s still worth checking the actual tension of a yarn as some that have names that include ‘DK’ or ‘Aran’ sometimes aren’t the standard tension. It’s always worth doing a tension square to make sure your new yarn will work up the same as the one recommended in the pattern.

2. Length

Working in a yarn shop for so long has shown me that this is the biggest mistake people make when swapping yarns. 500 g of one yarn can have a vastly different yardage than 500 g of a yarn in a different fibre or brand. Always check you have enough length to complete your project, a quick google or check on Ravelry can tell you what lengths most yarns have and then multiply by how many balls you need. Divide it by the length of the new yarn and round up if necessary. This might mean you only have to buy 400 g instead of 500 g 🙂 or it could mean you have to buy 600 g… Don’t put too much store in the weight the pattern tells you, length is what is important.

3. Texture/colour

It is also worth thinking about the texture of your yarns. For example if your pattern is in a fluffy yarn it could lose something if you do it in a smooth yarn. Patterns that use fluffy yarns like Rowan Kidsilk Haze often rely on the fluff to ‘fill up the gaps’ meaning that if you use a smooth yarn it might look a bit gappy.

Some stitch patterns can be lost in dark colours or variegated yarns, don’t lose all your hard work by using a yarn that hides it! If you are choosing a whole new palate for a colourwork project try to chose colours that blend/contrast like the original pattern if you are after the same effect. But really colour is entirely personal preference, knit what you enjoy!

4. Fibre content/drape

There is nothing wrong with choosing a different fibre for your project but it may make a difference. For example, using a solid wool for a waterfall style cardigan originally made in cotton will make it fall differently. This might not be relevant for say, a tea cosy, but bear it in mind for garments and blankets.

You may also need to think about the fibre content in terms of what the project is, socks in pure silk would be beautiful but won’t last very long! Most sock yarns have a small amount of nylon in for strength for this reason. Lots of colourwork projects are done in wool as it is easier to make it look neater than using cotton. This won’t matter for a lot of things, but again, something to bear in mind. I tend to use a similar fibre content when I’m substituting yarns, the designer picked it for a reason!

Doris

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Week 10- PomPomPom

In honour of the very small amount of snow we’ve had this this week, I present PomPomPom. This hat is knitted in super chunky in the flat so can easily be finished in a couple of hours. The rest of the yarn is used for the giant pom pom, so there’ll be no little bits left.

 

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This pattern is available for free here! It comes in a ladies and mens size and both only use 100g of yarn.

Doris

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Week 9 -Blueberry

This week’s pattern is the first garment I have written up! I love blackberry stitch and this jumper features it on the bottom, collar and cuffs in a variegated yarn, making it stand out from the plain main body of the jumper. The jumper is fairly boxy and has raglan sleeves and a small round collar so is very wearable everyday. Pattern can be found on Ravelry here

These photos were taken on a very windy day on the river where I live. Knitting photography is not my strong point but I’m learning as I progress with this project how to make and attractive and informative photo, I want it to look good and show you as a knitter all the important bits!

Doris

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