There is a lot of 70s style knitwear about at the moment -
and admiring one such I decided to make up my own version
of a blanket coat - soon to be featured in Pattern of the
Month. The original pattern is written for a man in a worsted/aran
weight all in garter stitch stripes - it has its own charm
but I am trying to emulate a woven look as the commercial
coat that I saw, and also use vintage yarn. So I am working
in chunky Sirdar Peru - colours Llama and Tailor, (yes I have
an endless supply of it) on smaller needles using a stitch
pattern borrowed from an early 1960s pattern book to give
a more tweedy look.
25th September: :Completed 25th
This pattern is Nippy from Rowan
Knitting & Crochet Magazine 58, (this winter) and
uses Cocoon - which is a lovely yarn to work with, However
I am using vintage Sirdar Peru in colour Llama (cream) - which
is more robust in nature and not pure wool [50% Wool/40% Acrylic/10%
Alpaca : 50g=98yds/90m] . I am hoping to use up some more
of the the world supply I seem to have collected from ebay.
Deciding on the size to get the right fit is a problem - I
have just gone with the smallest and hope it gives the right
will be a Christmas gift for my sister- as sloppy jumpers
are just the thing this winter and she is keen on cowl neck
lines. I will gauge how much I use to see if I have enough
in navy (blanket blue] to make myself something similar.
[Started 18th July: :Completed
I completed this at our Jane Crowfoot workshop teaching colour
techniques and beading in crochet.
used the supplied Rowan Cotton Glace [100% cotton; 50g=126yds/115m]
- pretty ideal for crochet - and turned my pincushion into
a paperweight by including a stone in the stuffing....
[Started 14th June: :Completed
Cardigan from the vintage Debbie Bliss book "Nursery
Knits" . The real attraction in making this is
that is has pockets in which you put little sheep toys peeping
out. I suspect the baby will be less interested in this than
used King Cole "Big Value" 4 ply yarn [100% acrylic;
[Started 23rd May]
I am knitting this Erika
Knight classic in Robin Chunky [100% acrylic; 100g=153yds/140m].-
pistachio, 079. You need a lot of yarn and I could not contemplate
spending a great deal on a whim. I am expecting it to turn
out perfectly practical and soft - and it's a lovely colour
to go with my work room colour scheme.
[Started 18th May: :Completed
Cute little Teddy from a vintage Debbie Bliss book "Nursery
I used vintage 4 ply yarns, Pingouin Corrida 4, and a Sirdar
soft cotton 4ply. It was very quick to knit and a bit lengthier
in the sewing up and stuffing. I did not like the fact that
the shaping was all in the sewing up - in fact I made up the
pattern to shape the body into a ball rather than "adding
[Started 15th May]
I have finally begun my striped Kaffe blankets project. I
am working on the knitting machine and I have to say it has
not begun well. I have already had to change the method in
the same way as I did for the hand knitting - that is starting
each diamond in the middle and decreasing to a point, as this
is the only way I can get a neat edge. It is easier to effect
this on the machine though, so I am steaming - very slowly
- ahead... I plan to make all 4 colour schemes and think they
will end up as charity blankets - but it's just something
I want to do.
Richardson's Crochet Along
[Started 7th April]
Well I couldn't resist could I? Rowan have started a
crochetalong - this time in a summer yarn Rowan
Summerlite 4ply [100% cotton]. Again they have a choice
of projects but I am doing the (baby) blanket. Needless to
say the yarn I am using is not Rowan but a mixture of Katia
Saigon (100% acrylic) - which as others on the web say
is excellent for crochet but thicker than a 4ply - and vintage
Sirdar Soft Cotton 4ply (100% cotton) - which is a nightmare
to crochet - and Phildar
Partner Baby (25% wool; 25% acrylic; 50% nylon) - which
is a 3ply.
An interesting mix.... all quite different thicknesses and
[Started 3rd April: :Completed
This one of the two dyed fibre rovings I bought at the Lewes
Guild open day - which I had intended to spin and mix as one
lot. However, though they looked similar enough, they were
each different mixes of fibre with distinct colours, so I
made one into a (Nevaho) 3 ply which became the gaudy capelet
in October 2014, and the other into a 2ply which is what I
am using here. George's sister so admired the yarn that I
thought I would try and stretch it to use with this pattern.
[Started 21st February: :Completed
Spring design from "The
Knitter's Year" .
I am using up some vintage Pingouin Corrida 3 [60% cotton,
and 40% acrylic; 50g; 230yd/210m] - knits as 4ply.
Over Christmas my sister gave me a delightful liitle tin for
sewing accessories and I am making this to put in it.
[Started 19th February: :Completed
Cute little bootees from "The
Knitter's Year" - Summer section.
They used under 20g of some cheerful red Debbie
Bliss Baby Cashmerino [55% merino wool, 12% cashmere,
and 33% microfibre; 50g; 136yd/125m]. Tiny resin buttons from
Loom Baby Blanket
[Started 18th February: :Completed
This appears in the book Pin
Loom Weaving by Margaret Stump, which I obtained from
the library. She has good instructions as to how to make the
looms as well as projects including this one with useful techniques
for finishing. I am using acylic yarns to make a blanket for
Lloyd's (expected) baby. I made a rather crude loom very quickly
- but it seems to work OK, though smoother nails would be
easier to work with. This is likely to take a long time with
81 squares required, using the "weave-it" technique
which is nothing like as quick as the self warping method.
The resulting blanket is lovely - which does not come over
so well in my finished photo - and is now gifted to Penelope
[Started 15th February]
Simple garter stitch bag from the "The
Knitter's Year" - Autumn section. This is made
truly from oddments and I have used a lighter weight chunky
yarn combination for it rather than sticking with an Aran
as the pattern suggests. Using 4mm needles gives a nice tight
fabric and bring the dimensions in line with the original
design. You change colour every 2 rows so there is a veritable
forest of ends to sew in, and thus the knitting is simple
enough but as usual with bags and accessories, it's the finishing
with lining and handles and so on that takes all the time.
[Started 4th February: :Completed
This is a another woven (pin-loom) blanket in vintage Sirdar
[50g; 99yd/90m], in Blanket Blue, and Cream - 50% wool,
40% acrylic, 10% alpaca. I actually "started" this
in 2013 but only had enough blue at the time for 12 squares,
and have taken it up again now I have more wool. I wanted
to use just 2 colours so tried for a multicoloured weave for
a third element to the design rather than just blocks. It
was simply done by alternating strands of the two colours,
but the resulting striped pattern is not at all as I might
have thought - clearly results from the technique but no idea
of the maths to explain it. I love it- reminds me of Victorian
[Started 19th January: :Completed
This is a partly woven (pin-loom) blanket in vintage Sirdar
[50g; 99yd/90m], main colour 300, Woodstock,
50% wool, 40% acrylic, 10% alpaca. Currently I am having an
artistic crisis over the roses (indecision in combination
with lack of colour sense) but the woven pieces are looking
[Crisis overcome after which squares rapidly completed.]
Andy Pandy Romper
[Started 6th January]
In the 1980s I was never attracted to this romper from Phildar
(maybe someting to do with my childhood phobia of boy dolls)
- but now I find it really cute and am thinking of it for
Lloyd and Wendy (provided their baby proves to be male as
it seems a bit of a boyish thing). I am using wool from my
stash, hoping as ever that I have enough of the "John
Lewis soft cotton DK". For the contrast, I am using a Pingoiun cotton
yarn even though it is not quite a DK. If the white yarn
does not work out, I plan to make the white bib of the romper in diffferent white cotton DK taken "from stock".
[Started 1st January: :Completed
"camo" 9th August; Nachtblau 15th August; Hunter
Green 14th September; Pacific Ocean 18th October]
I started more socks while at my sister's on New Years Day.
The yarn is from eBay - Tiger sock yarn (25% nylon) in a sort
of "camo" blue..... Next up are 3 bargain balls
of Austermann Step [100g=420m; 75% wool/25%nylon with Aloe
Vera and Jojoba oil... mmmmm] - this has to be the King of
sock yarns both in knitting and wearing: colours, 04 Nachtblau,
89 Pacific Ocean, 96 Hunter Green, 139 Aubergine.
30th December 2014: :Completed
(one set) 13th January]
I really like these softer coloured letters in lower case
- again by Debbie Bliss but this time from the book "The
Knitter's Year". I thought I would make some
for my sister and perhaps a set for myself (for next Christmas!).
I am using vintage Hayfield Grampian 4ply equivalent [45%
acrylic/45%nylon/15% wool] in a soft green, and and Patons
Beehive knits as 4ply [50% acrylic/25%nylon/25% wool] in buttermilk.
[I have now finished 3 sets of these - easy to make and very
rewarding. I backed them with card covered in Christmas fabric].
[Started 19th August 2014]
This pattern is Alma from Rowan
Knitting & Crochet Magazine 55, (this summer) and
uses a mixture of Summer Tweed, Revive, and Fine Lace (the
latter I am sunbstituting with something I already have).
In an adventurous mood I seem to have chosen something by
a newer designer Carlo
Volpi who graduated from the RCA in 2012.
I note 2 things - I am unable to distort the colours quite
a much in my photos as Rowan appear to have done in their
magazine shots... and ... despite this being a current season
pattern (I think it is still this summer despite the
cool weather!), John Lewis tell me that Revive and Summer
Tweed are discontinued, (the latter being in their reduced
bucket at only £1.60 a ball but not in the right colours!
- I resorted to eBay).
have to say the resulting top is..... pretty horrid? (sorry
Carlo - maybe it needs a younger model...).
Kidsilk Haze Striped Scarf
[Started 6th July 2013]
Second time around for Arty Fibre Scarf - I started
to knit Artfibers Vertical
Drop Stitch Scarf again in my Rowan subscription free
gift this year (the first one I have been tempted to make
anything with I have to say) - but pattern does not lend itself
to the yarn which is Rowan
Kidsilk Haze Stripe in colour Circus 205 [70% super
kid silk mohair/30% silk; 50g = 425m/465 yards]. So I am now
making it a ribbed scarf without the dropped stitches.
[Started 29th December 2011]
This is another of the Fair-Isle designs from Debbie
Bliss Magazine 7. I am using Amy
Butler Organic Aran in colour Slate [50% cotton, 50% wool;
50g:90m/98yds] as it was on sale - and also as my intended
victim is Rob who is slightly allergic to wool and I think
the wool cotton blend might suit. I think both Rob and George
were slightly dubious about the Sherpa hats - so maybe Rob
needs a fashionable Fair Isle cardi as well as George.
[Started 9th June 2011]
This is the Bella Blouse by Norah Gaughan from the Knitting
Daily Pattern Library. I am using a few balls of Rowan Damask
- a yarn I love but now discontinued - for the contrast and
I found an ecru cotton blend (Patons Washed Haze) which tones
with it quite well for the main shade. As my supply of Damask
is limited I am omitting the contrast band at the bottom of
Man's Aran Cardigan
[Started 14th October 2010]
Stash wool from when I overbought some Rowan Magpie Aran Tweed
for a cardigan for my brother-in-law some years ago (I know
- not like me - large administrative error in translating
2oz balls to 100g balls). I am adapting a cardigan pattern
from the Mens Book which is designed for chunky yarn; I have
not yet made a satisfactory start - every time I knit the
welt it looks too small!
22nd August 2010]
This is Two
- not another cardigan! But it is, like Puzzle, from
of Hearts - in fact, the cover design. The yarn is Patons
[25g; 150m], 70% mohair, 30% polyamide. It knits to a
double knitting tension of about 22sts to 4 inches, but I
am knitting it much looser on 6mm needles. I chose this yarn
also at Ally Pally in 2009; being a dress I thought it would
take for ever but it seems to be knitting up very quickly
so I have exery expectation of finishing it soon...