Friday, 20 October 2017

Stylecraft Blog Tour 2017 - The Learn To Knit Shawl

Hooray! Hooray! 

It's another day of the awesome STYLECRAFT blogstars blog tour and it's my turn.


If you've been keeping track of the tour, then you'll already know that yesterday it was the talented Sandra from Cherry Heart and tomorrow it's the fabulous Lucia from  Lucia’s Fig Tree (I cannot wait to see what she's been up to).


This year's brief was to work with a 10-ball yarn pack, which contains 4 balls of the-new-kid-on-the-block, Batik Elements (a gorgeous variegated yarn) along with 6 coordinating colours from its sister range, Batik.

Lagoon: 4 x Krypton, 1 each of Lupin, Sage, Teal, Storm, Silver and Indigo

There are four colour packs available and I chose Lagoon: I'm always drawn to these kinds of colours.
But what to make?

Now those of you who regularly read my posts will know that something is very wrong here...

... These photos clearly show a knitted thing and I am not really a knitter. 

And you're right, but that's where the Batik came in - because I'd seen an idea for a shawl using a simple combination of garter stitch and stockinette stitch and thought the yarn would be absolutely perfect. 

I had decided THIS would be the shawl that would teach me to knit.



I changed the pattern - the original created an isosceles triangle, with increases on both sides, but I wanted a right-angle, with the increases on just one side and with larger bands of increasing colours, too. 


And do you know what, I love it; Sure enough, my stitches were decidedly dodgy to start off with and my needle hold was awkward, but as I progressed through the shawl, so my tension improved and the yarn fed through my fingers more smoothly and everything neatened out.

 


And the yarn?
It's lovely to work with. I've crocheted a shawl for Inside Crochet Magazine (Issues 92, 93, 94) with it and it's bouncy and soft and warm - (that's the 20% Wool content). And the same can be said for knitting with it; Simply gorgeous.

 

But before we get to the pattern, how would you like to win a Lagoon yarn pack??


Simply enter the competition HERE for your chance to win.
(Giveaway open from 10am GMT 20th October 2017 and closes 10am GMT 21st October 2017. Winner drawn at random and notified by email.)



So let's get to it. The original pattern is called 'Sonnensegel' by Ulrikestrickt and can be found for free HERE.

A note about my pattern:
It is not perfect; It is not meant to be. I forgot to use one of the colours in Part One and I reckon on some of the rows, I forgot to increase, too.
This pattern is easy and forgiving:  Perfect for learning to knit.

The Learn-To-Knit Shawl

 

If you're a beginner knitter, then here's what you'll need to know:
How to cast on
How to knit
How to purl
How to cast off

Size: 88cms x 145cms (longest edge)

You will need:
The Lagoon yarn pack
Size 4.5mm / 100cm circular needles

Increasing stitches. 
Increasing is carried out (as a Knit Front and Back) on the right-facing side of every knit row in both Garter and Stockinette sections, starting at the first section A*, EXCEPT on every first row where you have changed colour.
To increase: simply K1, increase 1 (kfb), then knit across the rest of the row.

Pattern


Part One:

All sections are 6 rows
The Garter stitch rows (B) will always be in Krypton. 
The Stockinette stitch sections (A) will repeat the same colour twice.

Cast on 3 stitches with Krypton

Knit 6 rows

A*: Change to Teal and knit 1 row, purl 1 row for 6 rows (Stockinette Stitch) *Start the increases

B: Change to Krypton and knit 6 rows (Garter Stitch)

A: Continue in Teal and Stockinette stitch for 6 rows

Work in pattern (Section B, Section A), changing to Indigo, Storm, Lupin, and Silver for 2 sections each, ending with a section of Garter stitch in Krypton

Part 2:

All sections are 8 rows
The Garter stitch rows (B) will always be in Krypton. 
The Stockinette stitch sections (A) will repeat the same colour three times.

Work in pattern (Section A, Section B), changing to Teal, Indigo, Sage, Storm, Lupin, and Silver for 3 sections each, ending with a section of Garter stitch in Krypton.

Cast off loosely and block lightly.

Oh goodness, I hope that makes some degree of sense. If it's your first knitted shawl, then good luck and I hope you enjoy making it. If you're a pro, then please excuse my novice knitter's mistakes and enjoy the pattern, too.

If you'd like to see what my Stylecraft blog pals are up to, then you can find them here:

Crafternoon Treats, The Twisted Yarn, Patchwork Heart, Hand knitted Things, Keep Calm and Crochet on; Catherine’s Crochet Corner,  Zooty Owl, Attic 24, Janie Crow, Crochet Between Worlds, Get Knotted Yarn Craft, and Crochet Between Worlds.

Have a fab weekend,
Sarah xx

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Season of Gold: A cowl pattern

I absolutley do not need any more scarves, cowls or wraps.

I have loads, I really do.



But when I found this GORGEOUS yarn in a local yarn shop, I fell in love and knew I wanted to wear it around my neck. 
  

You see, it's baby llama and it truly is the most beautifully soft yarn I have ever squidged in my entire life. 
And it's the most perfect Autumnal gold colour, too.
AND it was on sale....

...So I grabbed the last three skeins and ran out of the shop (after paying, obvs), laughing with glee.


I knew exactly what I wanted and found my crochet hook.

And I'm not taking it off.
Ever.


If you'd like to make one (to add to your 'I-do-not-need-any-more-scarves pile'), then here's the pattern (UK first, US below). 

You can use any yarn in any weight with any hook - just make sure you go up a hook size or two to create a lovely, soft drape; simply adjust the foundation chain to suit, making sure it's an even number and you're good to go ...

Enjoy!

Sarah xx

I used:
3 x 50g / 100m balls of Mirasol Llama Una in Mustard (shade 8204)
5mm hook.

Yarn alternative:
Any dk or aran yarn and hook to match

UK Pattern
ch 88, sl st into 1st ch to join round.
Row 1: 1ch (doesn’t count as a stitch here and throughout), (1htr, 1tr) in next st, sk 1 st, *(1dc, 1tr) in next st, sk 1 st; repeat from * around, 1dc in last st. Sl st into 1ch to join round, turn.
Row 2: 1ch, (1htr , 1tr ) in 3rd st from hook,  sk 1 st, *(1dc, 1tr) in next st, sk 1 st; repeat from*, 1dc in last st. Sl st into 1ch to join round, turn.
Rows 3 – until yarn runs out: Repeat row 2
Fasten off and weave in ends.


US Pattern
ch 88, sl st into 1st ch to join round.
Row 1: 1ch (doesn’t count as a stitch here and throughout), (1hdc, 1dc) in next st, sk 1 st, *(1sc, 1dc) in next st, sk 1 st; repeat from * around, 1sc in last st. Sl st into 1ch to join round, turn.
Row 2: 1ch, (1hdc, 1dc ) in 3rd st from hook,  sk 1 st, *(1sc, 1dc) in next st, sk 1 st; repeat from*, 1sc in last st. Sl st into 1ch to join round, turn.
Rows 3 – until yarn runs out: Repeat row 2
Fasten off and weave in ends.


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Thursday, 5 October 2017

*GIVEAWAY CLOSED* WIN The Knitting and Stitching show tickets (London)

Yaaaaayyyy!  The Kniting and Stitching show is nearly upon us. 


Congratulations to Petra Hora, Sarah McFall, Jane Rickeets, Helen Dreir and Steve Matthews.

In fact, it's just a week away.





And there's GOOD NEWS, people! - I've been given 5 pairs of tickets (for the London event) to giveaway to my lovely followers.
All you need to do is enter below and don't worry - there's no jumping through hoops - I just need an email to contact the winners.
You've got until Midnight on Saturday to enter...tickets will be posted early next week.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


I'm going to visit on the Sunday and I am looking forward to seeing aaaaaaaaalllllllllll the gorgeous yarn.....



See you there!

Sarah xx

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

An Autumn giveaway *NOW CLOSED*

***Congratulations to Rebecca Lee***

Autumn is here.


And what could be more fitting at this time of year than this leafy yarn bowl?



Isn't it a beauty?
The lovely people at KnitPro kindly sent me one to try and I must admit, I totally adore it.

It's beautifully handcrafted in wood and is the pefect size for holding a fairly large ball of yarn.
Why use a yarn bowl, you wonder? Well, I find that it helps keep an even tension and (more importantly for me) it prevents the yarn from disappearing under the sofa, or being taken off by the cat / dog / children whilst I work.


It's even got a handy little stopper to stop the yarn escaping.


I was also sent a cute little stitchmarker pouch, which now means I can keep them in one place.
(No more scrabbling around in the bottom of project bags for me!)




AND, I'm so pleased to announce that KnitPro have given me an extra yarn bowl and pouch to giveaway - hooray!

The giveaway is open worldwide and will run until midnight on 3rd October. A winner will be drawn at random and contacted by email on 4th October.

If you'd like to enter, then click below to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Good luck!!
Sarah xx


Monday, 11 September 2017

Ribbon yarn

Oooooo (more) new yarn.

This time it's big.
Really, really biiiiiiiiiiiiiig.

My good pal, Andrea from Woolly Mahoosive has just stocked some amazing new yarns, including this fabulous giant ribbon tape yarn and she sent me some to try.



For those of you who don't know Woolly Mahoosive, let me fill you in:
Run by Andrea, the shop specialises in big and giant yarns (I used lots of it in Supersize Crochet). The yarns range from high-end, beautifully soft Merinos to affordable and fun acrylic giants, with ribbon tape and natural alpacas in between. In short, if you want to knit or crochet big, Woolly Mahoosive is a great place to go.
Oh and she also sells the big ol' hooks and needles you'll need, too.

So once I had received my yarn, I played around with a few ideas - it would be great for homewares and accessories, I think - and decided on a bag.
The first thing I noticed is that the yarn is very soft and smooth to work with. It has a little stretch to it and glides through the fingers, even when using such a big hook (I used a 25mm). It also frogs really easily, which is an important factor when you're working on a project, I think.



This little bag uses just 33m of the ribbon tape yarn and the project couldn't be easier.
You can find the free pattern here.

Enjoy your week!

Sarah xx