I didn’t post in January or February to let you know what I’ve been working on both knit and crochet so I’m doing a quick catch up post now so you can see all the pretties. Here is my latest line up of FOs for Feburary and March 2020
Gramps by Tincan Knits
Gramps by Tincan Knits is a lovely pattern from newborn to adult sizes and is very well written. This is the fourth I’ve made and it’s my go-to cardigan for babies.
Antler Toque by Tincan Knits
The Antler Toque pattern by Tincan Knits is a lovely design, very well written pattern and sizes from newborn to adults. It’s a unisex design and an enjoyable knit.
Find My Way Cowl
The Find My Way Cowl is a design in testing at the moment and will work with any weight of yarn, the length and width are fully adjustable so you can make it as wide and/or long as you like.
Aileas by Isobel Kraemer
I started Aileas in January 2019 and was ready to knit the sleeves by the end of the month. However, I prefer working my sleeves bottom up and it was put to one side. I finally knitted the sleeves this year and finished it recently. I love it.
Quinnipiac Cowl by Leila Rabe
I’m ashamed to say the Quinnipiac Cowl has been kicking around since about 2011 or so with just the final band to finish. I ran out of yarn but found another ball recently and was able to finish it a couple of weeks ago. It’s destined for a friend who looks great in cool colours and loves anything purple ish.
Find My Way Cowl super bulky version
Prototype of the superbulky version of the Find My Way Cowl which is released this month, very quick to knit, easy lace pattern and a great way to use up small amounts of yarn in different colours.
Painted Roses Blanket for Becci’s Baby
A gazillion ends to weave in, but so worth it. My niece chose the colours and I’m sure they’ll be perfect for her little girl Isabelle Grace.
Behind The Green Door Cowl – Aran version
Aran prototype test knit for my new design Behind The Green Door Cowl, out this month, another adjustable pattern to make to any length or width and in any weight of yarn.
Behind The Green Door Cowl – Chunky version
Cardigan and hat with pompoms for Becci’s Baby
Love this little set, the hat was super easy, the cardigan with a raglan/yoke combo and all seamed was a screaming nightmare. Never again.
Our Cowlabunga KAL starts mid March with the hashtags #knittingacrossthepennines and #cowlabunga There will be prizes for the best FO’s made during the KAL and spot prizes of pattern codes for FO and WIP photos shared on social media with the two hashtags.
Emma Sadler of Emma Sadler Designs and Loraine Birchall of Woolly Madly Deeply. We design knitwear and some crochet items. Emma is based in Yorkshire, East of the Pennines and Loraine is based in Cumbria, West of the Pennines.
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Indie Design Gift Along 2018 Toys, Softies and Cuddly Gift Knit and Crochet ideas
I’m not really a maker of toys, but I have made them in the past, usually as a gift for a new family member or just for fun, but this year’s Gift A-long has really opened my eyes to some incredible designs and I thought I’d share them with you.
I couldn’t resist this cute Llama, look at that adorable little face. This one is crocheted and uses simple stitches, it looks like a quick make and you could customize the colours to suit the recipient.
I love this cute little fox and the designer has an amazing range of toy patterns to choose from, it was hard to single out Hartley the Fox, but as I’ve seen so many Fox cushions and mugs this Autumn/Winter season, it had to be him. All the stitches are explained in a very comprehensive pattern, with plenty of help.
As well as making a very sweet toy, I can see this one being a favourited Christmas Decoration in our house and being pride of place every year. I love the little antlers and the sweet expression on his/her face.
My niece, Meghan, loves giraffes and she would go ga-ga over this pattern. I love the outfits and the felted mane, really pretty details and a comprehensive pattern to take you through every stage of the process.
Cute, cuddly and quick to make, this is a nice easy knit and who wouldn’t want a house full of kitties? Claire is a member of Team Bundle in the Indie Design Gift Along 2018 and we’re so glad to have her help us.
There are 349 designers, 263 knit designers, 51 crochet designers and 33 who offer both knit and crochet.
Today I wanted to highlight some of my favourite Indie Design Gift Along Sock Patterns. I don’t usually knit socks but I do love to wear hand knit socks and love to play with colour. This selection has inspired me to try harder this year and make more socks for ME.
I only found one pair of super bulky weight socks with a nice short row heel, these would be a quick knit and toasty warm.
Another quick knit, this time bulky yarn rather than super bulky. I’ve made these, super quick and easy to adapt for size, think my second pair I used 4 less sts for a slimmer fit, but they really are my go-to cold day socks and are great for wearing with my wellies on a dog walk.
Bulky/chunky yarn, bit of garter, but of stocking st and enough interest to keep you going to the end, this has options for 4ply/fingering weight and bulky/chunky yarn. I’ll be making a pair with chunk yarn for lolling on the sofa over the holidays.
I made several pairs of these using some Sirdar Click Chunky yarn, they’re super warm and toasty. Carolyn is a Mod in the Gift Along 2018 event and we love having her on the team.
Chunky/bulky yarn, stripes and an edgy, pop of colour. What’s not to love? These are a great stash buster, you could use a self striping yarn and a plain yarn, or change colour every stripe, it’s all good. This pattern is part of a larger ebook collection entitled ‘It’s not me, it’s you’ and that really makes me laugh. Hand’s up anyone who ever had a break up and wanted to say that? Me, me, me, lol.
I’m planning a pair of these for myself and some for my son (who until his feet became as big as canoes) used to steal my hand knit socks and wear them. Chunky/bulky yarn, nice little bit of pattern for interest and so cozy.
I couldn’t miss this one off the list with it’s bright colourwork and the chance to use up leftover balls of yarn from other projects. Bulky/chunky yarn and colourwork, really quick to make, that’s a win-win for me.
Aran weight yarn and great textures, this design is part of an ebook called Hubby Needs Socks, the other five patterns are all using 4ply/fingering weight yarn and are all sized for men. This pair is a quick knit but if you fancy a slower knit with cables, texture and man friendly sizing, do check out the ebook.
I know a few people who have made these and really rave about how great the pattern is, easy to adapt and it make use of those difficult hand dyed skeins you have no clue how to use. Worsted weight yarn, Rios by Malabrigo would be my choice.
These cute and pretty cabled socks use dk weight yarn and are perfect for the fashionable speckled skeins you’ve acquired with no real idea of what you might make, the designer comments that her daughter has pinched them already, I’ll take that as a win.
Textured squares and a good neutral would make the perfect for the men in my family, who are often a little bit fussy about their socks. It has texture so I’d enjoy the knitting but not such an obvious pattern that they’ll notice.
Slipped stitches and only one colour per row, mean this is the easiest colourwork you’ll find and the chance to make an odd ‘pair’ really appeals to me. Awesome stash busting potential and even if they don’t match, my son would wear them.
I love to see Paola’s patterns and photos, she’s such a fun lady and has an amazing sense of style. This particular cowl combines two of my favourite things, modular knitting and mosaic knitting. The colourwork (mosaic) is achieved by using only one colour at a time and slipping some stitches, it’s very easy but has big impact. Modular just means the pieces knitted and joined as you go, working one piece directly from another (no seams).
Unusually for Mary, this cowl is in Aran weight yarn, she’s the Queen of laceweight yarns and has a fabulous selection of shawls, so for her this must have felt like knitting with rope, lol. This is a reversible piece and a very clever construction, it’s also a great one for stash busting as each layer could be a different colour.
I had to include a crochet cowl and this one really caught my eye, all that purple and smooshy stitches. You could have a lot of fun with colour and play with contrast levels too, lots of potential here.
Don’t ask me how to pronounce this, I have no clue, lol. However, as brioche seems to be the new black, then I had to include a brioche cowl in the mix today. The instructions include options for both a long and a short cowl, my personal preference for Winter is the longer, but in Autumn/Fall, I like a shorter cowl, so I guess I’ll have to make both.
I chose this one partly because I love the colours, yes I am a sucker for this olive/mustard combination, but also because it’s a simple knit, worked in the round with plain stocking stitch and some ribbing for interest. It’ll be a good beginner knit and one of those go-to classics you wear every day. Choose a colour to match your winter coat and pair it with a contast colour to add interest. I’m thinking purple and mustard for mine.
Another crochet choice, this would be great to use up those self striping yarns you have no clue what to do with and is quick to work. I love the motif, it’s delicate and pretty without being over the top.
Sometimes you just need a scarf, something relaxing to knit with a simple pattern repeat you can ‘read’ as you knit and that’s easier to remember as you work along. Pretty lace, would work in any weight of yarn, what’s not to love?
Another crochet beauty, couldn’t resist the colour or the beautiful shawl pin in the photo. The designer suggest it’s good to have some experience of cluster sts, but the rest is pretty basic and there are a ton of youtube tutorials available to show you how to work cluster stitches. Give it a go.
I love this cowl by knitting superstar Annie Modesitt, it’s a great way to use that mini-skein set you bought because you love the colours but have no idea what to make with it. Clever use of short rows and slipped stitches make for very simple colour work with a WOW factor.
I couldn’t resist adding this stranded cowl pattern, great for using stash and odd skeins your bought because they were pretty, or soft, or just there. Super warm, worked in the round then joined to make a loop, as long or short ass you like.
This is great for using those odd skeins of Malabrigo Rios (other yarns available) that you can’t figure out what you’re going to make. I have a couple of skeins of Rios in Archangel lined up for this beauty.
That’s it for today, tomorrow is a Sock Spectacular! See you then.
There are 349 designers, 263 knit designers, 51 crochet designers and 33 who offer both knit and crochet.
I wanted to focus on shawls today, there is so much to choose from, but here are a few that caught my eye as I was helping to assemble the giant sale bundle of over 6000 patterns.
First up is this designer by Peggy Jean Kaylor, I know PJ very well and she’s created this in both shawl and shawlette versions, I’ll only show one but you can easily find the other, click on the image to go to the pattern page.
I’ve shown a close up of this one, it’d be fabulous for all the trendy speckled yarns in the shops and available from Indie Dyers at the moment and I love the pretty stitch pattern, isn’t it lovely? Click on the name of the pattern or on the image to visit the page. Marcela used 3ply/light fingering yarn but I think I’d use 4ply/fingering weight from my stash, this really is a beautiful shawl and in these colours, would be perfect for Summer.
This one is crochet, but it’s hard to tell from the photo and I just love purple, so how could I resist this? The shawl features a gorgeous zigzig pattern, achieved with chains, shells and simple stitches, nothing too taxing and it’s easy to see if you’ve gone wrong very quickly.
I’ve included this one, partly because I love the colours and simplicity of this one, great for a shawl beginner but also because it’s a good one for those self striping yarns you don’t know what do with, or using up scrap yarn and making a magic yarn ball.
I love Amy’s designs and have made her Beeswax Hat in a previous Gift Along, but this shawl, inspired by a waterfall near to Amy’s home, really stands out for me. It has lace, angles, texture and a real sense of movement.
This is a simple and quick knit, great way to use up stash, play with colour and get used to shaping a shawl. It is easy, but it’s not boring, a great knit for tv watching where you want to keep up with the plot and not lose your place in your knitting.
I had to include a rainbow somewhere and as a Sci Fi fan, to have rainbows in space was a fab combo. I love the twinkly stars and the rainbow colours. I think I’ll make this one with an Autumn coloured rainbow and an inky purple for the starry sky.
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