Archive for the ‘Knitwear design’ Category

What I am working on at the moment

October 18, 2011

I had a long break from writing up new patterns this summer, but now I am back.

At the moment I am working on a cowl and a neckwarmer patterns, which are great for quick Christmas presents, and one absolutely gorgeous wrap cardigan.

Here are some photos of the finished projects. Patterns are now being edited and tested and will be published soon.

Carmel cardigan

Carmel  cardigan was inspired by beautiful town of Carmel on the Pacific Coast in California, which I visited this spring. Cardi is elegant and feminine. It is a quick knit as it is made in Aran weight yarn, and lace pattern is very easy to memorise.

Carmel cardigan - knitting pattern from Katya Wilsher

Carmel cardigan

Carmel cardigan - knitting pattern by Katya Wilsher

Carmel Cardigan

 Esprit cowl

Esprit  cowl was knit in absolutely gorgeous Cascade Venezia Worsted. It is 70% merino and 30% silk, so it is very soft, perfect to be worn next to your skin.

Cowl is knit back and forth in rows, then both edges are joined together.

Esprit cowl

Esprit cowl

Esprti cowl

Esprit cowl

Neckwarmer – so far without a name

This is a cute neckwarmer in Aran weigh yarn. I used less than 100 g of Colourmart Shiny Cotton 9/15NM (which actually has only some cotton, but also has merino and cashmere fibres, which makes it very soft) which I have left after Carmel cardi.

Neckwarmer is knit on the round. As it is usual with my designs, the main stitch is a lace stitch. This stitch is perfect for knitting on the round. It has decreases in even and odd number rows, but this way I only have to do knit decreases (k2tog and ssk) and avoid purl decrease (p2tog and ssp).

Unfortunately, this neckwarmer still hasn’t got a name (I am pretty bad with that).


Lace neckwarmer

Missimer Pullover in Knitting Plus Book

April 21, 2011

I am very excited to be part of the Knitting Plus Book with my Missimer Pullover. Composed especially for plus-sized women, it not only has 15 gorgeous patterns, but also lots of information and tips on how to make sure that your garment fits well and suits your body shape.

Chapter 1 explains how sweaters are constructed and how different measurements influence the finished fit. Chapter 2 talks about body measurements, how to choose right size and gives you tips on how to customise your garment. Lisa goes on to explore 5 basic styles of sweaters: drop-shoulder, set-in sleeve, raglan sleeve, seamless yoke and dolman sleeve. She explains what styles suit different body shapes. And there are 3 patterns for each sweater style.

My design Missimer Pullover with dolman sleeve and simple boat neck is full of style and sophistication. Large-scale all-over lace pattern is perfect for a plus-sized  garment. Shimmery linen-blend yarn gives the fabric a beautiful drape.

Missimer Pullover

Missimer Pullover by Katya Wilsher, Knitting Plus

Missimer Pullover sketch

Missimer Pullover sketch

Creating the sample of the pullover was not without a few mishaps. I took this project with me on a sailing holiday in Greece. One day, when I was knitting on deck, a rush of wind blew all my notes  into the water. My mother-in-law and I tried to fish them out of the water. We managed to rescue most of it, but unfortunately my  chart had drowned. Luckily for me, I managed to recreate the chart from my swatch.

I hope you will enjoy this book. Happy knitting, everyone!

Golden Dreams Hat – new pattern release

March 8, 2011

I have released a new pattern, Golden Dreams hat, to match Golden Dreams scarf.

Hat is knit in DK weight yarn, purple hat is shown GGH Wollywash yarn, which is 100% merino wool, and the white hat is shown in RYC Luxury Cotton, which is 50% cotton, 45% viscose and 5% silk (it is a lovely summer yarn, but unfortunately it is now discontinued.

You will need less than 2 balls of yarn for this project. And you can either follow the chart or written instruction for the stitch pattern.

Golden Dreams hat, knitting pattern by Katya Wilsher

Golden Dreams hat

Golden Dreams hat, knitting pattern by Katya Wilsher

Golden Dreams hat in white

My inspiration for Golden Dreams scarf

December 13, 2010

Today’s post is about inspiration behind my latest pattern release – Golden dreams scarf.

Some time ago I bought some absolutely gorgeous yarn from, which is an independent dyer from Oxfordshire. The yarn I bought is appropriately called Scrumptious, it is a blend of merino wool and silk and is soft and lustrous. The thing I loved most about this yarn was its colour – golden yellow.

Fyberspates Scrumptious 4 ply in golden pumpkin

Fyberspates Scrumptious 4 ply in Golden pumpkin

Next step was to find some beautiful lace stitch to showcase this beautiful yarn. I love to work with lace stitches and whenever I can I try to improvise some new stitch combinations, something new that one can’t find in any stitch dictionary.

I am always on the look for inspiration and this time inspiration came to me on the beach in Italy. There I was, lying on a sunbed, browsing through Italian Vogue, when I saw a beautiful photo of golden chains. I absolutely loved beautiful curved and slightly tilted lines on the photo. Straight away I thought about interpreting this image in lace.

Vogue Italia Sept 2010

Vogue Italia Sept 2010

So some swatching later here is the result. I think it worked quite well.

Golden dreams scarf in Fyberspates Scrumptious 4 ply

New pattern release – Alcazar shawl

November 9, 2010

I am happy to announce that I have released a new pattern – Alcazar, a delicate lace rectangular shawl.

Alcazar shawl by Katya Wilsher

Alcazar shawl

Alcazar shawl by Katya Wilsher

Alcazar shawl - central panel

Alcazar shawl - edge lace

Alcazar shawl - edge lace

Alcazar was inspired by Alcazar of Seville. It is a 13th century palace in Seville, Spain, build in Mudejar style, and I had a chance to visit last year. Many walls of this palace are decorated with the most beautiful and ornate friezes with flower, leaf, swirl and diamond patterns. The patterns are so intricate and so inspiring. I tried to reproduce some of these intricate patterns in this shawl.

In the central part of the shawl I was trying to recreate the image of one of the friezes, an arch with a flower in the middle. I based the stitch on the Lillega Ebapiibelehekiri pattern from Haapsalu saal book, but I changed the pattern to incorporate a central flower element and also to create a continuous flow of eyelets.

For lace edge I improvised a flower and leaves pattern, as it is a popular pattern for friezes in Alcazar. This pattern is incorporated within straight lines, which correspond to the straight lines of the central section. Stretched semicircles in open lace create nice delicate edge for this shawl.

The shawl is worked in one piece. First, center section is worked, followed by top border and lace edging. Then, the stitches are picked up from the edging strip and lower border and lace is worked.

I used a beautiful Rowan Kidsilk Haze for the shawl, which is a joy to work with.

The pattern is available now through my Ravelry store.

This shawl has also won a second place among lace projects in Iknit Weekender design competition.


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