Saturday, 13 September 2014

Armley Mills Wool Festival. Finishing Techniques. Knitting Workshop.

Learn how to give your knitting a professional finish with Audrey Wilson.
The secrets of invisible seams, buttonholes, grafting, blocking, picking up stitches,
making buttonholes, professional edgings and necklines.
You are invited to bring an unfinished garment of your own to the workshop. (Not compulsory)
Swatches will be provided for seaming, grafting and practice.
Please bring a pair of 4mm Knitting needles and a Tapestry needle.

To Book
All places must be pre booked at:
 Armley Mills.
Leeds Industrial Museum.
Canal Road.
Leeds.
LS12 2QF
Tel: 0113 2637861.
Armley Mills Wool Festival from 11am to 5pm.
Finishing Techniques Workshop from 12 noon to 4pm.
Cost of Workshop: £25.00
Includes entrance to the Wool Festival. Finishing Techniques Workshop.
Tea and Coffee.
Places are limited to a maximum of 10 people.



Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Free Hand Knitting Pattern for Bunting. Flags.


It's time to bring out the Bunting!
This is a very simple knitting pattern for Bunting and the pattern is now available here for free and in my Ravelry store. 
It's a perfect pattern for those who are completely new to knitting.
Made for fun and a great first knitting project. 

Each flag takes very little yarn (approx 20 grams of Cotton D.K.) and take less than an hour to knit. A great stash busting project. Perfect for a party or festive event and they make great nursery d├ęcor too! 

If you can cast on, increase and cast off, you can knit these colourful flags.

Let's celebrate!
Just click the link below
to download the free pattern from Ravelry.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knitted-bunting-party-flags












Monday, 21 July 2014

Baby Hooded Wrap Cardigan Hand Knitting Pattern


A very special Baby Wrap.
This is a very easy pattern, perfect for the new to knitting.
If you can cast on, knit, increase and cast off, you can knit this fabulous little cardigan.
The hand knitting pattern is written for chest sizes:
41(46:51)cm. 16(18:20)in.
To fit ages: 0-3m(3-6m:6-12m)
You will need 2(3:3) x 100 gram balls of Baby Soft D.K. yarn.
1 pair of 4mm (UK8-USA6) Knitting Needles.
3 Stitch Holders.

To buy this original and brand new hand knitting pattern.
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You will be redirected.
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£3.00


Thursday, 3 July 2014

Summer Knitting. Garter Stitch Chevron Throw.


Knitting whilst sitting in the garden during the summer months is such a delight
and what could be better than a beautiful chevron throw to keep the summer
breeze at bay.

This fabulous hand knitting pattern for a garter stitch chevron throw makes a very quick
and easy summer knitting project. The process of knitting the throw in individual
chevron strips makes this versatile project easy to transport whilst work in progress.


Finished Size (Adjustable): 
The knitting pattern is written for a blanket/afghan/throw measuring 
91.5 cm x 122 cm. 36 in x 48 in. finished.
Materials Required: 
Aran or Worsted weight Yarn. 
Colour A. Biscuit: 400 Grams. 
816 Metres. 892 Yards. 
Colour B. Brown: 400 Grams. 
816 Metres. 892 Yards. 
1 Pair 4mm (UK8 – US6) Knitting Needles. 
1 Tapestry Needle. 
NB: Each Chevron requires approx 18 Metres. 20 Yards of Yarn, in each colour.
Knit in single strips of Garter Stitch. Knit every row. 
Can be knit to any size.

To buy this original designer hand knitting pattern.
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You will be redirected.
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£3.50



Friday, 30 May 2014

Crochet a Mandala for Yarndale


I've just completed crocheting (whatever is plural for crochet?...I'm not quite sure!)
 several Mandalas, purely for pleasure, they're a little bit addictive!  
I'll be sending one of these lovely circles of delight to the very talented and creative 
Lucy at Attic24 who is currently organising a wall of crochet Mandalas to be featured at Yarndale this year and the call for individual Mandalas is out there 'tont 'tinternet .

Yarndale is a wonderful wooly festival of creativity and craft to be held in Skipton North Yorkshire on the 27th -28th September. Full details here

Mandalas are circular designs symbolizing the notion that life is never ending. 
Many mandalas have spiritual significance to an individual or group of individuals. The Hindus were one of the first people to use a mandala as a spiritual tool, but the mandalas most individuals are familiar with, are ones made by Buddhists.

Creating a Mandala
 It is always best to select colours intuitively.  With the assistance of Spirit and Destiny magazine find below colours and their symbolic meanings to assist you making your mandala colour choice:
RED for strength, high energy and passion
PINK for love, intuition and the feminine
ORANGE for creativity, transformation, self-awareness and intuition
YELLOW for learning, wisdom, laughter and happiness
GREEN for physical healing, psychic ability, love of nature and caring
BLUE for emotional healing, inner peace and meditation
PURPLE for all things spiritual
WHITE for spiritual focus
BLACK for mystery, deep thinking and individuality

Here are a few I made earlier,think I'll send the Yellow Mandala for learning, wisdom, laughter and happiness to the Yarndale project. 


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Free Crochet Pattern. Lets make Daisy Chains.



Daisy Chains
Abbreviations:
mm millimetres         ch chain         ss slip stitch               dc double crochet
tr treble crochet         rep repeat      dec decrease            rs right side

Materials.
Small quantity of 4ply Cotton in Green (A), Pink, Purple, Yellow, Orange (B).
1 x 3mm Crochet Hook.

Method:
Using 3mm Crochet Hook and Yarn A. Make 4ch, join with ss into a ring.
1st Round (RS) Using Yarn A: 1ch, 4dc into ring, join Yarn B with ss in 1ch.
Continue to use Yarn B.
2nd Round: 1ch, 2dc in ch below, 3dc in each of next 4ch, ss in 1st ch.
3rd Round: * 2ch, 2tr in ch below, dec in next 2ch; rep from * 5 more times, 
ending with an ss in ss of the previous round.
Fasten off securely and finish off all loose ends.

Pattern for personal use only.






Friday, 4 April 2014

Free Knitting Pattern. Little Bunny Egg Cosy. Easter Knitting.








If you would like to knit your own Easter Bunny and calorie free Easter Eggs, the hand knitting patterns are available to purchase in PDF format below.
Just click on the Buy now button and you'll be redirected to Paypal. 
Pay via credit card through Paypal and download the pattern.
♥ Happy Easter ♥




£3.00


These fabulous Shabby Chic Eggs are perfect for an Easter Egg Hunt or as a Pin Cushion. 
Knit in the round on 4 x 4mm (UK8-USA6) Double Pointed Knitting Needles. 
Using the tiniest amount of yarn for each egg. 
Approx 5 grams of yarn per colour (5 colours per egg) 
We used a Polystyrene egg, purchased from the local craft store to fill the interior, although Polyester Toy filling would make a good alternative. The pattern is written and each egg has it’s own colour chart….There’s also an empty chart included with the pattern so you can design your own Easter Eggs using the pattern as a guide. 

£3.00

This Easter Bunny egg cosy takes very little yarn and is really quick and easy to knit. Perfect, boiled eggs for breakfast on Easter Sunday. Knit one for every member of the family and serve up for breakfast before the traditional Easter Egg hunt.
♥ Wishing you all a very Happy Easter ♥
£2.50

All these knitting patterns and more are available to purchase from my Ravelry Store

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Free Knitting Pattern for Blanket Squares

This pattern was originally written for all my friends at the 
Womens Institute who are knitting a blanket for charity.
♥ Thought I’d share the love ♥ 

The knitting pattern is for two really easy Garter Stitch Blanket Squares. 
There’s a choice of two sizes a 3”/7.5cm x 3”/7.5cm or a 6”/15cm x 6”/15cm square. 
Each square is knit diagonally to ensure a perfect square. 
I designed the original blanket in a Gingham pattern formation, but, have left the choice of yarn colour open to the individual knitter as it would be very difficult to 
co-ordinate the yarn colours with so many knitters involved. 
Each square takes a tiny quantity of D.K. yarn. 
Approx 9 yards for the 3in/7.5cm square and 
36 yards for the 6in/15cm square. 
It’s a perfect pattern for those who would like to design their own blanket 
and those new to knitting. 
If you can increase, knit and decrease you can knit these squares!!

♥ Work in progress ♥

http://www.darlingroseswi.org

The pattern is also now available as a free download on the Knit for Peace website.

http://www.knitforpeace.org.uk

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Monday, 24 March 2014

Free Crochet Pattern. Lavender Gift Bag. Mothers Day Gifts to Crochet.


More Knitting Patterns available here


Sundays 'Beginners Crochet' workshop at Three Bags Full at was a great success. A big thank you to Kath for inviting me to host the workshop and to the girls who attended.
Using my Little Lavender Gift Bag as an introduction to reading a crochet pattern, all the girls learnt how to make their first chains, single crochet, double crochet, make a picot edging
 and finally a crochet i cord. 
Lots more bags to be made as gifts.
For those who couldn't attend the workshop, I thought I'd share the love and the free crochet pattern here on the blog.
These fabulous little bags make great gifts for Mothers Day.
Fill the finished bag with fragrant Lavender, 
alternatively use as a gift bag for a small bottle of a favorite Perfume.

The Next Steps Crochet workshop
 is 12 - 4pm on Sunday 13th April.
Contact Kath at Three Bags Full to book your place









Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Heart Knitting Patterns. Valentines Day



♥ Happy  Valentines Day ♥

Valentines Day is just around the corner and it seems appropriate to knit some beautiful scented hearts to scatter around the house or to give to those we love.
Here are three very easy fair isle (stranded) hand knitting patterns 
for Shabby Chic Scented Hearts.

Each finished knitted heart measures approx 6" x 6" in height and width.

Knit on 4mm (UK8-USA6) Knitting Needles using a very small quantity of D.K. Yarn.
You will also require a small amount of polyester filling and scented oil of choice for the interior of each heart.
(I usually spray a small amount of my favourite perfume onto the polyester filling)

To purchase one these beautiful hand knitting patterns,
click on the 'Buy Now' button below the pattern of your choice. 
Pay via Paypal 
and download the pattern in PDF format.

Shabby Chic Floral Heart
£2.50


Shabby Chic Gingham Heart
£2.50



Shabby Chic Rosebud Heart
£2.50

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Monday, 30 December 2013

Norwegian Stripe Ski Hat. Designer Hand Knitting Pattern.




Two-colour Norwegian knitting requires no new techniques beyond the basic knit and purl stitch. At each stitch, there are two available “active” colours of yarn; one is drawn through to make the stitch, and the other is simply held behind the piece, carried as a loose strand of yarn behind the just-made stitch. 

This fabulous new and original hand knitting pattern is written to include 2 methods of knitting. The first method is the traditional Norwegian method (Knit in the round on 4 double pointed knitting needles. Seamless) The second method is worked flat and knit using 2 needles, with a seam. 
The knitting pattern is a lot easier than it looks and takes very little yarn. I’ve stated 50grams of each of the 2 colours used in the pattern instructions.
The pattern is written a with chart. 
Now we just need the Ski slopes :)
To purchase this original 'On Trend' designer hand knitting pattern.
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and download the PDF pattern.
£3.00






Monday, 9 December 2013

Aran Tweed Cowl Hand Knitting Pattern


A new and very easy hand knitting pattern for a Cowl, Scarf or Neck Warmer.
This is an ideal project for the new knitter. If you can cast on, knit, purl and cast off you can knit this fabulous cowl.
The Cowl takes 200 grams (Just 2 x 100 gram balls) of Aran Tweed yarn. 
Perfect for using up some of the Stash! 
This fabulous Cowl can be knit in just about any yarn as the concertina effect means that the tension and yarn weight don’t dictate. Although we wouldn’t recommend using a finer yarn than D.K. Certainly much bulkier yarns would work just as well.
The hand knitting pattern is written for two knitting techniques. 
It can be knit flat on 2 needles or alternatively knit in the round on a circular needle.

To purchase this very easy knitting pattern.
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£3.00.

Monday, 28 October 2013

How to Knit. Bangles and Beads.

How to Knit. Bangles and Beads.
It was a privilege to host last weekends How to Knit creative workshop at Castaway Yarns in Haxby, near York. Using the Chocolate Truffle knitting pattern originally designed for the UK Hand Knitting Association ‘Make me Sweet’ project. We made knitted beads. It’s a very easy pattern and perfect as a How to knit project. Learning how to cast on, knit and cast off, we moved onto stocking stitch. By the end of the afternoon everyone also learnt how to read a knitting pattern, ball band, and increase and decrease, using my free diagonal garter stitch blanket square pattern.
Here’s a free copy of the Chocolate Truffle knitting pattern for those who couldn’t be with us. To make the garter stitch beads, omit the embroidery and thread the beads together using an elasticised thread.
We’ll be knitting lots of Bangles and Necklaces as gifts this Christmas ♥

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How to Knit Video. Casting on using the thumb method.


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Crochet Blanket Throw. Crochet Pattern.


A few days after the crochet workshop in Halifax, I flew out to Canada. 
Taking a crochet hook and ball of yarn on the plane with me, 
I started to crochet, what turned into, my colourful, Canadian, Crochet Blanket Throw.
The blanket throw and I covered approx 3000 miles on an amazing road trip 
throughout southern Ontario. 
It now lives on my chair in the studio, back home in the UK and
 it's a great reminder
 of a wonderful Canadian adventure.

The pattern for the crochet blanket throw is now available 
to purchase here as a PDF download.

You will need:1 x 4mm crochet hook and 7 x 100 gram balls DK yarn to make a 
100cm x 100cm square blanket.
Alternatively this is a great pattern for using up any spare balls of yarn.

To purchase this fabulous crochet pattern 
Just click on the buy now button below.
Pay via credit card through Paypal and download the pattern.

£3.00


Monday, 16 September 2013

Free Crochet Pattern for Granny Squares


The 'Next Steps' Crochet course held at Three Bags Full Wool Shop,
The Piece Hall, Halifax was a great success. 
Karen arrived with the most beautiful crochet blanket throw. A project she'd worked on after attending the beginners crochet workshop in June.
Squeals of delight at the stunning choice of colours and superb quality of work.

We covered crochet in the round and Granny Squares, with conversation and laughter as some of us recalled the trend for crochet in the '1960's. 
I still have a pattern for a '1960's crochet bikini !!! 
 By the way........... 
'If you don't remember the 60's, you weren't there!'

For those who couldn't make the crochet workshop, 
here's a free copy of the crochet pattern for a Granny Square. 
I might re-publish the crochet bikini pattern sometime early next year in time for next summer!!!


MATERIALS
Approx 25 yards of DK Cotton for each square.
1 x 4mm Crochet Hook.

ABBREVIATIONS
ch chain(s)                 ss slip stitch
tr treble(s)                  rep repeat
sp space(s)               beg beginning                      

USING ONE COLOUR
Using a 4mm Crochet Hook and DK Cotton Yarn.
Make 6ch.
Join with a ss to the first of the 6ch to make a circle.
1st Round: 3ch to count as first tr, 2tr into circle (working under the ch), 2ch, work [3tr into circle, 2ch] 3 times. Join with a ss to the 3rd of the first 3ch.
2nd Round: 2ch, work [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] into first 2ch sp to form the corner, *1ch, work [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] into the next 2ch sp; rep from * twice more. Join with a ss to the first of the first 2ch.
3rd Round: 3ch to count as first tr, work 2tr into the first ch sp to the left of the ss of the previous round, 1ch, *work [3tr,2ch,3tr] into 2ch sp, 1ch, 3tr into 1ch sp, 1ch; rep from * twice more, [3tr,2ch, 3tr] into the last 2ch sp, 1ch.
Join with a ss to the 3rd of the first 3ch.
4th Round: 2ch, 3tr into the next 1ch sp, 1ch, *work [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] into 2ch sp, 1ch [3tr into next 1ch sp, 1ch] twice; rep from * twice more, [3tr, 2ch, 3tr] into last 2ch sp, 1ch, 3tr into last 1ch sp. Join with a ss to the first of the first 2ch.
Break yarn, leaving a long tail end and draw through the loop on the hook, pull tightly and fasten off.

These squares can be worked to any size, by working more or less rounds as required, increasing by 3tr and 1ch along each side of the square on each round.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Aran Tweed Cable Cowl, Designer Hand Knitting Pattern





I really enjoyed designing and knitting this pattern.
Knit in Aran Tweed yarn, colour Oatmeal on 5mm knitting needles.
It's a very quick and easy pattern to knit.
If you can cast on, knit, purl and cable you can knit this 'On trend' design.
The knitting pattern requires just 200 grams of Aran yarn. 
You'll also require a 5mm (UK6-US8) cable needle.
The knitting pattern is written for two methods, 
you can choose to knit the cowl flat on 2 needles
or knit in the round on a circular knitting needle.

To purchase this fabulous, original, designer hand knitting pattern 
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£3.00

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