New shawl pattern and birthday celebrations!

It’s beginning to feel like summer is just around the corner! Hooray! It’s definitely my favourite season: the long, long days are my favourite, even if our weather here in Scotland isn’t the best!

To celebrate the beginning of the season (and also Flora Fibres first birthday!) I have designed the Snakes and Ladders shawl: a lovely triangular linen shawl which will be the perfect summer accessory. It is lightweight and airy, and the natural linen will help keep you cosy if there’s ​a chill, but won’t let you overheat.

It comes in 2 sizes: adult and child, so it’s perfect for some “mummy and me” styling! (Yes, I would totally do this, but my boys won’t let me… *sigh*)
The pattern will be released on the 14th of May (Flora Fibres first birthday!), and you’ll be able to get your copy from my Ravelry store.

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen some sneaky peeks of the shawl which I’ve shared over there, such as this detail shot of the openwork panel and edging:

You’ll also have heard me going on about joining my mailing list, and if you haven’t yet done so, let me give you some incentives!

  • By subscribing you will receive a copy of the Spring Diamonds Cowl knitting pattern
  • You’ll get a first look at shop updates, before they go live (hint, there’s one this weekend!)
  • Subscribers will soon be sent an exclusive birthday discount code for my Etsy store, which you can use on any of my yarn, project bags or necklaces
  • Aaand one lucky subscriber will be chosen at random to win their choice of either a voucher for my Etsy store, or a free knitting pattern!

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Spring Diamonds Cowl

This pattern is a special one. You can’t buy it anywhere, but you can get it free as a bonus when you subscribe to my mailing list! Woo!

This cowl is a great project for everyone: beginners won’t find it difficult as it only uses 3 basic stitches to create the pattern, and more experienced knitters will like how quickly it knits up (because let’s be honest, sometimes it’s nice to just have a quick project on hand when you don’t want to have to think too hard!). It would also be a good pattern to keep for gift knitting.

The pattern calls for 3 x 50g of DROPS Paris (or equivalent, I’m not going to check up on you!), an aran weight cotton yarn, which makes this cowl cosy yet breathable, and very easy to care for. It is an ideal transition piece for those days which are still cool in the morning yet warmer by midday. If you choose to use the recommended yarn, you’ll find I’ve chosen one which is very reasonably priced and also comes in a fantastic range of colours.

The inspiration for this piece came from the simple geometric shapes in a game I was playing with my children. I wanted to convey the idea of the diamond shapes using only the texture of the knit and purl stitches to make this pattern as accessible as possible. I love how changing light levels brings out a new dimension to this cowl: in bright sunlight the pattern is fairly subtle, but once inside the texture really comes alive and the diamonds begin to sparkle!

This cowl is knitted on 6mm needles, with a gauge of 8 stitches and 10 rows in a 5x5cm (2×2 inches) square in stockinette. The finished piece measures 84cm (33″) long and 25cm (10″) wide.

 

Entrelac blanket

This was the first pattern I ever published on Ravelry! I wanted to start out by giving something back to the fabulous fibre community we are a part of, and so I made it a freebie. Since I published it, I have had over 1100 dowloads, making it by far my most popular pattern to date!

Entrelac is a really clever effect, it creates a finished piece of fabric which looks woven. To do this you knit every row at right angles to the previous one, which gives the gorgeous texture you can see. In my pattern I explain exactly how to adapt it to create any sized blanket you wish, so you can make it exactly how you want it.

I love this blanket, it has such a great feel to it and it drapes wonderfully, making it a perfect one for snuggling up with on the sofa!

You can find the project page for the entrelac blanket here, where you can browse the blankets others have made and shared using this pattern. Or alternatively you can download it straight away by following this link:

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Welcome!

Welcome to the new home of Flora Fibres! If you’ve visited before you’ll no doubt be wondering where all the yarn has gone, but have no fear! You can still find all your favourite yarns, as well as the exclusively designed project bags, and the new art yarn jewellery, over in my new Etsy shop.

This space here is going to take on a new role: I’m going to bring you into my yarny world a little, giving you more information about the fibres I use, their properties and characteristics, as well as some of the dyes I use to colour them. I’m also hoping to start a series of tutorial videos, but those are somewhat more dependent on having some quiet time away from my mummy duties!

I’d love to keep you all up to date with all things Flora Fibres! If you have not yet done so, you can join our mailing list here. You will receive news, notification of new website content, previews of new products before they are available in the shop, and occasionally there will also be exclusive discount codes just for subscribers. As an additional bonus when you sign up you will receive a free copy of my “Spring Diamonds Cowl” knitting pattern, which I created especially for my followers!