I have totally fallen head over heels for ….

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GRANNY SQUARE LOVE!!

What a beautiful, colourful book of gorgeousness from Sarah London. And it was ready and waiting for me under the tree this Christmas.

Granny Square Love

I love making granny squares, but there are only so many blankets you can make and places you can keep hiding them before the other half gets suspicious and starts strongly hinting that maybe you ought to see if you can get some help. This book is most definitly the answer to your addiction. Gone are the days where granny square just means lap blanket (or in my case, rather enormous bed throw), say hello to cushions and embellishments and teacosies and OH! so much more.

There are lovely pictures all the way through and stunning use of colour that really has me itching to get to my local yarn shop and part with some cash. Must … Remain … Focused …

I really like the colour commentary she has running through the book, explaining the colour combos that she has used along with some advice for alternative colourings.

If you have never crocheted before there are instructions at the beginning, all with pictures, for your basic stitches and a tutorial on how to make a granny square. This is no excuse not to get hooking!

Now, if you will excuse me, I have an ottoman slipcover and a stool cover to make … for an ottoman and a stool that we don’t have … yet.

K
xx


Quick and easy knitted mittens

Nice and Easy Fingerless Mittens

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What with all the cold weather we have been having lately I thought I’d have a go at some fingerless mittens. After my sock knitting adventures (a post still to come), I am fully aware of my limitations when it comes to using more than 2 needles, i.e. two needles is my limit. Magic looping on a circular needle is fine but a bit tooooo faffy. One pair of flat-knit fingerless jobbers it is then!

Oh, and my dearest sister, if you are reading this you need to stop reading and looking right now because these make lovely Christmas gifts. Not that I’ve made you any *cough* honest!

There is no left and right to these so they are even easier to make, and if you are anything like me, to wear. I’m easily confused. :) They are also knit from finger(less) bits to wrist.

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You will need:

One pair of 5mm knitting needles
A ball of bulky/chunky yarn. I used Patons Shadow Tweed in shade 6917.
Stitch markers (optional but very helpful)
A darning needle

Cast on 32 stitches
Row 1: K2, P2 all the way across
Row 2: K2, P2 all the way across
Row 3: P2, K2 all the way across
Row 4: P2, K2 all the way across
Row 5: K2, P2 all the way across
Row 6: K2, P2 all the way across

Rows 7 – 11: K one row, P one row etc

Row 12: P to end, place stitch marker at beginning and end of row

Row 13 – 21: K one row, P one row etc

Row 22: P to end, place stitch marker at beginning and end of row

Row 23: K to end
Row 24: P to end

Row 25: K14, K2tog, K2tog, K14

Row 16 – 36: P one row, K one row etc

**If you want to make your mittens come further down your arms, just keep repeating rows of stocking stitch after row 36 until you have the desired length. **

Cast / Bind off leaving a fairly long tail.

Thread the darning needle and mattress stitch (click the words for a brilliant video tutorial) the two sides together until you reach the first set of stitch markers, fasten and weave in end. With a fresh piece of yarn restart your mattress stitch at the second set of stitch markers and continue until you reach the top. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Make sure not to stitch between the stitch markers or you won’t have anywhere for your thumbs to poke out of.

Make another.

Kapow! You have a lovely pair of fingerless mittens. Hooray!

May your Christmas be full of very warm wrists :)

Kx

P.s. if you have any feedback on the pattern, I’d love to hear it. Or you could upload your project in Ravelry and share your pics.


Mini Christmas bunting pattern

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Why hello there! Nice to see you again!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. I am now officially allowed to sing Christmas songs in the office, I am spreading Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear. And, do you know what? I think it’s working. Hurrah!

We put our Christmas decs up last week and we’ve been staring at the fireplace wondering what on earth to do with it. Sunday, left to my own devices, I found the solution! Mini Christmas bunting!

And here it is just for you…..

Mini Christmas Knitted Bunting

Mini Christmas Knitted Bunting

You will need:

DK yarn in the colours of your choice (I used red and white)
1 pair of 4mm knitting needles
3mm crochet hook

Terms used :

k. Knit stitch
p. Purl stitch
p2tog. Purl two stitches together

For the mini mini bunting ( the stripy ones):

With white, cast on 10 stitches.
Knit one row
P2tog, p6, p2tog
Change to red, knit one row
P2tog, p4, p2tog
Change to white, knit one row
P2tog, p2, p2tog
Change to red, knit one row
P2tog x2
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I alternated the colour stripes, but you can change them up to suit your colour scheme or knit them all in one colour. Make as many as you need, then get ready to crochet.

Choose a colour for the string that your bunting will attach to, I chose red.

With the 3mm crochet hook, chain 10, then one double crochet (this is a UK double crochet, a single crochet if you are visiting from over the pond) into each of the stitches on the cast on edge of one little triangle, chain 6. Repeat this process, chaining 6, then double crochet into the cast on edge of a triangle until you’ve done your last one. Chain 10 and fasten off.

Et voila! Lovely little mini bunting.

N.b. The larger one you can see in the picture was made by casting on 20 stitches and then following the pattern, decreasing 1 stitch at each end of a purl row, until I had 2 stitches left. Cast off as normal.

I hope you found this useful. I’d love to see your Christmas bunting too.

One fireplace down, one to go. :)

Happy knitting

K
Xx


Chapter 2 – The Time I Thought My Arms Would Fall Off

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Ok, picture the scene, it’s January 2012. The weather is manky, everyone is being miserable and staying indoors and I am getting the itchy knitty fingers. I am bored, bored, bored, boreditty bored… with an extra added helping of bored. SNORE!

I know I want to do something I haven’t done before but I’m not fancying anything in the countless books and magazines I have. So, I snuggle myself up on the sofa with a cup of hot chocolate and set about trawling the interwebs for some inspiration.

And that, my friends, is when I found Lucy at Attic 24. What a wonderful ray of sunshine on a dreary January day. I immediately fell in love with her granny stripe blanket and just HAD to have one.

As if by magic, the postie was a-knock-knock-knocking on my front door and 17 balls of DK in a gorgeous variety of colours was being thrust into my arms (he wasn’t very happy as it was a really bulky package and he’d had to lug it up the stairs, he may also have been a little taken aback by the overly excited shriek I greated him with). Oh and you can’t crochet such lovely colours with out a coloured crochet hook, and seeing as one coloured crochet hook would be very lonley by itself a 12 pack of multicoloured hooks arrived with the yarn too. Hurrah!

I wanted it to go over the top of my double bed so I dutifuly went and measured the bed and worked out that I’d need something that was at least 68″ wide and 80″ long.

And so I set to work.

Then I sat down. I got up, made a cup of tea, sat down again and contemplated the fact that this would be the biggest project I had ever done. Given that I normally get a bit bored about half way through a child’s hat, I wondered whether I had bitten off more than I could chew. I uuuummmed, I aaaaaahed, I cast on. Well, chained some.
And by the end of Jan, it looked like this:rainbow blanket

And then, well, it all went a bit quiet, life took a couple of very interesting and enjoyable turns and the blanket was forgotten …. Until half way through October.

I had a sudden mad urge to get this finished before the cold crept in. I was in the zone. My lovely boyfriend provided some much needed shoulder rubs at regular intervals, along with copious cups of tea.

It took two weekends, a few nights after work and 41,500 stitches, but it was finally finshed. Ends woven in and edging done.

granny stripe blanket

And that is when I thought my arms would fall off.

Aaaand then the cat claimed it as her own.

granny stripe blanketK
xx

****Coming up: The Day I Realised the Sock Knitters Secret ****

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