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Pebble Beach Shawlette Curious Handmade

Pebble Beach is NOW AVAILABLE and is 25% OFF for TODAY ONLY 14 July 2014 as a launch special!

 

This design was the winner of the Unwind Brighton design competition and was published in the event programme on the weekend.

It is now available to everyone on Ravelry.

Pebble Beach at Kettle Yarn Co

Pebble Beach Shawlette is a light crescent shaped accessory, perfect for keeping off chilly sea breezes while at the beach. This accessory is knit with one skein of luxury sock yarn and is the perfect travel and holiday knitting project.

A simple yet effective lace pattern means this project can be packed alongside your craft magazines and chick-lit beach reading. It drapes beautifully across the shoulders and the picot bind off gives a polished finish like the stones on Brighton Beach.

Pebble Beach cast on

We had a lovely time casting on the shawl at Brighton in the gardens.

Lotta in Pebble Beach

Thank you so much to my lovely test knitters Tinkhickman, Lotusen and GingerLucy!!

You can join in the knit along on the Curious Handmade Ravelry board and there are some LOVELY prizes. More on that soon!

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

Global Nomad Cowl

Introducing the Global Nomad Cowl, the April design in the Dream Big Collection. It’s a great little accessory for wearing everywhere from music festivals to the weekend farmers’ market. It’s a light and airy cowl for those slightly cooler trans-seasonal days.

You can create some eye catching colour-block combinations to jazz up any outfit. The small size is perfect for using up small amounts of sock yarn and the large size isn’t too bad at that either.

The cowl is knit in the round and uses one very simple lace stitch to create a stylish accessory that is simple to knit.

I’ve been wearing this one everywhere lately. The yellow and grey (loving the “grello”) seems to go with a lot of my outfits!

And its 50% off for three days only! You can buy it on Ravelry here.

Global Nomad Cowl

Speaking of Tosh Sock, did you know that its Mad May?  The MadelineTosh Lovers group on Ravelry are having their annual celebration of the beautiful yarns and colours of Madeline Tosh.

Because the Global Nomad cowl is very much inspired by Tosh Sock yarn and its glorious colourways, I am joining in the celebrations with an offer of 20% off all my patterns until the 31st of May (midnight GMT). Just use the coupon code MadMay14 at the checkout.

Global Nomad Cowl

Introducing the second knitting pattern in the  Dream Big Collection.

Here is the Fireflies Rising Shawlette.

FirefliesRising shawlette knitting pattern

Fireflies Rising is a small crescent shaped shawl, created by increases at the edges on both sides. The lace pattern is really simple and gives a pretty, blossomy detail.

This spring shawlette is a quick, easy one skein accessory. It could be worn over the shoulders with a floral dress or around the neck as a scarf to ward off those sometimes chilly spring breezes.

Now, from the thick grass, the fireflies
begin to rise:
up, then down, then up again:
lit on the ascending flight,
drifting simultaneously to the same height,
–exactly like the bubbles in champagne.

– A Cold Spring by Elizabeth Bishop

The pattern is half price for today only.

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£1.75 (after midnight 31 March GMT it will return to usual price of £3.50)

I knit this one with luxurious Juno Fibre Arts Alice yarn (baby alpaca/silk/cashmere) in the Boudior colour way.

You can buy this yarn at the Juno Etsy shop and there is also some gorgeous Belle yarn (British Alpaca / Organically Farmed Falklands Merino) available in the Boudoir colourway.

Fireflies Rising Shawlette Knitting Pattern

Easy Bobble Hat Pattern

by Helen Stewart

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This free knitting pattern for beginners (or experienced knitters who want a fast satisfying knit) gives you easy to follow instructions for how to make a fun bobble hat for the whole family.

Once you have mastered the basic knit and purl stitches you will be able to knit up this easy hat in about 2-5 hours. Not bad for an evening of knitting.

It is knit flat on straight knitting needles and then seamed up the back.

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If you have a tape measure, and the recipient’s head close by, measure the circumference of their head and choose the size closest to their size. If in doubt or in between sizes, I would suggest selecting the smaller size for a snugger fit but it depends on personal preference as slouchy hats are very on trend at the moment.

Size

Baby 14”, (Toddler 16”, Child 18”, Woman 20”, Man 22”) head circumference.

Yarn

1 x 100g ball of Rowan Big Wool (100% Merino wool; 80m/87yds) or

2 x 100g skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky (50% Alpaca, 50% wool; 41m/45yds)

Or similar yardage of other bulky weight yarn.

Needles

10mm (US 15) straight knitting needles

Notions

Yarn needle

Tape measure

Gauge

8 sts/12 rows = 10cm (4″)

Abbreviations

k          knit

k2tog   knit 2 together

p          purl

st(s)    stitch(es)

*           repeat instructions between asterisks

Directions

Cast on 30, (34, 38, 42, 46) sts.

Row 1: Knit all stitches

Row 2-6: *k1, p1* to end of row. (5 rows of ribbing)

If you are making a two colour hat, start colour B here.

Row 7: Knit all sts.

Row 8: Purl all sts

Repeat rows 7 and 8,  4, (5, 6, 7, 8) more times. (10, (12, 14, 16, 18) rounds of stockinette)

Decrease for crown as follows:

K1, then *K2tog* to 1 st before the end of the row, k1. 16, (18, 20, 22, 24) sts

Purl all sts.

K1, then *K2tog* to 1 st before the end of the row, k1.  9, (10, 11, 12, 13) sts

Purl all sts

K1, then *K2tog* to 2, (1, 2, 1, 2) st/s before the end of the row, k2 (k1, k2, k1, k2). 6, (6, 7, 7, 8) sts

Cut thread leaving approx. 18” tail. Using yarn needle, thread the tail through the remaining sts and pull firm.

Using tail, sew the sides of the hat together. Mattress stitch is the best stitch to use.

Weave in ends.

Make PomPom

Use a large pompom maker or make your own template out of card.

I used a circle approximately 3” in diameter.

free beginners hat knitting pattern

free beginners hat knitting pattern

Photo Credit: Photos of me are by Kirsty Barton Creations

The Frangipani Shawl is my first new design of 2014 and also the first of the Dream Big Collection.

It is knitted up in the super soft, sublime Juno Alice 4ply yarn which is an alpaca, silk, cashmere blend.

And until Friday you have the chance to win TWO skeins of lovely Juno Alice yarn in the Corn Dolly and Oyster colourways pictured below, to make your own Frangipani Shawl. I’m also offering some of my patterns to win as well.

All you have to do is pop over to Asti’s Juno Fibre Arts blog or the Juno Ravelry board (Ravelry link) and leave a comment to go in the draw!

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It was absolutely freezing the day we did the photo shoot but we couldn’t resist staying outside and getting some photos with the brilliant street art around the area I live in London. As usual the talented Kirsty Barton was my photographer.

Street Art East Dulwich

Knitvent Window #1: Red Robin Shawl

Helen —  November 24, 2013 — 5 Comments

Presenting the first pattern in the Curious Knitvent 2013 Collection.

Its a sprightly little shawl called Red Robin.

This cheery, light shawl will brighten up the bleakest months of the year, like the warbling notes of its namesake. The main body of the shawl is worked in a super speedy stockinette stitch and the textured border is so straightforward it won’t slow you down much. The elongated triangular shape is emphasised with bouncy tassels at the points. It can be made with one skein of sock yarn and all sections of the shawl can easily be adjusted to the amount of yarn you have.

You can buy the whole Knitvent Collection here (a sparkling bargain)

Or you can buy just the Red Robin Pattern here.

Red Robin Shawl

Red Robin Shawl

With the first pattern out now we will be knitting away together on the Curious Handmade board on Ravelry so if you want to join in, do pop over, join the group and join in the nattering.

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The big reveal is here! The final pattern for the Curious Collective Shawl has been released in full.

This shawl is the result of the decisions of over 2000 knitters from 55 countries around the world. Participants joined in this “create your own adventure” shawl design project through a series of votes on the Curious Handmade blog.

The crescent shape, chosen by voters, is created by several increase rows and designed to sit beautifully on your shoulders. It also shows off the textured stitch patterns which are inspired by a spring meadow. The shawl is knit using two colours of sock weight yarn, the winning purple hues in the original complement the wildflower theme beautifully.

To everyone who took part – honestly I can’t thank you enough!! This design was truly a collective effort as many of the choices that you all made weren’t always what I would have naturally gone to first and so this has really inspired and challenged me to come up with something really different from my usual designs. It has been an amazing creative boost and I’ve loved every minute of it. All the interesting and supportive comments have meant so much to me too!

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The Official Knit Along starts tomorrow, 26 July 2013. Or today if you’re super keen and all prepared.

If not then you have today to have a scan of the pattern, print it out or download to your tablet device, and get your yarn and needles organised.

Like many of my shawl patterns this is written in my totally non-patented Percentage Checklist format and I have provided some charts too for the more detailed sections of the design.
The percentages make it a breeze to organise a KAL! I’m planning a five week KAL starting tomorrow which will bring us to 31 August as an end date.
Breaking it up in to five weeks gives us a goal of completing 20% of the shawl each week.
Anyone can join in the KAL – it isn’t just for people who participated in the voting process – just jump in at any time. Its going to be fun!!
I haven’t quite ironed out all the details of the KAL just yet so stay posted for that! I have set up a KAL board on the Curious Handmade group on Ravelry so feel free to pop over there and post about the yarn you are using and “register” your participation in the KAL. At this stage I will aim to keep a list of all the participants but if there are too many this might be too ambitious!
The Curious Collective Shawl pattern is available to buy on Ravelry for US $6.

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What do you think of the final result? Leave a comment and let me know if its anything like what you expected or imagined!

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knitting pattern shawl wrap

These photos were taken in our garden and around our neighbourhood in South East London.

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Credits: A huge thank you to my tech editor Emma, photographer Kirsty Barton, graphic designer Noa Nesher and wonderful test knitters martiniiis, michelle166, gringaquilmes and arianwenmcb.

That was my favourite week so far! It was a pretty close result between narrow stripes and colour block and there were so many fantastic comments! Thank you everyone who took the time to vote and especially comment. I read all the comments with great interest. Colour block was the winner with 51% of the votes.

A few people considered that for textured stitches to really shine the colour block option would be better, and I think this is true. I do love narrow stripes but it would be a lot going on at the same time.

Now that there have been quite a few decisions made about the shawl I can really start to focus on the design. My shawl designs usually start with a spark of inspiration which can be from a variety of things. Sometimes it is a particular skien of beautiful yarn (Radiance was like that) or a stitch pattern (e.g. for Câlin I really wanted to incorporate chevrons).

In the case of Elemental Things which is a new pattern I’ll be releasing very soon, it was my desire to capture a mood that led to the design. I was at a cafe in London on a really gloomy February day so it ended up being quite dark and gritty. It was also photographed on a freezing day in November last year which adds to this mood (this one has been in the pipeline for a loooong time!).  It ended up being my go to neck warmer throughout last winter and I wore it to work nearly every day.

For the Curious Collective shawl, now that I have some constraints to work with (positive ones) I will be flipping through stitch dictionaries and magazines, letting ideas float in and out, turning them over and upside down and see what takes shape.

I’m not sure what the final poll is going to be yet! I know that is cutting it fine but as it’s the last one I want it to be a goodie. Stay tuned and I will have it up by Monday at the latest.

Elemental Things Shawl

Elemental Things is a semicircular, lace weight shawl. This sample is knit in MadeleineTosh Prairie.

It is very exciting that after months of keeping a secret I can finally share Glitz at the Ritz just out in Knitty, First Fall issue.

It is a great issue with a fantastic pattern by Amy Hertzog called Jackaroo that I really want to make.

I also love the Solidago socks by Mary Jane Mucklestone and the Sugar Stick Scarf by Kristine Byrnes. And Sinnesfrid by Madeleine Nilsson. Lots more goodies, go check it out.

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The location for the photos is the Horniman Museum in South East London. Its claim to fame is an absolutely enormous stuffed walrus. There is also a cool aquarium. As you can see from the pics the gardens are stunning too.

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Its a little bit “Gatsby” don’t you think? I think it’s enough of a nod to wear to a Great Gatsby themed party this weekend anyway!

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Now, normally on a nice day this area would be packed full with families. The fact that not a single other person is there on a Saturday morning gives you a clue how cold it was. I tried not to include the shots where the goosebumps were too obvious.

As you can see from this last pic, it was actually snowing. I really love this shot, but it does look a bit grim doesn’t it?!

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I’m knitting another one in variegated Posh Yarn to see how it looks and have started a knit along going on the Curious Handmade board on Rav if you’d like to join me.