Stephen West Midgard

Stephen West Midgard
Litrík by Cirilia Rose

Westknits Book 5- Midgard by Stephen West & Cirilia Rose

With his unabashed love of colour, dramatic styling and innovative techniques it’s hard to mistake the original designs of Stephen West. The latest in his series of West Knits books, the highly anticipated Midgard, is the result of a collaboration with fellow designer Cirilia Rose. Fancy a little peek at some of the patterns and finding out how you could win a copy? …

Esjan by Stephen West
Esjan by Stephen West

Photographed in Reykjavik, Iceland by the multi-talented  Ysolda Teague (a name you probably recognise!), the setting echos this collection of beautiful and eclectic patterns. Esjan above is a statement shawl, with a bold lacy edging. Using aran weight yarn, it is just the thing to wrap yourself up in come winter – hurray for cosy shawls!

Hekla by Cirilia Rose
Hekla by Cirilia Rose

Harpa is a colour work scarf worked in the round – this creates the added bonuses of no wrong side to display and an extra thick cosy material!

Litrík by Cirilia Rose
Litrík by Cirilia Rose

The pals also lent their knitty skills to a pair of handwarmers, each reflecting their designer styles. For Stephens Saema you have his love of textured stitches which creates a woven effect and some clever short row shaping to create a comfy thumb gusset. Where as Cirilia takes inspiration from one of her favourite details in Reykjavik by representing the brightly coloured roofs of the houses on Litrik.

CW from Top Left - Raxtur by Stephen West, Elvar by Cirilia Rose and Baxtur by Stephen West
CW from Top Left – Raxtur by Stephen West, Elvar by Cirilia Rose and Baxtur by Stephen West

Of course, if you’re out in Iceland and want to get ahead, you’ll need a hat! Either the two textured beauties Raxtur and Baxtur or the delicate colourwork silver birches of Elvar will keep you toasty.

Hekla by Cirilia Rose,
Hekla by Cirilia Rose,

As well as accessories, this pair have garments covered too. Hekla and Sólfar, both simple and elegant allow you to play with colour combinations.

 

Sólfar by Stephen West
Sólfar by Stephen West

Gullfoss features some of that clever Mr. West construction where the garment can be worn upside down or back to front to make a poncho or a scarf.

Gullfloss by Stephen West. MIgard
Gullfloss by Stephen West

As well as working with Stephen West, Cirilia Rose has been busy with her own publication, ‘Magpies, Homebodies and Nomads’ which is out this Autumn. We are thrilled that she is visiting Loop later this year where, as well as a book signing, we will be hosting her as a teacher for some exciting new classes. As well as Bricolage Basics on 15th November  (a creativity masterclass) and an Intarsia Workshop on 16th November; you can also learn the tricks to recreate your favourite garment in Clone Your Closet.

To book on any class simply call the shop on 020 7288 1160 and we’ll be happy to help.

So now you are better acquainted with Midgard, you’ll be pleased to know that we are hosting another one of our fabulous giveaways! Just comment below letting us know which pattern from the book you can’t wait to cast on and we’ll pull a name out of the hat next Friday. This competition closes Wednesday 20th August at midnight.

Good Luck and Happy Knitting!

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89 Comments on “Stephen West Midgard

  1. Esjan. I am so ready for some cold weather knitting and this would be perfect for the oncoming cold months a good cuppa. ☺

  2. The Litrik handwarmers look especially fab. And an idea for easy to post Christmas presents. Sorry is it too early to say Christmas? :-)

  3. I’d love to knit the Harpa pattern. I’m drawn towards colour work at the moment and the colours used in that scarf are gorgeous; it also looks lovely and cosy for winter.

  4. Gosh, it’s a toss-up between Raxtur, Baxtur, and Gullfoss, I think! I mean, not that I NEED more hats, but…

  5. Aaah! I love Stephen West’s designs. For me it has to be Esjan, a quirky shawl that I’d love to knit and maybe be in some bright colours for winter!

  6. I have yet to knit a Stephen West pattern although there are many that I like.
    I think l could start with one of the hat patterns in this book.

  7. I would love to knit Harpa by Cirilia Rose – I’ve just learned how to do colorwork and this seems like something I could handle :-) I’ve knit several Stephen West patterns though, so this was definitely a tough choice!

  8. Solfar is so beautiful! Love the cozy neck. I just took a class with Stephen in Birmingham, Alabama (USA) and was so inspired. Thanks for a beautiful website!!

  9. I want to do the gulfoss one a combination of a technical challenge and a cool pattern sounds like a pleasure to knit

  10. I would love to start knitting the Sólfar by Stephen West
    in exactly those colours, I love the odd construction details that Stephen manages to find in most of his shawls, fabulous. Can’t wait to start knitting

  11. Favourite two by far are Hekla and Gullfloss both wearable for a lady of my years ??? who wants something a bit differant

  12. I’d love to make myself a Harpa I’ve had this in my ravelry queue for so many years it’s such a beautiful and effective colourwork pattern. Just Beautiful :) X

  13. Helka or Gullfoss? Both so unique and beautiful. Stephen West and Cirilia Rose both understand that we knitters love to deviate from a standard pattern. Thank you

  14. Solfar for my daughter so she can wrap herself up while doing her English dissertation in her last year at university.

  15. Baxtur is the pattern I’d pick. I’ve begun to really like two-color knitting. This hat is so attractive! I love the design!

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