Sunday, March 1, 2020

February's mountain form slippers

Even though February in Australia has been hot, I've been knitting slippers. My daughter asked me for another 2 pairs of the mountain form slippers by  tricoquelicot. 
I have a feeling her friends have spied them and want a pair too. It's been ok because when its hot we put the aircon in the caravan and thats when I knit. I make them toe up so no matter what thickness the yarn is, I can easily knit to fit. The left slipper i put a tie across the front and the right slipper has a tie threaded around the top edge. Details are here

Little Wonder Blankets

Quite awhile back I found out that Little wonder receive a lot of girl blanketsand not as much boy blankets and they also don't get many matching sets.
I decided to not make any girl colours and concentrated on the boy colours.
This was the result. I must admit I find it easier making girl blankets.
It meant I had to think a bit more about the design and colours,
so I enjoyed putting my thinking cap on.

Toe-up mountain form slipper mistake

Always happens when you are on a deadline!
I must have been half asleep while making this,
by the time I realised I had made a mistake i had
done too many rows to warrant undoing them.
So some fudging was required, I sewed them
up the middle and it worked out well.
I got them finished in time and the recipient was happy.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Mountain Form Toe-up pattern update

I've made a few of these in the past year.
Take a look at the pictures below the pattern.
It seems I make a pair and either someone
sees them while I'm making them or after
I've gifted them & there is another request for a pair.
I gave my pair away so now have to make myself
a new pair. I have re-written the pattern,
I take notes as I go so that the 2nd slipper
is the same as the first.
Here is the amended pattern

Toe up Mountain form slippers/bed socks
based on a pattern  by  Wakako Sato
10 ply wool and 4.5mm needles 9 wpi (wraps per inch)
I have also used a thick 8 ply as well as magic light which is 8ply
and around 12 wpi just requires extra rows (see the pink slipper below)
cast on 7 sts using wrap/turkish method (14 sts in total)
continue knitting in the round using the magic loop method

1st row: knit
2nd row: *k1, increase in next stitch, knit to last 2 stitches, increase in next stitch, k1* 

for both sides of slipper.
Repeat last 2 rows 6 more times until 42 stitches (21sts each side)

knit in the round for 3.5cm (stocking stitch) 
*tip: make a note of how many rows for making the next slipper
Knit 1, purl 1 rib for 20 stitches and slip next stitch onto back needle

repeat Knit1, Purl 1 rib for *6.5 to 7.5cm (*depending on size of foot)
*take note of the number of rows
*note: you need to leave enough room to get the foot in the slipper
Foot opening:
(Knit 1, Purl 1) 5 times, cast off 1 stitch (this is the middle).
You will now be working back and forth-not in the round and turning after each row
Round 1: Knit 
Round 2: Knit 13, Purl 1, Knit 13, Purl 1, Knit 13.
Repeat last two rounds until measures *8cms from Rib pattern. 
(*again depending on size of foot) take note of the number of rows
cast off and sew back seam OR graft with kitchener stitch.

Wingham Show 2019

Wow, i've just realised it's almost a year since my last post!
We are still on the road travelling around Australia in our caravan.
I don't have a computer with me and its hard blogging on my phone.
In March I entered 3 items into the Wingham show and I
won 1st prize in the crochet knee rug section with my own pattern.

This is a photo of the blanket before the border was added
64 squares with 4 colours is a lot of ends, over 500,
so not for the faint hearted.
I actually don't like sewing ends in as I have a nickel allergy,
 but i did the ends as I went and it wasn't too bad.
When you have a strong enough desire to
achieve something, it's a case of mind over matter,
you will find a way.

For the middle star rug, I undid all the
squares from this post and re-made it
into one blanket.
The pink blanket on the left is
Rings of change by  Frank O'Randle
using Magic Light by Ice Yarns in pink shades #22021

Monday, July 23, 2018

Crochet blanket design

In my previous post I mentioned I had used a different method
to design the blanket I entered into the 2018 Wingham show.

I used the 10-petal afghan square pattern by Joyce Lewis
with scraps leftover from a previous blanket.
I made 5 different squares and took a picture of them,
then I used an app called Blankie to change the squares around.

As you can see, I had some help!

I decided I preferred this setting & it became the finished blanket above!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Wingham Show 2018

This time last year the Wingham show was cancelled
so I entered a few items into the Taree show at the end of the year
I also entered 4 items into this years Wingham Show
I won first and second prize in the baby shawl section
and second prize in the lap blanket section.
Most of the baby items are usually white or pastels,
But I like to make items that are a bit different.
The Second prize baby shawl was a pattern by
Frank O'Randle called mini rings of change
In my favourite yarn  Magic Light by Ice Yarn #22034
My mum likes it better than my first prize shawl.
For the first time I entered into the baby knitted set of three section
Also using my favourite yarn I used in the shawl above
The pattern is called Aussie Swing by Aussie Maria
The hat is a bernat pattern available here
It didn't win a prize but that's ok I enjoyed making it.

The first prize baby shawl is another Frank O'Randle pattern
Called Mini Galaxy of change made from scraps in my stash

Last but not least is the second prize lap blanket
It is a pattern by Joyce Lewis called Simple 10-petal afghan square
I used the scraps left over from the blanket
I entered into Taree show last year that won first prize
It is similar but quite different too

I used quite a different method to create this,
I will blog the details in my next post