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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Same Same but Different

I made one cap sleeve lattice top for me and had just enough yarn to make a tiny one for this little person. Arya and Auntie are now matching.

Pattern is care of Purl Bee

I made the top for Arya by adjusting the pattern as follows:

Light weight yarns of two different colours
I used Malabrigo Organic for the top:
and Caron Simply Soft Light (acrylic)

US #5 circular needle

CO 54 stitches

For 2 inches rib patter as follows
Row 1: KKP
Row 2: PPK

Eyelit row as per Purl Bee
Eyelet Row (RS): K2, *yo, k2tog, k1, repeat from * to last 2 stitches, yo, k2tog. - See more at:

Next, continue in stockinette stitch until piece measures desired length (for Arya I did 7 inches)

Switch Colours and do the Lattice Stitch as per Purl Bee
Lattice Row 1 (WS): K1, *yo, k2tog, repeat from * to end.
Lattice Row 2 (RS): Knit.
Lattice Row 3 (WS): K2, *yo, k2tog, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Lattice Row 4 (RS): Knit.
- See more at:

Neck Cast on and off rows need to be done in pattern:

Neck Cast off Row: K1, (yo, k2tog)6 times COff 30 K1, (yo, k2tog)6 more times
Neck Cast on Row: K12 Cable Cast on 30 K12

Cable Cast On Instructions: 

Now match the back with the lattice in grey and the stockinette stitch in blue. You can then sew up the sides leaving room for the arms. 

Monday, 6 April 2015

Monogram Potholders

 For Easter I knitted up some monogram potholders for the table at my moms place.

I used a free pixal art app on my iPad to help me out with the letter patterns.

For each potholder I used 5.5 mm needles and a bernat cotton yarn which was worsted weight. I casted on 35 stitches and created a seed stitch boarder with three stitches around each one. Then I used knit and purl stitches to create the letters. 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Sock Hat

I have been struggling to make the perfect HAT for me. In this blog I have had many attempts of almost perfect hats, but I think I am getting closer. From my experience I have learned the following about knitting hats:
1. Less is not More - More is More - when you think you are ready to start decreasing - you're NOT! Keep going  for at least for another inch or so- especially with a slouchy hat
2. Start on circular or dpns? I have been struggling with this- I don't think I knit any faster on circular needles so why switch? Unless I am travelling with my knitting project I just keep it all on dpns.
3. For a warm hat use smaller than recommended needles- I did this hat on 3.00mm using worsted weight and it turned out great!

I used the pattern above with a few minor changes:

1. I used 3.00mm dpns
2. I used Illimani Baby Llama yarn in Charcoal
3. I casted on 111