Jumper Knitting

I have had itchy needles for a while. I am ace at knitting scarves, toys, and kids jumpers (even if I do say so myself ) so I felt it was time to start something for me before the Christmas rush really kicked in. In common with Mme Ramotswe (of No1 Lady Detective Agency fame ) I can be described as traditionally built. I have knitted jumpers for myself but I have always taken the easy route and knitted them in a chunky yarn which is quick to knit up and therefore great at preventing me from getting bored halfway through, but they look universally awful on a tradional build.

So I started a proper (non chunky) pattern on 3mm needles. I felt sure this had long term WIP pile written all over it but I think I might actually finish it. It is a top down yoke pattern by Unicorn knit Designs it was featured in Knit Now in issue 92.

It’s a beautiful pattern isn’t it. Part of me can’t believe I’m spending the time and money making something just for me, but I am and I don’t care cause it feels so good – bwhahaha!!! (Attempts evil laugh but just ends up making herself cough a bit).

Ps has anyone else been watching Vanity Fair. Anthony Head as Lord Steyne is basically the same as his Gently Benevolent character – such a cad. And if anyone gets that reference I’ll be bloody impressed.

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Jumper Knitting

I Cord Necklaces

I have had an idea in my head for awhile. I like knitted jewellery, especially made out of something simple like an I cord. But if you knit two together it just comes out a bit bulky for my tastes. I have made then using t shirt yarn, and my own I cord but they always make me feel like I’m wearing a mini scarf. It’s due to the weight of the yarn on the back of my neck. So I’ve been looking into combining knitting with jewellery so it’s just a light chain on the back of your neck. It’s meant learning some new skills and trying to buy different supplies, but I’m pleased with the results.

I managed to distract little one from go jetters for long enough to get a shaky snap of her wearing one of the prototypes. She seems to like it.

I Cord Necklaces

Beach Clean and New Direction

We did a beach clean over the weekend. It was heartening to find that the beach was nearly spotless. One of the other litter pickers quipped that someone else had been out and done it the day before. The mist came in and it looked spooky and beautiful.

I’ve also been working on the knitting machine. I’ve got a few new patterns in a Celtic knotwork style. I’m trying to decide what to turn them into, hats, mittens, scarves, snoods, cushion covers. It’s going to be fun to make and try to sell a few things again. It would feel good to fire up the business again.

Beach Clean and New Direction

That’s Shawl Folks.

I have never knitted a shawl before, but I picked up a magazine with a booklet all about shawls. I picked out the one using Aran weight wool and a simple pattern (knitter know thyself – small needles, thin wool, long projects are not for you). I knitted this lovely shawl from two caron cakes and even though it’s not been shawl weather I’ve enjoyed sitting with it over my knees in the evening.

That’s Shawl Folks.

Crochet – the (no longer) dark art

For the past six years my new years resolution was to learn to crochet, and did I manage it? Of course not. Now we have moved we live near a town with lots of crafty shops, ( and great independent coffee shops, and at least one self declared hipster pub) I think we benefit from an arty overspill from Brighton. So I booked myself in for a course on how to do a granny square at the Wool Bar ( a brilliant wool shop and one of my top ten reasons for moving to Worthing) now look.

Before
After
The birth of a new obsession
Crochet – the (no longer) dark art

English Rib January Week 1

New Year’s resolution – to kick the blog up the bum and keep going with it once a week every week.

I am going to knit a little sample once a week of a knitting style, changing each month. January’s style is knit and purl and combining them to make interesting patterns. I plan to use this challenge to use up some of my considerable stash.

 

I am starting with a simple rib just for a bit of a change I am using a stitch called English Rib. On the second row of rib you knit through the back of the loop. To be honest I don’t think this made a very big difference and so I has to stick a bow on the right side so I could tell it apart from wrong side. it wasn’t too faffy for me though because for my first four months of knitting I knitted every stitch through the back of the loop, and only changed when Mum mentioned my stitches looked a bit different from usual!

Here is the pattern any way.

Cast on an equal number of stitches.

1st Row : Knit 1, purl 1

2nd Row : KBL1 (knit through back of the loop), Purl 1

Repeat these two rows to desired length.

I will also be working on big projects which use the style. however I am going to finish a scarf from the Curious Project by Sincerely Louise, after which I’ll cast on some gloves which will have a rib cuff.

 

 

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Wrong Side
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Right Side
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Casting on
English Rib January Week 1

My Top Five Tips For Machine Knitting

 

  1. If you start producing loops at the edge of your knitting, check you haven’t got your weaving brushes on – and also check your yarn is feeding correctly through the tension mast.
  2. If you drop stitches at the side of your knitting, take the weights off the knitting to prevent it from getting worse. Grab your tools and get those stitches back on the needles anyway you can. To prevent dropping more stitches move your edge weights up more often and hang them a tooth or two over the edge of the material – Also check your yarn is going through the tension mast correctly.
  3. Changing your main colour yarn is a dangerous moment. This is when you are most likely to deposit your nearly finished garment, weights and all on to your feet, so always check the yarn is in the sinker plate holder correctly twice, and then maybe just once more to be sure.
  4. When doing a repetitive task always get a system in place so you are less likely to miss a step. I normally sort the yarn, then the carriage, then the needles.
  5. If you’ve been at it for a while, you’re getting tired and you start to make mistakes, that’s the point at which to go to bed. Never knit tired.

 

I have compiled this list from my own mistakes and from having done it wrong myself soooo many times.

My Top Five Tips For Machine Knitting