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Daedal set

Pattern release day: Daedal set

Daedal set

This intricate and skilfully wrought cable pattern is deceptively simple to work, and the ribbing ensures a good fit.

This set comprises of three pieces, perfect to work all together, or individually for a gift. Ideal for those special sock yarns that you want to show off.

There is a beanie hat, available in 3 sizes: Daedal hat.

A cosy cowl: Daedal cowl.

And a wrister/gauntlet with two length options: Daedal wristers/gauntlets.

For customers in the EU, please purchase using the Payhip links on the product pages.

For more photos, click on the product links or the image above.

Tour de Fleece 2020 – part 2 review

We were lucky enough to get two attempts at Tour de Fleece this year. The first during the originally scheduled dates (which I wrote about here). The second during the actual delayed Tour de France, which nobody was sure was going to happen, but culminated with a very exciting hilly time trial.

I still had some beautiful gradient packs from Hilltop Cloud, leftover from the first Tour, and these were the perfect amount of fibre to spin over the 3 weeks, including taking rest days this time.

6 packs of gradient fibre

Two packs of 3 different colourways (Atoll, Shepherds Delight, and Hawaiian Sunset), allowed me to spin each colourway separately, then ply them together to maintain the gradient.

First up was 299g of Atoll, which became 1,720 yards of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn.

Blue-green gradient yarn

Second I spun 288g of Shepherds Delight, which became 1,638 yards of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn.

Red gradient yarn

Finally I spun 299g of Hawaiian Sunset, which became 1,710 yards of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn.

Purple, green, blue and brown yarn

In total, 886g of fibre spun, resulting in 5,068 yards of yarn.

Three gradient yarns

Patterns on Payhip

Following my removal of my pattern sales from ravelry (who still have not admitted that their new website design caused, and continues to cause, neurological issues, but have announced that they are removing access to the old design in less than 6 months), I have been thinking about how to manage the EU VAT issues.

Initially I offered my designs only here on my website, with a plugin to charge the relevant VAT for EU customers, aware that if I had any sales I would need to register somewhere in the EU in order to pay it over (tricking now that the UK is no longer in the EU, with transitional rules expiring at the end of the year).

Luckily I have had no EU sales since transferring over, so I have now set up my patterns on Payhip, where they will handle the EU VAT for me. This means that I have disabled sales to EU customers here on my site (everyone else should be able to purchase, unimpeded). I have added links to each of the product pages to the Payhip purchase option, so just a couple of extra clicks to get that pdf pattern, without burying me in EU VAT admin.

Payhip only allows a maximum of 9 images per product page, so you will generally find more photos here (apart from older patterns or those patterns that for some reason Payhip didn’t like the image files), but feel free to purchase wherever works best for you.

My Payhip store can be found here: https://payhip.com/DoggrellDesigns and you can register to be notified of new pattern releases there (and they will also always be posted here).

Pattern release day: Sensu hat

sensu hat

Inspired by traditional Japanese fans, this twisted ribbed hat features some simple travelling cables which expand and contract just like a fan.

Two options of how to arrange the cables are provided, and all of the instructions are written out round-by-round as well being charted.

Instructions are also provided as to how to adapt the hat for different head sizes.

Also available are a matching cowl, and wristers/gauntlets.

Yardage: 130-150 yds/120-140m of 4 ply/sock yarn
Gauge: 24 sts and 36 rows in 4”/10cm in twisted ribbing
Needles: 3mm needles or whatever needed to meet gauge
Finished size to fit head of circumference 20-22“/50.8-55.9cm.

Click on the photo above for more images of this hat as well as the matching cowl and wristers/gauntlets.

Buy the hat pattern by clicking here.

Pattern release day: Sensu wristers/gauntlets

Sensu gauntlets

Inspired by traditional Japanese fans, this twisted ribbed wristers/gauntlets feature some simple travelling cables which expand and contract just like a fan.

Two lengths of wrister/gauntlet are provided and all of the instructions are written out round-by-round as well being charted.

Yardage for wristers: 130-150 yds/120-140m.
Yardage for gauntlets: 200-220 yds/180-200m.
Gauge: 24 sts and 36 rows in 4”/10cm in twisted ribbing using 3mm needles
Finished size to fit hands of circumference 7-8“/17.75-20.3cm.

Instructions are also provided as to how to adapt the wristers/gauntlets to fit over different hand sizes.

Also available are a matching hat (coming soon), and cowl.

Available for immediate purchase and download here.

Click on the photo above for more photos.

Sensu cowl

Pattern release day: Sensu cowl

Sensu cowl

Inspired by traditional Japanese fans, this twisted ribbed cowl features some simple travelling cables which expand and contract just like a fan.

Two options of how to arrange the cables are provided (option A is shown), and all of the instructions are written out round-by-round as well being charted.

Instructions are also provided as to how to adapt the cowl to fit over different head sizes.

Available for sale here: Sensu cowl.

Also available are a matching hat, and wristers/gauntlets (coming soon).

Yardage requirements: 240-260 yds/220-240m of 4 ply/sock yarn
Gauge: 24 sts and 36 rows in 4”/10cm in twisted ribbing
Needles: 3mm needles or whatever needed to meet gauge
Finished size to fit over head of circumference 20-22“/50.8-55.9cm.

Note, this sale is for a pdf file of instructions required to hand-knit this item, and not for the finished object.

Click on the photo above for more photos.

6 packs of gradient fibre

Tour de Fleece 2020 – part 2

Against all expectations, the Tour de France is actually starting on 29th August, and so we get a second bout of spinning with Tour de Fleece.

I still have 6 gradient packs left of Hilltop Cloud gradient fibre (in Atoll, Shepherds Delight, and Hawaiian Sunset), so these will be my fibres for take 2 of TdF. I would like to take my rest days this time around, and not stay up spinning too late into the night, so shall have to see how much of the 840g of fibre over the 21 stages.

Pattern release day: Neowise shawl

Neowise shawl

This comet-inspired lace shawl is great for wrapping up on cool summer nights whilst stargazing. Features an all-over star lace pattern, with a delicate knitted-on leaf edging.

The instructions are provided in both chart and line-by-line written formats, to suit all knitters.

Finished size is 87“/221cm wingspan, 22“/56cm straight drop from neck to edge.You can find more pictures by clicking the image above, and can buy the pattern here: Neowise shawl.

Tour de Fleece 2020 – part 1?

Tour de Fleece was a bit different this year. Normally following the schedule of the Tour de France, with coronavirus postponing the cycling it was decided to follow the original schedule, as the rescheduled bike ride may not happen later in August/September.

So I dug out my fibre (all from Hilltop Cloud) and set to work.

A table full of hand-dyed fibre.

Starting with a gradient pack of Parrakeet (50% merino, 32.5% South American Wool, 12.5% baby llama, 5% viscose tweed nepps), I spun the first pack over days 1 and 2, the second on days 3 and 4, plying them together on day 5.

1,398 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn.

A close-up of purple-green gradient handspun yarn.

Day 6 and I started on 3 braids of a Rambouillet gradient (100g each). I began by splitting the braid lengthways 4 times, so that I could ply two lengths together for sweater sleeves. I spun one quarter braid on day 6, and two more on day 7. On day 8 I spun the final quarter braid, plied the first two quarters together, and started spinning a full braid. Day 9 continued the spinning of the first full braid, which was completed on day 10 along with plying the second two quarters together. The remaining full braid was spun over days 11 and 12, and plied across days 13 and 14.

2,032 yards of light fingering/lace weight 2ply yarn.

A close-up of blue-orange-purple gradient handspun yarn.

Day 15 I split a braid of 75% Blue Faced Leicesters, 25% ramie gradient lengthways 4 times and spun 3 of the quarter braids up. I then took a rest day the following day (originally scheduled for much earlier) before finishing the 4th quarter on day 16. I also plied two quarters on day 16 and started on a full braid of the gradient. I finished spinning that braid on day 17. Day 18 was spent plying the remaining two quarters and spinning about half of a final braid. This braid was finished on day 19, and plied on day 20. This left me with just the skeining to do on day 21, taking the final Sunday as the second rest day with just photos and project updating to do.

1,476 yards of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn.

A close-up of blue-green handspun yarn.

A total of 902g of fibre spun up into 4,906 yards of yarn.

Multiple skeins of handspun gradient yarns.

Still plenty of fibre left if the Tour does go ahead later in the summer.

Going solo

Unfortunately today I had to close my ravelry download store. It came to my attention that despite being provided with evidence by multiple people that certain elements of the new website design posed a risk of causing seizure and migraine, the team is continuing to use these elements in the download email that accompanies a pattern purchase. These elements (primarily the drop shadows) remain even if the purchase is made by a member who is using the classic ravelry skin, or has turned off the more damaging elements in their profile.

This leaves me no choice but to suspend my ravelry store so as not to expose any customers to this risk.

I do not take this decision lightly, as ravelry has a monopoly in the fibre world, and I will lose income as a result of taking my sales off this platform (though they will still appear in the database). But I feel that this is the only option available to me, as it is not possible to customise the download emails to remove these elements.

Any purchases made through ravelry will continue to be available in your library, or accessible via your original download email. All patterns are now available here in my pattern store.