Guess what, Elaine is not alone!
As my children needed new hats, I have also been busy knitting hats. As every previous year it was a bit of trial and error, as I couldn’t find any useful information in my ravelry notes about hats from previous years. Just pictures but nothing about stitch numbers, yarn or needle size used. So, I meant to do it slightly differently this year. And I wrote down all numbers. And made a chart. Only to discover sort of a pattern. And as the kick in the derriere I had already mentioned in my Elaine post was still fresh, I decided to write down this pattern, too and extend it to a range of sizes, one of them I even test knitted for a small baby head. I was too lazy to look for someone older to verify the missing bigger sizes.
Anyway, here comes Frederick – a not so glamorous but warm woolly hat with ear flaps. Just right for the ending season.
You’ll find the pattern on ravelry. It might be a little late for this season but the next winter will be coming at some point so you better get ready soon.
Right, this is a knitting blog, remember? No? Well, at least I do remember. When I spent my 4 weeks no sewing machine detox rehab I started a new knitting project, a scarf for my mum. As I had high ambitions, I meant to write down everything I did to release a new pattern. Well, I started writing everything down from about the middle so I meant to think hard and write down everything I had done from the beginning to the middle at a later stage. And I can proudly say, the scarf is still not handed over. Finished and blocked since Christmas but still not handed over. Because I meant to write down everything, remember. And even more proudly I can tell you that I finally got the a kick in the derriere to sit down and think and calculate and reknit the beginning and wonder about funny numbers in the original half written down pattern and recalculate and say “i knew that can’t be right” and type up everything and add some wise and clever thoughts and really rubbish pictures and voila, here it is, the latest addition to my wide range of easy patterns.
Elaine – a simple scarf with a slip stitch selvedge edge and eyelets for a touch of glamour.
If you want to knit this scarf too, hop over to ravelry and download the pattern for free.
And you know what, this is not the only thing I have been up to.
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 🙂
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Tagged Georgie Hallam, julia stanfield, jumper, Knitting, little rascals, pattern, Rainbow Dress, Shannon Passmore, tikki, Versa