Archives For July 2014

Georgie Baby Blanket

The Georgie Baby Blanket is the June design for the Dream Big Collection.

I’m having a launch sale of 75% off for TODAY ONLY!

You can buy the pattern on Ravelry here (and the discount will be automatically applied during the sale period)

Georgie is an easy, baby blanket or throw in a fresh modern style.

The blanket is constructed by working the body section in one piece, then the border is picked up and knit in the round.

Georgie Baby Blanket by Helen Stewart

Is it just me, or does it seem like it is “baby season” at the moment? I seem to have a lot of friends expecting just now. Now, I am certainly not complaining about this joyful state of affairs!

When I was expecting my first baby I spent a lot of time daydreaming about the perfect nursery. I poured over magazines and pinned lots of pictures of cots and other cute baby things.

Of course the question of what I was going to knit for the new baby was central to my perfectly kitted out baby fantasies.

I was obsessed with the Skandi look, with its clean lines and bright modern colours. But I really struggled to find knitting patterns in this style. What baby blanket would perfectly match my dream Stokke cot?

Since then, I have decided that a baby blanket is the perfect new baby gift. You don’t have to worry about fit and are therefore safe in the knowledge that (with a bit of care on the part of the recipient) it will last for many years. It may even become a much loved “blankie” essential for bedtime comfort.

Georgie Baby Blanket by Curious Handmade

5 great things about the Georgie pattern:

  • You can have fun choosing colour combinations to suit the new arrival (or their parents!).
  • It’s a fun, bright, unisex design that will suit little princes or princesses alike.
  • The design is graphic and eye-catching, but really easy and relaxing to knit.
  • The striped pattern is created by using slipped stitches so you are only ever knitting with one colour at a time.
  • The sample is knit in sport weight yarn but it would also be well suited to DK or worsted weight yarn.

Georgie Baby Blanket by Curious Handmade

Curious Collective 2014

Welcome to the second annual Curious Collective Shawl Design and Knit Along (DKAL) Project!

Join the collective to have your say in my next shawl design!

Starting 5 July 2014, you can join in here to vote in this choose-your-own-shawl adventure to help design the next Curious Collective shawl.

Each week there will be a vote to make choices regarding various design aspects of the shawl.

When all the votes are in and design choices made, I will finalise the design, write it up and update this file so you will have the full pattern.

Then the knit along will begin!

I am collaborating with Juno Fibre Arts for this project again, and the yarn for this shawl will be the delectable Juno Alice.

Important! Make sure you sign up to my newsletter Curious Yarns to make sure you don’t miss any votes or announcements throughout the project.

You can buy the Curious Collective 2014 pattern now on Ravelry for the special early adopter price of just £1.49!




Curious Handmade Podcast

I have a very special guest on the show today, Jared Flood founder of Brooklyn Tweed.

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Unwind Brighton, 12 – 13 July 2014

The Pebble Beach Shawlette will be published in the Unwind Brighton programme for attendees and on Ravelry on 14 July 2014.

The Pebble Beach Shawlette Knit Along details are now up on the Curious Handmade board on Ravelry. You can sign up now and see the categories for prizes.


Podcast meetup: 1pm Saturday at the Cafe (Mezzanine level) at the Brighton Dome next the Corn Exchange where the Marketplace is.

Juno Fibre Arts “mini trunk show”:  you will be able to see my shawls designed in Juno Alice at the JFA stall in the marketplace.

Dream Big Collection

The next pattern in the collection, the Georgie Baby Blanket will be released soon!

Curious Collective 2014

The Curious Collective Design and Knit Along (DKAL) is back again this year!

I’ll be asking YOU for your input into my next design – via a series of polls on the blog.

The first poll will be released this weekend.

Interview with Jared Flood, founder of Brooklyn Tweed at Squam

I recently attended the Squam Art Workshops Spring sessions in New Hampshire and was lucky enough to catch “knitter in residence” Jared Flood for a chat on the deck of one of the cabins at Squam Lake.

Brooklyn Tweed yarn

Jared Flood is a knitwear designer, photographer, and founder of Brooklyn Tweed. From what started as a blog, recording his photography and knitting projects to the design house and yarn manufacturer that it is today – Jared and his company Brooklyn Tweed have been on an amazing trip and today Jared shares some wonderful stories about that journey, including the inside story about developing the Brooklyn Tweed yarn lines Shelter and Loft, what inspires his designs and a little sneak peek as to what is coming up in the future for Brooklyn Tweed.

Jared Flood and Helen Stewart

Brooklyn Tweed

BT Kids

Petal – lace cardigan with round yoke – by Michele Wang

Berenice – short-sleeved lace & cable top – by Julie Hoover

I love this short video of behind the scenes of the BT Kids photoshoot!

Jared Flood Brooklyn Tweed at Squam

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