The patterns 

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Colour has always been an integral part of my design process, but it isn’t usually the first step: I’m more accustomed to working from limited colour palettes. So when Jeni from Fyberspates asked if I’d be interested in creating my own palette, I was so excited by the prospect of choosing any colours at all. 

The colours I chose make the most of the yarn’s sheen, it practically glows, and all of the patterns were designed to take advantage of the yarn’s unique qualities. Combining silky luxury and crisp stitch definition, Scrumptious has always been one of my go to yarns, especially for special little projects. The name of the collection comes from a childhood memory, when I was little I was allowed one sweetie (or candy) a week, on Saturdays, and by the time I’d spent all week deciding what to get it tasted much better. Scrumptious itself is a treat, and I hope you’ll find these patterns are little treats to indulge yourself with, even the planning should be enjoyable. 

3 weights of Scrumptious are featured in the Saturday Treat collection. All 3 are 2 ply yarns with 45% silk and 55% wool put up in 3½oz / 100g skeins.

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Almond Comfit

Almond Comfit features an unusual construction that has more in common with many shawl patterns than hats. Beginning at the centre of the leaf motif at the front, and increasing within this pattern from just a few stitches to the full width from side edge to edge, the hat is worked from front to back. Reverse stockinette I-cord gives a neat, sturdy edge. Only one row of I-cord is worked for every 2 rows of the hat so it pulls in the edge without the need for any more complex shaping such as short rows. Closely worked decreases at the back create a slightly slouchy, gathered effect; the hat is completed by grafting together the few remaining stitches.

Walnut Whip

A cute pixie hat featuring a simple pattern of wide braided cables, Walnut Whip’s simplicity doesn’t mean there aren’t interesting details. Pleating at the back creates a neatly controlled slouchiness that’s hidden within the cables: as the other columns on the round are cabled the three pleated sections are pleated in a way that mimics the cabling but pulls the fabric together vertically. Stitches are picked up from the wrong side, several rows below the current round, and are knit together with the live stitches on the needles, the technique is a little awkward but easy to do. Decreases are worked into the cable pattern so that they come together in a point. The silk blend allows patterning like this to be done in such a dark colour, reflecting light to create strong contrast between the prominent and recessed areas of the cables.

Barley Sugar

Loosely knit brioche rib in a laceweight yarn is one of my very favourite fabrics, thick, squishy, and warm but incredibly lightweight. The cowl is worked from end to end, beginning and ending with a stockinette tube that is twisted before the ends are grafted together. This half twist is confined to the stockinette section for a simple, interesting detail.

Pear Drop

A delicate semi-circular shawl that can be worked in two sizes. The edging, worked first from side to side, features points incorporating the traditional Cat’s Eye mesh pattern combined with columns of fagotting; variations on edgings in this style can be found in many traditional Shetland shawls. It begins and ends with longer points, extending the length of the shawl and making it easier to wear as a scarf. Stitches are picked up from the yarn overs along the straight side of the edging and worked into the centre of the shawl. Ever closer rings of concentric decreases create a semi-circle and are highlighted with a simple double yarn over stripe that echoes the patterning on the edging.

Edinburgh Rock

I love the classic garter stitch “bow-tie” scarf, an idea that’s both adorably cute and practical. There’s also something pleasingly knitterly about the construction of the ribbed loop. But, of course, that design already exists and numerous patterns can be found. Rather than totally re-inventing the wheel, Edinburgh Rock is my take on that idea, lengthened to wrap twice around the neck (Scotland is not the place for draughty neckwear!) and with a few additions. The scarf section features columns of simple lace that add interest and create structural folds, and the bow or leaf shape of the ends is echoed in the little leaf motifs. Both leaves are worked down from the ribbed section for perfect symmetry. A slipped stitch, I-cord like, selvedge neatens the edges.

Sherbet Lemon

Long fingerless mitts featuring a geometric cable pattern: a variation on a traditional pattern of tessellated diamonds arranged so their outlines form a flowing lattice. This pattern takes advantage of the crisp stitch definition of the yarn and the light reflecting silk emphasises the strong relief effect and different textures between the sections worked in reverse stockinette and garter stitch. As the elements of the pattern can be easily scaled the thumb shaping is incorporated within the pattern. The allover cuff pattern flows into a single motif on the back of the hand with a coordinating rib pattern on the palms and thumb. Simple decreases incorporated into the stitch pattern create the shaped edge on the cuff.