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Simple toddler leg warmers pattern

7 Nov

Brrrrrrrrrr, it’s been getting a bit chilly round here of late!
I knitted Jet these new leg warmers to go with her new winter cardi (which I didn’t even nearly knit and bought from John Lewis instead).  They knitted up during three evening’s of loafing on the sofa watching Mad Men – what could be better?

I think knitting small people leg warmers might become addictive – it requires a good level of brainlessness for me and is quick enough for you to see the rewards before you get bored (my kind of knitting!).
Simple pattern below…

(Highly Basic) Pattern:

You will need:
4mm DPNS/circular needle or 4mm straight needles
Aran(ish) weight yarn in dark grey (MC), light grey (CC1) and pink  (CC2)
Needle to weave in the ends.

Pattern fits someone small – maybe 18months-3years or something.

DPN/circular needle method:
CO 42 sts in MC and join to the round
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
K 5 rows
Change to CC1 and K 2 rows
Change to MC and K 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and K 1 row
Change to CC1 and K 1 row
Change to MC and K 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and K 1 row
Change to CC1 and K 2 rows
Change to MC and work for a further 12cm
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
BO
Make another, weave in ends and you’re done!

Straight needle method:
CO 42 sts in MC
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
work in stocking stitch for 5 rows (and continue in St st until told otherwise!)
Change to CC1 and work 2 rows
Change to MC and work 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and P 1 row
Change to CC1 and K 1 row
Change to MC and P 1 row
[K1 MC, K1 CC2] for 1 row
Change to MC and P 1 row
Change to CC1 and work 2 rows
Change to MC and work for a further 12cm
Work in 1×1 rib for 10 rows
BO
Make another, sew up seams to make a tube, weave in ends and you’re done!

– Marvellous!

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A Right Royal Knees Up!

1 May

Anyone who knows me will know that I loves them royals!
Cue much excitement chez Bird Face for Kate and the Prince of Willies’ wedding ♥

Check out the knitted Wills, Kate and Archbishop that my friends Katheryn, Alasdair and I made for Jet! They were ideal for instant reenactments of all the action…
Patterns by Fiona Goble from here.
Big thanks go to the happy couple for providing us all with a nation holiday on their wedding day. Next time you get married, please can you try and do it post-lunch though, so we don’t all end up being drunk on Pimms so soon after breakfast – ta!

Easter knitting

24 Apr

Pattern can be bought from Anna Hrachovec at Mochimochi Land here.
I didn’t bother with the felting bit as I didn’t have the right yarn and I am lazy like that. I worked out fine anyhoo – cute!

childHood cardigan

17 Apr

Here are some pics of Jet wearing a little cardigan I made for her 🙂
It was so lovely doing this and I am really pleased with it. I seem to have so little time to do anything these days, it is a rare treat to get a bit of time to sit down with some knitting…

-What a cutie-pants!

Pattern: ChildHood from Knitty
Yarn: Rico Design Essentials, soft merino aran in Navy (ref: 038) and Petrol (ref: 049)

Thomas’ Blanket

22 Jan

A wise knitter once told me that you only knit blankets for love…

…believe me, they weren’t lying!!

I think I suffered a repetitive strain injury in my brain from knitting this blanket! – That said, I am mighty proud of myself for having persevered and I had a real sense of achievement once it was finished. 😀

I got my Mum to do the blocking for me and then she sewed on the brushed cotton backing and added some padding in the middle for good measure. I was so worried about messing it up once I’d finished the knitting part, I couldn’t bear to stitch the backing on myself! (I also made her iron my wedding dress on the morning of my wedding – she get’s all the scary jobs – thanks Mum!! X)

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Christmas come early…

21 Jan

…or late, whichever way you look at it.

It was our first Christmas together as smug marrieds, living in our own little house 😀

I made these to go on the tree (pretty rock and roll, huh?):

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Al’s Socks

21 Jan

It was my best friend Al’s 30th birthday and being the sock lover that he is (amongst other things), I knitted him my first pair of socks.

I usually like making small stuff like toys or baby clothes as I’m not a very patient knitter and I like to see results fast – so knitting these in 4 ply yarn seemed to take literally 30 years and I am thankful that I am still alive to tell the tale…

So, without further ado:

Yarn: Yeah – ok, it’s self-patterning yarn – but not everyone knows that and people look on at you with amazement like you’re some kind of intarsia virtuoso when you knit with it – which I like 🙂 – It was from Regia – can’t remember the colour off hand I’m afraid.

Pattern: Some insanely complicated pattern that came free with the wool. knittinghelp.com was very useful for this project!!

Alasdair, I love you – please send me a photo of your socks in action!! x

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