This competition is to find a fabulous pattern to publish in the Unwind
Brighton programme. Unwind is about celebrating inspiration and bringing people
together who love fibre arts. The design competition does both – We invite you
to submit your inspiration to the fibre art community for the chance to be
published in the Unwind Brighton programme and have your sample displayed at
Unwind Brighton 2014.
The design can be for anything at all, as long as
it is knitted or crocheted.
The design must be your own work and an original
design, not previously published.
Individuals may submit up to 3 entries.
The pattern can be in any yarn of any weight,
but please consider that the design will be published in July 2014 and
therefore it is useful to consider: Would I want to knit this in the summer?
Would I want to wear this in summer / early autumn? Also, it is useful to bear in mind that Unwind
visitors may wish to purchase yarn for the pattern in the marketplace.
Publishing the pattern in any form before July 2014
will result in disqualification.
Submissions should include:
A complete, written knitting or crochet pattern, including any charts needed, and a glossary of terms.
At least two photographs of the project.
Details of yarn used and estimated yardage
requirements for all sizes
6-8 designs will be shortlisted for a public vote. Shortlisted
entrants will be notified by 24th May 2014. On the 26th
May shortlisted designers will be asked to add their patterns to Ravelry’s
A public vote will begin at midnight on 26th May
2014 and will run until midnight on 31st May 2014. The winning
pattern will be the one with the most
votes. A third party application
will be used for voting. The winner will be announced on Saturday 1st June 2014. There is a cash prize of £200 for the winning entry.
Patterns should be ready to publish / print by 13th June 2014.
sample of the winning entry will be displayed in the Unwind Brighton
marketplace. Samples will be returned to the designers by the 31st August
Today's featured teacher is Asa, the energetic designer who publishes intricate
knitting designs by the name of Asa Tricosa. Asa has a passion for interesting
and seamless construction and has been perfecting a specific technique to
enable her (and knitters) to work seamless top down constructions. Asa will be
teaching her 'Ziggurat’ Method on the afternoon of Saturday 12th
July 2014. She will also be teaching Flip Your Top Mittens on the morning of
Saturday 12th July and Sideways Shawl Designon the Sunday.
I asked Asa to answer a few questions and share some of her crafting
experiences with us...
What was your first knitting project? I was so little, I can’t remember. Wait! Apparently I crocheted a loooooong string which I confidently told my dad would become shorts for him. Several years later there was the reindeer incident freeform vest I “designed” or at least knitted, after reading some article about how one could just cast on and knit without any pattern. I wore it a lot. Despite the unfortunately placed reindeer. And wonky shaping. What’s your favourite thing to knit?
Oh, that’s easy!
(c) Asa Tricosa
(c) Asa Tricosa
And shawls, lacy or with striking colours. And…
(c) Asa Tricosa
What was your most (or least) successful project?
That reindeer vest, I
think… oh, and a striped sweater made from wildly varying thicknesses of yarn- I
figured I could just will them into submission. I don’t think I’d even heard of
gauge back then. The colours were great.
Do you have a favourite knitting tip to share?
Knit with abandon!
And then inspect your
knitting every few rows, critically. Hold it up, pull on it to detect any
oddities. It’s much easier to reweave a dropped stitch, an accidentally slipped
stitch, or make a forgotten decrease after the fact, if it’s only a few rows
Do you have any other crafty hobbies?
I used to do pottery.
Would love to again, but like knitting it tends to take over and leave time for
nothing else. Plus it requires a bit more than just some wool and needles.
Is there anything you’d never, ever make (or
technique you’ll never try)?
A knitted bedspread. A
knitted blanket. Knitted home textiles give me the heebie jeebies. They just do.
Would you say you are a process or product
I can get truly
excited about figuring out a new technique or construction and to see if it can
be made to work in action, but always with a finished THING in mind, a wearable,
funky, fun or beautiful finished THING.
What are you working on right now?
Oh, about five things… I’m lucky my tech editors (Stephanie Boardman and Rachel Atkinson)
let me tack my WIPs and ideas to their virtual refrigerator doors, and they
dutifully say ‘ooh’ and ‘aaah’. I’m always dying to show everyone my latest
project or idea regardless of whether anyone is dying to see it. Ravelry is
good (and dangerous) that way.
A big thank you to Asa for taking the time to share some
insight into her knitting world. You can find all of Asa’s designs by
visiting her design page on Ravelry. Once there, you
will also find her design, Simple Ziggurat, her seamless top down sweater that
showcases her technique.
Please give a big, warm, sunny welcome to Pom Pom Quarterly as sponsors of Unwind Brighton!
Pom Pom Quarterly are organising a fabulous party on Saturday 12th July for the festival! The perfect way to unwind after a long day of learning, shopping, darning, spinning, laughing and chatting and get ready for the same again on Sunday. It's going to be brilliant fun, can't wait to see you there!
Tickets for the Seaside Shindig go on sale tomorrow, Friday 11th April, along with Marketplace tickets.