New ideas… New patterns…

Over the past few years I have got myself a bit of a reputation… for coming up with cute and quirky designs.  I love the challenge of transferring what’s in my head into a final design, and so the story continues with my new patterns.

I’ll start with Line Dried as I made my first version of this five years ago.  I was at Fibre East the last year it was held at Thurleigh, those of you who were there will remember how wet and muddy it was.  I even had to stop off at a garden centre after setting up to invest in a pair of wellies!

When I was looking round the marquees I spotted the lovely Skein Queen and this yarn just jumped out at me (honestly)… I bundled enough to make a sweater in my bag and set to work.  I wanted a cardigan that would be easy to wear and Line Dried was the result.  Since then I have made several different versions and this is the cardigan I had on when I had my picture taken to go in my latest book.  If you have seen me at a show, odds on I was wearing it.

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So, onto Retrofit…

When I was at Edinburgh Yarn Festival last year I had a bit of a ‘spendy wendy’ moment… I just could not resist this gorgeous Merino DK from La Bien Aimee.  The colour is called Pop Grunge and I immediately cast on.  I knew exactly what I wanted, a relaxed sweatshirt shape but without the pulled in rib at the bottom, something I could throw on with jeans and was simple enough to show off the frankly amazing yarn.  Retrofit was the result.

I have spent a while looking for the perfect range of DK yarn for my new patterns, I was looking for a yarn with a high wool content which was easy to care for.  When I saw the Coopknits Socks Yeah DK I realised it fitted the bill perfectly.  The colours are amazing and this green below is one of my favourites.

Each of my new designs has a pattern for child’s sizes as well.  The lovely soft grey Line Dried Mini Me is worn by my youngest daughter Lola, who thoroughly enjoyed being my model.

Once I had re-knitted Retrofit in the Coopknits yarn I fell in love with the design all over again.

Retrofit is worked from the bottom up and in the round, meaning no sewing up!  The hem is slightly ‘dipped’ at the back, making it a very flattering outline.  My gorgeous model for the 6-12 months size of Retrofit Mini Me is Heather’s Grandson Sidney, he is such a happy little chap and there wasn’t one bad picture of him.

So now onto more familiar territory for me and four cute and cuddly animals.  Each patten includes instructions for knitting the pieces flat and, for some parts, working  in the round, excellent if you don’t like sewing up!

I’ll introduce you to Frank Flamingo first, otherwise he may get a bit stroppy, and no one likes a stroppy flamingo!

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Marjorie Elephant loves Strictly and doughnuts but spends a lot of her day calming Frank down…

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Hugo Bear (as you may be able to tell) is rather fond of doughnuts and keeps telling me I have overstuffed his tummy.

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And last, but by no means least, is Dennis Dragon, he is a baby dragon just waiting for his wings to grow.

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However, this isn’t the end of the story, there is one more cardigan and more animals on their way to join these four, I already have the next one on the needles…

So, as you can see, I may have been quiet for a while but I have certainly been busy, I hope you love these new patterns and I can’t wait to see your versions popping up online.

I think I deserve a G&T after this!

Sue x

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