Wednesday, 25 October 2017

EVER AGAIN






BEFORE 1 JANUARY 2018 - Ever Again is free of charge for anyone that purchases or has purchased either the Into the Night Collection or Evermore - no coupon code required. You will simply need to have purchased the collection or Evermore first or put them in your basket at the same time. The discount will not work should you purchase Ever Again before the other pattern or collection and this offer is only available within my Ravelry store, it does not apply to KnitCompanion or Love Knitting.

Ever Again is a top-down, wide triangular shawl with contrasting stripes, a dramatic border and has become my current go to shawl! It differs from its sister shawl, Evermore, not only in shape but in lace patterning though the two are similar in feel and techniques.
Worked in two complimentary coloured yarns, one a fingering weight and the other a sport weight silk mohair or a kidsilk mohair. Ever Again comprises a striped body that shows off both yarns individually and displays their differences beautifully. The lace panel, worked in the fingering weight is beaded, simple to work and is followed by the garter stitch border that is worked in either the sport-weight silk mohair (singularly) or the fingering weight yarn worked together with the kidsilk.

The pattern is amazingly versatile offering endless combinations for you to make your Ever Again totally unique and wonderfully you!

If you like my designs please join us in the Boo Group where you will find a place to discuss my patterns, show off your knitting and hear about upcoming patterns, KALs and MKALs.
Patterns already set up by KnitCompanion can be purchased, in the KnitCompanion Store, for knitters who like to use KnitCompanion, but prefer to have their charts already set up.

Monday, 18 September 2017

EVERYONE LOVES A MYSTERY!




apparition

It is time for the Boo Knits Halloween MKAL again!

Pattern available here, on Ravelry, where you will be able to download a Pre-Release Information Sheet to give you details about the Mystery Knit Along. Clues will be released as detailed below.

RELEASE DATES: -
CLUE ONE –  1 October
CLUE TWO –  6 October
CLUE THREE –  9 October
CLUE FOUR –  13 October
CLUE FIVE –  16 October



There is no race – work at your own speed and enjoy every stitch.  There will be five clues, each new clue will be added to the previous clue(s) so you have a complete and up to date pattern to replace your previous issue. You might like to check the update as you may not need to print out the entire pattern on each release.

Apparition has been designed to be knit in a solid or almost solid coloured skein of DyeforYarn Tussah Silk Lace, Lichtfaden Chocho, Solstice Yarns Banshee and Green Tea Yarns Ujicha.  The tussah silk lace is the perfect yarn for this pattern giving Apparition substance and yet fragility, shape and delicate texture.   The 800 beads dance in your stitches adding weight and drape but not overpowering the delicate and ethereal feel of the shawl.  Get your needles and yarn at the ready and let your own Apparition appear before your eyes!


IMPORTANT:  As this is a Mystery Knit Along, we ask that you keep a placeholder as your first photograph on your project page until the final clue has been released.  This will keep the mystery alive for those who prefer it so.  There will be threads in the Boo Group for you to show your progress photographs and chat and, of course, there will be a ‘spoiler-free’ thread too.

REQUIREMENTS
Yarn: DyeforYarn Tussah Silk Lace, Solstice Yarns Banshee, Lichtfaden Chocho and Green Tea Yarns Ujicha – all 700m/100g.  Suggested alternative yarns are: - SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Lace and Greta and the Fibres Silk Me – both 700m/100g.  Yarns containing Alpaca and/or Cashmere are not recommended for this design.  Finished Size:  70” (178 cm) wide and 18” (45 cm) deep after thuggish blocking and worked as written and 79.5” (199 cm) wide and 20.75” (53.5 cm) deep after thuggish blocking and worked with three repeats of Chart Two.  Yardage is very close on three repeats of Chart Two.  Needles: 3.25mm (US3), 3.5mm (US4), 3.75mm (US5) and 4mm (US6) needles though it is better to use a needle that produces a fabric you are happy with.  You will also need: Stitch Markers (just under 60), Needle, Blocking Pins, 1mm cro-tat hook (or 0.75 crochet hook for applying beads) and just under 800 beads when working two repeats of Chart Two and 900 beads when working three repeats.  I would recommend Miyuki size 5 triangles or Miyuki, Matubo or Toho size 6 seed beads.   Gauge:  DyeforYarn Tussah Silk Lace and Lichtfaden Chocho Lace 19 sts to 4” after blocking on main body pattern.  Gauge is not critical though with a tighter tension your shawl will be smaller.  


The pattern is both written and fully charted with bead placement indicated throughout.


It will be useful to print this pattern on a colour printer though bead placement could be marked with coloured pencils if necessary.

Friday, 8 September 2017

EVERMORE

Evermore is the third pattern in the Into the Night Collection.  This collection is a series of patterns inspired by romance. Not the wild exuberance of youth but the quieter and more gentle romance of holding hands, watching the sun go down, night time strolls, stargazing, watching the moonlight on the sea, the smell of night-scented flowers, the sound of the dawn chorus, two people being happy just being together …










Evermore is a top down shawl that is a little deeper than a regular crescent shaped shawl.  Worked in two complimentary coloured yarns, one a fingering weight and one a kidsilk mohair, it comprises a striped body that shows off both yarns individually and displays their differences beautifully.  These stripes lead to a beaded lace section that displays how one yarn can work and shine alone.  The lace section seamlessly becomes a simple garter stitch edging that has both yarns knitted together.    Worked in Louisa Haring Pittura and Rowan Kid Silk Haze (shawl to the right is in Monet Pittura and Peacock Kidsilk Haze), this pattern is suitable for almost any fingering weight yarn and any kid silk mohair, working wonderfully with one variegated but tonal yarn and the other yarn a solid colour so that they work both singularly and together.  

Saturday, 24 June 2017

MOJITO







Here is Mojito, the sixth pattern in the Boos for Beginners Collection. This collection consists of a series patterns designed for those wishing to try lace or for those not overly confident using finer yarns, however each pattern will still be a very useful addition to any wardrobe - whether beginner or not! The collection is great value for money compared with buying the individual patterns and there is one pattern that is totally exclusive to the collection.
I have thoroughly enjoyed knitting this shawl in a silk/linen mix.  Every stitch was a joy and it is a shawl I know I will wear time and again, especially in the summer!
Mojito, the sixth pattern of the Collection, is a crescent shaped shawl suitable for either fingering weight or lace weight yarns. It is started from the top and worked down through a lace body that leads seamlessly into the grand finale of the beaded lace border.
You will find it useful to print your pattern on a colour printer or colour your bead placement in coloured pencils.
This pattern is charted and has full written instructions and in available on Ravelry - here.

Monday, 15 May 2017

SOUTHSIDE

I have been asked so many times to make a crescent version of Ictis.  Here is Southside, a similar stitch pattern to Ictis but with a few subtle changes and a totally different lace edge.  Southside takes its name from the gin-based cocktail (details of final page) and gives a nod to Ictis itself; the roman name for St Michael’s Mount on the southern coast of Cornwall.  Of course, another nod would be to make your Southside cocktail using Cornish Gin – that would be the icing on the cake!  


This crescent shaped shawl is totally addictive.  It is an all-over lace pattern that is beaded throughout and is finished off with a beaded lace border that ends with a pretty and delicate hint of a frill.  Southside works beautifully as a little shoulder shawl, doubles as a scarf, can be worn middle at front and dangles at the sides, can be worn around the hips . . .   As this shawl can be knit from almost any lace weight or fingering weight yarn, it is very adaptable.  The pattern has been written so that it is very simple to increase or reduce the number of repeats giving you the ability make this in a yarn and to a size to suit you.  

Available on Ravelry as part of the Boos for Beginners Collection.

Monday, 24 April 2017

FLORENTINE - Time for Something Cosy!



As the temperatures are erratic still and spring has not totally sprung there is still time to knit a big cuddle of a shawl for those chilly evenings when you don't quite want to go back inside yet.

Here is Florentinethe fourth pattern in the Boos for Beginners Collection. This collection consists of a series of six patterns designed for those wishing to try shawl patterns. Each pattern will still be a very useful addition to any wardrobe - whether beginner or not!




Not all Boo Shawls are lace in the same way that not all cocktails or alcoholic drinks are over ice – or even cold! A CafĂ© Florentine is a warm coffee incorporating three different and distinct flavours (see recipe on final page of the pattern). Echoing this, Florentine is a warm hug of a shawl incorporating three different and distinct colours worked in stripes; the perfect shawl to be shared for a cuddle up together, worn for winter walks, for lying on to stargaze, to wrap up in to feel the closeness of someone when they are not there or even just worn because you love it.
The addictive repeats of stocking stitch bordered by garter ridges and colour changes make the shawl interesting to knit and the double knitting weight of yarn makes it a quick knit that is both beginner friendly and one that makes the heart happy.
This shawl used three different colours, I used two balls of each colour in Toft DK Wool (225m/100g) for my shawl though only broke into the second ball of Yarn C for the bind off. The shawl is written as a one size shawl but is easily adapted to be enlarged or reduced.
If you like my designs please join us in the Boo Group where you will find a place to discuss my patterns, show off your knitting and hear about KALs and MKALs.


Saturday, 4 March 2017

Time for the MKAL Spring 2017!



This shawl has been designed in conjunction with Lichtfaden for Sabine’s Meridian Pure Silk yarn.  Sabine’s love for colour is evident to all and we talked at length about a style and influence for the design.  Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) is a gothic music and fashion festival held every year, for the past twenty-five years, in Leipzig, Germany. 

With a Victorian picnic in the park, readings, theatre performances and medieval markets as well as the huge number of music events it is the biggest festival of its kind anywhere and is considered the ‘Mecca’ for cybergoths, metal heads, steampunks, neo-Victorians, dark romantics, dark electro, industrial and medieval fans. 

Thousands of people descend on the city wearing the most amazing outfits – people attend alone, with friends or with their entire family and travel the world over to take part and experience this week-long event that is always a friendly, tolerant and trouble-free festival.  So, whether your style is Victorian Lady, Gothic, Steampunk, or Jeans and T-shirt – Just Be You! 

This shawl is a celebration of all of us, whoever we are, whatever we are and wherever we are – that we accept ourselves and others without judgement.  Choose your colour and wear your shawl with pride and love and be true to yourself.


Just Be You is a delicate, lacy and beaded, top-down, crescent shaped shawl. The original shawl has been knit using in Lichtfaden Meridian (600m/100g) and includes just less than 950 Matubo, Toho or Miyuki size 6 seed beads or Miyuki size 5 triangular beads giving it a jewelled, sophisticated and elegant feel.   The prototype was knit within this yardage (with just over 5g to spare) but Sabine, at Lichtfaden, has dyed up some overweight skeins at 660m/110g for anyone who prefers a more generous comfort zone and for anyone who tends to be a looser knitter.  It is worth taking time and care when winding your cake as this is a pure silk yarn and can be a little on the slippery side so keep an even tension and wind more slowly than ordinarily.

The pattern will be released in six clues, all half a week apart but none of them are huge clues.  Each new clue will be added to the previous clue(s) so you have a complete and up to date pattern to replace your previous issue. You might like to check the update as you may not need to print out the entire pattern on each release.
 
RELEASE DATES
First Clue – May 1, Second Clue – May 5, Third Clue – May 8, Fourth Clue –  May 12, Fifth Clue – May 15 and Final Clue – May 19

 REQUIREMENTS
Yarn: This pretty shawl has been designed to be knit in Lichtfaden Meridian. Needles: 3.5mm (US4) 3.75mm (US5) and 4mm (US6) circular needles – it is better to use a needle the produces a fabric you are happy with.  You will want good drape and should therefore use a larger needle than if you were knitting a garment.  You will also need: Stitch Markers, a 1mm crochet hook or cro-tat hook to apply your beads, a darning needle to weave in your ends and blocking mats and pins and just under 950 beads, I used Miyuki 4mm cubes but Miyuki or Matubo Size 6 Seed Beads or Miyuki Size 5 Triangles would also be good.  Size and Gauge:  82 inches (208 cm) wide and 20.5 inches (52 cm) deep with a gauge of 17 stitches to 4 inches with relatively thuggish blocking (I cannot help myself!). 

It will be useful to print this pattern on a colour printer though bead placement could be marked with coloured pencils if necessary.

The pattern is both written and fully charted with bead placement indicated throughout.