Emberwarm Shawl Apply On The Fly iCord Edging Tutorial & Video

After the release of the Emberwarm Shawl pattern yesterday I started to do a bit of reading about various iCord edging techniques and how they had differed from the one that I eventually settled on through much experimentation.

Many of the iCord edgings that I had experimented left the iCord on the top edge of the knitting, decorative, but it didn’t give the pleasing finish that I was looking for. I tried a few different techniques before settling on one that allowed me to vary the rate at which the iCord progressed along the edge and also entirely wrapped over the edge to seal the selvedge of the knitting completely in a rounded cord of knitting. Once I had this settled it was a matter of experiment as to which decrease to use to make the neatest and closest join with the main fabric.

Though the technique is fully explained in the pattern, I thought a more visual aid might also be useful (well, perhaps… I am not yet adept at making videos!)

As you can see, the edging gives a beautifully smooth and rounded edging and could be used for many projects (though obviously I am going to suggest that Emberwarm (Ravelry Link) is the perfect project to hone your skills with!

Hopefully the video will prove useful is showing why I have chosen this edging to finish the shawl with a very neat sense of simplicity. It was my hope that it would give a finishing touch without detracting from the pattern of the main shawl. I’m also going to update the published pattern to download with a link to the video for future reference, so if you have already downloaded a copy please watch out for the update!

New Pattern: Emberwarm Shawl

I am excited to announce the release of my new shawl pattern: Emberwarm.

This smart and stylish shawl is so named for the resemblance of warm embers in a fire grate, and the feeling of cosy warmth that both will give. The shawl is knit in simple garter stitch with occasional slipped stitches that create the pattern in a form of mosaic knitting. This means that to knit the shawl the knitter only works with one shade of yarn in any given row, so the knit is both speedy and incredibly easy, yet still interesting as the pattern unfolds with each successive row. This also means that there are no awkward ‘floats’ of yarn at the rear of the work to catch on clothing or  to cause interference with tension when knitting.

The ingenious design of this shawl allows for complete customisation of the size without any need for complex mathematics or forward-planning, as it is knit from the bottom point upwards and can be knit as a small neckerchief by simply completing fewer rows, or knit into a huge encompassing wrap by continuing the knitting until the piece is at the desired size.

An added benefit of this is being able to use all of a precious skein of yarn with a colour progression that should be made the most of, or a special skein of handspun that deserves to be knit in its entirety with none left to waste.

The Emberwarm shawl has a beautiful slightly textural feel to the knitting due to the garter stitch and slipped stitch patterning making the finished shawl springy and light. Warm air is trapped between the fibres of the garter ridges of the fabric, which retains extra bounce due to the nature of the stitch.  

A benefit of garter stitch is that it lays completely flat, which, alongside the other benefit of there being no yarn floats on the reverse side to get caught clothing, or any other annoyances makes it extremely hard-wearing, simple to wear and extremely easy to care for.

For all of these reasons, Emberwarm also makes a perfect gift, as it requires no instructions for blocking should it require washing!

As well as being completely customisable in size (as a guide the sample shawl measures 130cm (52″) in span, instructions are also given to add an optional knitted-on iCord edge for finishing the shawl.  This iCord edging is different from many knited-on varieties as it completely wraps around the outer edge rather than sit flush on top of the edge, giving a perfect finish to both sides of the shawl.

The downloadable pattern for Emberwarm contains both written and charted instructions,  for ease of knitting, as well as schematics and notes on sizing.

Yarn weight: Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)
Gauge: 28 stitches = 4 inches in Main Pattern
Needle size: US 3 – 3.25 mm
Yardage: 427 – 448 yards (390 – 410 m) used for sample size
Sizes available: Can be knit to any size. Sample shawl is 130cm (52″) wide and 30cm (12″) depth.
Price: $4.80 add to cart or buy it now

Make A Chic Gift Card Holder (With Free Printable Template)

The winter season for many people heralds a time for family gathering, and thoughts of sharing and giving. Though many of us try our best to make or shop wisely, there are sometimes people that we want to buy or make something for, but due to particular tastes, or jut because they seem to already have just about every idea that you can come up with, a gift card seems to be the only solution.

Sometimes, however, a gift card can seem just a little impersonal. Make sure that your gift cards are personal as well as convenient by dressing them up in a beautifully handmade gift card holder.

These little gift card wallets not only look fantastic, but also put a little touch of handmade love back into the act of giving something that you know the recipient will actually be able to make use of.

To make your own, all you need is two sheets of coloured or patterned paper, plus a glue stick and scissors, and any embellishments you may wish to add, such as buttons, greetings card toppers or small Christmas decorations.

To begin, download and print the Eskimimi Makes Gift Card Holder sheet. This can either be printed directly onto the reverse side of one of your sheets of paper (the one intended for the inside of the holder) for maximum speed and ease, or you can print it onto sheet of card to create a template if you plan on making a number of wallets (which is more economical, but takes a little longer).

Once you have transferred the pattern onto the reverse side of your inner paper, cut along the solid outer line and score along each of the dotted an dashed lines. Fold along the dotted line so that the right sides of the paper meet, and cut out the grey shaded area through both layers. Fold back along the same dotted line, but this time so that the wrong sides of the paper meet. Put a tiny dab of glue onto each of the adhesive points as marked and fold before leaving to dry.

Whilst the inner is drying, cut a 19.5cm x 10cm rectangle from your outer sheet of paper, and round off the corners of one short side to match the shape of the inner.

Cut a 2.5cm x 15cm rectangle from the inner paper or another contrasting paper and leave to one side – this will form the band closure for any embellishment.

Once the inner is completely dry, mountain fold (so that the patterned sides meet) along each of the previously scored dashed lines. Place the card wallet outer wrong side up in front of you, and using a solid glue stick or double-sided tape cover with adhesive and line this up with your card wallet outer paper so that the edges with the rounded corners align. Stick the inner and outer papers together so that the wrong sides meet and re-fold along the previously scored and folded lines made on the inner paper to close.

Wrap the closure band around the card holder vertically and secure with a small piece of tape. If desired the closure band can be embellished with greetings or other decorations.