Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Knitting Knotes - Eros

Pre-blocking as usual:)

Rib - 6mm
Main body - 6.5mm

I wanted to make this top for sometime but I wasn't keen on the Rowan colours apart from white and I have only just made a white jumper. However - when I saw this purple passion in Wendy Supreme Cotton I just had to order it and make it work. I ordered 16 balls but I only used 11. I think a nice chunky scarf will ensue at some point.

Marie Wallin - Eos

Finished Measurements

Length - 62cm
Chest -124 cm
Length to sleeve 41cm

Adaptations to pattern

I did the 3rd size and changed the needles to 6.5mm.


  • 16 rows 2x2 = 10cm rib.
  • I decreased for the arms at 1 pattern repeat plus 10 rows.
  • The shoulder decrease was done at 1 pattern plus 44 rows. (22,23,22)


  • The neck shaping was altered. (27,13,27)
  • It was done at 1 pattern plus 32 rows. 
  • Decrease 1 st at neck edge on next 5 alt rows.
  • K3 rows - Row 44
  • Shape shoulder as per back. 


  • 30 sts 2x2 12 rows.
  • Increase 5sts on last row. 
  • Change to st st and 6.5mm.
  • Increase 1 st each end of 3rd row.
  • Increase 1 st each end 6th row x 4. 
  • Increase 1 st each end 8th row x 4.
  • Continue to 46 cm - 5 more rows.
  • Cast off 2 sts at beginning of next 2 rows. 
  • Dec 1 st each end next row.
  • Dec 1 st each end to 43 sts. 
  • Dec 1 st each end of next row = 41sts. 
  • Cast off

  • Use 6mm circular needle.
  • Pick up along back 8/23/8
  • Pick up along front 22/13/22
  • = 96sts
  • 2x2 rib - work 1 row. 
  • On next 6 rows dec 4sts (1 each side of shoulder line). 
  • Work 1 row
  • Cast off

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Mid-September Garden

The autumn blooms just keep coming and my "cool bed" has now become a "jewel bed" take a look below:)

Dahlia Mero Star - my favourite dahlia:)

I have enough blooms to fill my house and my office:)

An orange dahlia has found its way into the cool bed - so now I have a jewel bed.

Another gorgeous dahlia

So many shapes - I love this pompom dahlia.

Eros has a back!

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Knitting Knotes - Wizadora

Loved this pattern when I saw it in The Knitter, Issue 71.

I had some yarn left over form other projects and I picked up the Sirdar Ella in a bargain bucket for £1.60 a ball. The pattern calls for 8 colours but I decided to double up in the purple and only use 7.

A = Purple - King Cole Giza
B = Lilac - Sirdar Ella
C = Pale Blue - Sirdar Ella
D = Turquoise - Bergere Estivale
E = Dark Blue - Sirdar Ella
F = Green - Adriafil Giada
G = Denim Blue - Sirdar Calico
H = Purple - King Cole Giza

Here is the order:

These yarns are thicker than the pattern so I did a smaller than usual size on 3.25mm for the 1x1rib and 4mm for the body.

Finished measurements:
Length = 62cm
Chest = 120cm
Length to arm = 33cm


For the rib I cast on 109sts and did 10cm in 1x1 rib.
On the last row I increased to 121sts which was the 2nd size.

I did the pattern for 29cm - then began the increases. One pattern repeat + 14 rows
I did the divide for back neck at three pattern repeats + 10 rows.
I followed the pattern for the shaping.


Same but I did the front divide at two pattern repeats + 30 rows.


10 down each side at the back and 55 along the middle back.
20 down each side at the front and 45 along the middle front.

This gave me 170sts - much more than required by the pattern.
I used a circular needle and did decreases at the seams between back and front on rows 3 to 13.
I did this by decreasing 2sts at each seam = 4 a row.
Then knit 1 row in 1x1 and cast off.

Arm Cuffs

Pick up 53 down each side with a circular needle = 106sts.
2cm rib 1x1

I hardly used any yarn at all - I could make another out of what is left!

Here is my version of Eldora - I called it Wizadora:) I love it.