Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A review of 2016

It's time to look back on my crafting for 2016.

In 2016 I completed 34 knitting projects. Down a bit on the previous years but not too bad. They included:

1 pair of baby trousers
4 pairs of socks and booties
2 pairs of mittens
3 hats
6 cardigans and sweaters
3 cowls
1 dolls skirt
2 dresses
6 toys
1 bookmark
1 crown
1 tea cozy
1 decoration
1 scarf

I also released 3 new patterns.

First Cozy toes (RavelryLoveknitting)

 The pattern is written for 5 sizes from baby to adult L in worsted/aran weight yarn so they knit up quick! They're a nice introduction to sock knitting before moving on to fingers weight sock yarn.
They're knit from the cuff down with a slipped stitch heel flap giving extra cushioning and wear. They feature an i-cord tie to keep the socks on wriggly baby and toddler toes but is an optional addition for larger sizes.

Gauge: 22 stitches to 10 cm in stocking stitch
Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult S,  Adult M,  Adult L)
Foot circumference 37.5 (40, 45, 50, 52.5, 55) cm
Leg and foot length is adjustable.

Next Spring Rising  (RavelryLoveknitting)

a cowl designed for DK yarn in two sizes. The small has a circumference of approx 52 cm while the larger size has a circumference of approx 130 cm and can be wrapped twice.

Yarn requirements:
Any DK weight yarn. I used Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in the sample shown here.

Small - 130 m approx
Large - 400 m approx

Gauge : 20 sts to 10cm on 4.5 mm needles.
Achieving correct gauge isn't essential but it will effect the amount of yarn you will require. 

And finally, Colour Block Hat (RavelryLoveknitting)

The Colour Block Hat is written for 9 sizes: 35 cm to 60 cm head circumference (approx 0-3 months to adult large) in double knitting weight yarn.
The ribbed brim is worked in a strong colour with the textured body of the hat worked in a neutral to bring out the vibrancy of the rib. To finish a pompom in a lighter shade of that used in the rib is added.
The instructions for optional rosebuds and leaves are added at the end of the pattern.

Yarn amounts (approx): Main colour 35 to 52.5 cm – up to 50 g / 105 m 55 to 60 cm – up to 100 g / 210
Contrast colours Up to 20 g/ 42 m of each.
The sample shown here is knit in Debbie Bliss Rialto Dk in Fuchsia (34) and Charcoal (33) and Rico Essentials Merino DK in Roses (01).

I also sewed, 
3 beanbags
1 nightdress
1 birthday bunting
2 sets of super hero cuffs
2 super hero masks
3 crowns
3 magic wands and 2 tutus (although they didn't involve much sewing).

This year I hope to sew some more clothes for the kids as well as finish Mr A's quilt (it just needs to he quilting finished and then to bind it) and least make a start on a quilt for Mr C. I will need to pick up some more fabric for Mr C's quilt but I have picked out a lot from stash to use for it. I'm also going to try to continue to just knit from stash whenever possible.

Happy new year!


  1. How do you do all that knitting with littles?! My two year old successfully climbed up on my table 2 times to take apart the hat I am knitting for her...

    1. Most is done when the kids are in bed or when the bigger two are in school/preschool and the baby is having a nap. Very little is done otherwise!