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A knitting pattern in under 30mins? Are you crazy

So a little while ago I was asked to put together a physical workshop on how to create knitting patterns. There was a ton of positive feedback and interest….

Unfortunately the workshop never happened because the person who asked me to put it together didn’t tell anyone it was happening and of course, not every fashionknitster was in that location at the time.

After getting so much support and comments like “I wish I was in London so I could come”, I felt that there was clearly a lot of knitters who wanted to get their own creative juices going and were being held back by other courses that, quite frankly, make it so complicated that I couldn’t follow them.

Now it’s time to give the knitting power back to the people. I decided this year I would work on putting my method down on paper so to speak. So for the first time ever, I’m going to tell people how to create a pattern in less than 30 mins. I can actually do it less than 10 but I do have a lot of practice under my belt.

So I’ve gone back to my computer, recorded some info on how retail works, how to measure and of course, the pattern method itself and now I just need a few finishing touches…… If you’re still not convinced, I’m going to prove it can be done in less than 10 mins and so you know that I’m not cheating, I want you to send me your measurements and a tension swatch measurement….

Watch out for the newsletter with all of the details to get involved and test me.

So roll on 2015. This will be the year of the Fashionknitsters.

 

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CHART: Rose Trellis

Rose Trellis chart for hand or machine knitting. Free chart for rose trellisIn this guide I’ve included a full repeatable Rose Trellis from our Trends Book: Floral. A huge flora trend has been sweeping the fashion season, and here we’re no different. So here is a little free chart for a horizontal repeating rose trellis that can be done with 3 colours or just 2 for a more graphic look.

 

If you love floral graphics and you are a handor a machine knitter, you can find lots more floral repeats, kitsch florals and more in depth artworks in our E-Book, which you can find here: TRENDS: Floral

 

Feel free to use and abuse it in whatever way you like. Just make sure, that if you like it, that you share it……. come on don’t keep secrets from your knitting friends.

 

Download PDF HERE: Rose Trellis

 

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Knitting Charts for flowers. Yes TRENDS : FLORAL is here

Knitting chart bool for flowers Hand Knitting Chart, Machine Knitting Charl. flowers Floral PatternsKnitting chart bool for flowers Hand Knitting Chart, Machine Knitting Charl. flowers Floral PatternsOH YES IT’S FINALLY HERE! TRENDS : FLORALS

I’m so excited. The girls worked so hard on this book and there are some real complicated little bits in there. Still have the basic ones too don’t worry. Loads of 2 colour, kitsch, repeats and in this one borders in horizontal and vertical graphs. You can find out loads more in the shop and if you are interested I’m also tagging on [ for free ]  the Large Graphical Repeat graph for the machine knit dress I did back in the summer. That one is 8 pages for the back and 8 for the front by itself, so well worth picking it up now.

If you want to have a look through the inside, there are loads of pages in the shop gallery or if you bought the last book and are familiar with the layout, then you can add it to your shopping bag below.

Happy knitting everyone.

 

 

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Oh for the love of Knitting!

If ever there was an inspirational collection for 2014,  or any season in fact, this would be it! Valentino Summer 2014 show was purely colourful. All the inspiration, print, graphic, trim, detail and effects any designer could want as an inspirational starting point. This sort of collection could keep someone going for months.

Knitting is no exception. The detail in the patterning, not to mention the fact that much of it was squares and diamonds, would look wonderful in knit. Mix in some beading or fringing trim, I wouldn’t be able to stop knitting. Have you guessed that I am in love with this collection yet? Oh in a world of drab collections at NY, some elements of crazy in London, and overall just a bit of a mundane set of fashion weeks all round. THIS show perked me up no end. Also have a look at the fringing and tassels that are included too. I wrote about this a couple of weeks ago now as a future trend and I really believe this is something to be playing with for your summer knits.

If you want to have a look at the related fringing post you can read it here:

Fringing Cardi : A Fringe Cardi to end all fringe cardi’s

Fringing as a trend :  The Summer Idea! Fringing!

J’adore beaux vêtements Valention! Here is some inspiration to get those knitting needles working and your sketching pens at the ready!

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CHART: The 3 Colour Tartan

A three colour tartan design for knitting on hand or machine. 3 Colour check graph grid design

In this guide I’ve included a full repeatable check [ actually it’s more than 2 colours so in fact it’s a non traditional tartan ]  in chart form. It’s a modern twist on the traditional tartan or [check], with a slightly off centred mini stripe.

It plays with the idea of a traditional tartan by using the background colour to make stripes as well as moving the stripes to be less evenly spaced.

Feel free to use and abuse it in whatever way you like. Just make sure, that if you like it, that you share it……. come on don’t keep secrets from your knitting friends.

Download PDF HERE: 3 colour modern tartan

 

If you like this then you should check out the other tartan and check files!

2 Colour Check

2 Colour Worn Out Check

 

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CHART: 4 Colour Tartan

 

A four colour tartan design for knitting on hand or machine. 4 Colour check graph grid designIn this guide I’ve included a full repeatable check [ actually it’s more than 2 colours so in fact it’s a non traditional tartan ]  in chart form. It’s a modern twist on the traditional tartan or [check], with a slightly off centred mini stripe in a couple of colours with a highlight stripe.

 

It plays with the idea of a traditional tartan by using a strong highlight colour to make stripes, as well as moving the stripes to be less evenly spaced. There is also some colour suggestions for different colour combination options

 

Feel free to use and abuse it in whatever way you like. Just make sure, that if you like it, that you share it……. come on don’t keep secrets from your knitting friends.

 

Download PDF HERE: 4 colour modern tartan

 

 

 

If you like this then you should check out the other tartan and check files!

 

2 Colour Check

 

2 Colour Worn Out Check

 

 

 

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CHART: 2 Colour Modern Check

2 colour check pattern for knitters. Hand or machine knitting. Pattern ChartIn this guide I’ve included a full repeatable check in chart form. It’s a modern twist on the traditional check, with a degraded, worn out feel. There is also some ideas on colour combinations too.

Feel free to use and abuse it in whatever way you like. Just make sure, that if you like it, that you share it……. come on don’t keep secrets from your knitting friends.

Download PDF HERE: 2 Colour Modern Check

 

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HELP: Fix a Purl stitch

Do you need some help on how to fix your stitches? If you've dropped a stitch on a knitting machine or on your on your knitting needles, then here is how to fix themWe’ve all been there. Dropped a stitch on a knitting machine or 10 rows ago on our knitting needles and have no idea how to fix them other than ripping the rows back.

Well that is time consuming and completely pointless. If you hand or machine knit, the method is the same. If you are using a latch tool or a crochet hook, you can fix those stitches just by picking up the ladders and slipping them in a particular way to create a knit stitch.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to fix a dropped stitch and it’s so easy, I had to share the How To guide. I’ve put together a pdf for both knit and purl stitches. This one is for purl stitches. You can download that guide below.

Download PDF HERE: Dropped_Stitches_purl

 

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HELP: Fix a Knit stitch

Do you need some help on how to fix your stitches? If you've dropped a stitch on a knitting machine or on your on your knitting needles, then here is how to fix themWe’ve all been there. Dropped a stitch on a knitting machine or 10 rows ago on our knitting needles and have no idea how to fix them other than ripping the rows back.

Well that is time consuming and completely pointless. If you hand or machine knit, the method is the same. If you are using a latch tool or a crochet hook, you can fix those stitches just by picking up the ladders and slipping them in a particular way to create a knit stitch.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to fix a dropped stitch and it’s so easy, I had to share the How To guide. I’ve put together a pdf for both knit and purl stitches. This one is for knit stitches. You can download that guide below.

Download PDF HERE: Dropped_Stitches_knit

 

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MK STITCH: Mesh Stitch for Machine Knitting

Come and get our guide to creating a mesh effect on your knitting machine. Download the Mesh Stich guide for freeMesh comes around every so often, especially for summer clothes. It can be part of that light summery texture that everyone loves to incorporate, either as an all over texture for a light cover up or as a little section for a full garment. You could even use a couple of rows as a simple and light trim for any design, or what about knitting this with a stronger monofilament yarn to create your own mesh shopping bag?

It can be delicate and airy with a lightweight yarn or it can be more dense with heavier yarns. Despite the open nature of this stitch, it is still a strong and stable stitch to use.

If you’re not sure how to create a mesh effect on your knitting machine, then we have the guide here for you to add to your own designs or just to help you learn more stitches.

Download PDF HERE: Mesh stitch MK

 

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MK HELP: Holding Stitches

Holding stitches is a great technique for your machine. It's also how you do partial knitting with laceHolding stitches is a really great technique for any machine knitter. Make no mistake it will make a really big difference to you when you are partial knitting.

Sometimes you get that furry effect on your knitting when you are holding some of the other stitches. Have you ever noticed that? Well this is the technique to make sure you are not pilling the rest of your work.

Now depending on your machine, this is also the way to do partial knitting with lace. Unlike other types of knitting, if you are using a lace carriage, you will find it really difficult to put the needles into holding position and move the lace carriage over them, sometime impossible. Well this is how you do it.

Come and download our step by step guide to Holding stitches below.

Download PDF HERE: Holding Stitch

 

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CHART: Animal Prints

Giraffe-Repeat2Do you like Animal Prints? Well a while ago we started a little trend based E-Book series that aimed to get fashionable prints into knitting as well as promoting individual designers and small craft companies.

Here for free is one of our animal repeat prints from the 70 page book. A repeat pattern for a really great graduating giraffe pattern. That looks so abstract it could be any type of animal print just by changing the colours to black and white or any combination you like. Have fun with it, change the colour and put some wild into your home, clothes or accessories.

If you like your download you can find the full book in our shop here

Download PDF HERE: Giraffe

 

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CHART: Diamond Lace

Diamond-Lace2A lovely diamond Lace pattern that can look beautifully airy in fine yarns with a delicate, pretty  look, or go black and add some sass. But this can be equally beautiful with heavier yarns too for a more summery, with a strong handmade, feel. It looks really strong and defined the thicker the yarn you use.

This pattern also looks great on either Purl or Knit side. Don’t be restricted to traditional knit ideas.

 

Download PDF HERE: diamond lace MK

 

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CHART: 2 Colour Check

2-Col-Check2In this guide I’ve included a full repeatable check in chart form, as well as a modification I added in a machine knitting pattern for Twisted Angle, which you can see below in the red and black picture.

Download PDF HERE: 2 colour check

 

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