It isn’t possible to wear too much Fair Isle and plaid at once, right? Today I’m wearing a pullover / vest / whateryoucallit and scarf that I bought on recent visits to Shetland. Both are from local designer Wilma Malcomson, who sells hand-frame knitted (ie. on a pretty hands on machine) garments and hand knit accessories from her studio and around the world. Her designs stand out to me because of her wonderful sense of colour, and her studio is full of the inspiration boards she creates to develop her palettes. As proof that her designs have made it around the world I saw my friend Maura at Rhinebeck, who was sporting a wonderful jumper she’d found in a Philadelphia thrift store – it was one of Wilma’s. That really makes me want to go rescue beautiful knitwear from charity shops.
I, of course, couldn’t resist bringing home a pile of yarn from Shetland, along with an even larger pile of woven tweed. Today’s outfit, all of the landscape photos I took (I’ll be posting some of those this week), and the yarn add up to a lot of inspiration and I’m itching to cast on a new design. I’m currently reviewing layouts for the individual pattern files from The Rhinebeck Sweater, but I’m letting myself take little breaks to play with colours. This might end up completely different in the end, but the green in the centre will be the main colour. Shetland grass after the rain, captured perfectly in yarn form.
An alternating cable cast on is a useful, stretchy cast on for ribbing that’s less fussy to work than a tubular cast on. It’s worked like a regular cable cast on, but instead of casting on each stitch knitwise stitches are alternately cast on knitwise and purlwise.
This tutorial includes both step by step photos and videos so you can use whichever suits you better.
This post was originally in our newsletter last week and since then several subscribers have reached out with incredible kindness to say that they'll miss the club but want to keep supporting us. We appreciate that so much, and, although we obviously need purchases to keep the business going there are lots of other ways that you can support us. I've added a few notes at the end on ways that you can support our business and my design work without spending money. All of them apply to other small yarn businesses, and many of them to small businesses of all kinds.