Monday, January 9, 2017

New Pattern: Trillick

Trillick is a fitted cowl, worked top-down and in the round. It is shaped to fit over the shoulders using a series of increases. Short row shaping adds an asymmetric triangular wedge, suggestive of a triangular shawl. The cowl features textured stitches, and a garter stitch lace edging, loosely inspired by prehistoric gold artefacts from the National Museum of Ireland. 

The sample is knit using a single ball of Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal; the pattern uses one 400 metre skein of fingering or sock weight yarn.
The pattern includes written and charted instructions for the lace, and has been test knitted.*
It is available to buy now.
Trillick is the last of a number of patterns I had prepared while waiting for our Smallest Human to arrive. I have been swatching and sketching away with other ideas since her arrival, but haven't quite mustered the brain power or time without distraction to actually form proper things from these ideas.  Instead of being frustrated by my lack of productivity, I've decided to start the new year by knitting a garment for myself, which has been in my queue for a long while, using yarn which has been in my stash for a while. It might even fit!!

*once again, I am enormously grateful to text knitting volunteers. Their feedback has been hugely informative, and an extremely valuable learning experience.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Pattern: Lissanover Cowl

New Year, New Pattern! Lissanover Cowl is the second pattern release which takes its inspiration from geometric surface decoration on gold lunulae in the collection of the National Museum of Ireland (Coggalbeg Cowl was the first).  The cowl came into being as a solution to keeping my neck & shoulders warm while writing at home. It has the added benefit of no dangling scarf ends to dip into multiple cups of tea, or get in the way of the odd bit of housework one tends to squeeze in here & there while working at home. 

The cowl is knit back & forth, and top down, using a combination of mosaic knitting and slipped stitch patterns, and only one colour is worked per row. It is shaped to fit over the shoulders using a series of increases, and is finished with applied button bands. The cowl can be worn buttoned as a hood or gathered around the neck, or can be partially unbuttoned to sit lower on the shoulders as a shawl or capelet.
 The sample is knit using Toft DK Wool in Charcoal, and Toft Ulysses DK in Light Grey. I *loved* knitting with this yarn; it is so woolly, and warm, and very sheepy, but still soft enough for wearing next to skin (I am a sensitive soul, and tend to find that anything not-merino and not-superwash can be a bit prickly to my skin).
The pattern includes written and charted instructions for the stitch patterns, and is available to buy now.
The pattern would not have been possible without the generosity of test knitting volunteers, who have been so generous with their time, wisdom and common sense, and have been extremely patient with my sleep deprived brain*. I am so grateful for their support, and that I have realised that 'my' work is much improved when I ask for help. **

*New baby is now 5 weeks old, and sleeps about as well as can be expected, in between working on some very chubby cheeks & thighs!

**I've realised that there is such a thing as 'too independent', that help is forthcoming when one asks for it, partly thanks to This Inspiring Book.