Knitted cowl

Cathy’s double wrap cowl was made on size 5 needles. It is 44 inches around and you need multiples of 8 for the honeycomb pattern. This one had 200 stitches. The wool is a dark green merino hand dyed by Alexis and the light green is English Leicester dyed withย  sage and green tea by Cathy.

Interweave has two nice, free honeycomb cowl patterns .

The video is silent but it shows you how to do the stitch really wellย  so you can concentrate nicely ๐Ÿ™‚

Show and tell

Show and Tell March 16th textile arts and crafts

It was a lovely day outside and just as lovely inside. Plenty of colour and ideas an some good, productive conversations.

Chris: has dyed 4 plaits with Earth Palette dyes in blue & pale orange.

Cathy: 3 balls of spun wool dyed with various natural dyes & a warm thick cowl in
dark green and yellow in a honeycomb pattern.

Janette: scarf & matching beanie in red/grey, beanie in blue, and an alpaca scarf
dark with various coloured fleck, warm jumper in autumn colours.

John: a woven scarf in a multi coloured boucle yarn with a green centre.

Hilary: 1 skein of lime green tops plied with coloured silk hankies, a ball of spun
alpaca dyed fleece and the cutest, small rabbit from the pattern Cathy put on our blog.

Knitted chevron blanket

knitted chevron blanketKnitted chevron blankets have a timeless , classic look and you can choose colors to suit the person or the dรฉcor. If you use fine needles and fine yarn it will have a lacey look. Alexis brought along a chevron blanket she had knitted. It is a great way to use up odd balls of spun yarn and you can have fun planning the colours. Her homespun blanket has a colour choice we really liked and it feels lovely and soft.

There’s a wikihow on how to create a zigzag blanket . This gives you explanations which will enable you to make some good , individual choices about your chevron blanket. The YouTube video shows you how to knit a chevron blanket.



Beanie Weather

It is coming into beanie weather . We are always making them, though. We need them for competitions, events, charity,ย  families and friends. There is always a reason to make a beanie. They use our scraps and leftovers. We find nice yarn and want to use it. We try out different patterns and challenges. beanies are a good way to learn a new stitch. We knit them, crochet them, have been known to loom them. Sometimes we knit and crochet them or crochet and knit them or knit and felt them. It always amazes us how different each beanie can be and we see a lot of them in a year…and the next year. They are never boring. We make our own pompoms but we quite like the faux fur pompoms too. It gives a beanie a different look.

Bottom left is Maria’s beanie in homespun wool and Maria is someone who can make crochet beanies look really good. As can Marina. Her purple one right has a very interesting pattern and colourway. The other two beanies are Marina’s too.