Hello September! If you grew up in Edinburgh you’ll know that summer officially comes to an end not when the schools go back but with the fireworks that mark the end of the festival. Those were last night, and I had a delightful time watching them from close to the orchestra, complete with a picnic that involved both gin and hot chocolate. Even the rain held off until the spectacular finale.
New jotters (what we called our school notebooks, I couldn’t resist buying myself one last week), reading lists, crisp apples, flannel shirts, snuggling under blankets. I’m excited about all of those things at this turning point in the seasons where I’m still able to forget about the reality of the sun setting at 4pm. The really exciting thing is that knitting season is beginning.
And what better way to celebrate that than with a new collection? One that will last until the days are short, brighten up your Mondays (I know how many of you enjoyed that aspect of the Follow Your Arrow kal) and celebrate keeping those you love warm.
The Knitworthy collection features 8 patterns intended to make good gifts for everyone on your knitworthy list (because life’s too short to knit for anyone who doesn’t love what you make).
The first pattern, Bronntanas, will be available to download immediately and each of the remaining patterns will arrive as a surprise in your inbox every fortnight, on Mondays.
Bronntanas features a very simple honeycomb cable pattern on a garter stitch background that highlights subtle hand dyed yarns beautifully. Cables and slipped stitches create a three dimensional pattern with shadowed areas that make it look much more complicated than it really is. The vast majority of rounds are simply knit or purl, perfect for last minute gifts or movie watching.
Pattern delivery schedule:
Look out for fun extras on the off weeks too. My Whimsical Little Knits collections should give you a good idea of the types of projects to expect. All of the designs are intended to be fun and relaxing with an excellent return of impact for effort put in — there’s nothing horrifically complicated coming up. The schedule is clearly timed to lead up to the holidays but there’s nothing themed to a specific one (if you were hoping for an ugly Christmas jumper I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed but your loved ones will probably be relieved!).
The patterns will be exclusive to Knitworthy until the entire collection has been released.
I’ll be hosting kal threads for each pattern in my kal group on Ravelry and I do hope you’ll join us there.
Want one of your friends to join in? Celebrate gifting by winning a copy of the collection for one of your friends. Leave a comment sharing your best story about gifting a handknit and I’ll pick my favourite one where the recipient proved themselves truly knitworthy and on where they got themselves struck off the list forever. Comments will close on Friday the 6th of September and I’ll post the winners next Monday.
Do you struggle with tight bind offs? Whether you’re knitting a toe-up sock, a top-down sweater, or a lacy shawl, a bind off that’s too tight can really get in the way of enjoying your finished project! Here are 3 easy methods to work a stretchy bind-off without sewing.