Once Upon a Time – Grace

The next design in the ‘close ups’ series from Once Upon a Time is GRACE. 

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GRACE is very pretty textured jumper with added crochet trims on the fronts. I personally love this design and I think I will design an adult version for my next women collection called AUTUMN out later in the year.

Here are the close ups…

This first image shows GRACE laid out flat and shows the stitch pattern clearly. The design has a central ‘twisted stitch diamond’ panel with a snowflake texture and 4 stitch cable panel either side. The crochet trim really enhances the design, so I urge you to add this if you decide to make the design, although it also looks good without it too! The welt is an interesting ‘wing’ stitch which involves knitting into the third stitch on the left needle, drawing a loop through and then slipping. A full explanation of how this stitch is knitted can found in the ‘special abbreviations’ in the pattern.

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The next image shows a close up of the snowflake and cable panel and the sleeve to armhole join. Note that the sleeve has no sleeve head shaping as this is a drop shoulder design.

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The third image shows the sleeve laid out flat. The centre twisted stitch diamond panel forms the centre overarm design with the 4 stitch cable either side. The rest of the sleeve is worked in reverse stocking stitch.

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The final image is a close up of the centre twisted stitch diamond panel, the neck trim and the crochet trim. The crochet trim is simply stitched in place (using mattress stitch) in-between the centre and snowflake panels. The neck trim is worked in garter stitch.

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I hope these close up images help you to knit GRACE. Look out over the coming days for the close ups of the other designs.

Once Upon a Time is available to buy from my website for £15.99 and also from Rowan stockists.

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Once Upon a Time Close Ups – Albert

The fourth design to be featured from Once Upon a Time is ALBERT.

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ALBERT is a lovely traditionally inspired Aran type sweater. I’ve made it more contemporary by adding blended stripes using six tonal colours of Rowan Felted Tweed. It can also be knitted in one shade and the yarn amounts for this version are printed in the pattern.

Here are the close ups…

The first image shows ALBERT laid out flat. Here you can see the blended stripes more clearly and the definition of the cable panels as well as the striped welt.

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The next image shows the sleeve head and armhole join. As you can see it’s important not to ‘catch’ the cable into the armhole seam. It’s important to use mattress stitch to join the seams. By working from the right side of the work you can be more accurate with the position of the stripes and cables.

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The third image shows the sleeve laid out flat. The centre cable panel from the body is used as the centre overarm cable panel with a four stitch cable either side. The rest of the sleeve is knitted in double moss stitch. The sleeves use the same striping sequence as on the body.

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The final image shows a close up of the neck trim and the centre cable panel.

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I hope these close up images help you to knit ALBERT. Look out over the coming days for the close ups of the other designs.

Once Upon a Time is available to buy from my website for £15.99 and also from Rowan stockists.

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Once Upon a Time Close Ups – Isabel

ISABEL is the third design to be featured from Once Upon a Time.

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ISABEL is a really cute cardigan knitted using leaf lace and Celtic cable panels. There is a small peplum at the bottom of the garment making it perfect for wearing with a full skirt or dress. Here are the close ups…

This first image shows ISABEL laid out flat. Here you can clearly see the leaf lace and Celtic cable panels and the peplum. The peplum is created by simply decreasing stitches in the garter stitch sections of the welt. The image also shows the fold back shawl collar and the button fastening. It’s important to use small buttons, ideally a shell type or mother of pearl.

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This next image shows the sleeve laid out flat. The sleeves are knitted with three Celtic cable panels, with the centre one being positioned at the centre overarm. There is NO sleeve head or armhole shaping as this is a drop shoulder design.

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This image is a close up of the shawl collar and button fastening. It also shows the lace leaf and Celtic cable panels clearly.

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This next image is a close up of the peplum. You can see that the shaping is at the base of each Celtic cable panel. The leaf lace panels starts at the bottom, straight after the small garter stitch welt.

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The final image shows the armhole and sleeve top clearly. As the sleeve is joined to the armhole at the end of a leaf lace panel, care is needed when mattress stitching so that this appears neat.

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I hope these close up images help you to knit ISABEL. Look out over the coming days for the close ups of the other designs.

Once Upon a Time is available to buy from my website for £15.99 and also from Rowan stockists.

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Once Upon a Time Close Ups – Charlotte

The second featured design from Once Upon a Time is CHARLOTTE.

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Charlotte

CHARLOTTE is a very wearable traditional aran tunic. I’ve designed it to be worn with a belt, either the knitted one as written in the pattern or a belt of your own choosing. This design can be easily shortened in length as there isn’t any side seam shaping. A reduction in length can be achieved by taking out one large ‘hourglass’ cable repeat. Taking out two repeats will make it too short, I think.

Here are the close ups…

In this first image CHARLOTTE is laid out flat. Here you can see the cable layout clearly and the armhole shaping. The ‘hourglass’ cable as mentioned earlier are the cables either side of the centre panel.

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The next image shows the sleeve laid out flat. Again this shows the cable and moss stitch pattern clearly.

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This image is a good close up of the cable pattern and the neck trim.

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A close up of the armhole shaping is shown in this next image.

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The last image shows the belt, which is simply knitted in 2×2 rib.

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I hope these close up images help you to knit CHARLOTTE. Look out over the coming days for the close ups of the other designs.

Once Upon a Time is available to buy from my website for £15.99 and also from Rowan stockists.

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Once Upon a Time Close Ups – Alice

Each day I will be posting close up images of each of the designs from Once Upon a Time. Hopefully these will help you to knit and finish the designs you wish to make. The first design to be shown is ALICE

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Alice

ALICE is a chunky cabled design knitted in oblong/square panels without shaping. The sleeves are moss stitch and then the overarm crochet trims are added once the design is made up, therefore its up to you if you add them are not. I used a large horn toggle as the fastener but you could equally use a large button – wood or metal would look good. If you decide to use a wooden toggle or button then I would recommend that you remove it before washing the garment.

Here are close up images…

The first image shows ALICE laid out flat. Here you can see that it is knitted in oblong panels for the fronts and a square panel for the back. The fronts are joined to the back at the shoulders, meeting at the centre back neck. There is NO back neck width on this design and therefore when worn the fronts ‘ride up’ to become shorter in length than the back.

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This next image shows the sleeve join at the armhole edge. There is NO shaping at the armhole and sleeve head as this is a drop shoulder design. This image also shows a good close up of the cable stitch.

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Next you can see the sleeve laid out flat. The sleeves are knitted in double moss stitch ie. each ‘moss’ is 2 rows high. The crochet trim is sewn on after the sleeve is joined to the body. I suggest that the trim is pinned in position on the centre overarm and then stitched in place using mattress stitch.

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The image below shows the crochet trim. Each half of each flower is worked separately either side of the central chain length. This means that 2 lots of treble togethers (one half of a flower) are repeated along one edge of the chain length and then the remaining two petals are worked going back the other way on the other side of the chain length.

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The final image shows a close up of the toggle and toggle fastening. The toggle fastening is simply a row of double crochet worked along a chain length. This is then pinned and tacked in position and then sewn in place using mattress stitch.

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I hope these close up images help you. Look out over the coming days for the close ups of the other designs.

Once Upon a Time is available to buy from my website for £15.99 and also from Rowan stockists.

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A workshop in Tuscany

On the 22nd May I will be leaving to fly to Pisa, Italy so that I can hold my first workshop week of the year at the wonderful Watermill at Posara, Tuscany, starting on Saturday 23rd.

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The Watermill

I’m really looking forward to a week of knitting with like minded people and being spoiled by Lois and Bill with fantastic food and drink. It will be a bonus if the weather is lovely and warm, I hope it will be!

I’m holding 3 workshops in total this year at The Watermill, the second one starts on Saturday 8th August and I believe there are a few places still available. The third one starts on Saturday 12th September, the May and September workshops are fully booked, I’m afraid!

The week comprises of knitting, eating, drinking, visiting lovely places…and more knitting, eating and drinking! What more would anyone want!

There are two workshop projects to work on, both using Rowan Felted Tweed. One is a fairisle bag and the other is a cushion using the 3D technique of partial knitting. 

The Crosses Cushion is fun and easy to knit, each of the crosses are knitted at the same time across the same row, but each of the ‘legs’ of each cross is worked partially, crossed and then re-introduced back into the knitting. 

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The cushion uses 5 soft pastel shades of my all time favourite yarn, Rowan Felted Tweed. We will be using some of these colours in the Fairisle Bag as well.

For those of you that can’t join us in Tuscany, I will be holding a workshop for this cushion at the Village Hall in Hoby, Leicestershire on Saturday 24th October, just go to my website to book.

The second project is a fabulous Fairisle Bag. The design is a traditionally inspired fairisle with a small check pattern as the side gussets. I will be showing how to knit fairisle in an easy and neat way, whilst keeping your yarns untwisted! I will also be showing the two handed method of fairisle knitting as well.

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The bag uses 9 soft shades of Rowan Felted Tweed. The edging and handles are worked in crochet, but it’s only very simple double crochet stitch, so I will be showing this is anyone doesn’t know how to crochet!

Again, for those of you who can’t make it to Tuscany, I will be holding a workshop at the Village Hall in Hoby, Leicestershire for the Fairisle Bag on Saturday 5th September, to book a place just go to my website

All the Rowan yarn will be provided to complete both projects, as well as the patterns and a Marie Wallin goody bag!

Finally, here are some more photos of the Watermill which I took in July last year!

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Once Upon a Time is now available to buy

An exciting day, today, not only is it a Friday, Once Upon a Time is now available to buy from my website! It will also be available to buy from Rowan stockists soon, too.

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