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.



Sunday, 22 January 2017

LAST DANCE







We all need a little romance in our lives and what is more romantic at the end of an evening than the Last Dance? This top-down crescent-shaped shawl has been designed to be knit in a heavy lace-weight yarn and will look wonderful in a 600m/100g gradient yarn. The original was knit in both Natural Born Dyers Lustrous Myrka and again in Wollelfe Merino/Silk Lace - both 600m/100g.
Last Dance has an all-over beaded lace design with a dramatic beaded border prefect for swishing, draping over shoulders and keeping out the midnight chill. Then again, it is just as good to wear on a more daily basis, even when you are happy dancing with the vacuum cleaner! Don’t you think we should enjoy wearing our shawls as much as we enjoy knitting them!
Last Dance is part of the Into the Night Collection. This collection consists of a series of six patterns influenced by a contented and comfortable romance. The collection is great value for money compared with buying the individual patterns and there will be at least one pattern that is totally exclusive to the collection.
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.



Friday, 30 December 2016

2017 BOO CHALLENGE

2+0+1+7 shawls to complete the challenge made up of –
Two 2017 MKAL knits, 
Zero other designers – they have to be Boos to qualify, 
One triangular shawl and 
Seven other Boo shawls/items of the knitters choice.

All shawls must be full size shawls, not child size or doll size, and they should be as in the pattern (i.e. no turning shawls/scarves into tutus etc).
Everything must be started on or after 1st January 2017 (UK time should you want to cast on on the dot) and finished and blocked and photographed by midnight 31st December 2017, again UK time). Spot prizes will be drawn during the first week of January 2018 and all knitters will be notified in the 2017 Boo Challenge thread.  
The above placeholder can be used for projects yet to be started but it would be lovely if you can put your finished shawl as your front photograph as soon as your glamour shots are taken.  
There will be at least two new MKALs in 2017 as well as new patterns for both the Boos for Beginners and Into the Night Collections so you don’t need to fill everything in right away just remember your post number and come back to update as and when. The thread will be locked at midnight UK time on 31st December 2017 so don’t leave anything to the last minute.
Of course, don’t think you have to stop at ten shawls! There will be a prize for the knitter who completes the most Boos in the year but you must post them all in this thread carrying on from Seven to … the world is your oyster! Shawls knit in the monthly KALs will be eligible to be included in this challenge and though Moderators and Test Knitters can join in the fun they won’t be eligible for prizes.
There is a Submission Thread to keep track of your projects and there is also a CHAT THREAD where you can plan, chat and show off your yarns/beads etc until your heart is content!

MOONFLOWER

Moonflower is the first pattern of the Into the Night Collection. The collection is great value for money compared with buying the individual patterns, there will be six patterns with at least one pattern that is totally exclusive to the collection.



Moonflower is designed to be knit in a laceweight yarn, this pretty little shawl is lace from the very beginning. There are only a few beads in the main body that hover below the bottom of each flower. The centre stitch of the shawl is the point of symmetry with each side being a mirror image of the other until the border is reached and the beading and lace intensify for the beaded grand finale that is the border.
If you are using a skein with less than 750m/100g I would suggest having two skeins to be on the safe side as yardage requirements are very close.
Finished Measurements: The size as written using Greta and the Fibers Silk Me Lace – 21 inches (53.5 cm) deep and 87 inches (221 cm) wide after thuggish blocking.
You will also need: Stitch Markers (two that are different to mark the centre stitch), Needle (for weaving in ends), Blocking Pins and Mats, just under 1000 Miyuki, Matsuno or Toho Size 6 Seed Beads or Miyuki Size 5 triangles and a 1mm cro-tat hook to apply your beads (or dental floss, 0.6mm crochet hook, fleegle beader).
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.
All patterning is on the right side rows only with all wrong side rows being purled.
PLEASE NOTE - If using a Yarn with less than 750m/100g it will be useful to have an additional skein as yardage requirements were close for a couple of Test Knitters.

DIAMOND FIZZ

The third pattern from the Boos for Beginners Collection, Diamond Fizz take the lace pattern from Spritzer and lets it evolve into something new and more intricate.  The patterning is offset and repeated to create a shawl with either an over-all lace pattern or a stocking stitch body with a large lace border and lacy edge.  




For knitters with more experience this pattern is still uncomplicated but not boring. Perfect for holiday or television knitting and the ideal pattern to move on to after completing their first lace project!  Knit in two skeins of Dye for Yarn SilkCash yarn (310/50g), this shawl pattern is suitable for heavy lace, lace and fingering weight yarns.


You will also need: Stitch Markers (one that is different to mark the beginning of your rows), Needle (for weaving in ends), Blocking Pins and Mats,  approximately 820 beads when working Chart Two six times and 900 beads to work the all-over lace version.  and a 1mm cro-tat hook to apply your beads (or dental floss, 0.6mm crochet hook, fleegle beader).

There will be a KAL in January for this pattern in the Boo Group on Ravelry - do join us we would love to have you!

This pattern is charted and has full written instructions and is available, along with my other patterns, on Ravelry.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

SPRITZER







Here is Spritzer, the second pattern in the Boos for Beginners Collection. This collection consists of a series of six 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!

Lace knitting is not scary; it is merely knitting with increases and decreases that create a pattern of holes in your fabric. Often lace is knit with a finer yarn but not tiny needles. This creates a light and airy fabric that, once blocked, looks intricate and pretty. It is so much easier than you think it will be! Though this is a collection aimed at those beginning lace knitting it is not a knitting course, tutorial or knitting encyclopedia.


Spritzer is more detailed than the first shawl of the collection and there will be some new stitches to learn but nothing challenging or scary.   By the end of this Collection you will be able to tackle any of the Boo Patterns without a moment’s hesitation!



















For knitters with more experience this pattern is simple but not boring. Perfect for holiday or television knitting and the ideal pattern to persuade a non-knitting friend that they really can do it!  Suitable for many, many different yarns; you could knit one for each day of the week!


You will also need: Stitch Markers (one that is different to mark the beginning of your rows), Needle (for weaving in ends), Blocking Pins and Mats, just under 500 Miyuki Size 5 Triangular Beads for the smallest size (I made mine in Solstice Yarns Changeling), just under 700 for the lace version (or if you repeat Chart Two five times), and a 1mm cro-tat hook to apply your beads (or dental floss, 0.6mm crochet hook, fleegle beader).

This pattern is charted and has full written instructions and is available, along with my other patterns, on Ravelry.

Friday, 7 October 2016

CHANGING COLOUR AT THE EDGES


Useful for when you want to carry the yarn rather than cutting and weaving in.  I would only use this for two or four rows not more than that.

Knit the first stitch with your new colour.   (below)



Look at the back of your work to see the two colours side by side.   (below)




Bring your previous coloured yarn over the working yarn at the back of your work.  (below)




Knit the next stitch with your new yarn and see how the first yarn is trapped behind the second stitch. (below)


Do this loosely so your edge not too tight.