19 Dec 2012

Reversible Stripes

Autumn just wouldn't be the same without a visit to the Knitting and Stitching Show in "Allie Pallie" (Alexandra Palace in London.) The show has its own special character, with three halls overflowing with display booths, shops, classes, student shows and so on. Every year there is also a special event such as a quilting display or a Japanese knitting exhibition. Always magical.

And then there are the remnant boxes — my downfall. Bargain end-of-line yarns just asking to go home with you. Last year, already laden with packages, we came across a remnant box filled with Lang Gobi yarn. The super-soft mixture of extra-fine merino and baby camel hair was stunning. The colours were wonderful and set me in mind of a recent visit to a favourite town we love going to, Asheville in North Carolina. The beautiful russet colour of one of the yarns was just like the autumn leaves with their warm, glowing tints.

Unfortunately there wasn't enough for a large project but it got me thinking about colours. After my return home I found a very similar combination with Valley Yarns Amherst which is a beautifully soft 100% merino wool. 

So I set to with some stitch swatches and discovered that it worked beautifully with one of my favourite stitches in our new book, Reversible Knitting Stitches. The stitch is called Roman Striped Lace which is a lovely pattern even when worked in a single colour. However it really comes into its own when two different coloured yarns are used.

Usually a stripe will look good when seen from the right side, but turn it over and there is a little line of two-colour "purl bumps" which mar the wrong side. You can try to ignore them or even embrace them and make this line part of your design, but they are almost always there. But here.....

Ta-Da! No bi-colour purls. No off-colour lines at the transition points. In fact it is really hard to see which is the right side and which is the wrong side. A perfect stitch choice for such a gorgeous yarn. As I worked, the scarf was so soft and warm in my hands and I knew this was a winner. Winter chills around the neck are a thing of the past!

The pattern is now available for this scarf, the Chalfont Scarf. The pattern includes instructions for three different sizes and also three colourways.

Happy Knitting!


Last Blogpost: Rare Earth Cushions

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6 Dec 2012

Rare Earth Cushions

You can never have too many cushions. Scattered over a comfy sofa they add a homely touch to any room, softening the look of a bare area and making it feel warm and welcoming. 

The colours used here are reminiscent of a New England winter, the rich natural tones harmonising with the beauty of the world outside.

I have worked these ones in a soft natural-coloured handspun yarn using Corriedale fleece.

I started with one white fleece and one coloured one and then divided the coloured fleece into separate tones. I blended these together to give five different colours to work into the cushions. 

Of course you don't need to use handspun yarn to knit these cushions for yourself - any worsted weight yarn in 5 co-ordinating colours will work. I can imagine these cushions in other colours too - in bright tones to suit a child's playroom or seasonal Holiday shades.

The Rare Earth Cushions pattern includes five different colour variations giving a co-ordinated set of cushions. Knit just one or two cushions to add to your existing collection or all five for a brand-new look. 

The covers are easily removed as they are buttoned over the cushion pad underneath, making it easy to change the look in your room as you move from season to season. 

They also co-ordinate with the Rare Earth Rug – a super-cozy rug invented with New England winters in mind. 

To see both of these patterns together with other cushion and rug designs, please visit my website. Until next time,

Happy Knitting! 


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