theknittingmoon

adventures in knitting design (and other craftiness…)

Something new…

My first bag pattern is up on Ravelry!

It is called Picos as I started the design when I was on holiday in the Picos de Europa (which was beautiful).

There are two versions – stocking stitch or garter stitch. I can’t decide yet which is my favourite…

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You can find the pattern for free at the Ravelry link above – but if you are a non-knitter I will be posting them for sale as made to order items on Etsy and Folksy soon.

Happy knitting folks!

I’m from further north than you

I have been having a little difficulty translating the scarf design I showed a peep of here into a pattern. It consists of many diagonal stripes which stop and start randomly across the scarf so there is no easy repeat to write or chart. (I tried to do both and ended up turning the air blue) – it is just too unwieldy to write out.

So, I am going to use this post as a ‘recipe’ for the scarf and it can be up to the knitter where they start and stop the stripes.

First, here’s a proper look at it…

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It’s called ‘I’m from further north than you’ after the Wedding Present song I was listening to while wrestling with the pattern writing.

Here is how you do it:

MATERIALS

Regia 4-fädig Tweed – 3 x 50g

Around 5 yards each of 2 colours in 4ply or finer for stripes

FINISHED SIZE

Length: around 154cm

Width: around 24cm

(I found this to be the right length to double the scarf and tuck the ends through the loop as in the last picture above. This means you can see the garter stitch diagonal at the end and the coloured stripes in the main part round your neck.)

TENSION/GAUGE

This is not too important as long as your garter stitch tension is not wildly different from your stocking stitch tension. If so, your ends will be a lot wider than your middle… you could use a smaller needle to start/finish but be aware that the garter stitch and stocking stitch sections do merge together for a number of rows.

PATTERN

Cast on 56 st in main colour yarn

Work in garter st for 23 rows

Row 24: P1, K to end

Row 25: Knit

Row 26: P2, K to end

Continue in this way, adding an extra purl stitch on every even row until you have reached 10 purl stitches (or 10st in stocking stitch)

Next row: K to last st, P1

Next row: P11, K to end

Next row: K to 2nd last st, P1

Next row: P12, K to end

Keep going like this, adding another P stitch on the right side for every 10 stitches across the stocking stitch pattern and shifting it one stitch to the right every row. At the same time, continue adding another purl stitch on the wrong side for every row until the garter stitch section ends. You will then be continuing in stocking stitch with purls instead of knits every 10th stitch on right side.

In this way, you will be creating diagonal trenches in which to crochet a chain of coloured stripes afterwards. Once you have finished the garter stitch section you should have a purl trench every 10th stitch of your row.

Now, here is where it becomes a ‘recipe’ rather than a pattern…

Sometimes, don’t start doing purl stitches when you get another 10 stitches across, start them further up on a later row (you will have to work out where they are in the row but it will be easy enough – 10 stitches from the last purl trench). Sometimes, stop one purl trench some way up it and restart it again after several rows so you create a two part stripe. Sometimes, finish it before it reaches the other edge of the scarf. The stripe pattern is really up to you – I tried not to make too many gaps close to each other – mix them up a bit. Although I made sure my first and last stripes were full length.

Tip: if you slip stitch the coloured stripes into the trenches as you go along (once a trench is finished) you can see better how the colours/gaps look and this can help you decide what to do later. You can also use two colours for one stripe if you have a gap in the middle.

Once your scarf reaches around 130cm long, begin another garter stitch diagonal by knitting on both sides instead of creating another trench – one stitch extra of garter for each right side row. Continue until the entire row is garter stitch. Knit in garter stitch for 23 more rows. Cast off.

Surface crochet stripes: Using a small crochet hook and your choice of coloured yarns, make a slip knot, insert the crochet hook through the first stitch in purl trench and catch the slip knot on reverse side. Pull loop through to front side, insert crochet hook into 2nd stitch of trench and loop yarn round on reverse side. Pull hook through to front and through previous loop. Continue until you reach the end of the trench or a gap. Cut yarn, pull through last loop in front then using a darning needle, pull end through to reverse (over end of last loop) and sew in yarn end on reverse.

Tip: As the scarf is mainly stocking stitch it will curl at the edges without blocking. I found that the Regia yarn responded well to a steam iron on the reverse side to prevent curling. Please check your yarn ball for ironing instructions.

That’s it! Enjoy your scarf! Happy knitting!

Sharks and tulips

I’m back with another non-knitting post… We had red nose day last week and I had to try to make The Wee Man’s face ‘funny for money’ for school. Not as easy as it sounds. He suffers from eczema on his face so I couldn’t use face paint. I REALLY  wanted to make him one of these… but that was a no go too as it would itch his skin too much. We did decide together to make a pair of cardboard glasses and I started making some, embellished with paint and feathers. But he decided he didn’t want to be Dame Edna Everage after all. 5177__dame-edna_barry-humphries-is-in-london-at-the-moment-presumably-enjoying- So, after racking my brains (and Pinterest) I eventually managed something that he liked that wouldn’t make him scratch. Ta da! IMG_2725 IMG_2726 All I needed to buy was the goggly eyes. He even managed to wear it for the whole morning.  Phew! While this was all going on, I came across the lovely set of Molotow pens (and sketch book) The Big Man bought me at Christmas and was determined to use them this weekend. I was especially inspired after watching a BBC2 documentary on David Hockney on Saturday night. So I set about with pens and paper and here is my first attempt. (These are the tulips The Wee Man gave me for Mother’s day on Sunday). tulips.img021 The colours are a lot brighter in reality than in this scan. I really love their vividness. Now I must go out and buy a larger selection of colours! Have a colourful week everyone!

Making for Mum

Mother’s day again?! It’s a funny one when you have a Mum and a Wee Man as well. I get to do something special for my lovely Mum and the Wee Man (with a lot of help from the Big Man usually…he’s only 5) gets to spoil me a tiny bit. Hooray!

I wanted to make my Mum something this year but it had to be something easy and quick as I left it a bit late. So I poked around my Pinterest sewing board and decided on this nice wee pattern from a sewing blog I follow. (Thanks Jess). I had some great fabric in my stash that I’ve had for years – it was just waiting to be made into something like this. I even had some matching lining fabric. I only had to buy a zip and off I went.

Had a tiny bit of trouble putting the second side together…got the outer and lining fabric mixed up and sewed them on back to front. Oops. But a bit of unpicking and re-sewing later it was all good. The only bit I’m not completely happy with is how I’ve twisted one side of the zip end but it doesn’t look too bad and doesn’t affect the zip closing so I’m going with it! I added a little felt ball to the zip for decoration. IMG_2716 IMG_2721

It will be winging it’s way northwards in the next couple of days. Let’s hope Mum likes it!

Happy early Mother’s day to all you Mums out there!

Baking and re-making

I’m looking forward to spring so much this year, it’s been a tough winter of illness for my wee family. The wee man and I celebrated feeling on the mend this week by baking some bread. It’s the first time I’ve made it by hand rather than machine and it turned out really well. Bread We used this recipe by Paul Hollywood. The wee man was keen to do as much kneading as possible and he got the hang of it pretty quickly. It was rather scrummy.

Later in the week, I was having trouble with my leather watch strap falling apart…it was definitely past it’s best so I cut it off. Then I had to find something to replace it quick smart as I hate being without my watch. I think my solution may not last very long but I like it for now. I used a bit of ribbon and recycled the buckle and hoop from the original strap. I think I may just need to reinforce the hole I made in the ribbon and it’ll do me. Watchstrap I have also finished my latest knitting design this week – here is a sneeeeaaaky peek! DSC_0063 I think I may have got over my wrist warmer obsession at last… I’ve just got to write up the pattern and it’ll be done and dusted – my 11th pattern – I can’t believe I’m into double figures! So long until then…

Térag

Hi there, sorry I’ve been neglecting you guys…all in the cause of knitting…etc.

I have a friend at work who asked me to knit her a pair of my Dream Weaving mitts a little while ago. I usually laugh off these requests because if I didn’t I’d never get another pattern out or much else done. But – this person has been so generous to me and the wee man with gifts galore so I decided to repay her kindness and knit the damn things.

Unfortunately I couldn’t get the pattern to work for her super skinny miniscule wrists – the weaving was too tight or the tension was wrong and when the cast off edge flared out like a giant ruffle because of the difference in tension between the woven part and the cast off part – I’d had enough.

So, I decided to start again and design a whole new pattern for her. Which is a better gift anyway really – if someone did that for me I’d be ecstatic!

I used the same yarn in the same two colours but changed the pattern to a two colour stocking stitch body and garter stitch cuff at the top with a thumb hole in between. I was really pleased with how they turned out – and so was the recipient. They are called Térag which is Scottish Gaelic for Teresa – my friend’s name.

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I have posted the pattern for free in my Ravelry store if you fancy trying it – go on! it’s easy peasy!

I hope you all have a warm and woolly Christmas.

tkm x

Be more dog(ged)

As this is supposed to be a blog about the highs and lows of my attempts at knitting design I thought I should say a little something about one of the things I’ve learned and had to change about how I knit and/or design. So here is my confession…

One of the things I have always done, even while following someone else’s pattern, is just blithely carry on when I’ve made a mistake or something just hasn’t turned out right. My eagerness to get it finished tends to make my brain go “oh, that’ll do!” While this might be alright for something I’m knitting for myself, I’ve had to really fight against this attitude while designing. Never more so than in my latest design in which I was attempting to create a bit of overlapped knitting (or two bits of overlapped knitting going different ways on different gloves). I could NOT get the thing to work without making a wee hole at one of the joins. I knitted, frogged, knitted, frogged and knitted again I don’t know how many times. And there were moments when my brain kept saying to me “oh, that’ll do!” But…I fought it. Because I can’t design something good and expect someone else to pay for it when it has holes in it, really,,,can I? Unless it’s meant to have holes.

The best thing about this fight? I made something I think is really great and it works. In two colours. With no holes. Eventually. Phew.

Here it be.

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The pattern is called Caol and you can get it here.

tbk x

A new pattern – guess what it is?

Yep, I’m still on a roll with the fingerless mitts… This is an easy quick one, I really like the contrasting exposed seams…I’m thinking of putting this one on Etsy/Folksy to sell as a made to order item as it’s so quick and easy. I’ve put the pattern on Ravelry for free at the moment – you can find it here. ASW_0112 ASW_0111 ASW_0114_2 I do have a more complicated pattern which is almost done, but yes, it is another pair of fingerless mitts. I can’t get enough of them. And hey, I’m learning a lot from them as I go. Have a fantastic weekend everyone. tkm

Freaky words…

Hi again, I’m back super soon with another new pattern! It’s another pair of wrist warmers and came out of the stitch experimenting I talked about here. (I did start on a pattern for a jumper with this stitch and may get back to it some time…)

So, we went for a walk in the woods last weekend and I took my newest designs along to get some photos. We didn’t really have a proper plan for the photos (I will have to sort that out next time – if someone asks me what I did at the weekend I can say “Oh, I just did a photoshoot of my newest design…”). We found a mossy bench and decided to take some photos of the wrist warmers sitting on it with some heather as a prop. I did notice at the time that someone had carved “The Glovers” into the bench but didn’t pay much attention (who were The Glovers? Honeymooning couple? A family commemorating their holiday?)

Then we got home and uploaded the photos…

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THE GLOVE!

Spooky…

Anyway, these are called Dream Weaving and you can get the pattern in my Ravelry Shop

Here is another photo with no freakish subtitles this time…

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That’s all for now folks, see you again soon.

tkm

 

Pattern ahoy!

If you haven’t heard from me in a while it’s because I’ve been on a bit of a designing binge. I have decided to concentrate on small projects until I get more experience under my designing belt and I have been really enjoying designing a few wrist warmers/muffatees/fingerless glove type things.

So far, I have three wrist warmer patterns almost done and one cowl. Here is the first of the wrist warmer patterns I have managed to finish this week.

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This pattern is Moss Gathering and you can buy it in my Ravelry Store now.

I’ll be popping back soon with the next finished pattern!

tkm x

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