Sunday, 27 October 2013

Crochet Notes - Kata Cushion and Harriet Cushion

Two more cushions for my living room:)

Harriet Cushion

Kata Cushion


2 x £3.75 cushions from Tesco
Left over yarn in purples and oatmeal. (4 ply and DK)
3.75mm hook
yarn sewing needle

Yarns gathered and awaiting transformation. 


  • Using the Kata Square by Penny Davidson (beautifully written instructions) make 4 squares. 
  • I left out the last round and sewed all four squares together.
  • Crochet a round of three treble clusters.
  • Sew on to cushion - job done:)

Harriet on the left and Kata on the right.

The Harriet Cushion is exactly the same but using the Harriet Square by Carolyn Christmas and the final edge round is 1 treble into each treble below.

Both patterns are extremely easy to follow as they are very well written and they use American terminology. 

Close up of Harriet

Close up of Kata

An excellent way to use up odds and ends of yarn - very satisfying.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Knitting Knotes - Rustic Pru 2

After knitting Rustic Prudence back in February 2012, I found that I had a whopping 360g left over - this was because James C Brett - Rustic Aran comes in 400g balls. 

I have worn Rustic Prudence a lot - but it is quite a big over-sized garment, so I wondered if I could make a smaller version with the left overs.

And the answer was yes I could:)



Yarn: 360g James C Brett - Rustic Aran
Needles: 4.5mm and 4.5mm circular and 5mm
Measurements: Chest - 124cm and Length - 61cm

  • Cast on with 4.5mm - 106 sts, K2 P2 for 20 rows.
  • Change to 5mm and decrease to 90 sts.
  • Knit 35 cms in stocking stitch.
  • Cast off 4sts at beg of next 2 rows = 82 sts.**
  • Dec 1 st each end on next 5 alt rows = 72 sts.
  • Continue until length for armhole is 25 cms.
  • Cast off 8 sts at the beg of the next 4 rows = 40sts.
  • Put sts on a holder.
  • Same to **
  • Next row - Dec 1 st at beg - Divide for front - knit 40sts turn. 
  • Dec 1 st at neck edge on alt purl rows as well as ........
  • Dec 1 st at arm edge a further 4 times = 31sts
  • Continue with neck edge decrease until 16 sts are on the needle.
  • Continue straight until arm is 25c ms.
  • Cast off 8 sts at the beg on the next 2 rows. 
  • Match shaping on the other side. 
Join all seams.


Pick up 118 sts using 4.5 mm and knit 3 rows in K2 P2 rib - cast off loosely. 


Pick up 58 sts down one side of the neck, pick up 2 in the middle (ensure these are K2) pick up 58 sts up the other side and 40 sts from holder along the back neck. 

Knit 10 rows in K2 P2 rib.

Middle sts - 2 sts before middle 2 - K2 tog and 2 sts after middle 2, SSK. 

Cast off loosely. 

Weave in ends and block!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Chick Lit Review

Guilty Pleasure Reading

Sometimes it is nice to just sit and relax with a simple story that is not challenging or demanding, just plain and simple romance and drama and humour. 

And if you're in that mood then these three books fit the bill.

Milly Johnson - It's Raining Men ***

Three over-worked career women go away for a break and find more than just a relaxing time. They find themselves in a small village and clearly unwanted by some of the locals - but not all. Things are not quite what they seem in the village and the women are soon trying to work out a riddle. In addition they have to work out the riddle of their own love lives. 

Thoroughly enjoyable, with some very memorable scenes. 

Kate Harrison - Old School Ties ***

OMG - Tracey Mortimer, we all know someone like her and she is thoroughly unlikeable but you do keep wanting to find out more and this is a real page turner. Tracey is the subject of a reality TV show about a school reunion but her rose coloured glasses are a different shade to everyone else's. Helen Morris is the heroine, a thoroughly delightful character and one that we all want to know. 

I read this very quickly and enjoyed it all. 

Sheila O'Flanagan - Connections **

A collection of short stories about a group of holiday makers in the Caribbean. Each self contained story is enjoyable but being a collection of stories the depth in the characters is not quite as good as the other two books - understandably. Some memorable and touching moments from life, that we are all familiar with. 

This would be good on a half hour commute as you could get through a whole story in that time. 

Crochet Notes - Tudor Rose, Cappuccino Lace and Daisy Loop Bed Topper

Using Wendy Supreme Cotton Chunky and Rowan Aran Cotton with a strand of lace added. 6mm hook. (8 balls of blackcurrant and 1 teal.)...