Rekaviður by Bristol Ivy


Rekaviður by Bristol Ivy is a straight-forward beanie pattern knitted in the round using DK yarn. This is a slouchy hat that using a unique and easy stitch (seriously–no cable needle or wrapping of stitches needed!) to create an allover smocking pattern.  You can buy the pattern from the designer as a download from Ravelry here.

We knitted this hat in Morecambe DK, colourway Walney.  This is a soft blend of British alpaca and Blue Faced Leicester wool from the North West.   For a very special hat, we have also knitted it in Pure Natural Alpaca DK.

Sous Sous by Norah Gaughan

Sous Sous in Thames DK

I knitted Sous Sous in Thames DK which is a luxurious blend of baby alpaca, Falklands Merino and mulberry silk.  The jumper has a boxy shape with loads of positive ease.  You select your size by measuring your upper arm circumference.

Sous Sous is constructed flat in two separate pieces before joining at the shoulders and picking up for the sleeves which are also worked back and forth in rows. Shaping row 3 in the Front creates the bias which in turn sets the shoulder shaping.

You can buy this pattern from the designer on Ravelry here.

The tweedy bits in our new Alpaca with Shetland DK

This summer I bought some beautiful, crimpy, fine Shetland fleece from a local farmer. I’ve blended some of the fawn coloured fleeces with white and light fawn alpaca fibre and just sent it off for spinning. This is going to be a woollen spun almond coloured DK yarn with coloured flecks. The tweedy effect is obtained by adding lots of coloured nepps (or small felted balls of wool) into the fibre as its being carded. I decided to dye my own colours and here they are!

If this works well, I’ve already got plans for the next batch and the colours I’m going to use.