Thursday, 25 September 2008

Rosy preview

FO Pic as promised!
Finally starting to deliver something on this WIP - for now some pics to keep you going and also the basic idea of the pattern. Will upload something more clear and with a FO pic soon (she says!!).



I used a basic DK wool and 5mm needles to begin with, although am planning this in a cushy soft alpaca and slightly narrower for my finished item (think I may keep it myself too).



Cast On 14

Cast off 8, Knit 6

Cast on 8, Cast off 8, Knit 6

(repeat last row until scarf measures your chosen length)
Cast on 8, Cast off 14



To round off the end I've knotted the first two legs together (am thinking of a centipede type toy along these lines for my son and much more besides too).




Please note that this is a completed pattern, although I would prefer it differently myself at the moment and will add the details of my amendments to a completed blog shortly. Please make this item for yourself but not to be sold on (unless for charitable reasons) all rights reserved by Chloe Blunn.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

This Month's WIP's / FO's

So, Rosy was promised and not yet delivered still WIP and may actually never come to fruition - am really pleased with Curlewe and Moss and the variation for Moss is well in progress at the moment, Pics to be added soon.

My Christmas gift bag is filling up well - just the men folk who are really causing me any kind of grief but even so they'll be finished in plenty of time.

Not sure what project to take away on my holiday but probably be something simple so that I can put it down easily and get on with the art of relaxing in true style. Doing some research on the area at the moment so that we have lots to think about doing or not as the case may be!

Friday, 19 September 2008

Curlewe


A really simple and quick knitted take on an old crochet favourite.... For these couple of samples I used different yarns and just to be even more confusing different needle sizes too! Judge for yourself which you think looks best.



Pink = Palette DK and 5mm 100cm circular needle

Burgundy = Patons Misty and 4mm 100com circular needle


You will need:

Yarn of your choice (finer wools look best in my opinion) a 50g ball of most types will make at least 2 scarves.
100cm Circular needle of 1mm larger than size recommended on ball band to help achieve a lacy effect.


Pattern:

Cast on as many stitches as will comfortable stretch (It's really important to only cast on as many stitches as will stretch as you are going to do some significant increasing to get a nice curl) over the length of your needles.



Row 1 - Knit
Row 3 - Increase into every stitch by knitting in the front and the back of the loop
Row 4 - Knit
Row 5 - Increase into every stitch by knitting in the front and the back of the loop
Rows 6 onwards - Knit until you have achieved your desired width of scarf (I have knitted 3 further rows on burgundy and one on pink).

Cast off all stitches and weave in ends.


Please note that this pattern is not intended to be sold or items made to be sold on unless for charitable reasons, all rights reserved to Chloe Blunn. Please send me pictures of any that you have made I'd love to see them.

Moss

My first felting project - a gorgeous tote for any occasion using only knit stitches.

You will need:
4mm 40cm circular needle
Tapestry needle
50g Space Dyed BFL DK in 'Moss' by Fyberspates (or any other 100% wool - not superwash)
Stitch markers

Pattern:
  • Cast on 120 stitches and place a marker at beginning of round.
  • Knit 7 rounds
  • R8 - Knit 15, cast off 30, Knit 30, Cast off 30, Knit 15
  • R9 - Knit 15, cast on 20 and join round, Knit 30, cast on 20 and join round, Knit 15
  • Knit until work measures 14cm from top cast on edge
  • R - Knit 3, SSK place Marker, Knit 40 Place Marker, K2tog, knit 8, SSK, Place Marker, Knit 40 place Marker, K2tog, knit 3
  • R - K to 2 stitches before marker, SSK, K to next marker, K2tog after marker, K to 2 stitches before marker, SSK, K to next marker, K2tog after marker
  • Repeat last row until 2 stitches remain between markers
  • Knit 4 more rounds
  • R - K2tog until end of round
  • R - K2tog until end of round

Cast off all stitches and sew edges together OR graft edges with kitchener stitch



Flower: (knit as flat work)

Cast on 6 stitches
R1 - Increase into each stitch by knitting into front and back of loop
R2 - K
R3 - Increase into each stitch by knitting into front and back of loop
R4 - K
R5 - Increase into each stitch by knitting into front and back of loop
R6 - K
R7 - Increase into each stitch by knitting into front and back of loop
Cast off all stitches and sew to bag in desired position

Felting:

Place finished bag into a pillowcase to catch loose fibres and prevent clogging of washing machine.
Wash at 40 degrees on a program that has a good cold rinse section.
Pull into shape and dry flat.


See Pics for Before and After shots...



Please note these patterns are not intended to be sold or items made to be sold on - all rights reserved by Chloe Blunn. Please leave comments if you spot any errors. I'd love to see any variations on the finished items you make too......

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Inspiration

Fresh, back from the 'Knitting and Stitching' show 2008 at the NEC, I have more projects on the needles than ever before and my stash is now scarily huge!!
Working on a small tote for my first felting project 'Moss'- thanks to Fyberspates for the inspiration and 3 skeins of gorgeous DK... more to come on progress at a later date.
'Curlewe' is a narrow scarf with curly edges that is more in my head than on the needles yet - thanks to Alpaca Select for this idea (i'm revising a scarf pattern from a scarf I saw on their stand).
'Rosy' will be another narrow scarf that will curl similar to a crocheted effort but this is touch and go if it will work.
Hope everyone who went had a great time and have come back brimming with ideas - will show you my efforts just as soon as they're done...

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Quickest FO yet!

Well, I told you about stripedy and it's already finished and made up! I'm made up too! I've used some top quality yarns for this one and am chuffed with the outcome. Can't say enough about Rowan Coccoon - beautiful quality and so soft- incredible value too.

Taking little bug to be weighed today as he's almost 4months old now. Think it's going to be a good gain as he's filling out his skin well.

Started another project last night and already 45% of the way through. I'm really loving all these stash busting gifts I'm making at the moment - about time too that I cleared through some of it!!!

Friday, 5 September 2008

New WIP - Stripedy

If you're a subscriber to ravelry then more info for Stripedy can be found there (link at the bottom of this page).

I'm really pleased to say that I've started a new project and it's a third of the way through in one afternoon already. I think it has even given me the drive to finish my boring project too.

I've got a couple of ideas for some new gift projects too so watch this space as I think I'll be designing them myself as can't seem to find quite what I want out there in the internet ether!

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Why aren't patterns only over two pages??

Having a funny morning today - Have just finished feeding bug his first breakfast ever so completely elated with that (chomped his way through runny baby rice in under a minute and barely any spills!) but have gone to print off a couple of patterns found the other day and all of them have 3 or 4 lines on a third page, which is really frustrating as I like to laminate mine to cope with all the carrying around they get!

I implore all pattern writers to stick to even pages or better yet just two sides of A4 so that it becomes one piece when laminated....

Ok, feeling better now (and yes I do copy the text into word and Edit the page format to fit onto 2 sides when it's not a protected PDF).

Anyone know how to do this easily I'd be very grateful!

Monday, 1 September 2008

Knitters Block

If you've been there - you'll know! Similar to startitis I'm stuck in a piece that's easy to knit but not producing results as fast as I want it to. I'm now frantically searching for something else to do to distract me from the monotony and instead am spending hours online looking at free patterns rather than DOING anything!

Arrgh!