This design is just a bit of fun which guarantees a major shot of colour to any outfit. This time it’s worked in crochet on a 3.75mm (US f/5) hook with 3 colour stripes of trebles and half trebles which travel vertically down the scarf. The good news? There’s only 12 rows of pattern. The bad? This means there’s a very long chain to make first, but never mind you’ll still be able to make one in a weekend and the best news of all? You can download the pattern for FREE from my Ravelry Pattern Store from 10.00 am tomorrow.
For a hot colourway I combined Olive, Spice and Lippy but you can of course choose your own colours when you order the kit which will be launched at Unwind this weekend. If you can’t make it along then simply order the kit through the website.
I’ve taken a break from my Unwind prep to post about the first of 3 new designs. Each uses my Baby Alpaca/Silk 4ply and will be available from 10.00am tomorrow 10th July, timed of course to celebrate Unwind!
Firstly there’s the Diamond Corner Shawl which is knitted in sh 879 Mist. I’ll not lie, this bat shaped design is a big knit as the width across the top is 193 cm or if you prefer 76 inches. It begins on single point needles with a panel worked in a lace pattern that undulates from picot cast on to picot cast off for 86 cm (33 3/4 in). After this you’ll need a long circular needle for the side wings which are created by both picking up and purling into the side of the central spine and casting on extra stitches. Once the lace pattern has been established decreases worked at the side edges and centre help to create the batwing shape. I found when I was swatching that this central double decrease has an intriguing effect on the regular columns of the lace pattern and it was this cornering effect that inspired the design’s name
I’m not a huge fan of picking up and knitting on edges with a design of this size so instead I’ve added a picot detail to the beginning of each row which means that once you’ve cast off the shawl is complete. In terms of skill level I would say this design is aimed at intermediate knitters and above due to the size of the shawl and the way in which it’s constructed. You can download the pattern for £3.00 from my Ravelry Pattern Store from 10.00am GMT tomorrow and you’ll find the kit available to buy on the Jeanette Sloan Design website where there’s 10% off until midnight 13th July.
Oriel is an extremely versatile design that can be worn buttoned as either a shrug, cowl or if you prefer, unbuttoned as a scarf. It’s an unashamedly feminine design knitted in my Baby Alpaca DK (and shown here in sh 9517 Menthe) which means it’s so soft that once you’ve draped it over your chilly shoulders you won’t want to take it off.
The Oriel stitch is a beautifully textured lace pattern combining yarn overs, decreases and purl stitches. These build to create a fish scale effect that begins with delicate beaded droplets at the cast on edges that travels toward the grafted centre of the design with beaded accents highlighting the centre of each motif. (Oh yes. the beads, once more I couldn’t resist dropping in a touch of sparkle). This design was originally published in Knitting Magazine but I thought with the festive season on the horizon it’s the perfect time to release the pattern.
You can either buy the pattern as a pdf on Ravelry here or you can pre-order an exclusive knitting kit here. Oriel is the first design to launch my new range of kits which will only be available through www.jeanettesloandesign.com. The kits contain everything you need to make the shrug including yarn, beads, buttons, stitch markers, darning needles – even needle and thread for threading on all those gorgeous beads. You’ll receive the pattern as a pdf download and all you have to do is get your needles ready ( they’re not included in the kit) for when the postie arrives with your bundle of delights.
The kit is available in a choice of 5 gorgeous yarn and bead combinations, some subtle like Menthe & Clear above and some like the Fuchsia & Orange are definitely more ‘in your face’ and not for the colour shy.
If you Pre Order an Oriel Knitting Kit there’s free shipping too so for more information click and here.
As it’s Christmas and everyone is trying to make their hard earned cash go a little further we’ve decided to take the cotton ‘kit’ bags out of the Shetland Flame and Chunkywool kits just added to the collection. We thought it would be nice to offer you something that’s still gorgeous but at a reallyreally good price. Have a look at them here
We had a fantastic reaction to the Kitglobal range at the Country Living Fair which ended on Sunday. I always forget how much hard work shows like that are but the positive feedback made it worth it. I’ve recently taken on Knitglobal’s designs for the Shetland Flame and Chunkywool yarns which means a broader range of kits just in time for Christmas! I’m hoping to add to them Kitglobal site this week. Will post then it’s done
I’m back from 2 weeks teaching the lovely 2nd year knit students on the BA Textiles course at Bucks New Universitydown in High Wycombe. Going back there is like going home as I worked on the course for 8 years, if you’ve never heard of it you should have! It’s probably the best knitted textiles course in the UK directed by the ever inspiring and fabulous Ms Fiona Ross.
Anyway it’s exactly 2 weeks to Country Living Scotlandfor Kitglobal. As well as our first collection of designs we’ll also be showing a couple of new designs featuring a finer weight Baby Alpaca than the chunky we’ve used before plus a worsted spun cashmere which is SO soft – you just have to come along and feel it for yourself. We’ll also have some new exciting new kits – more details closer to the show – AND a limited collection of ready to wear fashion accessories knitted / woven in Baby Alpaca. All in all a lovely selection, perfect gifts, should be a good show – now if I could just work out how to fit everything onto the stand . . . .
Oh yes, we’ll be on Stand D19 and we’d love to see you there
Well the nice people over at Knit Today have said some lovely things about our kits in the October issue which should be in the shops now. Judging from the revies’s title I think it’s officially ok to mention Christmas now.