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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Introducing Zoya & 10% off YarnAddict Shop

Zoya is a rectangular stole inspired by traditional Orenburg shawls and knitted using their unique construction method. The shawl is knitted in one piece with the edging knitted on at the same time.
Get 30% off the Zoya pattern using coupon code: ZOYA30 until midnight UK 31 May 2019.

I have a selection of kits available for pre-order before midnight UK on 2 June 2019. Kits will be shipped around mid-June. 

Get 10% off in the YarnAddict Online Shop until midnight UK Monday 27 May 2019. Use discount code: MOMENTS10 

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Moments To Remember

 Moments To Remember is a beautiful baby blanket which will become a treasured heirloom. Knitted in the round from the centre out, the pattern includes links to tutorials for circular cast-ons. Make it smaller or larger by working fewer or more repeats of Chart C. 

Moments To Remember was originally published by Debbie Bliss in 2015. The new version is larger and includes charts as well as written instructions.

Moments To Remember is a square blanket and can easily be adapted to different sizes and yarn weights. Want a bigger adult sized blanket? Work more repeats of Charts B and/or C. You may even wish to use a thicker yarn (just use a larger needle size). If you'd like a square shawl, either for a baby or yourself, use a 2ply/laceweight yarn (use a smaller needle size) and make it the size you want. Read my tips here for making a shawl bigger or smaller and Will I have enough yarn?

I knitted Moments To Remember in Lang Merino 200 Bebe which is a 4ply/fingering weight yarn. The original sample used 5 x 50g balls (but there was only 20g left so you may wish to order an extra ball.

You can order Lang Merino 200 Bebe here. Get 10% off any order from the YarnAddict Online Shop until midnight UK on 24 May 2019. Use discount code: MOMENTS10.

Get 30% off the Moments To Remember pattern until midnight UK on 24 May 2019. Use coupon code: MOMENTS30.

Below is a blocking photos of the blanket. 

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Mini Tip Tutorial - Circular Cast Ons

The centre of Pandora which is a circular shawl knitted from the centre out.

Circular cast ons are used to start a shawl, blanket or table cloth which is knitted in the round from the centre out. It can be a shape that's square, circular or hexagon. You can also use a circular cast on for circular/swirly toes on toe up socks. 

In this blog I'm going to share two tutorials for popular circular cast ons - the Disappearing Loop Cast On and Emily Ocker's Circular Cast On. They're very similar but the Disappearing Loop Cast On uses knitting needles and the Emily Ocker cast on uses a crochet hook which may be difficult if you're not used to using a crochet hook. 

Both cast ons can be fiddly when you first do them, mainly because you have so few stitche but it does get easier with practice. In these two tutorials I show you how to work the cast on and how to work the first few rounds. In the Disappearing Loop Cast On I show you how to work the cast on using double pointed needle and the magic loop technique.

In the tutorials I mention my book, Beaded Lace Knitting which has three shawls using these cast on methods - you can purchase your signed copy of Beaded Lace Knitting here.

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Friday, May 03, 2019

Knit a beautiful top for summer

Penelope is worked from the bottom up with a wide lace border which will transition into an easy arrowhead lace pattern in stocking stitch for the body. The edging at the top of the body and bottom of the lace border as well as the shoulder straps is worked in moss stitch. This delicate camisole is worked in the round to the underarms and front and back is then worked separately to the shoulders. This leaves minimal finishing.

Penelope comes in seven sizes which take either two or three skeins of Schoppel 6 Karat.

Actual Bust (Circumference): 
81cm/32¼in, 87cm/34¾in, 93cm/37¼in, 99cm/39¾in, 105.5cm/42¼in, 111.5cm/44½in, 117.5cm/47in
Actual Hip (Circumference): 
91.5cm/36½in, 98.5cm/39¼in, 105cm/42in, 112cm/44¾in, 119cm/47½in, 126cm/50½in, 133cm/53¼in
65.5cm/25¾in, 66cm/26in, 67.5cm/26½in, 68cm/26¾in, 70.5cm/27¾in, 71.5cm/28¼in, 73cm/28¾in

Get 30% off the Penelope pattern until midnight UK on 12 May 2019. Use coupon code: PENELOPE30. Purchase the pattern here.

Pre-order your Penelope kit here. Order before midnight UK on 12 May 2019 and get your kit by the end of May at the latest. Kits are discounted.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Reading & Understanding a Top Down Triangular & Half Hexagon Shawl Pattern

From time to time I get questions about how to read a pattern for a top down triangular or half hexagon shawl (or a hybrid between the two like Ivy below). I used to get questions about this construction all the time, but I changed the way I write my patterns a few years ago but I still get a few questions. If you're new to this type of shawls it can be confusing. 

In this video I explain how I write my patterns and why and then take you through step by step how to knit the start of Carmen - a triangular shawl - and Ivy - a half hexagon hybrid shawl.

You can see all the previous Monday Mini Tips and other tutorials on my Tutorials page
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Friday, February 08, 2019

A Chance To Own a Stunning Lace Shawl!

I've added some more ex-display samples to my Sample Sale. These shawls were used for photography and display purposes, are all designed by me and hand-knitted by myself or one of my expert knitters. Some of them also have yarn hand-dyed by me. See the full selection here. 

 Most of the shawls are £50 which is a steal considering the amount of work that's gone into knitting them and the luxury yarns they're knitted in.

Albertine with beads, knitted in Fyberspates Gleem Lace
Photo copyright - The Knitter

Tivoli with a beaded edging, knitted in luxurious baby camel/silk (purple yarn is hand-dyed by me)

Ava with beaded edging - yarn is a wool/silk blend hand-dyed by me

Gloriana with beads - knitted in luxurious baby camel/silk lace yarn

Touch of Class with beads - knitted in merino/silk lace yarn hand-dyed by me

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Ivy - The Pattern Is Here!

The Ivy shawl wraps around the shoulders beautifully. Its shape, which is based on  traditional Faroese shawls, is formed from a central panel, with triangular ‘wings’ on either side. Ivy is light as air with a beaded edging. 

I've got kits in a choice of four colours which can be pre-ordered now - pre-orders close at 6pm tonight, 7 February. Pre-order your kit here. Your kit will ship by mid-February. Kits include the Lace Flower yarn, beads and pattern.



Get 30% off the Ivy pattern until midnight UK time on 15 February 2019. Use coupon code: IVY30.

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Don't miss this opportunity!

I'm very excited to be teaching at La Mercerie in Cowbridge, South Wales again this Sunday 10 February. Cowbridge is just about half an hour from Cardiff and La Mercerie is a gem of a shop! I love teaching there.

On Sunday I'll be teaching my Orenburg Lace Knitting Class. The Orenburg region of Russia is known for it's stunning, traditional lace shawls. These shawls have an interesting construction where the edging is knitted along with the main panel. It's much easier than it sounds with my step by step guide. You'll also practice some traditional Orenburg lace stitch patterns.

This class suits both experienced lace knitters and knitters who are new to lace knitting. I'll guide you through the Orenburg lace square we'll be knitting in the class.
You'll get my La Scala pattern to take home. La Scala is inspired by Orenburg lace shawls and uses the same construction method we'll be using in the class. 

Contact La Mercerie for full details and to book your space now! I hope to see you in Wales on Sunday!

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