Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Newborn Baby Pumps


Pumps

These pretty bootees are knitted from oddments of Baby DK wool using 11mm (size 3) needles. You will also need approx 40 cm of ribbon to finish.

You can use any number of colours; those shown have had the soles 26 rows knitted in an alternative colour.


Cast on 10 stitches

SOLE
R 1-26, Knit

SIDES
R 27, K4,( inc 1 in next stitch) twice, K4
R 28, Knit, at end of row cast on a further 32 stitches
R 29, Knit, at end of row cast on a further 10 stitches
R 30-36, Knit

R 37, Cast off 10 stitches, K12 (leaving these on needle), Cast off 10 stitches, K to end
R 38, Working on 22 stitches only, K

R 39-41 Knit
R 42, Purl
R 43, K1, YF K2TOG, K16, K2TOG YF, K1 (creating two eyelets for ribbon)

R 44, Knit
R 45, Cast off and weave in end thread

TOP
R 1, Rejoin 12 stitches remaining on needle (leave a 4” thread to sew top to sides) and K to end
R 2, K1, K2TOG, K6, K2TOG, K1
R 3-6, Knit

R 7, K1, K2TOG, K4, K2TOG, K1
R 8-13, Knit
R 14, Purl
R 15-16, Knit
R17, Cast off, leaving a thread to stitch side to top


To Finish:

Join top to sides
Bring sides together and join leaving a flat seam
Turning the bootee inside out, join sole to sides
Turn right side and thread ribbon through eyelet holes

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Colin Caterpillar




Here's my pattern for an easy Colin Caterpillar with I-Cord anntenae - please leave me comments if you spot any errors - thanks and happy knitting!


Tools:

4 x 3.75DPN's

Stitch Marker

Yarn scraps - DK is great

Ribbon

Darning Needle for sewing up

Stuffing

Noise makers (if desired)


Abbreviations:

K - knit

K2TOG - Knit two stitches together to make one

M1 - Knit through the front and back of the stitch to increase from one to two stitches


Bottom

~Cast On 15 stitches and split evenly onto 3 DPN's, you may like to place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round to help later.
~Knit 3 Rounds.
~Increase Round - M1 into every stitch, you should now have 30 stitches, 10 on each needle.
~Knit 5 Rounds.
~Increase Round - M1 into every stitch, you should now have 60 stitches, 20 on each needle.


Body bump 1

~Knit 10 Rounds.
~Decrease Round - K2TOG from start to finish until you have 30 stitches.
~Knit 3 Rounds.
~Increase Round - M1 into every stitch, you should now have 60 stitches, 20 on each needle.


Body bump 2

~Knit 10 Rounds.
~Decrease Round - K2TOG from start to finish until you have 30 stitches.
~Knit 3 Rounds.
~Increase Round - M1 into every stitch, you should now have 60 stitches, 20 on each needle.

Head

~Knit 10 Rounds.
~Decrease Round - K2TOG from start to finish until you have 30 stitches.
~Knit 5 Rounds.
~Decrease Round - K2TOG from start to finish until you have 15 stitches.
~Knit 3 Rounds.
~Decrease Round - K2TOG 7 times until last stitch, K1.


Making Up

~Cut off yarn leaving a 20cm tail and thread this tail through the 8 stitches, drawing tight to close off head.

~Stuff body and add any noise makers.

~Tie ribbon around bumps to help define them.

~Attach two short lengths of I-Cord to the head

~Embroider a smile and eyes

Saturday, 23 August 2008

It has been some time, but, time well spent. I've now got 2 FO's for my chrimbo sack and a third well on the way.

As we've finally had some good weather I'm also taking the opportunity to paint my fence blue and re-pot all the patio plants- exhausting work but picking up my needles afterwards is a great reward!

Little man has just grown out of one of my first knits for him- sad to see it on the 'too small' pile but now some other items may start to get used.

Friday, 15 August 2008

number two

Well, haven't been overly busy since last entry but have finally completed a gorgeous gift for my sister - knitted of course - this will remain anonymous until Chrimbo is here.

Next WIP is yet another anonymous gift for the parents this time - my needles are going to be humming in the next few months!

I suppose you're wondering why I've started so early and simply put it's because the projects I've chosen are all something I've never knitted before or have a more challenging stitch that's new to me- there's going to be a few start overs I can see it now.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

First Entry

The first entry - a daunting prospect but like so many things best done quickly to get it over with and can move on with life and blogging in earnest later....