Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Fit for a Queen

Meet Brenhines, my new pattern, designed for handspun, in the latest edition of Yarnmaker magazine. Brenhines means Queen in Welsh.

It's a short cape, designed to keep the chill off your shoulders. I designed it with tailspun art yarn in mind, I'm always being told "these look pretty but how do you use them?", and now I have an example of how you can. 
It's worked in alternate rows with a plain grey Shetland, so it's not overwhelmingly full of locks. 

Here's a close up of the back so you can see what I mean. The locks themselves will stay pretty much intact as you wash and wear the cape, they come off the sheep like that, and sheep aren't know for being gentle with their hair do. 

Of course, if art yarns aren't your thing it also works in a plain yarn. This was worked using some Shetland fleece. 

If you want to spin your own tailspun I can recommend Spin Art by Jacey Boggs, or if you don't fancy spinning your own there are plenty of spinners out there on Etsy

If you would like to knit this, for now the pattern is only available in Edition 13 of Yarnmaker. I have 1 copy left in the shop, but have more on their way to me, or it will be available as a download when the rights revert to me. The Ravelry pattern page is here if you want to favourite it, or add it to your queue. 

Meanwhile, I'm giving away my contributors copy, just leave me a comment below, and I'll pick a winner on the 20th February. 


  1. What a pretty little thing. Great for around the shoulders whilst at the computer - or spinning wheel! :)

  2. I don't know which version I like most. They're both beautiful. On a side note, I received my hand blend club fibre this morning and it's stunning.

  3. I saw this in yarnmaker and didn't click it was you as the materials didn't come from Hill Top cloud, would you be selling the fibre yourself, I am not sure I would be able to master the tailspun ,but I am sure there are many out there who would happily buy a pack of fibre and pattern.

  4. I sell dyed longwool locks that you can pair with any fibre of your choice, stock is a bit low right now because I'm busy getting ready for Unravel festival in 2 weeks time, but I'm happy to dye custom orders. I occasionally spin skeins of tailspun, but there's just not enough hours in the day!

  5. Loved the way you styled your hair to match the tailspun :) Lovely garment.. simple, beautiful and very wearable.

    1. Styled is never a phrase that I'd use in connection with my hair! I have a lot of hair and a plait is usually the most efficient way of dealing with it all.

  6. Katie,
    Congrats on getting the pattern published :) I am not an art yarn person, so I like the plain version best...

  7. Love the yarn - love the cape... Of course I want a chance to win the copy so I have an excuse to try nad make some arty yarn myself.

  8. I just want to tell you how much I enjoy receiving the BoB shipments and of course, everything else I receive from you. I absolutely LOVE the way the fiber smells! I bury my nose in the shipping envelope and breath in the clean smell of the hay and the pastures and all of the wonderfulness that is Hilltop Farms. I never throw those green shipping bags away, I just take a whiff whenever I need a lift! Blessings!! Janet

  9. There's nothing wrong in first pic, except missing tiara!
    Both versions are beautiful in their own way :-)

  10. Oooh! I want to do this with my tailspun! Me, me me!