Sunday, 29 June 2014

Easy Garter Stitch Striped Baby Blanket


easy garter stitch striped baby blanket
my neighbour's cat thinks it looks comfy......!
 
 
 
 
 
Blanket

DK yarn in 2 contrasting colours

4.5mm needles

Tension: 10sts = 2” (10cm)

Size: 25” square (64cm)

 

Using main colour cast on 110sts

Knit 8 rows in main colour

Continue in pattern ~

Knit 2 rows in contrast colour

Knit 4 rows in main colour

Repeat the last 6 rows until the blanket measures 24.5” (62.5cm)

Knit 4 more rows in main colour

Cast off

 

Using main colour, pick up and knit 124sts along the side edge of the blanket

Knit 8 rows

Cast off

Repeat for the other side edge

Darn away ends
 

Then have fun……….   add a ribbon bow ………….


or appliqué motifs if desired ~ hearts, flowers, butterflies or the simplest bow in the world
 

 
You will find the instructions for the simplest bow in the world at ~
 
 

 
You will find the instructions for this little cutie at ~
 
 

 
You will find the instructions for the butterfly at ~
 
 
 
 
 
You will find the instructions for these cute hearts at ~
 
 
 
 
 
You will find the instructions for this little crochet flower motif at ~
 
 
 
 
 
Last year I made a similar toddler blanket in blue & white -
and decorated it with little fish
 

 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Feeling Happy.......

I am feeling very happy right now ........
I have been so so busy ......... but at last I have time to blog!

During the school exam season I work as an invigilator, in addition to my usual job. That makes me super busy for a couple of months - but the exams are now over and I have time for ME again!

About six weeks ago Una of 'Great Balls of Wool' nominated me for a Liebster Award... it's my first blog award, so it is very special! Thank you so much Una.
You made me feel very happy. Sorry I took so long to blog about it!

 

 
 
The rules are ~
 

1)  Post 11 random facts about myself
2)  Answer 11 questions the awarding blogger has asked
3)  Nominate 11 blogs with less than 200 followers, add their links to this post, and let them know they've been nominated
4)  Create 11 questions the nominated blogs have to answer



So ~ 11 random facts about me are ~

1.  Being creative is my favourite way to spend time
2.  I have always been a bit of a rebel
3.  I was born in Scotland
4.  I love a glass or two of wine ......
5.  I have only ever had two pets - both of them cats
6.  My favourite colour is turquoise
7.  At school my nickname was 'Bubbles'
8.  I never leave home without my mascara on!
9.  I hate raw celery
10. I love fresh flowers
11. My family are the most important thing in my life


Una asked me ~

1) What is the last thing you knitted or crocheted?
     I have been knitting top-down baby jackets to donate to charity
2) Where would you go on holiday if price was no object?
    A trip across America would be fantastic!
3) Do you think there is intelligent life on other planets?
    No, I really don't think so - but I am prepared to be proved wrong on this one!
4) At what age did you learn to knit or crochet?
    My Mum and Granny were both great at knitting, crochet, needlework,   
    dressmaking, and lots of other crafts - I wanted to be like them, so I learned when I  
    was young - about 6 I think - I started making clothes for my dolls
5) What is your natural hair colour?
    Mid to dark brown
6) Which is your favourite season?
    Spring - I am always really happy when winter is over!
7) Are you a books or e-reader fan?
    Books. I do use my e-reader when I travel, but never at home
8) Do you prefer curtains or blinds?
    Curtains - I like fabric
9) Are you wearing earrings right now?
    Yes. I have a nice collection of pretty earings and I enjoy chosing which to wear each 
    day
10) Do you have a special crafting area at home?
     I would love to have a craft room - some day, maybe - but actually my crafting 
     area is pretty much wherever I am ........
11) If one person could rule the world, who should it be?
     Someone with great wisdom and compassion - but they seem to be hard to find!
 
 
I am delighted to nominate 11 blogs  with less than 200 followers -
and award them all the Liebster Award too ~
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to all of you
~ and if you want to take part - here are your questions ~
 
  1. How would you spend your 'perfect' day?
  2. What is your favourite yarn?
  3. Where were you born?
  4. Which foods do you detest?
  5. What would your friends say about you?
  6. What is your favourite film of all time?
  7. How many languages can you speak?
  8. What was your nickname at school?
  9. What is your favourite colour?
  10. If you were a fruit - what fruit would you be?
  11. What makes you happy?
 
Thank you for nominating me Una. I love your blog - http://bagsofwool.blogspot.co.uk/
 
 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Boy or Girl Top Down Baby Jacket



top down baby jacket ~ for boys or girls




Newborn  DK Baby Jacket    Top down for boys and girls

 

Width:             16”    (41cm)

Length:            8”       (20.5cm)

Sleeve seam:   5 ”    (13cm)

 

 DK yarn  ~ 50g

4.5 mm needles

Tension/ Gauge:  22sts = 4” (10cm)

inc in next st = increase in next st by knitting into the front and then the back of the same stitch
 

Cast on 67sts.

 

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

 

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

 

Row 3              S1, k1, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole) *p1,k1, rep from * to last st, k1

 

Row 4              S1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end

 

Row 5              S1, *k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2

 

Row 6              S1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end

 

Row 7              S1, k8, inc in next st, k2, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k2, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k2, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k2, inc in next st, k10

 

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

 

Row 9              S1, k8, inc in next st, k4, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k4, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k4, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k4, inc in next st, k10

 

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

 

Row 11            S1, k8, inc in next st, k6, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k6, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k6, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k6, inc in next st, k10

 

Row 12            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5

 

Row 13            S1, k8, inc in next st, k8, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k8, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k8, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k8, inc in next st, k10

 

Row 14            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5

 

Row 15            S1, k8, inc in next st, k10, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k10, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k10, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k10, inc in next st, k10

 

Row 16            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5

 

Row 17            S1, k8, inc in next st, k12, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k12, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k12, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k12, inc in next st, k10

 

Row 18            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5

 

Row 19            S1, k8, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k10

 

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

 

Row 21              S1, k8, inc in next st, k16, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k16, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k16, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k16, inc in next st, k10 

 

Row 22            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5

 

Row 23            S1, k8, inc in next st, k18, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k18, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k18, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k18, inc in next st, k10 

 

Row 24            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5

 

Row 25            S1, k8, inc in next st, k20, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k20, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k20, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k20, inc in next st, k10 

 

Row 26            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5

 

Divide Row:     S1, k21, slip next 31sts onto a spare needle, k41, slip next 31sts onto a spare needle, k22

 

Next Row:        S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5        (85sts)

 

Next Row:        S1, knit to end

 

Repeat last two rows until work measures 4“ (10cm) from the divide row, ending after a purl row.

 

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

 

Next Row         S1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end

 

Repeat the last 2 rows twice more

 

Cast off

 

Sleeves

 

Using 4.5mm needles and with wrong side facing, rejoin yarn to 31sts of first sleeve

 

 Row 1              K1, purl to last st, k1

 

Row 2              Knit into front & back of first st,  knit to last st,  knit into front & back of last st

 

Row 3              S1, purl to last st, k1

 

Row 4               S1, knit to end of row

 

Row 5              S1, purl to last st, k1

 

Row 6              S1, k2tog, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1              (31sts)

 

Row 7              S1, purl to last st, k1

 

Row 8              S1, knit to end of row

 
Row 9              S1, purl to last st, k1

 
Row 10              S1, knit to end of row

 
 
Row 11              S1, purl to last st, k1

 

Repeat the last 6 rows three times more                              (25sts)

 

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

 

Next Row         S1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end

 

Repeat the last 2 rows twice more

 

Cast off

 

Make the second sleeve in the same way

Sew up sleeve seams. Gather together underarms

Darn away ends

Sew on a button




To make a Short Sleeved Version ~


 


Short Sleeves

Using 4.5mm needles and with wrong side facing, rejoin yarn to 31sts of first sleeve

Rib 6 rows, or garter stitch 6 rows.


Cast off

Make the second sleeve in the same way
 

 

 
 
 
If you would like to make this baby jacket in aran weight yarn ~ you will find the instructions at ~
 
 
*  *  *  *  *
 
If you prefer a buttoned up baby cardigan - here is a version with 4 buttons......
 
Newborn  DK Baby Jacket    Top down for boys and girls – with 4 buttons
 



 

Made with 4mm needles ~ to fit a newborn baby

Width:             16”    (41cm)

 
Length:            8”       (20.5cm)

 
Sleeve seam:    4 ½ ”  (11.5cm)

 
 


 
Made with 4.5mm needles  ~ to fit a 3month baby

 
Width:             17”    (43cm)


 
Length:            8”       (20.5cm)

 
Sleeve seam:   5  (13cm)
 
 
 


 
 
Cast on 67sts
 
Row 1              S1, *k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2
 
Row 2              S1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end
 
Row 3              S1, k1, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole) *p1,k1, rep from * to last st, k1
 
Row 4              S1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end
 
Row 5              S1, *k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2
 
Row 6              S1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end
 
Row 7              S1, k3, inc in next st, k4, inc in next st, k2, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k2, inc
                           in next st, k14, inc in next st, k2, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k2, inc in next st,
                           k4, inc in next st, k5
 
Row 8              S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5
 
Row 9              S1, k3, inc in next st, k5, inc in next st, k4, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k4, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k4, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k4, inc in next st, k5, inc in next st, k5
 
Row 10            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5
 
Row 11            S1, k3, inc in next st, k6, inc in next st, k6, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k6, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k6, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k6, inc in next st, k6, inc in next st, k5
 
Row 12            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5
 
Row 13            S1, k3, inc in next st, k7, inc in next st, k8, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k8, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k8, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k8, inc in next st, k7, inc in next st, k5
 
Row 14            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5
 
Row 15            S1, k12, inc in next st, k10, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k10, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k10, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k10, inc in next st, k14
 
Row 16            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5
 
Row 17            S1, k12, inc in next st, k12, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k12, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k12, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k12, inc in next st, k14
 
Row 18            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5
 
Row 19            S1, k12, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k14
 
Row 20            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5
 
Row 21            S1, k1, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), k9, inc in next st, k16, inc in next st, k9,
                          inc in next st, k16, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k16, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k16, inc in next st, k14
 
Row 22            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5
 
Row 23            S1, k12, inc in next st, k18, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k18, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k18, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k18, inc in next st, k14
 
Row 24            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5
 
Row 25            S1, k12, inc in next st, k20, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k20, inc in next st, k14, inc in next st, k20, inc in next st, k9, inc in next st, k20, inc in next st, k14
 
Row 26            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5
 
Row 27            S1, knit to end
 
Row 28            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5
 
Divide Row:     S1, k25, slip next 31sts onto a spare needle, k41, slip next 31sts onto a spare needle, k26
 
Row 30            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5        (93sts)
 
Row 31            S1, knit to end
 
Row 32            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5       
 
Repeat last two rows 3 times more
 
Row 39            S1, k1, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole), knit to end
 
Row 40            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts,
 
Row 41            S1, knit to end
 
Row 42            S1, k4, purl to last 5sts, k5       
 
Repeat last two rows 6 times more
 
Row 55            S1, *k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2
 
Row 56            S1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end
 
Row 57            S1, k1, yrn, k2tog, (makes a buttonhole) *p1,k1, rep from * to last st, k1
 
Row 58            S1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end
 
Cast off in rib
 
 
 
Sleeves
 
With wrong side facing, rejoin yarn to 31sts of first sleeve
 
 Row 1              K1, purl to last st, k1
 
Row 2              Knit into front & back of first st,  knit to last st,  knit into front & back of last st
 
Row 3              S1, purl to last st, k1
 
Row 4               S1, knit to end of row
 
Row 5              S1, purl to last st, k1
 
Row 6              S1, k2tog, knit to last 3sts, k2tog, k1              (31sts)
 
Row 7              S1, purl to last st, k1
 
Row 8              S1, knit to end of row
 
Row 9              S1, purl to last st, k1
 
 
 
Row 10              S1, knit to end of row
 
Row 11              S1, purl to last st, k1
 

Repeat the last 6 rows three times more                              (25sts)
 
Next Row         S1, *k1, p1, rep from * to last 2sts, k2
 
Next Row         S1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end
 
Repeat the last 2 rows twice more
 
Cast off
 
Make the second sleeve in the same way
Sew up sleeve seams. Gather together underarms
Darn away ends
Sew on buttons
 
Short Sleeves
With wrong side facing, rejoin yarn to 31sts of first sleeve
Rib 6 rows, or garter stitch 6 rows.
Cast off
 
Make the second sleeve in the same way