A cowl or two

I’ve been busy finishing off a few designs recently – one is published as a pattern on ravelry and one is a very easy one which I would like to share with you for free.

 

It’s for a simple cowl, it’s knit in the round but it’s an easy first project in the round if you’ve never tried it before.

 

Here is the finished item…

 

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You will need:

2 X 50g Sublime Extra Fine Merino Dk in each colour (4 X 50g in total) – I used shade 015 (Clipper) and shade 348 (Faye) in this version – see the Etsy link below for other colour versions.

6mm circular (up to 24″ length) or dpns if you prefer.

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

 

Pattern

 

Using both colours of yarn held together, cast on 112 sts

Join in the round

Work in garter st in the round (K one rnd, P one rnd) for 61 rounds.

Cast off.

Weave in ends.

Simple!

This makes a cowl which is 75cm/30″ in circumference and 22cm/8.5″ in height. If you would like it to be more fitted, cast on less stitches (Tension/gauge is 13sts and 29 rows to 10cm/4″). Or if you would like it to be longer so you can wind it around your neck a couple of times, add on more stitches. You will of course, need more yarn for the longer option. I used most of 2 skeins of each colour for the pictured size so work out how much longer you want it to be and multiply the amount of skeins accordingly!

 

Of course, if you don’t knit, (or would prefer me to do it!) you could always pop over to my Etsy shop and order a custom knit one…

If you fancy more of a challenging knit, you could try my Oran Mor cowl…

 

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The pattern is for sale on Ravelry here or there is also a custom knit version for sale in my Etsy shop here.

 

I am in the middle of another cowl at the moment – I seem to have caught the cowl bug. It may have taken over from wrist warmers as a favourite design…

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So Long Mum

My brother was right when he quoted Justin Bieber at Mum’s funeral. “My Mama don’t like you and she likes everyone.” She did like everyone. And everyone liked her. You couldn’t help it.

 

Here she is in her heyday and beyond…

B & W Mum in dress

B & W Mum on bench

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Her name was Maggie and she is very much missed.

 

I started knitting her something at the beginning of this year but never got to finish it for her, so I’ve published the pattern and will donate all profits to Marie Curie Cancer Care who looked after Mum so well when she was ill. You can find the pattern here.

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I hope Mum would have like it and you do too!

 

Lots of love, Sarah xxx

Hooray for clay!

 

I’ve been experimenting with making a few things with air drying clay recently. This started because I wanted a little dish for my bedside table to put little bits in like hair bands and jewellery. So I made a dish and a tea light holder and a little fox brooch.

 

They are a bit rough and ready (and cracked and wonky…) but I don’t mind that. They’re just for me and they make me happy.

 

Dish and fox brooch

Dish and fox brooch

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I rolled a piece of hessian over the clay to create the pattern
I rolled a piece of hessian over the clay to create the pattern

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Tea light holder
Tea light holder

 

 

Hopefully the cracks in the tea light holder will disappear once it has a lit tea light in it!

 

 

Knitting pile

Just popped by to show off my growing pile of almost finished designs…

 

Knitting pile

 

It’s a very blue/neutral pile isn’t it? Although I am in the middle of knitting a two-colour version of the bottom one which is the brightest thing in the universe.

 

None of these designs are very summery so I’ve been concentrating on getting them all right and finished so I can publish them all around the same time in the autumn. This feels slightly strange as I’m usually keen to publish a design as soon as it’s done, but I’m feeling weirdly reluctant to finish any of these properly! Maybe that will wear off as soon as I’m done with one…there will be a knitting domino effect! Fingers (and needles) crossed.

 

Happy knitting!

 

 

End of the shawl aversion?

There has always been something that’s puzzled me about knitters/Ravelry…the insane predilection they seem to have for knitting shawls.

 

I have never worn a shawl. I don’t know many people who do. I thought they were frumpy and about as useful as a chocolate teapot to be honest.

 

But in recent months I’ve found myself admiring certain shawls more and more…even adding them to my favourites (shock!). Here are some of my recent picks…

Drachenfels by Melanie Berg on Ravelry – I love the colours and stripes – I can even forgive it for being a triangle!

 

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Claire’s Shawl Wrap by Handsty on Etsy – This looks sooooo cosy and fabulous.

 

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And Textured Laguna Wrap by Chandi Agee on Ravelry – this is such a beautiful colour and texture.

 

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I’ve also realised that a shawl is a fine thing to sit and wrap yourself in when it’s not wintery anymore but there’s still a wee nip in the air.

 

I’m still not convinced by the floaty, lacy, triangular/crescent/scalloped edge things that a lot of ravellers seem to lap up…but I am officially coming out as a shawl fan.

 

Confession: I have actually knit a shawl/wrap type thing and am sitting cosily wrapped in it as I type…more of that another day!

 

Magical magic loop

I thought I would write up a quick explanation of how to knit using the magic loop method. This lets you knit smaller circumference projects like socks, gloves or mittens in the round without using double pointed needles (dpns). Instead you use a circular needle and manipulate the stitches on the cable to enable you to knit around.

 

I much prefer using magic loop to dpns as I find it easier and quicker to knit this way and I get less ‘laddering’ which I could never get rid of when using dpns.

 

Here’s how to do it:

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Cast on the amount of stitches you need and push them down onto the cable.
Find the halfway point of your stitches and pull the cable between the stitches at this point.
Find the halfway point of your stitches and pull the cable between the stitches at this point to form a loop.
Slide both sets of stitches onto both needles. With the needles facing right the working yarn will be attached to the back set of stitches.
Slide both sets of stitches onto both needles. With the needles facing right the working yarn will be attached to the back set of stitches.

Pull the needle holding the back set of stitches until they slide onto the cable.

Pull the needle holding the back set of stitches until they slide onto the cable.

Making sure the stitches don't twist, use the freed back needle to knit the stitches on the front needle.
Making sure the stitches don’t twist, use the freed back needle to knit the stitches on the front needle.

Once this half of the round is knit, slide the second set of stitches onto the free needle and the first set off the other needle and knit these in the same way. You have completed one round.

Keep knitting round, slipping the next set of stitches onto the left needle when you have finished knitting the previous set.

Try it, it’s not as complicated as it looks!

Happy magic looping…

Noodles of knitting

I’m having a knitting problem. Too many projects…too little time. This isn’t a new problem but I don’t think I’ve ever had so many designs on the go before.

 

I’ve almost finished a couple of simple wee ones…

 

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This is a headband – only problem – I might have to find a neater way to do the edges. It looks fine when it’s on a head but a bit wavy when off…

 

Here is my latest wrist warmer design – also almost done:

 

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There were two reasons this design was left for a bit – I ran out of one of the colours and couldn’t find my tapestry needle for weaving in the ends!

 

Next is a design for a spring/summer top so I’ve got a bit of time to finish that:

 

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I’m almost done with a more wintery top in yummy chunky undyed wool:

 

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I’ve either got to finish it pronto or keep it on the backburner until Autumn. This one was left for a bit because I needed more wool for it and it wasn’t cheap…

 

And last but most importantly I’ve started designing something specially for my Mum who is very unwell at the moment. I’m hoping to finish it soon and sell the pattern through Just Giving to raise money for Cancer Research UK. It’s a scarf/shawl knit on the bias:

 

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Hopefully I can finish at least a couple of these over the weekend and I won’t feel like I’ve got quite so many balls (of wool) in the air!

 

Anybody else overwhelmed with too much knitting?