Reindeer Stocking Pattern

It’s nearly time to put those holiday decorations up! It’s my favourite time of year and this year it is even more special as out baby is due on Christmas Eve.

I decided to create something a little special for baby’s first Christmas. Something that they can keep as they grow up and into adult hood. Say hello to the Reindeer Stocking.

You can buy the pattern on Ravelry now. Click here.

Reindeer Stocking

The finished stocking is approx. 9 inches long when finished.

Happy Holidays!

Kx

Easy Double Moss Stitch Cowl

Brrrr!

Half way through November, last day at work before I finish for knitting leave (also known as maternity leave) and I finally get to wear my cowl I made a few weeks ago. Peaked out of the window this morning and got all excited about the frost on the car.

I absolutely love the texture of double moss stitch, be it teeny tiny on a baby’s cardi or in your face in a chunky knit cowl. This one is super easy to make. It is knit flat and seamed together so, if you are like me and still can’t manage to join in the round without leaving a gaping hole, it’s super simple and frustration free.

Flat knit easy double moss stitch cowl

 

You will need:

2 x 100g balls of chunky yarn
1 pair 9mm needles
1 large eyed darning needle (or a crochet hook)

Instructions:

Cast on 40 stitches

1. K2, P2 all the way across
2. K2, P2 all the way across
3. P2, K2 all the way across
4. P2, K2 all the way across
5. K2, P2 all the way across

Repeat rows 2-5 until the piece measures approx. 32″, ending on row 5.

32″ should give you enough for a good drape. If you want to be able to loop it around then knit to approx. 44″ or 50″ before casting off. If you like it a little snugger then go to 26″.

Do 1 row of K2, P2 all the way across.

Cast off leaving a long tail.

Using the long tail, thread the darning needle and sew the cast on and cast off edges together. Weave in any loose ends.

The finished item will be approx. 14.5″ wide.

I used Woolcraft New Fashion Chunky in Saxe, I only used about 1/5th of the second ball so in total the whole cowl cost about £2.00 to knit up.

Here are some other choices you might like:

Marriner Chunky 100g in Cream ( this is acrylic, machine wash at 40 C)
Sirdar Hayfield Bonus Chunky 100g in Ruby ( this is acrylic, machine wash at 40 C)
James Brett Marble Chunky Knitting Yarn 200g – Pink/Purple/Buttercup (100% acrylic, machine wash at 40C)

I’d love to see some pictures of your finished knits. You can email them to me at Katie@buttonsandpickles.com or pop your project up on ravelry.

Kx

New Chunky Celtic Cable Scarf and Cowl Pattern

Hey all,

I hope you are enjoying the late summer sunshine. Now the weather has started to turn, why don’t you knit up one of these beauties to keep you cosy through the Autumn and Winter months?

Celtic Chunky Cable Scarf Chunky Celtic Cable pattern

The pattern is for a cowl or a longer scarf. You will need 2 balls (approx 300m) of chunky yarn for the cowl and 3 balls (approx 450m) for the scarf.

The pattern can be bought here for £2. I used Woolcraft New Fashion Chunky in Saxe from RKM Wools but it would also look lovely knit up in this Sea Green Yarn by King Cole.

I’d love to see your finished items, why not email your pics to me, katie@buttonsandpickles.com and I’ll put them up in the gallery.

Happy Days!

Kxx

How to knit a cabled braid

Super good morning to you all!

Just a quick one this morning. Here is a cabled braid that you can use to embellish ready made objects, use as a belt or bookmark etc. You can find my tutorial on how to cable without a cable needle here.

Knitted Cabled Braid

You will need:
Yarn
Correct size needles for your yarn
Cable needle if using

Instructions:

Cast on 10 stitches
Row 1: Purl all stitches
Row 2: K2, C4F, C4F
Row 3: Purl all stitches
Row 4: C4B, C4B, K2

Repeat these 4 rows until the desired length is reached.

Knitted Cabled Braid

I would keep everything relaxed and cast off  loosely. If you don’t everything gets tight and tricky to do.

Don’t forget, you can email me pictures of your finished pieces (or even just started pieces) at katie@buttonsandpickles.com and I’ll pop them up in the gallery on the site.

Enjoy!

Kx