Thursday, 12 May 2022

Stylecraft Blogstars Garden Party

 



Welcome! Thank you to Lucy at Attic 24 for the lovely introduction to the Stylecraft Blogstars Garden Party. If you haven’t seen Lucy’s blog post and her gorgeous Summertime Tins crochet design check it out here.




Gardens are special places, during recent lockdowns they have become so much more important. Many parties and gatherings have been held outside providing a place for socialising and wellbeing in all seasons. Even now when restrictions have lifted I enjoy afternoon tea with family and friends in the garden. 

The Blogstars have been busy designing a range of festive treats for knitters and crocheters. So, if you are planning a garden party this spring or summer, small or large, tea party for two or a Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebration then checkout the designs. They will be revealed throughout the month of May, follow the link at the end of this post.

Inspired by garden trellis my design incorporates 9 pastel colours from the Stylecraft Special DK range which has a huge number of 100 fabulous colours to chose from. Keep reading to the end of this post to find out how to win the yarn used in this project.

Colours chosen (from left to right in the image below): 

Wisteria, Pale Rose, Spearmint, Duck Egg, Lincoln, Pistachio, Vintage Peach, Camel, Parchment.




The Trellis Tea Cosy is my contribution to the garden party. It’s knitted in the round using stranded colour work technique with added decorative tassels. Pastel colours punctuate the spearmint trellis. (The pattern is suitable for knitters with experience of stranded colour work and includes written instructions with a chart).



I think there's something a little bit retro about tea cosies as well as their practical use in the unreliable British summer weather. The dots of colour on this cosy remind me of those tiny biscuits with the swirls of coloured icing I loved so much as a child. Do you remember those biscuit treats?



There was ample yarn left over from the tea cosy to make some matching buntingAdding some decorative bunting to a garden or outdoor area can make a familiar place feel festive.




A simple design, the bunting pattern is suitable for beginner knitters, a basic crochet stitch is used for joining the triangles, then finished off with a contrasting tassel. 



The Trellis Tea Cosy and Trellis Bunting 

are free to download from 

Ravelry 

(until the end of June 2022).


Trellis Tea Cosy


Trellis Bunting




Hoping you can enjoy an outside space for a party this spring and summer, whether it's a garden, a patio, a balcony or a local park.

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Win Some Yarn!

One lucky Stylecraft fan and their friend has the chance to win the yarn to make this project. Checkout the link to Stylecrafts Instagram account here to find out more. 

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Next to reveal her Garden Party design...

...is the lovely, talented Catherine Bligh Without giving too much away, Catherine's design is perfect for an afternoon tea in the garden. Her crochet pattern will walk you through the stages of how to make it with plenty of pictures throughout. 

Check out "Catherine's Crochet Corner" on Saturday 14th May for more garden party treats. 


Sunday, 2 January 2022

Sven Scandinavian

 


First post in 2022 about my last completed project in 2021.

This is Sven Scandinavian. I loved knitting him! Sven was purchased as a knitting kit from the lovely Lucy Locket Land in the north east of England.

The pattern is by Carol Anderson of Cottage Creations and originally printed in 1983. Sven is knitted in the round and has no visible seams (the hat is knitted separately).

The yarn in the knitting kit was from New Lanark Spinning in the border area of Scotland and I used my 4mm double pointed needles throughout.

The little fellow has a backpack for his books and for going on picnics. The pattern was found on the blog, 'On the Needles' and is free to download.


This project was easier to knit than I thought and allows for lots of customisation on the jumper yoke and hat with options for easy and more complicated fair isle style designs.

The pattern also includes a female version called 'Solveig'. There's also enough yarn in the kit to make her, although I was short of time so she didn't make it onto my needles. 

Overall a great project to knit and very enjoyable pattern to follow with great instructions.






Thursday, 11 November 2021

Wee Houses

 


It's cast on day for the Wee Houses scarf and cowl in the Stylecraft Yarns Make Along Group. Both the scarf and cowl are knitted in the round and are suitable for knitters with some experience with stranded knitting where different colours of yarn are 'carried' across the back of the work.

You can find the pattern on Ravelry and lots more details about it. If you join the Make Along Group you will find a discount code valid for use on Ravelry from 1st November to 30th November 2021. The pattern is also available from Etsy (but no discount code).

The scarf and cowl both use Highland Heathers DK, which currently comes in a range of 19 rich, tweed effect shades.



The scarf pattern gives the opportunity to use up lots of small quantities of spare yarn...


...decorated with pom poms.



The cowl is a shorter wider version of the scarf. It slips on over the head and is worn snug to the neck. Thanks to the lovely Juliet Bernard for knitting and choosing the colours of this cowl. 



The lovely Fiona of Yarn Etc knitted this great cowl using her alternative colour choices which have an autumnal theme. Thank you Fiona.


The Wee House pattern is the latest and most colourful in a number of designs which have been inspired by a little red roof croft house on the Applecross Peninsular in north west Scotland. 

It seems a long time ago since the Red Roof Croft House was published in 2010.


Then followed the Mini Red Roof Croft House knitting pattern in 2011.


The Home Sweet Home Tea Cosy in 2012 featured a house motif which forms the basis for the scarf and cowl. This design is further developed in 2013 on a cushion cover (see further down). 







'Home' Cushion September 2013. The house motif from the tea cosy in 2012 is repeated in rows of neutral shades of grey 'strips' across the cushion with dots of different colours added along the 'window lines'. More photos and different views of the cushion are on Flickr here.



The Wee Houses pattern combines elements of the Home Sweet Home Tea Cosy and the Home cushion striping effect. Some solid lines were included between the rows of houses to add more colour contrast. 

For more information about the Stylecraft Make Along check out this link here.