2 September 2014

Stag Sweater - Review

I'd like to thank my sponsor Bergere de France for providing the yarn and pattern for this review.

I had not tried any of Bergere de France products before browsing through their two autumn winter 2014/15 collections. Magazine no. 174 features children's items from age 2-12 years and contains 35 new designs. The Creations catalogue has a range of designs for children, adults and the home. Both can be viewed on line.There is also a vast range of yarn types.

I chose the 'Stag Sweater' with a jaquard detail to knit from the collection for children. The pattern has instructions for ages 6-10 years.

Stag Sweater
The yarn recommended for the Stag Sweater design is called 'Ideal'. The catalogue gives very comprehensive details of the yarn and samples of all the colours available. I chose the following colours for my sweater which I knitted in size age 6 years.

Girolle #29051
Gerbille #248661
The #290531
Vannerie #233161

What makes the Bergere de France 'Ideal' yarn?
  • 50g
  • 125m
  • 40% combed wool, 30% acrylic, 30% polyamide
  • 3.5mm needles or 3.5mm crochet hook
  • machine washable, tumble dry
  • 32 colour ways
  • suitable for knitting machines

I found the Ideal yarn very easy to handle and soft to the touch, suitable for children's wear. The pattern was easy to follow, with age sizes colour coded with the different stitch numbers. This was a good feature when checking my work at the different stages. All measurements are in cm and mm, very much based for the European market.

I had to brush up on my intarsia knitting skills for this as there were four colours being worked in the stripes at one time. I made only one change to the pattern. Rather than knit the neck band separate and then graft on to the sweater, I picked up the stitches and knitted the neck band on directly. Overall I enjoyed knitting this little stag sweater.

27 June 2014

Guest blog post for Let's Knit Magazine

I was recently invited by Let's Knit Magazine to write a guest post for their blog. I was inspired to write about my experience of keeping sheep here in the Highlands and about ideas for my knitting patterns. You can read the article here.

20 June 2014

New mode of transport...

If you live in Yorkshire or have Yorkshire connections no doubt you will have heard Le Tour de France will arrive soon for Le Grand Depart. Constant news about this may have influenced my recent purchase of a new bicycle. However, I'm not entering into competitive cycling just yet and probably not on this model. This is to transport me to the local shop, gallery and cafe over in Torridon. Of course no shopping basket is complete without a string of handmade bunting. Thankfully for this outing it wasn't pouring with rain and neither was the track covered in mud. I think on those occasions the bunting will have to stay at home. The view over the loch on the way to Torridon is stunning on most days but on this particular morning it was especially so.

For my bunting I made some basic granny squares. The crochet flower pattern came from Attic 24 and the knitted triangles were made with the pattern 'Knitted Bunting Flags' by Green Mountain Mama on Ravelry. Then I joined them together with a crochet chain. For all I used Jamiesons of Shetland yarn.

If you are interested in bicycle themed knitting and crochet then this book may be of interest. I haven't seen this in person yet. I first saw it advertised on the Baa Ram Ewe website. Here's what they say about it 'Bespoke' celebrates the magnificent bicycle with 10 knit and crochet designs for you and your bike. I like this yoke cardigan called Woodrup by Ann Kingstone. But I must resist until I finish the yoke cardigan (Couronne) already on my needles in January and still needs to be finished!

Have a great weekend!

Image from Baa Ram Ewe