Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Swedish Style Crochet Heart

This sweet little crochet project was found on Penelope's lovely blog 'L is four Love' in her post here. You can find the link for the translated instructions from the Swedish via Penelope's post or click here to go to Yarn Around Hook. I used some left over Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in shade # 700 with a size 4mm crochet hook. This was just a trial of the pattern so I was quite glad to use the larger hook, I couldn't quite make the picot edge work so there's some improvisation going on there. It's about 12 cm (5 inches) excluding the hanging loop. Will give this pattern a try with a smaller hook next time to make it less floppy, or wash with some starch, the heart wants to keep folding over when hung on the wall in it's current format.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Indie Circular Scarf Instructions

Indie Circular Scarf Instructions

To download free printable instructions click here PDF Instructions.

This chunky circular scarf is knitted in the round in ‘moss stitch’ giving a patterned woven texture. Very quick and easy to make with super bulky yarn and large circular needles. No loose ends to get tangled.

Size and gauge
Approximately 60 cm (24 inches long) x 17 cm (7 inches) wide . Gauge approx.8 stitches over 10 rows.

Skills required
Cast on, cast off, knit, purl stitches.

x3 50g balls Sirdar Indie #155 129m (141 yds)
10 mm (US 15) 60 cm long but no more than 100cm circular knitting needles
Blunt tapestry needle for weaving in ends, spare yarn for marker.

o Cast on 95 stitches using size 10 mm (US 15) circular needles.

o Place maker, be sure to start with all stitches in line inside the ‘ring’ and not twisted –
see picture below.

o Knitting will be ‘joined in the round’ in ‘moss stitch’ (it is important to have the odd
number of stitches to make the moss stitch).

o Row 1: Knit 1, *purl 1, knit 1. Repeat from * to marker. Repeat this round 23 times.

o Cast off. Weave in all loose ends with blunt tapestry needle.

o TIP. Join new balls at or near the marker, this will be the centre back of the scarf and
will help keep all woven ends to this area.

Text and Graphics © Julia Marsh - Hand Knitted Things 2010
This pattern is for personal, non commercial use.
It may not be sold in full or in part, and products made using this pattern may not be sold.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Prairie Colour Mix

Prairie Colour Mix
I'm testing this super chunky yarn from Sirdar called Indie. It's very light and lofty with a thin thread wound around the loosely spun fibres. It's a 51% wool and 49 % acrylic mix and very soft. The colours in this shade Prairie #155 range from aqua blue, taupe, brown and green. The recommended needle size is 12mm (US17) but I'm using size 10 mm circulars for a tighter fabric.

I'm using moss stitch here which seems to work okay with the colour sequences. More pictures to come soon of the finished item...

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Shades of Grey Finished

Shades of Grey Finished
Just finished this 'Shades of Grey' Holly Berry Shrug using Debbie Bliss's yarn 'Glen', mentioned in my previous post here. There are tonal changes throughout each ball of yarn from light to dark which, while attractive, needed some planning on the arm sections to avoid two different coloured sleeves.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Shades of Grey

Shades of Grey
Debbie Bliss's new yarn range 'Glen' is a blend of 30% fine alpaca, 30% merino wool and 40% acrylic. This chunky weight yarn in shades of grey from light to dark is very soft to the touch. The texture is light and lofty with a slight twist and has an appearance similar to hand spun. I'm using shades #02 and #01 with the later being the darker grey. The recommended needles size is 6.5mm (US10.5). I'm using size 9mm ( US 13) in the picture for a more open texture. This yarn comes in 50g balls and is 90 m in length. More pictures when the knitting is completed...