New Pattern: Bahaal

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Meaning’ restored’ in Hindi, this easy going crescent shaped shawl was designed at a time when I needed interesting but comfortable knitting. I worked with simple sections of stockinette stitch and dropped yarn overs, and geeked out using the Fibonacci sequence to arrange them. The Fibonacci sequence, if you’re not familiar with it, is sequence found over and over again in nature and extremely pleasing to the eye, and turns out for some very therapeutic knitting too!

The main sample was worked in Flying Fiber’s amazing British fiber wool ‘Yorkshire Medley‘, and calls for four skeins of this gorgeous DK weight. Is it a long wool yarn – an equal blend of Bluefaced Leicester and Wensleydale fibers – and carries a natural sheen, loft, and softness. Like this most shawls, it really comes to life when blocked!

This pattern is very adaptable and a wide range of substitute yarns would work with this design. For a second sample we used Fern Fiber‘s local Suffolk/Alpaca blend and a looser gauge for a huge, flowing shawl. I’m a major fan of this yarn having knit up my very own Stories from Snoqualmie Shawl (need to post FO shots!), and if you ever get a chance to get their hands on this seasonal yarn I highly recommend it!
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Yarn 4 skeins Flying Fibers Yarn Company Yorkshire Medley; 100% British Wool; 262 yds/240 m, 100g, shown in “Whitby Shale”.
or 1022 yds/935 m in DK weight yarn.
Needles & Notions: US 6/4 mm 30”/76 cm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge.
Stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Gauge 16 stitches x 32 rows = 4”/10cm in Stockinette Stitch BLOCKED
Measurements:96“/244 cm wide, 30 “/76 cm deep.

The Knitted Hat Book

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Last week Interweave put out a new book; The Knitted Hat Book, and I’m excited to share the two patterns I contributed!

khb_2_33339_medium2The first is the Squall Colorwork Beanie, knit up using Quince and Co’s wonderfully soft and squishy Owl. The colourwork pattern is reminiscent of snow, or rain, falling from the crown. Owl’s wide selection of colours allows for many combinations to really make it your own! This unisex design gets a lot of use in our house as Mister is happy to grab it on the way out as I am. It is written up in three sizes to fit 16½–18 (18¼–20, 20–22)” head circumference, and calls for just two skeins of tweedy Owl.

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The second hat I designed for the book was such a luxury knit, using A Verb for Keeping Warm’s Floating. This hat, the Locality Slip-Stitch Slouch, features a waffly slip stitch pattern I absolutely love. The fit is relaxed, and controlled by using different needle sizes. This hat also comes in three sizes to fit 18¾–20¾ (21–23¼, 23½–25½)” head circumference, and uses just one skein of AVFKW’s Alpaca/Silk/Cashmere blend Floating.

As always, so happy to support amazing companies providing us with fiber and colour conscious yarns!

You can find The Knitted Hat Book, in print and digital download on Interweave’s site.

Here it is on Amazon.

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Pro-Verbial Yarn & Fiber Club Year 7


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Very excited to share that I will be part of A Verb for Keeping Warm’s Pro-Verbial Club this year! Sign ups for new members are open and I have a feeling you’ll want in!

This is the 7th (seventh?!) year of AVFKW’s wonderful Pro-Verbial Club – a club that sends out 4 shipments a year, each including an exclusive pattern and exclusive club colorway! This year it’s a big one and members will receive more yarn than previous years, and you’ll be able to sample a range of their wonderful US grown and milled yarns, CA specific yarns as well as Verb’s classics. What’s neat about this club is that you can also opt for a fiber option where you will receive equivalent fiber in the same content and exclusive colourway as the pattern calls for, and you can spin your own! Great if you’re looking to stretch your spinning skills this year. Dyers notes talking more about the yarn, fiber and dye used will also be included, as well as a lovely discount for all other regularly priced merchandise sold at Verb!

What’s more is that I have the honor of designing once more alongside my wonderful friends and talented designers – Andrea Mowry of DreaRenee KnitsAshley Yousling of Woolful and Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits.

There is early bird pricing until Aug 15th, so I recommend you get ahead of the game! Sign ups close early September. More information and sign ups go here!!!