Friday, 21 December 2012

Emily's blanket, and where it's going next

So I rectangled-off the crochet blanket. I did a crochet border round the whole thing - one row of treble crochet in white, one row in a coloured variegated yarn (I think it's Sirdar Crofter?) and another row of white. Then I wanted to do something different.

If you follow my crochet and knitted blankets board on Pinterest you might have seen this garter stitch striped blanket from completely cauchy. I love that blanket, I love it so, so much. But I know my own attention span and I know I'd never finish a full bed-sized knitted blanket (much like I haven't finished this crochet one!). A border though, I thought I could manage that. So here we go.

My coloured DK yarn was all thrown in a big bag so I sorted it out and wound it all up, the bigger balls:

And the littler ones:

Then I cast on 25 stitches and started going. The only rule is I have to change the colour on the right side. I try to balance the colours and the lights/darks but I don't really have a plan, just choose whatever seems like it would work next or that I haven't used in a while.

I think it's turning out pretty well! I'm not going to sew it onto the blanket until it's finished, because that will make it too bulky to work on I think. I'll just have to watch out for when I need to turn a corner. And after the garter stitch is finished, I'm not sure if it'll need something else as a final border just to finish it off. We'll see.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Knitting Pattern: Arundel Gloves

My new glove knitting pattern is finally finished!

These gloves feature a lace cuff (knit flat):

And an arrow design on the back of the hand, made using twisted stitches:

There are also instructions for a covered buttonhole on a finger of your choice, so you can use your smartphone on cold days without taking the whole glove off!

You can buy the pattern now through Ravelry - you don't need a Ravelry account.

Monday, 10 December 2012

I knitted a hat

I made myself a new hat!

That is me on the right.

It's a basic woolly hat with a ribbed brim. I used some cream-coloured aran yarn (Sirdar Denim, I think? The band is long gone), held double with a different coloured aran or chunky yarn, whatever I had hanging about the place, in four-row stripes. 8mm needles. I think maybe it needs a bobble to finish it off.

Linking up with Handmade Monday again today, why not go and take a look at all the lovely blogs!

Thursday, 6 December 2012