I had the great pleasure to test knit a pattern several months ago for the gorgeous Anne Carroll Gilmour of Wildwest Woolies for a book “Hats, gloves & mittens from around the world” due out this Autumn. This particular pattern, together with matching hat, is representing Ireland in the book and is absolutely gorgeous!
The pattern itself is so clearly written and very easy to follow. The designer is friendly, so helpful and very approachable. Just as importantly she’s not a yarn snob. Anne clearly hopes the knitter will love knitting the item and enjoy the finished object. She happily agreed to me using a basic double knit yarn which has washed and washed and washed.
Hats and Gloves off to Anne for continuing to publish such beautiful patterns and encouraging us to learn new skills as we go along. I very much enjoyed the cabling/knotwork and found it easy to knit the fingers magic loop although instructions for using dpns (for the saints among us who don’t resort to cursing as they hit the floor and leave the knitting ARGHHH) if that’s your preferred method.
Every time I wear them, someone comments on the pretty cables and ask where I bought them? I can smile say “I knitted them” and bask in the glow of “‘Oh you are clever”, whilst smiling broadly.
The gloves and hat are both very quick knits, and yet looks so professional once finished. If I weren’t turning into a selfish knitter, I’d make them as Christmas presents for all my various relatives. But these are so good they’ll be reserved only for the ‘knitworthy‘ in my life. My Dad would love them and in a pretty red or tweedy pink they’d be fabulous for my Mum.
The book itself is due out soon I’m told, and includes some other gorgeous hats and gloves, so do check it out, you’ll want to add it to your Christmas list and I just know there is something to suit the beginner through to experienced knitter.
I love Anne’s pattern for Padraig Driving Cap and can see my Dad wearing those as he motors round the Lake District and to and from his local church. Mum would like the Boatman Cap, it’s proper name being Fhir a’ Bhàta, that’s available to buy on Ravelry and is part of what’s now called the Knothead series of patterns.
I do like Anne’s tutorials on Ravelry for things like the Channel Island Cast On which is used in her Gansey Driving Gloves and Cap, there is always a great tutorial on grafting knotwork for patterns like the Teampall gloves I made (see pic above).
One of my favourite projects from Anne’s designs is the Wondrous & Mystical Pentrapezoidal Bag. I made the version below for my Mum using Noro Kureyon in shade 52. She LOVES it and bought some gorgeous buttons from McAnarak to match the colours. This is such a quick knit, just a few evenings while watching tv and very little concentration required. The Noro Kureyon yarn has so many shades and textures it really makes the project sing.
Anne has contributed a number of patterns to various books over the years and many of you will have Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders, 101 Designer One Skein Wonders, 101 Designer One Skein Wonders. I love the Oriel scarf, but her range includes anything from kilt hose to comfort shawls, lots of gorgeous gloves, hats, socks and some really innovative garment designs.
So if you’re about to start a mountain of gift knitting and looking for inspiration, check out the marvellous and glovely Anne Carroll Gilmour and you’ll find lots to inspire you.