Friday, 27 October 2017

Love in Every Stitch - blanket



I’m delighted to announce that the ‘Love in Every Stitch’ blanket is now live on my website. 

When designing this blanket, I wanted the maker to be able to customise it to reflect themselves or the person they are making the blanket for. To be in full control of the size and be able to choose colours to suit the person, mood or soundings.


This blanket has a fantastic corner-to-corner construction, which gives you full control of how large you would like it to be. It can be made into a cot blanket, sofa, lap, double or single bed all you have to do is repeat the increase pattern repeats until you reach the desired size, then start decreasing until the end and you will produce a beautiful square blanket. The slip stitch pattern is easy to memorise and it complements the garter stitch border, not to mention that it shows up beautifully when worked in colour. The blanket is completely reversible; it looks equally stunning on both sides.



In the pattern, you will also find where to find inspiration for colour: mood, weather, name or even month of birth, this is where I took the inspiration for the two blankets. 

The smaller blanket is knitted in Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK and is made for the cutest little girl called Ella who was born in April.
The colours of the name Ella are blue, green and pink. The colours of April are yellow, red, white
I decided to get rid of the red as I thought it was too strong for a baby, but I stuck with all the others and added few complementary ones. 

The bigger blanket, knitted in Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, is for a beautiful young lady called Sukie who is 8 years old. Of course, Sukie is at that age that I can just simply ask what colours she likes, however I still wanted to combine the colours of her birth month, May, which are yellow, red and green. I have chosen green to go with Sukie’s chosen colours. 


In both blankets, I’ve chosen cream as the complementary colour throughout, but please experiment with colour and see what combination you like best. I’m planning on knitting one with just grey and mustard.

However many colours you choose for your blanket, make sure you carry the yarn up the work with you and not cutting and weaving in at every colour change. You can carry yarn up 4 rows, any more than that will cause the yarn to form loops on the edges.

It’s important to get the edges nice and neat when taking the yarn with you. I have found the method below the best for producing neat edge. 

Don't cut the yarn every time you switch colours, just run the colour you're not using along the side of your blanket. 
  • Just keep picking up the different colours as you alternate (fig. 1).
  • Do this neatly so it will barely show, just pick up the yarn to be worked next from behind the other strand (fig. 2).
 Fig. 1
Fig. 2

You will find the pattern for 'Love in Every Stitch' on:


Happy knitting, 

Anna x

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Crochet flower





Since I posted a picture of the flowers I crocheted for the beautiful and courageous Jenny. I have had quite a lot of inquiries for the pattern, it was a flower that I made up, but you have encouraged me to put the pattern on paper.

I would like to share the flower with you in memory of the amazing Jenny and encourage you to make and share the flowers with anyone who needs cheering up. Spread a little love around, the world really needs it right now.

Enjoy

Anna xx


Abbreviations
Beg – beginning
Ch – chain
Ch-sp  - chain space
Dc (US sc) – double crochet (US -single crochet)
Htr (US hdc) – half treble crochet (US -half double crochet)
Magic loop – for tutorial on how to work this technique, please click here
Tr (US dc) – treble crochet (US -double crochet)
Ss – slip stitch
Materials
You will need small amounts of
Rowan Kidsilk Haze in 3 colours A, B and C
3.5 mm (US E/4) crochet hook     
Approx. 11 x beads - I have used 6 mm glass beads  
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends 
Needle that will fit through the bead.        
Matching thread                                    

Pattern note – The yarn is held DOUBLE throughout.
The pattern is written using UK terminology with US translations in abbreviation list.

Finished size
The completed flowers measure: L - 8 cm (3.1 in), S - 6 cm (2.3 in) in diameter.

Tension 
It is not important to achieve any particular tension in this project. 

Let’s begin
With colour A held double, make a magic loop.
Round 1: ch 1, 8 dc into magic loop, ss to first dc and pull tight on the tail to close up opening.
Round 2: ch 5 (counts as 1 tr and ch-2 sp), [1 tr into next st, ch 2] 7 times, ss to 3rd of ch 5. (8 ch-2 sp)
Round 3: ch1, [5 tr into next ch-2 sp, ss to top of next tr] into every ch-2 sp, ending with ss to beginning ch 1.
Change to colour B
Round 4: working behind each petal (see tutorial below), ss into base of next 2 tr, 1 dc into base of next tr, [ch 4, 1 dc into base of tr in the centre of next petal] 7 times, ch 4, ss into first dc. (8 ch-4 sp).
Round 5: ch 1, [7 tr into next ch-4 sp, ss to top of next tr] into every ch-4 sp, ending with ss to beginning ch 1.
Fasten off.

For small flower just work rounds 1 to 3 in desired colour, holding yarn double throughout.


Leaf (make 2)
With colour C make 11 chains.
Round 1: 1 dc into second chain from hook, 1 htr into next 2 ch, 1 tr into next 4 ch, 1 htr into next 2 ch, 1 dc into next ch, ch1, working on the other side of chains, 1 dc into next ch, 1 htr into next 2 ch, 1 tr into next 4 ch, 1 htr into next 2 ch, 1 dc into next ch, ss to first dc.
Fasten off.


Making up
Weave in ends. Attach leaves to the back of the flowers. Using needle and matching thread to yarn or one strand of yarn sew on beads to the centre of the flower.



Tutorials

Below are the video and picture tutorials to show you how to work into back of the flower.



1: Working from the back into each petal, insert hook in between stitches under the chains that formed ch-spaces on round 2. Ss into base of first tr.




2: Ss into base of second tr. 




3: 1 dc into base of third tr.


4: Ch 4, 1 dc into base of tr in the centre of next petal.
 



5: Work as instructed, forming ch-spaces at the back of work.