Pattern | Cluaran Tea Cosy

Cluaran Tea Cosy
Cluaran Tea Cosy

The Cluaran Tea Cosy was released in October last year, following on from the Design Competition for the Glasgow School of Yarn. (The theme was Homecoming in Scotland, can you tell?)

It uses my perennial favourite – Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumperweight; using three shades (although you can get a great effect using just two – more on that in a future post). The pattern comes in four basic sizes, with additional guidance for customising the fit for your own tea pot. The slits for the spout and handle are steeked and finished with an i-cord bind-off. And the best bit in my opinion? The wee thistle tassel at the top!

Full pattern information can be found here.

Notes: Cluaran = Thistle.

New Pattern: Flock Together Cowl

If you weren’t already aware – I have another pattern out in this month’s Knit Now Magazine (Issue 39, Sept 2014).

(C) Dan Walmsley for Practical Publishing

The cowl is extra cosy as it is fully lined. It uses three yarns – two for the colourwork and a third for the lining. Available in three lengths (short, medium, long) – the short is shown above.

At the moment the pattern is available from the More Mags website and in stores in the UK. It will be available for individual purchase next year on Ravelry.

I’ll write more about the inspiration behind the pattern in another post.

The Knit Now Patterns – Peeping Sheep & Planetarium

I didn’t really get the opportunity to post about the two patterns I had published back in March and April in Knit Now Magazine at the time. So, since they’ve both been released for sale via Ravelry now, it seems the right time to finally show them off.

First up, the Peeping Sheep Hat. This was one of the Designer Challenges that Knit Now offers, using their very own Bloomsbury DK which was developed in conjunction with Blacker Yarns. This yarn is exclusive to the magazine and was, I believe, one of their subscriber gifts (along with a pattern booklet) earlier this year.

The challenge was to design a pattern using two balls (and two colours if possible) of this yarn. And since the yarn was very sheepy, a sheepy motif seemed the way to go. The hat is available as both a fitted and slouchy finish, with sizes going from XXS (baby size) all the way up to XL (mens).

The second pattern (again, more colourwork!), is the Planetarium Wrist Warmers. This was for the April issue’s ‘Space Oddity’ theme. These use Blacker Yarns Swan Falklands Islands 4 Ply – which is beautifully soft and richly-coloured. Knitted flat and grafted for a seamless finish, this wrist warmers can be customised to fit any hands. And as an added bonus, the Ravelry edition has a complete map for all the planets and other bodies featured on the mittens. And yes, that is a meteorite in the background.