Cropped Burnt Top

Last summer I knitted Burnt from Indigo by Kim Hargreaves in a gorgeous green shade of Rowan Cotton Glace.

It was a lovely fit – but I wanted to wear it tucked into skirts and it felt too bulky/warm around the waist and hips for that. So I decided to crop it!

I unpicked the side seams, picked up the row of stitches just after the hip decreases and chopped the bottom section off. I then knitted a reverse st st edge to match the neckline and sleeve edges.

I’m much happier with it – it feels a lot cooler and more comfortable. I love the style and the fit so I’ve also cast on a black version which will be a similar length. 

I’m looking forward to sewing some comfy summer skirts to go with my summer tops!

Finishitus

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All I want to do at the moment is tackle WIPs! I can’t seem to focus on anything big or new. So this week I finished a couple of cushions that I’ve been planning/working on for a while.

Many moons ago I knitted Anastasiya from Rowan Magazine 48. When I saw it in the mag I loved everything about it. Unfortunately  the finished tunic was super unflattering and I just didn’t wear it. But I still loved it and wanted to get it out of the wardrobe… so I decided to make it into a cushion!

I planned to do this a few years back, but I think I procrastinated because I was nervous that I would regret cutting it up. But after a few more years without wearing it was definitely for the chop – and I love it as a cushion! 

I’ve also finished my mustard Alpaca Classic cushion. I cast this on just before the shoot for Cosy Alpaca Knits so that I had something simple to work on after all the pattern writing and knitting for the book! It also came it handy as a shoot prop.

I knitted it from corner to corner in the same way as the squares for the Moody Blanket and adorned it with poms made from oddments.

I’m planning to redecorate our living room this year so I’m going to save these cushions until it’s all new and lovely! I’ve also got a crochet cushion and a hexi patchwork cushion on the go… it’s gonna be so cosy!

So how’s your lockdown-making going? Have you got finishitus too?!

Yarn provided by Rowan

Merry Jumper Dress

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Following on from you wanting to see my finished makes… I finished my first make-nine-2020 garment!

The pattern is Merry from Kim Hargreaves Winter Blooms and I’ve wanted to knit it for ages! The book is now discontinued but there are some copies available for sale or trade on Ravelry.

It’s knitted in Rowan Kid Classic which is one of my favourite yarns – it’s so light and fluffy, but also lovely and warm. This shade is Mulberry and it’s absolutely gorgeous – it’s like a ripe and juicy Victoria plum.

And yes… it’s huge! It’ll be super comfy and cosy for working at home and mooching around in. I made the smallest size, but added a bit of length. Because it’s so wide, the extra length ate up quite a bit of yarn and I needed an extra ball just for the neckline which was very kindly gifted from Ippikin (thanks Molly!).

So my make-nine-2020 has gotten off to a slow start… how’s yours going?

Gift Knitting

Now that all the Christmas gifts have been gifted… I can show you what I made!

A beautifully soft scarf in Rowan Selects Cashmere for my Mum.

A super soft and squishy scarf in Rowan Selects Cashmere (held double) with Rowan pom poms for Beardie’s Mum.

Socks for Dad – knitted in gorgeous Fruitful Fusion hand-dyed 4ply. This was so lovely to knit with!

And a last minute addition of some little Origami Booties for our new nephew. I love this pattern by Sarah Hatton so much! I was planning to make five pairs, but time ran away from me.

It’s been a while since I made this many Christmas gifts – I was just in the mood for doing a few small projects, and it was lovely to be able to gift my knitting time! It then felt like a real treat to work on a garment for myself over Christmas.

Did you knit/make gifts this year? Did you get them finished in time?!

Rowan Selects Cashmere & pom poms – gifted from Rowan Yarns.

Ted Bear

Ted Bear is my most downloaded pattern and I’m often asked for help on how to knit/sew up the feet – so I’ve put together the below step-by-step images for you!

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Ted Bear’s Feet

The below images take you through how to knit and sew-up the ‘Front of legs & feet’ section of Ted Bear.


Next row K11, place rem 11 sts on holder.

Beg with P row, work 14 rows in st st.

Place marker in first & last st of last row.

Your first Ted leg should now look like the following image – with 11 sts on a holder (or in this case a piece of yarn) ready for the second leg, 14 rows of st st and markers placed in the first and last sts of the last row. You should have finished on a knit row with WS facing for next row.

TedBearFoot1

Beg with P row, work 11 rows in st st.

Break off yarn.

You have now worked 11 rows after placing the markers and broken off the yarn ready for the next step. You should have finished on a purl row.

With right side facing, pick up and knit 11 sts along right hand side of work from marker to needle…

… knit 11 sts from needle…

… then pick up and knit 11 sts from left hand side of work to marker. 33 sts.

This is the fiddly bit!

Beg with P row, work 9 rows in st st.

This creates the foot ‘bulge’. You should finish on a purl row with RS facing for next row.

Cast off 11 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 11 sts.

ie: Next row: Cast off 11 then knit to end. Next row: Cast off 11 and purl to end.

Beg with K row, work 10 rows in st st.

Next row K1, K2tog tbl, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. 9 sts.

Cast off Pwise on WS row.

This creates the foot base ‘flap’ and completes the first leg/foot.

Sewing Up

Sew the foot base in place by joining foot base ‘flap’ edges to the cast off edges of foot ‘bulge’.

The front section of the leg and foot are now ready to join to the back section.

Work the second leg/foot in the same way (refer to pattern for details), fold Ted Bear in half and join side seams stuffing as you go… and Ta-da! You have a Ted Bear!

 

Stash Busting Plans

Last week I had a massive sort out of my yarn and current projects. Partly to get ready for a pre-Christmas sample sale (who’s up for some stash bags?!) and partly because I wanted to do an update blog on WIP’s and Make Nine 2019.

Somewhat disappointingly my WIP’s haven’t changed much since February! I’ve added a few projects to my chest, but haven’t finished anything that was there previously and haven’t ticked anything else off my Make Nine list – so I’ll do an update once I’m more on top of that.

At the moment I’m focusing on knitting my Esme Cardigan. Once that is done I’m determined to finish at least one project from my chest of shame before I cast on anything new – and I also want to make some time for sewing.

One of the unfortunate side effects of yarn sorting was that I now feel inspired to cast on lots of new things! I’m going to resist for now… but it doesn’t hurt to dream and plan!

I had a lot of oddments of Felted Tweed dotted around in various places so I brought it all together and I’m getting excited about knitting a fair-isle jumper or tunic.

I also have a garments worth of Seafarer and Watery so I can do something big! I’ve been wanting to knit Franziska by Galina Carroll for a long time. I would use Watery as the main shade and would possibly change the neckline.

I’ve also got my eye on Sage by Marie Wallin – There are some lovely versions knitted up on Ravelry. I think I would make it slightly A-line so that it’s less snug around the waist and hips (I don’t think this model is two sizes bigger on the bottom half!) and possibly do full length sleeves.

Are you working on new projects or finishing off old? Or a bit of both?!

 

 

Smidge the Cat

Smudge the Cat has a new little sister!

Smidge the Cat is quick to knit and the perfect little gift for a child or baby. Knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed – she’s a great way to use up some oddments.

Click below to buy the Smidge the Cat pattern via Ravelry.

Smidge The Cat pattern: £3.50 – buy now

If you’re coming along to my Professional Finishing Techniques workshop at Ewe Wool Shop you will get a free copy of Smidge and we will be knitting a little cardigan for her to wear!

Burnt by Kim Hargreaves

I finished a thing! I’ve been fitting it in around other things but the actual knitting time was really quick.

I’ve had this Rowan Cotton Glace for ages so I’m really excited to have finally used it. The pattern is Burnt by Kim Hargreaves from Indigo and I love the simplicity of the shape.

The darts created by decreasing and increasing within the rib give a really flattering fit – but I had to make some alterations. I started working from the medium size then added in extra decreases at the edges so from the waist upwards it’s worked as the small size. I’m so happy with how that worked out – it fits perfectly!

I do love a keyhole at the back… and I happened to have a button in the perfect shade of green which was lucky. I’m tempted to make a cropped version that sits on the waist – maybe next summer!

Thanks again Constance for motivating me with your Kim Hargreaves knit-along!

Yarn provided by Rowan.

Summer Tops

It’s August… and that means that Rowan have launched their lovely new Autumn/Winter collections! Although I’m looking forward to Autumn (always) I’m not going to share my top picks with you yet because I’m feeling much too summery.

I’ve become very aware this summer that I don’t have many clothes to wear when it’s really hot. I have very few strappy dresses or tops and those I do have are either too warm (ie- not breathable fabric) or rather worn and tired.

So I’m on a mission to make as many summer tops as I can before the weather turns cooler and I get distracted by wool and cosy cardigans.

I have a vest top which is a good size and shape for me – so I’ve traced the pattern and I’m planning to make three new versions. One in some leftover teal fabric from my petal sleeved Scout Tee, one using fabric from an old dress that shrunk and doesn’t fit and a third in some rather beautiful Liberty Lawn.

Of course – if I make the first and don’t like it I’ll go back to the drawing board and use a proper pattern!

I also kept seeing gorgeous versions of the Ripple Bralette by Jessie Mae pop up on Instagram and I’ve fallen in love with it!

Above: @a.beagan.handmade @yarn_bard @aleichiaknits

I’m trying to whizz through knitting my Kim Hargreaves Burnt top so that I can cast on a Ripple Bralette and hopefully get that done before the end of summer too!

Which knitting season are you in?!