Fingerless glove – 84 cylinder

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.

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Cuff

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

20 – 30 rows 1 x 1 rib depending on length of cuff required

Lower hand

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.

Upper Hand

24 rows 3 x 1

Top Cuff

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

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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.

Enjoy

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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

Home spun and dyed shawl

I was gifted a large cake of home spun and home dyed yarn as a thank you for a lift to a craft  exhibition.  The yarn was probably 3 ply, with speckles of dye in it.  As soon as I saw it I knew it would become a shawl.

The pattern is Holden available on Ravelry.

It made a gorgeous shawl, once blocked it looked great but I must admit before hand it looked like a dish rag.

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Knitting Latest knit

Knitting Latest knit

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Had some wool for my birthday and after a couple of false starts on other cardigans I settled for this pattern.

The pattern is Kemari by Berroco and the pattern is in one of their booklets.  there is a chunky  and a DK version of this cardigan.  I made the chunky version.  Unfortunately I could not get the pattern in this country so I had to send to America for it.  Jimmy Beans wool were great, they have no problems sending items outside of America and they give you quotes for different air mail services so you can pick the one you want.  Be warned it is not cheap to send  but as all american craft items are so cheap then that offsets the airmail.  kemari kemari

For the cardigan I used Katia tropic which a cotton tape.  I love the colour ways but being a chainette tape you quite often get the needles caught in the chains.

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Had to use IC needles as the back and half the sleeves are knitted in one.

 

Knitting – slip stitch cardigan

Knitting – slip stitch cardigan….. I saw this pattern and just had to knit it.

Earhart by Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton


It uses a combination of two yarns.  For mine I used Noro Kureyon for the variegated yarn and Rowan Cocoon for the plain yarn.

The cardigan is knitted throughout with knit and slip stitches which gives it is unique look.  to achieve the correct tension I had to go up to 8mm needles using 1 strand of each wool.  The body of the jumper is knitted in one piece up to the armhole shaping so my trusty Knitpro IC and one of my longest wires came into use.

Not 100% happy about the buttons but will sleep on it.

 

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.

New Knitting workshop for all abilities

I will be working with Julie and Jane Colquhoun to teach a knitting workshop in June.

The Yarn Academy are running a mixed ability workshop on the 16th June.  The location will depend on final numbers but will be in Swanage, Dorset.  The cost is £35.

Don’t worry if your skills don’t fall neatly into learning or improving we will cover the areas you need to move your knitting on.

Knitting Workshop on June 16th, 2012
A workshop for all abilities – Learn to knit or to improve.

Learn To Knit

  • Learn how to cast on
  • Cast off
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Rescue dropped stitches
  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Cope with the most common pattern abbreviations
  • Make a button hole

Go home with a mug hug
OR

The next Stitch

  • Recap of previous skills learnt
  • Additional ways of increasing and decreasing
  • Cables
  • Sewing together
  • Tension and Tension Squares
  • Stitch Markers
  • Advanced Pattern reading (abbreviations and reading a garment pattern)
  • Circular needles
  • Pattern Charts
  • Intarsia

Go home with bunting flags and instructions for a bunting garland

Workshop details

Time: Starting 10am – ending 4 pm
Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch
Refreshments: Tea, coffee, Cake/Biscuits supplied all day
Materials: All materials provided
Tutoring: We offer a high teacher student ratio
Location: Workshops are held in and around the Swanage/Corfe Castle area (different locations are used according to workshop participent numbers)
Other: Yarn, needles, hooks and accessories available to purchase to take home

Knitting workshop

Knitted and Crocheted Garden exhibition

There has been an exhibition going around the UK.  The exhibition is of garden scenes and flowers. It is a community project and as the exhibition has travelled around more pieces have been added. The work started life in Bournemouth and has grown and travelled widely. Information about the project is on this blog  http://bloomingmarvellous1.blogspot.co.uk/

The exhibition came to Durlston Castle this month, so  Jane Colquhoun and I spent thursday afternoon as guardians of the exhibition.  We met many of visitors and also some of the contributors.

The whole afternoon was very busy and we had a great time.

All my pictures are on Flickr, but here a few tasters.

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.

Swanage pier

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

Knit in Public

Recently finished

I had a sample of Noro Silk Garden Sock Wool from my suppliers.  It was an underweight ball (which is probably why it was a sample) so I needed to knit something that wasn’t  too picky about the amount of wool required.  I decided a scarf was in order, so I knitted an everlasting scarf that could be doubled up to make a cowl.

The pattern is available at the following website http://www.knitpurlhunter.com/shop/item.php?pid=65

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