Willow Hat: intro, notes, and a finished project gallery

Posted: July 07, 2021

Willow Hat: intro, notes, and a finished project gallery

The second accompaniment to the Willow Shawl and the final in the trilogy ūü§£. The hat was much more complicated to figure out¬†due to the¬†decreases, and using¬†Stitchmastery software really has been crucial in getting these patterns written up. The pattern has a fitted beanie option and a slouchy option.¬† If made according to the pattern this hat should use¬†30-50g of yarn. The full set of three Willow accessories has been designed to use almost all of two skeins of Keld Fingering. This means if you buy the yarn for the shawl you can make the mitts and hat from the...


Rokeby Hat - a houndstooth colourwork hat pattern

Posted: May 21, 2021

Rokeby Hat - a houndstooth colourwork hat pattern

The third pattern in the Rokeby series, the Rokeby Hat joins the Rokeby mitts and Rokeby Cowl. All three accessories feature a simple houndstooth motif and the items work well together in mis-matched colours as well as colour coordinated sets.  The pattern uses two 50g balls of Milburn 4ply, one each of Compost and Thyme. I like wearing mine as a sort of slouchy cap, as you can see, but it's really designed as a beanie.    Other colour combinations that work well have been used in our other Rokeby samples. The mitts below have been made in Fern and Charcoal....


Designer Spotlight: An Interview with handknit designer Liz Corke

Posted: February 23, 2021

Designer Spotlight: An Interview with handknit designer Liz Corke

Here at ECY Shedquarters we are so lucky to have a wonderful range of designers from all over the world who regularly work with our yarns. We just love seeing the fantastic creations they come up with and it really helps to feed back into the creativity of dyeing. One of our absolute favourites is Liz Corke and as we reflected on the sheer volume of designs and the quality of all of them we knew we had to have a chat with her! This is a fascinating read and really gives you an insight into Liz and her design process.  ...


The Wholly Irregular ECY Shedcast: Lockdown 2, electric boogaloo - Show Notes

Posted: November 19, 2020

The Wholly Irregular ECY Shedcast: Lockdown 2, electric boogaloo - Show Notes

These show notes are to go alongside The Wholly Irregular ECY Shedcast: Lockdown 2, electric boogaloo parts one and two. The following is a list of links for all the items mentioned throughout the Shedcast. I do hope you enjoy it!  Jumper using Keld Fingering in Charcoal and Coniston Fingering in Thunder held together is Vertical Stripes Sweater by PetiteKnit. Pattern available here:https://www.petiteknit.com/products/vertical-stripes-sweater Serriform hat by David O'Kelly made using Rosedale 4ply in Mountain Hare. Available as a digital download or as a kit with Milburn 4ply. Pattern available here:https://www.edencottageyarns.co.uk/products/serriform-a4-printed-pattern Rosewater by Janina Kallio using Nateby 4ply in Foggy Daybreak. Pattern available here:https://www.woolenberry.com/knitting-pattern/rosewater/ The PPS...


"If you like it then you oughta knit a cat on it!"

Posted: April 08, 2020

Cat Knits by Marna Gilligan of 'an caitin beag' (she of sinister cat fame!) is a book of 16 knit designs all featuring Marna's signature kitties on a mixture of garments and accessories. It's a wide-ranging book actually - it feels like there's more than 16 items in there. Each chapter covers a different yarn weight, so there's a 4ply section, and DK section, an Aran section, and a Chunky section. Each section has a garment AND matching accessories included, and they range from nice simple textures, to stranded colourwork (like sinister cats), to intarsia. Intarsia! I swear that this...


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