Friday, 11 November 2016

Paper, Paper

The last two weeks have been busy, and all about paper. I have long enjoyed repeating patterns,

how to make them and what intrinsic details they contain. I remember a project at school which was based around  designing an abstract pattern, then photocopying it and cutting it up to  create a repeating pattern. That was one class that has stood out to me for many years, I think it's one of the reasons that I love knitting in textures and designing repeating patterns for circular accessories such as hats and infinity scarves.

With a new A3 scanner and cheap software on the computer I have created some wrapping paper, aka gift wrap, for Christmas and for unspecified occasions too.

My mandala drawings have been utilised in many different ways, for repeating patterns on notebooks and envelopes for gifting money or vouchers.

And as you can see I have combined two of my greatest hobbies, paper crafting and my garden, by taking photos of what I've created in our great outdoors.

I now have ten paper items available to buy on Etsy, each with various colour choices or sizes, so head on over and have a look-see.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Cosy mittens

Need fingers free while shopping? Feel the chill but don't want to lose your gloves while taking them off to find your keys or open your wallet? here's the answer....

Some Fingerless Mitten patterns have been added to my Ravelry store. One of which is available for free download.

This cable pattern has been in my secret collection for a few years. I've made it up to sell and for presents and have worn this orange pair for many years, very happily. Sometimes over a second pair of gloves for extra warmth in the coldest weeks of the year and from Autumn to Spring as a pair to match a copper coloured scarf I knitted.

The free pattern is below. Do head over to my store and check out this pair of diamond pattern mittens too. I also created these a few years ago and made a pair which was so comfy, this was my first encounter with alpaca yarn, which was mixed with wool, I loved knitting and wearing them as the natural oils in the fabric made them so soft to the touch. The pair seen here was knitted this week with Stylecraft Special DK, only half a ball is needed and it's a bargain yarn.

you can buy this pattern here

Cable Pattern Fingerless Mittens
pair of 3.25mm needles (UK size10) and pair of 4mm needles (UK size 8)
Cable needle
One 50g ball DK yarn (photo shows Stylecraft Life DK, copper)

Using thumb method and smaller size needles, cast on 50 stitches.
Work in 2x2 rib for 22 rows.

Next Row Purl to end decreasing 6 stitches evenly across row.(44 sts)

Change to larger needles.
Work two rotations of the following 8 row pattern, ending with WS row.(16 rows)
1st Row k6, p3, k8, p3, k24
2nd Row p24, k3, p8, k3, p6
3rd Row k6, p3, C8B, p3, k24
4th Row p24, k3, p8, k3, p6
5th Row k6, p3, k8, p3, k24
6th Row p24, k3, p8, k3, p6
7th Row k6, p3, k8, p3, k24
8th Row p24, k3, p8, k3, p6
Keeping continuity of  8 row cable pattern work as follows to shape for thumb.
*Next Row Patt 23 sts, m1, k1, m1, k to end (46sts)
Next 3 rows Patt
Next Row Patt 23 sts,m1, k3, m1, k to end (48sts)
Next 3 rows Patt
Next Row Patt 23 sts,m1, k5, m1, k to end (50sts)
Next 3 rows Patt
Next Row Patt 23 sts,m1, k7, m1, k to end (52sts)
Next 3 rows Patt
Next Row Patt 23 sts,m1, k9, m1, k to end (54sts)
Next 3 rows Patt
Next Row Patt increasing 2 sts across thumb section only.
Next Row Patt
Next Row Patt 24, slip 12 sts of thumb onto thread, Patt 20

Patt another section of cable pattern until you complete row 8 of the pattern.

Next Row Knit  increasing 6sts evenly across row. (50sts)
Change back to the smaller needles.
Work 5 rows in 2x2 rib.

Cast off loosely in rib.

Using smaller needles pick up the stitches from the thread and with  RS facing cast on 3 sts.
Work in 2x2 rib for 8 rows.
Cast off loosely in rib.

Second Glove

Work as for first glove but change pattern rows to:
1st Row k24, p3, k8, p3, k6
2nd Row p6, k3, p8, k3, p24
3rd Row k24, p3, C8F, p3, k6
When reach * Patt 20sts, instead of 23sts, before increasing. 

To complete sew seams together and sew in ends.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Hold On To Your Hats!

Here's a rival for the Plait Cloche in popularity, a cloche with a lace panel.

This hat is knitted in a thick chunky yarn, which can be duplicated through a few brands. Sirdar’s Sublime Chunky Merino was created for a few exclusive patterns and uses 6.5-7mm needles, to a tension of 14 sts x 19 rows per 10cm. The slightly thicker yarn and using a looser tension than usual chunky yarns gives a gentle, soft fabric to the finished item.

I have replicated the effect by knitting double with an aran and chunky yarn together, which knits up to slightly thicker than standard chunky, but a thinner yarn than super chunky. The photo to the left shows Stylecraft Chunky, in Mixtures Cranberry,  and Rico essentials soft merino aran, in purple, knitted together with 7mm needles. This gives the same tension and same effect, with the final result giving a really warm hat to pull down over the ears for the coldest weather.

And keep watching as the pattern for matching scarf will be available soon. 

A few colours of Sublime Merino Tweed are left in the UK, here is one shop with the yarn
Here's the link to buy the pdf Cloche pattern from Ravelry, let me know if you like it and share some photos in the comments once you've knitted  it up.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Etsy sewing frenzy!

This week I have had my sewing machine out with my boxes of fabric, buttons, bits and ribbon and have been adding to my stash of sewing projects which are ready to sell. So my Etsy shop has had my attention this morning and the photos are ready to see.

I was making extra earplug pouches, and cable ties.
From my stash, I have the key fobs and shopping totes, which have attached corner pouches.

I hope you'll go and have a look at my Etsy shop and let me know what you think.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Multiple Mandala Downloads On Etsy

I am pleased to announce the new format of my mandalas on Etsy...

They are available here for the amazing price of just £3.99 for 10 A4 mandalas on a pdf for you to print and colour as many times as you like.

I will offer a couple here to view and print for free, just click on the small arrow to download and view. I'd love to see what colour combinations you come up with, please share photos of your pictures in the comments below.

If you'd like to look at the other options for colouring in my Etsy shop, the link is here...

Monday, 26 September 2016


Are there any book lovers out there? If there are and you have an inkling for some new bookmarks, I have just added some colouring bookmarks to my Etsy shop, ideal for printing and making your own with pens, pencils, paints or even digital colouring before you print!

Have fun with them, I'm sure you will. :)

Here's the link, if you want to have a look-see...

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Free Baby Beanie knitting pattern

Today I offer you a free pattern, to knit for the little ones in your life. The hats are so cute when finished, pick the colours to mix and match the stripes and create some happy hats for the colder months to come.

I have seen so many baby hats with plain stitching, stripes and Fairisle so I found some gently soft washable yarn and just went for it. A friend told me that these are the only hats that their baby will wear, and I've heard it again and again.

With this beautiful soft merino yarn they are washable and wearable, so many merino mix yarns are available you'll find some equivalent in your local yarn shop or in your stash. Just go for it! Quick to knit in an evening, ideal for newborn presents and with trendy colours parents will love them too.

As ever I have chosen to create a hat pattern which needs a seam, so it is ideal for new knitters. If you'd rather knit in the round just reduce the stitch count by two and knit every row to produce the stocking stitch equivalent. if you'd like a pdf of this pattern it's accessible via my shop on the knitting website Ravelry.... and it's free!
download now

newborn, 3-6 months, 
6-12 months, 12-24 months

Baby Merino DK 50g ball main colour i.e. Rico, Sublime, Rowan, Debbie Bliss
Baby Merino DK 50g ball
4mm Needles
3.25mm needles
k, knit
p, purl
sts, stitches
k2tog, knit 2 stitches together

Plain Beanie 
Cast on 72(79, 86, 93)  sts using 3.25mm needles.
Begin with knit row, work 4 rows st-st.
Change to 4mm needles and work 4 rows st-st.
**Cont. in st-st until hat measures 11(12,13,14) cm from cast on edge.
Shape crown:
Row 1. k1 *k2tog, k5, rep from * to last st, k1
Row 2. & ev other alt row, Purl.
Row 3. k1 *k2tog,k4, rep from * to last st, k1
Row 5. k1 *k2tog,k3, rep from * to last st, k1
Row 7. k1 *k2tog,k2, rep from * to last st, k1
Row 9.k1 *k2tog,k1, rep from * to last st, k1 
Row 11. k1 *k2tog, rep from * to last st, k1
Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches. Sew up seam and sew in loose threads.

Striped Beanie 
Cast on 72(79, 86, 93)  sts using 3.25mm needles
Begin with knit row, work 4 rows st-st.
Change to contrast yarn and work 2 rows st-st.
Change to 4mm needles and work 2 rows st-st.
Change to main yarn and work 4 rows st-st.
These stripes set the pattern continue with these 4 row stripes through body, shaping and making-up instructions for Plain Beanie, from **.