Janice made this striking version of ‘Oliver’s Hat’ for our BC Garn Bio Shetland promotion. The pattern is Oliver’s Hat, by Sandra Manson, and the yarn, of course, is Bio Shetland. It’s a lovely pattern that suits the yarn very well. Janice’s colourwork is beautiful, and the finished hat is delightful.
Janice describes Bio Shetland as ‘a light toothy yarn which makes it perfect for colour work. It is lovely to knit with and the longer yardage comes in handy. Once blocked the yarn felts beautifully showing off the knitted design.’ She particularly loves the way the crown worked up.
She also warns that the pattern is on the small side and recommends that knitters check for gauge etc to get their size.
Now you see it, now you don’t! Pat’s Illusion Bat Shawl is her first foray into the world of shadow knitting. This is a technique where you knit 2-row stripes in contrasting colours, and make a pattern from the placement of knits and purls. Purl sections in one colour contrast against knit stitches in the other colour, and vice versa. The whole design only shows up when you view it at an angle. Straight on, all you see are stripes.
The pattern is the Illusion Shawl Bat, available on Ravelry. Pat used four skeins of Artfil Belle, two each of charcoal gray and hot pink.
Like all shadow knitting patterns, it’s very easy to work. But, you do have to keep track of knits and purls, so there’s a lot of counting involved. As long as you don’t mind that, it’s a really fun technique!
Sandra made this lovely version of the ‘Veronica’ cowl for our BC Garn Bio Shetland promotion. The pattern is Veronica, by Marie Wallin, and the yarn, of course, is Bio Shetland. Sandra’s stranded colourwork is beautiful, and it’s a great pattern choice for the yarn.
Sandra says that she used 16 different colours in this project! We are hoping to see more of her lovely work as she uses the rest of it in other projects.