The Colour Pop Cowl appeared in Issue 125 of Inside Crochet magazine and you can now download the pattern for free via Eden Cottage Yarns. Victoria and her team have also put together colour kits for this design. It may be too early to mention the “C” word – but this would make an ideal gift for crocheting friends and family. The motif cowl is constructed using the “join as you go” technique and is simple enough for a confident beginer to follow. I had great fun designing and making this and I’m thrilled that the pattern is now available from Eden Cottage yarns, who initially provided yarn support. Collaborating with yarn companies, developing a design or collection is one of the joys of my job. Admin, dealing with pattern sales, enquiries and promotion are less fun. But they are essential to the success of my brand. Many of my patterns for Inside Crochet are available by purchasing back copies or digital downloads of the magazine, others are avilable from Love Crafts and designs commissioned by yarn companies are available directly from their website.
If you’re looking for other accessory designs, you might like the Cavendish hat and mittens set – which made the cover of issue 84 of Inside Crochet Magazine.
More exciting news this week – the new edition of Inside Crochet arrived and my latest design using Eden Cottage Yarns beautiful 4 ply is featured on the cover. The Linoleum Cowl was inspired by a photo on Instagram of an old floor, I loved the vivid yellows and oranges and thought they would be a great combination for a “mid century” inspired accessory. I used a combination of Askham and Milburn 4 ply yarns, the shades were perfect and these yarns work so well together and allow the knitter or crocheter plenty of choice in putting together their own colour palette. Askham yarn is on special offer at the moment, so this is the perfect time to spoil yourself.
To make the cowl, you’ll need three different shades. I suggest making the motifs first, sewing them together and then working the main cowl until it matches the length of your motifs, this allows for any differences in tension to be “ironed out” by working more or fewer rows of the pattern.
Look out for issue 73 in the shops, there are some lovely patterns in this issue and a great interview with fellow designer Ali Campbell (who also has a guest project in my new book) and a really pretty shawl by Helda Pangary, which I am planning to make over the Christmas holidays. This is another project which would be perfect for Askham or Milburn, so I’ll be raiding my stash to find the perfect colour combination.
My favourite Sunday afternoon walk is a stroll along Allonby beach – boy it can be windy – even in summer. So, I always have a few woollies in my rucksack to guard against the chills. My current favourite is this super smooshy cowl which is made in Eden Cottage Yarns Whitfell Chunky. The colour “Tulip”, is even more stunning in real life and the soft baby alpaca really keeps out the cold. I made this version quite large, so I could easily slip it over a bulky coat and I’ll admit to wearing it around the house too!
The button came from Bag Clasps, I spotted these at Woolfest and Julie kindly let me take one away to play with. I think you’ll agree it’s stunning and really sets off the cowl beautifully. If you’re off to Yarndale this weekend, look out for the Bag Clasps stand or visit their website (I have yet to find a website which is so well stocked with everything you need for bag making and Julie is really helpful too, always willing to advise and offer suggestions).
As I was writing this, I realised the Whitfell Chunky / Bag Clasps combo is becoming a bit of a theme in my designs. This gorgeous bag also uses Whitfell Chunky and features straps from Bag Clasps leather range. You can buy the pattern from Ravelry by clicking here
It’s no secret I love working with natural fibres, and alpaca yarns do feature high on my list of all time favourites. Lucky for me Eden Cottage Yarns are launching two new shades of Whitfell Chunky at Yarndale this weekend. I already have plans for these gorgeous shades:
If you would like to buy the pattern for this new design, you can find the Allonby Cowl on Ravelry, or on Love Crochet.
Of course, I can’t write a blog post about Eden Cottage Yarns without a shameless plug for “Drift”. This new collection features some beautiful knitting patterns by a very talented group of designers, and I’m pleased to say you’ll also find three crochet designs by me in the collection. I’ve added a whole page featuring the collection (click on the “Drift Collection” tab to read all about it or you can view the lookbook and drool over the beautiful designs here.
Well hello there! While the British summer may have been a bit of a washout so far, I have had a lovely break (cue photo of French sunflowers!) and now it’s back to work.
Work in “the book” continues, with some exciting stuff this week, which involved a trip to Tunbridge Wells – I can’t wait to tell you more and reveal a new departure for me – you’ll have to wait until all is revealed, but I can tell you it was very exciting (for me at least) and involved some fabulous people and a rather amazing publication which I’ve been reading since childhood!!
In between designing some rather cute Christmas commissions (yes, magazine commissions work on a different “time zone” to ordinary mortals!) I have been swatching motifs, I have a blanket in mind, but I’m not sure what form it will take yet, much playing with yarn will follow until I feel I’ve got it “just right”. This swatch two beautiful shades of Eden Cottage Yarns Whitfell DK, a yarn I’ve been using a lot recently.
Meantime, I’ve been teaching myself how to design amigurumi figures. Apparently it’s “all in the proportions”, so many part finished dolls and critters swamp my desk as I write!
Also this week, the lovely team at Rooster Yarns sent me some of their gorgeous Almerino – now here’s a yarn I’ll use again. It’s so soft and the colours are stunning. A practical blend of baby alpaca and merino, it comes in dk and aran weight. I used 2 balls of dk to make this pretty cowl. It started life as a Friday night swatch, but soon turned into this little beauty – which I will admit to wearing already – like I said – summer has been a bit of a washout.
Finally, I am slowly editing all my patterns ready to re -release my single downloads in the autumn and post some brand new free patterns in preparation for your seasonal gift knitting and crochet (you see, I can’t even mention the “C” word in August – even though I’m been humming Christmas carols and knitting baubles since July!)
Whatever you’re up to this summer, I hope you find some time to put down your hooks and needles and spend some time outdoors in the sunshine.