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Recent blog post | 01 Dec 2016

Where you goin', you SuperChunky thing?!!

Well... it's certainly cold enough to warrant getting out those chunky weight yarns from my stash cupboard - but wait a minute– I don't have enough chunky yarn to make a sweater!! Oops! 😳.

Ha! I'm Just 'Plying' with You!

No worries, because I managed to get some help from a fellow Ravster (or 'Rav-buddy', 'Rav-chum' = a friend on Ravelry.com) called KayGirlsKnitter. He makes these amazing MEGA-chunky sweaters and coats and he does this by plying many strands of yarns of differing weights and fibres together. The result of this is a super-thick strand of knitting that is worked up with needle sizes starting from 10mm upwards.

Taking his techniques on board, I rustled up a quick 'n' thick jacket of my own. It doesn't get nearly cold enough in the UK to need anything as thick as KayGirlsKnitter's jackets (having said that, it is -3ºc here today, brrr!), so I made my jacket with 9 strands of various yarns using 12mm needles. The fabric composition was a mixture of (in order of quantity): merino, camel, mohair, alpaca, silk and acrylic. Plying yarns like this is a good way to use up your ever-encroaching stash and it creates some beautiful textures and colours. This jacket is so lovely and warm, yet it's surprisingly light in weight too. I love how it came out - I wear it a lot! 😃


New Pattern Release

Veza = 'Reveal' or 'Show' in Zulu. I loved knitting this sweater! For me, it was so easy to knit, but I don't mind telling you it was a b!tch to write the pattern! Size grading maths...Ugh! Anyway, I'm so glad that the pattern and the sweater came out good in the end. My test knitters did a fantastic job on theirs, check them out on the pattern page here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/veza


On a Lighter Note...

This was a little project I had been working on in the background while I was writing Veza. This is ByeLine... or at least a modified version of it. I've simply taken the original design and added a diamond lace pattern to the lower half of it ...

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