Happy new year!

Sorry it’s a little late. But happy New Year to you all.

Things have started to settle down a bit here after the slightly tardy arrival of our little munchkin on 30th December.

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We’re just sat on the sofa having afternoon cuddles and watching cheesy afternoon television at the moment. I can’t believe it has been a month already. She has grown so much.

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There are many things you learn with your first baby, namely how to do everything with one hand. Haven’t managed to knit or crochet one handed yet though, any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Hopefully we’ll be able to get craving with the craftyness soon, but to be honest, when the cuddles are this cute, I’m in no hurry.

How has January been for you? Have you been on a craft rampage? Or did you over do it in the run up to xmas and still can’t face the needles?

Kx

How to Knit a Simple Scarf

Morning!

Lovely chilly days mean snuggling up in cosy warm knits. I know we are all a little pressed for time at the moment what with crimbo shopping and work so I’ve come up with a super fast scarf knit which also doesn’t require an awful lot of concentration so you can do it whilst watching TV. Aaaaaand, it only uses the knit stitch! Simples.

Simple Scarf

 

You will need:

2, 3 or 4 balls of chunky yarn depending on how long you want to make it
10mm needles
Large daring needle for sewing in ends

Instructions:

Cast on 28 stitches using chunky yarn and 10mm needles

Foundation row : Knit all stitches

Pattern Row 1: Knit 1, *Knit into the stitch below next stitch (K1B), K1* Repeat from * to *, Knit the last stitch
Pattern Row 2: Knit all stitches
Pattern Row 3: Knit 2, *Knit into the stitch below next stitch (K1B), K1* Repeat from * to *,
Pattern Row 4: Knit all stitches

Repeat the 4 pattern rows until the scarf is the desired length then cast off. I used one ball of chunky purple yarn and turned it into a cowl by stitching the ends together.

How to K1B (Knit 1 below stitch):

Place the right hand needle into the stitch below the one on the left hand needle

How to K1B

Then knit as normal.

This pattern creates a kind of waffle, honeycomb texture, combined with the larger size needle you get a fabric that is snuggly and warm but lightweight.

Send me your pictures of the finished article to Katie@buttonsandpickles.com

Kxx

 

Baby Knits

Happy Friday!

Hooray for Fridays. So they are no longer the end of the working week for me but the time when everybody else has finished work so I have someone to talk to for 2 days. Hooray!

In the meantime I’ve been doing a spot of knitting and crochet for the baby.

The first is a teddy bear, the pattern for which was in a book we received as a wedding gift. You can find Baby and Toddler Knits Made Easy here on Amazon. It has over 50 projects for garments and decorations, blankets and toys for boys and girls. Next on my list is a T-Rex toy and an elephant cushion.

Knitted Teddy Bear

It’s supposed to be super chilly this year so I made baby some things to keep him or her toasty warm. The baby hoody pattern came from Craftseller Magazine a few months ago. I added some multi coloured buttons as we don’t know whether it’s a little bundle of pink or blue we are having. Keeping on the multi coloured theme I then made a super simple crochet baby blanket from some odd balls of yarn I had in my stash, I made a chain of approximately 50 stitches using a 4.5mm hook and DK yarn. It’s just two rows of each colour in DC stitches until the blanket is long enough to make a square shape. You can try this by folding it in half on the diagonal (corner to opposite corner), when the sides match up, the piece is square. Then I added a DC border, remember to do 2 DC in each corner or the piece will not lay flat.

I hope you like them. I’m really looking forward to wrapping the little one up all snug and warm in the blanket.

K x

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