28 January 2015

Couronne Cardigan

It's been just over a year since I cast on the Couronne cardigan by Helen Rush. Other knitting projects took over for much of last year and now the cardigan is finished after spending most of 2014 neglected at the back of a cupboard. (I wrote a piece about this pattern and yarn back in January 2014 here).

The pattern is very well written and I enjoyed working on this project.  I used the same yarn as recommended in the pattern, the Ty-Dye yarn does make the colour changes easy compared to traditional stranded colour work. However, there is still a requirement to be careful with the tension on the colourwork sections, which I realised after I'd completed the yoke.

I'd definitely use this pattern again and recommend it to others. 

25 January 2015

Crochet Jungle Project

Image: Kerry Lord 'Edwards Menagerie' courtesy of Toft Alpaca
Caroline at Toft Alpaca has been in touch to let me know about their upcoming community and charity project.

The Toft Alpaca Shop, Dunchurch, Warwickshire would like to offer people the opportunity to take part in an interactive community textile installation and fundraiser for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

Kerry Lord’s 'Crochet Jungle’ project is designed to inspire imaginations and teach adults and children how to crochet.  It will become an immersive fundraising project where everyone is invited to pick up a hook and help make the space every little boy and girl dreams of falling asleep in.

Image courtesy Toft Alpaca
The #crochetjungle will initially be used as an installation at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London, to promote teaching young people to crochet and to fund raise by selling an exclusive monkey crochet pattern. After the Knitting and Stitching Show, the #crochetjungle will be taken on tour.

The Toft Alpaca Shop will be hosting drop-in sessions for anyone to help make the jungle.  The sessions will be on Sundays throughout February 2015. No skills are required, just enthusiasm, and all materials and tools are provided by generous donations.

Image courtesy Toft Alpaca

2 December 2014

Hat Mittens and Scarf

There are now 3 knitting patterns to use with our Shetland wool yarn, a hat, mittens and scarf (though the patterns could also be used with any double knitting weight yarn). They are free to download from Ravelry.

Simple Mittens is written for 3 sizes: small, medium and large. They are worked in the round with a rib cuff. As the name suggests they're simple in design, quick to knit and practical to wear. Click here for download.

Simple Mittens Free Pattern

Stellar was originally designed for Travelling Yarns Artisan Yarn. I made a sample in our black and grey  Shetland yarn and thought it worked quite well. This beanie style hat is knit in the round with a colour work design of triangles and intersecting lines. The pattern is free to download from Ravelry.

Stellar Free Pattern

Birch Trees is the first pattern I designed specifically for our Shetland DK yarn. It's knitted on straight needles and has branching pattern repeats with a moss stitch border. It can be downloaded free from Ravelry. This is proving quite popular, published in April 2014, last time I checked it had been downloaded over 1400 times.

Birch Trees Free Pattern