Six-to-One Centred Decrease tutorial

Finishing cables that join together neatly can be tricky. In all of our Mystery Knit-a-Longs Ann and I have developed tutorials to help with the trickier and new techniques. This years MKAL, Two Heads Are Better, is no exception.

Two Heads Are Better MKAL crown details

Two Heads Are Better MKAL crown details

The cable pattern in the crown of Ann’s design has the cables coming together to finish neatly. The following YouTube video is the tutorial I put together to help work these. It makes a lovely centred cabled decrease.

Nariko and Kai

I am very pleased to introduce to you two new crochet designs that made their popular debut at Yarndale this year - Nariko and Kai.

Nariko

Nariko

Nariko is a triangular shawl, crocheted from the bottom up, with a simple, classic and clean look that is broken up by spike stitch star stripes. This was such a soothing shawl to crochet and it received a lot of admiration before it was finished. I added the tassels as I just love a tassel on a shawl and was very lucky to have some beads that matched the colours in the spike stitch star stripes perfectly.

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The shawl is suitable for adventurous beginners. The main shawl is crocheted with half treble (UK term) stitches and there are photo tutorials for the spike stitch stars and adding tassels to your finished shawl included in the pattern. The stripes are worked as you go so once the shawl is finished it is ready to wear.

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It is extremely cozy in a soft yarn and wraps around the shoulders easily. I have found myself wearing this shawl a lot recently as the weather turns a bit cooler and it just feels so snug.

Kai

Kai

Kai is the sister pattern to Nariko. Kai is a fun and interesting cowl to crochet with changing stitch patterns and colours. There are three different stitch patterns that work their way up the cowl. It starts with V-stitch stripes, then moves into spike stitch stars and finally finishes with a boxed block pattern. All three patterns are also suitable for adventurous beginners as they use simples stitches to make very effective patterns. The pattern also contains a tutorial on the spike stitch star pattern.

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I love wearing this cowl as depending on how it falls around the neck, different colours and patterns become visible. It is tall and wide enough to cover the whole head if I wish to wear it as a snood in very cold weather and it works well to keep out cold drafts around the neck with its many folds.

Both Nariko and Kai are made with Scheepjes Stone Washed DK weight yarn which is a combination of cotton and acrylic. It is an extremely soft yarn that crochets very easily. I used Moon Stone (white), Canada Jade (green) and Coral (orange) for both designs and Black Onyx as the main colour in Nariko. There are many colours in the Scheepjes palette though and I am excited to try out a few more colour combinations.

Happy crocheting,

Sarah x








Blue Winter Rose

I am very excited to introduce the final pattern from my Winter Blooms collection, Blue Winter Rose.

Blue Winter Rose

Blue Winter Rose

Blue Winter Rose is a lacy poncho that features a rose pattern that climbs up the poncho. The pattern is a traditional Shetland lace pattern that I have used in different ways as it climbs from a trellis effect to clusters of roses to individual flowers. It reminds me of climbing roses in my Nan’s garden.

Blue Winter Rose

Blue Winter Rose

The inspiration for Blue Winter Rose has come from the Game of Thrones stories. The winter rose is a pale blue flower the colour of frost, loved by the characters Lyanna Stark.

Lace detail

Lace detail

I used The Border Tart Blue Moon Luna Laceweight yarn which is a really lovely soft yarn made from baby alpaca, silk and cashmere. The small and medium sizes need just one skein as it has great yardage and it shows off the lace pattern beautifully.

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Blue Winter Rose is available to purchase here. I will be sending a newsletter out today with details of the newsletter subscribers exclusive discount for both Linden Tree and Blue Winter Rose so sign up today if you have not already done so.

I am off to continue packing for Yarndale which is this weekend in Skipton. I hope to see you there as it is a great yarn show with lots to see and do.

Happy knitting,

Sarah x