Knitted sleeveless jackets

We love sleeveless jackets  and they are appearing on a regular basis this year. They are warm, great fashion items and can be contrasted in colour with other clothing items. Your arms are free to move and there are no bulky sleeves getting in the way.

Hilary’s knitted sleeveless jacket (left), has an interesting stripe pattern which becomes geometric because of the way the jacket is knitted. Bit op arty and in black and white it definitely would be. Hilary’s is handspun, hand dyed wool as is Marina’s (right). Marin’es jacket is an interesting rib pattern with garter stitch edging. Both jackets are snuggly feeling and would add a good layer of warmth. The blues and greys are different in each jacket but the colourways are restful.

If you are interested, there’s a long  jacket with capped sleeves on ausyarnco. 

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Yankalilla Show

The Yankalilla Show was well attended and very popular and there was plenty to see. We’d like to congratulate Peter for his second prize for the woven shepherd’s coat. Marina won a first prize for her  homespun mohair and cotton sleeveless jacket and they both won a first prize for the bag which Peter had woven and Marina had crocheted the sides for and put together with a lovely strap.

We are currently on a break because of the long weekend. There may well be more news about the show when we meet next week. Always nice to see our members shining.

Where did you get that hat?

Maria has been busy. Yesterday we featured the grannie squares she’d sorted out at home and she  is making her flower ones now. She has knitted three lovely beanies as well in her handspun wool. The white and autumn coloured one is very soft and looks interesting. The Fair Isle one is a classic in classic wool colours and would keep your head nice and warm. We loved that one because it looked stylish. We also fell in love with the green beanie in hand spun wool with the loose pom pom at the top. it was a great colour but a fun hat.

Jan 1 had used her homespun wool to make a lovely child’s hat. Beautifully knitted and cheerful colours. The stitches were so even but the handdyed wool had created an interesting swirl pattern as she knitted so the beanie is stylish but nice and comfortable for a child to wear.

Grannie squares for beginners

Many brought along their crochet and knitting for Monday’s visit to the Victor Harbour Spinners and Weavers group. Sonya learned how to make a grannie square as we explained in the last post. We realised there were people who want to crochet and who haven’t yet learned how to do it. The basic grannie square in the video teaches you a lot and then it can be used to make jackets, bags, blankets…whatever you like . Once you have mastered that basic square, it is not that hard to go on and do some of the fancier ones featured in this post.

Marina has been making grannie squares for a jacket and so on Monday she was knitting the band. Hers are all made from homespun wool and are the brown and other colours. The brightly coloured ones are Margaret’s. She is trying out different grannie square blocks. The pink one is just lovely and the ones with the flowers in the middle look really good and would give anything a 3D effect. Margaret likes to do the rounds in different colours when she is learning a new block so she can see clearly where to put her crochet stitches. You need that visual contrast when you are learning and the definition of commercial wool. Homespun gives a softer effect.

Enjoy the video from Bella Coco.