Wednesday, 27 February 2013


Stash Buster Challenge ~ February Update


I have been very busy during February - 
with a few days away over half term, a couple of nights out at the theatre, my birthday, finding a new (to me) car,
as well as the usual work, housework, life  . . . . . . .
But my crafting has not suffered - and i have used up loads of stash this month.

I have been making blankets
 
chunky blanket

 
This cosy knee rug used up loads of chunky yarn I have had in my stash for a very long time. It's 85cm x 85cm 
 
 

A cute crochet snuggle blanket for a toddler
made in DK acrylic yarn. 85cm x 85cm
 

 
 I have almost finished another toddler blanket
using a pale pink/lilac colour - along with a fine white yarn - that
needed to be used!
 
I will crochet a shell edging on it tonight.
Probably similar to the shell edging I used on this little blanket I made last year.
 
 
Stash used in February ~
 
scarves - 220g, baby clothes 310g, blankets 420g + 270g + 350g
Total = 1570g
All in all a very satisfying amout of stash now busted! 

 
 

Thursday, 14 February 2013


St Valentine's Day

Cute as a Button ............





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Heart Button Crochet Baby Hats   0 – 3 months
Requirements:

 DK yarn

 4mm crochet hook

 pretty buttons

 
Pattern:

This pattern is written in UK terminology.         tc = treble crochet        dc = double crochet

 

Worked in the round

 

Chain 3,  join with a slip stitch into a ring.

 

Round 1:   ch2, make 9tc into ring, slip stitch to join. (10sts)

 

Round 2:   ch2 then 1tc in same stitch as ch2, 2tc in each stitch all around, join with slip stitch. (20sts)

 

Round 3:   ch2  then1 tc in same stitch as ch2,  * 1tc in next stitch, 2tc in next stitch repeat from * all around,  join with slip stitch. (30sts)

 

Round 4:   ch2  then1 tc in same stitch as ch2,  * 1tc in next stitch, 1tc in next stitch , 2tc in next stitch repeat from * all around,  join with slip stitch. (40sts)

 

Round 5:   Ch 2, tc in each stitch all around, join with slip stitch. (40sts)
 
Rounds  6 - 10:   Repeat round  5
 
Round 11:   Repeat round 5 using a contrast colour  if desired.
 
Round 12:   Ch 1, 1dc in each stitch all around,  join with slip stitch. 
Fasten off.  Weave in ends.
Add some pretty buttons.

 

Tuesday, 12 February 2013


Twelve Good Men And True .....

Fun Finger People



And of course ~ Here Come The Girls !



And a Little Miss .......



Happy Families

finger puppets

 

These cute Finger Puppets are based on some I saw here -

Hope you like them



Friday, 8 February 2013

All-in-one Knitted Baby Tops

A very quick project - and - No Sewing Up!

I have been knitting these cute little baby tops & thought you might like to make them too.
They are very quick to complete ..... 
 
..... and are a perfect little gift for a newborn baby.






all-in-one newborn baby sleeveless cardi


all-in-one newborn baby top






Please note - there are instructions for 2 variations of this pattern design ~

a 2-button matinee /swing  style top
&
a 3-button sleeveless cardi with ribbing at the neck & lower edge
 
 
Early / Small Newborn Sleeveless Matinee Top
 

 

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/all-in-one-baby-top

 

All-in-One Baby Top      For an early or small newborn baby

Yarn    any DK  (tension 22sts over 4”/10cm)   -  requires  42g

Needles  – 4mm throughout (UK old No.8)
Requires 2 small buttons

Worked from the neck downwards 


Tips:


·         Cast off loosely on row 25 for the cap sleeves – if you find this difficult – use a larger needle


·         m1 (make 1) on row 27 – I do this by knitting into the front & back of a stitch – some knitters pick up the bar of yarn from the previous row – either way will be OK


·         yfwd – yarn forward seems to be a very UK term – you may know this as yo (yarn over) or yrn (yarn round needle). This makes the buttonholes and also the little eyelet holes on the yoke                    
 
Cast on 57sts
 
Rows 1 & 2   Knit
Row 3           K2, yfwd, k2 tog, knit to end of row
Rows 4 & 5   Knit
Row 6           K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 7           Knit
Row 8           K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 9           K8, *(yfwd, k1, yfwd, k4) rep from * to last 4sts,k4                               75sts
Row 10         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 11         Knit
Row 12         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 13         K8, *(yfwd, k3, yfwd, k4) rep from * to last 4sts, k4                               93sts
Rows 14, 15, 16          As rows 10, 11, 12        
Row 17         K8, *(yfwd, k5, yfwd, k4) rep from * to last 4sts, k4                              111sts
Rows 18, 19, 20          As rows 10, 11, 12   
Rows 21, 22, 23, 24    Knit
Row 25         K18, cast off 20sts, k34, cast off 20sts, k17
Row 26         Knit                                                                                                     71sts
Row 27         K2, yfwd, k2 tog, (k2, m1) 15 times, k3, m1, (k2, m1) 14 times, k6
Row 28         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4                                                                         101sts
Row 29         Knit
Row 30         K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Repeat last 2 rows 9 times more
Knit 5 rows
Cast off loosely                                
Darn away ends                               
Sew on buttons               

 
 * * * * *
 
 
Early / Small Newborn Sleeveless Cardi
 
 

All-in-One Baby Top with ribbing      For an early or small newborn baby

Yarn    any DK  (tension 22sts over 4”/10cm)        -   requires  34g
Needles  – 4mm throughout (UK old No.8)
Requires 3 small buttons
Worked from the neck downwards

Tips:

·         Cast off loosely on row 25 for the cap sleeves – if you find this difficult – use a larger needle

·         m1 (make 1) on row 27 – I do this by knitting into the front & back of a stitch – some knitters pick up the bar of yarn from the previous row – either way will be OK

·         yfwd – yarn forward seems to be a very UK term – you may know this as yo (yarn over) or yrn (yarn round needle). This makes the buttonholes and also the little eyelet holes on the yoke
Cast on 57sts.
Rib 6 rows,  making a buttonhole on the 3rd row
Row 7            Knit
Row 8            K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 9            K8, *(yfwd, k1, yfwd, k4) rep from * to last 4sts,k4                     75sts
Row 10          K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 11          Knit
Row 12          K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 13          K8, *(yfwd, k3, yfwd, k4) rep from * to last 4sts, k4                    93sts
Rows 14, 15, 16           As rows 10, 11, 12
Row 17          K8, *(yfwd, k5, yfwd, k4) rep from * to last 4sts, k4                   111sts
Rows 18, 19, 20            As rows 10, 11, 12
Rows 21, 22, 23, 24       Knit
Row 25          K18, cast off 20sts, k34, cast off 20sts, k17
Row 26          Knit                                                                                         71sts
Row 27          K2, yfwd, k2 tog, *(k3, m1) rep from * to last 7sts, k7                91sts
Row 28          K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 29          Knit
Row 30          K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Repeat last 2 rows 9 times more
Rib 6 rows, making a buttonhole on 5th row
Cast off loosely                                
Darn away ends                               
Sew on buttons     
 
          
Hope you enjoy making them
 
I would love to hear your comments
All-in-One Baby Top         0 -3 months

 




Width:             16”    (41cm)

Length:            9       (23cm)
Yarn  –  any DK  (tension 22sts over 4”/10cm)    
         
Needles  – 4mm throughout
Requires 3 small buttons


Worked from the neck downwards 


Tips:


·         Cast off loosely on row 29 for the cap sleeves – if you find this difficult – use a larger needle


·         m1 (make 1) on row 31 – I do this by knitting into the front & back of a stitch – some knitters pick up the bar of yarn from the previous row – either way will be OK


·         yfwd – yarn forward seems to be a very UK term – you may know this as yo (yarn over) or yrn (yarn round needle). This makes the buttonholes and also the little eyelet holes on the yoke

·         For a nice variation rib the first and last 5 rows.           
  
Cast on 57sts
Rows 1 & 2       Knit
Row 3               K2, yfwd, k2 tog, knit to end of row
Rows 4 & 5       Knit
Row 6               K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 7               Knit
Row 8               K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 9               K8, *(yfwd, k1, yfwd, k4) rep from * to last 4sts,k4                       75sts
Row 10             K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 11             Knit
Row 12             K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 13             K8, *(yfwd, k3, yfwd, k4) rep from * to last 4sts, k4                       93sts
Row 14             K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 15             K2, yfwd, k2 tog, knit to end of row
Rows 16           K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Row 17             K8, *(yfwd, k5, yfwd, k4) rep from * to last 4sts, k4                       111sts
Rows 18, 19, 20            As rows 10, 11, 12   
Row 21             K8, *(yfwd, k7, yfwd, k4) rep from * to last 4sts, k4                       129sts
Rows 22, 23, 24            As rows 10, 11, 12                                                        
Rows 25, 26,     Knit
Row 27             K2, yfwd, k2 tog, knit to end of row
Row 28             Knit
Row 29             K21, cast off 24sts, k38, cast off 24sts, k20
Row 30             Knit across (21sts for front, 39sts for back, 21sts for front)              81sts
Row 31             K4,, (k2, m1) 18 times, k1, m1, (k2, m1) 17 times, k6
Row 32             K4, purl to last 4sts, k4                                                                117sts
Row 33             Knit
Row 34             K4, purl to last 4sts, k4
Repeat last 2 rows 12 times more
Knit 5 rows
Cast off loosely                       
Darn away ends                       
Sew on buttons





All-in-One Baby Top      For a 6 months baby

 


Width:             18”    (46cm)

Length:            10”       (25.5cm)


Yarn    any DK  (tension 22sts over 4”/10cm)      - requires 56g
Needles  – 4mm throughout

Requires 3 small buttons

Tips:

·         Cast off loosely on row 30 for the cap sleeves – if you find this difficult – use a larger needle

·         m1 (make 1) on row 33 – I do this by knitting into the front & back of a stitch – some knitters pick up the bar of yarn from the previous row – either way will be OK

·         yfwd – yarn forward seems to be a very UK term – you may know this as yo (yarn over) or yrn (yarn round needle). This makes the buttonholes and also the little eyelet holes on the yoke

·         For a nice variation rib the first and last 5 rows.



Worked from the neck downwards               

Cast on 69sts

 

Rows 1 & 2                   Knit
Row 3                          K2, yfwd, k2 tog, (makes a buttonhole) knit to end of row
Rows 4 & 5                   Knit
Row 6                          K5, purl to last 5sts, k5
Row 7                          Knit
Row 8                          K5, purl to last 5sts, k5
Row 9                          K9, *(yfwd, k1, yfwd, k4) rep from * to last 5sts,k5                 91sts
Row 10                        K5, purl to last 5sts, k5
Row 11                        Knit
Row 12                        K5, purl to last 5sts, k5
Row 13                        K9, *(yfwd, k3, yfwd, k4) rep from * to last 5sts, k5              113sts
Rows 14                      K5, purl to last 5sts, k5
Row 15                        K2, yfwd, k2 tog, (makes a buttonhole) knit to end of row
Row 16                        K5, purl to last 5sts, k5
Row 17                        K9, *(yfwd, k5, yfwd, k4) rep from * to last 5sts, k5              135sts
Rows 18, 19, 20           As rows 10, 11, 12   

Row 21                        K9, *(yfwd, k7, yfwd, k4) rep from * to last 5sts, k5              157sts
Rows 22, 23, 24           As rows 10, 11, 12   

Rows 25, 26                 Knit
Row 27                        K2, yfwd, k2 tog, (makes a buttonhole) knit to end of row
Row 28                        Knit
Row 29                        Knit
Row 30                        K26, cast off 28sts, k48, cast off 28sts, k25
Row 31                        Knit  (26sts from front, 49sts from back. 26sts from front)      101sts

Row 32                        K5, purl to last 5sts, k5
Row 33                        K5, (k3, m1) to last 6ts, k6                                                   131sts
Row 34                        K5, purl to last 5sts, k5

Row 35                        Knit     
Row 36                        K5, purl to last 5sts, k5                                               
Repeat last 2 rows
until work measures 23cm ( 9” ) in length

Knit 5 rows
Cast off loosely
                      
Darn away ends                     
Sew on buttons
        




You will find instructions for age 9 - 12 months at ~


and instructions for age 1 -3 years and age 4 - 6 years at ~

 
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matching hats - newborn and small/early baby
 
 
 
 
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