New patterns and a giveaway!

Yesterday saw the release of the new Artesano Silk Blend Book 2. Which includes two patterns from me.


and Southwold Pier

The book contains 9 lovely patterns from a talented bunch of designers for an absolutely bargain price of £3.50. 
If you haven’t tried Manos Silk Blend yet, I highly recommend it. It is a beautifully soft merino and silk blend in a DK weight. It is unplied and an utter joy to knit with. It has a very soft handle but doesn’t seem prone to bobbling and a lovely subtle soft sheen to it.
I think Triogona is my favourite design I’ve made so far. It is so feminine and flattering, a challenging knit but not too hard. I just need to find the time to make one for myself now.
Jenny at Artesano has very kindly allowed me to celebrate the launch of the booklet with a fabulous giveaway. One lucky winner will win the pattern booklet and enough yarn to knit the pattern of their choice.
To win pop over to the Ravelry pattern page and come back here and tell me which pattern you’d like to knit and in which colourway. Get yourself another entry by tweeting, blogging and/or sharing on facebook and letting me know you have done it by commenting here.
I’ll draw a winner on Saturday 8th December.
Good luck everyone!


  1. says

    Oh gosh, I love the Southwold Pier top (plus I have a total soft spot for Southwold as a place to visit too)

    I think I would make the Mariposa shawl for the colourwork challenge, and most likely in Danube and a pale complementary colour. It’d make an absolutely dreamy gift!

    Good luck with the pattern book, and congratulations!

  2. says


    Racer Back – I have any number of flimsy tops that need a coverup. And I would choose < del>Atlantic< /del> < < del>Chiquita< /del> Bering… Definitely Bering.

    Off to Twitter and FB now

  3. says

    Your patterns are lovely. With a chill in the air here, I would first choose to knit the Mariposa Shawl in
    Scorpio and Candy Floss colorways.

  4. Anonymous says

    Triogona caught my eye straight away and I would use Arctic.
    The pattern interesting detail in this pattern looks great.
    Have shared on Facebook ……. really need to get a Twitter account!

  5. says

    I was going to choose Racer Back, until I looked at Trigona in detail. OH MY. That is gorgeous. Since I’m feeling in the holiday mood, I think I would like to try the red colorway that has a litle variation in it. I don’t see a name, but it is the 4th from the bottom, second from the right on my screen. The link when enlarged is: Thanks for sharing these gorgeous designs.

  6. says

    Joanne these are GORGEOUS! Congratulations! I’d wear the heck out of Triogona, or maybe Racer Back. Color-wise I’d have to pick Baltic (or Citric, or Chartreuse- one of the crazy yellowgreens). Perhaps not the most practical color but I do so love my weird yellowgreens ;-)

  7. says

    Blimey. So hard to decide.

    Is it bad I nearly made this decision based on what would take the most yardage so I got more of the lovely yarn?

    In reality I’d probably choose to knit the honeycomb shawl as I’m still a beginner and imagine the Trigona would be a) too difficult and b) look silly on me. It looks lovely though, especially in that colour.

    I’ve just completed a shawl in manos silk blend in pisces and it was so lovely to knit with and I’m sad it’s a gift for my grandma as I’m really pleased with it and want it for myself!

    I think I’d like Blue Mountain or Aquarius (my star sign) or Andromeda on the colourway front. In some ways a surprise would be nice as it is so difficult to decide! I think eclipse would be a really “useful” colour for a garment, but I can’t resist the lovely rich colours of the silk blend.

  8. says

    I love your patterns, but I think I’d choose the Honeycomb shawl in Carribbean – such a beautiful bright pink. But the colours are all amazing, so hard to choose!!!

  9. says

    I love the Southwold Pier pattern. I think I’d use Arabian for the main colour and Gracia for the contrast.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

  10. says

    I love Triogona and would love it in the capsian colourway, just perfect for these cold days in the office :)))

  11. says

    Oh Triogona for sure, such a beautiful,classic, positively vintage piece. And I adore the colour you have used. It reminds me of the sky swirling around snow capped mountains. Plus it would go with everything I have in my wardrobe this season. Brava to you it is stunning.