Thursday, 8 January 2015

2015: project #1 completed!

Ta da!!!

In less than one week, I've turned out this pretty rainbow cardigan/vest for my 4yo. The knitting maths worked out and it is a perfect fit. My daughter loves the rainbow colour and is very proud of the finished article.

"Mummy is a clever knitter" she said.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

2015: project #1 wip

I knitted a tension square for the sleeveless cardi using some leftover yarn (of the same brand) from a different project. Using 4mm needles, I cast on 63 sts and worked 10 rows in garter stitch, followed by 40 rows in pattern A and a further 8 rows in pattern B.

10 rows of g-st = 2cm
28 rows x 28 sts of patt A = 10x10cm

I measured my daughter: yoke (5cm), chest (56cm), torso length (22cm).

Referring back to the original pattern, I cast on 163sts for the project and am sticking with 4mm needles. I'm using two skeins of Nexopka sock yarn from my stash, worked alternately (2 rows of one, then 2 rows of the other) to create a rainbow effect.

The project is progressing quickly! The pattern is easy to remember and can be knitted whilst watching TV.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

2015: project #1 sleeveless cardi

I allowed my four-year-old daughter to skim through my knitting magazines to choose some cardigans and jumpers that I can knit for her and her sister. Delighted by this opportunity, she quickly piled up about a dozen patterns!

To start, I have chosen a sleeveless rainbow cardigan for her. The pattern is written for adult sizes, so I will have to make some modifications.

I started by taking my daughter's chest and body measurements. We selected some 'wool' from my stash: two skeins of self-patterning sock yarn that I can knit together (two rows of one, then two of the other) for a rainbow effect. The next step is to knit a tension square to calculate how many stitches to cast on.

The main body of the pattern requires a multiple of 14sts plus 9sts. There is a garter stitch yoke also and a different pattern for the hem. For my tension square, I cast on 63sts and worked 10 rows in g-st. Now, I'm working the pattern for 40 rows. I've chosen to drop a needle size because I want the finished garment to be smaller than in the pattern as written.

I'll have to see how my tension square works out and then calculate how many stitches to cast on. I think I can do the rest of the cardigan by length.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Look who's back!

This blog has been neglected in recent months because of the arrival of my second daughter (born in August).

I've not had a lot of time for craft work but I spent my spare time in the last 4 months of 2014 knitting a pair of matching cardigans for my two girls.

Now I am looking for inspiration and planning projects for the New Year, into 2015:

  • Stash-busting is still high up on my agenda
  • I'd like to publish at least one new design
  • I'd like to knit something for myself - perhaps that lace cardi I started a couple of years ago?
  • Socks!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Successful stash-busting!

Here are photos of three projects I recently completed:

Crochet blanket

Paxton jacket

Garter-stitch jacket

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Photo update

Pictures of the projects I have completed in the past month:

1) Lacy scarf

2) Mini cats

3) Cup holders

Sunday, 20 July 2014


The last few months have seen me getting through my stash of 4-ply yarn, leftover from various sock projects.

I've knitted some cats, adapting the cat and mouse pattern to make mini-kitties using 4-ply yarn and 2.5mm needles. I've also made some take-away cup holders, based on a corrugated card template i picked up at the local coffee shop.

The purpose of these projects was to add to the craft items for sale at a fundraiser for my chorus. As it turned out, people were less interested in the crafts than the cakes and afternoon tea, so I ended up bringing all my wares home again. Nevermind, perhaps they'll be sold at one of our future events, later in the year?

I'm also ploughing on with the lacy scarf. My daughter has caught wind of the project and wants the FO. I've said that I'll wait and see how long the scarf is before I decide whether or not to keep it for myself.

The SANDS blanket remains on hold but my intention is to get is completed before the end of August. It's next on my to-do list after finishing these 4-ply stash-busters.