A New Year, a New Knitting Challenge

In June 2018, I completed my City & Guilds Certificate in Hand Knit Textile Design, and began, tentatively, to design and sell knitting patterns. The course was challenging and inspiring, and resulted in my having more ideas for garments and accessories than I have time to knit or design! My first design, as a result of the course, is a colourwork hat, and can be found in my Ravelry pattern store at https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/granary-knits

For 2019, I want to use my new skills to use yarn from my large stash of both yarns and fibre, some of which are now discontinued, to build a library of simple but attractive designs, and in the process help others to use their stash yarns too. After all, we bought the yarn because we loved it, so why not use it! I’m calling this my Love Your Stash Challenge.

My first pattern in this new challenge is a simple cowl, using two colours of the beautiful, but now discontinued, Louisa Harding Grace Hand-Dyed DK weight yarn. I have two skeins each of two beautiful colours in my stash – a bright turquoise with darker patches, and a variegated pink/purple. I do not, as a whole, knit with DK weight yarn, preferring 4ply, but this yarn is gorgeous – the colours are rich and vibrant, the 50% silk 50% merino gives a very soft yarn with a lovely sheen, and it handles beautifully. The free pattern is now available from Ravelry; please see my Granary Knits website for further details.

The second pattern will be a pair of simple mittens, both full mitten and fingerless, using sock yarn. Whenever I knit a pair of socks I always have yarn left over, and a pair of mittens seems a sensible way to use up those ends. If you have enough of a skein left over from socks, then you could make the mittens match the socks completely, otherwise, striping or colour blocking different solid and variegated yarns looks very attractive and gives your wardrobe an added unique boost.

I’m hoping to include patterns for hats, leggings, and many more accessories during the course of the year.


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