Sunday, 25 April 2010

Subtle Stripe Neckwarmer

On holiday over Easter, I went to the wonderful KnitWits shop in Penzance, Cornwall. There I found Lang Silkdream in a gorgeous deep red. It was so gorgeous and soft, I just couldn't resist, and bought two 50g balls on spec! Here is what I made with it, and the pattern, should you want a fantastically soft neckwarmer to keep you cosy from autumn to spring:

There should be yarn leftover, so you can make it longer if you like. To just use one ball of yarn, I'd reccomend casting on 30 stitches instead of 45.

Green Cardigan FINISHED!

Hurrah! I've completed my cardigan. It has a few flaws (a bit too big, sleeves very long, buttonholes too big), but it is really comfy, and overall I'm very proud of it :D

I'm not quite sure what I was pointing at...

Monday, 19 April 2010

Mrs Beeton's Peacock's Tail Stitch

I've been having a look at Mrs Beeton's book of needlework, and found this pattern. The picture looked really exciting, but I couln't make head or tail of the pattern, so here's my revised version. Hopefully it makes more sense:

K= knit
P= purl
SKP= slip one stitch knitwise, knit one, then pass slipped stitch off the right needle over the knitted one
K2tog = knit two stitches together
P2tog = purl two stitches together
SSP= slip slip purl (for clarification)

Cast on 13 stitches
Row 1: K4, *YO K* repeat between '*' 5 times, YO, K4 (19 stitches in total)
Row 2: P across (19 stitches)
Row 3: K2, SKP, K11, K2tog, K2 (17 stitches)
Row 4: P2, P2tog, P9, SSP, P2 (15 stiches)
Row 5: K2, SKP, K7, K2tog, K2 (13 stitches)
Row 6: P2, K9, P2 (13 stitches)

Repeat rows 1-6 until deired length in reached.

And this is how it should look *this sample was knitted on 4mm needles using aran weight yarn):

Mrs Beeton recommends it for edging a sofa cover - how about around the edge of an afghan, or table runner?