A Secret Revealed: Part Two

Stonewall Cushion, photo credit: V. Magnus

Well, it’s been a while, but as promised here is the second instalment of “things I couldn’t tell you”!

It’s often hard to know what to do with designs that have been published in magazines, the sensible thing to do is to reformat them and start selling them as individual downloads online, but this means new photography, confirming yarns are not discontinued and having the time / inclination to do all of the above! Excuses, excuses I know…

So, quite often patterns sit here, waiting for me to “do something”. Occasionally I add them to my online stores such as Etsy and Ravelry. Mostly I add them to my “list of things to re-knit and rephotograph” and they never see the light of day again. I can’t tell you how many designs I have that aren’t even listed on Ravelry, not every magazine commission is listed. Uploading  private commissions, book designs, and one off designs for yarn stores etc just don’t make it to my exceptionally long to do list, so what you see online is just a snapshot of what I have actually been working on.

stonewall (c) V Magnus

Then, sometimes, I love a design so much I am determined to see it have a new life. These three designs were originally commissioned by Claire Montgomerie for Inside Crochet and The Complete Guide to Knitting (the Stonewall Cushion made a brief appearance in “Yarnwise”, then languished unloved until it was rediscovered and republished).

Silsden. Photo credit: V. Magnus

Silsden. Photo credit: V. Magnus

The Log Cabin inspired blanket pictured above is one of my all time favourites. Reknitted and updated in gorgeous Whitfell DK, a 100% Baby Alpaca, this is the softest, snuggliest blanket you could imagine and I’m thrilled to say the pattern is now available on Ravelry via Eden Cottage Yarns (click here for pattern details)

I love designing homewares, our living room is full of cushions and throws and one day I would love to put together a collection of my favourite designs for publication. Cushions are brilliant, they are relatively quick, a great way to try out new stitches or techniques with no need to worry about shaping or fit. Like the Silsden Blanket, the Stonewall cushion  pattern is also available via Eden Cottage Yarns. If you were at “Ally Pally” (AKA the Knitting and Stitching Show) recently, you may have seen them on display.

Silsden Blanket. Photo Credit: V. Magnus

Vikki’s gorgeous photos really show these two designs off to their full advantage. Both look more complicated than they really are and could easily be tackled by a beginner who has mastered the basics.

But, there’s more. I also have some gorgeous accessory patterns available, and although I’ve shared pictures already on Instagram, I’ll be back next week to show them off here.

Finally, huge thanks must go to Clare Devine, who tech edited and polished up my written patterns into the gorgeous new Eden Cottage pattern format. They really do look fantastic.

Introducing #Crochet Magazine

If you look for crochet inspiration on the magazine stands right now, you’ll be spoilt for choice, there are some fabulous autumn issues on sale.

issue 1 coverThe latest “new kid on the block” is #Crochet, and I’m pleased to say it features two of my favourites designs  alongside a brand new collection I designed especially for this first issue.

Up first is this gorgeous stool cover, which I designed for the Dorling Kindersley Book “Crochet”. I have always loved the colour combination I chose for this project and I’ve used it several times since. Every time I see it pop up in print it makes me smile and cheers up a dull day!

dk crochet stool cover

I was also very chuffed indeed to see the New Lanark Wrist Warmers I originally designed for Love Crochet make an appearance, made in one of my favourite British wools, they are simple, quick and make ideal gifts.

new lanark wristies

Finally, the editors asked for a collection suitable as a desk set. Designed in rainbow brights, the tiny garland is just the right size to hang across a filing cabinet or computer screen. The pencil case and pot holder continue the rainbow theme and you’ll even spot an ipad cover and phone cosy – ideal as a beginner project.

iphone cosy

I may be slightly older than the demographic this magazine is aimed at, but I have to admit I loved it.  There is a crochet collar by Emma Escott (pictured on the cover), which is beautifully styled and really shows off her design to best advantage. I also love Sarah London’s Turkish Delight blanket.

There is a great mix of projects and interviews in this first issue, so do look out for it. Priced at £7.99 it would be a great gift for someone who has recently taken up the hook, or even as a special treat for yourself.

The next issue should be on sale before Christmas and I’ve hooked up something rather pretty for that one –  no clues now – you’ll just have to wait and see!