At the request of my daughter, I designed and made a baby blanket for her friend who wanted the baby’s initials incorporated in the pattern. This then lead to me writing up and publishing the Hearts Baby Blanket pattern which included my design for the upper case alphabet. I then decided to come up with a design for the lower case alphabet and I am pleased to offer the charts for both alphabets here: Alphabet – Upper and Lower Case
The pattern for this Hearts Baby Blanket can be found in my Etsy and Ravelry on line shops, see side bar to the right of this post.
On checking my Ravelry patterns – http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sylvia-leake – I realised I’d managed to design, knit, test knit, photograph, write up and publish 15 new knitting patterns last year! Starting with ‘A Badger Blanket’ at the beginning of the year, which was actually designed and made at the end of 2016. So here’s the round up:
A Badger Blanket
Woolly Snowflakes Hat
Woolly Snowflakes Cowl
Woolly Snowflakes Hat and Woolly Snowflakes Cowl patterns (both Toddler to Adult sizes)
Love Cats on a Hat
Prowling Cats Cowl
Floral Flutters Cowl
Laurel Baby Booties
Laurel Baby Hat
Laurel Baby Booties and Laurel Baby Hat
Snugly Sheep Baby Blanket and Snugly Sheep Cushion Cover
Woolly Sheep Mittens
Woolly Sheep Cowl and Woolly Sheep Mittens
Reindeer Baby Hat (to match my Reindeer Booties pattern designed in 2012!)
Winter Robin Hat (Baby to Adult sizes)
Textured Diamonds Cowl
We haven’t heard much from Basil recently, so here are some photos with his thoughts!
I was sleeping ……..
when asked my opinion on this cat cowl – my reply!
I was peacefully sleeping, when rudely awakened for an opinion on this cat cowl thing. You can see my reply!
Being offered a tasty morsel
I deserve it as i’ve lost weight recently!
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!
Trying to ignore a rival for the knitter’s attention, it’s certainly not as cute as me!
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:
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
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.
I’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.
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