Just before Christmas we launched our first ever design competition for our next unravel… a festival of yarn. We were astounded by the creativity exhibited in the submissions that we received. So many wonderful designs in both knitting and crochet and sometimes even multiple submissions – truly remarkable talent and indeed making our job of narrowing the submissions to a shortlist for voting all the more difficult.
We have persevered though and our final selection of nine designs has been chosen and voting is now open on the designs until Monday 27 January at 11:59pm. Have a look at these wonderful accessories and garments:
Jane Murison has created a bright and colourful shawl with warm tones to cheer the greyest days. It features meditative garter stitch with double cable centre spine and picot edging.
The first of two crochet designs on our shortlist, Heather Gibbs‘ scarf uses simple stitches to make the most of showing off a handpainted skein of yarn.
Louise Diggins‘ design tease at new techniques that can be learned while knitting these mittens: stranded colourwork, folded hem and Latvian braid.
This lace hat from Jen Rowland would work beautifully as a transition piece in the autumn or spring, keeping your head warm on woodland walks.
Socks are always hugely popular portable projects and the texture on this design from Inge van Leipsig looks toasty and fun to knit.
This sparkly halter top by Cheryl Lowe creates drama for party wear with it’s simple lace details.
Another crocheted entry is this cowl by Alyson Chu that uses tapestry crochet to create the bold, geometric pattern that is inspired by herringbone stitch.
A heart-shaped cable is the focal point on these simple fingerless mittens from Nicola Diggins, perfect for keeping hands warm and fingers free for making (or texting!).
Finally, Zanete Hussain‘s mobius cowl shows off handpainted yarn while also creating cosy texture from cables and bobbles.
The decision on which design will be published in our unravel show guide is now up to the public vote! You can vote for your favourite once per day, you just need to enter your email address. Voting closes at 11:59pm GMT on Monday, 27 January. Cast your vote now!