Sandra's Designing Blog

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    Usually I write to you about my love for 2 coloured Brioche or colourful mosaic knitting, which because they are knitting techniques I just picked up these last few years they come to mind as being my favourites. 

    But I also love stranded knitting too, by using two strands of yarn at a time it enables me to create wonderful patterns in the knitted fabric. Stranded knitting also creates fabrics that are warmer and more durable than single-color knitting. In my designs I only use two colors in each row, and only one strand is used at a time. This makes the knitting relatively easy, even for a newcomer to stranded knitting.  
    Today I'm going to highlight some of the stranded knitting designs that I have created over the last few years PLUS my latest kit - The Alexandria Mittens. 
    The Alexandria Mittens are worked in the round, starting off at the cuff and working towards the fingertips. This gives you the chance to just concentrate on working the stranded pattern until you get to the very end. Once you do get to the end I talk you through grafting the fingertips and adding the thumb. 
    Fair Isle: Made famous by knitwear from Fair Isle, one of the islands of Scotland, the Fair Isle technique is one form of stranded colorwork. Fair Isle is typified by its use of symmetrical geometric motifs, two-ply Shetland yarn, and muted, sophisticated colors.
    Scandinavian: Stranded colorwork originating in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland) is very different from Fair Isle, though the knitting techniques are similar. Scandinavian colorwork is distinctive in its large, often asymmetrical motifs, three-ply yarn construction, and bright, clear colors.
    The Christmas star pattern looks great worked in Christmas colours ! but why not try sparkly yarns in colours to match your decor.
    Click on the photo above to download the Christmas decoration pattern - only £1.50
    CHRISTMAS GIFTS / PATTERNS & KITS are now available - check them out please
    Knitted accessories, patterns, kits, yarn and gifts now included in the sale. Most half price!  
  2. Festival Finale 

    This weekend marks the end of the WoveninKirklees festival and I've been busier than ever! Getting reasy for the yarn market, creating new kits, sewing up bunting etc etc. Hope I get to see some of you in St Georges square this weekend. Sounds like it's going to be fun!  

    I really enjoyed going back to Huddersfield Railway station a few days ago to help with a facebook live video. If you can spare 3/4 of an hour to watch and listen to the video it really explains the inspiration and thought process that went into the installation. You can view the video here - Exploring the Big Rainbow Knit in Huddersfield.

    I was responsible for the design of the Rainbow Rays, the panels that adorn the planters in the square and the 3 bigger pieces that are on the station gate and the bus shelter. All these pieces again were made from knitted squares that were brought together in special unique designs which I created. The 2 coloured squares were used as a basis, utilising a rainbow colour and either black or white. The Big Rainbow knitters were really happy to experiment in their knitting and wanted to do more than the simple garter stitch square. As the 2 coloured squares came in to the Big Rainbow knit HQ, I starting to pull them together in to my 6 x 4 squares designs.  I designed over 25 original pattern layouts, half of which were sent out to our Big Rainbow sewers to sew up!

    In fact the whole Rainbow Rays idea was inspired by the blocks (a series of repeated shapes) that go on to make quilt patterns. These will be explored in the ebook, to give you ideas as to how you can use the 6 x 4 and 4 x 4 squares repeated to make interesting throws and cushions.
    Pre-order the Rainbow Rays pattern eBook here
    I also created a number of slips stitch and fair isle patterns that were knitted up in to squares too by our Big Rainbow knitters.  The slip stitch patterns were developed to look like illusions, inspred by the Rainbow being one big illusion. The Fair isle patterns were developed to be squares or triangles within the bigger square and then when brought together they give a checkerboard effect.
    If you live or travel through Kirklees you may have seen yarn bombings popping up all over the district. A few of the sites have used the same idea of utilsing the 2 coloured squares to develop their own patterns. 
    Bradley by Yak & Yarn
    Meltham by Meltham Knit & Natter

    The Rainbow Ray panels and the individual knitting patterns are documented in my ebook which you can pre-order now at a discounted price of £5 from my web site or Ravelry. The patterns within the ebook will be available and emailed to you AFTER the woven festival that takes place from 5th June 2021 to 27th June. This is so official WOVEN photographs can be included in the ebooklet. I imagine that the ebooklet patterns will be ready for emailing sometime in July & August 2021.  

    [Discounted price is for the duration of the festival]