Saturday, 25 April 2015

Crochet Notes - Cat Lover's Bag


I'm not sure this came out exactly as I'd planned - however - it is a quirky little bag and here are the notes.

I have a friend who is cat crazy and I couldn't resist making her a bag with this fab pattern - Cat Lover Blanket available to buy on Ravelry. I remembered I had a bag stashed away that would make a fab lining too.

Equipment and yarn ready to go

I think  got this bag in Tesco a couple of years ago.

Here are all the pieces waiting to be joined.

Side panel view

Handles crocheted around the bag lining handles.

The lining - paw prints that continue the theme:)

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Knitting Knotes - Sparkly Aegean Vest

I really dragged my heels with this one and for good reason, I find sequined yarn takes an age to knit because I end up becoming obsessed in pushing the sequins to the front. I ended up putting this away and only returning to it when I saw the gorgeous scarf in my local garden centre, so the scarf really became the motivation to finish.

In the picture above you can see a book I picked up at the same garden centre The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It was the name that grabbed my attention, however the story is all told through letters and initially I was a bit disappointed. That said the story that unfolds is a good tale, and I did learn a little about the Channel Island occupation during WWII, I do like a bit of social history. A nice easy read  ***

Back to the Knitting Knotes..............

Equipment and Yarn

Bergere de France - Estivale 6 balls
3.25mm needles and 3.25mm circular needles
3.5mm needles

Length - 60 cm
Length to arm - 40 cm
Chest - 108 cm


  • Cast on 134 sts using 3.25 mm
  • 1x1 rib for 7.5cm (23 rows)
  • Change to 3.5mm
  • Knit in stocking stitch until work measures 40cm.
  • Cast off 9 sts at the beginning of the next two rows = 126 sts.
  • Dec 1 st each end on alt rows for 20 rows = 96 sts.
  • Knit until work measures 60 cm. 
  • Put middle 46 onto a holder - cast off the 25 each side.

Scarf bought and the project was reawakened at this point.

  • As for back to ***
Divide for neck
Cast off 9 sts at armhole - knit 57 sts turn.
Complete armhole shaping as per back - but simultaneously decrease on neck edge as follows. 
Decrease at neck edge on alt rows until 37 sts remain.
Decrease at neck edge every 4th row until 25 sts remain
Continue without shaping until it measures the same as the back.
Cast off.
Put middle stitch on a pin and complete other side to match.



Using 3.25mm circular - start at top left - pick up and K1P1 rib:
70 sts down left side
Knit 1 from pin.
Rib 70 up right side.
Rib 46 from holder across the back.
187 sts
Rib 7 rows
Middle front stitch must always be knit - K2 tog either side on ever row.
Cast off loosely.

Using 3.25mm circular
K1P1 rib - pick up 140 sts
Rib 7 rows
Cast off loosely.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Crochet Notes - Gorgeous Daisy Bag

I bought too much yarn for my Fuchsia Cables Jumper and already I made the 200 Hat but I still had two and half balls left over. I also had a Boots 100% Gorgeous bag waiting for a make over and so I came up with the idea of a big flower power bag.

I ordered some more Stylecraft Aran from Deramores - selected the Daisy Flower Crochet Charity Square from Ravelry and chose a 4.5mm hook to add sturdiness to the bag. For the side panels I used the pencil case square from Issue 22 of Simply Crochet,  I used this technique before for my Issue 22 Granny Bag.
I've bought too much yarn again so I now get a cream hat and a gold hat from that bundle of Aran, funny how a project to use up yarn leaves you with more than you started with. As this is a charity pattern I intend to make a baby blanket for the neo-natal unit at my local hospital, I just need to know what yarn they prefer.
 I made eight flower squares and nine pencil case squares. I did join as you go on the last round of the flower squares after every two trebles. I also did four rounds on the pencil case squares and then a round of half trebles - joining as I went to make a strip.

Here are all the pieces awaiting assembly.

I crocheted the flower fabric to the side strip using half trebles and then did a round of half trebles around the rim. Finally I attached the bag as lining.

As a teacher I have never ending amounts of marking and so this will be my new cheery marking bag.


Saturday, 4 April 2015

Knitting Knotes - Apple Blossom Jumper

I wanted a lacy jumper for spring / summer and this seemed to fit the bill. I know this book was published back in 1987 but a lacy jumper is a lacy jumper. This one was originally knitted in Sirdar Romance a fluffy yarn from the 80s but the tension matched Rowan All seasons Cotton - so it seemed like a good choice.

Here it is already to start - Crab Apple in The Country Diary Book of Knitting. 
11 balls of Rowan All Seasons Cotton - 4mm needles for the ribs and 5mm needles for the main body (plus a circular 4mm for the neck). I eventually used 12 balls not 11.

Here's how I made it....

12 Balls of Rowan All Seasons Cotton


4mm needles 
Cast on 100 sts - K1 P1 rib for 15 rows, inc 1 st on the last row. 

5mm needles
Follow lace pattern of 16 rows.
Knit pattern 8 times and then up to row 5. 
Shape shoulder by casting off 15 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows.
The 5 sts at the beginning of the next 6 rows = 40 sts - put on holder. 


As for back but complete 7 patterns and 9 rows.
Divide for front by knitting 44 sts - turn and dec 2 sts at neck edge on the next 4 alternate rows = 36 sts (and row 1 of the pattern).
Dec 1 st on neck edge on next 3 rows = 33 sts and row 4 of the pattern. 
Knit 1 row. 
Complete shoulder shaping as for back = 3 sts. - on a pin.
Put middle 13 on a holder and complete other side.


4mm needles 
Pick up 3 sts from the pin, knit 17 down side of neck, 13 sts across front, 17 up side of neck, 3 from the pin and 40 across the back = 93 sts.
K1 P1 rib for 10 rounds. 
On rounds 4 to 8 dec 1 st either side of the shoulder seam (4 decreases per round).
Cast off loosely. 


4mm needles
Cast on 40 sts.
K1 P1 rib for 13 rows - increase 1 st on the last row = 41 sts.

5mm needles
Complete using pattern.
Inc 1 st each end of 3rd and following 5th rows until 71 sts.
Complete pattern 6 times - cast off loosely.

 Other patterns I'd like to knit from The Country Diary Book of Knitting - two sleeveless tops. 



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