23 Jun 2016

Mendip Placemats

Mid-summer has arrived, and with it balmy evenings and sunny days. It is just beautiful here in New England right now, with gentle breezes rustling the oak leaves and the scents of roses and lilies filling the air.

In other words, it's a perfect time for meals out of doors. A lazy Sunday breakfast or a light lunch under the sun umbrella — what could be better....

So here is a new knitting pattern for some placemats to help set the scene, the Mendip Placemats. These are worked in one of my favourite yarns, Rowan Yarns "Original Denim"This is a 100% cotton yarn with a wonderfully crisp texture. However, if you can't find that brand you can use any similar yarn, such as Lion Brand 24/7 cotton.

They are also in this season's key colour of dusky blue. I love it when the coming trend is also a favourite classic shade. Indigo, denim, blue — the colour of ages-old tradition, our youth and next season all wrapped up in one. Perfect.

The set includes two different sizes of rectangular placemats and a central oval tablemat, which features a strong purl-banded design to provide some protection for your tabletop. 

The placemats are worked in the Slip Stitch Mesh stitch pattern from our book, Reversible Knitting StitchesThe stitch gives a beautifully flat fabric, with one side having a neatly ridged appearance while the other has a more fluid, casual feel. 

The pattern includes full line-by-line instructions, diagrams and stitch charts. Make just a couple of placemats as a gift for someone special or a whole dining set for your next family gathering.

If you would like to read more about the Mendip Placemats knitting pattern, then please click here

Happy Knitting!


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4 Jun 2016

Tranquility, Strength and Optimism

Blue is everywhere. It's the colour of the sky, the sea, lakes and oceans. We see it in the edge of a glacial iceflow or the vibrant shade of a robin's egg. 

Our woodlands spring into early summer with carpets of bluebells, and we name some of our most treasured places with names such as the Blue Mountains of Australia, or the Blue Ridge Parkway of North Carolina - one of my favourite places to sit and knit.

It is no coincidence that the Japanese word for indigo blue, Ai, is also the word for love. 

And it would be hard to imagine a Pantone colour forecast without some kind of blue in it. Who can forget the vibrant royal blue sweaters and dresses from the 1980's? They were everywhere. The same colour came back in a couple of years ago and had a brief flurry of interest, with cobalt skirts and jackets in the shops once again.

However, since then colours have toned down quite considerably. Here is the colour forecast for Fall/Winter 2015/2016 with the "Stormy Weather" colour I featured before. In this forecast collection the blue was dark, reflective, almost retiring and sombre.

However, for the next season Blue has become lighter again and is not just one of the colours in the palette - it is taking centre-stage. Pantone speaks of "the desire for tranquility, strength and optimism" inspiring a colour palette led by blues. The one above is Riverside, a wonderful shade with the feel of traditional indigo. The forecast notes speak of a "cool and calming colour" which maintains a sense of constancy.

But this is not just the colour for the Autumn. It is also the colour for now, and in the next blogpost I will be featuring some knitted placemats in just this shade. Cool enough for a summer lunch under the sun umbrella. Constant enough for autumn meals safely back indoors again.

Until then — Happy Knitting!


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