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

German Short Rows

The On The Other Foot MKAL is now in full swing and it has been great fun watching all the combinations of patterns and colours for the toes and feet appearing in the Ravelry group. We are now into week 3 and this week it is the gusset increases and heels. Both Ann Kingstone and I have used German Short Rows for our heel shaping, but in very different ways. One pattern uses it in a stocking stitch heel and the other in a garter stitch heel.

I like German Short Rows as a short row technique because it is very easy way to create short rows with no gaps at the turning points, it is easy to spot the previous turn compared to many wrap and turn methods and it is almost invisible in the knitting.

I have created the video tutorial below to show this technique both in stocking stitch and garter stitch.

Happy knitting,

Sarah x

On The Other Foot MKAL 2018

Can you believe it has been over a year since Ann Kingstone and I ran our last joint MKAL? We have been busy designing and coordinating an new pattern for this year... On The Other Foot!

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Join us for our third annual mystery knit-along (MKAL), leading you in an intrepid knitting adventure with juicy new techniques to learn, and lots of fun to be had whilst knitting a unique pair of socks.

The MKAL is designed to stretch your creativity by giving you not one, but two options for each section of the socks. We will send out a section of two great linked designs each week and the choice becomes yours. You may decide to make both socks the same, or On The Other Foot (see what we did there?), you may decide to do things differently.

This innovative MKAL will start with part one of the designs on the 9th of March, followed by Part Two on the 16th, Part Three on the 23rd, Part Four on the 30th, and Part Five on the 6th of April. The final full pattern will be revealed on the 13th of April with winners chosen and prizes announced for those who have posted pictures of their completed socks in our Ravelry group forum page. You will automatically receive an email with the pattern update on these dates to download the next section. Each part will have one option designed by myself and one option designed by Ann Kingstone. They can be mixed and matched giving you many different sock pattern options!

We will be supporting you throughout the MKAL with online video tutorials and advice on our blogs, and an online live chat each week. In our Ravelry group we will have forum threads for each update, spoiler threads and a finished sock thread as well as chat and prize giveaways. We love seeing your colour and yarn choices and sharing with you the fun of a MKAL. The last two MKAL - Neck and Neck and On The Other Hand - were great fun and we think this one will be even better!

For this MKAL you will need:

SIZE

To fit foot circumferences of up to 20½(23:25½)cm/8(9:10)“, measured around the mid-foot. After blocking the finished socks measure 17½(20:22½)cm/7(8:9)” around at the mid-foot. Foot and leg length are customisable.

MATERIALS

4ply/fingering weight yarn with approximately 400 metres/437 yards per 100g. You will need 100g of your main colour. You can work the socks entirely in one colour, however two of the ten pattern options involve one or two contrast colours. For each of these pattern options a 20g mini-skein of contrast colour will suffice.

For the prototype socks Sarah used Undercover Otter ‘Singularity’ (100% merino wool), and Ann used Eden Cottage ‘Bowland 4ply’ (100% wool).

NEEDLES AND NOTIONS

Swatch to determine what needle size you need to use to achieve the tension/gauge given below. I used 2.25mm needles (I am a loose knitter!) and Ann used 2.5mm needles. Choose the needle type and length you prefer for small diameter circular knitting.

A stitchmarker.

A cable needle. (Optional)

TENSION/GAUGE

32 stitches and 44 rounds per 10cm/4” in plain stocking stitch/stockinette, measured after blocking.

Click here to go to the Ravelry pattern page: On The Other Foot

Happy knitting! xxx