Zelle

Last but not least we have Zelle! A super-textured slip stitch/linen stitch pair of fingerless mittens. With two cuff lengths and a choice of five sizes (XS-XL) these mittens are perfect for both men and women.

Zelle is named for the peat salt from the northern coasts of Europe, and the textured stitch picks up on the vegetable matter that forms the peat. They are lovely and cosy, and since they are knitted in Aran weight yarn - they are quick to knit too!

Samples (M) shown use Old Maiden Aunt 100% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester Aran, in the Mudder’s Milk colour way (Long), and Rowan Fine Art Aran, in the Bachata (0551) colour way (Short).

Materials
65 (80, 95, 110, 125) {100 (120, 140, 160, 180)} yds / 59.5 (73, 87, 100.5, 114.5) {91.5 (110, 128, 146.5, 165.5)} m Aran weight yarn

5 mm / US 8 circular needle or DPNs
Stitch markers (2)
Tapestry needle
Waste yarn or stitch holder

Gauge
18 sts x 30 rnds = 4 ” / 10 cm in broken rib.
18 sts x 34 rnds = 4 “ / 10 cm in pattern stitch.

Sizes
XS (S, M, L, XL).
To fit cuff circumference 5 (5.75, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5) “ / 12.75 (14.5, 16.5, 19, 21.5) cm.
To fit hand circumference 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) “/ 15 (18, 20.5, 23, 25.5) cm. (Approx. 1 “ / 2.5 cm negative ease).
Length 7 (7, 7, 8, 8) {9 (9, 9, 10, 10)} “ / 18 (18, 18, 20.5, 20.5) {23 (23, 23, 25.5, 25.5)} cm.


The individual pattern will be able to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£4.50 GBP).

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

Salaka

Named for a fish, Salaka is a top down textured and cabled sock, with a traditional heel flap and gusset. The interlocking cables produce a stylised fish tail motif, drawing on the way the fish were stored for pickling in barrels - all tightly packed in layers, with the tails sticking up.

Available in 3 sizes (S / M / L - 56, 64, 72 st options), the socks have both written instructions and charts. Both the left and right socks are worked identically until the heel flap, where symmetrical motifs are used to create the finished effect.

The pattern suits solid, semi-solid and variegated colour ways.

Sample shown (Medium) in Rusty Ferret Doll 4ply, in The Dark Below colour way.

Materials
300-437 yds / 274.5-400 m fingering weight yarn

2.25 mm / US 1 circular needles or DPNs
Stitch markers (3)
Cable needle
Tapestry needle

Gauge
8 sts x 12 rows = 1 “ / 2.5 cm in stocking stitch in the rnd.

Sizes
S (M, L).
To fit foot circumference approx. 7.5 (8.5, 9.5) “ / 19 (21.5, 24) cm.
Leg length from cuff to base of heel flap approx. 9.5 “ / 24 cm.


The individual pattern will be able to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£3.50 GBP).

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

Guérande

Guérande lies on the Brittany coastline, and has been an area connected with salt production for a very long time. The salt, produced by evaporating seawater in a sequence of tidal pools, is famed for its colour as much as its quality. The workers, paludiers, rake up the drying salt, mixing in mud and algae with the finished product.

The shawl is a deep crescent shawl, with a subtle textured finish. The delicate slipped stitch edging echoes the paludiers’ rakes, drawing lines through the salt.

The shawl has a variety of options: two sizes (Small / Large), and three colour versions are included:

- Single Colour Version with Accenting Colour Ways: a single yarn colour is used for the body of the shawl, with one or two additional colours used for the slip stitch edging (and cast off if desired).
- Colour Block Version: Broad stripes of colour (five on the small version, seven on the large), with contrasting slip stitch edging.
- Gradient Version: Multiple colours are used (four on the small version, five on the large) to create a shifting colour scheme, with sections alternating between using one colour and two. Again, contrasting colours are used for the slip stitch edging.

Samples shown use (Small / Single Colour) Bilum Slika and Ginger’s Hand Dyed Splendor 4 Ply, and (Large / Colour Block & Gradient) Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight (for full details on colours / yarns used please see images below).

Materials
487 - 1640 yds / 446 - 1499.5 m fingering weight / 4 ply yarn. For the specific yarn requirements, please refer to the colour options shown in the accompanying pictures.

4.5 mm / US 7 needles
Tapestry needle

Gauge
22 sts x 24 rows = 4 “ / 10 cm in broken rib worked flat before blocking.

Sizes
Small (Large)
Width 56 (79) “ / 142 (200.5) cm.
Depth 17 (26) “/ 43 (66) cm.


The individual pattern will be able to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£4.50 GBP).

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

Hallein Hat

The final part of the Hallein set is the hat. Like the other pieces, this is inspired the textiles found in ancient archaeological deposits within the salt mines of Austria. It uses a textured rib to create a deep brim, and the slip stitch pattern for the body of the hat. The crown decreases are fully charted in pattern, creating a crisp, clean finish.

Suitable for men and women, the hat has a flattering, slightly slouchy fit.

Sample shown (size M) uses Ginger’s Hand Dyed Sheepish DK in the ‘Sound & Fury,’ and ‘Muddy Paws’ colour ways.

This hat matches the Hallein Wrist Warmers and the Hallein Cowl.

Materials
120 (150, 175, 210, 240) yds / 110 (137, 160, 192, 219.5) m DK weight yarn, in two shades
MC 75 (95, 110, 130, 150) yds / 69 (87, 100.5, 119, 137) m
CC 45 (55, 65, 80, 90) yds / 41.5 (50.5, 59.5, 73, 82.5) m

3.5 mm / US 4 circular needle or DPNs
4 mm / US 6 circular needle or DPNs
Stitch marker (1)
Tapestry needle

Gauge
21 sts x 38 rows = 4 “ / 10 cm in broken rib pattern in the rnd, on the smaller needles.
24 sts x 36 rows = 4 “ / 10 cm in slip stitch pattern in the rnd, on the larger needles.

Sizes
XS (S, M, L, XL)
Circumference (Brim, un-stretched) 11.5 (14, 16, 18, 20.5) “ / 29.25 (35.5, 41, 46, 52) cm. To fit head circumference 16 (18, 20, 22, 24) “ / 41 (46, 51, 56, 61) cm.
Circumference (Body) 14 (16, 18, 20, 22) “ / 35.5 (41, 46, 51, 56) cm.
Height (Brim-Crown) 9.25 (9.75, 10.25, 10.5, 11) “ / 23.5 (25, 26, 27, 28) cm.


The individual pattern will be able to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£3 GBP).

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

Hallein Wrist Warmers

Like the Hallein Cowl, this matching pair of wrist warmers is inspired by the Austrian salt mines. Using the same textured rib and slip stitch motif, these warmers can be made with a choice of two different fits - Fitted for a neat, snug fit, or Slouchy for a more relaxed, casual finish. The small integrated thumb holes mean that if desired, they can be worn as plain arm warmers instead.

Samples (Fitted, size S, and Slouchy, size M) shown use Ginger’s Hand Dyed Sheepish DK, in the 'Sound & Fury', and 'Muddy Paws' colour ways.

These wrist warmers match the Hallein Hat and the Hallein Cowl.

Materials
125 (155, 185) {160 (185, 215)} yds / 114.5 (142, 169) {146.5 (169, 196.5)} m DK weight yarn, in two shades:
MC 75 (90, 110) {95 (110, 130)} yds / 68.5 (82, 100.5) {87 (100.5, 119)} m
CC 50 (65, 75) {65 (75, 85)} yds / 46 (59.5, 68.5) {59.5 (68.5, 78)} m
4 mm / US 6 circular needle or DPNs
4 mm / US 6 crochet hook
Stitch marker (1)
Tapestry needle

Gauge
20 sts x 32 rnds = 4 “ / 10 cm in broken rib pattern in the rnd.
24 sts x 36 rnds = 4 “ / 10 cm in slip stitch pattern in the rnd.

Sizes
S (M, L). Fitted Slouchy.
Cuff circumference 6 (7, 8.5) “ / 15 (18.5, 21.5) cm.
Hand circumference 6 (7.5, 8.5) {8.5, 10, 11.5} “ / 15 (19, 21.5) {21.5, 25, 29} cm Length 9 (9, 9) “ / 23 (23, 23) cm.
Thumb Hole Circumference 2 (2, 2) “ / 5 (5, 5) cm.


The individual pattern will be available to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£3.00 GBP).

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

Hallein Cowl

The first pattern in the collection is inspired by the salt mines of Austria, namely the city of Hallein. The mines have yielded some interesting archaeological discoveries, including cloth - with a plaid pattern.

The Hallein Cowl is a two colour pattern, using either DK (or Aran) weight yarn. It combines textured rib, with a two colour slip stitch pattern that is perfect for beginners unused to working with multiple yarns at the same time - only one colour is used per row. Two lengths are available: the short version create a neat close-fitting cowl, which is perfect for tucking into a jacket collar. The long version can be worn doubled around the neck for extra cosiness.

Samples shown use Ginger’s Hand Dyed Sheepish DK, in the Sound & Fury, and Muddy Paws colour ways (Short), and Brigantia Luxury Aran, in the Gunmetal Grey (796) and Natural (101) colour ways (Long).
The cowl co-ordinates with the Hallein Hat and the Hallein Wrist Warmers.

Materials
225 (595) {275 (705)} yds / 206 (544) {251.5 (645)} DK {Aran} weight yarn in two shades:
MC 150 (400) {185 (480)} yds / 137 (366) {169 (439)} m
CC 75 (195) {90 (225)} yds / 69 (178) {82.5 (206)} m

4.5 mm {5 mm} / US 7 {US 8} circular needle or DPNs

Stitch marker (1)
Tapestry needle

Gauge
20 {18} sts x 30 {24} rnds = 4 “ / 10 cm in broken rib in the rnd, with DK Aran weight yarn on 4.5 5 mm needles.
20 {18} sts x 36 {26} rnds = 4 “ / 10 cm in slip stitch pattern in the rnd, with DK Aran weight yarn on 4.5 5 mm needles.

Sizes
Short (Long)
Circumference 20 (52) {22 (58)} “ / 50.5 (137) {56 (147)} cm.
Height 12 (12) {12 (12)} “ / 30.5 (30.5) {30.5 (30.5)} cm.


The individual pattern will be available to purchase online from June 10th, 2017 (£3.00 GBP).

A Love Like Salt: North

"Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away…”

Although there are many fairytales, A Love like Salt is perhaps not one of the better known - yet the variations of the story are found all over the world. This collection draws on the fairy tale as a starting point, but delves into the history and culture of salt as inspiration for these patterns.

Comprising of 6 patterns, the collection is currently available to pre-order either as a e-book, or as a paper copy+e-book - information on how to order is given below.

The collection will be released digitally on June 10th, 2017.

If you would like to pre-order the e-book only, this can be purchased via Ravelry (for the discounted price of £10).

If you would like to pre-order the paper copy+e-book for (the discounted price of £12 plus P&P), please click here. Pre-orders for paper copies closes May 31st, 2017), and the paper copies of the book will be shipped on June 15th, 2017.

(Prices on full release: e-book only £12.00, paper copy+e-book £13.50 plus P&P).

Courtesans: A Shawl Collection

Cover image of courtesans

I’m delighted to introduce you all to the shawl collection!

The collection is based on the Courtesans of nineteenth century Paris; each of the eight shawls is inspired by one of these grande dames of the demi-monde.

  • La Lune Rousse – Cora Pearl
  • Mogador – Élisabeth-Céleste Vénard
  • d’Antigny – Blanche d’Antigny
  • Apollonie – Apollonie Sabatier
  • La Barucci – Guilia Benini
  • La Païva – Thérèse Lachmann
  • Léonide – Léonide Leblanc
  • Duplessis – Marie Duplessis

The collection will be available for pre-order, with the first two patterns (La Lune Rousse and Mogador) released on Thursday 1st October 2015. The remainder of the eight shawls will be released during October – December 2015.

Further information can be found here.

Sneak Peeks – Progress (Part 2)

Following on from the previous post on progress, here is another sneak peek at the third shawl in the collection.

This one uses Ginger’s Hand Dyed Yakety-Yak 4 Ply (love the name!) in the beautiful ‘Toasted Walnut’ colour way. I’ve never used yarn with yak before and this yarn is very soft but also quite strong and has a great sheen from the silk content.

As you can seen from the teaser picture (another one from Instagram), that it is rather lacy. This shawl has a fantastic drape. It is unbeaded, but I think (after a conversation with someone who has seen the shawl) that beads could be a fabulous addition – especially if they follow the patterning from the lace.

Amazingly this is the last sneak peek! The next post on this collection will be the announcements concerning the Collection itself, the inspiration behind it and more information on pre-ordering it! This will out on September 16th!


As it happens, the fourth shawl has just come off the needles today. This used a now unavailable yarn (Yarn Pony Show Pony 4 Ply) but another of Ginger’s Hand Dyed yarns is an excellent match, namely the Splendor 4 Ply in the Selkie colour way. 

Sneak Peeks – Progress (Part 1)

For our next sneak peek, a little closer look at the first couple of shawls!

These will be the first shawls released from the collection, on the actual launch day. You’ll be able to see full images of the shawls when the full announcement is made and pre-orders open.

Both use Skein Top Draw Socks. I have to say I love this yarn. It has beautiful drape and is incredibly soft. It also blocks like a dream and is perfect for the lace I’ve used it for. As a note, Skein tends to change up their colour ways every year and both the shades shown above are from older collections. The currently available shades can be found here; if you’re looking for a close match colour-wise, ‘Barley’ works as a substitute for ‘Sandstorm’ and ‘Rustic’ for ‘Equinox’.

These two have since been knitted up into these. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen these images.

As you’ve probably spotted, the one on the right has beads too – these are the antique copper ones I showed in an earlier sneak peek!

There is another sneak peek on progress coming up next!