Monday, 25 July 2011

Autumn's blanket

This blanket seems to have taken forever to finish. I started it when I was six months pregnant and finally finished it last week when my daughter Autumn was 4 weeks old. I hadn't originally planned to embrioder around the moss stitch hearts and the letter A, but after doing the back stitch embroidery on the keychain chicken, I decided to give it a go and I'm so glad I did as I think it makes it stand out more.  I had originally planned on lining the back of the blanket so I wouldn't have to weave in all the ends of the embroidery, but as the knitted fabric is so stretchy, it wasn't working for me, so I ended up going back and weaving all the ends in after all.  I used King Cole Smooth yarn which knits up really well.  My sister is now trying to convince me to knit one for her daughter Abigail, but after how long it took for me to knit it, she has no chance, sorry Cheryl.  Also I quite like the idea of it being unique.

Friday, 27 May 2011

keychain chicken

I decided to make the Gordon, Jamie and Hugh chicken from the organic cotton kids collection book as a keyring for my mum as part of her birthday present (she has pet chickens).  I'm pretty happy with the way it came out. This pattern included my first attempt at crocheting (just single chain stitch for the legs, tail and comb).  My sister loves it and asked me to make one for her too.  Can't wait to see mum's face when she sees it tomorrow.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Ruffle Sunhat

I've just finished knitting this ruffled baby sunhat for my little girl who is due in 3 weeks.  I used sirdar snuggly baby crofter in shade 151.  It was a very quick knit, has taken probably 3 hours.  I used 4mm circular needles as I am a fairly tight knitter. So would recommend people who generally knit to correct gauge use 3.75mm needles.  The pattern uses multiples of 7 stitches to create the ruffles, so to make a bigger size, add a multiple of 7 stitches
Cast on 224 sts and join in the round
Row 1 & 2: Knit
Row 3: *K5, ssk, K5, k2tog rep from * to end
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: *K5, ssk, (sl1k k2tog, psso) k2tog rep from * to end
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: *K5, K3tog rep from * to end
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: *K4, k2tog rep from *to end
Row 10: Knit
Repeat row 10 until hat measures 3 inches from end of brim decreases (row9)
Shape Crown
Row 1: *K7, k2tog rep from * rep to end
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: *K6, k2tog rep from *  rep to end
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: *K5, k2tog rep from *rep to end
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: *K4, k2tog rep from * rep to end
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: *K3, k2tog rep from * rep to end
Row 10: Knit
Row 11: *K2, k2tog rep from * rep to end
Row 12: Knit
Row 13: *K1, k2tog rep from *rep to end
Row 14: Knit
Row 15:*k2tog rep from * to end (9sts)
pull yarn through remaining sts and tie off.