I am lucky enough to have a brilliant set of regular clients who keep me out of mischief with new and exciting projects. I don't think it's a secret that I love working with all of them - you only have to look back at posts about patterns in Simply Knitting and The Knitter and finished book projects for Fyberspates, Susan Crawford, Jamieson and Smith or Sarah Hatton to see that I am just loving my freelance life!
Today I'm delighted to add a new logo to my "I'm working with..." list, and it belongs to Kate Davies. To say that I was excited to receive an email from her asking if I was available back in November is something of an understatement! I'm not sure I calmed back down again for at least a day or two! I then went on to technical edit Boreal for her, and we've just finished work on Betty Mouat and the BMC (Betty Mouat Cowl).
Betty posed some interesting technical editing conundrums. Not least of which, that to begin with there were 154 different possible size combinations, and 3 shades of yarn to contend with (that meant a total of 462 figures for the yarn requirements)! After some deliberation, Kate decided that not all of the possible combinations of under- and full-bust measurements would either be required, or would give sensible shaped garments. For example, the smallest under-bust measurement (24.5"/62cm) going to the largest full-bust (50"/127cm) seemed unlikely to be a combination in great demand! We narrowed the options down so that they cover a range from cup size AA to KK, thus reducing somewhat the number of yarn quantity calculations required, and general potential for errors.
Both Betty Mouat and the BMC use Fleegle's no-purl garter stitch in the round method. This is a really nifty technique whereby you work alternating RS and WS rounds using two balls of yarn. You can see more on Fleegle's blog, or by watching the Betty Mouat tutorials on Kate's website. Mel did a fabulous job of filming these techniques - I find her voice so reassuring and confidence building. I can't wait to try this out!
We ended up charting the stitch pattern in such a way that you can read the chart either for standard knitting in the round, with all rows read right to left and alternate rows purled, or alternating right to left and left to right so that you can also read it for the no-purl garter stitch version. Hopefully much easier to do than to explain!
I absolutely love the colour combination she's used in the cowl, and as soon as my finger is up to it, this will be going on my needles. It just sings of summer days at the beach, and ice cream, and rainbows, and all good things!
Kate is absolutely brilliant to work with, and I am really looking forward to more projects with her as the year goes on.
If you are interested in either of the patterns shown here, then they are both available as part of Kate's Textisles magazine issue 2. This issue focuses on swimming attire and includes 3 articles by Kate and 1 on the rise and fall of the hand-knitted swimming costume by the fabulous Susan Crawford. I love it when people I work with come together in a project like that! The articles are all completely fascinating, and any of the components of this issue would be more than worth the £3.95 price tag on their own.