I have quite a few things lined up but Chloe has jumped the queue.
In my knitting classes I always suggest several mini projects and a little bag for children was one of the ideas. Something like this:
But one of my students, Aksana, was not happy with this. So she kept asking “what if I do this, what if I add that” and I kept replying “you are the designer of your bag, go for it”
So, she made these two for her girls:
This is clearly much more exciting so I decided to steal her idea (don’t worry I did ask for her permission 🙂 ) and designed Chloe – a shoulder bag for children. I made two versions, one very simple and one with a few more skills required. I am hoping that this will help not only my students to finish an easy yet fun project which they can adapt to their level of knitting.
I have decided to include a few explications of knitting techniques with would be new to a beginner but no proper tutorials. There are so many good ones out already, I don’t think I could do that any better.
In the meantime you can download Chloe and start knitting 🙂
I have just been browsing my ravelry-projects, wondering when I will ever have the time to add my latest projects and I have realised that I have used some patterns over and over again, just because they are really great and versatile.
There is, of course, the Little Rascals by Julia Stanfield.
right of 2 itchy woolen jumpers
cotton sweater with detail
coordinated set 1
left of 2 sleeveless cotton Little Rascal
not too girly with kangaroo pocket and fitted hood
with collar and caterpillar on lower front
comfy for little ones without hood or collar
plain white cardigan for christening
I am not even sure if the gallery shows all the models I have ever knitted from that pattern, but you can see it is very versatile and all children in my family own at least one of them.
Another favourite for a quick and easy gift for a new baby girl would be the Versa by Shannon Passmore.
sunset colours, pockets and bow
short and strait
bold colours with contrasting pockets
raspberry with green details
I almost always use this pattern when I have to knit something for a baby girl. It offers many choices to adapt the shape but I almost always knit a tunic as I feel it is the version that will fit the longest, first as a dress, later a top.
And last but not least, there is the Rainbow Dress by Georgie Hallam. I haven’t actually knit it this year but I think it is a great pattern and I am very fond of it. Maybe because it was the first time ever that I came across anything a seamless top-down pattern.
Whilst looking at my past projects I have also rediscovered a few patterns that would be worth to be knit again, but enough for today 🙂
Posted in advent calendar, patterns written by others
Tagged Georgie Hallam, julia stanfield, jumper, Knitting, little rascals, pattern, Rainbow Dress, Shannon Passmore, tikki, Versa
After years of piling up handwritten notes about improvised designs, hoping to type them up one day to publish them on ravelry and then loosing all those notes somewhere in the house (probably under piles of yarn)… I have finally managed to create my first pattern and publish it here
I did not quite know how to chose a name for it so I just took the baby name book that I have used when we were choosing names for our children and just looked at the names starting with A. I might go through the alphabet with my future patterns, although this is the method to name hurricanes, isn’t it.
I wrote the pattern in scribus, a free program that I have used before successfully to create mini newspapers but this time the pdf on screen looks actually a bit funny as all the “l” turn out really bold, something I do not remember from my past experience. Once printed out it looks fine though.
Anyway, I hope I will find all those other notes and publish them as well. I have already found so many nice pattern on ravelry that I also want to give something back to this community.
…. I knitted a cushion cover, wrote down the pattern, lost the pattern, knitted an other one, wrote down the pattern, knitted two more, lost the pattern again, bought matching fabric and zips and got the sewing machine out of its bag.
But then there was never really time to actually sew them together or more urgent things to sew. I can easily knit with children around but the sewing machine with its sharp and fast moving needle is a different matter.
But last weekend I could finally finish them and here they are…..
I have used mercerized cotton, so the knitted part has very clear lines, strong colours and is a bit shiny. Which goes extremely well with a contrasting background. I am really pleased with them. I chose burgundy as a less contrasting colour for the back this time (In the past I usually used the background fabric for the back as well – nice look too)
front and back
I have done another one as well, with Sirdar Smiley Stripes. It’s a bamboo-wool-blend and is actually very soft. As the yarn is multicoloured in itself, I chose a light blue background as a bold background is rather disturbing in my opinion.
It is knitted in garter stitch diagonally from corner to corner with an eyelet square to break those diagonal lines.
I really like diagonal knitting. It is perfect when you want to avoid the gauge swatching and calculating at the beginning. And I do like the look of it too.
So now that those cushion covers are knitted, I will only have to put them in my etsy-shop and also get those patterns finally typed up and on to ravelry. I guess, it won’t take me longer than a couple of weeks to get that done.
Posted in home, Uncategorized
Tagged cotton, craft, cushion, diagonal, eyelet, Knitting, lace, pattern, ravelry, sew