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It’s here!!

At last it’s here!

That shark hat pattern I promised you…ages ago. It’s here! My very good friend Linda tested it out for me, made some adjustments and now it is done and will be available here or in Ravelry. If you ever want to add me there you’ll find me as “Riggwelter”.

After knitting the hat I had some trouble with my shoulders, so put the needles down for a while and did some felting instead. I find I can use fibre like I would paint, playing around with texture and experimenting with combinations.

flower

In this fabulous online shop World of Wool you can get a 500g bag of waste fibre for £10. You’ll never know what you’re getting, but sometimes you can get some really nice fibre blends which can be spun.

steelflower

These two are part of a tablet/ipad case made to sell. I love to play with fibre, try out what will felt, what won’t and if they don’t then will they get caught in the fibre without breaking my needles!! I think I lost about 6 making this, but I love it.

Then I thought, well if I can’t knit for the time being…why not crochet? I was a bit nervous as I haven’t used my hooks for quite some time, and it took me a long time to get the hang of them anyway! I ended up buying a children’s book…why I ever though I could just pick up a hook and get started I don’t know. But it’s the learning process I enjoy, give me something new to try and I’m happy as larry, though once I have mastered it, lived it and breathed it… I tend to leave it for a while.

So, I went to the trusty Ravelry site to find a pattern but amazingly couldn’t find anything I fancied or anything that didn’t use a chart (I haven’t mastered that yet). So, using Nikki French’s “A Complete Guide to Knitting and Crochet” I found some “Granny” squares and off I went. and ended up with this…

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I’m really pleased with it. It’s slightly too big for me, so I will sell it in my Folksy Shop or Market stall (which ever goes first) and make another with a smaller hook. It was good to get back to making big stuff again and that feeling of great accomplishment makes a big difference.

And once I have written out the pattern in a language most people will understand, I shall post it on my Knitting Pattern Page.

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Upsy Daisy Toddler Hat

Size: toddler 2-3yrs

Materials:

50g of DK yarn, I used cotton.
16″ circular needle and 4 or 5 dpns for when knitting gets too small for the needle. I used size 4mm
stitch marker
Tapestry/wool needle
2 smaller dpns for “petals”

Hat

Cast on 84sts, join, being careful not to twist the sts.
Continue knitting all rounds until hat measures 4″ from the cast-on row.
Begin the decreases as follows, switching to DPNs

(Decrease) Row 1: *K10 K2tog*
Row 2: K all sts
(Decrease) row 3: *K9 K2tog*
Row 4: K all sts
(Decrease) row 5: *K8 K2tog*
Row 6: K all sts

Decrease in this manner until there are 35 sts on the needles.
Then decrease in the same manner, omitting the knit rows, until there are 7 sts remaining.
Pull yarn through the last 7 sts with a tapestry needle, pull through to inside and weave in ends.

Petals

With the smaller DPNs, push through centre of three sts about half way up the hat:

Knit about 10 rows (or whatever you prefer) of icord: i.e knit three sts, but instead of turning work, slip the sts to the other end of the dpn and bringing the yarn around the back of work knit 3 sts again.

Continue until you feel you have enough petals.

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IgglePiggle Toddler Hat

Size: Toddler 2-3yrs

Materials:

50g of DK yarn, I used Baby acrylic.
16″ circular needle and 4 or 5 dpns for when knitting gets too small for the needle. I used size 4mm
stitch marker
Tapestry/wool needle

Ear Flaps
With 2 dpns CO 7 stitches.
Row 1: K1, P to last stitch, K1.
Row 2: K1, Kfb, K to last 2 stitches, Kfb, K1.
Repeat these two rows until there are 15 stitches on the needles.

Knit straight until piece measures 2.75″
Cut yarn, leave the earflap on its DPN.
Repeat for second ear flap.

Hat
Using a cable cast on, CO 14 stitches on the circular needle. Knit the 15 stitches from first ear flap, then CO 30 stitches. K15 from second ear flap, then CO 14

Join, being careful not to twist stitches, place marker and begin knitting in the round. As you knit around this first row, you’ll notice four gaps, on either side of each ear flap. When you get to those, K2tog to close them up. At the end of the round, you should have 84 sts on the needles.

Continue knitting all rounds until hat measures 4″ from the cast-on row.
Begin the decreases as follows, switching to DPNs

(Decrease) Row 1: *K10 K2tog*
Row 2: K all sts
(Decrease) row 3: *K9 K2tog*
Row 4: K all sts
(Decrease) row 5: *K8 K2tog*
Row 6: K all sts

Decrease in this manner until there are 35 sts on the needles.
Then decrease in the same manner, omitting the knit rows, until there are 7 sts remaining.
Pull yarn through the last 7 sts with a tapestry needle, pull through to inside and weave in ends.

To make tassels:

Take some red yarn, I have used 4ply acrylic, and wrap around 3 fingers, with a tapestry needle, secure at the base of tassel by winding yarn around.

Make 4 in this way, descending in size and attach to the top of the hat.

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Knit-ochet Choker

For Pendant:

Materials

any 4 ply is fine, I used Wendy Peter Pan.
2.mm needles

Cast on 20 sts
1. (WS) K
2. K8, K2tog twice, K8
3. P7, P2tog twice, P7
4. K6, K2tog twice, K6
5. K all sts
6. K5, K2tog twice, K5
7. P4, P2tog twice, P4
8. K3, K2tog, K3
9. K all sts
10. K2, K2tog twice, K2
11. P1, P2tog, P1
12. K2tog twice.

Leave rem 2 sts on a needle.

For choker

Materials:

Again, any 4 ply is fine, I used the same yarn as the pendant.
size 4mm hook.

1. Ch 40
2. sk 1st ch, dc into the rest (39), ch1 and turn,
3. dc 19, join pendant by placing the 2 rem sts onto the hook, dc as normal, pulling yarn through all loops, dc 19.
4. Fasten off

Add beads to decorate and choker clasp at each end.

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Free Knitting Pattern.

Tiny Tree Stocking.


I shall be using these instead of chocolate decorations and shall put little sweets inside, and they can be used …..well…..forever! Really quick and easy to make with any odd bits of fancy yarn or plain double knitting.

Materials:

Any double knitting fancy yarn.

Size 4.5mm (size 7 US)

Gauge:

5 stitches = 1 inch

Directions:

Beginning at top cuff of sock cast on 20 st.
Knit 14 rows

Divide for top of foot section:

Knit across 13sts, turn, leaving 7 sts on needle

Knit 6 sts, turn, leaving 7 sts on other side.

Cont with centre 6 sts, knit 10 rows

Knit across centre sts, then pick up 5 sts evenly down the piece of knitting you have just done, then knit across 7 sts

Knit across 18 sts, then pick up 5 sts down edge of instep (30sts)

Knit 4 rows

Bottom decrease:

K 2 tog, K 9 sts, K 2 tog, K 4 sts, K 2 tog, K 9 sts, K 2 tog. (26 sts)Cast off.
Cast off.

Finishing:

Sew bottom and back seam of sock. Weave in and trim any yarn ends. Fasten a loop of yarn at top seam for hanging loop.

Finished size: 3 inches tall, and 2 1/ 2 inches wide at base of sock You can vary your stocking by adding stripes or a rib at the top like a traditional sock.
(c) Angela Harwood

I can make these in sets of 12 for £5 inc p&p. either leave a comment or email me.