Hello friends, are you getting into the Christmas spirit?

I absolutely love this time of year when there is a chill in the air and  lights sparkle everywhere. Wether we are getting together with friends or being at home with the fire lit and some cosy knitting on the needles, good will and cheer is all around you I hope.

Today I have a little surprise for you – the Icicles Cowl Give-Away!

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A couple of weeks ago a surprise parcel landed on my doorstep and on opening it I found two beautiful balls of yarn sent to me by the lovely people of Willow and Lark Yarns. The yarn called Ramble is a 100% Super-wash wool and really easy to work with as it doesn’t split and has great stitch definition.

I decided straight away that I wanted to design something small with it and then give the finished item away here on the blog. After some pondering I settled on a cowl as the yarn is so soft and perfect even if you are a little sensitive about what to wear so close to your skin.

The cowl uses a combination of textured, stranded and lace stitches and is the perfect companion for this time of year.

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If you would like to win this cowl, all you have to do is leave a comment either here or on my Instagram feed, telling me what makes Christmas special for you. Simple!

Entries close at 10pm GMT on Wednesday 6th December 2017 and the winner will be announced on Thursday morning. Entries are open to anyone, no matter where in the world you live.

Good luck!

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Happy 4th Advent everyone! A week today and we will all be enjoying festive Christmas cheers with gifts, good food and drink and loved ones by our side. Earlier today the winner of last week’s give-away was drawn, warm congratulations go to Simone from The Netherlands who I had the pleasure meeting last summer when I was staying with my dear friend Marianne.

Today is the last part of the Advent give-away. A last minute gift or small treat for yourself, it takes no time at all and is also perfect for anyone new to stranded knitting.

I love Dala Horses, such a lovely festive Christmas ornament from Sweden. To celebrate my love for these beautifully decorated mostly wooden ornaments, I have come up with a small version of my own in the shape of a pin cushion.

What you need:

Small amount of yarn in two colours, preferably 4ply

3mm knitting needles

Darning needle

Small amount of toy stuffing

How To:

Using colour A cast on 24 sts and work 2 rows in stocking stitch. Work the complete chart once.

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Fasten off colour B and continue in colour A only. Knit 26 rows in stocking stitch. Cast off all stitches. Weave in ends and block lightly to open up the pattern. Close all sides using backstitch, adding toy stuffing as you go.

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I have made mine using traditional red and white, but this will look equally pretty in many other colour combinations. The choice is yours! If you prefer, you can also download the pattern as a printable PDF document by clicking here.

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Enjoy X.

 

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Happy second Advent lovely people!

Firstly a big thank you to everyone who entered last weekends give-away. This morning I used an online random number generator to pick the two winners. Many congratulations to Barbara Pankhurst and Annushka12, you have each won a copy of Sticka 2 and a 100g hank of Hampshire DK wool. I have sent you a personal reply and look forward to seeing what you make with the beautiful yarn in due course.

It’s been a very cold week here and every morning we have woken up to a frosty countryside. As I had surgery at the beginning of the week, I spent most of my days in bed, what better time to think up this weeks give-away!

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I give you the Christmas Star Coaster!

…and here is the free give-away pattern:

What you need: Small amounts of yarn in colours that you like – Cotton is best, I used Vinnis Colours – you also need a little lurex yarn for that extra little sparkly touch.

3mm and 4mm Crochet Hooks and darning needle

The How To:  (UK Terms)

Make a magic loop and using 4mm hook work as follows:

Rnd 1: Ch1, work 6dc into loop, ss to join and pull loop tight.

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Rnd 2: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in same stitch, *3ch, 2tr in next st; rep. from * around, finish 3ch, ss to join – (6 3ch-sp’s)

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Rnd 3: Ss to first 3ch-sp, 5dc into 3ch-sp and each 3ch-sp around, ss to join. Fasten off.

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Rnd 4: Join new yarn between any 5dc groups. *2ch, skip 2dc, [3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in next dc, 2ch, skip 2dc, dc in sp between 5dc groups; rep. from * around, ss to join.

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Rnd 5: Work ss around complete star as follows: 1ss in each st, 2ss in each 2ch-sp and 3ss in each 3ch-sp. Fasten off.

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Next: Using 3mm hook and lurex yarn work surface ss around complete star. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

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A little Advent crochet for you! I hope you will enjoy making these, to give as gifts or just keep all to yourself to add a little sparkle to your table.

Enjoy!

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