Where the heart is

Another summer weekend, another summer festival, and as Jane and I enjoy watching ‘The Pixies’ live at T in the Park, we both have a sense of achievement.

Starburst Bracelet

Starburst Bracelet Advanced Loom skillz!

Firstly, I have completed my second loom band. The first basic, the second an ‘advanced’ Starburst Bracelet! Katie was relieved, I think I may have annoyed her with my failed attempts, but the final result was somewhat fantastic (I say so myself, and that’s all!).

Perhaps more importantly, Jane has responded to her fans and published one of her own patterns for sale.

Home is ‘Where the heart is‘, and so this lovely faux fair isle cushion cover will make a charming addition to anyone’s home

You can view it, along with a selection of other patterns in the shop which has links to Ravelry for purchasing.

Please have a ‘mooch’, and let us know if there are any other patterns Jane has created that you’d like to see available to buy.

As always, please also share your creations on her Facebook page, or via Twitter!

Kasbah Faux Fair Isle Sock Pattern, now available

I have a new pattern for sale this week,  Kasbah!  These little beauties combine my knitting loves in one easy to work, portable project that uses up those left overs of self patterning sock yarn.

kasbah faux fair isle socks

Worked from the cuff down this simple sock pattern has Fair Isle bands of easy peasy colour work (because the self patterning yarn is doing all the work for you).  The chart is only worked on the leg and foot, so you don’t have to contend with colour work and shaping in the same round.

kasbah faux fair isle socks

What you will need:

  • 100g plain fingering weight (4 ply) sock yarn
  • 25g self patterning fingering weight sock yarn
  • 2.5mm dpns

The socks fit average women’s – small men’s feet.  You could always experiment with the needle size if you need them a little larger.

kasbah faux fair isle socks

You can buy the pattern from Ravelry, Craftsy or Folksy.

kasbah faux fair isle socks

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

Remember that Bleedin' Sock Yarn?

Way way back in August I told you my tale of woe,  about how I have left my wet sock on the blockers over night and woke to find what looked like a ‘sock massacre’.  Okay,  I maybe prone to over exaggeration but it was a tiny bit on the traumatic scale.  If you missed it you can reacquaint yourself with the full story here.

I can now reveal the rest of the sock to you.  Introducing Elska,  Scandi style socks that will warm your feet, with their stranded colour work.  Giving you nice thick snuggly socks and, with a cute couple holding hands they will warm your heart too.  They are featured in Let’s Knit Magazine which goes on sale later this week.

scandi holding hands socks feet up lets knit magazine

The socks are worked from the top down with no patterning on the heel or the instep making them a nice introduction to Fair Isle sock knitting.

scandi holding hands socks crossed lets knit magazine

You can buy your copy of Let’s Knit magazine from the App Store to download.  The morale of the story…… always dry your socks flat!

September Issue of Let's Knit is out now!

Betty

I was really thrilled to be asked to design a ‘Vintage’ style bonnet kit for this issue of Let’s Knit Magazine. The contemporary colour yarn makes this a perfect unisex bonnet. Knit in one piece, with I-cord ties, this really is a quick and simple knit. Just perfect for a baby shower gift! Feeling adventurous? Why not crochet a flower for the side of the bonnet, of swap the I-cord ties for ribbon.

Named after the beautiful model, how cute is Betty?

Betty Heritage Baby Bonnet

Also in this issue of the magazine is ‘Hayley’

Hayley is a knitted ring binder cover, customise your folders with this simple fair isle design worked in Stylecraft Life DK yarn. It is a great introduction to stranded colour work or ‘fair isle’.

Hayley ring binder cover

I hope you enjoyed both my design’s in this issue.