Monday Morning Teaser


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Happy Monday Everybody!

I’ve got a little teaser to share with you all this morning 🙂

What do y’all think?


Panda Hat Complete!!


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Hurray! I finally finished another work in progress! I only had to sew on the ears but had found other things more interesting to do, but now it’s done 🙂

Angry Looking Panda

I think he looks a bit angry laid out flat, so I’ve taken another picture of me wearing it, and I don’t think he looks so angry any more…. Maybe, because he’s a hat, he gets grumpy when he’s not being used??

Birdie Tape Measure Cozy


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So, I made this little guy tonight, and I think he’s pretty cute!  He’s also my first hand knitted item I’ve put up for sale in my etsy shop! 🙂

Little Pretty Things

I’m going to write a pattern for him and then that pattern will be for sale on Ravelry.

I have a few other things on my etsy shop too, including these stitch markers:

I hope you like the things I’ve put on there – as always, feedback is always welcomed!

Happy Good Friday

Ravelry Shop!


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I have finally worked out how to “open” my Ravelry shop, so PDF files are now available for download directly from there – HURRAY!

So, you can now find and download some of my patterns directly from here: Knitting Pretty

I’m finalising the pattern for my Hearty Beret, and that should be available for download soon 🙂  And I’m working on some matching mitts to go with it! Which I’m pretty excited about.

Anyway, that’s enough for now!

Happy Thursday

The Letter M


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I’ve just launched another pattern, HURRAY!  It’s super duper simple, an I would like 3 people to test the pattern out for me – it only needs knit and purl stitches, so it’s suitable for EVERYONE 🙂

I would like testers for:

– the written instructions

– the stitch chart

– the colourwork chart

If you’re interested, please leave a comment below or contact me on Ravelry.

Not Such a Stash Slash Sunday


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I’m doing another test knit for the lovely Kydel Designs, so naturally I had to go and by some new yarn.  I settled, eventually after making a complete mountain out of a mole hill choosing it, on some Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK in Plum Noir, this gorgeous dark purple colour:

And due to my short attention span and knowing that I’d never get round to knitting the second leg warmer, I’m doing my first “two at a time” project:

Which has been so much easier than I thought it would be 🙂

Happy Monday Everybody!

I Need Test Knitters!!!


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I need test knitters, and Ravelry is proving relatively unfruitful, and as you were all so good last time I asked, I thought I’d ask again. 🙂

I would really like someone to do a final, final, final check of my Hearty Beret:

Zusana's Hearty Beret

And I would like another test knitter to have a run through of my Ocean Beret Pattern:

Carughooker's Ocean Beret

In return, and I will be sending this to all my past test knitters too, I will give you 2 gift coupon codes to use for purchasing future Knitting Pretty patterns on Ravelry, if you don’t use Ravelry I will provide the same for Etsy (although that shop is currently “underconstruction).  I appreciate that I don’t have any pattern for sale on Ravelry at the moment, but there is a whole queue about to come out of the pipe, so to speak!

If you’d like to test either of the patterns above, please leave a comment and I will email you more details.


WIP Wednesday – 28/03/2012


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It’s a Wednesday! YAY! Which means that it’s a day to assess Works In Progress, and also Knit Group Day 🙂

I cast ona  new project yesterday – it’s for a new design I’ve just finished.  Let the test knitting begin.

I can’t show you any pictures yet as I don’t have any, but as an alternative I offer you this picture of an anteater instead:

Happy Work In Progress Wednesday!

Here’s To A New Project


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I had an exciting delivery the other day, well, in fact, two exciting deliveries, and they come together to create my new project, which I am incredibly excited about, albeit a little apprehensive too.

I am going to knit this:

Which I think is stunning, and a little over whelming as after I had cast on it only looked like this:

I am of the impression that I have a looooooooong way to go yet!!

Lace Work


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My queue on Ravelry inexplicably grew to 330 items yesterday – seriously, am I even going to be able to knit 330 items any time soon? The answer, although it pains me to say it, is probably no.

Mainly this is due to my run on adding lacework shawls to it yesterday.

Lacework seems to be a word that strikes fear in to a lot of knitters, but I’m here to persuade you that this doesn’t need to be the case!  Yes, the charts look TERRIFYING, and on first inspection they are incredibly intimidating, but I promise you, it’s really quite easy!

Thye first shawl(ette) I made was this one:

You can find my project details here Raspberry Patch Shawl if you would like to know more (yarn/needles/etc).

The pattern is called Garden Pond and is by Patricia Clift Martin, it’s a free ravelry download and I think it is the perfect “starter” shawl because:

  • It has written instructions
  • You only need to know how to do Knit, Purl, Yarn Over, Knit 2 Together, Knit Front and Back, Knit 3 Together and Slip Stich Knit (the pattern gives very detailed instructions for this)
  • The instructions are fantastic!

Another shawl pattern I really love is the Holden Shawlette by Mindy Wilkes, it has fantastic written instructions and really good charts that match, so you can follow the written if you like, but also start to learn what the charts mean too.  The good thing about they charts is that they show the “rest” rows, where you don’t do any yarn overs or fancy bits.  A lot of lacework charts only show the “working” stitches, so extra bit is brilliant if you’re just starting out.

I thought I would share a few more of my favourite (and queued) shawl designs just to give you a feel.  Don’t be scarred, give it a try! It’s easier than you think 🙂

Freya Shawl

Picture by murasakibfv

Freya Shawl by Renate Haeckler – Albeit not, perhaps, for the faint hearted, I love the pattern on this shawl, it still never ceases to amaze me that it is possible to knit things that look this pretty and intricate!

Picture by Dee O'Keefe

Ashton Shawlette by Dee O’Keefe – beautiful shapes in this one, and small enough to be a lovely scarf for autumn and spring times.

EZ 100th Anniversary PI Shawl: Gull Wings

Picture by Mwaa

Gull Wings by Mwaa Knit

I like these Anniversary Shawls by Mwaa Knit, there are 6 in total, 3 full round and 3 half round, and they were designed to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s birth.  EZ designed the original Pi shawl, and these are designs based on that.

Angel Shawl

Picture by The Ladies @ Knit

Angel Shawl by The Ladies @ Knit is so pretty, with it’s hazy middle and lacy border.  If you have some Debbie Bliss Angel (or any lightweight mohair-esque yarn) and don’t know what to do with it, this may well be the project for you!