The Summer Is Quickly Disappearing…

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… which is always really sad, but, on the plus side, it means I can start releasing some of my patterns which are going to be great for when there starts to be a nip in the air!

I have one pattern ready for test knitting, so if you’d like to give it ago, please leave me a comment below :)

Let me tell you a little bit about it.

I love ear warmers and head bands, I find that hats don’t really suit me so these are the perfect way to keep my ears warm and not look like a total loon!  The pattern I’ve put together for this head band is super quick to knit probably due to the chunky weight yarn and 6mm needles! I’ve made mine in an evening…

There are no tricky stitches, it’s all knit and purl, but I hope you’ll agree with me when I say that I think it is pretty:

For this pattern you will need:

1 pair of 6mm (US 10) straight needles

About ***m of any Bulky/12 Ply/Chunky yarn (I used Rico Design Creative Galaxy Chunky in Grey Mix)

A button

A darning needle

Like I said, it’s super easy and it knits up real quick, so I hope you’ll want to give it a go!

Fairy Dust Jumper Progress Report

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So, i started this project at the beginning of January and I can now officially say I am half way through. Hurray!!

I’ve adapted the original pattern to knit the jumper in the round and as it is a raglan there will only be yarn ends to sew in. No sewing up for me!

Just started on the sleeves, again adapting the pattern – this time to allow me to knit them in the round and 2 at a time. Wish me luck!!

I Appear To Have An iPhone

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So, I’ve finally succumbed and joined the iPhone crowd… And because of this i thought I’d start doing a few mini reviews of the knitting related apps available on iTunes. It’s also going to make blogging so much easier, so no more excuses for long dry periods!!

KnitCraft

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I found this cute little app today that enables you to design colour work patterns on the go. The colours are a bit limited, but for jotting down ideas it is ideal!

KnitCraft by Stimuli Limited
3.4MB
£0.69

MYSTERY KNIT-A-LONG

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Fancy test knitting a pattern for me?

Fancy getting the whole pattern for free after the KAL has finished?

The first part of the Knit-A-Long is now available on Ravelry!

HURRAY!

The knitted item comes in two sizes – Teen/Small Adult and Adult, and has some really basic intarsia, but please don’t let that put you off! It’s super duper simple.

You can download the pattern introduction, complete with the “what you’ll need” list and the information for the test swatch here: download now

You need to be a member of Ravelry to take part in this Knit-A-Long (you won’t get the pattern updates delivered to you if you’re not I’m afraid) and you must add the pattern to your library.

Visit the pattern page here to get started :)

You only have until the 14th May to register, after that the pattern will no longer be available for free download.

Please set up a project page for me, and take lots of pictures!  If you spot any errors in the pattern, please let me know!

On completion you will receive the complete version of the pattern (with any corrections).

Mystery Knit-A-Long

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I’ve just finished a new pattern that I’m in love with, I think it’s super duper cute.  I thought about asking for test knitters, but then thought, I know what would be more fun… A Mystery Knit-A-Long.

The introduction to the Knit-A-Long will be posted on Ravelry this weekend, and of course I’ll be posting a link to it here, but for now, I just thought I’d let you know my plan.

So find yourself some 4mm (US Size 6) straight needles and circs, and 2 colours of 8 Ply/DK weight yarn, and get ready….!

Here are the yarns I’m using:

Sneaky Clue – the black is for the detailing so you don’t need very much, about 6 metres worth.

Laris Designs

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I have decided I’m going to do a little post every now and again to tell you about my favourite knitwear designers and some of the wonderful things that they create.

I found Laris Designs on Ravelry and they are created ny Julia Mueller.

I love Laris Designs because…. she takes glove design to a WHOLE new level.

Forget gloves with a K2, P2 rib cuff and a bit of basic cabling or colour work, Laris Designs will open your eyes to a new world of glove design.  Here are a few pictures of her wonderful patterns available on Ravelry… Each picture is a link.

Meisi by Julia Mueller

Eve by Julia Mueller

Chimera by Julia Mueller

Blue Hands by Julia Mueller

While you’re browsing her gorgeous gloves, also have a look at her wonderful bolero shrug pattern and the ones for the matching hats to go with the gloves.  She is fantastic!!

My Biggest Project So Far

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I’ve finally finished (except for buying and sewing in a zip) the biggest project I’ve ever knitted! Hurray!

I bought a lovely Debbie Bliss book from the LYS (Wibbling Wools) called Land Girl and loved the Zipped Fairisle Gilet.

I’ve been working really hard on it, and have been desperate to get it done, and last night I finally finished the last row on the collar lining and could cast off.  I didn’t like the fairisle patterning on in the pattern, so I’ve been inventive and designed my own, and I love it, it’s going to be so cozy to wear!

The Front

Yoke Pattern

Bottom Border

The Back

This Week I’m Using… MillaMia

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MillaMia is a Swedish origin yarn brand based in London.  It offers the most fantastic range of colours I have ever seen, there are brilliant brights, delightful hues of lights and neutrals, and a range of gorgeous darks.

MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino

Weight: Sport/5 Ply

50g = 137 yards/125 metres

Gauge: 25 stitches = 4 inches

Fibers: 100% Merino

MillaMia Yarns

Patterns Suitable for MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino

MillaMia off a range of Childrens’ wear and accessory, and Cushion patterns of there own, but I don’t fit in little people clothes and I have enough cushions, so i went on a search to find some other patterns I could use this gorgeous yarn for.

I have used it to make these Seeta Fingerless Mitts by Maria Sheherazade:

This wonderful Summit shawl has definitely just jumped on to my queue!

Summit by Mandie Harrington

And this lacy Dark Forest vest, by Agnes Kutas-Keresztes:

Dark Forest

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