Saturday, 15 November 2014

Head to Toe – Head Things – Thirlwall

Thirlwall Hat Pattern by Katya Frankel
Today's pattern from Head to Toe is Thirlwall. Thirlwall is a textured hat, an easy to wear (and super easy to make!) beanie with just the right amount of slouch. The design for the crown came together after I tried a number of crown options with some regular shaping that results in a dome shaped top, but it somehow did't sit well with this tactile fabric. You can almost feel the texture just by looking at it and I wanted the crown to be continue the theme, be part of it. The result is an envelope fold you see below.

There is a project or two in each chapter of Head to Toe that is aimed at a beginner knitter, an adventurous beginner would probably be more correct. These projects use easy stitches, repetitive patterns and little to no shaping, most importantly there's one thing to concentrate at a time as you work through the pattern. 
Thirlwall is one of these projects in the Head Things chapter. It is knit in the round using only knits and purls, there is no shaping in the crown, nothing intricate in the stitch patterns and you get to try out a 3-needle bind-off!* 

Thirlwall Hat Pattern by Katya Frankel
As always the hat comes in a number of sizes and better still it is fully reversible. The textured pattern does look a little different on the Reverse but just as good as in the photo above.

* I see a new tutorial coming up :-)

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Gift-A-Long 2014

Remember the Gift-A-Long last year? We had so much fun that we decided to run it again.

If you haven't had the chance to join in last year, here is a little run through to explain what it is.
Gift-A-Long, or GAL for short, is a multi-designer promotion followed by Knit-A-Long's and Crochet-A-Long's to share the process of your gift knitting, play guessing games and win prizes.

This year's GAL is even more magnificent with 293 designers banding together to offer a 25% discount off 3822 patterns! I am of course joining in as well. I put in a good range of quick accessories and a couple of popular garments if you fancy speed knitting any one of them for Xmas or later on in the new year! 

The discount runs between November 13, 8pm (US-EST) through November 21, 11:59pm and the GAL continues in to the New Year's Eve, December 31 at midnight (US-EST). 

Use giftalong2014 at checkout to get the 25% discount on eligible patterns. 

So, if you feel like sharing a little pre-holiday knitting cheer:

Join any one of relevant KAL/CAL's to share your projects and play games. 
Go Gift!

Gift-A-Long 2014 Katya Frankel

Wednesday, 12 November 2014


I wanted to do a little periodical style mini collection for a while now and started working on this no less than a year ago – yes, these things take a lot of planning :-). The idea is to have a running Autumn Essentials compilation with a different theme every year, or a variation on a theme, something that I can work on when I'm not busy designing for magazines or yarn companies. This year's theme is Woodlands, with three easy-to-wear designs inspired by the forest.

So, without further ado, please welcome Puzzlewood!

Puzzlewood cowl pattern by Katya Frankel

Puzzlewood draws its inspiration quite literally from the reflections on water you see when the surface is perfectly still, making it an upside-down reversible. It also features one of my favourite elements – cables that are set on the stocking stitch ground – calling back to the water flow.

The cowl is knitted in Cascade 220 Worsted, perfectly squishy and warm. Cascade 220 is one of my go-to's for anything with cables because I find that textured stitches pop really well in it, plus being a super-wash blend it wears great with no pilling. 
Quite naturally, the cowl is worked seamlessly in the round. You only need one skein of Cascade 220 to complete it and I suggest going close to their yardage (220 yards as per name) when subbing the yarn to something else and keep in mind that the yarn amount may vary slightly if you use different yarn.

Puzzlewood cowl pattern by Katya Frankel

Puzzlewood is the first one of the 3-pattern collection named Autumn Essentials 2014: Woodlands. 

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A little preview of what's coming up

I've been working on a mini Autumn collection and the weather had finally played ball, so that I could get out and shoot its cover. Love these colours so much!

Monday, 10 November 2014


Junko is the second pattern I did for Yarn Stories and this one is knitted in a 4ply merino mix that's basically a finer version of their DK mix. I need a pair of these mitts for myself so badly, with its coffee bean graphics, to warm my hands :-) Lovely, soft yarn that's super comfy to wear.

We originally planned it in Duck Egg and Chocolate but I'm quite glad we changed it to Dove and Chocolate instead, making this version is so much more toasty looking sample. 

Buy Junko pattern (it comes as a set) from Yarn Stories website.

Yarn Stories 4ply weight merino range

ETA Junko is now also on Ravelry, feel free to pop round and add it to your queue