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!

Hexi Pouffe

Thank you to everyone who came to say hello at Woolfest!

For those of you who weren’t there – you might not have seen my new Hexi Pouffe pattern…

Hexi Pouffe by Jem Weston

The Hexi Pouffe is knitted in Rowan Handknit Cotton with lovely fluffy Alpaca Classic pom poms. The hexis are knitted in the round and the side panel is knitted flat.Hexi Pouffe by Jem Weston

You can find out more about the Hexi Pouffe and buy the pattern now on both my Ravelry and Love Knitting pattern shops. Or click below to buy now via Ravelry:

Hexi Pouffe pattern: £3.50 – Buy now

Hexi Pouffe by Jem Weston

Happy Knitting!

Yarn provided by Rowan Yarns.

Pom Scarf

Introducing the new Pom Scarf pattern!

Pom Scarf by Jem Weston

The Pom Scarf is a super simple asymmetrical garter stitch scarf with lovely chunky pom poms on each end. Using just the knit stitch and simple shaping – it’s suitable for a new knitter and perfect for those who want a nice simple knit for the festive period.

The Pom Scarf uses six balls of super soft Rooster Almerino DK: Five for the scarf and one ball for the pom poms. If you buy six balls or more of Almerino DK from my shop – you will receive a FREE printed copy of the Pom Scarf pattern!

Rooster Almerino DK. Jem Weston shop

You can choose from seven yummy shades and mix and match as much as you like – it would look fab stripy! If you order six balls I will pack the yarn in a nice box with your pattern, making it a lovely gift.

Pom Scarf Rooster Almerino DK yarn packs from Jem Weston shop

To make the scarf you will also need (not included) one pair of 4mm knitting needles and a 65mm pom pom maker.

If you have oddments of Rooster Almerino DK left over from your Moody Blanket and just want to purchase the pattern – you can download a PDF version via Ravelry below.

Pom Scarf pattern: £2.50 – buy now

Happy Knitting!

New for Yarndale – Hexi Blanket!

It’s a slightly early blog this week because I know that some of you like to plan your shopping pre-Yarndale...

As well as Frank the Fox knit kits, you can also get your hands on my brand new Hexi Blanket pattern!

Knit this colourful Hexi Blanket by Jem Weston

Rowan Summerlite DK has the most gorgeous colour palette and I enjoyed working on the Hexi Placemats for Cute Comfort Knits so much that the hexis just developed into a blanket.

I don’t know about you – but I love snuggling up on the sofa with a blanket… even during a heatwave. The Hexi Blanket is a great weight snuggly sofa blanket all year round or a lovely extra layer on the foot of your bed in colder months.

The pattern also has a smaller size which would be perfect as a baby blanket… and if you shop with me at Yarndale you can enter a giveaway to win an exclusive Small Hexi Blanket Knit Kit worth £62!

Small Hexi Blanket Kit. Jem Weston

If you can’t make it to Yarndale or just prefer your patterns in a digital format – fear not! The Hexi Blanket will be available as a downloadable PDF shortly after Yarndale.

Summer Tie

I’ve been busy working away on a cardigan and beaded top for our wedding in August, but took a bit of time out to knit Beardie a tie to wear on the big day! And it was the perfect opportunity to re-work the Tweed Tie pattern in a cotton yarn.

Jem Weston | Summer Tie knitting pattern

I’ve been using Rowan Summerlite DK a lot recently and I love it! Using a DK on 2.75mm needles might sound like madness… but Summerlite is quite a fine DK and using it on small needles gives a great firm texture for a tie.

It’s a lovely weight so it drapes nicely and doesn’t flap about in the wind! The tight tension and sideways knitting will also help it to keep it’s shape and not grow over time.

The Summer Tie is available to download as a PDF pattern for £3.50 and also as kits in either Ocean or Rouge.

Summer Tie Knit Kit: £10shop now

Click below to buy the pattern via Ravelry

Summer Tie PDF pattern: £3.50buy now

Moody Blanket Knit-along…getting started!

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Thank you to everyone who ordered their Moody Blanket starter pack – I enjoyed seeing them pop-up on Instagram as you received them! The Knit-along starts tomorrow on 2nd January 2017…needles ready!

You can now purchase top-up packs from my shop and choose which colours you need more of. If your mood is consistent and you’re using a lot of one colour you may need to top-up quite quickly! But if you don’t order in time before running out – just make sure you keep a log of your mood/colour for the day on your planner.

Small Top-up Pack (5 balls): £28 – shop now
Large Top-up Pack (10 balls): £55 – shop now

If you would like to join in the knit-along using your own yarn – you can now buy the pattern as a pdf download via my Ravelry store.

Moody Blanket pattern & planner: £4 – buy now

I’ve made a couple of video’s to help you along the way! The following video will guide you through the simple techniques used in the squares…

You can use your prefered method for blocking and sewing up your squares – but I made this vlog to show you how I’m planning to do mine!

And a few other tips and reminders before you get started…

  • Choose your mood for the day in the evening so that you can pick an overall mood of the day.
  • Don’t break off the yarn at the end of each day – you might be in the same mood the next day and don’t want to create unnecessary ends for sewing in! So wait to check whether you’ll be using the same colour the following day before picking up the scissors.
  • Don’t forget to use your planner to keep track if you don’t have time to knit every evening. This will also help when it comes to sewing up as you’ll be able to easily see which square is which week.
  • use #moodykal when sharing on Instagram and Twitter so that we can follow each others progress.
  • Join me for Moody Blanket chat over on my Ravelry group. I’m planning to pop in on Sundays to share my progress and would love to see yours!

And finally…don’t worry if you’re late to the party and are reading this after 2nd January 2017. The knit-along will run throughout 2017 – but the pattern will remain available in my Ravelry store indefinitely and if you start your Moody Blanket later you can simply finish later!

Happy Knitting everyone! x

Bobby Scarf, Hat & Mitts

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Introducing Bobby Scarf, Hat and Mitts – the latest addition to my Men’s Collection.

With three patterns in one, the simple stripey designs are perfect for a new knitter and would make a lovely Christmas gift. If you want a little challenge – you can follow the optional instructions for a tubular cast on!

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Knitted in some of my favourite shades of Felted Tweed – Bobby Scarf, Hat and Mitts are beautifully light and warm. The mitts keep your hands warm whilst leaving your fingers free and have a mitt cover for keeping extra toasty on winter walks.

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Patterns are now available to buy here and kits will soon be available on my shop. Happy Knitting!

Summertime!

After a busy six months of designing, it’s lovely to have a slightly quieter couple of months to do some planning for Autumn/Winter and enjoy the warmer weather!

I’ve been doing a litte spring clean of my worshops (delayed spring clean!).  Professional Finishing Techniques is one of my most popular subjects and Ted now has a new cardigan with a garter stitch border instead of moss st.

I’ve made a new Ted in Pure Wool Worsted so that shops can choose for me to teach the subject in either dk or worsted. I think he’s pretty cute in either, but I particularly like him knitted in yellow! You can download the Ted pattern for free here and the cardigan and jumper are taught at my professional finishing workshops.

I’ve also updated the Lazy Lace workshop so this is now project based and you will learn basic lace knitting whilst making a Cowl. I’m teaching this subject at Ewe Wool Shop of Stamford in September which is availble to book now.

I’m introducing a few new subjects for Autumn/Winter, including a toy knitting workshop based on my new book The Knitted Nursery Collection. Keep your eye out for dates near you!

I think it’s important to make the most of the quiet time while I can, so I’ve been tackling some jobs in the garden as well. I’m turning an old neglected bureau into a mini greenhouse, replacing a rotten fence and doing some tree surgery (chopping things back to nothing and hoping they’ll survive!).

Apparently I’m not very good at doing nothing! What jobs are you tackling this summer?

 

 

Lazy Lace

I am a self-confessed lazy knitter!

Many knitters dislike large areas of stocking stitch because it can get a bit boring. I love nothing better than a vast expanse of knitting where I don’t have to refer to the pattern or remember where to do the shaping! Don’t get me wrong – I love a bit of a challenge, but those projects tend to be a bit slower moving.

When I do selfish knitting, I am generally either relaxing in front of the tv (currently watching Poldark and Breaking Bad), or in the pub with my friends. Neither of those environments blend very well with a pattern that requires lots of concentration.

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One of the things I love about lace knitting is that you don’t need extra ‘stuff’. You don’t need another needle like with cabling or lots of bobbins like intarsia – you’re just creating the texture with the stitches and it suits my lazy knitting! And if it’s a simple lace pattern, you can just read your knitting instead of the pattern.

When I first designed the Lazy Lace Snood using Alpaca Cotton, I was making it for myself – I loved how quick and easy it was to knit. Rowan then asked to use the pattern and it became one of my most popular designs. It is still available in some places as a Rowan kit – but I have now made a new version – the Lazy Lace Cowl!

wpid-img_20150411_182332.jpgThe Lazy Lace Cowl uses Felted Tweed and Kidsilk Haze stranded together which I love because you get the fluff from the Kidsilk Haze which is nice with a lace pattern, and yummy tweedy bits from the Felted Tweed. It’s knitted in the round so no sewing up when you’ve finished! I will make the pattern available to purchase soon, so keep an eye on my Facebook page. If you have already booked a place on one of my Lazy Lace workshops then you will get a free copy of the pattern – lucky you!

The Lazy Lace workshop is aimed at people who have some knitting experience but haven’t tried lace knitting before. We will cover the basic stitches used in lace knitting and you will come away with the skills needed to knit the Lazy Lace Cowl and the Lazy Lace Throw from Cute Little Knits.

Hopefully see you at a workshop soon! x