Dieuwke van Mulligen

I met Dieuwke in person for the first time at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, and she charmed me with her friendly manner and beautiful sweater.  She was wearing her newest design, and it made me think that perhaps I should revise my opinion on the drop-shoulder style!

This lovely number is Feather and Fan-tastic, and it would be perfect in Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light

This lovely number is Feather and Fan-tastic, and it would be perfect in Rainbow Heirloom Merino Light.

After our meeting, I stalked her online, and found she has published a range of really special designs!  Here are a few… and some perfectly matching yarns from Rainbow Heirloom in case you want to cast on right away!

hallow moon

Hallow Moon is one of Dieuwke’s most popular designs, and it’s easy to see why. It’s striking, simple, and useful for those mini-skeins you’ve been hoarding!

I’ve been developing Trios in Rainbow Heirloom Solo Light, there are a couple still available in the shop… but these hot little numbers sell out QUICKLY.  If you’re interested to learn when new stock is released, get Rainbow Mail (and you’ll have a chance to #winRHyarn every month too!)

Rainbow Heirloom Solo Light

This Trio is called ‘Get Granny’ : ‘granny pants’, ‘princess rockstar’, and ‘fav aunty’

Rainbow Heirloom Solo Light

Well… enough yarn porn!  Back to my favourite designs from Dieuwke!

brighton beach by Dieuwke Van Mulligan

Brighton Beach is another lovely shawl design, with an exquisite edge detail. It looks perfect to feature a hand-dyed skein!

Mom's Socks by Dieuwke Van Mulligan

Mom’s Socks are an elegant heavy-weight sock pattern. They’d be perfect in Rainbow Heirloom Sweater!

The latest designs from Dieuwke van Mulligen are in Impulsive Knits – a collaboration with Justyna Lorkowska / Lete’s Knits.  Modelled by the beautiful designers themselves, this fun and lighthearted collection of designs probably includes a new wardrobe staple for you!

impulsive knits

I love Likeness, Meringue, and Nogat… these ladies know how to combine pattern and texture in stylish and effective ways.

“Impulsive Knits” was conceived when Justyna and Dieuwke met at Unwind Brighton, hit it off, and impulsively decided, “Hey, why not put together a collection?” Since then they’ve gotten together whenever possible, meeting up at several European yarn festivals and in Justyna’s hometown of Torun, Poland. Their time together has been gleefully spent planning, designing, chatting, laughing, eating, sightseeing, and of course knitting.

From meeting Dieuwke and Justyna, I can understand how their infectious enthusiasm and design talent lead to this great ‘impulsive’ collaboration!

Of course I sent her home to Denmark with a pile of Rainbow Heirloom yarn… and she proceeded to knit a very unique and beautiful sweater!

Dieuwke clearly loves to explore interesting knitting techniques, and bring them into her design work in inspired ways! This is intarsia in the round!

Dieuwke clearly loves to explore interesting knitting techniques, and bring them into her design work in inspired ways! This is intarsia in the round!

Which is your favourite design?  Dieuwke has a new design coming soon in Rainbow Heirloom yarn, in one of the Nostalgia Club yarns, and I’m sure you will love it!

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