So far in this series, I've covered different ways to make the most out of small amounts of yarn, combining it with commercial yarn, or combining it with other handspun. In this final post, I wanted to focus on patterns which could particularly show off the awesomeness of handspun. There are many great example of… Continue reading Patterns for handspun part 4: Modular knitting patterns
The likelihood that you'll reach your hand into the stash and come up with a sweater-weight of wool is highly unlikely. It's more likely to find you have enough for a shawl or a cowl, and that would be a pretty clear solution. However, how many shawls can you wear? I've already rounded up some… Continue reading Patterns for handspun part 3: Layering garments
I still can't seem to spin anything lighter than Aran/Worsted weight. So the yardage I get from a 100g braid of fibre is going to be pretty low. As I mentioned in my first post on Patterns for Handspun, Part 1, the obvious thing to do is simply search for patterns are 150 yards or… Continue reading Patterns for handspun part 2: Contrasting yarn
As I've been sampling and building my stash of handspun, I keep an eye out for patterns which would show off handpsun very well. So I wanted to make a round-up post of some of my favorite patterns. I'm breaking this post up into parts so it's slightly more digestible. I have a habit of… Continue reading Patterns for handspun part 1: Small projects
A knitted skirt is a socially acceptable way to wear a warm blanket around yourself. I saw this knitted skirt on Pinterest ages ago. It's a kit in mohair. I love the loose knit transparency, and having knit with some of the Blacker Yarns 4-plys I knew that it could be very warm, even if… Continue reading Raverly round-up: 18 Knitted skirt patterns
OK, this isn't my first attempt at a sweater, but it will be the first I finish, by gum! It's for my grand-nephew. The first in his generation. If I was a really great great aunt, I would have started a baby jumper when I first heard my nephew's girlfriend was having a baby. I… Continue reading My first sweater and why I want schematics
A selection of videos showing the work of knitwear and yarn designer, Di Gilpin.
I wanted to work on something with thicker yarn. I got this Colinette Art yarn, it's wool + viscose. Looks so pretty in the skein, but I picked entirely the wrong pattern for it. You can't see the leaves in the Saroyan pattern really at all. The leaves are totally lost. I tried in a… Continue reading Cast on and rip out. Looking for patterns for short change variegated yarns