Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Totally Templates

I've just come across a new crafty site

http://www.totallytemplates.co.uk/

It has only been running for 4 weeks but is very professionally set up and has lots of downloadable products such as craft templates and patterns.  Not many knitting patterns there yet but it seems to be taking off and I will be keeping an eye on it.

I have listed a few patterns there including my Santa's Elf Helper sweaters and child mittens, with more to come....

 
This pattern includes three sweaters for that famous elf that comes out and sits on a shelf in the run up to Christmas.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

More Mitten knitting patterns!

I don't seem to have timed these for the right time of year, but I've been on a bit of a mitten knitting pattern fest just lately.

Here are some more character mittens, doll and clown this time:

Doll and Clown Puppet Mittens




I couldn't resist making some frilly and sparkly mittens for a little princess:

Princess Mittens




The designs are available in three sizes, to fit children from two to seven years of age.

The patterns are available from Ravely Or Love Knitting.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

New fun knitting pattern for Child Animal Puppet Mittens

Here is a pattern I have been working on this winter:




 
These mittens are available in three animal designs, and each one is in three sizes to fit children aged 2 to 7 years.
 
Will keep little fingers warm or can just be used to put on a puppet show!
 
The pattern is available from Ravelry or LoveKnitting, and is quick and easy to knit with scraps of DK yarn.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

New knitting pattern for a comfy slouchy style tunic in James C Brett cotton/acrylic





I have spent many months designing and refining this design, and I am really pleased with the result.


It is knit in James C Brett Cotton On DK, which is a lovely soft cotton/acrylic blend, and is machine washable.


The soft yarn and positive ease make it a joy to wear and it looks great with trousers.  It is a sweater that I shall wear and wear!






           Here are the details:

The sweater is knitted from the bottom up in pieces and seamed. It is patterned with slip stitches and bobbles, and edged with brick stitch; all instructions are written out fully and are easy to follow. The slightly dropped arm and positive ease makes it comfortable to wear.

The model is wearing size 36”, which has 2” of positive ease.

For experienced knitters.

Measurements are:
Size: 36, 42.5, 48.5”
Chest size of finished garment: 38, 45, 51”
Length of sleeve from underarm: 16.5, 16.5, 16.5”
Length from underarm to hem: 16.5, 17, 19”
Length from centre back of neck to hem: 24, 26, 29”
Number of balls of yarn needed: 9, 11, 13

The pattern is available for just $5 from:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/castles-in-the-air

Friday, September 19, 2014

Flowerpot scarecrow

Today I helped to make a flowerpot scarecrow.  It took 3 hours but was great fun to do!


 
UPDATE:  We won first prize in the group category.  All the hard work was worth it!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Free knitting pattern for easy to knit chunky scarf

I bought two balls of this chunky yarn from Hobbycraft and designed and made this scarf within a day.  Most of it was knit on the Bedford to Brighton train.

 
EASY PEASY CHUNKY SCARF
© Helen Cox 2014
 
 
A long bulky scarf which is easy and quick to knit
 
 
Materials:  2 balls of Sirdar Denim Ultra or any other super bulky yarn (150m in total).
A pair of 9mm knitting needles and a large size crochet hook for fringing.
 
Gauge:  Approximately 8 stitches and 11 rows to 4” (10 cm) but not critical.
 
Abbreviations:  k = knit; p = purl;  sts = stitches;  [  ]  = repeat instructions in brackets.
 
 
 
Instructions
Cut 26 lengths of yarn approximately 14” (35 cm) long and reserve for fringing.
 
Cast on 15 sts.
 
Next row:  Slip one stitch knitwise, k to end
Repeat last row 3 times more.
 
Next row:  Slip one stitch knitwise, [k1, p1] to end
Repeat last row until work measures approximately 63” (160 cm) or to desired length.
 
Next row:  Slip one stitch knitwise, k to end
Repeat last row 3 times more.
 
Cast off and run in ends.
 
To add fringe
Fold a 14” (35 cm) length of yarn in half.  Insert crochet hook into edge of scarf and pull central loop through, then take the two ends through the loop and pull tight.  Repeat along edge of scarf, spacing out 13 lengths evenly along each end.
 
Plenty of time to knit this one for the winter!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Sweet Lemon dress knitting pattern for an antique vintage doll

I have published a new knitting pattern design for a long lacy Victorian style dress to fit a doll of approximately 18” tall. It is trimmed with matching ribbon and bows, and sweeps from a lacy yoke to a full gathered skirt.



Measurements: To fit a doll approximately 18” tall with 11” chest. The length can be adjusted to size.
Materials: approx 40g (400m) 2 ply (laceweight) cotton or acrylic yarn.
A pair of size 2.75mm needles, and a circular needle or a set of 4 double pointed needles size 2.75mm.
Five 4mm buttons.
One metre of matching ribbon 4mm wide.
Long lengths of waste yarn to use as stitch holders.

The pattern can be found on www.ravelry.com by searching the patterns tab for Sweet Lemon. It costs $5.
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