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Few things make me happier than seeing what amazing knitters do with my patterns. I wanted to give a shout out to a few of these knitters, and some fabulous finished objects that have appeared in recent months. Above is Tanya, wearing her wonderful Cockatoo Brae. You’ll notice that Tanya has retained the colours of the original sample, but has changed the ‘star’ and border motif. The curves and curls of the star that Tanya selected make a significant difference to the overall look of the yoke, and I really like the effect (if you are thinking of modifying the yoke in a similar way, simply select a star of the same stitch and row count in a book of Fairisle motifs, such as those by Mary Jane Mucklestone or Sheila McGregor). At 6’1 Tanya is also enviably tall – somewhat taller than the ‘average’ proportions on which I base my pattern sizing – so found she had to make some alterations the increase / decrease rate on both sleeves and body, adding a few inches of length to make her sweater fit her well (remember to factor in extra yarn, as Tanya did, if you are doing the same). I think her cardigan looks fantastic!

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It has been particularly nice to see a few Machrihanish vests being knitted up recently – Bill looks marvellous in his Machrihanish, which was knitted for him by Stacy. Stacy omitted the pattern’s waist shaping, and also added several stitches to the steeks at both underarm and neck, which she found helpful in giving her “a greater margin of error”. Bill recently wore his Machrihanish when watching Imitation Game and Stacy “loved seeing all the men in the movie wear vests of similar design.”

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Kim was very industrious and whipped up not one but two Machrihanish vests before Christmas – for Hamish (left) and Lachlan (right). To make the pattern in Lachlan’s size, Kim examined the cast on stitch count and dimensions of the 7-8 year old size of Susan Crawford’s Wartime Farm Sleeveless Pullover , and adjusted the pattern accordingly. Like Stacy, Kim also added a few stitches to the steeks, and reinforced them with her sewing machine: “crochet and I don’t always get along”. I absolutely love this festive picture of Hamish and Lachlan in their jolly vests!

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In the entire-family-in-matching-knitwear-cuteness stakes, I don’t think you can beat Eimear’s Epistropheids!

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After knitting hats for herself and her man, Eimear scaled down the pattern for her wee girl “I think I cast on 95 stitches and increased to 105″ she says.

Karen, from Oxford Yarn Store, recently knitted herself an absolutely glorious Westering Home.

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Karen enjoyed working the cabling “the pattern was easy to memorise and, in the ochre shade I chose, gave the appearance to me of abundant hair plaits of which I have always been envious.” She also liked the pattern’s finishing details, “an i-cord bind off which I had never done before.” Karen particularly appreciated knitting Westering Home through the chilly winter months: “it kept me warm during January as I sat beneath it as I knitted”, and she loves the finished garment “I have even had admiring strangers discussing it with me on buses and in a pub!” I think the ochre shade of Artesano Aran Karen chose is so rich and warm – a perfect match for the cable pattern.

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I love pretty much everything Georgie knits, and had to show you this lovely photograph of her recently-completed Owligan. “I’ve hardly taken it off since I knitted it,” says Georgie, “It really is warm enough to use instead of a coat when nipping here and there. I didn’t make any mods, just knit the body a little longer (hence why I ran out of yarn for the buttonbands), also didn’t add button eyes – I love it how it is.”

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I was very struck by the lovely wintery look of Clara’s Warriston

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Clara made her sweater a little more tunic than jumper-like, going up a size at the hips and adding a few inches of length.

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Seeing Clara’s Warriston really makes me want to make one in white!

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I always find it interesting how far changing shades can completely alter the feel of a design – I was really struck by how Beatriz’s use of Kauni as the contrast yarn totally altered the effect of the colourwork of her Epistrophy. I think the way the graded colours work their way through the diamond motifs up the yoke is very subtle, and incredibly beautiful.

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Here is Kristie, in her beautiful Bluebells (which I confess is one of my personal favourites from my Yokes collection) Kristie added some length to both sleeves and body, and omitted some of the waist shaping to make a slightly less fitted garment.

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Kristie says “my only caution would be if you are knitting this sweater in low light be careful not to confuse the MC blue with the CC blue. I learned the hard way!” Kristie has written about her experience of knitting this sweater here.

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Finally, I had to show you Marieke’s fabulous dress. To knit this amazing garment, Marieke mashed-up my Ásta Sóllilja yoke with Védís Jónsdóttir’s Keđja pattern. Magnificent work, Marieke!

38 thoughts on “superb knitters

  1. I love the posts where you show what clever knitters have been doing with your patterns. I enjoy seeing them and I love the way they deservingly get lots of admiration.

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  2. Thank you so much for posting these beautiful knits. It is very encouraging to me to see what ‘real’ knitters have created—so inspiring! As soon as I post this comment, I’m getting back to my needles!! :)

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  3. They are beautiful Kate, every single one of them, lovely patterns and wonderful execution of the patterns. Congrats to all your superb knitters.

    I’m looking at all your designs so I can Make My First Kate (I’m newish here), I must say I am very taken with Clara’s Warriston.

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  4. I have seen a lot of these on Ravelry, but it is quite thrilling to see them all in one place and to have you, the designer, giving them such kudos. This is very inspirational to say the least and makes me feel like knitting more & more! And, it makes me more determined than ever to finish Owls ASAP. Thank you, thank you Kate, and all you fantastic knitters!
    Cheers, Liz in Seattle

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  5. All magnificent knitting – the adaptations were clever and worked so well. I have been itching to do a fair isle this winter. seeing all these beauties just drive home that desire. thanks for all in the inspiration – Mel

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  6. Oh my! All of these are just so gorgeous and inspiring! (I recently bought your Owls pattern. I need to get cracking so I can wear it before summer!)

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  7. A wonderful flock of fair isle….. my Foxgloves is nearly, oh, so nearly up to the colour work. I think I am going with your colours Kate because they look so joyful together….

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    1. Thanks Robin; it’s a bit of a Zoolander tribute. The little one’s mittens are not based on epistrophy chart; they are based on a pattern on one of the Irish high crosses, but I can see the similarities alright.
      If anyone’s interested, this is the cross, though the particular pattern is on the back; http://www.museum.ie/en/exhibition/list/displaying-high-cross-reproductions.aspx?article=03a273bc-65da-486a-a301-8a39317a7622

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  8. Beautiful work, one and all. So nice to see larger images than one can get on Ravelry, too: these really show off the knitters’ accomplishments. I’m glad to see my Rav-friend kristieinbc here – well done, Kristie and all of you.

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  9. Thanks again Kate for making us this little community! I love seeing what other knitters have created and I love your designs – they are exactly my favourite mix of classic and vintage! I also think of you as my knitting mentor and I have learned so much from you!

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  10. It’s so nice to know for certain that you really don’t mind when we fiddle a bit with your designs to make them our own. Sometimes I read people’s comments on the Ravelry forums where the knitter dithers about getting the exact gauge or that the style didn’t work out for them in the end. I want to shake them and ask why they didn’t just make the adjustments on their own. The knitting police aren’t going to break down their door and take away their needles just because they made a change to a pattern. There are no knitting police!! Thanks, Kate, for showcasing these great knitters and their inspiring re-designs.

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  11. These are all beautiful! There are some very good knitters using your designs. At the beginning of the blog I saw the first photo and thought “I really need to comment and mention Tanya in particular” because the quality of her knitting even in the body of the sweater is easy to see, but then I kept reading and found that all these women have done a wonderful job. Well done everybody!

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  12. I am totally inspired by the beautiful work of my Sister Knitters all over the world! How fabulous to be able to connect through our Yokes knitting! Thanks, Kate! You have once again presented us all with a lovely gift!

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  13. I love seeing these, and it’s so nice to hear how you appreciate how we adapt your patterns. I am knitting a cardigan in Foula’s lovely wool and have decorated it with the sheep design from your rams and yowes blanket – they look very good in the thicker wool. After a friends remarks about designers not liking people using their work in this way, it is a big relief to see that I’m not the only knitter to do this. Thank you.

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  14. These are all fantastic! I have been avoiding learning stranded/colorwork knitting for several years – a little nervous about the complexity. But these finished projects are very inspiring and I think I will finally “get down to business” and begin learning this technique!

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