This is the news you have been waiting for! Today is the launch of the Vera jumper, my latest pattern! I know you have seen the photos on social media. You have read my last blog post, Link telling you the exciting news that it was coming soon. And you have had the emails telling you to get ready.
Well now the wait is over. You can buy your copy of Vera and get to using up all those scraps of sock yarn! I am so excited to see the combinations of colours and patterns you will come up with on those stand-out sleeves!
What You Need To Know….
Vera is a lightweight jumper, perfect for this time of the year where in many places the temperatures are changing. It doesn’t matter if you live in the Northern Hemisphere where weather is getting colder and wetter. And it also doesn’t matter if you live in the Southern Hemisphere where you are looking forward to warmer and longer days. This is the perfect sweater for this time of year.
It is knitted in 4 ply sock yarn. Which makes Vera jumper lightweight yet warm. At a time when you want an extra layer, but you don’t want any more bulk to your outfit this is the only garment you will need. The deep v-neck is perfect for wearing over a contrasting vest.
How long do you like the body of your sweaters to be? I quite like mine to sit at around the pocket of my jeans. But one of my testers likes hers longer and another likes hers shorter. Vera is perfect as it is knitted top-down in the round which makes it easy to try on as you go. You can stop, try it on and then decide if you want to keep knitting or go on to the ribbing at the bottom.
And Have You Seen Those Sleeves?
The best bit about the Vera Jumper is the sleeves. They are gorgeous. They are eye-catching. And they will be totally unique to your version! No one else will have used the same scraps of sock yarn which means that your Vera will be totally unique to you. With the added bonus of having used up lots of scraps that you didn’t know what to do with!
Will you do as I did and split your left overs, using half on each sleeve so they are the same? Or will you do what one of my testers did and use different scraps on each arm? I cannot wait to see what yours looks like!
Don’t forget to share with me on social media. Tag me @allneedles and use #verajumper so I can see all your gorgeous projects!
Where Can I get Vera Jumper?
Vera is available in many of the places that you like to buy your digital patterns. You can grab it on Ravelry. It is also available on Payhip. If you buy on either of these two platforms it has an automatic 10% off for the next seven days. So now is the best time to head over and get it before the discount runs out.
The pattern is also available on LoveCrafts but unfortunately I am unable to offer a discount on there at this time.
And the best news of all is that you can buy the Vera Jumper right here on my own website. And it also comes with the same discount for the same length of time. Hurry! You don’t want to miss out!
And Looking to the Future…
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A year or two ago I went through a phase of loving sock knitting. I would swoon over the gorgeous sock yarns on Instagram. I loved how portable they are as a project. And it was addictive using the self-striping varieties. Just one more row. Just one more row…
I joined the Ravelry group Sock Madness and took part in Sock Madness 13. And of course I needed to buy more gorgeous sock yarns. Oh my goodness! Can those guys knit a pair of socks fast! I was able to keep up for the first few rounds. But eventually I got knocked out. The fastest I was able to knit a pair of socks in was 4 days. And even that was a push. It turns out I like my sleep too much to win that particular knitting contest!
And all these gorgeous sock projects meant that I had left overs. Lots of lovely scraps of sock yarn. They were pilling up and I didn’t know what to do with them. I kept them in an organza bag and would take them out from time to time to look at but I didn’t want to make a blanket or use them for squares. I wanted something bigger. Something different.
What About a Jumper?
I loved the way sock yarn made cute patterns and I wondered what it would look like in a bigger garment. Like the body of a jumper. I played around a bit and ended up designing Stanhope.
This is a raglan jumper with a slightly deeper than usual v-neck. It is knitted top-down and in the round once you join the neck. The jumper uses a main colour for the top of the body and the sleeves, and then it transitions to a stripped yarn for the lower body. I was hooked on sock yarn again!
One jumper made of sock yarn is never enough is it? So I had used the yarn in an interesting way on the body of a jumper, but what if you had smaller amounts of scraps? Where else could I use them? The sleeves of course! And this was when Vera was designed.
I really loved the fit of Stanhope, and so Vera is the same style. It is also a raglan as that is the style that suits me best. It has a lovely deep v-neck so it shows just a little of the vest that I like to wear underneath. And it has a cute faux side seam. I’m not a huge fan of ribbing so although Vera has it, I have kept it to a minimum.
The body of this sweater is plain. All the focus is on the sleeves. The use of the scraps on the arms is eye-catching. I divided what I had in half and used the same yarns in the same order on each arm. But if you wanted you could use totally different scraps on each side. One of my test knitters did that and it looks stunning!
I Saved the Best News for Last!
Vera will be released 29th March. The pattern will be available on Ravelry, Payhip, LoveCrafts and here on my website. And if you are a subscriber to my newsletter you will be sent a code for 25% off for the first few days.
Apart from writing and developing my own knitting patterns I also love to knit other people’s designs. This week I thought I would give you a sneak peek at my latest Ravelry projects of Knits I have loved over the summer.
The first pattern I would like to share with you is Edythe by Jenny Weibe. I got this pattern way back in January when I found out that my step-daughter was having a second baby. But it was early days and we didn’t know what she would be having, so I didn’t cast on until June when I had been given permission to buy an abundance of pink baby yarn.
The pattern has options to make a top, tunic or dress. I made the 3 month size in the dress option. Obviously the ruffles are super cute, and they inspired me to write the pattern Knickers! There is a sneak peak at this pattern in my blog post What New Patterns You Might Have Missed. But I also really loved the feature in this knitting pattern that was the off centre button band on the back. You can check out my project page for Edythe on Ravelry.
The next knitting pattern that I loved was Fable by Alicia Plummer. I made this using Rowan Pure Life, a cotton yarn that I bought at Woolly Madly Deeply. The pattern and yarn were just the perfect pairing. I made the 36″ but I will admit I did add an extra inch or so length to the body. I love the detail on this tee before you do the ribbing.
It is a top-down pattern and anyone who knows me will know just how much I love to knit stocking stitch in the round! You can check out my project page on Ravelry.
As soon as I saw this I knew I had to knit one! My step-daughter had specifically asked for knits in pink and grey and so this pattern was perfect for showing off the two colours together. I went for the pink as the main colour and the grey as the contrast. It is worked from the bottom up in one piece to the armholes. The sleeves are picked up and knitted rather than being worked flat and seamed.
I added two cute buttons to the front and I also put a little popper on the inside wrap to keep it looking nice when the baby is moving around in it. You can check out my project page on Ravelry.
Wyeth Kids Test Knit
The last pattern I want to share with you isn’t available just yet as it is a test knit. I saw a post on Instagram by Alicia Plummer asking for test knitters for her upcoming kids version of her Wyeth pattern.
I thought it was fantastic timing as I was thinking about making something for my grandson. I had, at this point, knitted plenty of pink things. I wanted something in blue for a special little boy so that he didn’t feel left out when the baby came and was given lots of presents.
I knitted it in Malabrigo Rios in the colourway Azules. It was a little more on the purple side in real life than I would have liked and it doesn’t really show the pattern as well as a solid would, but Rios is one of my favourite yarns and always a pleasure to knit with. Look out for when Alicia releases this knitting pattern. My Ravelry project has some info so far!
There is this thing that Loraine, from Woolly Madly Deeply and I do. Its usually on a Thursday evening and a Sunday afternoon. And we do it live. That is a live stream podcast in our Knitting Across the Pennines Facebook group. Have you seen us do it yet?
We started Knitting Across the Pennines way back in February when the world was a very different place. Just some general chit chat. Mainly about knitting with some crochet and sewing thrown in there. We show WIPs and FOs. We talk about yarns and patterns. Both those we love and those that have disappointed us. You can watch all those early episodes on You Tube.
Sometimes we have a real treat from Loraine. What she doesn’t know about knitting and yarns isn’t worth knowing. She has even been on the telly news! She has given us hints, tips and tutorials on all sorts of techniques. And she is spot on with her knowledge of colours.
This Week We Did This….
In Episode 89 of Knitting Across the Pennines, which we recorded on Sunday 6th September, we discussed autumn and winter trends for 2020. Loraine did a brilliant presentation on combining the colours.
I made a Pinterest board with ideas of how to wear (and not wear) the colours. Although my contribution was no where near as good as Loraine’s!
And even better, Loraine wrote a blog post on her website. You can find it here – Loraine’s Blog.
On a Thursday evening we tend to try and have a bit of a virtual knit night. We all grab a beverage, often a huge bucket of tea but sometimes something more of an adult version. We grab a WIP, usually something that isn’t too complicated or needs too much concentration. And we chat. Our regulars show us what they have been working on and their finished items. We also share what has been happening during the week. We do have a giggle!
On Sundays we will share patterns that we have seen and liked. Yarns we have tried. Loraine might share a tutorial for a skill with us. And sometimes we have a guest. In the past we have had a couple of pattern designers, and a yarn dyer.
Going forward we would love your ideas. Is there something you would like some hints and tips about? Is there a designer you would love to see as a guest? Or someone who makes project bags or stitch markers? What kind of patterns do you like? Would you like us to share our favourite kids knits or relaxing crochet project ideas? We love to hear from you.
Where Can You Find Us?
If you would like to join us live we are in our Facebook group – Knitting Across the Pennines. If you join our group you will receive an invitation to join our live streams and you will be able to chat with us via the comments. If you can’t join us live you can watch us on catch up. Or if you would prefer you can watch any of our videos on You Tube. Leave us a comment to let us know what you thought. We have a Ravelry Group too! Come and join us and join the party!
Just a heads up that at the end of the month I will be releasing a new pattern called Vera. If you haven’t done so yet now is the time to sign up for my newsletter. Subscribers will receive and exclusive discount coupon! You can sign up here – Newsletter.
As promised in my last post I thought I should give you a bit of a round up of all the patterns I released over the summer. If you are anything like me you will have been distracted by the nice weather. Maybe you were working in the garden, or just enjoying some time relaxing.
My Loyal Royal Subject
This pattern was released way back in April. Its a cowl knitted in the round with a provisional cast on and the stitches grafted together at the end. It was knitted in Cascade Eco+ and designed to go with my headband You’re My Favourite Subject.
Both of these patterns are named for one of my favourite songs from the musical Hamilton. I was listening to the soundtrack a lot whilst working on these designs and so it seemed right to name them for the King George song. This pattern can be found on Ravelry and Payhip.
This next pattern was one that was designed with my granddaughter in mind. I was well underway with making cardigans and other bits and bobs for the upcoming new baby. One thing I thought would come in useful was some cotton cloths. When my grandson was little he used to have a muslin with him all the time and he called it his Muzie. So that was the name I gave these.
The pattern is for a set of three cloths, each one with a slightly different stitch pattern. They are knitted in 100% cotton which means they can be washed safely at 60 degrees. They can be so versatile. You could use them as a comforter. Such as for little preemie babies to keep the parents’ scent near them at all times. They can be used as comforters, as cloths to clean up little ones or even as wash cloths.
Mabel was a dress that I released in July. Again, it was designed for my granddaughter. The skirt is knitted first, in the round and then the body is knitted flat. I love the way that the skirt flares much bigger than the waist.
Knitted in Baby DK yarn you will find the perfect colour for the little one in your family. The pattern comes in sizes from Preemie up to 12 months. Every little girl deserves a cute dress!
This pattern was designed as a special request from my step-daughter for her daughter. I had previously made a sleep sack, Cadalach, for her son when he was born and she wanted another one. This time I designed the sleeping bag to go around the baby from side to side rather than head to toe.
Knitted in baby chunky yarn it is a quick knit despite its relatively large size. It will keep babies nice and cosy in their pushchair or pram. However, it is not recommended for unsupervised sleeping.
I have a few patterns that I am currently working on, in various stages of production. I have a few more baby items to come but also so other projects. Vera, a jumper, will be coming at the end of the month. I am also starting to work on a couple of cowls and hats.
Currently my patterns are available on Ravelry, Payhip and LoveCrafts. But the exciting news is that over the next few weeks I will be working to add them here on my website too. Soon you will be able to check out directly from here! Balla is the first of my patterns to be available.
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If you enjoyed this post why not check out the rest of my blog? Such as this one where I talk about what I have been up to over the summer – So Long My Summer Love
And if you have made it to the end I have some news for you! My granddaughter was born at the end of August. She is called Hope Samantha and is absolutely gorgeous!!