Sandra's Designing Blog

This is an exclusive area of my web site where you can find out more about my knitted designs, what inspires me, how I work and what I like (and don't like) to design. 
Below is some examples of my latest love - Brioche.
 
 
 
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    Probably wondering what ! what is Sandra on about now? 

    Well today I'm mixing and matching, which is exactly what we all do with our knitted accessories. Pulling similar colours, textures and patterns together as well as making sure that they are functional too.  
    All the gloves (knitted, kits and patterns) you find in my web store are all fingerless. There are 2 main reasons for this, 
    1. I can't knit fingers, they are too fiddly for me. I'm one of those knitters who enjoys knitting large pieces of fabric, fingers, toys, even tiny baby garments can be too fiddly for me, I get in a mess, the needles and yarn become entwined. I know my limit.
    2. I prefer wearing fingerless gloves!, yes even in the midst of a cold winter I'd rather have my fingers free.If they get too cold I simply put my hands in my pockets.
    ISSUE 156 of THE KNITTER (October) had 2 of my designs in it !!

    If you fancy knitting one of these designs sometime, then if you wait 6 months I will be supplying the individual patterns on Ravelry and on my web site.
    A sample of the Fingerless Gloves available in Sandra's store
    Stokesay from Issue 156 of The Knitter is probably my best design to date. I made my own modification to the  lace tulip pattern so that the twisty stems could continue right up the sweater. I love the sleeve lengths and the neckline. If I was knitting this for myself (and I will one day) I would make the body longer, but otherwise perfect.
    A sample of the Fingerless Gloves KIT's available in Sandra's store.  A variety of cables, fair isle and lace, some knitted in the round, some knitted flat. 

    Great to knit up for Christmas gifts or why not gift the kit! 
    Lightwaves from Issue 156 of The Knitter is a lovely slip stitch square cushion. Using natural colours of West Yorkshire Spinner Illustrious yarn in a geometric pattern. Not an easy knit, you do need to follow the instructions row by row but well worth it. Finishes with tassles on the back.
     
  2. Autumn Colours

     

    I just love the beautiful Autumn colours we have in the English countryside at the moment.

    I went splashing through the fallen leaves with my Cain (GSD) yesterday.

    It being the 1st day of the UK's second lockdown I decided that I needed to take full advantage of the dry

    weather and get out and about.

    This morning is the 2nd day and again I will embrace the countryside in which I live in before I get back to my

    designing work.........

     

    The Woven In Kirklees Big Knit

    I have assisted in developing the overall design concept for the Big Knit (A Yarn Bombing

    project which will take place next summer).

    The 1st stage has just been launched and we are asking knitters / crocheters to get involved.

    The 2nd stage which will be launched in a few months will be when you get to see my design ideas. 

    Want to get involved?

     

    Stacked Stitches

    I have mastered this unique technique of stacked increases and decreases to create this unusual wrap. This is available in kit form and you'll get to see my very 1st video tutorial.

    Grab the kit               View the tutorial
     

    Brioche Video Tutorials

    I carried on with the videos to create some that supplemented the 'heatwave' cowl pattern and kit that I sell. The same instructions are used in the majority of my Brioche patterns.

    View Tutorial            Grab the kit 
     
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