My Ass on the front cover of Simply Knitting magazine

How could I not run with that headline?

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I had great fun designing for issue 132 of Simply Knitting magazine, as you can see there is a cute donkey purse on the cover,¬† it is mine ūüôā¬† I love this little fella!

knitted donkey purse jane burns

 

knitted donkey purse jane burns

There was also a cover mount kit with all you need to make a flower corsage, there were a couple of different flowers to choose from.   Happy Knitting, Jane x

knitted corsage flower jane burns

The Big Apple, Knitted Cushion

Well hello there!

Have you been away on your summer holidays yet?¬† Did any of you manage to get to the Big Apple?¬† Or are you looking to make a cushion, a fun one?¬† Or a perhaps you’re looking for perfect gift for the World’s Best Teacher?

big apple knit cushion jane burns

 

 

Or you just like apples?  You can find the pattern for my giant apple cushion inside issue 130 of Simply Knitting magazine,  Happy Knitting, Jane x

 

Summer Living, Knit Style

Hello ūüôā

As I sit to write this post, after a many days of sunshine and gentle breezes… it is pouring down with rain.¬† As we say in these parts, great weather for ducks!

Issue 93 of Lets Knit Magazine hits the shelves tomorrow and inside I have a few summery projects for you.

butterfly cushion jane burns knit

 

Inspired by the beautiful African Flower crochet animals that are all over my social media feeds, this butterfly cushion was born.¬† I thought to myself, ‘¬†why should the hookers have all the fun?’

butterfly cushion jane burns knit

Why not take the basic hexagon pattern and create your own African Flower creatures, I would love to see your pictures.

To compliment the cushion, I also went a little I-cord crazy and designed some bunting and a mobile.  Why not get the children making I-cords using a knitting dolly (French knitting), and use those?

icord butterfly mobile jane burns knit

icord butterfly bunting jane burns knit

For those of you not as enthused by butterflies as I am, I have something that is just perfect for Al Fresco dining………..

knitted strawberry bunting jane burns

 

I hope you have enjoyed this months projects as much as I did designing them.

Happy Knitting,  Jane x

 

Run, run as fast as you can… Gingerbread Hat Man

If you are still looking for that last-minute special gift, I might just have very design for you.  Little Ginger is a super quick knit which is designed to fit 3 years to teens.  The hat is worked from the ribbing up with simple decreases.   This version is knitted using Rico Soft Merino Aran which really was butter soft and a delight to work with.

Little Ginger knitted hat jane burns

Why not swap the pink for blue?

Little Ginger knitted hat jane burns

 

 

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page

You can download Issue 87 of Let’s Knit Magazine here.

 

Happy Knitting………………… ¬† ¬†Jane x

 

 

 

 

Tiny Knitted Gift Bags and Sparkly Sacks

tiny treats tree gift bags knitted jane burns

These tiny bags are great for hiding treats on the tree

Image courtesy of Simply Knitting Magazine

I was luck enough to receive a pack of Lion Brand, Bonbons to try.  For those of you yet to come across these assorted packets of yarnie fun you can read some more about them in my previous blog post

I thought these Party Bonbon’s were just crying out to be Christmassy.¬† So the mini treat bags were born, not under a star and greeted by Three Wisemen, but here in my studio, greeted by cuppa and a digestive biscuit!

Disclaimer… I did not write the comment on the image that was the saucy sorts at Simply Knitting!

You can find the pattern inside the Hand Knit Christmas supplement which is free with issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.  You can download your copy here.

christmas knits jane burns

 

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

Elf Yourself Knitted Christmas Jumper

 

Of course I have designed a silly Christmas Jumper for the man in your life.  Introducing my Elf Yourself Sweater.

 

 

elf sweater knitted jane burns

Elf Yourself

Image courtesy of Simply Knitting Magazine

 

This charming sweater is a traditional drop shoulder sweater with an Intarsia Elf motif.  To make this a little easier on yourself I highly recommend swiss darning the belt buckle and black outlining on rather than using Intarsia.

The pattern is written for chest sizes 55, 58.5 and 63.5cm which is approximately 3-5 years.

You can find the pattern inside the Hand Knit Christmas supplement which is free with issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.  You can download your copy here.

christmas knits jane burns

 

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

 

elf christmas sweater2 knit jane burns

Santa Baby Hat & Sweater

I know how you all secretly love a good Christmas jumper!  I have been a busy girl creating three such delights for your little people.

Today I would like to introduce you to…… drum roll please…

santa baby hat and jumper jane burns

Santa Baby

Images courtesy of Simply Knitting

This is a traditional style drop shoulder sweater, worked from the bottom up.  It is a very straight forward knit and would suit a keen beginner.  If you would like to make life even easier for yourself,  I recommend that you swiss darn the buckle details on, rather than intarsia.

The pattern is written for chest sizes 43, 45.5, 48, 53 and 55cm.  Which is approximately ages six months to 3 years.

santa baby hat knitted jane burns

This little chap looks super cute in his matching Santa hat.  The hat is worked in the round from the bottom up with simple shaping.  The pattern is written for three sizes (35.5, 40.5 & 45.5cm circumference)

You can find the pattern inside the Hand Knit Christmas supplement which is free with issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.  You can download your copy here.

christmas knits jane burns

 

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

Happy Knitting X

Halloween Knits, Monsters, Eyeball Cushions, Bats….

I love designing for Halloween,  I love the colours, I love the fun, I love getting to be as silly as my imagination will allow.  This is the third year running I have been asked by Simply Knitting Magazine to design a collection of projects for the Scary Season.  I have had the same model for each shoot and it has been lovely seeing her grow into a young lady.

 

 

This year I have four Halloween projects featured in issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.

eyeseeyou eyeball cushion knit jane burns

Eye See you Cushion

Images courtesy of Simply Knitting Magazine

This comedy cushion will get a giggle or two as you hide from the Fright Night Movie.  Knit in the round from the centre out in chunky yarn, this project works up super fast.

monster bash slippers knit jane burns

Monster Mash

With their furry yarn and big green eyes, Simply Knitting said these were possibly the best slippers they had ever seen! I was thrilled to read that *blushes*.

These cute critters are worked by holding a strand of aran yarn together with the furry yarn to give the slippers a nice sturdy feel and ensure you get plenty of monster miles out of them!

go batty knitted bats jane burns

Go Batty

Go Batty for these charming knitted bats, with their Velcro fastenings these would look great just about anywhere!  I am looking forward to getting them back and putting them on Little Misses bike!

Finally,

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I scream

Can’t have your hands getting cold whilst you indulge in your favourite treat.¬† Worked in chunky yarn in the round you can easily make this in an evening.¬† It would make an excellent gift ūüėČ

I hope you have enjoyed these as much as I did designing and making them.

You can get your hands on a copy of the magazine here

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

Happy Knitting X

 

 

 

Hello from the Little Monster in my Pocket Pal Sweater

It has been both¬†busy and exciting times here at Knitting Image headquarters (okay, in my studio).¬† There have been lots of exciting commissions, and new companies to work with. I find it¬†such a challenge to keep quiet about my projects as I am working on them.¬† I cast off and immediately want to write a blog ‘show & tell’.

A while back the folks at Simply Knitting Magazine asked me to apply my quirky style to some children’s garments.¬† This is the first in a series of designs, allow me to introduce you to ‘Pocket Pal’

pocket pal monster sweater jane burns

A special thank you to this very handsome model

This adorable (even if I do say so myself) sweater has it’s very own baby monster which fits snuggly into the Mummy (or Daddy) monsters pouch.¬† Knit in Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK, it¬†is beautifully soft against delicate skin.¬† The pattern is written for ages 0-6 months to¬†5 years and would look equally cute worked in a more feminine palette.

The sweater uses the Elizabeth Zimmermann sewn bind off for the neck.¬† This particular casting off method produces a very stretchy neckband, great for children’s garments.¬† This method developed by EZ¬†of sewing the tail of yarn through the stitches creates a finished edge that perfectly mirrors the long tail cast on.

This is how you do it….

Leave a tail of yarn approx. three times the circumference of the neckband, thread this through a tapestry needle

  1. Insert tapestry needle into first two stitches on left hand needle as if to p2tog, draw yarn through (do not slip off the needle)
  2. Reinsert the tapestry needle into the first stitch on the left-hand needle as if to knit, draw yarn through and slip stitch off the needle

Repeat steps 1 & 2 until all stitches are cast off.  You can find a great video demonstration here

pocket pal monster sweater jane burns

Issue 122 of Simply Knitting is available now, or you can download it from the App store and get knitting straight away.

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page.