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The Alphabet

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

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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.

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Looking back at 2017

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:

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A Badger Blanket

 

 

Woolly Snowflakes Hat and Woolly Snowflakes Cowl patterns (both Toddler to Adult sizes)

 

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Love Cats on a Hat

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Prowling Cats Cowl

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Floral Flutters Cowl

 

Laurel Baby Booties and Laurel Baby Hat

 

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Snugly Sheep Baby Blanket and Snugly Sheep Cushion Cover

 

 

Woolly Sheep Cowl and Woolly Sheep Mittens

 

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Reindeer Baby Hat (to match my Reindeer Booties pattern designed in 2012!)

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Winter Robin Hat (Baby to Adult sizes)

 

 

Textured Diamonds Cowl

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

 

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