Advance notice of website closure

It’s been fun, but I can no longer run this website at a loss, so from early in the New Year (January 2023) I will be disabling all pattern sales (both directly and via Payhip), but will leave the website up for a couple of months to allow people to download previously purchased patterns. Then sometime around April/May 2023 the website itself will be taken down, so please make sure you have downloaded (and backed up) any files before April. My dedicated email addresses will be expiring, so get in quick if you want to download anything or contact me.

Pattern release day: Bimini boomerang shawlette

Bimini shawl draped around mannequin - front view

This striking boomerang shawl is worked in a zig-zag lace pattern from pointy tip to knit-on edging. It’s perfect for that gradient with a colour that you might want to minimise, as while the shawl gets wider, the rows are longer and use up more yarn. From the pictures shown you can see that I wasn’t fully enamoured of the pink, which made up a third of this gradient, but the construction means that it isn’t the dominant colour.

Yardage: 400-420 yards of fingering/4-ply/sock/baby weight yarn.
Gauge: 11 sts and 24 rows in 4”/10cm in lace pattern.
Needles: 5.00mm/US 8 needles or whatever needed to meet gauge.
Finished max width of 45“/114cm and length of 61“/155cm.

For more pictures, click on the image above or one of the purchase links below.

For customers outside the EU, you can buy this digital download here.

For customers within the EU, please purchase using this Payhip link: Bimini boomerang shawlette on Payhip

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.