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This is an exclusive area of my web site where you can find out more about my knitted designs, what inspires me, how I work and what I like (and don't like) to design. Its also an area where I'd like to find out more about you, the knutty knitter, so feel free to comment away.

I also have a more general blog, where I again talk about my designs and also include topics covering  book reviews, small business tips, other crafty sellers and my own personal experiences. 

Sandra

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  1.  p1130358   Review of Cable Hat Kit 10/01/2017

     

    I received this great review from one of my repeat customers. I don't normally show off about this , but there is a great tip in what she writes so I thought I would share.

    Here's what she said-

    Likes:

    Pattern:  Clearly written and easy to follow.  Good for anyone who wants to try cabling for the first time.  I’ve been knitting for a while but didn’t have to look up any additional instructions.

    Yarn:  Lovely and soft.  Colours were true to pictures and easy to knit.  Knitted up fairly quickly.

    End result: A really lovely cosy hat.  I will definitely be repeating this pattern.

    Would do differently:

    Although I’ve been knitting for quite a long time, I hadn’t really used circular needles before.  I was anxious to start this kit and took it on holiday with me in September.  I found a yarn store and bought a 5mm circular needle.  OK, I wasn’t thinking clearly and it was about a metre long!  Obviously, this wasn’t going to work.  I did have a set of DPN needles with me and tried this but … they were only 6” long.  After completing about half of the hat I ripped it all back – the stitches kept falling from the ends of the needles.  Eventually, returning from my holiday I bought an 80cm circular needle – the perfect size for this hat.  After all of  the pfaffing about, this hat was knitted over 2 evenings.  I did finish the last few decreasing rows on DPNs. The only thing I wasn’t so keen on was all the ‘shuffling’ of stitches you have to do when using circular needles although you probably just get used to this.

     Lessons learned: Use the right tools for the job!

    Isn't that great, to think she had never used circular needles before AND managed to complete the hat in 2 evenings ! What a star .... and for posting a great review too. Thanks xx 

     

     

     

     

     

  2. Slip stitch knitting patterns use one of the easiest colorwork techniques you'll ever try.  Slip stitch knitting patterns don't require working with strands and floats on the back of the work like Fair Isle.You'll only work with one color at a time, so there's no need to juggle multiple colors at once. If you know how to slip a stitch, then you'll find slip stitch colorwork to be one of the easiest techniques you've ever tried.

     bolster  My latest knitting pattern to hit the shelves this week is the Marrakesh Bolster cushion.  It was featured in the UK magazine "The Knitter", issue 103. I just loved designing from scratch the series of patterns that make up the fabric of this cushion.
    Knitting it up was a delight too. I chose slip stitch knitting (called mosaic knitting) because it knits up so quick, with no worries about the yarn strands on the other side of the work or the twisting of yarns whilst you knit.  

    I first attempted this lovely technique just over a year ago. I was totally addicted to it for a while after buying Barbara Walkers Mosaic Knitting Book which I reviewed here. 

    I set to and transformed my knitted peg bags using this technique , using some of Barbara's mosaic designs.

    I soon developed a series of new original mosaic designs myself.   I found they worked really well in cushions as I could just concentrate on the pattern rather than any garment shaping etc.

    My favourite pattern was the funky flower pattern that I use in my very own logo. Today I'll explain a little how mosaic slip stitch works using funky flower as an example.

    How to read the chart:-flowerpower

    Each row on the chart  represents two rows of  knitting, a right side row which  is knitted and the following  wrong side row which is  purled. The right side row,  beginning with an odd number  at the right hand edge works  from right to left. The wrong  side row brings the same  colour back to the right hand  edge of the knitting.  The other  colour is left at the right hand  side of the row waiting to be  used later. The mosaic colour  work is formed by slipping  stitches (purlwise) so that the  colour of the previous row is  now included on the row you  are working on. When slipping  the stitches the working yarn  should be held to the back of  the work.
     
    This is a 14 stitch repeat pattern, with an additional stitch at the beginning and the end of the row. So cast on 2 + (? x 14) stitches using cream yarn.
     
    Try working the chart by following the instructions below 
     
    Row 1 :​  Use pink yarn and leave cream yarn dangling. Work from right to left of the chart  Knit 1 *Knit 2, Slip 2, Knit 5, Slip 2, Knit 3;repeat from * to last stitch, Knit 1    
    Row 2 ​ : Use pink yarn, this row is identical to row 1 but instead of knitting you purl, work from  left to right of the chart.  Purl 1, * Purl 3 , Slip 2, Purl 5, Slip 2 , Purl 2; repeat from * to last stitch , Purl 1    
    Row 3 ​ : Use cream yarn and leave pink yarn dangling. Work from right to left of the chart  Knit 1 *Slip 1, Knit 3, Slip 1, Knit 1, Slip 1, Knit 1, Slip 1, Knit 3, Slip 2;repeat from * to last stitch,  Knit 1    
    Row 4 :​  Use cream yarn, this row is identical to row 1 but instead of knitting you purl, work from  left to right of the chart.  Purl 1, * Slip 2, Knit 3 , Slip 1, Purl 1, Slip 1 , Purl 1, Slip 1, Purl 3 , Slip 1; repeat from * to last  stitch, Purl 1  
     

     After working a few rows you should find that you can easily just follow the chart. 

    Hopefully that has given you a taste for mosaic knitting. I have a range of patterns on Ravelry that use this technique. I'll happily help you via email if you want to give one or two of them a try.

    Happy Knitting x