New Pattern | The SOS Shawl

UPDATE | Pattern is now live on Ravelry. You can get it HERE and remember its FREE when you sign up to my newsletter until Midnight GMT on Tuesday 12th September 2017.

HELLO MAKERS | I’m back. I took a little vacation to recharge and of course I did a lot of knitting during that break. Its September now and here in the Northern Hemisphere its officially Autumn – so its getting colder and that means knitting season has finally arrived!

The leaves are already dropping (I love Autumn 🍂 🍃 🍂 🍃 ) and people have started to stress about their Christmas knitting plans (eek!). My local Tesco store was actually putting away the back to school essentials and bringing out the Christmas sweets and chocolates this evening! (WHY!!!!!!)

Now is definitely the time to take a little moment for you. After all you’ve worked hard this year, the kids are back to school and the dark nights are just round the corner.  So why not make September a time for some selfish knitting for yourself.  I have the perfect new shawl design for you to…

THE SOS SHAWL | Designed with mini skeins or leftovers in mind this shawl is a traditional shetland hap construction with a modern simple border of garter and stocking stitch “Stripes On Stripes”.

Play with colour and relax as you take a break from your knitting schedule to create some Simple | Stylish | Stitches

WHAT DO YOU NEED | One skein main colour of fingering weight yarn (400 metres) and seven small 20 gram minis for contrasting colours OR you can go wild and blend your own colour combinations from your leftover stash.

“…definitely a shawl that you will want to knit again and again.”

HOW DO I FIND IT | I’m releasing the pattern on Ravelry later this week and the shawl will be FREE for 24-hours after it goes live to all my newsletter subscribers who are Ravelry members.

So if you are already on my newsletter list you don’t need to do anything you are already in! Whoop! But if you are aren’t sure  if you provided your ravelry name when you subscribed to the newsletter then just fire me a message to support@minalovesdesigns.com and I will check for you.

If you aren’t on my newsletter list you can sign up here. GO DO IT NOW so you don’t miss out on getting your FREE COPY of the SOS Shawl.

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WHAT’S COMING NEXT | I have what feels like a kazillion patterns to release. I have been knitting like a maniac all summer and will be releasing them gradually between now and Christmas. So keep eye out here on the blog and on social media for more announcements soon.

Remember don’t stress because Every Row Makes a Project Grow

Simple | Stylish | Stitches
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Springtime Yarn

It’s sunny here today and even tho its still cold oputside that makes me think of springtime…and what yarns I have in my stash to knit with this Easter. So I thought I would flash some stash spring themed yarns today…

So first up I have a local hand dyer – Dye Candy – Lindsay AKA Hutch is a magician when it comes to colour combos and looking at this skein makes my heart melt. I love the greens, yellow and pinks that she has incorporated on this…so much so that I bought two different sock bases and a DK base in the same colourways lol!!

Dye Candy SW Merino Cashmere/Nylon Sock in colourway Prairie

IMG_0850Next up we have some yarn from one of my favourite yarn brands – Malabrigo! Two skeins of pink… one in Rios English Rose (left) and the other in Baby Silkpaca Lace in Fuchsia (right).

Malabrigo Yarns are a firm favourite of mine. You get really good quality for reasonable price per skein. I always recommend these yarns to new knitters as a good way to try natural fibres and move away from acrylic. I’m not a fan of acrylic myself but there is a place for it and I did start out using it as a new knitter so I can’t complain. But these days my view is everyone’s time is precious so why spend it with acrylic on the needles and not some fabulous Merino, Cashmere, Alpaca… or other natural fibre.

Now when you think of springtime the colour you will think of first is probably yellow… and probably because spring is represented by daffodils. The next yarn I’m going to flash is some fabulous lace weight from Eden Cottage Yarns. Victoria is passionate about hand dyeing and her colour palate comes from the landscapes around her. This skein is Pegasus Lace which is a beautiful baby alpaca and silk in a very bright yellow colourway called Dandelion.

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Now living in Northern Ireland when you think of springtime you also think of the green fields in the meadow. Jenny from Townhouse Yarns has expertly hand dyed this next Skein on her Chatham Lace base of Merino and silk which has sadly been discontinued so I suppose this yarn is now vintage stash!IMG_0846

Another favourite of mine is Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light. This yarn is soft and has a lovely stitch definition. This colourway is a limited colourway from the Loop called London Cosmopolitan, and a gorgeous shade of warm orange with subtle hints of pink.


Finally another Irish hand-dyer. This skein has been in my stash for a few years now and I still haven’t decided what it will become (suggestions please!) but it is so pretty to look at and whats not to love about Alpaca, Silk & Cashmere right? Coolree Yarns are based in Wexford and you definitely want to get your hands on a skein or two! This skein has been dyed in a lovely spring blue colourway called ‘Cornflower’.

So what yarns are you lusting over this spring? Please leave me a comment and let me know…