Just another cat obsessed knitter

Snugly Sheep

I’ve finally finished a textured, sheep themed baby blanket and a matching cushion cover.  This design took quite a few charts and swatches before I was happy with the moss/seed stitch sheep motifs.

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I got there in the end and have designed, knitted, photographed and written instructions, the knitting patterns are finally up for sale.

To celebrate I am offering them at half price on Ravelry for one week, finishing at midnight (GMT) on Sunday, 10th September, 2017.

 

I didn’t find the photography easy, the cream and silver grey yarns reacted differently to the light, so choosing and editing took forever and I’m still not 100% happy!  However, I hope they provide the knitter with a good idea of how the final piece will look!

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Indie June 2017

A few of my knitting patterns are being offered half price on Love Knitting to celebrate Independent Designers around the world who sell their patterns through Love Knitting Limited.  The offers are for this month only, the patterns will then return to their usual price.

https://www.loveknitting.com/tiger-paws-baby-hat-and-booties-knitting-pattern-by-sleake-knits

https://www.loveknitting.com/little-mice-baby-booties-knitting-pattern-by-sleake-knits

https://www.loveknitting.com/little-mouse-baby-hat-knitting-pattern-by-sleake-knits

https://www.loveknitting.com/flower-babys-cardigan-and-hat-knitting-pattern-by-sleake-knits

https://www.loveknitting.com/floral-flutters-cowl-knitting-pattern-by-sleake-knits

Basil’s thoughts

We haven’t heard much from Basil recently, so here are some photos with his thoughts!

I was peacefully sleeping, when rudely awakened for an opinion on this cat cowl thing. You can see my reply!

Accepting a tasty morsel, as I’m pleased to say I’m finally losing weight.  The knitter has been starving me, she doesn’t refill my bowl when it’s empty even when I ask in the cutest way possible!

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Trying to ignore a rival for the knitter’s attention, it’s certainly not as cute as me!

More Double Knitting

I knitted this ‘Prowling Cats’ Cowl using the double knitting technique in the round on a circular needle.  I found following the chart for the cat motifs a lot easier in the round than when using this technique for my ‘Cosy Sheep’ Cowl, which was knitted flat on two needles.

When knitting in the round you read every row of the chart from right to left.  The first stitch of each pair is knit in the colour shown on the chart whilst the second stitch of the pair is purled in the opposite colour, this applies to every row!  So a lot less confusing than knitting flat, when odd rows are worked the same as in the round, but for even rows you read the chart from left to right and have to remember to knit the first stitch of the pair in the opposite colour to that shown and purl the second stitch in the colour shown.

I have now published the pattern which you can find in my online shops:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/516418527/knitting-pattern-in-pdf-prowling-cats?ref=shop_home_active_3

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/prowling-cats-cowl

Fair Isle/Stranded knitting

I’ve been doing a lot of Fair Isle (stranded) knitting recently and have come up with the following designs.  The written patterns include instructions for knitting flat on two needles with a seam at the back and knitting in the round on a circular needle with no seaming necessary.  The patterns can be found in my online shops – see sidebar.

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Love Cats on a Hat

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Woolly Snowflakes Hat

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Woolly Snowflakes Cowl

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Woolly Sheep Hat

 

Double Knitting

I taught myself the double knitting technique over the summer and, using motifs from a jumper I designed for machine knitters many years ago, I came up with a ‘Pink Pigs Scarf’ and ‘Cosy Sheep Cowl’.  The patterns for both are available in my Etsy shop and on Ravelry.

The double knitting technique produces a piece of knitting which is double sided and double thickness, a bit like two separate pieces being sewn together back to back, stocking stitch is uppermost on both sides with the colours reversed on the ‘wrong side’ – although you end up with two right sides!  The two sides or layers are knit at the same time.  If you have not used this technique before all becomes clear as you go.  

Cosy Sheep Cowl

Pink Pigs Scarf

The motifs were originally designed for this jumper back in 2001!

On a whim yesterday I decided to use an old Fair Isle pattern from my machine knitting days to make a hand knit egg cosy!  I wrote up the pattern today and would like to share it with you here Fair Isle Chicks Egg Cosy

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These cute Fair Isle Chicks look gorgeous decorating an egg cosy for your Easter breakfast table, however they could also be used on any number of projects – hats, mittens, scarves and so on.

You could also use the cosy to cover chocolate eggs for the children as an Easter surprise!

The cosy is an easy and quick knit, an ideal first Fair Isle project, why not make more than one using different colour combinations.

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