Anyone that knows me will be aware that I am a huuuuge fan of Kate Davies, who I first came across when she was writing for the Rowan magazines. Her beautiful designs, in sumptuous yarns, translated into thoughtfully written patterns are a joy from start to finish.
What you may not know is that Kate Davies Designs (KDD) is currently running an amazing design competition called Warm Hands, which was launched on Ravelry. This could be your chance to see one of your designs in a KDD book which launches in the autumn. Wow! What an honour that would be. What’s really important is this comment from Kate; ‘As with Milarrochy Heids, the key aim of this project is to showcase emerging talent and to bring the work of new designers to the fore. With that in mind, I would like to actively encourage BIPOC at the beginning of their careers to consider submitting a design.’
I am not a great designer but I have created a couple of glove patterns in the past and I do have some Milarrochy Tweed in my stash so I thought I would have a bash.
Many of my designs take weaving charts as their inspiration because they are so graphic – a style I really like. For my birthday I was given the book On Weaving by the legendary Annie Albers. This swatch was influenced by this book but didn’t quite work.
So I tried another twill weaving chart which I think works quite well but I’m not sure about the colours.
Then I went back to one of my favourite zig zags. Now I think the colours are just right.
In the final swatch I played with different square motifs which I also really like.
What really struck me is what a brilliant yarn this is for Fair Isle. It is soft, yet maintains a great stitch definition and I think I am going to have to save up my pennies to buy enough of this yarn for a cardigan.
I didn’t have enough Milarrochy Tweed to knit a whole mitt so I have made this in some other stash yarn, which is absolutely allowed as part of the competition entry. What do you think?
I still have a bit of fine tuning to do. If you want to enter the competition the closing date is 30th April, so you’d better get a wriggle on.