A millinery of Becloud hats!

Its been a busy few weeks here at Fyberspates, so we've been taking a break from our yarn of the month posts!  

You might remember, back in February that we ran a KAL for our new Becloud hat pattern in Cumulus, so we thought you'd like to see the gorgeous hats that were made by our lovely prize winners!  

charliesumx's Becloud Hat of many colours

charliesumx's Becloud Hat of many colours

We loved the beautiful gradient effect created by charliesumx using seven different shades of Cumulus (Plum, Moonlight, Teal, Sea Green, Camel, Rust and Ruby Red), a great idea for using up leftovers from your other projects.  

snowywolf's Becloud Hat

snowywolf's Becloud Hat

This sophisticated selection of Teal, Moonlight and Slate was dreamed up by snowywolf and would go with so many things!  

PinkPot's Regal Crown

PinkPot's Regal Crown

PinkPot wowed us with her unexpected but stunning colour choices (Pulm, Rust and Teal) and lovely fraternal Aolani mitts to match!  Such a fun idea and a great way to use up your three colours of yarn :) 

laurafugate's Becloud Hat

laurafugate's Becloud Hat

Last but not least, we loved the way that laurafurgate's colour choices create a much more pronounced marl effect, using Plum, Water and Teal.  

Thank you so much to all out lovely KAL participants for their inspiring knits!  

Happy Knitting!  

Pattern Week: Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply

It's the last Friday of the month and that means it's time for a pattern!  

This month we decided to choose the gorgeous Dollis Shawl by Anniken Allis, which you might remember from our second Scrumptious book: 

Dollis by Anniken Allis In Scrumptious 4ply Teal and Oyster

Dollis by Anniken Allis In Scrumptious 4ply Teal and Oyster

We love Anniken's shawl designs and this crescent shawl is a fun combination of eye catching beads (addded with a crochet hook, but you could leave them out if you wanted to), beautiful lace and relaxing garter stitch short rows, ending with a knitted on lace edging which is really fun to work.  

You'd need two skeins of the main colour (shown here in Oyster) and one skein of the contrast (shown here in Teal), or if you wanted to make the shawl in one colour you'd only need two skeins.  

Previously only available as part of The Scrumptious Collection Volume Two, we've decided to make it available as a stand-alone Ravelry download and until the end of next month (London time: 23.59 GMT+1 Tuesday 31st May) you can get 30% off this pretty shawl using the code Dollis.  Just click on the picture to go to the Ravelry page!  

Happy Knitting!

Pattern Focus: Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply

It's pattern focus week again!  

We've got some lovely Scrumptious 4ply pattern ideas for you this week, including a few with some really intriguing constructions.... so let's get started :)

Our first pick is this stunning shawl, Raindrop by Kyoko Nakayoshi (available at Fyberspates stockists), which uses just one skein of Scrumptious 4ply.  

Raindrop by Kyoko Nakayoshi  (image copyright Cotton and Cloud)

Raindrop by Kyoko Nakayoshi (image copyright Cotton and Cloud)

This is such a pretty shawl and I love the construction too, the radiating spokes of double yarn overs and increases, cleverly worked into the lace border make a nice change from more traditional triangular shapes.  

If you're ready to try a more challenging knit, why not have a go at Ann Kingstone's lovely Mallorn sweater

Mallorn by Ann Kingstone  (image copyright Verity Britton)

Mallorn by Ann Kingstone (image copyright Verity Britton)

Knitted seamlessly from the top down using Scrumptious 4ply in Gold, this sweater has a really clever construction beginning with an i-cord neck edging from which two sets of stitches are picked up, one in Scrumptious 4ply (shown in Cherry, which is visible behind the lace at the neckline) and the other in Scrumptious Lace (in Gold, to match the rest of the sweater, which is then used for the lace overlay section at the neckline).  This gives a gorgeous effect which really makes the sweater stand out from the crowd, I really love the inventive construction!  

If you want something a little smaller, but still with a clever and unusual construction, why not try Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham?  

Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham  (image copyright Louise Zass-Bangham

Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham (image copyright Louise Zass-Bangham

With no cast on or cast off, this cowl uses two contrasting shades of Scrumptious 4ply (shown in Oyster and Dandelion and Burdock) to great effect with a series of bold stripe patterns.  

As we showed you last week, Scrumptious is wonderful for textured patterns as well as lace, so it work perfectly in Amanda Clark's cheerful Summer Blooms Shawl.  

Summer Blooms Shawl by Amanda Clark  (image copyright Amanda Clark)

Summer Blooms Shawl by Amanda Clark (image copyright Amanda Clark)

Love those bobble flowers!  Such a great combination of texture and lace!  

If you love larger scale all over lace patterns, then Tintinhull by Jen Arnall-Cullford might be the perfect project for you.  

Tinitinhull by Jen Arnall-Culliford  (image copyright Jen Arnall-Culliford)

Tinitinhull by Jen Arnall-Culliford (image copyright Jen Arnall-Culliford)

I love this beautiful and unusual lace pattern, it'd make a lovely stole to wear to a summer wedding or even bundled up round your neck on a cold day as a scarf.  

Last but not least, how about this delicate lace panel cardigan, Arachne by Lien Ngo (available from Fyberspates stockists)?  

Arachne by Lien Ngo  (image copyright Lien Ngo)

Arachne by Lien Ngo (image copyright Lien Ngo)

We love the turned hems and the arrangement of lace motifs around the edges and cuffs, which make this cardigan perfect for dressing up or down.  The original was knitted in a one-off hand dyed shade of Scrumptious 4ply, but we think it would be perfect in a go-with-everything shade like Denim, or for a gorgeous pop of bright colour, Azure.  

Hope this has given you some inspiration!  

Happy Knitting!  

 

 

 

Pattern week: CoopKnits Socks Yeah!

It's the final Friday for our current yarn of the month, CoopKnits Socks Yeah!  

So to celebrate, we thought we'd launch a new pattern!  

Introducing the Vintage Hexie Blanket by Heike Gittins:

Find the blanket on Ravelry here.

The perfect size for a pram or lap blanket, this pattern is simple to work and would be a great pattern for anyone who has mastered basic crochet stitches such as slip stitch, double crochet and trebles.  

Made up of fun to work hexagons, with a cute daisy centre we think this would look super cute either in a nursery or on your sofa!  

Best of all, the hexagons are crocheted together, so there's no pesky sewing.  Of course, worked up in CoopKnits Socks Yeah! the blanket will be really hard wearing and easy to care for so it's sure to become a favourite.  

We're giving you the chance to download this gorgeous pattern for free until the end of February, just visit the Ravelry page here, add the pattern to the cart and type (or copy and paste) the code sockblanketyeah into the coupon code box.  We've added a blanket planner to the pattern so you can plan your own unique arrangement of squares too.  We'd love to see what you come up with, so please tag us on intstagram, twitter (@fyberspates) and Facebook if you post any photos, or show us your projects in our Ravelry group.  

Last but not least, we have a little giveaway for you!  

For a chance to win a CoopKnits Socks Yeah goodie bag, including a Socks Yeah! project bag, two skeins of Socks Yeah! yarn, a sock needle gauge and a printed Rachel Coopey Sock pattern, enter our giveaway!    

To enter: 

Go to the CoopKnits Socks Yeah page on our website and pick your favourite colour.  

Leave a comment below telling us what it is and what you would knit with it together with your Ravelry name (so we can contact you if you win).  

For inspiration, check out our previous yarn of the month posts: 

Yarn Focus: CoopKnits Socks Yeah!  

Pattern Focus: CoopKnits Socks Yeah!  

Project Focus: CoopKnits Socks Yeah!  

We'll pick our favourite ideas next Friday and then contact the lucky winner!  

Happy knitting and crocheting!