Monday, 6 January 2020

A Splash of Winter Colour

I've been revisiting some of my previously published patterns and knitting them in new colour ways. A splash of winter colour is what I wanted for this hat. 

This is  Pathfinder inspired by maps and fair isle motifs. Grid lines and squares represent the distance measures on a map and diagonal directions on a compass. Concentric rings reminiscent of contour lines rise up to the crown, topped off with a colourful pom pom.

I chose Bellisima DK from Stylecraft,  which has a range of saturated hues and sophisticated pastels. Shades used were Mellow Yellow, Silver Lining and Purple Passion. I like the warmth and rich tones of these three colours together. Thanks to Stylecraft Yarns for supplying the yarn.

It's a beautifully soft dk weight with great stitch definition and easy to care for in acrylic. There are 18 colours to choose from and Bellisima DK comes in 100g balls at 268m long.

The first knitting project I've completed in the new year and I'm really pleased the way it turned out. So far here the winter has been relatively mild but we still have February to look forward to and who knows what it might bring. 

Looking forward to lots more knitting during 2020.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Sarah from Say! Little Hen sent me a copy of her Nordic Christmas Mice knitting pattern to try out. They are deceptively easy and quick to knit, perfect for last minute gifts. 

The pattern gives detailed instructions for three mice, each has a different Nordic inspired jumper. Here are two little mice I've already knitted...waiting patiently for their friend to join them.

The 13 page pattern includes detailed finishing instructions and tips for knitters new to stranded colour work. I'm just about to start on the third mouse which has a different scandi-inspired jumper.

I'm quite fond of the mouse with the predominantly white jumper. The white yarn is from my own flock of shetland sheep. The red yarn was bought from Jamieson's of Shetland and the mini grey skein was gifted to me by Dottie at The Net Loft, Cordova, Alaska. That yarn came from fleece of the one and only sheep in town. I've been saving that skein for a small project and this sweet little mouse was perfect.

The mouse in the red jumper is knitted in Stylecraft Special dk.

Note: the Giveaway has ended.
I'm currently hosting a Giveaway over on my Instagram (@handknittedthings) account. Sarah is giving away a copy of the Nordic Christmas Mice knitting pattern for the winner and one for their friends. (Entry to the Giveaway is only on Instagram, sorry comments here will not be included). Link to Giveaway here.

Check out Say! Little Hen for more pattern details. The pattern is also available from Ravelry.


Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Alice Bunny

Alice Bunny is a sweet little rabbit knitted flat on straight needles with double knitting yarn. She has a cute dress and matching shawl.

The pattern is available from Ravelry and aimed at advanced beginners or intermediate knitters. To knit this bunny you'll need the following knitting skills:

cast on
cast off
knit stitch
purl stitch
knit two stitches together
purl two stitches together
make one stitch knit wise
make one stitch purl wise
knit into the front and back of a stitch
some basic sewing skills

Finished size is approximately 40 cm (16ins).

This bunny was knitted using Stylecraft's Batik DK in shades, silver, rose and graphite. The yarn has a soft twist with a painted semi solid effect, it's a mix of 80% acrylic and 20% wool. 

Alice Bunny 
Pattern and Yarn Giveaway

The giveaway is now closed.

Thank you for all the entries.
A winner will be announce soon.

If you would like to knit your own Alice Bunny
are giving away 3 balls of Batik DK 
to one lucky winner:
x1 50g Batik DK Rose
x1 50g Batik DK Silver
x1 50 Batik Graphite


Hand Knitted Things
is giving away an  
"Alice Bunny" 
digital PDF pattern

The giveaway is open to international participants.
Please ensure you leave your name and 
The winner will be announced on this blog.

Entries will close on 
Tuesday 16th April 2019 at 12 noon BST.