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.

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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.

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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.

Screenshot of pattern store

New pattern store now open!

Back in late 2014 I had to move my pattern sales away from my own website due to the new EU rules applying VAT on digital sales base on the location of the buyer. This was all too much for me to track, so I outsourced all of my sales to ravelry who handled the VAT for me.

Now that ravelry has become inaccessible and dangerous for some people following their recent styling choices, I have decided to bring my pattern sales back in-house. They will also remain available for sale on ravelry, but for anyone who cannot or does not want to use the pattern sales feature there, all individual patterns are now available here in my pattern store.

I am still working on getting the ebooks moved over (I am hoping to do this via bundled purchase discounts rather than having to set up even more links for people to have to click through) and the styling’s not quite where I want it yet. But I wanted the priority to be providing access to the patterns for people who want them.

I have used all standard, tried and tested, WordPress and Woocommerce plug-ins, so there is no need to worry that you are being treated as any sort of guinea pig. That said, if you do find any problems, please let me know and I will try and fix them asap.

Enjoy!

Digital pattern downloads

Due to the ongoing accessibility issues at ravelry, I am working on adding the ability to download my free patterns, and buy my paid-for patterns directly from this website. At this time I cannot guarantee that I will be able to offer paid-for downloads to EU residents due to the onerous digital VAT regulations, but will pursue all options available to me.

While I am setting all of this up, if you would like to download one of the free patterns listed at the free patterns link above, or buy one of my paid-for patterns, but do not want to/cannot safely access the ravelry website where they are currently hosted, please drop me an email at alice at doggrelldesigns dot com and we’ll work it out.

Accessibility warning for those accessing ravelry

It has come to my attention that the recent changes to the ravelry website (where my patterns are sold) are potentially dangerous for people with seizure and/or migraine indicators. An option has been given to switch to the old styling while work is undertaken to mitigate these issues, but you have to navigate the new styling in order to do so.

If you have an urgent need to buy any of my patterns, please let me know and I can arrange for this to take place without you having to access ravelry (but will ensure that you still have your pattern saved in your ravelry library as well as a digital copy emailed directly to you).

I can be emailed at alice at doggrelldesigns dot com.

Floral lace poncho

Pattern release day: Floral lace poncho

This fun floral lace poncho is great for wrapping up on cool summer nights. Featuring an all-over floral lace pattern, with contrast diagonal flowers you can wear this in multiple ways.

A delicate picot edging both starts and finishes this poncho.

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

Finished size is 64“/163cm square, 29“/74cm straight drop from neck to edge.You can find more pictures by clicking the image above, and can buy the pattern here: Floral Lace Poncho.