The Loom Shed x Emma Vining: Behind The Pattern Workshops and KAL 2024
Join us to knit designer Emma Vining’s Ridge and Furrow Shawl and discover the design processes behind the pattern.
The Ridge and Furrow pattern will initially be available exclusively to participants of The Loom Shed KAL. After the final session, the pattern will be available for general purchase through Emma’s Designer Stores on Ravelry and Payhip and Chilton Grounds Farm.
Over four 1 hour Zoom sessions, you will learn the techniques required to knit the Ridge and Furrow shawl, using either the recommended yarn or yarn from your stash. Participants are invited to knit along as part of a supportive, friendly online group, or to knit the shawl at their own pace if preferred.
The four session dates are 15th January 2024, 29th January 2024, 19th February 2024 and 4th March 2024.
At each Zoom session, Emma will introduce a section of the Ridge and Furrow shawl and describe an aspect of the shawl design. These short talks will cover design inspiration, colour choices, shawl shaping and finishing. The remainder of each session will include a demonstration of the relevant knitting techniques and a group discussion, with an opportunity to share progress and ask questions. A recording of each session will also be made available.
About the Ridge and Furrow Shawl Pattern
The Ridge and Furrow shawl is inspired by a fascinating feature of the landscape at Chilton Grounds Farm. Medieval farming practices required the use of oxen to pull heavy ploughs over the fields. The resulting ridges and furrows are still visible today. The end of each furrow has a distinctive ‘reverse S’ shape due to the way the plough was turned before the neighbouring furrow was ploughed. The shawl pattern combines an eyelet reverse ’S’ pattern with a series of knitted ridges and furrows, representing the ancient and modern landscapes.
The shawl is knitted as two long right-angled triangles, the first of which is increased to the centre point. The second triangle is decreased by the same number of stitches to match the first. The stitch pattern is reversed at the mid-point, creating a mirror-imaged design. The shawl is knitted with 2 x 100g skeins of Chilton Grounds Farm 4ply Wensleydale Lambswool. This soft and luxurious hand-washed yarn is from the farm’s own flock of Wensleydale sheep. The beautiful shades are inspired and named after plants found on the farm, and the yarn is spun and hand-dyed by the Border Mill. Find out more about the Chilton Wensleydale sheep behind the yarn here. (https://www.chiltongroundsfarm.co.uk/chilton-wensleydales)
The shawl pattern and session plan will be sent to you in advance of the first meeting.
You will need a computer or tablet to join the Zoom meeting.
Yarn for the project – the workshop ticket does not include the yarn.
3.5 mm needles, or suitable needle size for your chosen yarn.
Stitch marker x 1.
Chilton Grounds Farm Hand-Dyed Wensleydale Lambswool 4ply Yarn (100% wool, 280m/306yds per 100g ball)
Shade A: Honeysuckle; 1 × 100g skein
Shade B: Silver Birch; 1 × 100g skein
Chilton Grounds Farm yarn available to buy here
Use the yarn specified in the pattern or an equivalent from your personal yarn collection. Please note that you may require additional meterage/yardage if using an alternative yarn, and that using a different yarn and needle size may result in different shawl dimensions. (Yarn choices will be discussed during session 1, You do not need to have started knitting before the first session.)
About the Designer
Emma Vining is a hand-knitting designer with a passion for all aspects of knitting and design. Her knitting patterns regularly feature in The Knitter and Knitting magazines. She is the author of A Knitter’s Sketchbook: Design Inspiration for Twists and Cables, and A Knitter’s Guide to Shawl Design, both published by The Crowood Press. You can find more of Emma’s patterns on her website, www.emmavining.com and on Ravelry, Payhip and LoveCrafts.