Flame Flowers

June 25, 2014 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

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Toot toot. That’s the sound of me blowing my own trumpet. Please excuse me, I get excited easily.

It’s been very industrious around here lately, with much testing, swatching and late-night scribbling on graph paper, but I can now gladly say that the first of 3 new patterns is finally ready to come out!

Flame flowers is a top-down, crescent shaped shawl, with optional beading.

It has a short plain stitch section (in a choice of 4 sizes) that can be knit in either stockinette or garter stitch.

The lace section can be extended to any size simply by repeating the chart, and is sneakily simple. The lace pattern is knit only every fourth row in an easy-to-memorise pattern, and finished off with a light airy edging.

Adaptable to a range of yarn types, from sock yarn, to a slinky silky lace for a more decadent effect. The pattern has both written instructions and charts.

The gold one was knit from approx 300m Handmaiden Sea Silk and has almost 200 3.6mm antiqued gold beads almost hidden in the colour, giving it a lovely drape and subtle glint.
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The green one is in Luxe Sock from Have You Any Wool, and used approx 320m.

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My absolutely wonderful group of test knitters tried out numerous variables – soft colours, bright colours, various yarn weights and needle sizes, and the early picot ending (an optional ending variation) so there should be a few projects to see soon. The beading was fun, and as one knitter pointed out, beads make fantastic stitch markers. For anyone teetering on the brink of trying beading, here is a quick guide.

The pattern is now available on Ravelry

The next two designs are well underway and both about half knit by my lovely testers, so they shouldn’t be too far away. Anyone interested in test knitting is very welcome to join my Ravelry group, Nimble Knits! And now back to work on my charts as I have 2 more designs I’m itching to get stuck into.

Can anyone teach me how to not need sleep?

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Next up: Interplay a super adaptable shawl with the recipe included

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And Willow a simple, minimist, knit-until-you-run-out-of-yarn shawl, perfect for lace newbies.

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