Pattern testers wanted!

Peekaboo! I’m all done!

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The Noughts and Crosses Mittens pattern is all done and I’m ready for testers! Yay!

Would you like to test this pattern? I’m looking for around 3 or 4 testers to knit up a pair of noughts and crosses mittens. You can be an experienced double knitter or a first timer, as long as you are able to read a chart, work on double pointed needles, increase and decrease stitches you should be fine.

You will have until the 15th of May, that’s 5 weeks, to complete your mittens, after which time I will send out a questionnaire about the pattern which you will need to complete. In return for testing my pattern you will receive not only the test copy but a copy of the final pattern too, free of charge. Not to mention a great big virtual hug for being awesome! 🙂

And you won’t need to work on your mittens alone! There will be a ravelry group set up for the testers to discuss the pattern, and troubleshoot any issues that arise. I can also be contacted directly here, on instagram, or on facebook. And there are accompanying tutorial videos on youtube (which you will be sent the link to) which it would be helpful if you could watch too.

Interested, or know someone who might be? Please fill out the form below, before Tuesday (12/4) and I will be in touch with the successful testers soon after.

Fancy pattern testing for me, but not this pattern? Don’t worry! There will be more patterns needing tested soon. Watch this space!

Cheers m’dears! 🙂

 

 

 

New patterns in progress!

Who would like a sneaky preview of my next two knitting patterns? If you follow me on Instagram you’ll already have seen bits of them but here, today, I’m going to give you a bit more information 🙂

First up is the Naughts and Crosses Mittens:

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I’m really excited about this pattern because it’s my first to use double sided knitting, meaning these mittens are fully reversible!

Wait, what?!

That’s right! Reversible mittens, knitted in the round, both layers at the same time. And not only that, but it’s not as difficult as it sounds 🙂 And to prove it, that photo above is the inside of the mittens!

I’m even making YouTube tutorial videos to go along with this pattern, which is a huge first for me as I don’t like being filmed. This is actually what’s slowing down the release of this pattern, as I’m reliant on the (apparently impossible) combination of good natural light and no noise children about. But the first is done and I’m hoping to get the second shot tomorrow *fingers crossed*

And if you really don’t fancy making them double sided, the pattern is just as easy to follow using intarsia. But it’s always good to learn a new technique 😉

My second pattern (which is as yet unnamed) will be a ladies cardigan with a feather pattern on the yoke. I made a swatch last night and I’m really pleased with it, so as soon as the mittens are all done I’ll be ready to cast on.

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I love the colours of this one, the photo doesn’t really do it justice. It’s a lovely sea green and a stony grey. I’m really looking forward to finishing (and wearing!) this one!

So that’s what I’m up to pattern wise, with more lurking in the background to follow. I’m actually also knitting myself a jumper using one of the free DROPS patterns, but it’s in 4 ply and will take me approximately forever to finish 😉 However it will be gorgeous when it’s done, so worth the effort!

What are you up to? Anything exciting on your needles? 🙂

Updated knitting pattern posts

I’ve been trying to get all technical this weekend (in the most basic way!) and I’ve updated my knitting pattern posts to include buy now buttons! It’ll take you through the payment page after which you can download the pdf pattern straight away.

So you can now buy my knitting patterns without being members of Ravelry, although why you wouldn’t want to be a member I don’t know 😉

Currently I have 4 patterns for sale (number 5 is coming very soon, and is even supported with video tutorials!) and they are:

The falling leaves hat and scarf set:

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which you can by clicking here (see I’m getting really good at adding these buttons! haha)

And the three part Cosy Seed Stitch set:

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Which you can also buy the parts of by clicking:

Wrist warmers , headband , and buttoned cowl

OK, that’s quite enough practice adding the buttons 😉 I hope this makes it easier for you to get your hands on my patterns and start knitting!

Simple crocheted Santa hat (with free pattern!)

Eeee! It’s December! I’m so excited for Christmas this year! With big brother being 3 1/2 now he’s getting excited and I’m really looking forward to making it magical for him 🙂 Little brother obviously still has no idea what’s going on but he’s enjoying looking at the Christmas tree and all our decorations.

Speaking of little brother, I really can’t believe he’s going to be 1 in only 11 days! My little baby is nearly a proper toddler, this has been a very quick year!

But anyway, back to Christmas:

I’ve made a couple of new things so far this year. First of all I made a felt advent calendar which I’m very pleased with, and which big brother is really enjoying every morning:

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The next thing I whipped up was this very quick and easy crocheted Santa hat:

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It was made entirely on a whim and with leftover yarn in my stash. But I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, and, even better, big brother loves it and proudly tells everyone that I made it for him 🙂

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As you can see from the photo it is a little bit on the big side, so if you wish to make it smaller then start with ch 88 white then skip the row 2 of the red instructions so that the first ‘sk next tr’ comes after 21 stitches, not 22. Likewise if you wish to make it bigger then ch 96 and add an extra row with the ‘sk next tr’ decrease after 23 stitches.

I hope that makes sense! Actually, I hope this whole pattern makers sense, I’ve never written a crochet pattern before, or even followed one for that matter! So if anyone has any (constructive!) criticism about my instructions please let me know 🙂

Simple Crocheted Santa Hat

Materials:
Red and white dk weight yarn, approximately 40g of red and 20g of white.
3.5mm crochet hook
Wool needle
Pom pom made from the same white yarn as the band.

White band
Row 1: ch 92 then join chain into a circle with a sl st into 1st stitch.
Row 2: ch 2, 91 dc in every remaining ch, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 3-7: ch 2, 91 dc in front lp of each previous row dc, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2, fasten off.

Red hat
Row 1: change to red yarn, make a slip knot, sl st into back lp of last white dc, ch 1, tr 91 in back lp of each dc of last white row, join in beg ch-1.
Row 2: ch 2, (tr 21, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 21, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 3: ch 2, (tr 20, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 20, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 4: ch 2, (tr 19, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 19, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 5: ch 2, (tr 18, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 18, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 6: ch 2, (tr 17, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 17, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 7: ch 2, (tr 16, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 16, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 8: ch 2, (tr 15, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 15, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 9: ch 2, (tr 14, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 14, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 10: ch 2, (tr 13, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 13, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 11: ch 2, (tr 12, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 12, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 12: ch 2, (tr 11, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 11, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 13: ch 2, (tr 10, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 10, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 14: ch 2, (tr 9, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 9, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 15: ch 2, (tr 8, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 8, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 16: ch 2, (tr 7, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 7, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 15: ch 2, (tr 6, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 6, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 16: ch 2, (tr 5, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 5, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 17: ch 2, (tr 4, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 4, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 18: ch 2, (tr 3, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 3, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 19: ch 2, (tr 2, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 2, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 20: ch 2, (tr 1, sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, tr 1, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2.
Row 21: ch 2, (sk next tr, tr in next tr) 3 times, join in 2nd chain of beg ch-2, fasten off.

Finish by sewing in the ends and attaching a pom pom on the top. Then wear and spread Christmas cheer! 🙂

New knitting pattern: falling leaves hat and scarf!

I’m excited to say that my first lace knitting pattern is now available to buy here on Ravelry and you can also buy it by clicking the link (no need to be a ravelry member):

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It’s a classy leaf lace pattern hat and scarf, knitted in beautifully soft DROPS Alpaca yarn which will appeal to experienced and new lace knitters alike. It is an excellent choice for a first lace knitting project as it only requires a few stitches to create a beautiful repeating leaf pattern. The pattern is also classy enough to take you from everyday wear to a night out, all while staying nice and cosy.

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The pattern includes instructions for two different hat sizes: S/M (teenage/small adult) and M/L (adult), and a one size fits all scarf, with both written instructions and a chart.

The hat has been designed so that the leaf pattern continues to the crown, so there is no break in the pattern and the leaves cover the whole hat. It is worked in the round on either a circular or double pointed needles.

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The 2 part set requires 150g (3 x 50g balls) of DROPS Alpaca yarn, using 50g for the hat, and 100g for the scarf. It is knitted on 3.75mm needles.

And you’ll be please to know it’s already been tested against the winds brought over by ‘Abigail’ and kept me nice and cosy 😉

I hope you like it! Let me know what you think 🙂

Cosy Seed Stitch knitting pattern set!

New knitting patterns!!!

I’m very pleased to announced that my new knitting patterns are now available in my Ravelry store! Not a member? No problem! You can also buy it by clicking on the links below:

Wrist warmers:

Headband:

Buttoned cowl:

It’s a beginner level 3 part set to create wrist warmers, a headband and a buttoned cowl. Autumn isn’t that far away (unfortunately!) and this cosy set will keep you warm on chilly days.

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It’s a perfect first knitting pattern set as it introduces both knit and purl stitches to create texture, using ribbing and seed stitch, which adds interest to the finished pieces. The head band and wrist warmers are knitted flat and seamed, for ease of construction.

More experienced knitters will also like the speed you can complete this set, thanks to the chunky yarn, which makes it a great choice for hand knitted gifts.

The pattern contains instructions for two sizes: S/M for teenagers and small adults, and M/L for adults.

And I currently have a special offer of all three patterns for just £5! Simply add all 3 to your cart on Ravelry and the discount will be applied automatically. Alternatively each piece can be bought individually for just £2.

Wrist warmers:

Headband:

Buttoned cowl:

I hope you like it! I’m looking forward to seeing some finished pieces made from it 🙂

Entrelac blanket pattern!

Summer here in Scotland has been somewhat absent recently, but I’m going to celebrate seeing the sunshine today by releasing my first knitting pattern! Woo!

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As I mentioned before this is a free knitting pattern for an entrelac blanket, with instructions on how to adapt it to any size you want. The blanket I made is 120cm x 84cm and is the perfect size for laying on a single bed or as a lap blanket.

I would say this was an intermediate level pattern as you need to be able to increase and decrease stitches and pick up stitches, but a confident beginner who was looking for a challenge would probably be able to follow the instructions too.

So, without further ado, here is the pattern!

Entrelac kids-lap blanket

I would love to see what you make with it! The pattern is also listed on Ravelry so if you complete something using this pattern, please do upload it to your ‘projects’ so we can all see!

 

Coming soon: entrelac knitting pattern!

If you follow me on instagram you might have seen that I will soon be releasing a knitting pattern for a lovely entrelac blanket!

If you’ve not come across entrelac before, it’s a very clever technique that creates rows of individual squares which are knitted at right angles to the row before. This means your final creation looks as though it has been woven!

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It is currently in the hands of my pattern testers and I was able to see one of the tests yesterday. It was looking good and I’m excited to see them all finished!

This is my first (hopefully of many!) knitting pattern to be released and it will be free! That’s right, free! Consider it a little present from me to you 🙂 It will be be available here on the blog and also on ravelry.

So, keep your eyes peeled, and tell your knitting friends. I look forward to seeing what you come up with from my pattern!

Christmas Stocking Tutorial and Pattern

Well the big day is getting closer but there’s still plenty of time for a few more Christmassy makes! I’ve treated the whole family (well, all 3 of us!) to some fabulous new Christmas stockings, and as they were so quick and easy to run up I thought I would share the pattern and tutorial with you all. Consider it my Christmas present to you 🙂

These stockings are long and thin (more sock shaped) than the current trend for things that look more like sacks with toes attached. I suppose it’s because my brother and I grew up using actual socks so that’s what I wanted from my stockings!

I have designed this pattern to only need 1 fat quarter of fabric for the main body of the stocking, so you can easily make a different one for each person and not feel like you need to buy loads of fabric. For each stocking you will need:

  • Christmas Stocking Pattern
  • 1 fat quarter outer fabric
  • 1 fat quarter lining fabric
  • 32 x 17cm plush fabric for the fold down top
  • 1 fat quarter batting (optional – you don’t need to make your stockings padded, I have and the instructions include using batting, but if you don’t want to use it just skip those bits)
  • 16cm ribbon

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Start by cutting out all the pattern pieces, as shown above. Then we’re going to assemble the lining of the stocking. Take the two stocking shaped batting and lining pieces and layer them as: batting, lining, lining, batting. Neither my lining nor batting had a right side, but if yours do then make sure the right sides of your lining are together in the centre of the sandwich. Sew the layers together slowly using a longish stitch (about a 3) due to the thickness of the fabric, and with a 15mm seam allowance, remembering not to sew across the top of the stocking! Then tie off the ends and trim the seam allowance fairly close to the line of stitching.

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Then take the outer fabric and fold it in half along the fold, with the right sides together. Sew with a 5mm seam allowance using a smaller stitch (about a 2). Using a smaller seam allowance on the outer fabric leaves room for the batting without your fabric pulling. It also means you don’t need to trim the seam allowance of the outer fabric, but as we will be turning it inside out it is important to cut notches in the curved areas: around the  toes and heel, otherwise the fabric won’t sit flat on the finished stocking.

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Next we’re going to turn the outer layer over the inner. The easiest way to do this is to put your arm into the outer layer, while it is still inside out, and with your hand at the toes, take hold of the toes of the lining and pull the outer fabric over the lining. Like this:

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Then using a long tacking stitch sew the outer and inner layers together at the top of the stocking to keep them lined up.

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Take your fabric for the fold over at the top of the stocking. Lay the lining on the right side of the outer fabric and sew along one of the long sides of the rectangle. If, like me, you are using a plush fabric with a directional pile, make sure the pile is going to be the right way up on your finished stocking! I want mine to go top to bottom, so I sewed the lining along the bottom edge of my plush fabric. Open out your joined piece of plush and lining and fold it in half the other way to sew the sides together. If you have your own fabric labels then this is the time to add one to your creation.

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You’ll notice the lining piece isn’t as wide as the plush piece. This is so that when it is folded over on the finished stocking the plush fabric will be tucked under a little, completely hiding the lining fabric. It also means you don’t need to press open the seam you just sewed, instead fold it over the lining on both sides. Sew all along the side seam and turn the outer piece so that it is on the outside. Tuck in one piece of batting between lining and plush on each side of the fold down piece, and using a tacking stich sew the lining to the outer layer to keep them in place.

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You might be wondering why I used two pieces of batting here instead of one long rectangle. I found that by using two it was much easier to fold the piece in half and so it sits better on the finished stocking.

We’re then going to attach the ribbon for the hanging loop. Fold it in half and pin it into the stocking so that the edges of the ribbon line up with the top edge of the stocking. Sew across the ribbon, roughly over the line of tacking stitches, using a small stitch length to make the join nice and strong.

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Finally comes the only (slightly) tricky part of this project: attaching the main body of the stocking to the fold down top. After a little experimentation I have found that the best way to do this is to use pins as markers. On the main body and top, seperately, put in 6 pins at roughly the equal distances apart all around the edges you tacked together.

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Then put the fold down top into the main body, still the right way out, and match up the positions of the pins:

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At each position take a third pin and join all the layers together where the pins line up. There will be more fabric between the pins on the top piece than on the body, this is called the ease, and means that the top piece will not squash the main body when it is folded down over it and the stocking will lay flat. A good thing, yes, but does make this bit a little tricky as you need to try to evenly space the fabric and not let it all gather in one place. You might find it easier at this point to hand stitch the layers together as you can go more slowly and have more control, but it is possible to do by machine if you take your time and use your fingers to spread out the extra fabric.

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And it doesn’t need to be perfect so if you have a gather two it doesn’t matter. Or use patterned plush like me and you won’t even see them!

When you’re finished sewing, tie off the ends and pull the top out of the stocking body:

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And fold the top down, hiding the seam. Then fish out the ribbon and display your creations with pride!

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Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!