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March 2017

Free pattern: Reversible Cable Scarf

Another new design out this week and this one is available for free via the Designer Yarns website.

Falkland Scarf (2)

This unisex scarf is completely reversible, using ribbed cables and moss stitch, so it doesn't matter how you wrap yourself up, your knitting will still look fabulous.

And with only 44 stitches to the row it turns out to be quite a quick knit as well (or at least it felt that way to me because the other tings on the needles are large scarves or colourwork across a lot more stitches)

What really makes this a special knit is the yarn, Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran.

I am very privileged that working as a designer, tech editor and craft writer I get to try out a lot of lovely yarns - so many that sometimes it is hard to choose a favourite. But this one really stands out.

(Full disclosure: I regularly work for Designer Yarns who distribute this yarn and have worked for Debbie Bliss directly, but  promise this is not an influence on my view of this yarn except that they provided me the opportunity to use it.)

Falkland Aran is a 100% organic merino yarn produced from sheep reared on the Falkland Islands. It stands out for a number of reasons. First, the bounce, this yarn is very soft through the hands and produces a bouncy fabric that retains its feel after blocking. Then there is the "sheepy" feel by which I mean that you can feel the lanolin on your hands despite this being a commercially spun and dyed yarn yarn. This meant it moved beautifully on my wooden needles - which are really shinning after making this sample and one for myself to wear.

Falkland Scarf

The stitch definition as you can see is very clear, so great for cables and texture and finally the depth of colour and sheen from the yarn give a very attractive finish.

Ok, so I may have fallen slightly in love with this yarn. I certainly want to do more with it in the future and am  thinking about a hat and handwarmers to go with the scarf.



New pattern: Spring Leaf cardigan

The new issue of Knitting magazine is out and it includes my Spring Leaf cardigan. A simple draping cardigan for over a light top or dress.


It has a bolero shape with a curved hem line and the leaf edging is knitted on so the leaves grow up the front symmetrically. The leaf pattern is based on a Victorian edging from the Knitting and Crochet Guild archive.

Spring leaf scan collage

It is one of those knits that is much easier than it might a appear at first glance at the pattern.

The yarn is Lotus Yarns Tibetan Cloud Worsted - my first time using 100% Yak - which is lovely and soft and very rich colourwise with the right drape for this project.