Sunday, 22 January 2017

Crochet Notes - Teton Alpine Bag

I picked up a blue bag for life at the Teton National Park on my recent road trip in the USA, and as usual covered my bag for life with some crochet. 

I used double knit and a 4mm hook. 

The pattern I used was from the book in the picture above and it was the Alpine Meadow pattern - seemed fitting as the Tetons are a mountain range.

I made 12 squares for the front and another for the back. Once joined I did a round of trebles then an extra row of trebles along each side. 

The grey sides used basic squares which I first used here on my Issue 22 Granny Bag. 
I made 18 of them as the side panel is double width and s is the bottom. When they were joined I attached them to the main panels with a double crochet. I then did a round of trebles along the rim. 

Quite pleased with it!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Riga Hat Number 2 and a Candle

In Riga I bought two skeins of Sia Lambazu Tine, my first Riga hat only slightly dipped into into the second skein. So I thought I'd do a pared back version for my friend who I travelled with.

This link takes you to the  original Riga Hat.

For Riga Hat Number Two here are the changes.

72 sts X 18 rows 1x1 rib.

Increase to 96 sts.

Start at Row 5.

For crown - from Row E - Knit 2 tog to end.

To make up I folded the rib inwards and sewed it loosely in place.


I do love a candle and so I decided to use up leftover wax and make my own - here was my first attempt. 

Step 1 - melt wax over boiling water.
Step 2 - remove all unwanted bits.
Step 3 - pour wax into jar with new wick in the centre and allow to set. 
I got the wicks very cheaply on the Internet and I have loads of old jars. I can see lots of mileage in this. 

Friday, 6 January 2017

Knitting Knotes - Riga Hat

Made with Latvian yarn bought in Riga

I wanted to make a generous cream hat and couldn't find a pattern I liked - so I improvised this as I went - if you make one please send me a picture - I'd love to see how it turns out.

Equipment: Needles -  double pointed 5mm and circular or double pointed 6mm / cable needle / marker
Yarn: Sia Lambazu Tine from Latvia (I used 1 skein plus about 5g from skein number 2.) I think this yarn is chunky - 6mm needles worked well.
Bobble or a pom pom (I bought my Bobble in Superdrug for £3 - it was originally a broach).


C4B - Put 2sts on cable needle and hold at back, knit 2 then knit 2 from the cable needle.
C3F - Put 2 sts on cable needle and hold at front, Purl 1 then knit 2 from the cable needle.
C3B - Put 1 st on a cable needle and hold at back. Knit 2 then purl 1 from the cable needle.


Using 5mm needles cast on 72 stitches and 1 x 1 rib for 29 rows
Row 30 - still using 1 x 1 increase by 24 stitches to 96 stitches - evenly all round.

Change to 6mm needles - place marker at start.

Row 1,2 and 3 - P1, K4, P2, K4, P1 - repeat to end

Row 4 - Twist 1 - P1, C4B, P2, C4B, P1 - repeat to end

Row 5, 6 and 7 - P1, K4, P2, K4, P1 - repeat to end

Row 8 - Twist 2 - P1, K2, C3F, C3B, K2, P1 - repeat to end

Row 9 and 10  - P1, K2, P1, K4, P1, K2, P1 - repeat to end

Row 11 - Twist 3 - P1, K2, P1, C4B, P1, K2, P1 - repeat to end

Row 12 and 13 - P1, K2, P1, K4, P1, K2, P1 - repeat to end

Row 14 - Twist 4 - P1, K2, C3B, C3F, K2, P1 - repeat to end

Row 15 and 16 - P1, K4, P2, K4, P1 - repeat to end

Row 17 - Twist 5 - same as Row 4.

Repeat from Row 5 again = Row 30

Decrease for crown

Row A - P1,* K4, P2 together, repeat from * to last purl st and purl 2 together with first st of next round.

Row B - K4, P1 - repeat to end

Row C - K1, K2 tog, K1, P1 - repeat to end

Row D - K3, P1 - repeat to end

Row E - K2 tog, K1, P1 - repeat to end

Row F - K2 tog, P1 - repeat to end

Change to double pointed 5mm needles

Row G - K2 tog - repeat until you have only 1 stitch left - fasten off.

Weave in ends and attach bobble - or make pompom.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Knitting Knotes - Christmas Jumper 2016

Yarn: James C Brett - Wool with  Aran: 800g in main and 100g in contrast. (I only used two colours).

You can see the colour better here.

Pattern: Nordic Sweater by Sian Brown Changes made were to the neck - I did a much shorter neck rather than the cowl. Other than that I didn't make any changes but I wished I'd shortened the sleeves. It has come up big on me - but I love it and have worn it a lot already.

This jumper has since been updated - you can see the result here.

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.)...