Denby by Susan Crawford

Denby

by Susan Crawford
Knitting
February 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
29 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stranded colourwork knitted in the round
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
To fit head circumference 48-50; 50-55; 55-60cm (18-20; 20-22; 22-24in)
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Denby is the third of 12 new designs inspired by The Vintage Shetland Project available as part of the Evolution Collection

by Susan Crawford

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Twelve contemporary, highly-wearable, Fair Isle or lace designs for women featuring design and pattern elements from The Vintage Shetland Project but with a modern fit and contemporary styling making them perfect for your every day wardrobe. One pattern will be released approximately every two weeks - patterns already released will be available for immediate download.

In the first instance you will receive your patterns in PDF format then shortly after the last pattern is released on Friday 12th June you will also receive your beautiful printed book .

There are a range of designs in the collection including sweaters, cardigans, hats and mittens in a range of yarn weights including Fingering (4 Ply), DK and Worsted (Aran) weights.

All garment patterns have been written to fit from 28 inch (70cm) to 62 inch (155cm) chest.

About Denby:

The original inspiration for Denby came from Twageos from The Vintage Shetland Project, a dramatic over-sized tam; which features a multitude of motifs and a four-shade colour palette. My goal was to create a pared-down, simplified, easily-worn hat that ‘nodded’ to Twageos but was a significantly different and original design.

I found one of the motifs in Twageos particularly inspirational – an abstract 8-petal flower motif that seems distinctly reminiscent of the decoration found on Denby pottery; in particular the hand-sponged flowers on 1970s dinner sets. I decided to highlight this stunning motif by using it in isolation on Denby; working with just two shades across the entire hat, I further emphasised the drama of this striking pattern.

The hat follows a simple construction commencing with a 2x2 ribbed brim, which is folded over to create a frame to the face whilst also providing extra warmth over the ears and around the back of the neck. The body of the hat is knitted in stranded colourwork throughout, and is a great introduction to stranded colourwork and an enjoyable knit for more experienced Fair Isle knitters. I use the two-handed stranded colourwork method, holding one colour in each hand, picking the colour held in my left hand and throwing the colour held in my right.

I have provided multiple variations in this one simple pattern, first of all by offering two colourway options: Colourway A uses cool ‘pottery-esque’ shades of Excelana 4 Ply with Himalayan Blue as the accent colour against the neutral background of Limestone. Colourway B reverses this with neutral Limestone as the foreground and with a darker shade, Dark as Night, as the background. These two chart variations give lots of scope for trying different colour combinations. In addition the pattern offers two styles; a fitted beanie style or a longer, slouchy version. Choose the relevant chart for the hat length and colourway you wish to knit. The colourwork sections of the pattern are charted with each line read from right to left and repeated around the hat.

The hats shown in photographs are the second size beanie and the third size slouchy, both worn by Susan who has a 55cm (22in) head circumference.

Please note the patterns from the collection are not available to purchase separately.

Requirements

Susan Crawford Excelana 4 Ply, 100% British wool (159m/174yds per 50g skein)

Colourway A: 1 skein each, shades Himalayan Blue and Limestone

Colourway B: 1 skein each, shades Dark as Night and Limestone

Suggested needles:
Small needles: 2.75mm (US 2) circular needle (40cm in length)
Large needles: 3.25mm (US 3) circular needle (40cm in length)
Set of 3.25mm (US 3) DPNs

Notions:
Stitch markers
Pom pom maker (optional)

Techniques:
Following a chart
Increasing and decreasing
Knitting in the round
Long Tail cast-on
Stranded colourwork
Working in the round

Yarn kits are also available from my website offering a considerable discount on purchasing the yarn separately.

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