Brocade hat & cowl

Brocade hat & cowl

A fully reversible slouch hat and infinity cowl set, perfect for use with handspun yarn.

Instructions are both written and charted.

Yarn requirements:

  • cowl – 340-380 yards of sport weight yarn
  • hat – 120-240 yards of sport weight yarn

Gauge: 22 sts and 28 rows over 4 inches/10 cm in pattern stitch after blocking (changes to gauge will result in more/less yarn being used and different final dimensions)

Finished hat circumferences:

  • Small – 16.75 inches / 42.5cm
  • Medium – 21 inches / 53cm
  • Large – 23 inches / 58cm

Finished cowl measurements:

  • width – 7 inches / 18cm
  • length (circumference) – 39 inches / 99cm

2 pdf files are provided – a printer friendly version and one with all of the high-res images. Click on the image above for more photos.

xstitch cowl

xstitch cowl & hat

A fully reversible infinity scarf that is great for breaking up variegated yarns. Can be worked as a flat loop or with a half or full twist. It can be made as long, short or wide as you want and can be worn in multiple ways.

Cowl requires:

  • 340-380 yards of 4-ply/fingering weight/sock yarn
  • 2.75mm needle (or size necessary to achieve gauge)
  • tapestry needle to graft ends together
  • cable needle

Finished measurements:

  • length after blocking – 155cm / 61 inches
  • width after blocking – 20cm / 8 inches

2 pdf files are provided – a printer friendly version and one with all of the high-res images. Click on the image above for more photos.

Spinning wheelapalooza part 2

I haven’t had much of a chance to play with my mystery wheel yet as I’ve been revising for an exam and in training for a half marathon (I wasn’t about to pull a muscle learning to treadle). I have managed to hook it up with a new drive band and got it drawing a leader, but could only consistently treadle whilst standing up. It’s an old wheel that hasn’t been used in a while so I’ve been feeding it bits of oil to loosen everything up.

I have still been keeping an eye out for the wheel I actually want, an Ashford Joy 2, though. After the exam and half marathon were over I found a really good deal on one with a double treadle and a carry bag from a store up in Sanday. I ordered it on Monday and waited for a tracking number to come through (they are sent from a mainland distributor). I’ve finished off a couple of knitting projects recently so decided to finish off some spinning I was working on, getting my hands reacquainted with drafting, and just as I got some fibre on the spindle there was a knock on the door. My new spinning wheel had arrived!

Rather spookily I had watched a video on how to assemble an Ashford Joy about 10 minutes before sitting down to spin, so I cracked open the box, unwrapped the components and set it all up. Everything was where it was supposed to be, the only thing I had to do was attach the brake band and tension it to draw in a leader. Treadling is nice and smooth and I am loving the double treadle already even though I haven’t spun anything.

I have two big plastic crates of fibre, so will pull out something from the undyed crate to learn on, probably some Shetland. Just as soon as I finish the merino I have set aside for this other spinning project (project monogamy can be such a trial).

Here it is folded up:

 

Ashford Joy 2and unfolded ready to go (well, when I pull the spare bobbins out of the way):

Ashford Joy 2Excited!

Pentire Point shawl

Pentire Collage

New pattern time, and this time it is an easy to work but dramatic lace shawl with three shaping options.

Inspired by the rugged Cornish coastline, it can be worked as either a triangle, a crescent, or a heart shape (or all threee).

Yarn requirements: 420-480 yards of fingering weight/4 ply/sock yarn for each shawl.

Gauge: 14 sts and 29 rows over 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette after blocking (changes to gauge will result in more/less yarn being used and different final dimensions)

Finished measurements:

Shape Wingspan Maximum depth
Triangle 59 inches / 150 cm 27.5 inches / 70 cm
Heart 61 inches / 155 cm 29 inches / 74 cm
Crescent 64 inches / 162 cm 21 inches / 53 cm

2 pdf files are provided – a printer friendly version and one with all of the high-res images. Click on the image above for more photos.