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.

Monday, 18 March 2019

4 Sock Patterns by Helen Kurtz

Images courtesy Helen Kurtz and Stylecraft Yarns

Today's post features sock designs by Helen Kurtz who has the popular knitting blog called Josie Kitten. I know Helen through the Blogstars group and over time I've see the number of her lovely knitted sock designs grow, so I thought I'd share some here. 

Helen has used "Head Over Heels" sock yarn by StylecraftThis yarn was specially developed to be durable enough for socks, but also light enough for knitters and crocheter's who like to make shawls. There are three versions of this yarn, each with at least 6 different colour ways. They are:

Composition: 75% super wash wool, 25% nylon
Ball weight: 100g
Length: 437yds/400m
Needle size: 2.25mm
Wash care: machine wash at 30 degrees

Helen's sock designs are free to download. 
Links to the downloads are at the end of each pattern description.

1. Tiptoe Sock Pattern

Image courtesy Stylecraft Yarns

These socks were designed for the ‘Head over Heels All Stars’ sock yarn. Rows of pretty tulips, a colourful reminder of the bulb fields of The Netherlands, make this a dainty design, suitable for both self-striping and gradient sock yarns.
The simple floral motif is an easy introduction to lace knitting, making these a great choice for the next step on from some plain vanilla socks.
Image courtesy Stylecraft Yarns

2. Miss Parminter sock pattern
Image courtesy Stylecraft Yarns

These socks were designed for the Boho Head over Heels range. The ribbing gives a comfortable fit while the lace adds a delicate touch to the pattern. 

They are named after Miss Parminter, the first recorded woman climber, who in 1799 was climbing in the Alps. The pattern works well with self striping yarns and gradient yarns. It is easy to memorise so would make a good sock to knit once you’ve tried a couple of plain pairs. The pattern is available in three sizes - small, medium and large adult - and a 100g ball of sock yarn will easily knit any of these sizes.

3. Foot Hold Socks

Image courtesy Helen Kurtz

This pattern was released to coincide with the launch of two  colours in Stylecraft Yarn’s Head over Heels sock yarn in March 2017 - Etna and Sugar Loaf. The yarns in this range are all named after mountains and inspiration for the pattern from the ridges that climbers use to get a foothold when climbing. These ridges gently ripple their way down the leg and foot, giving an interesting texture to the socks. 

The pattern works well with striping yarns, but would look equally good in a solid or semi-solid yarn. The pattern is easy to memorise so it’s perfect for both new sock knitters and those wanting to knit something other than a plain sock. 

Available in three sizes - small, medium and large adult.

Download Foot Hold free pattern leaflet.

4. First Tracks Socks

Image courtesy Helen Kurtz

So you’ve knitted a pair of plain vanilla socks and want to try something a little more spicy? First Tracks is the perfect introduction to patterned socks. The easy to memorise pattern adds a little interest to a plain sock. Like making the first tracks on newly fallen snow, 'First Tracks' will ease you into the world of patterned socks as you make your own tracks down the rows of knitting! Released in September 2016, this pattern would also look great in any self-striping sock yarn. 

The pattern has lots of negative ease so it’s a great pattern for gift knitting too! The ribbed pattern works well as an everyday sock for both men and women.

Download First Tracks free pattern leaflet.

More details about Helen's sock designs can be found on her Ravelry designers page.

Find Helen on the web here:

Instagram @josiekitten

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Pool Shawl Pattern

The shawl pattern I designed specially for Head Over Heels All Stars yarn is now available from Stylecraft website free (link at the end of the post). You can read about this yarn and how it was inspired in an earlier post I wrote here.

Here are some details about the yarn:
75% super wash wool
25% nylon
100g ball weight
needle size 2.25mm
machine washable at 30 degrees

Inspired by colours in the "Swimming Pool" painting, this is how the 'Pool' yarn looks close up. The wool blend is durable for socks but light enough for making knitted or crochet shawls.

Click on the link below to download the free pattern.