Pat’s Purple Perfection

This beautiful handknit shawl is Pat’s latest creation.  She made this regal version of the ‘Chevron Shenanigans‘ shawl, designed by Stephen West, using a mixture of yarns: Lichen and Lace 80/20 sock, Artfil Belle, and Manos del Uruguay Alegria.  She used three skeins in total, one of each, plus a little scrap yarn, in black, for a contrasting bind-off.

It’s a fun pattern.  Asymmetrical enough to be visually interesting and fun to knit, but also easy to work and easy to wear.

We love the way Pat has used different yarns to best advantage here.  The tonal variations of the different purples complement each other beautifully, and the result is rich and interesting.

Great job, Pat!

Silvia’s Sheep-y Shetland Blanket

Wow, this Shetland blanket is gorgeous!  Destined to be an heirloom, for sure.  Silvia knit this with 11 different colours of Queensland Collection Walkabout, using the ‘Rams and Yowes‘ pattern by Kate Davies.

Walkabout is a great yarn choice for this project.  It’s made from organic Shetland wool, really appropriate for a Shetland-themed pattern, and it has that lovely, ‘sticky’ hand that is ideal for stranded colourwork.  It is also going to be terrific for warmth.  This is because lofty, woolen-spun yarns like this trap a lot of air, and make great insulators.

And, look how beautifully knitted it is!  You can see in the closeup shot that Silvia did a great job at keeping her floats relaxed, so that there are no tension problems at all.

Terrific project, Silvia!  Thanks for sharing.


Nina’s Comfy Cardigan

Here’s another great knitting project from Nina.  The pattern for this comfy cardigan is ‘Reluctant Homeschooler‘ from Caitlin Hunter.  Nina knit her version in Estelle Chunky, a low-cost, easy-knitting, easy-care, wool/acrylic blend.

The comfy, easy-wear style of this cardigan makes it super practical for everyday use.  The pattern is also very easy to work, with minimal finishing.  You work the body all in one piece, knitting the sleeves in the round and joined them with the body to work raglan shaping all in one go.  Once you have finished the body, just pick up stitches to work the button band, attach a couple of pockets, sew on some buttons, and you’re done!

Larraine’s Stranded Mittens

Larraine found this easy, free pattern for stranded mittens, by Melissa Anderson.  It’s one of the many knitting tributes to Bernie Sanders’ famous mittens, but the mittens are pretty great, whether you enjoyed the meme or not.

Larraine used Estelle Chunky to make her version of the mitts.  For one pair of mittens, the pattern requires one skein of the main colour, and smaller amounts of three other colours.

This would be a great pattern to use up scraps of leftover chunky yarn. Alternatively, you could make multiple pairs of mittens from full skeins of the same four colours, changing which colour is the main colour for each pair.

A fun project, Larraine!  Thanks for sharing.

Nina’s Linello Scarf

Nina test-drives every new yarn she brings in to the store, and this is the first thing she did with her order of Linello from Lang Yarns.

The scarf pattern is available from Lang, but it will look just as gorgeous with any simple eyelet lace repeat.

Nina loves linen yarns, and this is a particularly nice blend of linen, cotton, and viscose,  The scarf is cool, breathable, and summery, and the yarn has a very nice hand.  It’s easier to work with than pure linen, but retains all of the best characteristics of linen.

Monika’s Linen Pullover

Dreaming of warmer weather and future travel, Monika commissioned Christina to knit the Emporeio linen pull-over by Mona MicLeoid Designs. The Emporeio is a beautiful, breezy linen racer back style summer tank top that can easily be worn slightly more fitted or with a tiny bit of volume. Christina decided to knit the piece as instructed in the pattern, from bottom up, instead of the option of first working on the lace back on a provisional cast on, if for no other reason but to retain the charming box pleat detail.

Also, knowing Monika’s personality, Christina swapped out the given ladder-like lace pattern for a much more feminine English Leaf lace pattern. Using BC Garn Lino 100% linen yarn in a vibrant lime green (Monika’s favourite), has given the final garment  soft drape that will make it very comfortable to wear in our warm and humid summer months. Christina has her fingers crossed Monika will be able to don her new pull-over on her next trip south!

Mairi’s Wavy Wimple

Mairi was inspired by Mary’s ‘Stole Dunes’ wrap posted to the gallery last year, and used the same base pattern to create her own hand-knit cowl .  This is why sharing projects is so much fun!  Seeing what others have created inspires our own project directions, in delightful new ways.

In this project, Mairi wondered how easy it would be to convert the pattern for circular knitting.  A little bit fiddly, as it involves working multiple rows together in a ‘barber pole’ spiral, but really not too hard.  And the result is this lovely cowl/wimple.  She used exactly one skein of Lichen and Lace 1-ply Superwash Merino Fingering, in the ‘Huckleberry’ colourway, together with a partial skein of plain black fingering yarn left over from a previous project.

The wavy ripples in this pattern make a great cowl, because they bunch up nicely for extra warmth around the neck, or easily stretch over the head for a cozy wimple.  Just the thing for a winter walk!

Pat’s Seaswell Shawl

Stephen West‘s Seaswell shawl is a perfect canvas to play with fades and gradients. 

Pat worked her version using two skeins of Lichen and Lace sock yarn, and two skeins of Artfil Belle, all different.   We love the soft fade from ivory, through brown, to turquoise  and blue!

This is a lovely pattern; not too challenging, and great fun to work, but the finished shawl is suitable for everything from casual to dressy.

Great choice, Pat – thanks for sharing!


Dashia’s Colour Block Sweater

Dashia designed this colour block sweater herself, and plans to make the pattern available soon.

It’s an over-sized design, with a comfortable, stylish drape and a flattering neckline.

Dashia used three colours of Drops Sky, which is a super-soft alpaca/merino chainette yarn.  Like all of the Drops yarns, it’s high quality, and great value for money.  The whole sweater needs just 6 skeins in total – 1 skein of gold, 2 skeins of light gray, and 3 skeins of dark gray.

Lovely design, Dashia!  We’re sure you’ll get lots of use out of this lovely piece.


Nina’s ‘Classic’

This free pattern from Espace Tricot is called ‘The Classic‘ for good reason.  It’s the quintessential classic raglan sweater that goes with everything, and you end up wearing again and again.

Nina modified her version by working fewer rows of neck ribbing for a simple crew neck, instead of the mock turtle neck in the original.

The lovely mottled wheat colour  comes from using one strand of Drops Brushed Alpaca, in colour 19 ‘curry’, held together with one strand of Manos del Uruguay Marina, in colour ‘filigree’.  The whole sweater used just 6 skeins (150g) of Brushed Alpaca and one skein (100g) of Marina.  So, it feels as light as air and as soft as a cloud.

Combining different yarns like this can make the simplest of projects come alive with depth of colour.  Ask Nina for her advice about yarn and colour combinations for any project you have in mind!

Mary’s ‘Stole Dunes’ wrap

Mary made this version of Svetlana Gordon‘s dramatic ‘Stole Dunes‘ wrap pattern, using complementary shades of Log House Cottage Squishy Sock yarn.

You could use just about any yarn for this project, because gauge isn’t too important for a wrap.  Depending on yarn weight and needle size, it could end up bigger or smaller, but it will make a super wrap at most sizes.  You could also vary the number of pattern repeats for whatever size you want.  A longer, thinner version could make a lovely scarf.

However, Squishy Sock is a particularly good yarn choice.  It’s as soft and squishy as the name implies, and it comes in a superb range of complementary tonal shades and fades.  We definitely love Mary’s colour choices!

This is a great pattern, too.  Not super-hard to execute, but great fun.  And the way the stitches run both horizontally and vertically creates a dramatic effect that looks terrific and makes other knitters wonder how you did it.  Anyone who sees it will think that you are very, very clever to have made something this interesting!

Christina’s ‘Olive’ Lace Sweater

This is Cristina’s version of Pernille Larsen‘s beautiful Olive lace sweater pattern.

Christina used 4 skeins of Illimani Sabri II yarn, in colour ‘Bone’.  This is a lovely blend of alpaca and cotton, in an easy-knit, chainette-construction worsted weight that gives great stitch definition.  So the finished garment is light and very, very soft, but with a nice amount of give.  Easy to wear, and easy to care for.

And it looks even better in person than it does on the dress form!

Nina’s ‘Clapton’

Nina made this version of Isabel Kraemer’s design Clapton, using her favourite yarn, Fleece Artist 2/8 Blue Face Leicester in black, with one skein of Malabrigo Mechita in gold for the highlights.

It’s a lovely design, with a classic shape and relatively simple stranded pattern for the yoke.  And, like anything worked in BFL 2/8, it is light, warm, soft, and luscious.

Nina made this slightly longer, for a tunic-length sweater, and needed just a bit more than two skeins of 2/8.  She thinks that a regular length sweater, in most of the smaller sizes, could be made with just two skeins of 2/8.  If you’d like to make one like it, Nina would be happy to advise about yarn quantities.

Dressy Capelet

Nina made this scrumptious capelet from her new stock of Drops Brushed Alpaca Silk, holding one strand together with a strand of Kremke Stellaris for a touch of sparkle.  It uses four balls of Brushed Alpaca Silk, and one spool of Stellaris.

It’s everything we expect from one of Nina’s designs – maximum elegance and practicality with minimum effort.  A clean, simple design that anyone can make, and will look good on everyone.

The light, airy, brushed alpaca makes this garment incredibly soft and weightless – an ideal thing to roll up in a corner of your bag and always carry with you for those times when you don’t know how many layers you might need in your day.

Perfect as a light, extra layer in winter, when the lofty alpaca will trap warmth under your coat.  Perfect for spring and autumn, when temperatures vary unpredictably and you need a layer you can put on or take off and stow in a small space in your bag.  Perfect for summer, when going in and out of air-conditioning has the same effect.  And perfect for looking stylish in any season.

The pattern is available from Nina at the store, or in the online shop.  Remember that all of Nina’s patterns are free with purchase of yarn.  So, if you are buying online, only put the yarn in your cart, and add a note with your order that you would like a free copy of the pattern.

Colour Play

Here’s a creative piece from Louise, getting instruction from Nina on the fly to work her first top-down raglan.

There’s no pattern, just an adventurous knitter learning as she goes with guidance from Nina.  Louise used Rhichard Devrieze Thede sock yarn, in the popular ‘Psychedelic Hosteins’ colourway, interspersed with Ruby sock yarn.  Here’s what Louise says about her creative process:

“I started top down doing as for an ordinary raglan sweater, instructions by Nina. (1st raglan for me 🤗). I alternated 2 rows each colour until then switching up to more of the Ruby yarn, sometimes 6-8 rows of that colour. I finished off the bottom band in basket weave just because I was bored with ordinary ribbing. I picked up stitches for the sleeves and neckline and finished edges in basket weave also.”

That’s the Creative process, all right!  All the way to figuring out how to get a selfie in the mirror, because even getting photos is hard when we’re all isolating.

Great job all around, Louise!

A Gnome Addiction

Lisa says it’s never too early to start Christmas Knitting!  And now we’ve seen what she’s been making, we want to join her.  Gnomes!

Aren’t these guys the cutest?  The pattern is Never Not Gnoming (by Sarah Schira), and Lisa says these quick, easy-knit fellas are so addictive that she has made seven so far.  Given how long it is until Christmas, and how much extra knitting time the COVID-19 shutdown has given some of us, we predict that certain households will be positively over-run with gnomes by the time the festive season kicks off.

We like the woolly look of the yarns Lisa used – you could get the same effect with BC Garn Bio Shetland, but really, this is a great pattern for using up any fingering weight yarn scraps you have in your stash.

Thanks for sharing, Lisa – these guys really made us smile.

Viajante shawl/poncho

This is a truly stunning piece of knitting eye candy!  Pat made this glorious version of the Viajante pattern by accomplished designer Martina Behm.  This is a particularly popular pattern right now, and with good reason.  It’s a very, very easy pattern to knit (all knit stitch, with a few simple increases and decreases), there’s almost nothing you can do wrong, sizing is a non-issue, and the result is both dramatic and practical, suitable for both formal and casual use.

Pat used three and a half skeins of Malabrigo Mechita in a beautiful, speckly turquoise colour for this joyful splash of colour.  But you could use any fingering, light fingering, or heavy laceweight yarn to good effect.  We think it would be just as nice in Fleece Artist 2/8 Blue Faced Leicester – two or three skeins depending on the desired length.

Terrific project, Pam!  Thanks for sharing.

Edie Linen Top

Here’s a great summer top, made by Christina.  She used the Edie pattern, by Isabell Kraemer, with a few modifications.  It’s a lovely pattern, very simple to work, and designed specifically for linen yarn. 

The yarn is BC Garn Lino – a beautiful sport weight linen yarn that is great choice for summer things.  And it comes in a wonderful range of colours.  We love Christina’s happy pop of fuchsia!

The original pattern has some textured stripes.  Christina did away with those, and added her own texture details around bottom seam lines.  But in this yarn, any version of this tee is going to look terrific!

More great work, Christina!  Everyone is going to want one of these…

Veronika Poncho/Sweater

Anja made this intriguing garment from the Veronika pattern by Cocoknits. It looks so fun and comfortable!

Anja chose to use Trailhead Yarns Fundy Tides and Cabot Trail, holding together one strand of each to give a complex blend of colours – one of our favourite ways to use these two yarns together.  It produces a lovely, light, summer-weight fabric with great drape.

Thanks for sharing, Anja – great project!

Mia Pullover

Kim made this version of Nina’s Mia Pullover pattern.  She used Geilsk Tweed, as a substitute for the Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal the pattern was originally written for, and we love how it came out.

It’s soft and tweedy, with a flattering fit and simple but elegant details.

Looks great on you, Kim!