Next in our series of posts on what we’ve been knitting is Lottie, who’s knitting a shawl in Louisa Harding Amitola. Tell us about your project Lottie….
I’m knitting with Louisa Harding Amitola shade #120/Winter Rose, using Stephen West’s Dotted Rays shawl pattern (available to download on Ravelry) on my favourite Addi Premium circular needles (the shawl isn’t knitted in the round, but as the rows get longer you need a circular needle to accommodate all the stitches comfortably, so I’m using a 100cm long needle). I like to try out new constructions and techniques because for me part of the fun of knitting is that there is always something new to learn!
The pattern is is really interesting construction with short rows creating wedges of garter stitch between the rows of eyelets, so I chose to knit it in Amitola as I thought a self striping yarn would create some really interesting effects and highlight the unusual construction.
Although the pattern calls for 4ply weight yarn, Amitola is quite thin for a DK weight yarn so although garter stitch would usually create a fairly dense fabric with DK weight yarn on 4mm needles, in this yarn it makes a lovely lightweight fabric which drapes nicely, perfect for a shawl. With shawls, as long as you have plenty of yarn and are happy for your shawl to come out a bit bigger or smaller you can experiment with different yarn weights! This pattern is perfect candidate for this as it is written so that you can cast off after any of the short row sections to make a larger or smaller shawl.
I’ve only made one alteration to the pattern, I have a little less yarn than recommended so I’ve decided to work all but one short row wedge for the small size, so that I don’t run out of yarn.
I’ve actually just cast off the shawl, so I’ve only got to block it now as I’ve already sewn in all the ends! I’m pretty excited to wear it when the weather cools off again!
The thing I’ve enjoyed most about this project is the way the shifting colours of the yarn have worked with the short rows in the pattern. I really love working with self striping yarns, I always want to knit just one more row to see which colour is coming next! As the whole shawl is worked in garter stitch it leaves you to concentrate on the short row shaping, which is a surprisingly simple technique, so it’s actually quite relaxing to knit. A really fun project!
Great colours aren’t they? Thanks of telling us about your project Lottie!
Continuing our series of posts about what we’ve been knitting, this time it’s Les’ turn to share her project!
So Les, what have you been knitting?
I’m knitting a jumper with cabled sleeves for my Mum from the Sirdar Giselle pattern 9892 using Louisa Harding Mila. I decided to substitute Louisa Harding Mila because it was more to my Mum’s taste than the Giselle yarn. She prefers a solid coloured yarn to a self striping yarn like Giselle, but Mila still has a bit of sparkle to keep it interesting!
Even though Mila is an Aran weight yarn, because it has a chainette construction it knits up into a nice, soft, lightweight fabric and goes quite a long way. It gives brilliant stitch definition over the cable pattern too, I think that being a solid colour it shows the pattern better than the recommended yarn.
It’s such a shame that Louisa Harding Mila is discontinued, (we do still have quite a good selection of it in our sale section, but when it’s gone, it’s gone) as it knits up really nicely for a variety of uses. Last year I made some fab Christmas decorations in the red (#11/Cracker) and white (#01/White) shades!
I changed the pattern a bit, I’m knitting the body in the round to the armholes as I thought it would be neater without a seam. I’ve had to make the sleeves shorter to fit my Mum, so because I’m knitting fewer rows I’ve worked increases every 8th row instead of every 10th row so I can fit them all in.
The yarn is nice to work with and it grows quite quickly so it’s quite relaxing to work on. I’m enjoying the cabling most of all because it sits so nicely. I’ve just got one more sleeve to do and once I’ve sewn them in that’s it!
Thanks for telling us about your project Les, it’s looking great!
We love to see what you have been knitting, it’s always really exciting when a customer brings in a lovely project in progress or a beautiful finished object to show us. So we thought it would be fun to share what we have been making with you!
First to share her project with us is Anne, who’s knitting a cardigan in Fyberspates Cumulus. Over to you Anne…..
Fyberspates Cumulus is so light and airy that it really does remind me of clouds! I was keen to knit a cardigan in it ever since I first had a ball to squish.
Finally I came across a pattern which I could use… ‘Wave’ from Kim Hargreaves’ Echoes book. I know it’s not a pattern for Cumulus, but it’s working out superbly.
‘Wave’ is designed to be knitted using Rowan Kidsilk Haze doubled, which is near enough the same weight as a single strand of Cumulus and for this slouchy cardigan it is ideal! So I am one happy knitter.
I’m making a few modifications to the pattern. I’ve knitted the body in one piece as it gets rid of the seams; as the knitted fabric is be so light I didn’t want them showing.
The pattern uses a 4.5mm for the knit row and 8mm for the purl row to create the striped effect so I’m using Knit Pro Symfonie interchangeable needles with one point of each size on a single cable so I’ve just got one long circular needle!
I used at three needle cast off on the shoulders so there was no sewing up. I know some folk have trouble with finishing garments….
At the moment I have picked up the stitches for the front band and am trying to decide how wide to do it. In the pattern there are only 10 rows, but I think I will make it wider so that I can wrap it round me.
Then it will be time to knit the sleeves! I’m planning to pick up stitches round the armholes and knit down with short rows to create shaping for the sleeve caps instead of knitting the sleeves separately from the bottom up and seaming them. I’ve never used this technique before so I’ll be looking for guidance from this informative blog post on DayanaKnits.
Pompoms seem to have been everywhere recently, so although it’s summer, we’ve been thinking about the best way to make some!
We love those faux fur pompoms that are fashionable right now, so we thought we’d have a go at making some in a luxury fur yarn that we have in the shop; Louisa Harding Luzia, which knits up into an amazingly convincing fur effect fabric.
We had a go at making a traditional pompom (above) using Luzia, but it tends to shed and moult fibres everywhere – not ideal!
So we decided to try a different approach and knit one! We used a fab free bauble pattern by Veera Välimäki, which you can find on Ravelry here. To give it structure we used 3mm needles, making a dense fabric that holds its shape. Because of this, it doesn’t even need any filling!
A fun little project and a lovely light bobble ideal for hats :)