I find that sometimes a tight brief or set of colours really does help to release my creativity rather than restrict it. Not more than three weeks ago, the lovely people at Stylecraft sent me a pack of their limited edition DK yarn.
As I said in my previous post, these sumptuous colours were chosen as part of a competition. Hundreds of knitters and crocheters sent in scraps of colours and the winning colour ended up being Duck Egg. The short-list was so good that Stylecraft decided to release all ten colours as a limited edition collection.
When the wool popped through the door, I was so keen to rip the parcel open and see what was inside. Immediately I was inspired by the ‘Jewel’ shades. These bright rich colours reminded me so much of the colour in the last of our flowering plants in the garden. I swatched up a repeat fan pattern using; Lobelia, Mustard, Fuschia Purple, Kelly Green and Empire.
It did cross my mind to revert to my go-to accessory of a cowl, however I knew within a moment that a scarf would be better as I could use nearly all of the 50g of each ball and the ends would look ever-so jaunty with pom-poms sewn at the ends.
Our new cat, Stanley has rather enjoyed the process and is not adverse to the crochet draping over his fur as we sit together. Usually I have a plan to give away my samples to friends or long suffering relations. But this one is mine, all mine. I know I will team it with a dark or grey polar neck and it will bring much needed zest to winter day.
If you want to make your own version you can download the pattern free from Jewel Fan Scarf
I probably agree with the judges an my favourite colour is the Duck Egg. I couldn’t let that ball just hide away in my stash, so I designed a quick and easy adult slouchy beanie. It has a slip-stich rib and a lovely even decrease. On a previous baby hat I used the finishing touch of a ribbon and button and decided to use the idea again for the adult version.
Quite cute and different for topping detail. If you fancy making the hat but want a more mature topper why not look to a faux fur pom-pom instead. Download the pattern for the hat using this link Duck Egg Adult Beanie and used my fab new Knit-Pro Zing Needle which are super-super fast.
So if you like the look of these colours Stylecraft has put together Special DK packs of 50g balls of all 10 colours
which will be available from all good yarn shops from mid October and will be showcased on Stylecraft’s stand at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace from 7 th -‐11 th October 2015. However if you can’t wait then why not try and win your own pack using my exclusive link here – Good Luck
There are also many other opportunities to win if you follow the blogtour, tomorrow the excellent Crafternoon Treats will be live with her blog tomorrow. If you visit all 10 blogs you could perhaps win 10 times! Tell me what you think, I can’t wait to hear.