Stranded colourwork mittens with foldover cuffs featuring stitch patterns inspired by colourwork traditions from Norway, Estonia and Latvia.
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).
Patterns were released every 2 weeks over the autumn and are now available individually or as a collection.
A pretty, delicate shawl worked from the bottom up. The lace and cable patterned edging is worked sideways first, and then stitches are picked up along one edge for the centre. Yarn overs worked along the edge make picking up stitches easy. The centre is worked in towards the centre top, and shaped with both decreases at the edges and short row wedges. The short rows create a very shallow crescent shape that’s easy to wear as a scarf or wrap.
Classic striped socks worked from the toe up with contrast toes and heels. The stripes are worked using the helix method. It’s a surprisingly easy to work technique that takes advantage of the fact that knitting in the round is really a spiral to avoid any visible jog when changing colours. The heels are worked using my favourite method—afterthought heels with gusset shaping that seems to fit all foot shapes well. Ten sizes are included from toddler to large men’s so you can make them for everyone on your list.
Fingerless mitts worked from the bottom up featuring a fun non-repeating cable pattern. The cables flow into the two by two rib worked at either end, and which continues up the thumbs. Shaping for the thumbs is worked using my favourite method of increasing only on the palm side, which creates a comfortable fit and an architectural line that mimics the anatomy of the hand.
Knitworthy is all about generous knitting but for this pattern I was completely selfish, in the hope that my ultimate cowl would also be perfect for someone on your gift list—cycle commuters will love it.
A traditionally patterned Fair Isle hat in a less traditional slouchy shape. Shown in Jamieson and Smith Heritage and Heritage Naturals a unique worsted spun Shetland wool which blocks into a fine, smooth fabric. The geometric stitch patterns were chosen to work well with the crisp stitch definition of the yarn.
A reversible cabled cowl in two lengths—the shorter one can be worn as a single loop and the longer can be wrapped twice. The reversible cables are worked just like traditional cables but in one by one rib. This means that each cable cross involves twice as many stitches as are visible on the right side and consequently I highly recommend working them with a cable needle. The cowl is worked as a long, flat piece. It begins and ends with stockinette tubes which are grafted together to form a loop. Grafting in stockinette solves the problem of grafting opposite ends of a ribbed piece, which will always be visible misaligned by half a stitch. A twist is trapped within this stockinette section by arranging the stitches so that they’re offset by quarter of a round. The longer version is also twisted before grafting so that it’s easy to arrange in pleasing folds and has more interest when worn without double wrapping.
A classic cabled beanie worked from the bottom up in an easy but fun to work pattern. A dense gauge combines with slipped stitches and cables to create a richly textured, very warm fabric. The long length works as a slouchy beanie, or fold the ribbed band up for a classic watch cap — and cosy ears.