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.

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.

Too hot to knit?

Here in the UK we are in the middle of a heatwave, it has been HOT, and us Brits really are not used to weather like this! I’ve always been of the opinion that it’s never too hot to knit, but I’m not sure that the big bulky jumper that I’m currently working on is the best choice of project for this weather.

Laceweight projects definitely have to be a better choice, right?

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This is my latest new pattern the Cymopoleia Shawl which is available exclusively from Knit Picks, its a large circular shawl knit in Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud, which is a wonderfully soft laceweight yarn. This is an intermediate level project, worked in the round from the centre out with a knitted on border (which you can see below).

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You can click here to see more information or to buy this pattern. If you knit this pattern I would love to see a picture.

Fox Sake: a fun shawl

Have you seen my latest pattern… this is Fox Sake, a wonderfully fun shawl that is also really quick to knit.  Why is it called fox sake? Well I make a little animation to demonstrate:

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The entire shawl is knit in garter stitch, with the centre V being shaped with short rows and if you’ve never tried out German short rows before then this is a great project to try them out.  You can find all the information about this pattern and also purchase it here.

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Jewel Thief Blanket

After writing about blanket squares layouts in this post I completely forgot to write about my new blanket pattern!

This is the Jewel Thief blanket, the pattern includes instructions for eight different squares and guess what… there isn’t a single purl stitch to be found. All you need to know is K1 and Sl1 so it is wonderfully easy too.

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If you are already a fan of mosaic knitting then you’ll love this blanket and if you’ve never tried out this technique then I’m sure you will soon be a fan too.

My sample blanket was knit in Eden Cottage Pendle and Milburn, two wonderful 4ply wool yarns, some of my test knitters tried out the squares in heavier weight and different fibre yarns and showed that the squares look great whatever yarn you choose.

If you’d like to purchase this pattern and to see more pictures just click here to be taken to the Ravelry page.