Friday, March 13, 2015

New Pattern Release: Concentric Collection

I am delighted to announce the release of three new patterns! The Concentric Collection consists of three cowls, inspired by the Bronze Age gold gorgets in the collection of the National Museum of Ireland, and knit in Dublin Dye Company yarns. 


To celebrate the launch, and Dublin Dye Company’s stall at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, these patterns are available to download for free until 8pm GMT on Sunday 15th March. From the 16th of March, they will be available for sale at 3euro each, or in e-book format for 6 euro. The e-book features more information & hand-drawn illustrations of the gorgets that inspired the knitwear.

Gleninsheen Gorget - from A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

In reinterpreting these beautiful objects, I have focussed on the horizontal lines that dominate the collars, expressing this repetition through a variety of textured stitches. 


Gleninsheen Cowl was designed to display the subtle shifting of colours in Dublin Dye Merino DK’s semi-solid Old Gold. It is knit back & forth, & is finished with i-cord button bands. It consists of bands of stocking stitch with raised horizontal cords.
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Toryhill Cowl was designed to emphasis the fullness of Dublin Dye’s Merino DK in purple. It is shaped with short rows, and can be worn gathered around the neck or pulled down over the shoulders. The body of the cowl is begun with a provisional cast on. It is knit flat, in a combination of garter stitch & slipped stitches. The ends are grafted together & stitches are picked up around the neck for the threaded stitch border, which is finished with an i-cord bind off.
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Borrisnoe Cowl is knit in Dublin Dye’s Alpaca Lace yarn in Clear. The yarn is held double throughout, for a lightweight  fabric with beautiful drape. The cowl is knit flat, & features cables, with increases along the length. The knitting is pleated & then finished with a series of horizontal cords before sewing the ends together. 
Dublin Dye Merino DK is a wonderful yarn; it has great stitch definition & stood up very well to multiple attempts at swatching & ripping out. I will certainly be planning more projects with it in the near future. 

Dublin Dye Alpaca Lace is another firm favourite; held double, the yarn makes a much more substantial fabric that is still lightweight & with beautiful drape. The slight halo of the yarn disguises the individual strands, & the fabric is lovely & warm. (I am writing this on a cold windy day!)

I've really enjoyed producing these patterns; working with Dublin Dye Company has been a great pleasure, and I've had an excuse to indulge my not-so-inner pre-history nerd.

The patterns are available to download now.  

Thanks to Dublin Dye Company for yarn support & pattern feedback, and thanks to A.C. for invaluable proof reading. 

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