I’ve somehow ended up with 4 new patterns released in the last week or so. That took me a little by surprise :-) One was a self-published pattern (Genip), the next is the first pattern for the Irish Yarn Club 2016 (Sheephaven) and 2 are from the new Interweave Knits Spring 2016 (Orangery Shawl and Yorkshire Capelet).
First up I’ll tell you a little about my new self-published hat, Genip
A few months ago when Stephen West was visiting Hedgehog Fibres I went down to say hi at the trunk show. Luckily for me they’re only a short drive from me! I completely fell for the neon bright Envy in Merino Aran. It’s insanely intense and super soft. I spend a lot of December traveling and this yarn came along with me. It got knit and ripped a few times before I settled on the final product. However it did end up exactly right, gently curving short row ear flaps, and a fast to knit but interesting texture. It’s proving popular and the first knitter was finished her hat within 24 hours!
Next up are the 2 Interweave Knit Spring design
Interweave Knits Spring 2016 Digital Edition
Interweave Knits Spring 2016
First is the Orangery Shawl
I love the simple effectiveness of this shawl. It combines 3 different greens, and the first section is just a semi-circle pi shawl with alternating colours. It finishes with a biased garter edging that works through all the colours. How great would this be in gradients?
The second from Interweave Knit Spring is the Yorkshire Capelet
This capelet is knit in the wonderful Dovestone DK. It’s knit from the top down with simple lace and garter stitch raglan panels. It finishes with garter stitch short rows designed to lie over one shoulder.
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I’m really excited about this first club installment. It’s the first time we’ve had a yarn that was both produced in Ireland AND hand-dyed in Ireland. The yarn is produced in Donegal by the Donegal Wool Spinning Company and was then dyed by the Dublin Dye Company. The hand dyeing process had the added bonus of softening the yarn with washing and really letting it bloom!
The hat used a diagonal cable pattern that becomes a series of single cables at the crown. The double rib means that every ounce of this skein is used up. Only yarn left for a tiny pom-pom :-)
As with the other hat Sheephaven has got loads of finished hats in just a few days. Everyone seems to be loving the yarn/pattern combo :-)