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? 🙂

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 🙂

Quick tip: counting rows when knitting in the round

Obviously when using a circular needle or double pointeds you can’t use a regular stitch counter as there’s not a needle end to put it on. But you might still need to count your rows, so what should you do?

If your pattern repeats over a small number of rows as my current project does (4 in this case) then simply tie a slip knot in the tail left over from casting on each time you pass the tail. Then once you’ve completed the pattern simply untie the knots and start again. It’s a simple way to keep track and makes it much easier to leave your project and know exactly where you were when you come back.

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If you need to count a large number of rows I would thread a stitch counter onto the tail and loosely tie it to the work. Then every time you pass the tail you add another row on the counter.

Easy! Hope you find it a useful little trick 🙂