Crochet Motif Cardigan

 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).

Many many motifs later ……

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 – 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

 

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.

union jack bunting
union jack bunting

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

Union Jack continued….

Made a couple of adjustments to pattern.  Still not 100% with it so will make one or two more adjustments and it should be OK.  Then I will work on the rest of the pattern for the bunting to go with it.  Added a border and knitted Fair Isle style rather than intarsia, it is a lot neater and no ends to sew in.

Union Jack with borderBack of union jack

Working on new pattern

Spent some time working on a new pattern.  Part of it is a Union Jack – so I had to make a Union Jack knitting chart.  This is the first knit of the chart – will be making a couple of small changes to the chart.  We shall see what the next one looks like.  Also finishing a jumper that has taken a long time to knit don’t know why but I keep getting side tracked by other projects.

Knitted Union JackBack of Knitted Union Jack