Here at Blacker Yarns we’ve been busily working behind the scenes making big changes to our knitting patterns. Over the last couple of years our customer feedback survey has suggested this was something we could improve, and we’ve been listening!
On August 24th we will launch our new collection with twelve carefully chosen pieces, all of which will be available for free. Samples have been arriving and we’ve been working hard on giving the patterns a fresh new look that we hope you’ll like as much as we do. The first release includes some revised and updated favourites from our existing collection as well as several gorgeous new patterns that have been tested over the last month or so.
Today we want to introduce you to the first six patterns. We’re planning a Knitalong (KAL) to celebrate the launch – see the end of this post for details – and this is just the beginning: we want to continue developing and improving our pattern collection going forward, so expect revised versions of some Blacker classics as well as the continued addition of new pieces over the coming months!
Please do let us know in the comments section below if you have some firm favourites in our old selection which you would like us to update and revisit soon.
The Balvraid Hap is another new addition to the collection, a traditional-style half hap in two sizes designed by Rita Taylor. Work yours in Blacker Swan 4-ply as shown above for a colourful and luxuriously soft piece, or why not try a one-colour version in our Samite Silk Blend for a more drapey and dressed-up version?
The Atoll Hat designed by Sue can be worn as either a slouchy hat or a classic beanie with the brim folded up. Knitted with our Bluefaced Leicester Laceweight held double, this not only gives a wonderful marled colour but a sumptuously squishy fabric that we’re in love with!
One of the things we’re excited to share about the new collection is that all our patterns will now include hand-drawn schematics. Not only are these helpful in communicating the dimensions of the project, we also think they’re great at helping you visualise the finished piece – especially useful when you don’t have a photo yet!
The Caradon Hill Jumper has a deceptively complicated-looking all-over cable pattern. All the cables are over a six-row repeat so they are easy to memorise, making Caradon Hill a great choice for you first cabled garment. This jumper is knitted in the round from the bottom up with no seams: short rows are used to shape the neckline. The recommended yarn is our beautifully soft Shetland DK.
There were a few Blacker patterns that are real customer favourites which we couldn’t possibly leave out of this collection – and we love them too. This first is Sonja’s Talland Tee, a pretty summer top worked up in just a few balls of our Lyonesse 4-ply, creating an elegant and easy-to-wear piece. This is such a quick knit we think there’s still time to whip one up this year to enjoy in the last few weeks of summer!
Hartland Cliffs is deservedly one of our most popular patterns. This shawl, also designed by Sonja, uses just two skeins of our St Kilda Laceweight (or, as shown above, two balls of our Bluefaced Leicester Laceweight). Pairing simple stitches with interesting construction, this shawl looks equally lovely worked in one or two colours.
Finally, we’re reintroducing the Azurite Mittens, originally designed for Cornish Tin II we felt these mittens deserved a yarn that’s a permanent part of our range, and what could be better than our brand new colour palette in Gotland DK? We think Gotland is just about the warmest yarn there is, with that delicate halo trapping lots of warm air to keep your hands toasty.
We hope these little tasters have piqued your interest in our pattern relaunch enough that you might consider joining our KAL. We’ll be opening up a thread in our Ravelry Group on Thursday 24th August, the day of our big pattern release.
We’ve been trying to decide on what to make ourselves – Sonja’s rather over ambitiously dreaming of a Caradon Hill and I’m trying to narrow down my colour choices for an Atoll hat. The Cast On date will be on Wednesday 6th September, to give you a few weeks to decide upon a colour and receive your yarn – hopefully you’ll have managed to be a little more decisive than Sonja and I!
We’ll be running the KAL for three months and every month there will be some exciting yarn prizes up for grabs. We can’t wait to get going and are hoping you’ll join us for the ride!