Knittens

When mittens are both knitted and crocheted – knittens.

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Granny squares make up the body of the knittens and a simple rib is picked up and worked around the top and bottom of the squares to finish them off.  Simple 🙂

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You can find this pattern inside issue 133 of Simply Knitting magazine, have fun with your knittens 🙂

Summer Living, Knit Style

Hello 🙂

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?

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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

 

17 Essential Crochet Gifts, You Simply Must Buy

Not wanting to leave the hookers out, I have put together what I consider to be the ultimate gift guide for those who crochet.  The list includes gadgets, gizmods and giggles and even something for boys!

Click the image and it will whisk you off to a magic portal where you can have these goodies delivered to your door so you don’t even have to enter a yarn store 😉

I hope you enjoy this gift guide, share it with your friends and make sure that all hookers are happy hookers this Christmas….

 

you can never have too much yarn knitting mug gift idea

Yarn Mug

real men crochet tie gifts for knitters men

Real Men Crochet Tie

I Crochet so I dont kill people bag gift idea

Crochet Bag

ball sack knitting bag gift idea

Crochet Bag

Crochet Bag

Crochet Bag

Knitting Blocking Combs gift idea

Genius, Blocking Combs

Knitting yarn Ball Winder, no more winding by hand! knitting gift idea

Yarn Ball Winder, no more winding by hand!

Umbrella Yarn Swift, no more fighting with yarn! knitting gift idea

Umbrella Yarn Swift, no more fighting with yarn!

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Must have Crochet Book

Must have Crochet Book

Mini Balls of Yarn

Mini Balls of Yarn

Yarn Bowl knitting gift idea

Yarn Bowl

Beautiful Stash Enhancement

Beautiful Stash Enhancement

Magnetic Knitting Chart Holder gift idea

Magnetic Chart Holder

Crochet hooks

Clover Getaway Soft Touch Crochet Hook Needle Gift Set

Light Up Crochet Hook

Crochet Lite Hook Light Up Crochet Hook

 

If you are still not sure, then I am pretty confident that the beautiful yarn packs and the Clover hook set will get you more than a kiss under the mistletoe 😉

Happy Hookin’

 

 

Do a runner this Christmas

We’re closer still to Christmas, so once you’re done creating your Halloween decorations you still have plenty of time to get hooking on this festive crochet table runner featured in issue 86 of Let’s Knit magazine.

“Christmas Feast” uses a cotton-blend yarn that has been plied with a thread of metallic silver, giving it a lovely holiday feel. Consisting of individual squares, it is a great pattern to suit any size (and shape) of table.

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

You can download Issue 86 of Let’s Knit Magazine here.

Not one but two great offers just for Halloween

Well the spooky season is well upon us now, the world seems to have taken on a distinctly orange and green hue.  If like me you are a fan of skullies I have not one but two great offers for you, My Not Just for Halloween socks pattern is only £1.50!

 

These cute socks are designed to be slightly slouchy for maximum comfort, the pattern is written for sizes:

Small – shoe size 1-4, ankle circumference 19cm
Medium – shoe size 4-7, ankle circumference 23cm
Large – shoe size 8-11, ankle circumference 28cm

The skully motif is applied using a crochet hook to knit the beads into the fabric as you go, no spending hours threading beads on to your yarn!! There is of course a link to a fantastic video tutorial on applying beads with a crochet hook included in the pattern. There is also a link to get you started knitting socks (just in case you need it).

You will need:
YARN: opal 4ply pullover and sock yarn in Orange, shade 5181
CROCHET HOOK: 0.75mm
DPN’s: 2.75mm
BEADS: Size 8 seed beads (I recommend, Debbie Abrahams, shade 605). One pack.

You can download the pattern here.

Please feel free to message me if you have any queries regarding this pattern.

Not inspired by the socks, then why not take a look at my Halloween eBook collections:

I said there were two offers….

I am running a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE OFFER, no coupon or voucher required, simply purchase Frightful Knits Volume Two and you will get Volume One for FREE. 

Frightful Knits Volume Two, a collection of six patterns, including one crochet bunting pattern.

Available to download here for only £4.95

The link will provide you with full pattern information.

 

Frightful Knits Volume One, a collection of six knitting patterns.

This collection is available to download here for only £4.50

The link will provide you with full pattern information.

I hope I have inspired you to pick up your needles, as always I would love to see what you have been making on my Facebook page.

Thousands of crochet cuties for the Guinness World Record attempt

August was such a hectic month, school was out and I had planned some quality relaxation time, plenty of PJ days and long sleep ins. Reality was the tail end of the Christmas deadline rush. The magazines work many months in advance and I spend my life in two time zones, real time and magazine time.

There were plenty of pj days, knitting in pj days and even some crochet in pj days. Crochet is now accounting for a third of my commissions. So lovely to see this craft thriving along side knitting and the knit/crochet divide being eroded.

The remainder of the days were spent getting Little Miss ready for her first day at secondary school. It is amazing how much she as grown during the holidays! Many, many, many items of uniform to be named, oh now I love that! Little Miss has survived her first few days at her new school and loves it, particularly the meals, that’s my girl!

Amongst this hive of activity I was asked to attend the counting of the Guinness Book of World records attempt for the most crochet sculptures in one place. What an honour, the original record stood at  4,061! Girls at The Craft Club put a call out for crochet pieces with the theme of Enid Blytons Faraway Tree and the response was jaw dropping.

Hundreds of bunnies…………

rabbits yarnbomb

Strawberries…..

yarnbomb strawberries

Owls

yarnbomb owls

Mushrooms…..

yarnbomb mushrooms

Apples……

yarnbomb apples

Acorns….

yarnbomb acorns

And even this tiny wee duck!

yarnbomb tiny duck

Laid out in the field for counting before being assembled in the garden of Little Havens Childrens Hospice for the enjoyment of the children and their families.

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The judges, including my friend Sarah Neal aka Incogknitter  and myself counted an earth shattering 13,388 crochet items!

Here is a link to a wonderful photo album of beautiful contributions.

Crochet Infinity Scarves

As I have mentioned before, it is always a challenge to keep things a secret from you. Early in the year I was desperate to tell you all about my next steps into book publishing.

Stitch Craft, Create approached me and asked if I would like to contribute to their Crochet Infinity Scarves book, I jumped at the chance! I designed three scarves for the collection…

Day Dream in Lace

day dream in lace crochet infinity scarf jane burns
Floaty and delicious

day dream in lace montage crochet infinity scarf1 jane burns

Perfectly Plaid

perfectly plaid crochet infinity scarf jane burns
Just perfect for guys as well as gals!

perfelty plaid crochet infinity scarf1 montage jane burns

Arch Window

arch window crochet infinity scarf1 montage jane burns
Gothic Inspired piece in contemporary colours.

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All three scarves can easily be adapted to which every length you prefer.

You can download this book from Stitch Craft Create or Amazon. If, like me, you prefer a physical copy, you can get your hands on one here from Amazon.

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

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Images courtesy of Stitch, Craft Create

Friday Freebie crochet pattern for your sneaker makeover – Violet

We have come to the last of our crochet flowers (well for now).  But what better way to end than with Violet.  Named after my wonderful Nan, my woolly inspiration, my how to be the nicest person you can be role model and bestest person ever!

 

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Friday Freebie, meet Tiny Tina, crochet pattern for your sneaker makeover

How are you this fine Friday?

This weeks Friday treat is Tiny Tina,  she is super cute, but better still sooooooooo fast to make.  Tiny Tina also makes great hairclips.  Can you suggest anything else we could use Tiny Tina for?

Tiny Tina

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Freebie Friday, the next crochet flower for your sneaker makeover – Viola

Hi my yarn loving friends, how are you?

What have you been making to keep you out of the sun and excuse you from the gardening?  Need another excuse to make pretty things?  Well……………… today is Friday and what better way to celebrate than with a new pair of shoes?  Almost!

Meet Viola, she is a little bolder than her little sister Vi, but not quite as loud as her big sis Violet!

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