Saturday, November 05, 2016

Christmas is coming! Time to start knitting for your shelf elf.

Time to start planning your Christmas knitting.  Do you have one of those little elves that sits on the shelf in the run up to Christmas?  This easy to knit pattern gives three designs of sweater that can be used to change his outfits each day. 

For each design you will need scraps of DK yarn, and a pair of 3.25 needles.





 
The pattern costs $6 (Approximately £4.80) and can be ordered for instant download from Ravelry with payment by Paypal from the link below. 
 
 

Monday, December 07, 2015

Knitting pattern errata and layout rant



OK, so I have got a bit frustrated with a couple of patterns lately so I thought I would have a rant and get it off my chest.

First:  Errata

Two of the patterns I have bought in the past year, at a cost of about £5 each, have several errors, one of them numerous errors.  I have read the comments on the well-known site where I bought them, and errors have been pointed out to the designers, sometimes years previously, but neither pattern has been corrected and they have been sent out unchanged.  There are no errata lists.  I even found one error not noted elsewhere, and sent a note to the designer.  She replied that most knitters would have seen it as an obvious mistake and not bothered to tell her.  Designers please check your patterns more carefully and do not sell them until mistakes have been rectified.

Second:  Layout and difficult to follow instructions

Both patterns are laid out in a peculiar, none-intuitive way, with a first couple of pages full of vague instructions, such as "you will be doing this, this and this at the same time and don't forget to increase here and decrease there according to your size" and so on.  I know of one designer who handles this in a perfect way, by producing a table, with consecutive row instructions downwards on the left hand side, and different sizes across the top.  Just highlight the right column for your size, and off you go! 
With both patterns, I had to sit down with paper and pencil and rewrite them row by row to be sure I had got it right.  This is what I was paying the designer for!  In fact I could have reverse engineered both patterns myself from the pictures, but I thought I was saving myself the bother.
Also one of these patterns (they were both top down) used the same instructions for the front and back, with no neck shaping.  Hence the front would  not dip, and not fit well, or at least would not fit me.  I can't help feeling that this was laziness.  I rewrote it to shape the neck at the front.  When knitting I also modified the pattern to take lace motifs to the edge of increases and decreases as the original pattern dealt with this by having acres of ss down the raglans and sides.

If you are expecting knitters to pay for your patterns, designers please take the time to write them well and easy to follow even for less experienced knitters, have them test knitted and take notice of what your knitters say!

OK rant over, as you were.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Totally Templates

I've just come across a new crafty site

http://www.totallytemplates.co.uk/

It has only been running for 4 weeks but is very professionally set up and has lots of downloadable products such as craft templates and patterns.  Not many knitting patterns there yet but it seems to be taking off and I will be keeping an eye on it.

I have listed a few patterns there including my Santa's Elf Helper sweaters and child mittens, with more to come....

 
This pattern includes three sweaters for that famous elf that comes out and sits on a shelf in the run up to Christmas.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

More Mitten knitting patterns!

I don't seem to have timed these for the right time of year, but I've been on a bit of a mitten knitting pattern fest just lately.

Here are some more character mittens, doll and clown this time:

Doll and Clown Puppet Mittens




I couldn't resist making some frilly and sparkly mittens for a little princess:

Princess Mittens




The designs are available in three sizes, to fit children from two to seven years of age.

The patterns are available from Ravely Or Love Knitting.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

New fun knitting pattern for Child Animal Puppet Mittens

Here is a pattern I have been working on this winter:




 
These mittens are available in three animal designs, and each one is in three sizes to fit children aged 2 to 7 years.
 
Will keep little fingers warm or can just be used to put on a puppet show!
 
The pattern is available from Ravelry or LoveKnitting, and is quick and easy to knit with scraps of DK yarn.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

New knitting pattern for a comfy slouchy style tunic in James C Brett cotton/acrylic





I have spent many months designing and refining this design, and I am really pleased with the result.


It is knit in James C Brett Cotton On DK, which is a lovely soft cotton/acrylic blend, and is machine washable.


The soft yarn and positive ease make it a joy to wear and it looks great with trousers.  It is a sweater that I shall wear and wear!






           Here are the details:

The sweater is knitted from the bottom up in pieces and seamed. It is patterned with slip stitches and bobbles, and edged with brick stitch; all instructions are written out fully and are easy to follow. The slightly dropped arm and positive ease makes it comfortable to wear.

The model is wearing size 36”, which has 2” of positive ease.

For experienced knitters.

Measurements are:
Size: 36, 42.5, 48.5”
Chest size of finished garment: 38, 45, 51”
Length of sleeve from underarm: 16.5, 16.5, 16.5”
Length from underarm to hem: 16.5, 17, 19”
Length from centre back of neck to hem: 24, 26, 29”
Number of balls of yarn needed: 9, 11, 13

The pattern is available for just $5 from:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/castles-in-the-air

Friday, September 19, 2014

Flowerpot scarecrow

Today I helped to make a flowerpot scarecrow.  It took 3 hours but was great fun to do!


 
UPDATE:  We won first prize in the group category.  All the hard work was worth it!
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