Thanks to not being well for so long, I had completely forgotten that the spring issue of Love of Knitting magazine was due to be released any day now. So it came as a pleasant surprise when I realized today there are new patterns on my Ravelry designer page.
I've got two patterns in this issue, one in the 'Little Knits' theme, a small collection with 6 adorable multi-coloured projects for children. My contribution, the Pearls Hat, was designed to work in a variety of yarns or to use leftover yarns from different projects and also to give the knitter a lot of design choices. The main feature of this basic shaped hat are strings of 'yarn pearls', which seem to swirl around the hat. The look changes completley with the yarns used, for example could it be a variegated background colour with one solid colour as 'pearls', or it could be a solid background with each ' string of pearls' in a different colour, possibilities are endless. The look can also be changed with the number of 'strings' worked and where they are placed. A cute pattern which gives knitters the option to make their hat truly unique.
The sample was knitted in HiKoo® by skacel Simplicity Solids & Tonals, using colorway lavendar as main colour and red hat purple and white for the 'strings of pearls'. The yarn, a merino, acrylic and nylon blend, is a pleasure to work with and perfect for items that get a lot of wear and need to be easy to care for.
My second pattern is Bargello Socks, another pattern that would look great in a variety of colorways. The socks are knitted in stranded knitting, with the main colour forming zigzagging stripes of different width.
The look changes completely when a multi-coloured yarn, such as a variegated yarn or a self-striping yarn, is used as the background colour. Also, the stripes can be placed at random, so that more or less stripes can be worked to change the overall look.
The socks are knitted with heel flap and gusset, the gusset decreased are made towards the middle of the sole. The sole is knitted in stripes.
The sample was knitted in SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in cauldron as main colour for cuff, heel, toe and the zigzagging stripes and goldmine as contrast colour for the background. Now I look forward to see what different colour combinations knitters come up with. :)