Winter Knits and Workshops

Snuggling up for winter with fun knits

Do you like colour? This snood kit (featured above) enables you to choose 6 colours to create a fun, snuggly snood. For £20.00 you can create your own in a choice of colours.http://www.theknitknacks.co.uk/category/32/snood-knitting-kits

Winter is the time to snuggle under the duvet with your favourite book and what’s more comforting than a hotwaterbottle, even better when it has a homemade coversheep-hot-water-bottle-cover-front

 

WORKSHOPS

Learn a new skill and attend one of my workshops or book lessons for yourself or a group of friends.

The first workshop of 2017 on creative Fair Isle will take place in my home in East Sussex. Check out my website for more details. http://www.theknitknacks.co.uk. 

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Have a great Christmas and all the best for 2017

 

 

 

Free Snood Knitting pattern from my book and Special Offer To Buy Knitting Kit and Book

Free pattern for one month only

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This pattern is featured in The People’s Friend this month. Take advantage of the special offer to get the yarn and book for £28.00 inc p & p or the book for £5.50 including p & p.

I can even do dedicated signed copies if you let me have details.

This snood gives you the opportunity to practise Fair-Isle knitting in a small project.

Tip: Twist the yarn every 2 -3 sts to avoid large loops.

Special offer http://www.theknitknacks.co.uk/category/57/special-offers

Autumn Colours

Inspiration Through Colour

Just walked around Scotney Castle and felt very inspired by the changes of colour. It’s time to get the autumn yarns out and start designing and knitting a dress for my book. This will be a long project alongside other ones I have on the go.

Hmm! I think I will start with a mock cable rib, no cable needle required.

Why not use this rib instead of a traditional 2 x 2

Mock rib pattern (Multiples of 4 + 2)

Row 1 (Foundation Row)(RS): P2, * K2, P2, rep from * to end

Row 2 (WS): K2, *P1, YRN, P1, K2, rep from * to end

Row 3: P2, *K3, P2, rep from * to end

Row 4: K2, * P3, K2, rep from * to end

Row 5: P2, * K3, then pass the first of these sts over the last 2 sts and drop it, P2, rep from * to end.

Repeat rows 2 -5 until required length.

ABBREVIATIONS

YRN: Yarn around needle (this makes one extra stitch)

Back to knitting now, let me know how you get on.

 

 

 

 

Knitter on the go

Deciding on projects

Just returned from The Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace.  The Manos sock yarn, a baby dress designed by me, and my latest Poncho creation were best sellers. Very positive vibes from previous buyers gave me a feel good factor.

After a huge clear up and sort out I am ready to begin work on my next book which will be on Fair Isle knitting. I’m starting with a cushion cover made with Scottish yarn which I bought from New Lanark Mills on my way up to visit my son on the west coast of Scotland. Tip: When changing colours twist your yarns every 2-3 sts to avoid large loops at the back of your work.

Deciding on colours I went for a vintage feel but the pattern would work well with bright modern colours.

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Now having nearly finished the pieces I’m thinking about buttons-they can really change the look of your project. I went to my button box and found these retro ones that I bought last year and am thrilled they fit perfectly.

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Next job blocking the pieces so they are the right size-that’s for tomorrow.