Just another cat obsessed knitter

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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Knitted Hearts

P1020913adI’ve been knitting lots of hearts today and wanted to share the pattern with you: Knitted Hearts

The hearts are a quick make, knit in garter stitch with increases and decreases used to shape them.

They could be used as appliques to embellish garments and accessories or as decorations, photo props, confetti, etc.

Use different yarn weights to make larger or smaller hearts.

 

 

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It’s a cowl, it’s a scarf, it’s a wrap!  However you wear it, this chunky knit will keep you warm and cosy.  A quick knit in a chunky/bulky weight yarn using moss/seed stitch and two contrasting colours.

Having ripped back and restarted this cowl a couple of times, I am now happy with the result.  I found that by using larger needles than recommended by the yarn company, the moss/seed stitch pattern was a looser knit and did not make the fabric too rigid.  I used two 100g balls of Rowan purelife British Sheep Breeds Chunky Undyed 100% wool, one in a shade of grey and one cream.

Enjoy the pattern: Chunky Cowl

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Worn as a wrap

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Worn as a cowl

 

Frosty Mornings

Just wanted to share some of my early morning photos from the last week or so.  They feature The Hoot Family and The Chicks looking cute in the frost and, on one occasion, the snow!

Baby Hoot

Hilary Hoot

  

Harold Hoot

  

Little White Chick

  

Blue Chick

  

Baby Hoot

 

Been taking some up to date photos of The Chicks amongst flowers, which I can’t resist buying or picking.  Seem to be spending too much time behind the camera and not enough knitting at the moment!

 

the pink one

  

the blue one

  

the yellow one and the black one

  

the white one

 

The rain stopped for a while, which provided a photo opportunity and some fun for one of the little chicks!

  
      

  

Now if I was a duck, I could also swim

 
Knitted chick from ‘The Chicks’ knitting pattern, find it in my Ravelry or Etsy stores.

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