I recently sold a pair of socks at a craft fair and was delighted to receive a commission for several more pairs a few days later. The socks are made with my CSM Sock Recipe
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.
Cast on with every 3rd needle.
Knit 32 rows.
Knit heel as normal until 6 stitches left.
Knit 12 rows for foot.
Knit Toe as normal until 6 stitches left.
Crochet slip stitch top leg.
Wash on 1 hour wash at 60 degrees.
Roll top, pull into shape whilst Damp
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.
Don’t be put off by the stringy sock you end up with before washing. Its like knitting a string bag.
Recipe for a Fingerless Glove – 84 cylinder using 4 ply sock wool
(Regia, Opal, Stylecraft, Drops Fabel, Scheepjes Invicta Extra etc.)
This glove has a hand knitted thumb and knitted cast off.
Will give an average glove, to make it smaller add Lycra.
Left glove without Lycra.
Selvage 1st row ribber in, 2nd and 3rd row ribber out.
20 – 30 rows 1 x 1 rib depending on length of cuff required
30 rows 3 x 1 rib
Thumb waste stitches
Stop machine at 3.00 o’clock change yarn to waste yarn, Knit 12 Stitches, change back to glove yarn.
24 rows 3 x 1
10 rows 1 x 1
Hand Knit the following
Before removing the waste yarn I use a sewing needle to sew a running thread through all the stitches that are about to be exposed by removing the waste yarn. This will
stop the stitches running. Not very clear to see, orange thread has been used
As you remove the running thread pick up each stitch.
Pick up 12 stitches from lower hand , make 1 stitch in body of glove immediately before the waste yarn started knitting, 12 stitches from the top hand, make 1 stitch in body of glove immediately after the waste yarn was knit. (26 stitches)
Knit at least 12 rows of 1 x 1 rib, knit more rows if you want more of the thumb covered.
Cast off in 1 x 1 rib.
Hand Finish the Top Cuff
Sew a running thread around the last 1 x 1 knit row before waste yarn
As you remove the running thread pick up each stitch.
Pick up all stitches, remove running thread.
Standard knitted cast off in 1 x 1 rib.
I came across this picture of a crochet motif cardigan a couple of years ago on a blog and fell in love with the cardigan but I had no idea where the pattern came from so I could not get hold of the actual pattern.
Every now and then I would search for it but without any luck until one day I came across it on Google picture search and this pointed to Ravelry, only to find out it is a Japanese pattern (no problem) but it was in a Japanese book (no problem), I could not seem to purchase anywhere (problem). Having purchased Japanese books many times from this great etsy shop Pomadour24
I messaged them to ask if they could get it and guess what – they could. She has managed to get a couple of books for me previously just by supplying a picture of the front cover.
I duly started my cardigan but knew it would have to be a background task as making that many motifs would be a long hard slog. I had chosen after a lot of deliberation to use Sirdar Heart and sole for the coloured part of the motif as it was quite hard to get co-ordinating colours. I didn’t use the blue colourway. For the joining I used Rowan fine lace doubled (from stash – yaah).
Before I started assembling the cardigan I used wooden skewers to hold each row of motifs in the correct order so I didn’t have to find the next one I just slid it off the skewer
To join all the motifs together I used a Join As You Go method of assembly which is great as you only get a couple of ends instead of two for each motif.
The cardigan is now blocked and is looking good, all I have to do is sew in all the coloured ends (yuk)
I’m so please with this even though its taken a year as a background task
Crochet Party Dress
I’ve made this lovely party dress for our local yarn shop Purl ‘n’ Lace. It is made of cotton and the pattern comes from Ravelry.
It is made with Katia Brisa in gold. The yarn is great to work with, the colour is a metallic gold but is soft enough for baby garments and it doesn’t split.
I finished it off with a couple of cerise/gold flowers and used some cerise ribbon and tied it at the front.
With the yarn left over I also made a necklet.
This weekend has been crochet baby shoes and boxes weekend.
Purl and Lace(local wool shop) wanted some replacement baby booties in the mary-jane and ballerina style. I had 2 commissions for mary-jane booties. I was also out of the gift boxes I supply them in.
So I settled down on Friday after our visitors had left and got crocheting.
The patterns I use are a variation of a set of patterns I Purchased on Etsy. They are sold in the Lovely Crow etsy shop, she has some great patterns. Be warned though they are american patterns so watch your stitches.
All my booties are crocheted in DK and 4 ply cotton, which means I have to make them at least a size bigger than required as the patterns are designed for worsted weight yarn. I find that american patterns use worsted and aran a lot, its a shame we don’t have the range of aran yarns over here, especially cotton aran.
As I had run out of boxes I also made some origami gift boxes. These are made out of standard craft card stock, just by folding and no glueing although I do cheat by using a sticker to anchor the edges inside each part of the box.
I made a selection of boxes for use now and for use later on.
So now my shoes are ready for sale. I used my label and stickers to finish them off.
Its a good job I don’t make the booties any bigger as I can’t make the boxes any bigger with 12″ card stock.
Got a craft fair next weekend so I shall need some of these boxes.
Just when you thought it was all over ……
Following on from my previous granny square cardigan – I’ve made another based on the pattern below, this time it was a childs size 24 inch chest.
This time I used Knitcol trends – 052 by Adriafi which was purchased om my trip to bath a few weeks ago.
~the cardi took just under 3 balls on a 5mm crochet hook, the wool is just shy of being Aran weight – ball label tension is 16 st x 22 rows.
I’ve wanted to do an adult crochet project for a while and came across this post a couple of weeks ago
So I’ve used this pattern as a basis for this Cardigan. Basically you make two hexagon granny squares – 6 sides instead of 4 untill you get to the size you require.
I used Rowan Purelife organic cotton in 4 ply – the colour is Rhubarb. It is great to crochet with as it does not split. I used a 4.5mm hook and did 22 rounds to get my size – 44 chest. I did 10 extra rows on each side of the back for the back neck. I finished it off with 2 rows of double crochet and a third with a bead above every cluster. As the cardigan wraps slight at the front I made a rose and have attached it to a pin to secure the front.
I’m pleased with the result it fits well, but I’m going to have to get used to the flared sleeves. I will probably make another one in maybe Aran like the orignal one.
I must also get better at showing and photographing my projects.
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