Self published Orchid Thief

September 27, 2012

orhid thief-14.jpg
Orchid Thief was first published in the book Brave New Knits a couple of years ago and it remains one of my favourite designs (shhh… don’t tell the others!). It’s one of the few of my own patterns I’ve knit more than once, in fact I’m almost done with the third.

orhid thief-1.jpg

There’s something rather fascinating, I hope you’ll agree, about the petals flow into the geometric diamonds to re-emerge at the edging.

The publisher’s contracted exclusivity period is now up which means I’ve been able to self publish the pattern. Patterns in books generally need to fit into a much more restricted amount of space than a single pattern which means that the patterns need to be as concise as possible. Unfortunately that sometimes means that they’re not quite as easy to follow as I’d like. This was the perfect opportunity to pay attention to feedback from knitters, on this and my other patterns, and completely revise the pattern. The charts have been clarified and full written directions have been added, resulting in a pattern that takes up more pages but should be much easier to follow.

Add to Basket

Orchid Thief seduced all of us here at team Ysolda and all three of us ended up casting on new shawls as we worked on the new version of the pattern. Unusually I’m ahead of Sarah and Rebecca, although I may have had a bit of an advantage in that I didn’t need to wait for the finished directions to be ready! Still, since I haven’t picked mine up for almost a fortnight and I’m expecting yarn to arrive for a deadline project this week, they’ll probably be done before me.

I knit most of it on a recent trip to teach at This is Knit in Dublin, here we are enjoying a brief spot of sunshine between showers on a bench outside the Trinity College library.

orchid thief trinity.jpg
It felt rather perfect to be knitting with a naturally dyed yarn (even Tinier Annapurna from A Verb for Keeping Warm) after reading about the different pigments and dyes used in the Book of Kells and other manuscripts.

Rebecca is visiting family this week and she just texted me this photo, looks like she made good use of this morning’s train ride!


Sarahis also knitting her’s in blue, in an indigo dyed yarn that I brought back from the cutest little dye studio on Iceland.

hespa.jpg

Want to knit an Orchid Thief with us? To celebrate the pattern launch we thought it would be fun to host a knitalong. You can find full details on the Ravelry thread, there are even prizes to make things a little more competitive fun – including a skein of Sarah’s beautiful handspun from the fibre pictured below! We’d love it if you would join us, I’m excited to see the yarn you choose.

orhid thief-9.jpg

I’m off to knit night, where I’ll try and finish the swatch I’m working on as quickly as possible so I can make a little more progress on my shawl!



Also in Journal

Learn to knit: the long tail cast-on
Learn to knit: the long tail cast-on

February 03, 2022

The long tail cast on is a great multi-purpose knitting cast on and the perfect place for beginner knitters to start. Learn how to work the long tail cast on and how to estimate the length of yarn needed with our clear step by step tutorial and video.
Read More
How to Kitchener Stitch
How to Kitchener Stitch

December 09, 2021

Kitchener stitch is a knitting technique used for grafting together two sets of live stitches, most often stockinette stitch. Instead of binding off and sewing two edges together, you can use a tapestry needle and yarn to join the stitches completely seamlessly.
Read More
Crochet Provisional Cast-on
Crochet Provisional Cast-on

December 02, 2021

The crochet provisional cast-on is easy to work and unzips perfectly every time! A provisional cast-on can be used anytime you want to pick up live stitches from your cast-on edge, either to knit in the opposite direction from or to create a seamless kitchener stitch join.
Read More