May 24, 2016 by Sarah

Socks are one of those projects that knitters like to grab as the weather gets warmer, since they're perfect for working on while travelling of for stuffing in your suitcase. An extra skein of sock yarn in your luggage just seems like a good insurance policy to me! And so for today I had a look at Hugni and Sherman projects, hopefully for something to inspire your travel knitting!

Sherman is a great sock pattern for knitters looking for something a little different... the shaping under the foot is like nothing I've knit before on a sock and really fun to work. This pair knit up by Melarno are a great example. 

A very cosy pair of toes, dressed up in Hugni knit by misspianoforte

This pair of Sherman were knit by crypto and the photo really shows off the foot shaping...

I keep going back to admire this project, a sweet pair of Hugni modified to fit a toddler! There are notes on elys717's project page if you'd like to try it too.

And a final pair of Sherman knit by deBedaare. Beautiful, simple cables in a perfect colour. 

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May 17, 2016 by Sarah

There's nothing quite like a new knitter who's excited about their craft, and I have a friend who's learning the basics with the plan of making things for her daughter. Whenever I hear of people starting out with needles and yarn I always think of Ysolda's  Grown Up Booties pattern. It really is the perfect first project to master the knit stitch, some basic decreases and that's about it. And of course quick - you have an awesome pair of booties on your feet in no time! So for today, here are a few of my favourite modified pairs.

A truly wonderful pair, knit by mustaavillaa, I love everything about these - the contrasting colours, the button and little loop all work together so well.

A pair knit simply, but beautifully by mireo. This is a great pattern for a gradient yarn, especially if you can get them to match like this!

Felting is something I haven't done much of, but its such a great idea for slippers or anything that gets a lot of hard wearing. This pair were knit by knittyanj, love the buttons too!

I really like this pair, knit by pacasha. The stripes work really well and grey and red is such a classic combination!

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May 10, 2016 by Sarah

Something about picot edgings make me think of warmer weather, and they're not just for shawls. It might take a little bit of time but the effect is so lovely, and I had to have a look through the projects where knitters clearly love it too!

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SarahJessicaW's lovely Liesl was made for her daughter Indigo Rain. The picot edging is given as an option in the pattern and it works so nicely with the feather and fan lace, this project is a great example!

Such a cheery Scroll Lace Scarf! This version made by haloroundmyhead is gorgeous and shows how a picot edging can balance out a shaped shawl edging.

Say hello to our friend Mel, or notailkit on Ravelry! She made this Snow White a few years ago and everytime I see it I admire that lovely picot neckline...

And here's a modified Orchid Thief, knit by daisyknits. The pattern doesn't originally suggest a picot bind off but its such a great addition to the edging.

 

And finally, a stunning pair of Veyla mitts, knit by JenSchroll. Her project page shares that she added a picot to the top of the mitts 'just for science.' Seems like a good reason to me!

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May 03, 2016 by Sarah

The very first of last year's club patterns really is my new favourite shawl. I wear my Stac Shoaigh daily, inside and outside and in all weather. It seems to sit perfectly whether I'm working at my desk, digging in the garden or running around after a toddler and it always keeps me cosy.

Mine is knit in the yarn spun for club members last year, Soay Bronze from Blacker Yarns, but since the pattern was released to everyone earlier this year there are lots of lovely versions being knit up in a variety of colours and yarns. Here are a few of my favourites, perfect to admire while I plan my next one!

Such a gorgeous colour - this lovely version by Sarahinparis is totally transformed from the original with a paler colour. I love it.

Penguin-k's shawl was one of the first new versions to appear on Ravelry, and is knit in a merino and silk blend which looks just wonderful with the lace.

The depth and richness of the colour of actionmole's version is stunning, and you can read more about her other knits over on her blog.

I don't think I've ever knit a spring green shawl and clearly that needs to change. Kismetbaby's Stac Shoaigh is beautiful!

Another rich, gorgeous shawl that makes me want to dive into it! Which is appropriate, since this version by mydogpetey is knit in yarn from Tidal Yarns...

This is a great mod, and definitely one to consider for a future version! This truly lovely stripey Stac Shoiagh was knit by finnsmydog

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April 19, 2016 by Sarah

I read somewhere this weekend that very few people make mixtapes anymore, which seems true, but made me a little sad! And so today I bring you a mixtape of lovely knitting projects. Hopefully for whatever type of project you wish you had on your needles, they're be something here to inspire!

A gorgeous Hap Blanket by Patinha, just the type of thing to keep you cosy when spring is peeking at us but it doesn't yet feel like it's actually here!

Alsn knit her Blank Canvas during her LYS Fancy Tiger Craft's knit-a-long, and it is beautiful. Such a great fit and the details she added are so perfect.

This adorable little face is Randamocity's Giraffe, based on the Elijah pattern. So creative!

Making wee Envelope stripey is such a great mod, and perfect if you need to make your yarn stretch a little further. This sweet sweater was made by purlyness for her lovely little son. 

This picture makes me smile because its a little close to how Scotland feels today...sunny and bright, warm(ish, maybe) in the sun but with the wind a hat and mitts is definitely welcome! This lovely set of Cairn hat and mitts was knit by spiritjess.

 

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April 12, 2016 by Ysolda Teague

The Polwarth sweater pattern, which I've been obsessively knitting and re-working since the yarn first arrived is finally done and ready to purchase! 

A refined take on the classic top down raglan with sweatshirt style details worked in brioche rib. The raglan shaping is worked at multiple rates for a flattering and comfortable fit that follows the contours of the shoulders. Paired lifted increases with a hidden purl rib between give the illusion of a single column of prominent knit stitches that look the right way up once the sweater is turned. 

Close fitting sleeves are worked before the body, my preferred construction order for a top-down seamless garment because it keeps the project portable for longer. The body is slightly cropped and boxy with gentle waist shaping and a slight taper towards the hem. Both sleeves and body are finished with brioche rib to match the neck detail. Directions are included for optional short row bust darts, in four cup sizes, which help the garment to hang well. 

Want to knit one just like this? The rest of our current batch of Blend No. 1 is in stock. Stocks are limited but we do have more on order from the mill — I'm so grateful for the response to this new venture!

I've been naming patterns after places in Edinburgh lately, and Polwarth is one of the breeds in Blend No. 1, so I had to name a pattern Polwarth. Here's one of my neighbours crossing a junction I go through every day on my way to the studio. 

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