Josephine is the latest pattern collaboration I have tech edited for Loop, London and it’s a beauty!
Designed by owner Susan and long-time Loop customer Paulina Popiolek, ‘Josephine’ is a crescent shaped shawl with an intricate and heavy lace border incorporating a modern heart motif, cables, faggoting and a beaded edging which adds weight to the finished piece.
Starting from a provisional cast on, you knit the border in one long strip, then pick up stitches along the top edge for the stocking stitch body which is worked in short rows, before an optional looped crochet edging finishes it all off perfectly. The hidden beauty of this shawl is that it’s worked all in one piece so you never break the yarn!
Josephine has been designed to use just one skein of the heavenly Squoosh Fiberarts Merino Cashmere Lace yarn, a ridiculously soft, heavy laceweight with just over 500 metres to 114g, or 570 yards to 4 ounces in old money.
The gorgeous pattern photography by Loop favourite Kristen Perers is as stunning as ever. Kristen always captures the essence of Susan’s styling and vision so perfectly.
For my shawl I chose the teal blue shade ‘Depth’ and have found silver lined dark emerald beads to to bring out the green tones of the yarn. It’s been a long time since I worked beads into a knitted item and I’m pleased to say the crochet hook placement method used in Josephine is really very easy and far less frustrating than the threaded method. It’s going to be beautiful!
Josephine is available now as a hard copy in-store or mail order from Loop and as a download via Ravelry. I can’t wait to see all the new projects appearing, between the yarn and beads there are so many possibilities for colour combinations and the opportunity to make your shawl unique.
Main shawl images © Kristen Perers and Loop, London 2014 and used here with permission.
There’s been a fair amount of pottering between projects this week. The first of Mr K’s Labyrinth socks is off the needles:
However, there is a slight bump in my plans as I can’t find the rest of the Regia Bargain Balls and need one for the other sock. I suspect they are lurking at the back of Mr K’s warehouse which we used for temporary storage during our move last year. Fingers crossed the box turns up otherwise I have said he will have to use it as a Christmas stocking…it’s certainly big enough!
I’ve become slightly addicted to knitting my Brolly shawl:
I love garter stitch and I’m always surprised how the most basic of stitches never fails to entertain even the most experienced knitters. Such a lovely texture and always soothing to knit, knit, knit, knit, knit! And look, it’s even smiling at us:
Boxy is still in the naughty corner which suggests that it is never going to make it out of there. I think I’m calling it a day and will rip it out and use the yarn to swatch for the Bailiwick Pullover, seen here gracing the cover of the Spring 2014 issue of Interweave Knits:
In fibrey greetings card news, I found this charming card with an illustration by Hugh Ribbans, combining sheep with bicycles and perfect for Tour de France knitting and spinning fans, or even cycling shepherds like my Father, which is where this is headed!
Happy weekend all! Hope the sun shines and Spring springs forth where you are.
I’ve been working on the copy edit of a very cute crochet book and found myself returning to one of my constant tech editing conundrums; how to describe the number of chains you are required to work?
Knitting abbreviations put the stitch you are required to make first, followed by the number of stitches; K1 (knit 1), P3 (purl 3) etc. You won’t find 1K or 3P being used.
Crochet is the opposite. The number of stitches is followed by the type of stitch; 1dc (1 double crochet), 3tr (3 trebles) etc.
However the chain abbreviation (ch) tends to break this rule and you usually find ‘ch6′ rather than ’6ch’ which in theory, if you follow the general crochet stitch writing rules, it should be. Why is this? My Tech Editor brain needs to know as it twists my pattern writing standards!
I wondered if it is the way our brains are grammatically trained so ’6 chain’ doesn’t sound right compare to ‘chain 6′?
When the question was put out to a straw poll on Twitter, the vast majority of respondents err on the side of ch6. What’s your preference? Is there a set standard for crochet patterns that you know of? Any ideas as to why people favour ch6?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
It’s officially Spring and what better way to herald in the new season than by casting on a new project?!
There’s been some amazing patterns appearing over the last month or so and I’m trying to control what could be a terrible bout of startitis, but my hooks and needles are itching to get to work! Issue 8 of Pom Pom Quarterly has added a certain amount of fuel to the fire and unlike issue 7, I haven’t had time to make use of my Tech Editors privilege to get going on any of the patterns…it’s not for want of trying believe me, but where to start?
Editor Meghan’s cover design, in the prettiest shade of Islington by the Kettle Yarn Company, is a possible knit for the warmer Spring days as we transition into Summer.
The amazing Sólja sweater by Anna Maltz stole my heart the moment I laid eyes on it. A bold floral yoke contrasts beautifully with the delicate lace body and sleeves; it’s is so fresh and original. Sadly, no matter how hard I try, it would never suit me so I’ll just have to live vicariously through other peoples projects and pretend that I’m not in the slightest bit jealous!
Rachel Coopey has designed Aroha, a light spring scarf perfect for keeping the breeze off your neck during sunny but chilly Spring days. It is knit in Squoosh Fiberarts Merino Cashmere Lace which is one of the softest and most beautiful laceweight yarns I have seen for quite some time.
With Aroha in mind, I picked up a skein of the shade ‘Depth’ at Loop, however I happen to know there is a stunning new pattern collaboration on the way from Loop using this Squoosh yarn so it’s been tucked away for that.
I’ve finally settled on Maria Olsson’s Brolly shawl, especially as I think there’s going to be more than a few Spring showers around!
Unusually for me, I’ve gone with an almost pastel, dolly mixture-esque combination of pale pink and chartreuse (love that word) from the Isager yarn palette. This isn’t a project that will be finished anytime soon but I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
Accompanying the patterns are a range of articles, plus a recipe for some rather delicious sounding Chocolate Bergamot cookies. It’s a lovely issue, full of the joys of Spring!
View the full pattern gallery on Ravelry where you can download an e-book, or visit the Pom Pom website to order a printed copy which comes with a free download code, giving you the best of both worlds.
Disclaimer: As the magazines Tech Editor I am gifted a copy of Pom Pom Quarterly by the Pom Pom ladies, but to be honest I would have written this even if I had paid for the magazine.
I think we all need yellow socks, they make feet so much happier particularly on grey winter days, so I’m thrilled to introduce Reasons to be Cheerful:
These are unisex socks worked from the toe-upwards with an easy to memorise 6-row stitch pattern using just knit and purl stitches. A garter stitch short-row heel and toe add to the overall texture of the pattern and is something new for you to try.
All stitch pattern instructions are charted and written in full.
The pattern is graded for 5 sizes and will fit foot width from 20.5 (8″) up to 30.5 (12″) and is super stretchy so gives a great fit. You can either go for a tight fit and knit the size closest to your foot width measurement, wearing it with zero ease, or cast on the next size up for stretchier socks. In the photographs I am wearing size Small which fits my 23.5cm (9″) feet perfectly.
The amazing yellow yarn is The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock, a 4ply blend of 80% Blue Faced Leicester and 20% nylon in the fabulous shade Brassica. How can the colour not cheer you up?!
If yellow isn’t your thing, Ce has some other incredible colours in her portfolio. I’m looking at the eye-scorching pink Les Fleurs for my next Reasons to be Cheerful sock!
The name of the pattern was suggested by Jane Lithgow and is so perfect. Taken from the Ian Dury and the Blockheads classic, ‘Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3)‘ which references yellow socks as one of those reasons:
“A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it
You’re welcome, we can spare it – yellow socks
Too short to be haughty, too nutty to be naughty
Going on 40 – no electric shocks”