Officially Winter

Here in the UK it’s officially winter as the clocks went back this weekend. There’s been a lot of talk about whether we should still be changing the clocks for the end of British Summer Time but we didn’t get much of a summer here in Edinburgh so the change at least means that we can officially stop looking to the skies first thing in the morning in the vain hope that the sun will make an appearance impressive enough for us to only need one layer instead of three. As a January born baby I like this time of year for lots of knitting, wrapping up warm in long boots with skirts ( plus a top of course ) and  storing edible goodies, hence Mrs Sloan’s Homemade pickles.  ( By the way, just one of Mr Sloan’s pickled chillis nearly took our heads off on Saturday ). So to celebrate November  and the official start of British Winter Time I’ve got 2 more patterns for you which are available for download from the website.

Firstly there’s Gladstone Bag which was first published in The Knitter issue 10 so if you missed that issue of the magazine this is your chance to get a copy of the pattern.

Knitted in Jamieson & Smiths 2ply Jumperweight the bag is beaded in 2 colours with intarsia motifs on the sides with a brightly contrasting base worked in slip stitch stripes. Felting helps to give the bag it’s structure and embroidery stitches such as backstitch, bullion knots & Pekinese stitch create a riot of texture reminiscent of the Marrakesh souk that inspired the design. If you haven’t tried felting or colourwork before I probably wouldn’t recommend this as your first project but if you have tackled basic intarsia & beading and fancy a bit of a challenge then this is a satisfying project to knit. The stunningly classy Lucite bag handle is the final finishing touch and available from Pavi Yarns here

The bright bullion knots and buttons are applied after felting

The chainstitch & Pekinese stitch edges are applied before felting and the tassels are attached afterwards at the centres

Next there’s Clem’s Lace which is a beautifully soft scarf named after my grandmother Clementine.

Worked in an undulating lace pattern the double decreases and yarn overs give the scarf soft bumping side edges. It’s knitted flat in two pieces which are grafted together at the centre using Kitchener stitch so that the pattern is mirrored towards the centre. I’ve used my Worsted spun 100% cashmere and the yarn takes on another level of softness when you block and pin out the scarf. Just give it a gentle blast of steam with an iron and it becomes  much more full and rounded which makes the finished scarf even more dreamily soft. The pattern includes both charted and written instructions and is suitable for knitters of advanced beginner level and upwards.

Enjoy the new patterns and  pinch and a punch for the first of the month. (No returns )



4 thoughts on “Officially Winter

  1. Karen Andre

    Oh yes it is winter – it was 1 degree this morning and if that isn’t winter I don’t know what is! Jeanette, what do class as an advance beginner. The new scarf is beautiful but I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try it in your cashmere for my mother in laws Christmas present – what do you think?

    PS – site looks fab

    1. Hello darling! It definitely feels like Winter doesn’t it? I’ve spent the day sitting in front of the fire in my favourite chair working on a new design and keeping well out of the cold.
      Now, ‘advanced beginner’ ~ I would say that it’s beyond basic knit & purl, you should know how to work a ‘yo’ ( yarn over ) to make a stitch and also ‘sl’ ( slip stitch ) which is basically passing a stitch from the left to the right without knitting or purling it. Of course I’m happy to help you if you get stuck, just shout!
      Glad you like the site, lots of hard work for someone who definitely isn’t a web designer but hopefully you found it clear and informative. I think I’ll add a bit to the site explaining how I’ve graded the skill levels to make it clearer, thanks for the prompt. Let me know if you need help

      Hopefully speak soon

      J x

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