Monday, 19 October 2015

Lone Owl Beanie

Looks like I'm on but of a roll this week! My lovely testers have just finished up with thd pattern and Lone owl beanie has just been published.

Lone Owl beanie is written for 8 sizes: 35 cm to 60 cm head circumference (approx 0-3 months to adult large) in DK weight yarn.

This beanie is worked from the brim to crown in the round.  The brim is simple garter stitch, and the body features a panel consisting of a single owl cable on a reverse stocking stitch background.

Lone owl beanie pattern can be found in my ravelry store here.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Ballinakill Layette

Way back in June when I was 6 months pregnant with Mr C my mother came across a pattern for a baby cardigan in a notebook of hand written knitting patterns that belonged to her mother, my grandmother. My mother remembers my grandmother knitting this cardigan for some of my cousins and siblings however she had long passed before I made my arrival into this world so I was never a lucky recipient. So armed with the notebook, a needle size and yarn weight but no gauge and the skeleton of a pattern I set off to revive the pattern.

It took a bit of trial and error but I worked it out and finished it in time for Mr C's arrival. To top off the ensemble I’ve added a matching hat to keep tiny heads warm (the extended version of this pattern will be coming soon!).

While working on this pattern I often wondered what my grandmother would’ve thought if she knew that one day that pattern outline that she wrote in her notebook would be one day be knit by her granddaughter and worn by her great grandson. In tribute the pattern is named after the house and farm where my mother grew up.

It's written for fingering weight yarn and will work best in solid or semi solid yarns. The sample shown (and modelled by Mr C) was knit in Malabrigo  Sock in the Ravelry Red colourway.

The pattern can be found in my Ravelry store here.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Finished test knits

Over August and September I finished a few more test knits for Kelly Brooker of PekaPeka designs.

Continuing the economy of stash theme seen with Conscious pattern were patterns for two vests and a cardigan.

First up Efficient.
Size: 55 cm/ 3y
Yarn: Main colour - Debbie Bliss Rialto DK prints in Pisa  170 m/ 81 g
contrast colour - Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in Fuschia 84 m/ 40 g.

And the last pattern in the collection is Worthy
Size: 55 cm/ 3 y (with extra length for Mr A)
Yarn: Main colour - Malabrigo Rios in Solis  157 m/ 82 g
contrast colour - Bumblebirch Forage in Rosemary 77 m/ 38 g.

Next Thrifty
Size: 40 cm/ 0-3 months (this is for our newest addition, Mr C, who arrived at the end of September - proper modelled shots to comw)
Yarn: Main colour - Debbie Bliss Rialto DK  in cream 163 m/ 77 g
contrast colour -  Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in grey 55 m/ 26 g.

The last test knit is a cropped cardigan October Opal, perfect for over dresses.
Size: 55 cm/ 3 y
Yarn: Main colour - Malabrigo Arroyo in Borrajas 245 m/ 80 g

As always the patterns were wonderfully written with very clear instructions. They're also written for 16 sizes, newborn to 10 y (35 to 72.5 cm chest), so they'll get plenty of use with growing children!

With the addition of Mr C to our own brood almost two weeks ago I'm being kept busy but watch this space there will be a few pattern releases in the next couple if months!