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FO Parade: Occitan

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FO Parade: Occitan

To celebrate the success of the collaboration kits, I’m going to make this month’s FO parade all about the first kit: Occitan. There’s some beautiful FO’s starting to appear on Ravelry so please do go and check them out here.
First up is Knitizanne‘s version of the Occitan shawl, knit with the Orion colourway. Knitizanne said she liked both the shaping and as well as the overall shape of this shawl because it goes beyond a semicircle so there’s a nice curve around the neck. She also loved this yarn and especially the colour, which she felt works beautifully with this pattern. It’s a stunning version of the shawl and it’s so pleasing to hear that she enjoyed the kit.This delicate and feminine version of the shawl was knit by Marielol using the tea smoked colourway. I love the contrast between the soft pink and flecks of this shawl compared to the striking blue of the last project. It’s amazing how the same yarn base (Posh Fingering) and pattern can produce such different outcomes for different knitters. It’s what keeps us all knitting I’m sure!CatReading was one of our test knitters for the shawl and I think you’ll agree that she did a stellar job working this up for us. Working the pattern in Silky Merino Fingering gives another idea for bases in this pattern to try out. The colourway used here is ‘Ripe Plum’ which is warm and very versatile. It’s always so exciting to see new test knits and Cat always does a lovely job with hers.Another ultra feminine version of the shawl has been completed by Lililana in the ‘Into Dust’ colourway. There is something about the way this picture is composed that really shows off the shawl and yarn combination. I absolutely love it!Sabinaknits completed an extra special version of the Occitan when she helped out with test knitting. This version is knit up with BFL Sock which gives a crisper, more defined stitch definition to the finished object. Using the Nutcracker colourway also makes it a stunning peice for Autumn and it’s so different once again from the other versions already shown.

Once again a huge thank you to all the knitters who let us share their fantastic work. Remember to share your wonderful TUT knits with the group so we can feature you too!

Green River Shawl

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Green River Shawl

One of the nicest things about the TUT Ravelry group is when regular members who have been so supportive of my yarns publish a pattern. It’s so nice to see my yarns helping to create inspiration in designers and being able to share their talents here on the blog. Maanel has been a regular in the group, sharing her many wonderful projects and so when she published this design, I asked instantly if we could share it as it’s truly beautiful.

The Green River Shawl  is a top-down triangle shawl with two edge stitches and a 1 stitch center spine. The increases are worked four at a time on every RS row so this is a quick and easy to memorize knit. The construction makes the lace easy to read and the motif is simple enough that I’d say this would be good for adventurous beginner’s to dive into the world of lace. I think the lace detail is charming.

(c) Maanel

The shawl is worked in Super Sock, a super soft 2ply yarn that can be worn right next to the skin. It has a high twist and lovely texture. Although I recommend hand-washing to prolong the life of your knits, this yarn may be machine washed on a gentle wool cycle, then laid flat to dry so it would be a hardy accessory that could be worn time and time again easily. The colour of the sample is called ‘Dartmoor’ a deep and luscious green but I can imagine this in lots of different colours due to its’ striking motif.

(c) Maanel

A fabulous shawl pattern Maanel, well done!

Read All About It!

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Read All About It!

Keep your eyes peeled for the soon to be released Knit Now Magazine, Issue 12 as there’s a preview of the wonderful new creation by Veera Valimaki that is to be the latest in the series of collaborations between designers and TUT. The issue is due out on the 23rd August and offers details about the yarn and design that you can purchase when the kits are released.

Here is a sneak peek of the goodies to come. Remember, if you want to keep up to date with all the latest TUT news and updates, please do join us over on the Ravelry Group or sign up for the newsletter.

Welcome!

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Welcome!

Come on in, pull up a chair because the kettle is on for a nice soothing cuppa and we’re ready to get settled in over here at our new home. I’ve been so excited about this new change and have lots more fun plans and things to share with you. You can expect more great yarns and plenty of action over here in the blog. Remember to keep up to date with all the latest TUT news, you can join the lovely group on Ravelry and sign up to have the newsletter delivered straight to your inbox.

Right now, I’m getting ready to pack and take a trip to France for a break with my family so of course it means lots of important decisions to make about vacation knitting. How do you decide what to take? I’m only going for a week but even so, there is something special about vacation knitting isn’t there? Do I take a soon to be finished WIP or cast on something new? I have quite a collection of WIPs actually so I could start there but there’s something very inviting about a whole new and indulgent project to cast on as I set off.

What do you like to knit while travelling?

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