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Happy New Year! We are back to work and our January sale is in full effect. We had a few technical issues during the first week but items in the sale now have the “Reduced from” price visible in the product description which should make this less confusing. The sale continues on the website with all reduced items in the January Sale collection on the homepage but as all hand-dyed yarn is reduced you can also find them in the normal yarn category pages on the website. Our printed patterns are also all reduced. Don’t forget you can browse patterns by craft type, by item type (e.g. garment, shawl etc) and by yarn weight.

We increased the discount on more yarns to 40% — this means yarns at 40% off are Keswick yarns (Merino with Donegal neps), Askham yarns (baby alpaca with silk), Coniston Fingering (Merino and mohair), Silverdale DK (Merino, nylon and silver Stellina) and any hand-dyed yarn with a dyelot from 2021. Our most recent updates (Bowland Aran- 100% BFL and Titus 4ply- extrafine Merino and silk) are at 5% off and other yarns are at 15% off so there are lots of great bargains to be had. We have had lots of orders so far but there is plenty still to choose from.

We really hope this clears some space so that we can have lots more lovely fresh yarn for 2023! We have several updates already in progress including a bumper mini skein update and some gorgeous warm Pendle Chunky (100% Superwash extrafine Merino).

We use Royal Mail for the majority of our shipping and throughout December there were massive backlogs which resulted in some parcels being held for a long period of time. The parcels we know of that had been delayed are now moving through the system and we hope that shipping will be getting back to normal over the next month. Until then we have decided not to reinstate untracked services. Thank you for your patience through this period.

Hello all from a very frosty ECY Shedquarters. Our latest update is now live on the website and it is Bowland Aran! This is our Bluefaced Leicester Aran-weight yarn, so if you are a fan of British yarns this is the one for you! We have restocked with a variety of colours so you have plenty to choose from.

Despite the recent price increases, we have made the decision to keep Aran- and chunky-weight yarns cheaper to make those larger projects a bit more affordable, so we really hope that that helps. As a special extra we will also include a free print copy of Cardamom Rose by Thea Colman in with any orders of three or more skeins of any of our Aran yarns!

Since its debut, Bowland Aran has been really popular, being selected for a number of designs and chosen for many projects. You can see these in our Projects and Patterns blog post HERE. One of our favourites is the Woodbine sweater by Fiona Alice which you can find on LoveCrafts. This uses two colours of Bowland Aran with one colour of Eldwick Lace and we have a selection of yarn packs for this design on the website. We added a handful of batches of Eldwick Lace to the website for these packs so do check out the selection of these as well. The Bowland Aran restock means that we were also able to restock yarn packs for some of the Aran-weight designs in the Cat Knits book by Marna Gilligan. We have copies of the book available on the website and yarn packs for some designs. The Flippy Kitten Mittens and the Peeky Pom Pom Hat are both quick makes and an easy introduction to intarsia knitting.

Coming up very soon we will have a few batches of Bowland 4ply hitting the website to correlate with the release of the Snowdrop Sweater pattern from Zara Powter, aka LilyPurlDesign, which is available on Etsy now. Shortly after that we will also have a new Aran-weight yarn, Brimham Aran, which is extrafine Merino with nylon. This is a lovely soft yarn but with the added durability that comes from nylon. Looking further forward, January will see a bumper mini skein update which features ALL the mini skeins in our range! So although we have now passed the last recommended postage dates for arrival before Christmas there is a lot more to look forward to. If you are stuck for last minute gifts we do have digital pattern downloads and gift cards which are delivered to your inbox automatically, even when we are closed!

We will be closed from Friday 22nd December, through until Monday 9th January so orders placed over the festive period will not be sent until after we are back in the new year.

Happy Yarn Day! I have news of two more updates for you. We are really powering through them at the moment with the hope of getting plenty of beautiful yarn out into the wild by the end of this year. There is plenty more coming too. First I have news of a large Titus 4ply update coming on Friday, 18th November. There will be a few batches of variegated colourways alongside the signature ECY palette of semi-solids. Titus 4ply is one of our original yarns and is one of our most popular for good reason. It is a beautiful mix of Superwash extrafine Merino with mulberry silk meaning that it is soft, smooth and strong.

Last week Hayton DK made a reappearance on the website; it had been quite a while since the last update. We are currently calling this our teddy bear yarn as it is super soft and snuggly and the latest batch has been spun a little plumper than previously which is just making it even better. It is Merino, Cashmere and nylon meaning you get the benefits of all three fibres. This is our first DK update in absolutely ages so I’ve gone for a big range of colours to choose from, I’m hoping it’ll satisfy everyone until I can do more DK! The batches are batches of 10 x 100g skeins, hopefully allowing for sweater quantities.

Hayton DK is a great all round yarn; you can see the variety of projects it has been used for in our Projects and Patterns gallery/inspo blog post.

Two separate dyelots were added to the website. Yarn with dyelot 230922 is part of an older spin batch of Hayton DK and is not as plump as the new dyelot (labelled 251022), therefore we don’t know if your tension/gauge will be the same across both batches – please be aware of this if you are planning to combine colourways from different batches as they might not blend well. There are also a couple of batches which have unexpected pink speckles from where I had dye issues. I personally don’t think they can be excused as a feature (!) and so these speckled batches are reduced in price as a sort of ‘seconds’ situation.

Our festive boxes will be hitting the website very soon so keep your eyes peeled for news of these!

We have exciting news to share: our latest new yarn, Keld Twist, is now available on the website. YAY!!! We all adore this yarn at ECY Shedquarters and the test group do too so it’s really good to finally be able to release it into the wild!

Keld Twist (4ply/fingering weight) is the same beautiful blend of Superwash Merino with linen as found in Keld Fingering and Keld Aran, although slightly different in that this is 16.7% linen whereas the other have only 10%. The linen stands out on medium-dark colours as it doesn’t take the dye the same as the wool, so on a lot of colourways it has a marled effect. The overall look is a slightly rustic yarn with linen fibres providing a little fluff, depth, and texture. Keld Twist is two plies spun together giving this yarn and the resulting fabric a bit more structure than the singles fingering weight. It’s ever so gorgeous and is ideal for summer accessories and garments, working well at a loose gauge as well as a standard 4ply gauge. If you’ve used Keld Aran you’ll find that this is basically the same but thinner. It substitutes into patterns well as a 4ply/fingering weight yarn.

Although we have absolutely fallen in love with this yarn here at ECY Shedquarters I don’t expect you to just take our word for it, so we’ve had a group of testers appraise it for us! They have knitted, crocheted, and Tunisian crocheted – some are still in progress but there’s enough info and opinions for us to go on already. The overall verdict is that everyone absolutely loves this yarn so far! I honestly don’t expect that to be the outcome — if someone had said it was not for them I would include it in the reviews, but they haven’t. You can find our blog post introducing the yarn on our Yarn Specific Blog Posts blog which you can find in the Blog menu on our website. The blog post includes the test projects and the testers’ thoughts about the yarn.

Tis the season for make-alongs and we have news of a crochet-along (CAL) launching today from one of our all-time favourite designers. Janie Crow has released information about the Glad Tidings wrap CAL over on her website. As the pattern is being released in parts the CAL is only available through Ravelry for now but the full pattern will be released on Etsy and Jane’s website after the 15th December. The CAL will be released in sections daily from the 1st to the 15th of December. The pattern recommends 16 x 20g mini skeins of 4ply/fingering weight yarn but you could actually make it in any number of colours. With that in mind we have yarn packs on our website using eight x 50g balls of Milburn with a number of colour combinations and we have a lucky dip mini skein set available too.

We have loads of stuff in progress (as usual) including hand dyed yarn orders in progress for a number of our stockists: Find Me Knitting, Loop and Knitting Pretty have all received orders from us recently and we are working on order for Yarn O’Clock. We have stockists around the world so to find one near you check out our Stockists page. You may be able to save money and time by ordering from a stockist in your region!

Also in progress we have updates of the following yarns:
Hayton DK – Merino/Cashmere/nylon (which I’m dubbing our ‘teddy bear yarn’ because it’s SO squishy)
Titus 4ply – Merino/silk (absolute classic)

These will be coming to the website ASAP – Hayton DK is being photographed and will be on the website very soon (hopefully this week)! Photography is actually really hard over winter as I’m totally incapable of indoor photography, the weather is currently either bright sunshine or raining, and with the darker days there’s a lot less time in the day to photograph yarn! So do watch out for these as once I get them done they can go on the website quickly, so it could be quite short notice!

Coming very soon we will have our festive boxes containing handmade project bags from Kalok Shek Ellen with matching yarn and some other seasonal treats. These will be on the website in the next week or so!

Oops, Socktober is nearly over but the best laid plans often go awry. We had hoped to have an update of sock yarn out at the beginning of the month but as many of you know Victoria had been ill on and off for the past couple of months, culminating in being off with COVID. After recovering Victoria was able to photograph the update of Brimham 4ply so that it could go live on the website. There are 100g skeins and 20g mini skeins with lots of options of yarn packs in lots of colour combinations. Some of these have been curated for use in MKALs too. Brimham 4ply is our extrafine Merino/nylon sock yarn, which is super-soft, squishy, and strong. It honestly does tick all the boxes.

We have also added Silverdale DK to the website to coincide with the latest issue of Moorit. In this issue there is a design from Sandra Guttierez aka Nomad Stitches which uses two colours of this yarn (Loganberry and Charcoal) in a striking colourblock sweater (shown in the images, photo copyright Moorit and Amelia Claudia Photography). Issues of Moorit are available from many stockists — including Indie Untangled — as well as directly through the Moorit website. Silverdale DK is a blend of Merino, nylon and silver Stellina and it is available on our website now.

We had a stock take of all our printed patterns recently and found that we have quite a lot of older stock. As we are moving more towards digital patterns we have decided to put these on sale. We have added a new heading to the Pattern menu for Reduced Printed Patterns so that they are nice and easy to find.

Finally, there are a LOT of postal strikes coming up between now and Christmas. It’s going to cause a lot of delays for small businesses like us who don’t have contracts with other couriers. What I would say is please consider choosing “courier” as your shipping option at checkout if you’re concerned about timing — that doesn’t speed us up (we already work as fast as we can!) but it should speed up the actual delivery. And… it’s not too early to be thinking about Christmas presents now — seriously! If that’s something that’s going to stress you out it is worth starting now — not just yarn, but anything that you’re ordering online, especially from small businesses.

September has been and gone in the blink of an eye and we have been so busy! We were at the Unravel autumn yarn show at the start of September and it was so great to be back out amongst fellow yarnies. At the show we launched our newest yarn and it was added to the website after we got back. Brimham Bio Fingering is a gorgeous new yarn which blends Superwash extrafine Merino with biodegradable nylon. Biodegradable nylon fully breaks down in five years in landfill conditions but until that point will be as durable as normal nylon. You can wear it and wash it in the same way as you normally would. There is a blog post about the biodegradable nylon — and the yarn in general — in production, which should be released soon. This yarn has 430m/100g (it’s being marketed as a 3ply “light fingering” by our suppliers) and is a little finer than your standard 4ply/fingering weight but still works up really well in 4ply/fingering-weight patterns.

A group of members of The ECY Garden Facebook group have tested this yarn for us and found it to be soft as you would expect from the extrafine Merino but also that it has great stitch definition and gives good drape. A few people said they found that it doesn’t have a lot of give when knitting (possibly if tension is tight? Claire and I haven’t found it to be the case so I’m wondering if it’s a tension thing) but it does bloom when you wash it for blocking. It has been used in hats, mitts, socks, shawls and a top, as well as both knitting and crochet. The projects included lace, cabling, brioche and colourwork, all of which the yarn coped really well with. More information about these projects will be in the blog post which is coming very soon! The overall verdict: they LOVED it!

Two other yarns recently restocked on the website are Hayton 4ply and Keld Fingering. These are both very popular yarns and we are thrilled to have them both available at the same time. Keld Fingering is a blend of Merino and linen. This yarn has a really unique appeal in that the linen does not take the colour in the same way as the Merino wool. This gives the yarn a rustic marled effect which is more prominent in darker colours. The yarn is soft enough for next to skin wear and you can’t feel the linen; despite it visibly sticking out it isn’t itchy at all!! The update is very autumnal with some seasonal colourways alongside many others. Hayton 4ply is Merino, Cashmere and nylon, making this yarn soft, strong and warm. It is one of our all-time classic yarns and is perfect for garments, shawls and accessories. There is a mix of autumnal shades, variegated colourways and semi-solids. We will be adding colour combinations and yarn packs over the next few days. There are lots of other yarns in the schedule for the next few months so please do keep checking back with us!

The next update after that will be Brimham 4ply and Victoria has gone pretty Halloween-y with it (well, let’s say “October-y/spooky”). We are really keen to get these on the website as soon as possible but we have been hit by Covid so are out of action for a few days (apart from admin that can be done remotely by me, Laura). We will get orders shipped when it is safe to do so but there may be some delays. If you would like to support us while we are not able to be fully operational you can do so by purchasing digital downloads of our patterns. You can find these on our website and on Payhip.

In our constant attempt to keep the stock fresh and current we have added some more older stock to the Reduced to Clear section of the website. This now also includes older dyelots of Milburn 4ply and DK so do check out the colours available in that section for a discount. As mentioned previously we are having to increase the price of Milburn when our next batch arrives. It is in production and we hope to have it in stock in October so you might get purchases in ahead of the price increase! We have also recently moved all hand-dyed dyelots from 2021 into the Reduced to Clear category so there is plenty to choose from!

Please be aware that Royal Mail have announced several more strike dates between now and the end of December which will impact the length of time orders will take working their way through the system.

We have some long awaited yarn release news! This week we have had an update of Titus Lace, which is our ever-popular blend of Superwash extrafine Merino with mulberry silk. The majority of the update is our signature semisolids as these are so versatile for laceweight projects, but there are a few variegated shades included as well. We have a new section to our blog called Pattern Inspiration and in there you will find all our blog posts which are specifically pattern related. This includes posts about individual patterns, posts about books or collections and ideas for specific yarn types. For example, in this category you will find posts about The Shawl Project Book Five from The Crochet Project, Bowland Lace pattern suggestions, and crochet patterns for laceweight yarn. All of these would be handy if you want to try laceweight yarn but don’t know what to use it for. There are also laceweight patterns on our website including Sun and Shower by Jaya of Apoorva Designs which was part of our Four Season Collection (there are also blog posts about this 😆).

We have recently seen increased popularity in our four-colour 4ply packs, with lots of people asking about them, too. It turned out to be for Casapinka’s Sharon Air MKAL using four 100g skeins of 4ply/fingering weight yarn and the initial pack put together for the MKAL is a fade of pinks mixing semisolids and variegated shades. Over the next few weeks we will be dyeing and putting together more different packs, so if you haven’t seen one you like please keep checking back. We have also been adding four-colour Milburn 4ply packs so there is plenty to choose from. These packs can obviously also be used for any other four-colour pattern using 100g per colour (Penicuik by Justyna of Lete’s Knits, is a really good option). We are adding new packs as we find them but stocks of each are limited by the available stock with the exception of the Milburn packs. There are also a few new five-colour yarn packs on the website if you are planning ahead for Joji’s Fall KAL.

After the Tempo 4ply update, we added a selection of Tempo 4ply sock sets to the website. These combine one 100g skein with one 20g mini skein of the same yarn in a contrasting colour and these are ideal for adding a pop of colour to your sock projects by using the mini skein for heels, toes or cuffs. They don’t have to be used for socks though, you could also use the sets for fingerless mitts or to add a bit of colourwork to hats or shawls.

Our Tempo 4ply update is live on the website! We have 100g skeins and BRAND NEW Tempo 4ply mini skeins plus yarn packs for some combinations. One image shows Tempo 4ply in Wren’s Egg, Chestnut, Twig and Sand. Another image shows Tempo 4ply mini skeins in Whispering Grass, Cottage Original, Bark, Dark Oak and Black Magic Rose. Other colour combination suggestions can be found in the update flickr album including pairings of full skeins and mini skeins which would be perfect for use as socks with contrasting toes, heels and cuffs. One of the images shows a skein of Tempo 4ply in Diantus and a Tempo 4ply mini skein in Black Magic Rose. Tempo 4ply is our *proper* sock yarn. It’s Superwash Merino and nylon with 400m/100g (the minis are 20g) and it’s designed to be really tough and hardwearing. I find it soft enough for next-to-skin wear too and I am actually wearing a jumper (Boxy by Joji) made in it as we speak. I made it years ago and still looks new! As well as shawls, I’ve also got lots of socks made in this yarn – they have been seriously well used and are still going strong, so I do see a lot of value in this yarn even though it’s not quite as soft as the extrafine Merino bases. It is also our cheapest hand-dyed yarn as the Merino fibres used are less fine (more coarse) than is used in our other Merino yarns. This adds to the durability of this yarn and keeps the price lower.

Other recently added yarns have been in support of pattern releases. Exhale by Rachel Illsley of Unwind Knitwear is a beautiful sweater with an intricate colourwork yoke in a contrast colour. The pattern is written in nine sizes from XS to 5XL with the largest size using five skeins of the main colour with one skein of the contrast colour. It uses Titus 4ply in Charcoal and Bark (this combination is shown in one of the images) but would be stunning in many other colour combinations. Alternatively you could also use Milburn 4ply for this design which would give a wider range of colour combinations. Milburn and Titus can also be used together if you wish to do so! I’m planning to make one using Milburn in Black Tulip for the main colour — I just haven’t decided on the contrast colour yet. The pattern is available on Rachel’s Payhip. We are offering a discount on yarn for this design that is applicable to purchases of Titus 4ply and Milburn 4ply. Use code EXHALE10ECY at checkout for a 10% discount to the price of your yarn. This code will be valid until the end of Friday 5th August (UK time) and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount codes.

We also have a batch of Brimham 4ply in Rose Campion (shown in one of the images) on the website for Liz Corke’s latest pattern, Treabh (pronounced “tro”) socks. Meaning plough in Scottish Gaelic, this is a simple but fun sock pattern featuring garter columns running up both sides of the sock, giving beautiful texture while still being a simple and quick knit. A pre-order batch is currently being dyed but if this sells out a new pre-order can be set up.

We have also recently restocked Titus Fingering. This is the same blend of superwash extrafine merino with mulberry silk as is found in our other Titus yarns but in a fingering weight singles yarn. It strikes us as primarily a garment and shawl yarn, but it also works really well at a much tighter gauge for things like fingerless mitts, hats, and cowls. The only thing I really wouldn’t recommend it for is socks. This yarn is fairly fine as fingering weight yarns go, due to it being lustrous and singles-spun. It will substitute in place of most fingering/4ply weight yarns but please be aware that you might think it looks a bit thin compared to more traditional 4ply yarns. There is a great selection of colours available as well as yarn packs in several colour combinations. The shown combination is Titus Fingering in Tide, Echinops, Ivy and Driftwood. There has also been a small restock of Titus 4ply which is our original Merino/silk yarn so we have lots of beautiful yarns to choose from!

Happy Shopping!

I hope that you are all well. We have been keeping busy at ECY Shedquarters to distract ourselves from the news cycle of constant doom and gloom.

Our most recent update was Hayton 4ply – our Merino, Cashmere, nylon blend. This yarn is super soft but also has strength to it making it ideal for shawls and accesories but also for garments. Alongside Titus 4ply, this is one of our bestsellers so we were really excited to have this yarn back on the website. There is still plenty to choose from and we have added new yarn packs and skein pairs to the website, all of which can be found on the Hayton 4ply page of the website.

Before that we had an update of Pendle 4ply which is our Superwash Extrafine Merino. It is soft, squishy, strong, has a good lustre to it, and it takes colours really nicely too. It’s a great all-rounder (although many of my yarns are tbh). It’s just as good in a lace shawl as a cabled garment, for example. There are loads to choose from with plenty of colour combinations; many of which are available as yarn packs.

ECY yarn enabler Claire has finished her Magic Circles wrap (pattern by Janie Crow) and it is stunning! Claire chose a whole new palette of Milburn DK for hers and it works so well that we have added kits for it to the website. This palette has been called Autumn Woodland to reflect the browns, yellow and greens which are the most prominent colours. We have yarn packs with and without the pattern and they can be found along with all other Magic Circles products on the website HERE.

A little while ago Laura and I noticed that we were out of stock of Aisling patterns by Justyna Lorkowska. This beautiful two colour shawl has been a favourite ever since its release and we still regularly sell yarn for it. With all the changes in EU/UK trade over the past couple of years, among other factors, we are no longer going to stock physical printed copies of this pattern BUT we have purchased download codes for Aisling and a couple of other patterns that can be redeemed on Justyna’s website for digital copies. The other restocked patterns are Holyrood and Maya’s Shawl. For each of these designs we have the digital download code and an add-on kit as a separate product. While we have the yarn in stock for Aisling we also have kits for this design which include the two skeins of yarn (one skein each of Titus 4ply in Campanula and Rambling Rose), a project bag and the download code which will be printed on a business card.

Holyrood uses two skeins of Harewood Fingering which is 100% BFL but with high twist construction. This yarn is out of stock but many other of our 4ply/fingering weight yarns would work just as well. For example the second sample for this pattern uses Bedale 4ply in Alpine and Steel. We have Dianthus and Steel in stock of this yarn which would give a similar finished project. Please note that if you use Bedale is in 50g skeins and so you will need two skeins of each colour. For Maya’s Shawl we have kits in stock which use Whitfell Chunky in your choice of the available colours. The add-on kit for Maya’s Shawl means you can choose any colour of Pendle Chunky for this beautiful design; you will need three skeins. You can find all of Justyna’s patterns on the ECY website here.

At the start of this post I mentioned Hayton 4ply skein pairs. These are two skeins of yarn chosen to work well together for any two colour pattern. We also have pairs of Titus 4ply with Eldwick Lace that were put together for Helda Panagary’s crocheted Herringbone Brick Shawl design. The pattern uses different coloured stripes but would work just as well with the difference in textures of the two yarns. We also have a limited number of copies of Helda’s Herringbone Brick Shawl pattern to purchase on our website and as part of an add-on kit. You can see all available sets here.

I thought you would like to know that our debut update of Bowland Lace is now LIVE on the website! Bowland Lace is our new Bluefaced Leicester wool 2ply laceweight yarn and it is so beautiful. It is quite different to Titus Lace and Askham Lace as it is woollier and has a higher WPI or wraps per inch which is a really helpful indicator of how thick the yarn is. This can also be used when determining yarn substitutions. It works up beautifully on 3.25mm and 3mm needles (that’s what I’ve tried so far!) and it works up beautifully held double with fluffy Eldwick Lace — scroll down for more on that! I’m finding that when held double it substitutes in well for a 4ply and it makes an incredibly light yet warm and cosy fabric which looks far more delicate than it actually is. We’ve really fallen in love with this yarn at ECY Shedquarters and I hope you’ll enjoy it too. 🥰

You can see how Bowland Lace looks wound into a cake and knitted up held double with fluffy Eldwick Lace in the image with one of my recent projects, a Nimbus Cowl. The pattern is a free Purl Soho one (it’s on their blog) and it calls for 4ply + fluffy laceweight, but I’ve used Bowland Lace (so a 2ply) instead of 4ply for the same gauge BUT a lighter fabric. It turns out this is beyond perfect for this time of year for me — I’ve already worn it loads! Honestly the fabric created by these two yarns held together is to die for. It’s hard to capture on camera but the softness is how I imagine it’d be if you held a little fluffy duckling. 😆
Anyway, highly recommended – pattern and yarn!

We’ve been really busy over the past few weeks — there has even been great photography weather and so there has been a lot added to the website and flickr. Amongst those are new Laverton Shawl kits! This scarfy shawl is a lovely way to play with colours and yarns together as it uses Carlisle Fingering held double with fluffy Eldwick Lace, and then for the contrasts it uses a mini skein. You can find the Laverton pattern, yarns, and the new kits on our website. We have also added kits for the Ode to Autumn wrap by Jaya of Apoorva Designs. PLUS I have also added a new batch of Nateby 4ply Rainbow mini skein sets!

Due to its popularity I have added new batches of our new colourway Passion Flower to the website on a number of bases. I have added a large restock on Carlisle Fingering (100% Merino singles) and smaller batches on Titus 4ply (75% Merino/25% silk), Titus Fingering (75% Merino/25% silk singles), Oakworth 4ply (100% NZ Polwarth). I have also added a batch of Fuchsia on Pendle 4ply (100% Merino).

This week we have released our latest pattern, Swainby Cowl. This cowl idea stemmed from me wanting to make something squishy for around my neck using three strands of yarn together, but also not wanting to leave much (if anything) left over. I pored over stitch textures and options for ages as I knew I wanted something fairly simple which would allow the marled colours to shine, but also which wouldn’t be too boring to knit. There are already loads of (lovely) patterns in traditional fisherman’s rib so this is a different take on that. The full-sized cowl is designed to loop three times snug around the neck if you’ve got really cold weather, but it’s also really nice to wear in two loose loops. The pattern is very easily adjustable to make a two-loop or one-loop version – you would just need to make it either two thirds of the given length, or one third of the given length. The initial sample was made used Coniston Fingering in Red Grape, Red Goosefoot and Bark.

This is a great pattern for TV knitting and gives you plenty of scope for playing with different colours and yarns. I have four (!!) samples, all made in different yarns but using the same size needles and I have also made a few swatches to see how a few other yarns work together. This will all be in a blog post very soon along with some of our wonderful pattern testers projects. The samples are a blue one which was made using Askham 4ply in Driftwood and Whirlpool with Lowther Lace in Larkspur; a yellow one which was made using Brimham DK in Marigold and Eldwick Lace in Marigold; and a Snowy one which was made with Pendle Aran in Snowy Owl and Eldwick Lace in Snow Leopard.

The pattern is available on our website and on Payhip. On our website you will also find a Swainby add-on kit. Simply select the add-on kit and then add the yarn for your cowl to your basket and we will create a kit for you. You will need 300g of 4ply/fingering weight yarn OR you could use one skein each of a DK yarn and a fluffy laceweight yarn OR one skein each of aran weight yarn (for a single loop cowl) with a fluffy laceweight yarn. The possibilities are endless!

We have received our latest restock of Milburn DK in Althaea so this is available on the website as are yarn packs with this colour in it. Our next restock of Milburn yarns will not be for quite some time as we are awaiting a new batch of undyed yarn being spun for us. So any Milburn 4ply and Milburn DK colours that run out of stock from now onwards are unlikely to be restocked again before September.

We will be closed on Friday and Monday as Laura and I are both off. Orders won’t be shipped until after we get back on Tuesday.