Sisterhood Wrap – a new pattern

This is the story about two sister, living in two different countries but trying to earn a crust doing the same thing and sharing the dream to publish some designs together.

Sometime last summer when I visited my sister in Germany, during one of our usual yarn shopping days, I bought the most beautiful merino / silk yarn aptly named: Seidenstrasse or Silk Road in English.

Anyone who knows me a little, knows about my wish to travel the old Silk Road, following in the footsteps of Marco Polo. Places like Samarkand and Tashkent, full of folk tradition, beautiful silks and carpets, and colourful patterned tiles, invite you to visit and gather inspiration.

The purchase of the yarn also coincided with the delivery of Cecelia Campochiaro’s incredible book: Sequence Knitting, a book of over 190 fabrics, many of which are reversible.

The next few days were spent by two sisters thinking and swatching and finally the “Sisterhood Wrap” was born.

Ellen and I have wanted to publish a pattern together for a long time and today you hold the first of many happy sister collaborations in your hands.

The Pattern is available in English and German via Ellen’s Ravelry Store HERE or my LoveCrafts Store. All links can be found on the right column of this blog.

This is a very relaxing and rewarding project which will keep you warm and snug for many years to come. The repetitive stitch pattern is very soothing for the soul and the wrap is totally reversible.

Enjoy and happy knitting! xo.

Lily of the Valley

About five years ago I met my now dear friend Emma of The Little Grey Sheep. Bit by bit I got to know her and her beautiful yarns and during these past few years I have learned more and more about Well Manor Farm and Emma’s vision for it: Farming ethically and sustainably!

Well Manor Farm is a small family farm on the Surrey & Hampshire borders, nestled amongst the rolling countryside and dating back to Tudor times. Here the aim is to care for the landscape by farming in a nurturing and non intensive way, and by not over stocking enhancing biodiversity and  preserve the environment for generations to come.

Susie, the farms shepherdess, manages the flock and shears them at Christmas time. The fibre is then send off for washing and spinning with care before arriving back at the farm for hand dying by Emma. A British product through and through!

For the past few years Emma and I have worked on a number of design collaborations together. Using her beautiful yarns is a privilege and absolute pleasure as it stands for everything close to my heart: Farming and living ethically and sustainably, producing less waste and doing my bit to help save our beautiful planet. Hand-dyed by Emma on the farm the yarn is available in an array of stunning colours and the only difficulty is choosing which yarn and shades to use.

For Lily of the Valley I choose to work with Hampshire 4Ply, a 100% Pure Wool yarn. A little rustic, available in the most stunning shades and a joy to work with, this yarn becomes super soft after the first wash and envelopes you in a soft hug, keeping you snug and warm throughout all seasons.

The shawl is worked from the bottom up starting with the lace border, comprising of simple yarn over’s and small bobbles. The crescent shape is achieved by working short rows and the result is a long shallow shawl that is very easy to wear.

Three shades of green work in perfect harmony together and this shawl is set to become a firm favourite in no time.

Launching today, the pattern is available as part of a kit from Emma at The Little Grey Sheep (HERE) or from Monday 29 August 2019 as a single pattern via my Ravelry Store (link in menu on right).

Happy knitting! XO

where is summer

According to my calendar, summer should be around the corner and temperatures rising to the mid twenties (Celsius that is). So far there is no sign of it and right now the rain is lashing against my windows with a very strong wind howling outside and my heating on to keep warm.

Time for pots of tea, blanket over knees and knitting in my hands 🙂

Why not knit yourself a shawl while waiting for Summer in the Northern Hemisphere and Winter on the Southern Side of planet Earth.

Today sees the release of my A Perfect Day shawl single download version. Up to now the pattern was only available as part of a kit but as of now you can download just the pattern from my Ravelry Store HERE.

The shawl is worked from the bottom up starting with the lace border. The crescent shape is achieved by working short rows and the result is a long shallow shawl measuring 180cm x 40cm after blocking. It is a perfect size that is very easy to wear.

You can use yarn from your stash or any yarn you prefer. Singles, sock, fingering – whichever you prefer. Make it your own!

A 10% discount will automatically be applied when purchasing this pattern during the launch promotion from today until midnight Sunday 9th June 2019.

Happy weekend and hope you like it!

Heike xo.

three thousand miles – a new pattern

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It’s taken a while…but I am so happy to be able to share with you my latest design today 🙂

The ‘Three Thousand Miles Shawl’

A big old distance lies between ‘The Rainbow Room’, where this shawl was created and Magpie Fibres, home of the yarn used. Over three thousand miles in fact.

Earlier this year I started ‘talking’ with Dami, the owner of Magpie Fibresover on Instagram. I took a very big liking to all of her beautiful yarns and when she posted photos of some amazing sets of her swanky sock yarn, I instantly fell in love.

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Hand-dyed in the city of Frederick in Maryland USA, this yarn sang to me immediately and when Dami brought some hanks for me to try to Edinburgh earlier this year, I knew I had to do something special.

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The shawl is worked in three sections and uses just over 1000 metres of yarn. Multiply the two and you get the distance between my studio and the home of Magpie Fibres, hence the name.

You start by working the cabled section, followed by the large main section and finally the opposite long section. All of it is finished off with one of my trademark favourites, an I-cord cast off. The result is a pretty large (Width 165 cm x Depth 70 cm), super soft shawl, which, I am sure, will become a firm favourite in no time.

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You can of course use any yarn you like, just make sure it is soft and squishy and if you want to achieve the same size as my sample, I urge you to use a fingering/4ply yarn. Here is what you need:

Magpie Fibres Swanky Sock – 80% Superwash Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon (or yarn of choice)

115g/345m – Sample uses:

1 x shade Baby got Black – Col A

2 x shade Love & Rockets – Col B

1 x shade Paint it Black – Col C

4 mm Knitting Needles (at least 100cm long circular for main body of shawl to accommodate stitches)

Cable Needle

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The pattern is now available as instant download from all the usual places to which you find links on the right hand side of this blog.

I hope you like it and enjoy making your very own, perfect for winter, squishy shawl.

XO.

everyday sweater

So happy to be able to show you my latest design today. I am calling it the Everyday Sweater, because it is just that, a sweater that will become your very best friend, a cosy hug, a go-to item for everyday.

For a long while I wanted to design a jumper in a relaxed style, a super comfy wearable garment to keep hanging over the edge of the sofa, the sort of jumper you want to wear all the time. I had been looking for just the right yarn to knit with and when I saw the new shades Emma (the little grey sheep) had dyed in her signature yarn (Stein Fine Wool 4 Ply), I fell in love and knew this was it.

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As I already had a style in mind, swatching began immediately. I really didn’t want to waste any time and was so eager to start knitting.

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Soon the sweater was well under way and as I was knitting each row I loved it more and more. The feel of the soft wool running through my hands and the gentle rhythm of the stitches, I didn’t want to stop. As the sweater grew I suddenly thought that I wanted to add something special to this pattern. I feel cold very easily, especially around my neck, but I don’t always want to wear a shawl or scarf. I also love Polo neck jumper’s, but sometimes they feel just a little too tight and hot around the neck. Solution…

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…a detachable short cowl style polo neck that can be added as when needed. 🙂

The sweater features visible seams and deep mistake ribbing and the pattern has detailed notes on how to adjust it to different sizes and change some of the design features. There are many beautiful colours available for Stein Fine Wool 4ply on Emma’s website (www.thelittlegreysheep.co.uk) and we are currently running a give-away over on our respective Instagram pages to win the yarn and pattern to make your very own #everydaysweater as well as a mini skein kit for a friend.

Why not hop over and try your luck! You find us on Instagram as @madewithloops and @thelittlegreysheep

The pattern is a available as an instant download from all the usual places, just click on any links on the right side of this blog.

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Hope you like it.

Until soon, Heike xo

 

 

 



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