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...