Posts Tagged ‘lace’

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

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.

Ravelympics results – Annabelle Cardigan

March 4, 2010

This year I decided to participate in Ravelympics – an event that coincided with WInter Olympics and during which you were supposed to challenge yourself with a project. My challenge was to design a top-down seamless cardigan in Aran weight yarn and knit a sample, all in 2 weeks timeframe.

I spent quite  a lot of time looking for a perfect stitch for my cardi. I usually do, partly because I have a lot of stitch dictionaries and partly because sometimes  I am rather indecisive. But once I started knitting, I wasn’t really happy with the result. That was a point when I actually was in doubt if the design would work altogether. But I don’t like to give up, so I ripped all the yoke and knitted everything again.  In the end, everything worked only with a fourth attempt.

Anyway, I am really happy with the result. I am working on the pattern now and hope to publish it in April.

Annabelle Cardigan

Annabelle Cardigan

Annabelle Cardigan

Annabelle Cardigan

New patterns – Riviera Scarf and Beret

February 26, 2010

I have now published two new lace patterns. They are matching beret and scarf, which would be perfect for spring. Both are knit in different colors in  4 ply wool.  I made the sample with Rowan Pure Wool 4 ply, which is lovely 4ply 100% wool. It is soft to knit and it blocks beautifully.

Riviera Scarf

Riviera Scarf

Riviera Beret

Riviera Beret

Both beret and scarf are done with a range of lace stitches. I think anyone who likes lace can find her favourite lace stitch here. I have a little bit of chevron, a little bit of leaves, seafoam and of course some feathers and fans. So in a way it is like knitting a lace sampler, but one that is wearable.

These are one of my favourite finished projects so far, I absolutely love to wear beret and scarf all the time. They always lift my spirits up, it maybe the colors that suit me or just satisfaction of making a lovely project myself.

Alice Top pattern

November 6, 2009

Good news, my new pattern is up! It is a beautiful lace top knit from top down in DK-weight yarn. The  pattern comes in two sets of sizes: 30-40 inches and 42-54 inches. You can see more photos and info here or on Ravelry.

Alice top

It was designed for the fashion show on UK Ravelry Day in June 2009, organised by Joanne Watson from British Yarn. The topic of the show was anything British. So I started to  think about British things that I like and thought about Alice in Wonderland. It is a very English book and everyone loves it. I like the cute little apron Alice wears, with its square neck and ruffles. Then there was this other Victorian thing – beautiful lace stitch, that I wanted to use in something for a long time.

Alice in Wonderland illustration by Sir John Tenniel

So that was the start. I added two more different stitches and the design was ready. Luckily for me, my design was accepted and I got the yarn support. I wanted to make the top in some summery yarn, but as it was a Everything British event, I got Bluefaced Leicester wool form, as it is the type of yarn that actually originates from Britain.  It is a lovely, very soft yarn which comes from British sheep and is spun in the UK as well.

To be honest, it was my first project knit from top-down and on the round and I enjoyed it very much, so much that I don’t want to go back to flat knitting anymore unless I have to. Center lace stitch works brillianly knit in the round, as one doesn’t need to make decreases on the purl side (not my favourite thing in the world). And two other lace stitches are very simple.

Well, it took me a while to write and re-write and then ammend the pattern, but I got there.  But I couldn’t have gotten here without brilliant editing by Tana Pageler.

I hope you enjoy knitting and wearing it!


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