In this past month, I finally reworked some previously published patterns of mine to make them available for digital download for the first time. They were both originally published in 'Your Crochet & Knitting' magazine, and were designed to work with yarn kits and knitting needles which came with the magazine. Both designs are worked flat, using fingering or 4-ply weight yarn, and are perfect for using up smaller amounts of those yarns.
First up is a , which comes in 2 sizes. One of my favourite things about this design is that the black and white chevron stripes allow any other two colours to work together above and below them. Having said that, it would be interesting to see a version where someone used completely different colours for the stripes too, but so far I haven't seen that! (Don't forget to tag your finished knits #aranaccessories if you like to share them on social media).
Also newly published online is a sweet little , which is a great introduction to colourwork. It uses slip stitches so that you only ever use one colour at a time, a technique which is also called mosaic knitting. In fact, I liked this technique so much that I used it again in the knitting pattern!
I have also been working on my hat pattern to make the design suitable for Aran weight yarn (it currently uses DK or double knitting weight yarn). It is nearly ready for testing, but I want to make the crown decreases work in a more pleasing way than they currently do. It's one of those things that will probably be easier to work out on a hat, than on a knitting software programme - but I'll have to knit the rest of the hat first to get to the crown ; ) Hopefully I'll have more news on that front by the next blog post!
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