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“Oh, do you feel the breeze from the subway? Isn’t it delicious?” The Girl, from The Seven Year Itch, played by Marilyn Monroe, 1954
It’s that time of year when it’s too warm: your skin is clammy, you can’t cool down, and walking just a few metres has you perspiring. Suddenly, a cool breeze catches your clothing, making it billow and swirl. At that moment, is there anything nicer?
You’re probably familiar with the iconic 1950s image of Marilyn Monroe in the film The Seven Year Itch, with her skirt blowing upwards, as she stands over a subway grate? That joyous feeling of flowing fabric against the skin is captured in the movement of the knitted stitches in the Bombshell Shawl.
Created in collaboration with Jessica James-Thomson from Ginger’s Hand Dyed, as a 7-year anniversary celebration of her yarn-business, the sample is knitted in a brand-new colourway on a brand-new base: The Seven Year Itch on Sweet Flax (50% alpaca, 25% linen and 25% silk).
The gorgeous drape of the Sweet Flax yarn, combined with the Marilyn Monroe-linked colourway name, led me to design a shawl with a bombshell aesthetic, inspired by swirling hem lines and polka dot prints.
To read more about the inspiration behind this design have a read of my Bombshell Shawl blog post.
A surprise bonus fifth shawl for The Shawl Saturday Series ebook – a collection of seasonal shawls, originally published in 2019 with one shawl released each season.
“I bear a basket lined with grass;… And a quince in hand, – not one, Is set upon your boughs below; Not set, because their buds not spring; Spring not, ‘cause world is wintering“ For A Picture Of St. Dorothea, Gerard Manley Hopkins
Knitted in beautiful airy, naturally-dyed yarn, Quincythia (Ravelry link) is a light but cosy shawl, perfect for the changing seasons. Named after the spring plants whose flower colour matches the yarn (quince and forsythia), the shawl is mainly knitted in soothing garter stitch, with columns of slipped stitches and a ‘double-pass’ section to keep the knitter’s interest piqued.
Subscribers to my mailing list can grab the pattern with 15% off until midnight gmt+1 on Fri 12th June, so now would be the perfect time to sign up, which you can do here. Plus, get 15% off the whole Shawl Saturday Series (Ravelry link) ebook (5 shawl patterns for nearly 50% less than the cost of buying the patterns separately), until midnight gmt+1 on Sun 31st May!
For further details or to buy your copy, click here (Ravelry link)
Little Golden Moments Shawl
I’m releasing this shawl pattern at what I suspect is just the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak and ‘lockdown’ in the UK, and I feel like things are tough already, aren’t they? But you know when you’re having a hard time and then all of a sudden, something happens that makes you stop and appreciate the small things?
It really doesn’t have to be a big thing, for example:
- It was a sunny day and I was able to hang out washing on the line in the garden: little golden moment.
- My cats, between whom there’s no love lost, were snuggled-up together on my knitting chair: little golden moment.
- I spotted a little purple flower growing in a crack in the pavement: little golden moment.
If you’d like to know more about this and read (or listen) to a little story that illustrates what I mean, then you can do that over on my blog – here.
I’m hoping that this shawl design will be a lovely reminder of these small special moments. In fact, that the shawl will become it’s own ‘little golden moment’, as you watch the beautiful patterning unfold.
Subscribers to my mailing list can grab the pattern with 15% off until midnight GMT on Sat April 11th, so now would be the perfect time to sign up, which you can do here
Sample is knitted in Botanical Yarn’s British BFL 4ply and Sophie has lovely kits available in her online shop (with other colour-combo possibilities). The kits include the yarn and pattern download code in an exclusive drawstring bag! You can find them here.
For further details or to buy your copy click here (Ravelry link)
Pattern goes on pre-sale in my Revelry Store at noon on Sunday 15th March, when, upon purchase, an information sheet will be available to download. The pattern will then upload to your Ravelry library in two halves – one during the week beginning 16th March and the second half during the week after. It’ll be a bit like a mystery KAL, but without too much of the mystery!
Designed especially to be knitted in Old Maiden Aunt’s Operation: Social Justice yarns (’bleeding heart’ and ‘soft-centred’), and named after these two wonderful colourways, Soft Hearted is a versatile cowl that is knitted in the round. The pattern combines single-round stripes in garter stitch with slipped stitches and a wee bit of lace to create a gorgeously satisfying texture, which will swirl around your knitting.
For more details or to buy your copy click here(Ravelry link)
Are you someone who likes to ‘germinate’ an idea for a new knitting project? Do you feel a spark of excitement when you begin matching-up your chosen pattern with the perfect yarn? Or maybe the real enjoyment is when you cast on those first few tantalising stitches?
Did you know that there’s a botanical equivalent to this feeling? It’s called “quiescence” and it’s when seeds are resting, waiting to germinate and grow. As soon as I read about it, it quickly became the inspiration behind this beautiful shawl design!
The pattern includes links to video and photo tutorials to help you ‘grow’ your knitting skills, and includes charts (and equivalent written instructions), photographs, a schematic and has been professionally tech edited and test knitted. All of this will help you to create a shawl that you feel proud of and that is wonderful to wear.
For more details and to buy your copy click here(Ravelry link)
Winter Lights Shawl
“Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk to you again …In restless dreams I walked alone, Narrow streets of cobblestone, ‘Neath the halo of a streetlamp, I turned my collar to the cold and damp”
The Sounds of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel, 1964
The inspiration for the Winter Lights shawl is the very simple idea of creating light in the darkness and in particular, the darkness that we experience during the winter months. At this time of year, we often turn to lights, such as fairy lights, candles, lanterns and even fireworks, to help us ‘light-up the dark’. Asides from the practical reasons for lighting lights when it’s dark, I think candles and fairy-lights take on a symbolic meaning during winter. They represent the hope that the light will return in the springtime, and there is also something magical about lights and a sort of pre-historic satisfaction at being able to strike a match and create light!
This is the fourth shawl (winter) in The Shawl Saturday Series 2019 (find out more here).
North Berwick Hat and Mitts Set
North Berwick is a beautiful seaside town on the East Lothian coast whose geography was shaped by volcanic activity around 350 million years ago. North Berwick’s most famous landmarks – Berwick Law, a conical hill overlooking the town, and the Bass Rock, an island famed for its seabird colony, are both remnants of this period. These geological landmarks are the inspiration for this cosy accessory set, knitted in local yarn which is sold in the town itself in Chandlers shop on the High Street.
The North Berwick mitts feature a small Bass Rock motif, and the co-ordinating hat is decorated with a rhythmic pattern based on the whalebone archway that sits atop of Berwick Law. Buy your copy here (Ravelry link)
Choose Colour! Cowl
The Choose Colour! Cowl has been designed especially with 10g 4ply/fingering-weight mini-skeins in mind. The pattern will work equally well with larger or smaller mini-skeins or with leftover yarn. It is also perfect for advent calendar mini-skeins.
“Small things, by nature are whimsical … They’re just things for the pleasure of smallness.”
This American Life Podcast Ep. 687 ‘Small Things Considered’
Are you obsessed with mini-skeins? I think I’m getting that way! I often find myself thinking about mini-skeins and ways to use up these little morsels of yarn: taking a moment to knit on project a wee bit at a time, and taking delight in the way the colours play together, because I think that’s part of the whimsical joy of mini-skeins. You get to play with little bits of colour and perhaps put together shades that you wouldn’t usually combine, because hey, it’s just a few metres and it’s just for fun!
So, let’s choose some colourful mini-skeins together and get knitting a whimsical Choose Colour! Cowl. Buy your copy here(Ravelry link)
The third shawl (for autumn) in The Shawl Saturday Series 2019 (find out more here).
During a particularly stressful autumn, my kids and I would walk past an apple tree on the way to school. We noticed that the windfall apples would fall from the branches into the gutter and roll down the hill, stopping on top of the drain at the bottom of the hill. When it rained, the apples actually floated down the gutter and we had great fun ‘helping’ them on their journey.
This small moment of joy is the story behind Loanin: a shawl inspired by finding small moments of joy in-amongst life’s difficult times.
Knitted with two strands of laceweight yarn held together, one wool and one mohair silk, Loanin is a gorgeously cosy autumnal accessory.
Buy your copy here (Ravelry link)
A collaboration with Mrs Lam Yarns – find out more and buy a copy here (Ravelry link)
Shifting Shores: where meditative garter stitch meets intricate lace in a design inspired by the duality of coastal areas, which are often places for relaxation but are also sites of stormy weather and powerful waves.
This unique four-sided modular shawl is knitted in three shades of yarn from Mrs Lam Yarns and begins with a wide lace panel, incorporating extra stitches which transform into a fringed edge after the knitting is complete. Two garter stitch triangles are added to the sides of the lace panel and shaped using very simple short rows.
A collaboration with Whistlebare Yarns – find out more and buy your copy here
The Bamburgh Shawl: exploring the contrast between two gorgeously different yarns from Whistlebare, through slipped-stitch cables and garter-stitch stripes.
This unusual, easy to wear, trapezium-shaped shawl is knitted from side to side in stripes of stocking-stitch, garter-stitch and simple slipped-stitches. Once the main shawl is complete, an easy short-row border is worked along three edges.
The second shawl (summer) from The Shawl Saturday Series 2019 (find out more here).
How do you know that summer is here? Being able to wear your sandals non-stop? Certain flowers coming into bloom? Late sunsets? Warmer weather? Spending more time outside or going away on holiday?
The Centaurea shawl is partly inspired by the sort of tessellating patterns that you might see on holiday (think swimming pools, visits to historic buildings, cobbled streets) and the geometric patterns seen in nature, especially that of the centaurea family of plants (cornflower, knapweed, and starthistle, just to name a few).
Knitted in a light summer yarn, Centaurea is the perfect drapey accessory for the warmer months, and features a gorgeous lattice fringe, which is both fun to make and to wear.
The first shawl (spring) from The Shawl Saturday Series 2019 (find out more here).
Forsythia, magnolia, daffodils, crocus, cherry blossom … all signs that spring* is here, or at least on its way. These plants regenerate every year; they lie dormant through the winter (or so it seems) and in the spring they bloom again, just like last year. This process of regrowth combines the familiar with the new: these plants regrow every year, which is familiar to us, and yet each time they do this they are producing new buds, flowers and leaves.
This spring, join me on a knitting adventure where we’ll knit something anew, merging the familiar with the unfamiliar to create a fresh spring-inspired shawl. Combine colours that are new to you with those you’re accustomed with to knit a beautiful shawl using well-known techniques alongside a unique construction. Make anew.
Buy your copy here(Ravelry link)
The Ama Sweater: where carefully worked out proportions meet a stitch pattern designed to showcase hand-dyed yarn.
To find out more or buy your copy, click here(Ravelry link)
Pattern also available in Maddie’s Folksy Shop.
A top-down oversized raglan with perfectly proportioned sleeves, Ama is a ‘try-on-as-you-knit’ cropped sweater, worked in two colours. The ‘string-of-pearls’ patterning and colour-block effect is designed to make the most of variegated or speckled hand-dyed yarn. The pattern is written for eight sizes, from 28” / 71 cm chest to 58” / 147 cm, and includes lots of handy guidelines, such as stitch count ‘check tables’ and detailed explanations of all the techniques used.
Designed especially with mini-skein advent calendars in mind, the Patience Cowl will work equally well with larger or smaller mini-skeins or with leftover yarn (5g, 10g or 20g mini-skeins). It is fab for fade-effect yarns, speckles or variegated yarn too.
To find out more and to buy a copy, click here(Ravelry link)
Works particularly well with fade effect yarns. This sample knitted in “futret” mini-skeins from Rusty Ferret Yarn.
Join in the chat over in the Maddie Harvey Designs Ravelry group – click here(Ravelry link)
Who doesn’t love triangles? As soon as I opened my Japanese stitch dictionary and saw the stitch pattern upon which the Trilliant hat is based, I knew that I had to use it in a design. Paired with Rusty Ferret’s gorgeous semi-solid DK yarn, the cable and ribbed texture was just beautiful. After a lot of swatching, experimenting and converting the stitch pattern into the round, the Trilliant hat was born.
Named after the ‘trilliant cut’, a triangular method of cutting gemstones, the hat features a tessellating triangle pattern. It has a very slightly slouchy fit and small two-stitch travelling cables, which are easy to work without a cable needle if you choose (instructions included).
To find out more or to buy your copy click here(Ravelry link)
Perfect for solid, semi-solid or slightly variegated yarns, in either sport or fingering-weight! Fenestra uses two skeins of gorgeous Manos Del Uruguay, Serena yarn and makes a perfect shawl for the changing seasons.
Named after the beautiful holes, or fenestrations that appear in the leaves of the Swiss cheese plant, Fenestra is a beautiful top-down crescent-shaped shawl. As the shawl grows, ‘leaf veins’ are added at the centre and the edges, and large eyelets appear in the centre of these columns. A beautiful lace edging finishes the shawl off, which can be worked from the chart or from the written instructions.
To find out more or to buy your copy click here(Ravelry link)
Demelza Edition: If I Want Exposure, I’ll Get My Tits Out
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Proudly part of Countess Ablaze’s #titsoutcollective, this special Demelza Edition shawl is named after Poldark’s strong leading female character and was first conceived of as a large DK-weight shawl (named Cassiterite) to be worn by Demelza Poldark whilst she is striding along a wind-swept Cornish clifftop. She is a brave and resourceful character, who experiences many hardships, including domestic abuse that forces her to leave her childhood home. As with all the #titsoutcollective projects, a portion of the revenue will go to charity, so up until 1st August 2018, £1 from each pattern sale will be donated to Scottish Women’s Aid.
The shawl pattern is now written to include two 4ply sizes (middle and right hand photos), as well as the original DK version (left hand photo). It features stitch patterns inspired by the layered rocks found in cliff sides around the UK, that work fantastically with both solid shades and variegated yarn. The small triangular 4ply version (middle photo) is knitted in beautiful limited-edition yarn from The Wool Kitchen, also created especially for the #titsoutcollective.
To buy the Demelza Edition shawl pattern Click Here(Ravelry link)
Perfect for variegated or speckled yarn! The Ama shawl is a collaboration with The Wool Kitchen and uses two skeins of beautiful BFL/Bamboo 4ply fingering yarn in Grey Matter and Stowlips.
Named after Japanese pearl-divers, who are often women, Ama is an elongated half-pi shawl featuring a gorgeous ‘string of pearl’ stitch, which creates moreish little pops of colour and texture throughout. Click here for more information (Ravelry link).
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Love variegated yarn and just a wee smidge of seed stitch? Hate weaving in ends?George Street is a shawl specifically designed to address a number of knitterly problems. It showcases a gorgeous skein of variegated yarn and does this in manageable stripes of seed stitch, a stitch many people dislike knitting but love the texture it creates. Due to the clever mesh lace edging, there are only four ends to weave in when you’re finished knitting!
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Slice of Honey
I love cables but I find that they sometimes require a bit of concentration. The ‘slice’ of cables in this hat provides just the perfect balance between enough cabling to satisfy your cable love and some soothing reverse stocking stitch.
Worked in aran weight yarn for a speedy knit, Slice of Honey is a unisex hat available in three sizes and two fits (beanie and slouchy). A ‘slice’ of honeycomb cabling is surrounded by reverse stocking stitch and is worked all the way up to the crown.
The pattern contains both charts and written instructions for the cable sections. Slice of Honey has been fully tech-edited and test knitted, and includes clear photographs and a schematic. Click here (Ravelry link) for further details, more photos or to buy a copy of Slice of Honey.
Love mini-skeins? Love fade-effect patterns? Hover has been designed especially to make the most of mini-skien sets and features a beautiful slipped stitch and yarn over section at the transition point between colours.
Named after the shawl’s shape, which resembles a hovering bird, Hover is knitted from side-to-side, increasing towards the mid-point and then decreasing back down. The desire to reach the next mini-skein and a decreasing stitch count in the second half, make Hover a motivating and fun shawl to knit.
The pattern contains instructions for different sized mini-skein sets (5 x 20g and 8 x 13g),and “Gone Wild” instructions for other sized sets (including left-overs), making it a versatile pattern for all seasons.
Click here for further details or to buy the Hover pattern (Ravelry link).
Part shawl, part cowl, Folden is a shawl with a twist or two: get past the mid-point and the stitch count rapidly decreases towards the finish, which makes Folden a very motivating knit; and once finished, Folden is folded in half along the mid-line to reveal a striking picot edge.
Coming from a desire to knit something simple but with a twist, Folden has gentle garter and stocking stitch sections, with a row of eyelets in the middle, and tassels at each corner. Suitable for variegated, semi-solid and solid coloured yarn, Folden is that perfect mix of quirky yet easy knit.
Folden is knitted with 100g of 4ply/fingering-weight yarn. The pink version is knitted in Walk Collection’s Tough Sock in Frangipani and the turquoise version is knitted in Fivemoon’s Luna Plus 4ply Solids in Duckegg.
Click here for further details or to buy the Folden pattern (Ravelry link)
If you still need a little shawl around your neck in late spring or early autumn, then Snow Blossom is the perfect piece for you.
A beautiful crescent shaped shawl, it uses two 50g skeins of contrasting 4ply/fingering-weight yarn in a graduating effect. The garter stitch stripe sections knit up quickly and lead into the pretty lace section, which features simple ‘no-turn’ bobbles, and a beautiful bobble edging.
First published in Knit Now Magazine in Early Spring 2017, the pattern has now been updated to include instructions for knitting a slightly larger Snow Blossom in light 4ply/fingering-weight yarn, as well as the original heavy 4ply/sport-weight version.
Click here for further details or to buy the Snow Blossom pattern (Ravelry link)
Zastruga is a sweeping triangular shawl, knitted from one corner down to an Old Shale edging, in five distinct sections. Each section features a different texture to depict a developing snow storm. The sections can be repeated or extended, and there is a handy table included in the pattern to help you plan your ‘off-piste’ Zastruga shawl.
I find mini-skein sets very tempting, but sometimes it’s hard to find patterns that will make the most of the gorgeous colours and gradients.
To remedy this, I have designed my Zastruga shawl: a well-thought-through knitting design which makes the most of special 4ply mini-skein sets and gradient yarn.
Click here for further details or to buy the Zastruga pattern (Ravelry link)
First published in Knit Now Magazine Autumn 2016 and now includes instructions for knitting Sycamore in 4ply/fingering-weight yarn.
Sycamore is a beautiful triangular shawl, featuring an unusual combination of lace and cables. It is designed to make the most of a special skein of yarn in a solid or semi-solid colourway.
Click here for further details or to buy the Sycamore pattern (Ravelry link)
Cherry Stone has arisen out of several necessities and an ever-so teeny tiny yarn addiction. Like you, I have a stash full of lovely variegated yarns, but find it hard to pick patterns to use them in.
Cherry Stone is an asymmetric shawl, which showcases variegated yarn and is also a solution to several shawl knitting conundrums:
– it makes use of a gorgeous skein of variegated yarn
– it features a ‘picot-on-the-go’ edging without a lengthly picot cast off
– the bold stripes are cleverly knitted without lots and lots of ends to weave in
– it uses simple short rows, with no ‘wraps and turns’, to create an easy-to-wear longer, scarf-shape shawl
– the short rows are closed using a row of contrasting bobbles, mirroring the bobble i-cord cast off
Click here (Ravelry link) for further details (including photos of Cherry Stone in different yarn combinations) or to buy the Cherry Stone pattern.
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