Baby bootee recipe – 84 Cylinder

My version of a felted baby sock/bootee.

Cranked on an 84 cylinder with 4 ply yarn.

Only 7 gms per sock. that’s a lot of socks out of one ball….yah

Using 100% Hand Wash wool.  Super wash wool will not shrink.

The wool I used was cascade yarns – cascade 220 http://www.woolwarehouse.co.uk/…/cascade-220-fingering…

Tension 1 stop looser than normal.

Leg

Cast on with every 3rd needle.

Knit 32 rows.

Heel

Knit heel as normal until 6 stitches left.

Foot

Knit 12 rows for foot.

Toe

Knit Toe as normal until 6 stitches left.

Finish

Cast off.

Kitchener Toe.

Crochet slip stitch top leg.

Wash on 1 hour wash at 60 degrees.

Roll top, pull into shape whilst Damp

Voila!!

Notes

Make in the normal way, finish toe and top of leg.  Pull into shape before washing.  Before washing size will depend on yarn, tension etc as will felted size and how it is washed.

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Don’t be put off by the stringy sock you end up with before washing. Its like knitting a string bag.

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Recipe for a mans sock size UK 8

Recipe for a mans sock size UK 8 using 4 ply sock wool

(Regia, Opal, Stylecraft, Drops Fabel, Scheepjes Invicta Extra etc.)

On my machine 5 rows will change the size by one sock size e.g. size 9 will be plus 5 rows in the foot.

Cuff 

Selvage 1st row ribber in, 2nd and 3rd row ribber out.

20 rows 1 x 1 rib

Leg

55 rows 3 x 1 rib

Pre heel

Replace all needles on half of cylinder where heel is to be made

15 rows

Heel

Short row heel of your choice

Foot

75 rows

Pre Toe

Replace all needles

4 Rows

Toe

Short row toe of your choice

Enjoy

Crochet square motif waterfall cardigan

Crochet  square motif waterfall cardigan

I’m so pleased with this cardigan, it get many admirers and is so comfy to wear

This is more a recipe rather than a pattern.

Using any yarn and an appropriate size hook, either the correct size for the yarn or up to 1.5mm above standard size for the yarn.

For mine I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK and a 4.5mm hook.

The amount of yarn will depend on the size being made and the weight of the yarn.

This recipe will work with any square motif that can have extra rows added to give the size required.

The cardigan is made up of 4 motifs on the back, and each front is also made up of 4 motifs.  The sleeves are crochet in the round from armhole to wrist.

Now the maths part!!

  1. Back: Measure the back width required, divide by 2. e.g. 20/2=10, each motif square will be 10 inches square, this will give a cardigan with a 20 inch back measurement and a 20 inch length from back of neck.
  2.  Shoulder: Measure from your shoulder/arm join to your neck – 1 inch. e.g 4-1 = 3
  3.  Armhole: Measure from top of your arm down to where the underarm of the sleeve will be placed  e.g. 10 inches

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Motifs

Motif preparation – Select a motif to use, it is easier if you pick a motif that can have extra rounds easily added to it if you need a motif size greater than the motif you are using.  I had to add several rows to the motif I was using.

Make 12 motifs in total, 4 back, 4 left front, 4 right front. You can join as you go but do not join the sides to the back.

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Assembly

  1. Join 4 motifs together to form a square to give back, same for right front and same for left front.
  2. Join the back shoulder to left front shoulder making the join length = Shoulder (measurement from above)
  3. Join the back shoulder to right front shoulder making the join length = Shoulder (measurement from above)
  4. Join the back side to the left front side from the bottom leaving the Armhole (measurement from above) open
  5. Join the back side to the right front side from the bottom leaving the Armhole (measurement from above) open

Sleeves

If you require tapered sleeves then use your judgement and trying on the cardigan to decrease ever 5 rows or so until the sleeve is the shape required

Start arm at the underarm join and crochet in the round until sleeve is required length, I used (Tr 2, 1 Ch) for the whole round,

Finishing

To finish use your favourite edging stitch for mine I used Crabstitch

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Crochet – Granny Cardigan pattern available

Crochet – Granny  Cardigan pattern now available….With a lot of help from Julie W. we have finished the pattern and it is now available as a free pattern.

The pattern is a simple formula to creating a cardigan in any size with any type of yarn and any size hook.

Each cardigan is made largely of two hexagons, so if you can granny square you can hexagon.

My version is a little different to others I have seen as it has extra rows on the back to create a flat back neck.

There is a photo tutorial and charts.

It’s amazing that something so simple takes a lot of explanation.

Hope you all enjoy the pattern.

 

 

 

Happy Crocheting

 

Free Pattern – Easy Knit DK Bear

I’ve been meaning to publish this free pattern for an absolute age.

If you wish to print this pattern click on the bear!!

Knit in any DK yarn on 3.5mm needles.

Description:

Medium size bear knitted in DK yarn.

Finished Dimensions:

Approx 27cm tall

Materials:

1 x 100g Patons 100% Cotton DK shade 2715 – Nougat (Pink) or shade 2702 Sky (Blue)

1 pair 3.50mm knitting needles,

Contrast coloured yarn for eyes, ears, nose, mouth and paws

Toy Stuffing

3 x buttons

 Note:Bear is knitted in one piece from toe to toe, and then folded over and sewn into shape before being stuffed and having features added.

 

Legs:

1. With 3.50 mm needles cast on 12 stitches.

2. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows, ending on a purl row.

3. Break yarn and transfer stitches to a stitch holder.

4. Repeat for second leg, again ending with a purl row. Do NOT break yarn.

5. Knit across the leg just worked, and then pick up stitches from the stitch holder (24 stitches).

Body & Arms:

1. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows.

2. Cast on 18 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows. These form the arms, a total of 60 stitches (18 arm +24 body+18 arm).

3. Work straight in stocking stitch for 15 rows.

4. Cast off 18 stitches at the beginning of each of the next 2 rows, to finish the arms (24 stitches remaining)

Head (front & back):

1. Work straight in stocking stitch for 50 rows for head in picture or 60 rows for a bigger head.

Arms & Body:

1. Cast on 18 stitches at the beginning of the next two rows. These form the arms, a total of 60 stitches (18 arm +24 body+18 arm).

2. Work straight in stocking stitch for 15 rows.

3. Cast off 18 stitches at the beginning of each of the next 2 rows, to finish the arms (24 stitches remaining)

4. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows.

Legs:

1. Work first 12 stitches on needle and transfer the remaining 12 stitches to a stitch holder.

2. Work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows.  Cast off.

3. Pick up stitches from stitch holder & put back onto needle, rejoin yarn and work straight in stocking stitch for 25 rows for second leg.  Cast off.

Finishing:

Fold bear in half along the head section ensuring legs and arms line up neatly. Sew up bear leaving a gap (for stuffing) on one side of the body.

Make neck by weaving a length of yarn in and out around the bear where the arms join. Pull tight & knot but leave a gap so the head can be stuffed. Create ears by running stitches across the corner at each side of the head.

Stuff the bear, filling the head, then arms, then legs and then the body. Sew up the gap in the body.

Using a contrast yarn and the picture as a guide, embroider the eyes, nose, ears, mouth and paws. Weave in any loose ends. Sew on 3 buttons down the chest.

Scarf:

With 3.5cm needles, cast on 5 stitches.  Knit in garter stitch for 36cm, cast off. Weave in any loose ends.

If giving to a small child please omit the scarf and the buttons, also make sure all embroidery is secure.

 

You now have a new friend…….

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Please do not copy, resell or sell this pattern. You may print a copy for your own personal use for the purpose of making the pattern item.

You are welcome to sell the finished items you have made at craft fairs, Etsy and such like but please do not use this pattern for large-scale volume commercial purposes.

Back blogging again

I’m back blogging again

Its been a while since I last blogged and a few things have changed, some have progressed and some things might start to happen. Here are the headlines more will follow later.

The Boiler house gallery is still going strong and have had another great PAW (Purbeck art weeks)

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Jane and I have closed The Loft Shop at the gallery, Janes work can still be found at the Boilerhouse gallery and other venues around Swanage.  My knitted and crocheted work can be found at Purl & Lace in Swanage.

I have moved house to the other end of Swanage. (most stressful move I’ve ever had).  I now have a smaller study so am trying to use up the wool stash which I didn’t realise was so big until I came to pack it all up to move.

Running is a bit hit and miss, mostly miss at the moment.

We came through the terrible winter virtually unscathed apart from needing a new aerial, so lucky.

Julie and I ran some learn to crochet workshops leading up to Christmas, and I ran a sewing shop in the new year.

I’ve designed a couple of baby patterns.

Made lots of knitted and crocheted items for myself and for Purl & lace.

Summer season started today as the schools have broken up and the weather is extremely hot.

The dog is either paddling or lying in the cool around the house.

Jaff paddling

 

I’m gradually moving the free patterns to this site

e- Tea party invite

Thank you Black Cat Originals for inviting me to your tea party.  I’m delighted to join you.

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No tea party can be complete without cake – Cupcakes that is, and of course knitted ones don’t have any  calories – yippee.

Here is a link to my free knitted Cupcake pattern – it uses scraps or DK yarn and takes about an hour to knit.

Use it for a decoration or you can use it as a pin cushion.

Click on the cake for the pattern.

Happy Knitting

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Knit in Public Weekend 9-10th June 2012 (part of Knit in Public Week)

Knit in Public Week

The Yarn Academy are pleased to announce that our event for the Worldwide Knit in Public week (9th – 17th June, 2012) will take place over the weekend 9-10th June 2012.

Come and knit with us (beginners welcome) on our amazing Victorian Pier in Swanage from 10.00 to 4.00.

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Help us to expand our row of bunting or bring your own knitting.

Wool and needles will be supplied for the bunting, as will refreshments and lots of cake and biscuits.

If you don’t knit come along and have a go or just come along and say hello.

The bunting from previous blogs will be used as the centre piece to start our bunting off.

The pattern is a free Pattern from Knittersneeds

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Union Jack Bunting Pattern

I’ve finally finished the union jack pattern and have made it into bunting.

Link: http://www.knittersneeds.co.uk/Patterns/Free-Patterns

The third knit of the pattern came out a lot better.  The Union jack works better in fair isle style knitting.  I had knitted the union jack with a pennant shaped bottom but that looked just weird so I folded it up behind the flag and tacked it into place so I ended up with an oblong middle pennant as you see in the picture.  The Union Jack is a charted design.

The weather was not been bright enough to get a decent photo of the bunting so I’ve very amateurishly photoshopped the bunting on to a nice sunny day at the beach.  I will take another picture for real when the weather gets better.

I wanted to get this pattern out as people are starting to gear up for not only our olympics but the Queens Jubilee in June this year.

We are also taking part in Knit in Public week.  We will be knitting in public on the  9th/10th June by knitting in public on Swanage pier.  We will be inviting the local & visiting knitters along to knit an additional pennant for the bunting.

Happy Knitting.

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Union Jack Bunting – using DK yarn

Pattern for bunting with a Union Jack centre pennant.  Made from DK yarn

Ideal for this year’s Queens jubilee celebration and street parties

Size:      Approx 2.6 m long

Yarn:    DK

Craft :   Knitting