Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Stylecraft Special DK Chevron Crochet Blanket

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Remember the chevron blanket I started crocheting last Easter long weekend?! Well, it's finally finished, and ahead of schedule as I was aiming for Mum's birthday in May. Yeah!

I've enjoyed crocheting this blanket and have loved working with the Stylecraft Special DK yarn, such deliciously gorgeous colours. There are 5 sets of rainbows, and I added side borders so the complete blanket measures 128cm x 168cm. There are 3 rows of each colour, and the border consists of 1 row of colour.

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The yarns I used in order are:

1246 - Lipstick; 1083 - Pomegranate; 1241 - Fondant; 1132 - Shrimp; 1263 Citron; 1020 Lemon; 1316 - Spring Green; 1065 - Meadow; 1422 - Aspen; 1068 - Turquoise; 1034 - Sherbert; 1019 - Cloud Blue; 1003 - Aster; 1188 - Lavender; 1432 - Wisteria; 1390 - Clematis; 1084 - Magenta and 1061 - Plum.

I'm continuing to knit beanies as I haven't decided on my next crochet project yet. It is a big decision because I'll be working on it for the next 12 months so I need to love it. I have been thinking about hexagons arranged in a grandmother's garden pattern, but I'll dread all the ends I would need to sew!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Nigiri Cross Stitch

My boss, A really likes nigiri, so much so, that's all he would like to eat during his next trip to Japan! You may remember I stitched some sushi on a tea towel back in March 2012, so I though he would like this for his birthday today.  The pattern is from Anne Sohier-Fournel's Japon Au Point De Croix.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Doubloon Beanies

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I knitted Benjamin a new beanie for his birthday as he has out grown the blue one I made him last year. This pattern is from Better Homes & Garden's Your Knitting & Crochet Collection, and I used Fiddlesticks classic wool which was great to work with. I thought it would be too big for Benjamin, but it appears to fit him well but I'm afraid it hides his great head of hair!

I bought a few balls of Cosy Wool from Lincraft which is great to work with too and has a thick, lush feel. I'm knitting my third beanie from this yarn for some friend's children for the upcoming winter.  I just love the bright colours, and it comes in 4 ply as well.

Using 3.25mm needles, cast on 106 stitches
Work 17 rows garter stitch (knit every row which is great because I don't like ribbing)
Change to 4mm needles
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Continue with stocking stitch until the beanie measures 13cm (which for me is 29 rows), end with purl

Shape crown

I prefer to knit 2 together (k2tog) rather than pass slip stitch over (psso) 
Row 1: Knit 1, *knit 11, knit 2 together, repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1 (98 stitches)
Row 2 and alternate rows, purl to the end
Row 3: Knit 1, *knit 10, knit 2 together, repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1 (90 stitches)
Continue reducing in the same pattern until Row 21 when you knit 2 together 13 times

Break off yarn, run end through remaining stitches, pull tight and secure. Join side edges to form back seam.

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Teddy Bear Cross Stitch

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Baby B turned one on Sunday! This cross stitch pattern is from Better Homes & Garden magazine back in November 2005! I can't believe it's over 10 years old, but hording charts comes in handy as I'll have just the right pattern for someone special. I have 10 bear designs so stay tuned for the next 9 years!

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It turns out I've cross stitched a couple of patterns from this magazine edition before, I long for the days when I had so much time to stitch. It's English Breakfast above and French breakfast below.

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