Gifting Season

Are you knitting gifts this year? For others, or yourself of course? If you are why not take advantage of some discounted patterns.

Over on Ravelry at this time of year Gift-A-Long happens, where hundreds of designers offer a 25% discount on some of their patterns and there’s also great fun to be had in the gift-a-long ravelry group. You can find a bundle of Verily Knits patterns that are to be discounted here together with all the info you need to get the discount. For more information see the Indie Design Gift-a-Long group on ravelry.

I wouldn’t want any off-ravelry knitters to miss out on these discounts so I have added the same 20 patterns to a bundle on payhip, you can find there here, just use the code NOVGIFT there to get 25% off those patterns from now until the end of 30th November.

Ravens Path, a new cowl pattern

I love creating stranded colourwork patterns, getting an idea from my head into a workable knitting pattern is challenging but so much fun.

This is Ravens Path my latest pattern, this cowl features a big and bold gothic style all-over motif, the pattern comes with two length and two height options.

I used Wollmeise Pure 4ply, I chose the neutral shade Natur and teamed it with a multi red/blue shade called Drachenblut. Stranded colourwork patterns are a great use for multi-coloured yarns especially if you combine them with a solid shade.

You can purchase this pattern on Ravelry here, Payhip here or LoveCrafts here.

A leafy shawl for autumn

Crisp, cold mornings, piles of golden leaves and conkers to collect, who else loves autumn? As it gets cooler a cosy shawl to keep you warm is a must too.

Introducing Earthward my latest shawl pattern. Earthward is a triangular shawl knit sideways from one corner. This shawl features a cascade of leaves which form a wonderful edging. I chose a gorgeous superwash merino DK from Black Elephant yarns, they have some wonderful shades, a great alternative would be Malabrigo Caprino, or a more budget friendly Drops Merino extra fine.

This shawl is also completely customisable with regards to size, I used 465yds (425m) of yarn and my finished shawl measured 50″ along the top edge and 30″ at the deepest point (127 x 76cm) but you could make this shawl much larger (or smaller) and the pattern includes instructions on how to do so.

Earthward is the eighth pattern in The Changing Seasons ebook, buying the ebook gives you huge savings on the patterns. Alternative you can buy the single Earthward pattern on Ravelry here or Payhip here.

Introducing Aglow

Combining the style of a lace shawl with the ease of wear of a cowl I created Aglow.

This super pretty cowl is knit all in one piece from the top down; first you knit the neck section flat, then the large lace edge is knit in the round, the lace edge can also be knit to any length desired.

I chose this gorgeous gold and maroon colour combination as I wanted a bold statement of a cowl; but colour combinations are unlimited, choose similar colours for a more subtle effect, or work each lace section in a different shade for a rainbow cowl.

This pattern is suitable for an adventurous beginner and has both written and charted instructions.

You’ll need 190yds / 174m of main colour and 140yds / 128m of contrast colour 4ply / fingering weight yarn plus 2 stitch markers.

You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry here, on Payhip here, or on LoveCrafts here.

Sea Holly

I completely forgot to blog about July’s entry into The Changing Seasons ebook.

This is Sea Holly, a triangular shawl knit from the top down incorporating small cables and lace.

Inspired by the spikey leaves and curly flowers of the Sea Holly plants that are so prevalent amongst the sand dunes near where I live.

This shawl is knit in 4ply / fingering weight yarn, although you could use a lighter or heavier weight if preferred. I chose Rainbow Heirloom merino light, a 100% merino 4ply yarn for my shawl.

Size is completely customisable, my shawl measures 76″ wide x 30″ at deepest point (193x76cm) and used slightly less than 200g of yarn.

If you’d like to knit your own Sea Holly you can purchase the pattern on Ravelry here, on LoveCrafts here or on Payhip here.

Introducing Erstwhile

I love mosaic knitting, creating patterns out of simple knit and slipped stitches is something I seriously enjoy and here is my latest mosaic design.

Erstwhile is a large triangular shawl knit from the top down using three colours.

Knit in 4ply / fingering weight yarn, I chose two neutral shades for the main sections and a super bright orange for the third colour. I’d love to know what colours you would chose, do send me a photo if you decide to knit your own Erstwhile.

You can get the pattern on ravelry here, on lovecrafts here or on payhip here.

Sandscape, a new shawl pattern for June

The new pattern to be added to The Changing Seasons ebook is Sandscape. June, the beginning of summer and the perfect month for a stroll along the beach. With it’s geometric lines and large lace panel Sandscape was inspired by the many shells washed up along the shoreline.

Sandscape is knit in 4ply / fingering weight yarn, I chose Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Lucille as it is the perfect sandy shade and the yarn has a wonderful drape.

You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry here, LoveCrafts here, or Payhip here.

You can purchase The Changing Seasons ebook on Ravelry here.

An alternative to P2tog tbl

Sometimes you need to work directional decreases on both sides of your knitting and this often involves P2tog through the back of the loops which is a rather awkward stitch to work.  So let me guide you through an alternative way to work this stitch which I think is much easier on the hands and the final stitch looks exactly the same as a P2togtbl but requires less acrobatic hand maneuvers. There is also a video right at the very end of this post.

Step 1: insert your right hand needle into the next 2 stitches just as you would when doing a P2tog

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slide these 2 stitches on to the right hand needle.
Step 2: bring the left needle up and under these two stitches and slide them back on to the left needle

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the stitches have now been twisted:

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Step 3: Now purl these 2 stitches together just as your would a regular P2tog

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As you can see on the right side you now have a left leaning decrease that looks just the same as P2togtbl:

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You can also view this tutorial on YouTube:

Want a free pattern?

Did you know I have a newsletter? The Verily Claire newsletter goes out once a month (occasionally twice a month) and it includes info about new pattern releases, what I’m currently working on and always a subscriber exclusive offer.  The exclusive offer is usually a heavily discounted pattern, a free pattern or an offer from a third party.

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This month’s newsletter went out on the 21st and the subscriber offer was to get this Iterum Blanket pattern for free. You still have the chance to get this pattern completely free, just sign up for my newsletter before the end of August.