In the first in a series of designs inspired by walks throughout the year around the British Isles, Suzanne Stallard (alabamawhirly) and myself bring you two designs which showcase Voluptuous and Voluptuous Skinny – British Exmoor Blueface blended with organic merino and spun by John Arbon in Devon.
Southwold in the Snow by Debbie Orr
Back in March of this year, I went on a trip to the coastal Suffolk town of Southwold with some knitty friends. We rented a gorgeous house right by the pier and spent the days knitting, chatting, walking along the beach and exploring the town and the evenings drinking cocktails… and knitting.
Then most unexpectedly for the location and time of year, it snowed.
It was so cold, I really wished I’d brought warmer clothes. In my head, I envisioned a large woolly blankety shawl to wrap around myself to stave off the cold. So decided to try to design what was in my head.
My Southwold in the Snow winter shawl design features several stitch patterns and a little lace to keep the knitting interesting which include Fancy Garter Ridge, Beach Hut stripe sections, Crest of the Wave, a Groynes section and a knitted shell edging to represent the snow.
It can be knitted in either Voluptuous Skinny 4 ply (the Duck Egg and Dark Cherry version) or in Voluptuous DK (the Granite and Maritime Grey version) and creates a large shawl perfect for snuggling on the sofa on a cold winter’s evening.
Or for wearing out on a brisk walk by the sea. Or even, and I’m dreaming a bit here, for sitting in your beach hut knitting and looking out at the weak winter sun glistening on the waves.
A big thanks to Suzanne and Jocelyn for test knitting it for me. Jocelyn is based in Dubai and was brave enough to knit with wool in 40 degree plus heat! And to the lovely Rachel Atkinson for tech editing the design for me.
Please note: Row 107 should start with: Change to Yarn A.
Here’s an array of Voluptuous Skinny colours ready for Yarndale over the weekend. There will be plenty of the 200g skeins for the main colour and I’ve wound up some Voluptuous Skinny Minnie 50g skeins for the contrast colours. I’ll have limited numbers of the printed pattern available, but if you’re not coming to Yarndale, you can find the pattern for sale here on Ravelry.
A good alternative yarn to use would be Excelana yarn by Susan Crawford and also spun in Devon by John Arbon.
Saunton Rip Tides by Suzanne Stallard
Suzanne says: We visit Saunton Sands in Devon every Easter, it’s our family escape – we go to surf, walk on the beach, be just the four of us and as it’s changeable weather, we bring extra knits to throw on and share.
Inspired by the shapes on the beach left by the tide at Saunton Sands, this wrap can be worn as a single cowl, doubled up, as a hood or even pulled down as a shoulder warmer for the beach time walks, taking the edge off the coastal breeze.
The wrap is knitted flat in one piece, then joined using a 3-needle bind off. Its width can be changed by altering the number of cable repeats and length can be changed by altering the number of repeats of the full chart.
The cable is irregular, replicating the shapes made in the sand by the waves. The wrap is edged with moss stitch with a neutral yarn.
Here are the limited number of colourways in Voluptuous which will be available at Yarndale. I’m awaiting new supplies from the mill which I’m expecting deeper into the winter season.
Suzanne’s pattern is available now on Ravelry here and she will be offering a special download code for it during Yarndale.
Very nearly ready for Yarndale (not really!! Still heaps to do). But do come and see us if you’re coming – we’re in Stand 50.