Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Love texture, you'll love the Tilted cushion!

Hello! I’m back today to show you the second pattern* I have in issue 110 of Knit Now, which is on sale now.



My Tilted cushion is a gorgeously squishy textured cushion cover, fastened with big buttons across the back. The texture is created using offset garter ridges on a stocking stitch background, so the cushion is easy enough for even a beginner to complete.

The Tilted cushion is knitted as a single strip, which is seamed at the end and fastened with buttons and buttonholes that are knitted at the start and end of the main body of the cushion.

The cushion is knitted using Deramores Studio Chunky, which I hadn’t used before, but will definitely be using again. The yarn is 100% acrylic, machine washable and has a fantastic plump rounded structure that really makes the stitches pop.

The great thing about knitting with chunky weight yarn is that it knits up really fast - you could cast this on today and you’ll definitely have time to make a few before Christmas. The pattern is printed in the supplement that comes with issue 110 of Knit Now magazine, which features plenty of patterns knitted in chunky weight yarn, so even if this pattern isn’t your cup of tea, then there are plenty of other quick and easy options to choose from.



The pattern is available in issue 110 of Knit Now, which is available now. If you live outside the U.K., or can’t find a copy can buy one online, or you can purchase a digital edition.

Want to queue or favourite the pattern on Ravelry? The pattern page can be found here.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Looking for super-cozy socks? The Spinnaker socks might be just what you're after!

I have not one, but two, new patterns in latest issue of Knit Now, which is in stores today.


Knitted in sport-DK weight, these socks are a lovely quick gift knit, or you could whip some up for yourself to wear by the fireside.

The pattern on the socks is created using simple slipped-stitch and garter stitch on a stocking stitch background. The stitches create little triangles that make me think of sails, so I named these socks after the Spinnaker Tower in Southampton, which is designed to look like a sail.

The socks are knitted from the top down with a slipped stitch heel flap, a Dutch (round) heel turn and a traditional gusset.

The socks are knitted in Noro Silk Garden Sock Solo,* which is lovely and cosy, with a slightly rustic slubby texture. If you want to use something a bit smoother, try a DK weight wool/nylon blend sock yarn instead.

The pattern is available in issue 110 of Knit Now, which is available now. If you live outside the U.K., or can’t find a copy can buy one online, or you can purchase a digital edition.

Want to queue or favourite the pattern on Ravelry? The pattern page can be found here.

Check back tomorrow to find out what the second pattern is...**

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Sunday, 1 December 2019

Snowflake infinity scarf: available now in my Ravery store!

Hello! I'm getting December off to a great start by republishing a design that had its debut at the start of 2017 in I Like Knitting magazine: the Snowflake infinity scarf.


The Snowflake infinity scarf features a tessellating snowflake design based on traditional Scandinavian knitting. The infinity scarf is designed to be long enough to wrap round the neck twice for extra warmth, and is knitted as a long tube in the round with the pattern being incorporated using stranded colourwork. The tube is seamed at the end after blocking.


The Snowflake pattern is provided as both a chart and as written instructions.

The sample is knitted in Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran,* which is a beautiful soft yarn, perfect for wearing next to the skin.

From now until the end of the year, you can use the code SNOWFLAKE to get the Snowflake infinity scarf for a special introductory price: 50% off until 11.59pm GMT December 7th; then 25% off until the end of December (all time zones).


Want to cast on straight away? You can find full details below, and on the Ravelry pattern page, which can be found here.

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Sizes
One size: 33 cm tube circumference x 155.5 cm length circumference (13.25 in tube circumference x 62 in length circumference)

Tension
20 sts and 17 rnds = 10 cm (4 in) in pattern worked in the rnd on 5 mm (US 8) needle(s) after wet blocking, or size needed to obtain correct tension gauge before blocking is 20 sts and 20 rnds to 10 cm (4 in)

Yarn
Aran-weight yarn in the following colours and amounts:
Colour A: 370 m (405 yds)
Colour B: 350 m (385 yds)

Needles
5 mm (US 8) circular needle 30 cm (12 in) in length
or
Set of four 5 mm (US 8) DPNs at least 20 cm (8 in) in length

Notions
3 stitch markers, of which one should be a different colour to mark the beginning of the round
Tapestry needle

Skill Level
Intermediate

Pattern notes
The sample is knitted in Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran, 100 m (109 yds) per 50 g ball, 100% virgin wool in 028 Jeans (Colour A) and 060 Natural (Colour B).

This pattern was first published in the February 2017 issue of I Like Knitting Magazine.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2019


For the past few years, a group of independent knit and crochet designers have joined forces on Ravelry for the Indie Design GAL: a great big knit and crochet along aimed at supporting and promoting the work of independent designers, as well as kickstarting your festive gift crafting. And the event is back! Starting at 20.00 (EST, for other time zones, you can use this converter) until the end of the year, the Indie Design GAL group on Ravelry will be a hive of activity.*

The GAL starts with a sale. Every designer participating in the event is offering 25% off a selection of their designs using the code giftalong2019. Simply add the patterns you want to you Ravelry cart, use the code when checking out and get a bargain! To see which patterns a designer has included, head to their designer profile (here's mine as an example) and look for the bundle labelled Gift-A-Long 2019, this bundle will feature all the patterns the designer has chosen to include in the sale. Do note that you will have to checkout separately for each designer you wish to buy from. The sale lasts until Monday 2nd December at 11:59 pm (US-EST).

The second portion of the GAL is a massive knit and crochet along. Any paid for design** by a participating designer is eligible for inclusion in the craft along, just head to the Ravelry group* and get crafting. If you finish an item before the end of the GAL (23.59 EST, Tuesday 31st December 2019), post it to the finished objects thread for the appropriate category and at the end of the GAL, you could win a prize (there are some great prizes on offer*).

As well as the sale and knit and crochet along, there are lots of activities taking place in the Ravelry group, including quizzes and games. There is also an Instagram challenge running for the duration of the GAL, with photo prompts for specific days. I'll be taking part in the Instagram challenge, so follow me over there if you would like to see what I'm posting.


I am one of the participating designers in the GAL. You can find my sale bundle on my designer page, and any of my paid for patterns can be knitted as part of the knit and crochet along portion of the event.**

A selection of my GAL sale patterns: 25% off with code giftalong2019

*Note that you will have to signed in to Ravelry for these links to work. Joining Ravelry is free and Ravelry is an excellent resource for knitters and crocheters.

**You can also join in the GAL by knitting a free design by any of the participating designers, but these will not be eligible for prizes.Patterns published in third party publications count as paid for patterns.

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Festive unicorn of the sea sweater: now live on I Like Knitting!

What is cuter than a cartoon narwhal? A narwhal in a Santa hat!


My second design in the December 2019 issue of I Like Knitting is the Festive unicorn of the sea sweater,* which features just that: a narwhal in a Santa hat! This is the perfect Christmas sweater for a child who wants something just a little bit different!

The inspiration: Unicorn of the sea sweater
Copyright Vikki Bird

The design is inspired by my Unicorn of the Sea Sweater, which I designed for the February 2018 issue of I Like Knitting, and can be found in my Ravelry store.


The Festive unicorn of the sea sweater* is knitted flat from the bottom up in sections that are seamed before adding the neckline. The jumper is knitted in stocking stitch with 2 x 2 ribbing for the cuffs, hem and neckline and the narwhal motif is added using the intarsia technique. The pattern is written in 5 sizes: 2 (4, 6, 8, 10) years and is designed to fit with 2 inches of positive ease.


The sample is knitted in Debbie Bliss Rialto DK,** which is a lovely soft merino with excellent stitch definition. The yarn is also machine washable, which makes it ideal for kids' knits.

The Festive unicorn the sea pattern* is available now in the December 2019 issue of I Like Knitting magazine. I Like Knitting is an e-magazine and is available via a subscription service. For full details, head to the I Like Knitting website.*

Want to queue the pattern on Ravelry? Click here

Unless otherwise stated, all images copyright I Like Knitting magazine.



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This is my second design in the December 2019 issue of I Like Knitting. Missed the other design? Click here to find out more!


*I Like Knitting magazine is an e-zine available via a subscription model. Full details can be found here. All links to I Like Knitting are affiliate links.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Fuchsia snowflakes cowl: new on I Like Knitting!

As is often the way, after quiet period for new designs, I have a veritable feast to share with you over the next few weeks...

The first new design to share with you is my Fuchsia snowflakes cowl,* which is available in the December 2019 issue of I Like Knitting magazine, which is available now. The issue features lots of classic festive designs from previous issues, as well as several new designs that are inspired by designs previously published in I Like Knitting.


The Fuchsia snowflakes cowl features a tessellating snowflake design based on traditional Scandinavian knitting, and is inspired by the bold Snowflake infinity scarf I designed for the February 2017 issue of I Like Knitting.*** This cowl sits perfectly around the neck and provides just the right amount of extra warmth and coziness. Knitted as a single layer tube and in the round, this fair isle beauty is guaranteed to be a favourite this season.
The original design: Snowflake infinity scarf

The sample is knitted in Malabrigo Rios** in shades Fucsia and Natural. The yarn is an absolute delight to work with, and comes in a wide array of variegated and tonal colour ways.


What is extra-exciting is that the design is on the cover!


The Fuchsia snowflakes cowl is published in the December 2019 issue of I Like Knitting magazine,* an e-zine that is available via a subscription model. If you'd like to add the pattern to your Ravelry queue or favourites, the pattern page can be found here.


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The Fuchsia snowflakes cowl is not my only pattern in the December 2019 issue of I Like Knitting. For a sneak peak at the other pattern, take a look at this link. I'll tell you more about it later this week...

*I Like Knitting is an e-zine, which is available via a subscription model. Affiliate link.

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***This pattern will be available as an individual download from my Ravelry store in December 2019.

All images copyright I Like Knitting. Reproduced with permission.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Triangulation hat and mitts set - INCLUDING INTRODUCTORY OFFER!

It is definitely autumn here in the UK right now - mornings are dark, evenings are dark, and sometimes there's not all that much daylight in between the two! Time for a bright and colourful kit to add a little cheer to those darker days... Handily for the time of year, my Triangulation hat and fingerless mitts also make perfect quick Christmas gifts!


I've always been a fan of simple geometric patterns, and spent hours colouring books full of them when I was little. Now I like to knit them, and find their repetitive nature meditative to knit. Add a bright contrast pop and you have a real stand-out item of knitwear!


The hat is knitted in the round from the bottom up, starting with a section of ribbing that is folded back on itself (perfect for keeping your ears cosy when the cold weather arrives). The main body of the hat is knitted using stranded colourwork, and the colourwork pattern is continued right into the crown decreases. The hat pattern is written for 3 adult sizes, and is designed to fit as a beanie with 2.5 cm negative ease.


The mitts are knitted in the round from the cuff up, starting with a deep ribbed section, then the main mitt is knitted in the same colourwork pattern as the hat. The thumbs are added using the afterthought method with waste yarn added during the knitting of the mitt. The mitt is finished with a ribbed cuff that can be folded back on itself or worn unfolded for extra warmth. The mitts is written for 4 adult sizes, each with 1 cm negative ease.

Both items are knitted in a lightweight aran yarn, so you could use DK, worsted or aran yarn - this project is also a great stashbuster as only small amount of each yarn is required. Get stash-diving and start playing with colours!



Both patterns are available in my Ravelry store now, and if you use the code TRIANGLES you can get 75% off until 11.59pm GMT, Monday 4th November 2019. If you've missed that window, don't worry, after Monday the code will give you 25% off until 11.59pm GMT, Saturday 9th November 2019. Happy knitting!

Triangulation hat

Triangulation fingerless mitts

All images copyright Practical Publishing; this pattern was first published in Knit Now magazine, issue 92.