Spirale Baby Blanket (Linyië series) – free pattern

It’s those lazy summer days, which are great for some relaxing projects you don’t have to put too much concentration into. A blanket seemed like a great project to design while watching the Olympics! Still thinking along the theme of lines (in this case curves), I came up with Spirale to add to the Linyië series, which is a relatively quick baby blanket crochet project.

I made it in Serenity super chunky yarn (Rembrandt ~ blue-purple colourway containing speckles of multi-colour up close), which I’ve used in previous projects (the Kreuze pullover and the Pfade poncho). I like the texture of this super chunky yarn which is soft with a tad of alpaca in the yarn mix.

I was looking through my stash and I found a cotton-rich worsted Lang yarns skein called Kappa in white, which I purchased years ago in a sale and it provided a good contrast with the Serenity wool.

This project experiments with repeated curves to form a spiraling shell from a central braid in the super-chunky yarn – the length of the braid is one of the factors determining the size of the blanket; for a bigger blanket, make a longer braid.

The chunky braid is subsequently lined with the white Lang yarn.

Following this, the braid is crocheted together on the wrong side of the braid from the centre of the spiral and a filling stitch creates strands radiating from the centre of the spiral.

The filling stitch are worked from the centre, which are essentially elongated slip stitches, which has a similar effect to that of knitted drop stitches. To give the blanket a bit of extra character, the final outer edge circle of filling is made varying the tension of the filling stitch which creates a ruffled effect. The braid is joined together with the filling stitch without pinning the braid onto a template, but I’ve outlined a method for pinning the braid down to join it together in the pattern as well. Here’s a picture of the finished blanket:

For those who have some experience with Romanian Point Lace, aspects of this project reflect some of the methodology used in RPL by constructing the piece with a braid and a filling stitch, albeit in a much more chunky setting!

The pdf pattern instructions include written instructions and photos and is free to download at ravelry.com or just click on the link below!

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Ffaerys cowl

Back in January, I acquired some Artesano 100% alpaca 4ply from I Knit London – I got a rich plum coloured yarn called Venezuela in the range and started a project in February, but didn’t really get around to finishing it until now. This project evolved over the months and has since become the Ffaerys cowl.

Compared to my other projects I really wanted to do a larger crocheted lacy accessory/garment with a fair amount of detail with this finer wool. This project has the basic crochet stitches and then a few variations of bobble stitches and requires some experience with crochet and I’d regard it as between intermediate and advanced.

Ffaerys is a light but warm cowl, great for when cooler weather may strike. It can be used as a substitute for a cardigan and in alpaca is particularly warm. It is worn by slipping over the head and has a decorative single crochet cord laced through the picot-edging. The cowl can be worn with the lacing at the front or with the cowl turned so that the lacing is to the side as shown.

The construction is in two main portions, the collar and the two wings of the cowl. Detailed instructions and diagrams are provided in the pdf pattern.

The pdf pattern for Ffaerys can be purchased for £3.50 at ravelry.com or click on the button below to buy now!

Punkt cowl (Linyië series)

The Punkt cowl is part of the Linyië Series. The lines of the Punkt pattern embody direction, perhaps towards a Punkt (destination). How do they change the space around themselves and of other lines?

The urban style cowl can be worn over the face and also doubles as a hat – great for cool weather or simply as a fashion accessory with its striking design, whichever way it is worn.

Punkt is knitted in the round with skeinettes and consists of stretchy rib combinations, decorative cables and a moss/double-rib edging. This project is for a knitter comfortable with cables and stranding – one page of the pdf pattern is dedicated to abbreviations alone, which are used in the work!

The pattern includes two charts which are mirror images of each other consisting of intersecting lines, positioned on opposite sides of the cowl. The mirroring of the charted lines is mimicked in the cables.

The pdf pattern instructions include the charts and written instructions along with some extra notes.

The pdf pattern for Punkt can be purchased for £3.50 at ravelry.com or click on the button below to buy now!

Pfade poncho (Linyië series)

A new addition to the Linyië series collection, Pfade, which means ‘paths’ in german, is a poncho designed for today’s lightly overcast late spring and early summer weather days. On Wednesday when the heat wave struck, I thought the strange weather pattern was broken and my release of this cool-weather poncho was no longer opportune and a May of yesteryear would ensue only to wake to a cool-weathered Thursday morning followed by a hot and humid evening!

Strange weather in the UK has become more and more frequent, which I heard recently coined as global weirding in an episode of Horizon. In particular spring weather has taken a turn in recent years, becoming highly variable. Pfade is for those cool weather days when you’re feeling a bit chilly on top.

Pfade is made with a variety of yarns and yarn weights and the stranding pattern is composed of three lines: a straight line which tapers off (mustard), a red curve and a green sinus wave.

The inspiration for this design came from strings. The mustard line represents the still and resting state of a string, while the red and green lines echo the first two vibrational modes of a string. Together the three create a harmonious dynamic. The mustard line tapers off to add an extra pinch of asymmetry.

Pfade can also be double wrapped and worn as a snug cowl as shown.

The Pfade poncho is knitted on circular needles, ideally about a metre long, but I managed this project on 80cm needles.

It requires increases to create the main trapezium panel which is then seamed together before a moss/drop stitch edging is added to the collar edge and the outer edge. This piece was worked from a large chart (which required sellotaping together multiple chart pages) and requires knowledge of stranding and the drop stitch. The edging is made in chunky with 8mm needles.

Without the edging, the main fabric in stockinette stitch does curl a little, but when worn the weight of the poncho smooths the fabric out. It should be noted that the colour effect at the collar edge created by the James C. Brett Monsoon DK yarn was made up from small skeins of this yarn and not by continuously knitting unbroken yarn from a skein.

Originally I had two skeins of the JCBM yarn which quickly disintegrated into skeinettes when I created the Korsett cowl, as I unravelled the skeins and picked the sections I liked the most of the mixed colour JCBM skein to make up the knitted panels, while I kept the dark brown sections of the original skein for the criss-cross lacing crochet cord.

The pdf pattern instructions include the sections of the chart on separate pages which can be assembled together with sellotape to make the pattern easier to follow and written instructions.

The pdf pattern for Pfade can be purchased for £3.50 at ravelry.com or click on the button below to buy now!

Hoarders

I just watched the first episode of The Hoarder Next Door on 4oD. The protagonist hoarder is a cross-dressing 55 year old man named Nigel.

I have to admit I couldn’t stop thinking that while it must’ve been a relief to get rid of the insurmountable volume of mouldy cat faeces, my hoarder heart sank a little with the thought that the odd skein of wool might’ve also ended up in the tip along with the collection of vintage sewing machines. The program ends on an up note with Nigel able to invite his friends around for dinner.

Importantly, I think this program helps to destigmatise and increase awareness of mental health issues.

Mental Health Awareness Week is coming up on 21-27 May.

If you have any questions about mental health check out the Mental Health Foundation website.

I also have a friend, Michelle Woodall, who is working as a counsellor and psychotherapist based in Edinburgh. If you fancy getting in contact with her visit her website at counsellor-edingburgh.com. You can also follow Michelle on twitter.

Talking of sewing machines earlier in this post, here’s a photo of some i took which I jazzed up with Pixlr-o-matic:

[sewing machine decor at All Saints near Portobello Market, London]

Daisy rib cowl


This cowl is reversible with contrasting sides, and the pattern produces a springy fabric. It is made in super chunky wool and is a quick and easy project for the spring with a ruffly texture.

 

As an additional design feature a 4 strand braid is weaved in and can be used to hold the cowl in place by tying a bow at the front. If you don’t know how to make a 4 strand braid, there are plenty of tutorials on Youtube!

The cowl featured was knitted with Serenity Super Chunky by Wendy in yarn Morello (1709). The braid was made with 2 strands of Morello and 2 strands of Jet (1712). I particularly love the multicolour colorway of Morello as seen here.

Daisy stitch is used in this pattern which is used in daisy pattern featured in Vogue Knitting’s Stitchionary. This pattern has grooves like rib and is named the daisy rib pattern here.

The pdf pattern for this can be purchased for £3.50 at ravelry.com or click on the button below to buy now!