Piggy Hat, yes really it is a Piggy Hat

Say hello to my little friend, the Piglet Hat…

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With the weather getting colder, our attention turns to cute accessories we can make for our loved ones.  Dare I say it, gift knitting (you know you should have started it by now, if you want to avoid a repeat of the Christmas gone, when you swore you would never knit another *insert expletive* gift again.

This cute piggy hat is sure to delight the wearer almost as must as the wearer’s audience, with its big friendly eyes and its comedic snout.

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The pattern is written for three sizes to fit head circumference 40 (45, 50) cm.

Skills:

  • knitting in the round
  • decreasing

Kit needed:

  • Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK (it is a posh piggy hat)
  • 3.25mm double pointed needles
  • 4mm double pointed needles
  • two leather shanked buttons 2.5mm diameter
  • toy stuffing
  • stitch markers

 

You can find the pattern inside issue 98 of Let’s Knit magazine.

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Happy Knitting, Jane x

It’s Alive! Frankenstein Sweater for your little monster

It is that time of year again folks, where I dust off my spooky imagination and get to have some really silly fun in the name of being ‘seasonal’.

Over the years I have designed a number of Halloween collections for Simply Knitting magazine, but this year it is just one project….

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Frankenstein Sweater (isn’t this young man just the coolest model ever?)

This super cute drop shoulder sweater is not only for Halloween, I am sure your little monster will want to wear this sweater well beyond the scary season.

Those of you who are not new to my work, will know that I like my designs to be playful, yet simple to achieve. There are charts for the hair and eyes, which are worked using the intarsia method.  But fear not, you could easily work these using duplicate stitch (or swiss darning), which would produce a great 3D effect for the features. The mouth and tongue are worked separately and sewn on the front at the end.

The pattern is written for chest sizes 53 – 76 cm (that is approx. 12 months to 11 years).

Skills needed:

  • k2tog
  • ssk
  • ribbing
  • picking up stitches
  • mattress stitch
  • swiss darning or intarsia
  • crochet chain or I-cord

Kit needed:

  • Stylecraft Special DK yarn in (black, bright green and violet)
  • Oddment of red 4ply yarn
  • 4mm crochet hook
  • darning needle
  • 2.5mm needles
  • 3.25mm needles
  • 4mm needles

You can find the pattern for this sweater inside issue 138 of Simply Knitting Magazine.

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Still looking for more spooky inspiration, take a look at my Ravelry store,  if you are quick I am running a special offer.  Use the code ‘Socktober’ at the checkout and you will receive a 30% discount on all my patterns!  Happy Knitting, Jane x

 

 

 

 

Sweet Chestnut Socks – Enabling Alert

Autumn has well and truly arrived in my corner of the UK.  I love the autumn, the colours, the smell, the lack of sun cream and need for knitwear…….

If you are taking part in Socktober and looking for a little bit of a sock challenge can I tempt you with my latest pattern in The Knitter Magazine (issue 89)?  These pretties are worked from the cuff down with some cable detail and a little beading.  The heel is an afterthought heel, which works beautifully, not interrupting the flow of the Zauberball yarn and it’s gently transitioning colours.

 

The pattern is written for two sizes, to fit foot circumference 23.5 (25) cm.

Skills:

  • Beading with a crochet hook
  • Cabling
  • Twisted ribbing
  • k2tog
  • ssk
  • yo
  • s2kpo

Shopping list:

  • Zauberball 4ply sock yarn
  • 2.75mm needles (or size to obtain gauge)
  • 0.6mm crochet hook
  • size 6/0 seed beads
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers

New KnitPro Zing Needles Review

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Disclaimer: Whilst I was provided with this product free of charge to review, these are my open and honest opinions. I receive no commission from the links below.

Knitting needles are a thing of personal preference, some of us like the super slickness of stainless steel with its go faster stripes and others long for the grip of bamboo and it’s training wheel security.

Personally I am a stainless steel devotee, in my early knitting days I spent many happy hours knitting away with my bamboo needles until a k5tog manoeuvre snapped the tip of my favourite pair!

I have tried many needles over the years and I have to say I am a Hiya Hiya stainless steel devotee (naturally Addi Turbos, being a great second choice). So when I was asked if I would like to review the new Zing fixed circular needles from KnitPro, curiosity got the better of me.

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Hiya Hiya – Zing – Addi

The Tips

Zings have a shorter taper from shaft to the point than Hiya Hiya and Addi needles, but the sharpness is comparable. I do not like the sharp (or lace) versions of the other brands. The tips of the Zings are sharp enough to work that bamboo snapping k5tog, but not so sharp as to poke holes in your index finger, if like me you tend to push down on your tips as you knit.

My initial concern with the Zings was about the join where the tip meets the shaft. I have previously tried the Karbonz, and I did find my yarn snagged at that point. The Zings however, allow the yarn to glide over effortlessly.

The Shaft

The coating on the shaft has a slightly satin finish to it, reminiscent of the Chiagoo needles. I found this slowed me down just enough to enjoy the Zen like rhythm of knitting, and it produced a beautiful even fabric. I have a tendency to loosen my tension as I work to the end of a knit row, nothing blocking doesn’t cure, but I did find knitting with the Zings almost eliminated this.

What about the cord join? How did I know you were going to ask me that?

Well, it’s Addi Turbo quality, although not quite Hiya Hiya excellence. I love the cord! It is a fixed cord, without a swivel join. It did not fight with me as I worked back and forth on a flat fabric. No kinking or twisting, and I felt it supported the weight of the fabric nicely.

I highly recommend giving Zing fixed circulars a try, they are light weight, warm to the touch and come in a great range of sizes (with each size across the range having its own pretty colour) so I am sure many of you will be drawn to the ‘pretties’. Zings would make a great transition from bamboo needles. I am looking forward to trying the Zing DPNs, if any of you have tried them, what did you think?

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Zing – Addi – Hiya Hiya

If you would like to know about the sizes available, this link will provide all that information.

You can find your nearest stockist here.

 

 

 

 

Glamping, under the stars

Turn camping into glamping with my colourful and practical chair.

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Jazz up an everyday fishing stool with some straightforward mosaic knitting.  The cover is knitted using Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK, which is incredibly strong and durable.

For those of you who have not tried mosaic knitting before, this is a great starting project.  The beauty of mosaic knitting is that you are only every working with one colour in each row!  Slipped stitches are used to manipulate the fabric and produce the pattern, magic!

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You can find the pattern for this project inside issue 92 of Let’s Knit Magazine.

Winchester Cathedral, bead and cable mittens

These mittens were inspired by the arched stained glass windows of churches and cathedrals.  I used elegant cabled archways with a touch of beading inspired by the beautiful lead work to design these cosy mittens.

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I designed my Winchester Cathedral mittens for Let’s Knit Magazine earlier in the year.  They will add a touch of elegance to your winter wardrobe, I hope you agree?

The mittens are knitted using Rowan Wool Cotton 4ply, which is delightfully warm and soft without being too bulky.  The beads are applied as you work with a small crochet hook.  New to this method of beading?  There is a tutorial with the pattern.

You get your copy of Winchester Cathedral inside issue 89 of Let’s Knit Magazine.

Dandelion Bunny Cushion

Who doesn’t love to hug a bunny?  Here is bunny that won’t try and wriggle away when you give it a good squeeze.

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Dandelion was designed for Let’s Knit Magazine earlier in the year.  The front and back panels are knit in the round from the centre out, the ears are also worked in the round to minimise the dreaded sewing up.   Fabric panels are attached to the front and the ears and pompom tail is added to finish off, cute, don’t you agree?

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If you would like to make your very own Dandelion, you can find the pattern inside issue 89 of Let’s Knit Magazine.

Turkish Delight Cushion

For all those stranded colour work fans out there, I present to you….. Turkish Delight. Turkish_Delight_1_medium2

This cushion is worked in the round using the wondering Jamieson’s of Shetland DK for an authentic colour work experience.

Add a splash of colour to compliment this monochrome palette and your home décor for a stunning piece that will last for years.

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You can get your copy of the pattern inside issue 91 of Let’s Knit Magazine.

Boho Chic with this Dusk Duo

Looking for a great way to take that summer outfit from day to dusk with a touch of Boho styling?  I have a couple of quick knit accessories that will help you do just that.

The multi-way scarf, belt, headband will give you a number of quick ways to adapt your look.

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The corset style belt with its lace up fastening will give you some killer curves if worn at the waist, or wear around the hips for a more relaxed fit. The corset is written in a large range of sizes from UK size 6 to 24.

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Both pieces are knit using Sirdar Soukie, this is a DK weight yarn. It is a blend of polyester, acrylic and cotton with sequins scattered throughout.

You can find the pattern for these pieces inside issue 94 of Let’s Knit Magazine,

How will you wear yours?

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Nine to Five Cabled Pencil Skirt

Something a little different from me on the blog today….. yes a skirt.

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I designed this skirt for Simply Knitting magazine (issue 131) and I loved every minute of the process.  The designing, the playing with cables so that they would form the faux ties at the base of the skirt.  I even enjoyed all the grading maths.

cable skirt jane burns knit

The skirt is knitted using West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Aran yarn (there are some gorgeous colours to choose from, including a lovely deep deep purple).  It is written for sizes 8 – 26, so there are no excuses for not getting your needles busy…..

cable skirt jane burns knit

Happy Knitting,  Jane x