Alleunmer makes the most of the simple beauty of traditional gansey stitch patterns, most of which use nothing but knits and purls. The cowl is worked in the round, in two circumferences: a large, dramatic loop perfect for doubling over and a neat, cozy buff. I love huge wraps and scarves so much I have a Pinterest board dedicated to them, but I cycle everywhere and long ends make me nervous. The larger version of Alleunmer is a more practical way to get the look, while the smaller one can be pulled up over your face on the coldest days.
The collection features 8 patterns intended to make good gifts for everyone on your knitworthy list (life’s too short to knit for anyone who doesn’t love what you make).
The patterns were released every 2 weeks over the autumn of 2016 and can now be bought individually or as a collection.
Classic cabled mittens worked from cuff to fingertip. They’re worked in a sturdy aran weight yarn at a tight gauge to block out the chillest of winds.
Fingerless gloves featuring a classic star motif and a less traditional fingers-first-construction. The high contrast two colour palette and motifs are inspired by mittens from the Selbu region of Norway. Very unusually we’re able to attribute the first of these mittens to Marit Guldseth, who began making them in 1856, starting a tradition that would spread around the world.
A chunky, snuggly cowl, perfect for a last minute winter gift.
I’ve often thought that it would make sense to take inspiration from our Northern neighbours when it comes to making yarn from the fibre of our ancient sheep breeds. This yarn from Irish producer S Twist does just that, blending naturally coloured Galway, Jacob and Shetland fibres into a loose single ply that will be familiar to anyone who has worked with Icelandic lopi. It seemed only fitting to design a pattern inspired by the geometric colourwork yokes of Icelandic Lopapeysas.
Top down socks with shapely contrast colour toes and heels. The afterthought heels are innovatively shaped with 4 sets of decreases, to cup the base of the heel like a traditional heel turn. Stitches are increased while placing stitches on hold for the heel, so that there are enough stitches on the sole to wrap around the instep. These are then decreased as for a traditional gusset. Step by step photos are provided for removing the holding yarn and setting up the heel to insure a neat, hole free result.
Mareel combines elements from two of my favourite basic shawl concepts: Elizabeth Zimmermann’s elegant Pi shawl and a classic Shetland Hap.
A slouchy bottom up hat featuring a simple, modern cable pattern. The moss stitch background is perfect for showcasing the texture of a tweed yarn — in this case a luxurious take on a traditional Donegal tweed. The blend of wool, silk and cashmere is beautifully soft with a sturdy hand that gives the hat body and structure. The pattern includes four sizes, with a scaled down chart for the child’s size.