Friday, February 24, 2012

The chickens did hatch on Easter morning 2011

Chicken slippers for the littlies.
Chicken slippers

Chicken slippers

Chicken slippers

I just used odd bits of leftover yarn.
The heads were made using Alan Darts free pattern.
The  larger pair (11cm long) was made with  3.75mm needles and 4 strands of 3 ply baby yarn held together for the slipper, but only 2 strands held together for the head as I didn't want a huge head.

Using 4 strands of yarn together cast on 34 stitches.
1st row : Knit
2nd row : k11, p1, k10, p1, k11
Repeat these 2 rows 11 times casting off 1 st at each end of the next 2 rows.(32sts)
Knit 16 rows
Next row K2tog across row.(16sts)
Next row K2tog across row.(8sts)
Cut yarn leaving a tail of about 1 foot.
Draw yarn through stitches and pull up tightly.
Stitch the edges together till you get to the cast off stitch row.
Fold the cast on edge in half and sew together.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Knitting for Christmas 2010

Button collar sweater, Patons book 1266.
Patons Jet yarn.


Brother in Law Basket-Weave hat
This hat is meant to fit a head much larger than miss M.
Brother in Law Basket-Weave hat

Classic cardigan with lace panels from Patons book 1265
Patons Jet yarn.

 Lettuce knit arm warmers

Lettuce knit armwarmers

Side Slip Cloche
Pattern in Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin
I love this cloche and have knitted it a few times.

Side Slip Cloche, Pattern in Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin

Side Slip Cloche, Pattern in Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin

Sideways Grande Hat
Pattern in Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin
Sideways Grande Hat, Pattern in Boutique Knits by Laura Irwin 



Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Save those Strawberry crates

 On hearing that my niece was pregnant I knew at once that I was going to knit a strawberry cap and booties for her baby.
Strawberry cap and booties
A quick search for a baby sweater rewarded me with this Maile sweater which I love. It is prettier in life and the colour is perfect.
Maile sweater
Not ready to stop having fun  I decided on a 'feelie' ( yes they are usually called taggies but I prefer feelie). Cotton on one side and velour on the other, loops made from  ric rac, cotton lace, satin, grosgrain and velvet ribbons.

We can't have a strawberry present without strawberries so that's what came next. 4 different textured fabrics, yellow french knots a little stuffing and different noise makers in each.
Strawberry toys
A couple of bibs
Strawberry bibs
and a bottle cosy rounded out the gift.Photobucket

Each item was placed in a crate which I wanted to present in a basket but unfortunately none of the shops here had a  suitable one, they were all to small or round, so it all had to go into a gift box.

Strawberry gift  


Notes to self :
smaller size - knitted in Patons Bluebell,
larger size - 16 sts added to cast on edge,  knitted in Basics Merino 100% merino wool.
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