Saturday, 26 July 2014

Fiesta Granny Blanket

I had so much fun making this bright blanket!
 
It was a real stashbuster - I used up small amounts of orange, green, peach, red and grey - and tied them all together with white.


 
 
 
When it was finished it made me think of a Mexican Fiesta -
so I decided to call it my Fiesta Blanket!
 
 
 
 
 
To make your own Fiesta Blanket ~
 
Start by crocheting a traditional four-rounds granny square using four bright colours.
 

 
 

 
Continue by working in white only for a further 8 rounds
 
 
 
Next ~ make 16 four-round granny squares -
I made mine all different but used the same colour for the outer round
 
 
 
Join the squares together in the shape of an empty square frame and add this around the blanket.
I crocheted mine together but you could sew them if you prefer
 
 
Continue by working around the outside in white only for a further 12 rounds
 

Finish by crocheting a bright four-round border using a different colour for each round.
I used a shell stitch on the last round to give a more finished look.


Top Tip ~ darn away the ends as you go .......... it's really much better than leaving them all to the end!


 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Garter Stitch Ridge Baby Set



This cute little baby hat, mittens & booties set is just perfect for a newborn baby gift.
 
They are quick & simple to make - and a great way to use small amounts of yarn.
All three only require around 46g in total!
 
 Knit them in traditional pastels or in modern bright colours.

Garter Stitch Ridge Baby Set ~ Hat, Mittens & Booties


Garter Stitch Ridge Baby Set     0- 3 months

Requirements:

 

DK (8ply) yarn – or any yarn which knits to a tension of  22sts = 4” (10cm) over stocking stitch

in two colours which look good together together  ~  I used a contrast colour and white

4mm knitting needles

Baby Hat with Garter Stitch Ridges
 


Size:


Width:             12", 30.5cm all around 

Height:           6", 15cm

Pattern:

Using 4mm needles and contrast colour  ~

Cast on 65sts

 

1st  Row           S1, *k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2

2nd Row           S1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end

Repeat last 2 rows 4 times more

Add in white

(do not cut off the first colour, simply carry it loosely up the side and use as required)

 

Using white  ~

11th Row         Knit
12th Row         Purl
13th Row         Knit
14th Row         Purl


**  Using contrast colour ~


15th Row         Knit
16th Row         Knit

Using white ~


17th Row Knit
18th Row Purl
19th Row Knit
20th Row Purl


Repeat from ** to * *twice more


Continue in white only ~


Shape the top ~


1st Row           (K6, K2 tog) repeat to last st, K1                    57sts
2nd, 4th,6th,8th,10th Rows     Purl
3rd Row          (K5, K2 tog) repeat to last st, K1                     49sts
5th Row           (K4, K2 tog) repeat to last st, K1                     41sts
7th Row           (K3, K2 tog) repeat to last st, K1                     33sts
9th Row           (K2, K2 tog) repeat to last st, K1                     25sts
11th Row         (K1, K2 tog) repeat to last st, K1                     17sts
12th Row         (K2 tog) repeat to last st, K1                            9sts


Cut yarn (leaving a long ‘tail’ to use for sewing up), draw the end through all stitches, pull up tightly
Sew up the seam

Darn away ends

 

 

Baby Mittens with Garter Stitch Ridges

 
 
 

Size:

Width:    5", 13cm all around 

Length:  4.5", 11.5cm

 

Pattern:           Make two mittens the same

 

Using 4mm needles and contrast colour ~

Cast on 29sts

 

1st Row            S1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end

2nd Row           S1, *k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2

Repeat last 2 rows 8 times more

 

Add in white

(do not cut off the first colour, simply carry it loosely up the side and use as required)

 

**  Using white work 4 rows in stocking stitch (1 row knit, 1 row purl)

 

Using contrast colour  knit 2 rows **

 

Repeat from ** to ** twice more

 

Using white ~

Next row         Knit

Next row         Purl

 

Shape the top ~

 

Continue in white only ~

Next Row:    K1, s1, K1, psso, k9, k2 tog, k1, s1, k1, psso, k9, k2tog, k1                (25sts)

Next Row:    Purl

Next Row:    K1, s1, k1, psso, k7, k2 tog, k1, s1, k1, psso, k7, k2tog, k1                 (21sts)

Next Row:    Purl

Next Row:    K1, s1, k1, psso, k5, k2 tog, k1, s1, k1, psso, k5, k2 tog, k1                            (17sts)

Next Row:    Purl

Cast off

Join top and side seam.  Darn away ends

 

 

 

Baby Booties with Garter Stitch Ridges

 
 

Size:   

 

Length of sole:            4”  (10cm)

 

 

Pattern:           Make two booties the same

 

Using white ~

Cast on 41sts

 

1st Row            Knit

2nd Row           Purl

 

Add in contrast colour ~

(do not cut off the first colour, simply carry it loosely up the side and use as required)

 

Using contrast colour ~

Knit  2 rows

 

Using white ~

5th Row           Knit 

6th Row           Purl

7th Row           Knit

8th Row           Purl

 

Using contrast colour ~

Knit  2 rows

 

Using white ~

11th Row         Knit 

12th Row         Purl

13th Row:        K16, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k16

14th Row:        P15, p2tog, p5, p2tog, p15

 

Using contrast colour ~

15th  Row:       K14, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k14

16th Row:        K13, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k13

 

Using white ~

17th Row:        K12, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k12

18th Row:        P11, p2tog, p5, p2tog, p11

19th Row:        K10, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k10

20th Row:        P9, p2tog, p5, p2tog, p9                                  (25sts)

 

Using contrast  colour ~


Knit 1 row

Rib 13 rows

Cast off loosely              (if you find this difficult – use a larger needle)

Sew seam along the sole

Sew back seam

Darn away ends

Fold down cuff
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Really Easy Garter Stitch Booties

 
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
Confucius
 
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo da Vinci
 
 
Very true........ 
 
       ........................ so I hope you like these simple and very easy baby booties
 
 

 
 

Marianna’s Really Easy Garter Stitch Booties - with stripes

 

DK (8ply) yarn – or any yarn which knits to a tension of  22sts = 4” (10cm) over stocking stitch

in two colours which look good together -  you will only need around 15g!

4mm needles

 

Size:       3months

Length of sole:  4” (10cm)

 

Instructions:       Make two booties the same

Using first colour ~ cast on 41sts

Knit  4 rows

Using second colour ~

Knit  4 rows

Using first colour ~

Knit  2 rows

Using second colour ~

Knit  2 rows

Next Row:           K16, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k16

Next Row:           K15, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k15

Using first colour ~

Next Row:           K14, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k14

Next Row:           K13, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k13

Using second colour ~

 

Next Row:           K12, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k12

Next Row:           K11, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k11

Next Row:           K10, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k10

Next Row:           K9, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k9                                  (25sts) *

Using first colour ~

Knit 14 rows

Cast off loosely                    (if you find this difficult – use a larger needle)

Sew seam along the sole

Sew back seam

Darn away ends

Fold down cuff

 

Variation:   for a ribbed cuff

Work bootie until *

Using first colour ~

Knit 1 row

Rib 13 rows

Cast off and finish as above

 
really easy garter stitch baby booties
 
 
 
You can, of course, make these in one colour only ~
 

Really Easy Garter Stitch Booties       in one colour
 
DK (8ply) yarn – or any yarn which knits to a tension of  22sts = 4” (10cm) over stocking stitch
4mm needles
 
Size:       3months
Length of sole:  4” (10cm)
 
Instructions:       Make two booties the same
Cast on 41sts
Knit 12 rows
Next Row:           K16, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k16
Next Row:           K15, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k15
Next Row:           K14, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k14
Next Row:           K13, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k13
Next Row:           K12, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k12
Next Row:           K11, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k11
Next Row:           K10, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k10
Next Row:           K9, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k9                                  (25sts)
Knit 14 rows
Cast off loosely                    (if you find this difficult – use a larger needle)
Sew seam along the sole
Sew back seam
Darn away ends
Fold down cuff
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Fleur Baby Cardigan Jacket

 
 
Fleur Baby Cardigan Jacket
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FLEUR Newborn Baby Cardigan Jacket

DK yarn

 

4mm needles

 

3 small buttons

 


Tension/ Gauge:  22sts = 4” (10cm)
 
Width:             16”    (41cm)


Length:            8”       (20.5cm)


Sleeve seam:   4”      (10.5cm)
 


 

JACKET

 

 

Begin with the Sleeves (work 2)

 

 

Cast on 25sts

 

 

Work 6 rows in garter stitch   (knit every row)

 

 

Work 22 rows in stocking stitch, increasing 1 stitch at each end of 3rd,  7th and 11th rows   (31sts)

 

 

The sleeve should now measure about 4” – you can add more rows if required

 

 

Next Row:  Cast off 3sts, work to last 3sts, cast off 3sts   (25sts)

 

 

Leave these 25 stitches on a spare needle

 

 

Work the Main Part

 

 

Cast on 99sts

 

 Work 6 rows in garter stitch

 

7th Row:           S1, knit to end

 

8th Row:           S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5

 

9th Row:           S1, k6, * k2tog, yrn, k1, yrn, s1, k1, psso, k5, rep from * to last 2sts, k2

 

10th Row:          S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5

 

11th Row:         S1, k5, * k2tog, yrn, k3, yrn, s1, k1, psso, k3, rep from * to last 3sts, k3

 

12th Row:         S1, k4, p3, *k1, p1, k1, p7, rep from * to last 11sts, k1, p1, k1, p3, k5

 

13th Row:             S1, k6,* p2, k1, p2, k5, rep from * to last 2sts, k2

 

14th Row:              S1, k4, p2, *k2, p1, k2, p5, rep from * to last 12sts, k2, p1, k2, p2, k5 

 

Repeat last 2 rows twice more

19th Row:             S1, knit to end

 

20th Row:             S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5

 

Repeat last 2 rows 7 times more

Keeping the first & last 5sts of every row as knit stitches throughout, continue as follows ~

 

 35th Row:            Work 23sts, cast off 6sts, work 40sts, cast off 6sts, work to end

 

 36th  Row:           Knit 23sts from the right front, 25sts from the first sleeve, 41sts from the back,  
                              25sts from  the second sleeve and 23sts from left front    (137 stitches)

 

 

Work the Yoke

 

 

1st Row:             K5, k2tog, k42, k2tog, k17, k2tog, k17, k2tog, knit to last 7sts, k2tog, k2 row   (132sts)

 

 2nd Row:               Knit

 

 3rd Row:  K1, k2tog, yfwd, k2 (for buttonhole), *(k2, k2tog), repeat from * to last 7sts, k7   (102sts)

 

 Knit 3 rows 

 

 7th Row:  K5, *(k2tog, k7), repeat from * to last 7sts, k2tog, k5                                       (91sts) 

 

 Knit 3 rows

 

 11th Row:  K8, *(k2tog, k7), repeat from * to last 2sts, k2                                                   (82sts) 

 

 Knit 3 rows

 

 15th Row:  K1, k2tog, yfwd, k2 (for buttonhole), k3, *(k2tog, k6), repeat from * to last 2sts, k2    (73sts) 

 

 Knit 3 rows

 

 19th Row:  K7, *(k2tog, k6), repeat from * to last 2sts, k2                                               (65sts)

 

 Knit 3 rows

 

 23rd  Row:  K7, *(k2tog, k6), repeat from * to last 2sts, k2                                              (58sts)

 

 Knit 3 rows

 

 27th Row:  K1, k2tog, yfwd, k2 (for buttonhole), knit to end of row 

 

 Knit 2 rows

 

 Cast off loosely

 

 

To Finish

 

 Join sleeve and underarm seams

 

 Darn away ends

 

 Sew on buttons

 

Add some pretty flowers ~ flower buttons, or crochet flowers or embroider them………have fun!