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

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Taree Show 2017

Im so excited!
I entered 6 items in the show and won 4 first prizes,
a second prize and most successful exhibitor!
I didn't think i'd win with the baby jackets,
as one of the judges last year commented babies
should be dressed in white.
First prize for Yvettes garter stitch sweater
in pink baby design by ice yarn,
jacket and blanket in blue white camel
dancing baby ice yarn, a 10 petal flower blanket in apricot
(which I designed using an app on my phone,
I will post more about that another time)
and second prize for another square and ripple blanket
in Cronulla Sharks colours of blue black and white.
this version was blue white blue black, last blanket
i made was white blue white black.
The last blanket was a simple V stitch, both ends
had a different colour for each row and I used a
discontinued carnival yarn fair isle in green
3 first prizes with ice yarn, my favourite yarn.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Baby design jackets

I ordered some lovely ice yarn called baby design
awhile ago to take with me while we travelled.
It looks like flowers when knitted up, so it is
best knitted, as it loses the effect when crocheted.
While I was travelling around I decided to experiment
using several patterns to see the different effects.
 The first pattern is called Boronia by Aussie Maria,
it's my first top down pattern I've used and it was quick and easy

The next I made is a paid pattern #1929
designed for snuggly baby crofter DK yarn and
I used a matching pink yarn for the sleeves and yoke.

baby crofter DK pattern #1929

Then I made a few jackets using
Yvettes garter stitch baby sweater.
The first i made using 4mm needles, the I made another
using 4.5 mm needles and as the width of the back
was 27cm and the sleeve length was 14cm,
I added an extra 10 rows to the sleeves.
We tried this one on a 1 year old and it fitted fine,
although it was a bit short, like a shrug or bolero,
(which would be due to the fact I'm using different
Needles and yarn to the pattern!)
Another couple of inches would be perfect,
but I'm not sure how to add length to it.
I prefer the 4.5mm version to the 4mm.
I basically used garter stitch for the solid colour
and stocking stitch for the flower section, except for the back section.
For the sleeves I started from where the yarn changed from mid pink to darker pink.
4mm back
The next I made another jacket using 2 sections of the flowers joined together. Hope you enjoy the pics.
4mm front
4.5mm front
4.5mm back

4.5 mm sleeve & back before adding extra rows
4.5mm sleeve
double flower section back

double flower section front

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Magic cat blankets

my favourite
I recently joined a facebook group called magic blankets,
it inspired me to make a blanket using my scraps of yarn.
Knit4charity were asking for cat blankets 30cm x 42cm
for the Cat Protection Society.
Each cat goes home with its own blanket,
which I think is a lovely idea.
The basic premise of a magic blanket is using scraps
which are joined using a magic join and 2 strands
of 8 ply yarn worked together.
I used a 6mm hook and 58 chain,
treble into the 4th chain from hook
Then a V stitch into every 3rd chain,
the next rows are a v stitch
into every ch space for a total of 21 rows.
They are quick and easy to do while watching tv
and each one is unique and i get to play with colours
a selection of the blankets