Knitting for Baby: Saartje’s Bootees

My second ‘baby preparation’ project is this lovely pair of baby bootees. I chose Saartje’s Bootees, because it’s a super-cute design, which I’ve previously knitted as a gift for my friend. You can see the matching hat in the previous blog.

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Saartje’s Bootees

I’m using the same yarns i.e. Koigu KPPPM (P611) for the main colour and The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock (Brassica) for the edging, to create a matching set with the Pointy Hat I made the other day.

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As the original knitting pattern is in 4 ply, I didn’t change the pattern, except to convert it for circular knitting using double-pointed needles. Oh – and I changed the straps to fix them to the inside of the bootees – without buttons!

This adds extra style, makes it easier to put them on your baby’s wriggling feet and most important of all – it makes them fit more snugly, so they don’t keep sliding off!

I’ll post a picture of my baby wearing the matching hat and bootees, as soon as she’s born!

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Knitting for Baby: Pointy Hat for a New-born from Purl Soho

It’s just less than 3 weeks to my due date!

I’ve been offline recently, as I’ve been so tired and we’re having repairs done to the ceiling, so we’re in temporary accommodation in Islington.  On the plus side, Islington has Loop – a fantastic knitting supplies shop packed with gorgeous coloured yarns!

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Pointy Hat for Newborns from Purl Soho

My first baby project is a hat, as I really want her to wear my hand-knitted baby clothes from day one! I chose Pointy Hat for Newborns from Purl Soho, because I loved the super-cute pattern straight away.

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Substituting Yarn

I used Koigu KPPPM (P611) for the main colour and The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock (Brassica) for the tuft.

When using a yarn-type that’s different from the original pattern, carefully check:

•    tension
•    the characteristics of the yarns

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My tension is 28 sts and 40 rows to 10cm over stocking stitch, using 2.75mm needles, which is different from the original knitting pattern. So, to make a hat circumference of 14 inches, you will need to re-calculate the stitch number.

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My baby’s head circumference is average and, as a well-fitting knitted hat has a negative ease, I added a negative ease of just 1 cm, so it will sit gently around her head.

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Unlike the recommended yarn for this pattern, Koigu KPPPM is a 100% merino yarn with a bouncy characteristic. In addition, the original pattern uses the same needle size and stitch count for garter-stitch and stocking-stitch, causing the garter-stitch to flare out.

To avoid this, I cast on approx. 5-6% fewer than the main head stitch number and worked with smaller needles, (2 mm), creating a denser garter-edge.

Head circumference 13 13.4 13.8 14.2 14.6 in
33 34 35 36 37 cm
Negative ease (-1cm) 32 33 34 35 36 cm
Cast on for garter sts (use smaller needles) 87 87 90 93 96 sts
Increase evenly over the row after garter stitch 6 6 6 6 6 sts
Main hat sts (use larger needles) 93 93 96 99 102 sts
Start dec every rnd after the foll sts 75 75 78 78 81 sts

 

If you’d like to knit this pattern with Koigu yarn and the same tensions as mine, the table above contains the stitch numbers from 33 cm to 37 cm, (i.e. 28 sts and 40 rows to 10cm over stocking-stitch using 2.75mm needles)

Note: I’ll post a series of Knitting Tutorials on Tension Swatching soon, showing how to calculate the different number of stitches with your own tension.

Instead of adjusting the row tension, I calculated how much every other round decrease is worked, before I began decreasing the top every round. After knitting straight for 3 inches, start decreasing every other round until there are 108 sts left and approx. 80% stitches are decreased up to this point.

For my version of the hat, I decreased every other round until there were 80% sts left and then I started to decrease every round until there were 3 sts left.

Beautiful ‘Warm Welcome’ Hat for Baby!

I’m so pleased with the how this hat has turned out! Owing to its amazing colours, Koigu yarn, especially KPPPM, is great for stocking-stitch and works very well with dense garter-stitch, too. I’ll certainly knit this little hat again and it would make a lovely gift!

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Autumn Leaf Kimono – Simply Attractive Comfy Cardigan

When the weather is unpredictable, a comfy cardigan is essential in my wardrobe – but not all comfy cardi’s are this pretty ;) The Autumn Leaf Kimono is hip-length and just slightly oversize, making it a pretty garment that’s always easy to slip on!

I always love watching the changing leaf colours between seasons. Towards the end of autumn, the leaves fall onto the ground making a beautiful carpet of red, yellow and orange shades along the paths. This was the inspiration for my Autumn Leaf Kimono.

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Autumn Leaf Kimono – Enjoyable Top-down Seamless Knit & Pretty Wardrobe Essential

Knitting leaf motifs is one of my favourite things to do, but for this knitting design I didn’t want it to just be knitted vertically. Instead, I put the leaf pattern to spread out gradually from the centre front, just like when you look up into a tree in autumn and the colourful leaves spread over the branches.

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The pattern starts from just one leaf and continues all the way to the hem to make this knitting pattern unique and original. I also decided the rest of the knitting pattern should be worked in plain stocking stitch and you’ll be able to wear the Autumn Leaf Kimono over your favourite outfits time after time!

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I wanted to make sure that the knitting pattern is fun to make as much as enjoyable to wear. The garment is knitted top-down using seamless raglan method using circular needles. The neck and front double moss edging is worked all in one go so that there is no need to sew up different pieces of the cardigan.

The cardigan has a cute distinctive crossed leaves belt loop at the back just to make the piece even more fun. ;)

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The pattern calls for with the wonderful Buffalo Wool Co. Super Sexy. It is a double-knitting weight (6ply) (50% bison down, 50% silk; 128m [140yds] per 50g skein). I immediately knew the colour, “Spiced Up” would be perfect for my inspiration.

What is amazing about this yarn is that it knits up beautifully (you can see how consistent the stitches come out by looking at the stocking stitch section of the garment). As the yarn is a luxury blend of Buffalo-down and silk, there’s a wonderful softness to the shimmery silky fibre.

Wear with or without the belt, you can achieve both elegant and casual vintage look with the cardigan!

Autumn Leaf Kimono

Size: UK 8 (10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22)/32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46) in
The model wears size 10/34in

Yarn: The Buffalo Wool Co Super Sexy (6ply; DK weight; 50% bison down, 50% silk; 128m [140yds] per 50g skein)
10 (10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 14) x 50g skeins in Spice It Up

Tension: 22 sts and 32 rows to 10cm over stocking stitch using 4mm needles.

Needles & Accessories:
For the body and edging use the following needles:
1 set of 4mm (UK 8/US 6) cir needles
1 set of 3.75mm (UK 9/US 5) cir needles

For sleeves, use the following needles. If you can work the Magic Loop method with cir needles, you don’t need DPNs (Note that you do need larger DPNs for the i-cord):
1 set of 4mm (UK 8/US 6) DPNs
1 set of 3.75mm (UK 9/US 5) DPNs

4 markers | Waste yarn

Pattern price £3.50

The pdf version of the knitting pattern can be purchased from the Cotton & Cloud website as well as from Ravelry but if you prefer a printed version, please check out MagCloud.

Zigzag Path Shawl – An Essential Everyday Shawl

What is your Spring knitting project? Mine is usually some kind of a light shawl which I can then wear throughout the season.

The Zigzag Path Shawl from my latest Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol. 2 is a modern and timeless knitting design, something you always want to keep in your handbag. An asymmetrical distribution of the zigzag bobble motif is combined with a simple finish. If you are looking for a perfect travel-knitting project, something you can relax with and become absorbed in knitting wherever you are, this is the perfect knitting pattern for you!

This comfy and luxurious shawl knitting pattern is inspired by the freeness you feel when you come out of a leafy, shaded tunnel into the open sunlight again.

The dainty, bobble zigzag lace motifs gradually move away from each other towards the end of the shawl. So when you wrap the shawl, one side looks different from the other.

Zigzag Path Shawl – Shawl with Seamless Edging

This shawl is knitted with Jamieson’s of Shetland Ultra yarn (lace weight; 50% lambswool, 50% Shetland wool, spun on the Shetland Isles; 194m [212yds] per 25g ball). I have used the same yarn for Teardrop Shawl.

It is one of my very favourite yarns to knit into shawls, because it creates a very warm shawl that’s also soft and light, because of the 50% lamb’s wool in the yarn.

It is so enjoyable to knit every single stitch with it – you will never be bored. Jamieson’s have recently introduced several brand new, beautifully bright colours, so I highly recommend you take a look at them!

The edging of the shawl is knitted seamlessly. It’s casted on provisionally and the main part is knitted first. Then the top and bottom stitches are worked together with the edge motif, so there is no sewing involved.

Try knitting with different colours or even with a completely different yarn – such as kidsilk mohair. Rowan has lots of great Kidshilk Mohair range but if you are looking for yarns from British independent companies, there are beautiful ranges from Bessie May and Fyberspates.

You could also add tassels at the end of the shawl. Or even better, make the bobbles with a contrasting yarn colours to emphasise the diverging zigzag patterns

Zigzag Path Shawl

Size: 50cm x 145cm

Yarn: Jamieson’s of Shetland Ultra (lace weight; 50% lambswool, 50% Shetland wool, spun on the Shetland Isles; 194m [212yds] per 25g ball)
6 x 25g ball in Titanic (171)

Tension: 24 sts and 34 rows to 10cm over stocking stitch using 3.25mm needles when blocked. Please adjust needle sizes to obtain correct tension if necessary.

Needles & Accessories: 1 set of 3.25mm (UK10/US 3) circular (cir) needles (80-100cm length) | Yarn needle to weave in ends | 6 x markers (m)

Pattern price £2.50
The pdf version of the knitting pattern can be purchased from the Cotton & Cloud website as well as from Ravelry but if you prefer a printed version, please check out MagCloud.

Pebble Snood – The Snood You Will Love

Every now and then I get the urge to wear a nice, warm scarf that’s packed full of beautiful colours and textures to brighten up the gloomy, cold days!

The Snood You’ll Love!

In my latest Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol.2, there’s my crochet pattern called, Pebble Snood (image above). Thank you so much to wonderful Nicky the talented crochet designer who helped me to make this snood! This crochet snood was inspired by the hazy colours of a winter garden, where different colours of moss grow on the stones covered in frost. It is made of 12 different colours combined in the attractive crochet motifs that are guaranteed to brighten up the dark, cold season as much as the snood will keep your neck nice and cosy. I am sure you will get lots of compliments and be so proud of wearing it!

Each hexagon has pair of bobbles on the 6 corners making this snood design particularly interesting and elegant. The pattern calls for Green Mountain Spinnery’s Mountain Mohair (worsted weight; 100% North American Fibre, 30% Yearling Mohair, 70% Wool; 128m [140yds] per 58g [2oz] skein).

It is a single-ply yarn and works superbly well in crochet. It’s lofty, hazy and soft – one of the best mohair yarns I knitted with.  And to make it even better, there are so many colours available!

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Joining Colourful Textured Crochet Motif As You Make It

The Pebble Snood is made of crocheted hexagon motifs. They are joined as you crochet, so you can see the snood grow, which I find more satisfying. Different combinations of coloured discs are made first, then the last 2 rows, which are worked in light grey, are crocheted.

Here is a YouTube tutorial I made previously on how to join crochet squares as you crochet.

There are various ways in which you can make your Pebble Snood a one of a kind design for yourself. Puff stitch, to make the textured bobbles, can be elaborated by adding a couple more yarn-overs to make the bobble even more raised.

Or you could reverse the allocation of the colours and use grey as the disc and different colours for the outer side of the hexagon. If you only have a limited amount of yarns, why not just make a shorter version?

Pebble Snood

Size: 174cm circumference x 31cm width at the widest point (24cm at the narrowest point)

Yarns: Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair (worsted weight; 100% North American Fibre, 30% Yearling Mohair, 70% Wool; 128m [140yds] per 58g [2oz] skein)

1 x 2oz skein in Rhubarb (7570) as yarn A
1 x 2oz skein in Moss (7509) as yarn B
1 x Oz skein in Alpenglo (6777) as yarn C
4 x 2oz skein in Grey Birth (7608) as yarn D

Tension: A regular hexagon with side length: 7cm – unblocked

Needles & Accessories: 4mm (UK 8/US G6) crochet hook | Yarn needle to weave in ends

Pattern price £3.50
The pdf version of the knitting pattern can be purchased from the Cotton & Cloud website as well as Ravelry but if you prefer a printed version, please check out MagCloud.

Trailing Ivy Cardigan: An Asymmetrical Modern Cardigan

The cardigan you can see on the front cover of my latest Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol. 2 is called the Trailing Ivy Cardigan. It’s perfect for those who love an elegant and modern look, but adding a hint of handmade, rustic-charm to your style.

The knitting pattern is inspired by the way trailing ivy follows the light from the sun. The shape is asymmetrical and features curved, chunky cables that wrap around the neck. The fabulous combination of silk and merino in Fyberspates’ Scrumptious Aran yarn gives this distinct cable design a beautiful shimmer!

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Trailing Ivy Cardigan – Asymmetric, top-down and seamless – the perfect brain-teaser!

I am fond of creating visually interesting knitting designs (not always easy though!). One of my favourite features of this design is the gradually-changing size of the cable motif on the sleeve, to give the visual illusion of a slightly-flared sleeve.

The overall stocking stitch section of the sleeves is unchanged, but stitches are added within the cable motif. As the chunkier cable pulls the fabric together, the overall circumference of the sleeve is kept more or less constant.

The Trailing Ivy Cardigan is another top-down seamless knitting pattern. You start with the horizontal cable from the centre back and work your way down. The short row technique, incorporated within the cable motif, is used to achieve a change in the direction – which creates the attractive curved shape (for a tutorial on short-row knitting, please refer to this blog post).

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There are lots of things happening simultaneously while you’re working the upper half of the garment, so concentration is required. However, once this section is done, the rest is pretty straightforward and when you’ve finished the knitting, there’s no sewing up!

It’s a perfect, ‘brain-teaser’ project that will reward you with a beautiful cardigan to enhance your whole wardrobe!

Pattern Information

Trailing Ivy Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Sizes
•    UK 8 (10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22) / 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46) in
•    To fit chest sizes – 82 (87, 93, 96, 104, 109, 116, 118) cm
•    The model is wearing Size 10/34 in

Yarn
Fyberspates Scrumptious Aran (Aran weight; 45% Silk, 55% Merino, 165m [180yds] per 100g)

6 (7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10) 100g skeins in Teal Green (409)

Pattern price £3.50
The pdf version of the knitting pattern can be purchased from the Cotton & Cloud website and Ravelry but if you prefer a printed version, please check out MagCloud.

The pattern is also available as a part of Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol. 2.

The Winner of the Fyberspates Scrumptious Collection Vol.3 Give Away

Time just passes so quickly. It’s the winner announcement time!

Thank you all very much for taking the time to answer the survey questions. Your replies were very interesting and helpful. I am grateful!

The Winner

48 people participated in the Prize Draw and I used the Random Number Generator to select the winner:

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The 30th person was Adebar.

Congratulations, Adebar!

I’ll be sending you an e-mail shortly. :)

Chunky Bobble Cardigan-Jacket Knitting Pattern – One of a Kind!

Bobble Cardigan is one of the latest knitting pattern designs in my new Fresh Inspiration Knitting – Vol. 2.

Bobble Cardigan

My inspiration for the Bobble Cardigan was the smooth pebbles I see when taking a stroll along a local woodland path.

It’s a wonderfully thick, warm, over-sized cardigan that’s incredibly comfortable to wear. The Cardigan features all-over chunky bobbles (over 5 stitches), organised diagonally and radiating from the centre back. And it’s perfect for those who love seamless knitting with chunky yarns!

Surprise Your Fellow Knitters

The front bobbles magically align themselves vertically, owing to the wonderful drape of the garment. And you get a surprising visual illusion, too, because the direction of the bobbles at the front looks different from the direction on the back!

This knitting pattern is a unique design, and it brought me compliments when I wore it, so you may get compliments when you wear it, too. ;)

The pattern also includes belt – so you can close the front and be warm and cosy when it’s chilly!

Bobble Cardigan is knitted with Jamieson’s of Shetland Marl, which is a chunky weight and the same yarn I used for the Adult Cable Yoke Jacket. It’s a great outerwear yarn and I love knitting with it.

I find it totally worth the money and time to knit this cardigan in this rustic, chunky Marl, because it knits up a fabulously dense and warm fabric, that keeps you snug (and smug!) when everyone around you is shivering in thin, acrylic cardigans and jumpers!

And unlike the mass-produced acrylic knitwear in the shops, real 100% woollen cardigans, jackets and jumpers stay looking like new for years and years.

The Bobble Cardigan – Chunky Modern Seamless Knitting

Chunky knits are one of my favourite types of knitting, but many of chunky knitting patterns still have seams. I think chunky knitting and seamed garments are like oil and water – they don’t mix! If you agree, you’ll love this seamless Bobble Cardigan knitting pattern!

I’ve designed it with a top-down knitting construction, starting from the 2 x 2 rib for the collar, working seamless raglan shaping. The bobbles are made from the beginning, for the right and left front, but start after the raglan completes for the back.

And no matter what size you knit-up, you’ll always have the fabulous, triangular peak in the centre back!

The front moss stitch bands are worked just before working the hem ribbing, which is the only area you’ll need to sew at the end. The front has just a minimum seam-line, as attaching the moss stitch band is like attaching a garter stitch.

And it’s easy to adjust the Bobble Cardigan to fit your personality, fashion style and colour preferences. Try changing the colours of the bobbles, making differently sized bobbles or adding a different coloured rib and moss stitch!

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Bobble Cardigan is available as an individual digital pattern from Cotton & Cloud and Ravelry as well as a part of Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol.2 Collection.

Printed pattern is also available from Magcloud (individual & collection).

Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol. 2 – Pathways

Hi, everybody!
Today, I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that my second Fresh Inspiration Knitting is now available! And you can buy my knitting patterns online, as individual patterns or as the full set of eBook!

Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol.2

Unique Knitting Patterns – Fun to Knit & Fabulous to Wear!

I started preparing the knitting patterns for Fresh Inspirations Vol. 2 right back at the beginning of 2013.

It was a really busy and happy year for me, as in early August I found out that I was expecting my first child! (And she’s due to be born in April, this year – can’t wait!)

But now I am very pleased with the result because I think they are original and are stylish and great fun for you to knit (I am completely biased of course)!

Knitting Patterns with Fresh Inspiration for Your Creative Life

In our climate, we need to have an nice cardigan, jacket, shawl or snood with us all through the year – at home, at work and for social occasions!

So for this second Fresh Inspiration Knitting collection, the aim was to create knitwear that is pleasing to the eye, yet unconventional, with a lasting style that will always be admired by your friends.

I found the inspiration for this second collection during my relaxing winter strolls along the peaceful, woodland pathways near my home.

I was thinking about the unexpected pathways our lives can take. In my case, from a childhood in Japan to being a Londoner, and how I used to be a pharmacist, but my overwhelming passion for knitting and design led to a new and creative career!

And it was the beautiful natural shapes, colours and forms along the tree-sheltered paths, that inspired these new designs for 2014, which I hope you’ll enjoy knitting and love showing off to your friends!

There are 5 new designs in Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol. 2 – three cardigans and two accessory knitting patterns.

Bobble Cardigan

Bobble Cardigan knitting pattern

Trailing Ivy Cardigan

Trailing Ivy Cardigan knitting pattern

Pebble Snood

Zig-Zag Path Shawl

Autumn Leaf Kimono Cardigan

Autumn Leaf Kimono Knitting Pattern

You can also browse my new Fresh Inspiration Knitting – Volume 2 on ravelry. And I’d love to hear your feedback.

I hope you’ll enjoy knitting and wearing my unique knitwear designs – just as much as I enjoyed creating them for 2014!

Pattern Information

Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol.2

An exclusive collection of 5 knitting patterns (3 garments & 2 accessories) from Cotton & Cloud.

Each pattern is available as a part of the collection as well as individual patterns.
Collection price – £7.50
Individual pattern prices between – £2.50 – £3.50

You can buy the printed version, just pop along to MagCloud.

Iwerne Cardigan – Scrumptious Knitting Vol.3

I am so proud to be included amongst so many talented designers in the fabulous, new Scrumptious Vol. 3 collection! And as part of the Fyberspates Scrumptious Vol. 3 Blog Tour, I’m here to tell you all about my Iwerne Cardigan and the lovely Scrumptious yarn I used to create it.

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ALSO, I am doing a giveaway for this book! Detail of the giveaway is at the end of the post. Stitched TogetherA Playful Day will be blogging with me today, so do make sure you pop over to them, too.

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There are 13 beautiful knitting patterns (5 garments and 8 accessory patterns) in Scrumptious Vol. 3 and you can see all the designs on this Ravelry page. I do love the Lerryn Mittens by Rachel Coopey. They are so cosy and distinctive that I’m going to knit a pair for myself, and for my sister, too!

Fyberspates Scrumptious – Inspirational Yarn

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My inspiration for the Iwerne Cardigan came from the Scrumptious DK Worsted itself. Scrumptious DK Worsted is a single ply yarn, with a unique and beautiful gentle glow.

As single-ply yarns behave slightly differently from plied yarns, making a less-rigid fabric, I felt it was essential to design something that makes the most of this attractive characteristic. So I decided that an elegant cardigan, with a charming lace motif and a lovely, fluid movement would be perfect!

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The name, Iwerne was chosen for this beautiful cardigan as each of the designs is named after a British river or coastal town. So my flowing, waterfall cardigan also fitted in perfectly with the watery theme!

Iwerne Cardigan – Directional Knit and Timeless Knitting Design

The anatomy of this cardigan is also unique, with the main body worked flat, starting from one side of the body first (e.g. right or left front). When you reach halfway, you divide the stitches and continue working the back.

After grafting at the centre back, the knitting direction for the front becomes vertical, while the back is horizontal. This creates the beautifully draped ‘waterfall’ effect.

The upper body is worked using a circular needle to accommodate the large number of stitches. The Magic Loop method is used to work the sleeve (but you can, of course, use DPNs instead).

Technically, it is not hard, but there is a lot going on – making it an enjoyable knit that will keep your brain and your hands busy!

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The versatile Iwerne Cardigan can be worn as a contemporary-casual knit, dressed up with a smart blouse or worn over a little black dress for a more formal occasion. And there are lots of beautiful colours available.

Scrumptious Vol. 3 – Giveaway Details:

Want a chance to win the Fyberspates Scrumptious Vol. 3 Collection? All you have to do is answer this short survey!

The Giveaway closes on 16th Feb 2014. The winner will be chosen using a random number and will be announced on 17th Feb 2014 on the blog.

Make sure you put the correct contact details on your Giveaway Entry, to ensure speedy delivery of this superb set of designer knitting patterns if you win!

Scrumptious Knitting Collection Vol.3 by Fyberspates
Price (print and digital): £12.00 ($26)
The Scrumptious yarn and pattern range is widely available from shops and online retailers around the world. For an up-to-date list of where to find our products, please click here.

Share your Scrumptious experiences online on: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Blog and Ravelry Group and join the friendly online community!

And don’t forget to join my Cotton & Cloud Ravelry Group, where I can help you with specific questions regarding the new Iwerne Cardi!

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