19 March 2015

Stepping Stones Shawl for Knit.Purl SS2015

Stepping Stones Shawl by Katya Frankel. Knit.Purl Magazine SS2015, InterweaveA couple of days before Edinburgh Yarn Festival I had an unexpected surprise land in my inbox. A pattern I submitted to Knit.Purl was chosen to be on the front cover of the magazine! I feel both lucky and privileged for it to have been picked to represent what you might expect to see in this issue and am still giddy with excitement :-)  
Stepping Stones began on the River Breamish at Ingram that's really breathtakingly beautiful and is full of shallow crossings in places, read fun!

I only had a packet of sticky notes in my pocket to jot this down while we were picnicking by the river and shouting to the kids not to get too wet, or else they'd face a long hike back in soggy trainers. 

Having tried a couple of shaping options for the centre spine I settled on a row of large eyelets because the outline seemed perfectly complete as it was, wanting to be an intrepid row of stepping stones surrounded by water. 

I'm glad Lisa picked blue to make it with, to continue the theme, although I can definitely see this shawl done in a whole array of colours with the pattern this bold it'll stand out well in brights and neutrals, and even gently variegated yarns.

Stepping Stones Shawl by Katya Frankel. Knit.Purl Magazine SS2015, Interweave
photos (c) Joe Hancock, Knit.Purl SS2015
Stepping Stones Shawl by Katya Frankel. Knit.Purl Magazine SS2015, Interweave
photos (c) Joe Hancock, Knit.Purl SS2015
Stepping Stones Shawl by Katya Frankel. Knit.Purl Magazine SS2015, Interweave
photos (c) Joe Hancock, Knit.Purl SS2015

Finished Size 55” wide and 27” deep.
Yarn Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (70% merino extrafine wool, 30% silk; 150 yd 137 m/1¾ oz 50 g): #3064 pewter, 4 skeins. Yarn distributed by Fairmount Fibers.
Needles Sizes 7 (4.5 mm) and 8 (5 mm): 40” circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle.
Gauge 17 sts and 28 rows = 4” in St st on smaller needle after blocking.

18 March 2015

Edinburgh yarn festival

In a word, Edinburgh Yarn Festival was AMAZING!
It was the first festival where I actually was at a stall, spending the two days helping Yarn Garden selling our kits and my books, talking to knitters about what they like to work with and what they like to knit. I enjoyed every single bit of it and came back with so many design ideas!

Once again, pardon my blurry photos, I obviously never learn that the phone lens needs a good polish every now and then.

The festival was so well organised and incredibly busy, I feel that if it weren't for the Ca-baa-ret night I wouldn't have had enough time to catch up with so many people properly. It was nice bumping into some old friends, even if it only was to say hi and meeting new ones who I've been either chatting to on twitter or know through work: Louise Scollay of KnitBritish, Clare Devine who was at the booth next to ours but I didn't realise that until the very end of Saturday :-) (btw she was the one who did layout for my Yarn Play collection a couple of years ago), Kirstyn of LoveKnitting, Allison of Yarn in the City (I occasionally talk to her on twitter but didn't realise who she was because the handle is different and, well, duh!), Joanne Scrace who is a crochet designer I admire muchly and is one half of Crochet ProjectLucy Hague who just brought out a gorgeous book chock full of beautiful celtic cable shawls, and met one of the Miss Spiritual Tramp's buddies too.

I loved that EYF was filled with conversations about locally produced British Yarns and the sustainability of our fibre industry as a whole, loved that so many knitters were there with their partners, that new yarns are emerging as a result of designers and dyers working with local mill owners, that so much knowledge is passed around and shared as a result of those collaborations.
I just wish we had more time to chat with everybody! And shop. I had a little wonder at the very end and picked up some gorgeous fibre in very bright colours with no particular plans for it just yet, I think it'll be good for some wet felting once it decides what it wants to be, and a Harris Tweed pouch.
What a weekend! It was great and I am very much looking forward to next EYF!

10 March 2015


Numinous Shawl pattern by Katya Frankel

I'm on a bit of a stash cleansing/using-up spree. Nothing drastic, but I thought now is as good time as any to use up all the odd balls and skeins that were sitting in a box for a while. It seems that for somebody who doesn't have a stash problem I still have an insane amount of yarn that doesn't have a plan. These are mostly sock and lace skeins; as it turns out that's what I mostly magpie at shows and yarn shops. That's how Numinous was born,

5 March 2015


Astra was published last year in Knit Today's issue 97, and now that the rights have reverted back to me I'd love to offer it as a single download as well.

4 March 2015

Head to Toe - Hand Things - Cheviot Hills

Ever since moving to the North East we have taken to spending some time by the Cheviots in Northumberland. If you've not been to Northumberland, it is gorgeous and quite, being the least densely populated county in England, with a varying landscape where you'll have moors and hills and rivers aplenty. There are of course cities and towns to visit, although we tend to stick to the open country and paths around the Cheviots and walk. Because you get to see this

26 February 2015

How to: Up-size a Hat

Where I talk about upsizing a child's hat pattern to an adult sized. 
Since Head to Toe came out, a number of people have asked for tips on adapting the hat patterns in it to fit an adult. If you've ever knitted kids hats I am almost certain that you would have noticed that past the age of 3 or 4 their heads are VERY close in circumference to those of adults. It's pretty amazing because kids heads usually look smaller than ours and this is due to the fact that although the circumference might be the same, their depth is often shallower than that of an adult head. Because of this, if the pattern is written out to accommodate a good range of sizes, the only change you'd have to make is make the hat deeper. Since all of the hat patterns in Head to Toe were beanies, I will only cover the adjustment of a basic beanie in depth.

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