May Pattern Round-Up

This last month has felt like it has been all about The Book of Haps, but we've had other things in the pipeline.

Waits is a top-down version of Bristol Ivy's popular Newsom cardigan and features interesting mitred shaping. If you already have Newsom, or would like both, use the code DUET at the checkout to get a discount. 

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Shetlander Donna Smith was the patron of Shetland Wool Week in 2015 and her Baa-ble Hat, the official pattern, has been made thousands of times. She also contributed Houlland to the Book of Haps. Her Shallmillens Snood takes its name from the Shetland word for "smithereens" or lots of little pieces, and that is an apt description. Made up from a series of short colourwork sections, this is an ideal project for novice knitters, or more experienced knitters alike.

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If you're looking for a fun, small project to carry around with you, Mary Jane Mucklestone's Maritime Mitts could be just the thing. There is a KAL going on in Mary Jane's group from now until the end of August with weekly prizes, as well as one at the end. 

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Finally, Ella Austin's latest release from her Colour and Line collection is Essie, a lightweight sweater for summer. Popcorn stitches in the yoke mark the Morse code letter S, giving the pattern its name. Essie is available as a single download, or with the whole collection.

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Houlland by Donna Smith

Today's fabulous hap is from the lovely Donna Smith - Houlland.

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Image © Kate Davies Designs.

Be sure to head over to Kate's blog to read all about the inspiration for this design - it's incredibly special: Houlland by Donna Smith

Lovely Donna has also recently joined our client list, and her first pattern download was released earlier this week. It's a fabulous colourwork cowl worked in dramatic black and white. The design is called Shallmillens, which means smithereens in Shetland dialect. The cowl (or snood) uses a series of short repeating motifs - making it the perfect project for someone new to colourwork - and just two colours.

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Image © Donna Smith

You can read more about Shallmillens over on Donna's blog: Donna Smith Designs

Or head straight over to Ravelry to buy the pattern: Shallmillens

I'll be back tomorrow to reveal another stunning hap, so in the meantime, happy knitting!

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