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

Simple – crochet babies cardigan

I’ve been looking around for a very simple pattern for our new crocheters for their second workshop (after just mastering the basics in their Learn to crochet workshop). This will help us explain the construction of a garment and its associated pattern terms.

After rummaging through load of patterns and books I found an old pamphlet from 1972 in my stash of old and vintage patterns. The booklet is by a company called Chadds, of which, I’ve never heard of. I had to guess amount of yarn as I had no idea how long the balls of Chadds Baby quickernit were or even the weight of the balls. As it took 5 balls I assume they were 25g ball size. I had a rummage in my stash and came up with 1 full ball and 2 lightly used balls of 50g twilleys dk cotton. I managed to get the cardigan out of the balls but it was a close run thing. Why do I crochet/knit quicker when I’m running out of wool!!

The cardigan is crocheted in trebles throughout and is made in one piece starting bottom back up to the shoulders and then down to the bottom of the fronts.

I edged the cardigan in a contrast dark lavender colour.  Cardigan still needs pressing but you can see whats its going to look like when finished.

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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.

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