scandi dishcloths – three free patterns

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Original Watercolour by Mark Gittins

Sun and Sand – Beach and Boats – Red, White and Blue – Endless Days, endless Skies and fabulous Sunsets!

All of this means Summer and so far Summer has been very kind to us, with temperatures and an absence of rain not seen since 1976. Long may it last!

For fabulous endless skies and the most amazing long days ending in beautiful sunsets, there is no better place than Scandinavia, where we can also find an abundance of red, white and blue inspiration.

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Having had a love of the Scandinavian Archipelago since childhood, I am so happy to share with you today three dishcloth designs inspired by clean and fresh lines and the simple pleasures of home.

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Why not sit outside under a shady tree and enjoy the simple pleasure of knitting something pretty for your kitchen or bathroom. Trust me, these home made cloths are a trillion times nicer to use than bought ones and most definitely look heaps better too.

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What you need

100% 4ply Cotton Yarn in three colours – I used Drops You 9 recycled cotton, 50g/125m

Colours 101/white – 108/red – 115/blue

3.25mm Knitting Needles (gauge is not important, but the knitted fabric should not be too loose)

Finished Measurements

25cm x 25cm

How To 

Blue Dishcloth

Cast on 55sts

Row 1 (RS): K3, *k1, p1, k1, p2tog, yo, p1; rep. from * ending k4

Rows 2, 4 + 6: K3, p1, *k1, p1; rep. from * to last 3sts, k3

Rows 3+7: K3, *k1, p1; rep. from * ending k4

Row 5: K3, *k1, p1, yo, p2tog, k1, p1; rep. from * ending k4

Row 8: as row 2

Repeat rows 1-8 five times and then continue working stocking stitch (knit on RS – purl on WS) for 8cm.

Cast off knit wise on WS.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Red Dishcloth

Cast on 3sts

Row 1: K1tbl, k1, sl1p-wise wyif

Row 2: K1tbl, kf+b, k to last st, sl1p-wise wyif

Repeat row 2 until you have 70sts on your needle and then

Row 1: K1tbl, sl1, k1, psso, k to last st, sl1p-wise wyif

Repeat this row until there are 3sts left.

Cast off. Fasten off and weave in ends.

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White Dishcloth with Stripes

Col A = White  Col B = Blue    Col C = Red

Dot Pattern:

Row 1 (RS): Knit

Row 2: K3, purl to last 3sts, k3

Row 3: K4, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 3sts, k3

Row 4: K3, K the K sts and P the P sts

Row 5: K8, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 7sts, p2, k5

Row 6: as row 4

With A cast on 55sts and knit 6 rows.

Work Dot Pattern once.

With Col B knit 4 rows.

With Col A work rows 1-4 of Dot Pattern.

With Col C knit 2 rows.

With Col A work rows 1 + 2 and then rows 5 + 6 of Dot Pattern.

With Col B knit 2 rows.

With Col A work complete Dot Pattern 4 times and then rows 1 + 2 once more.

With Col B knit 2 rows.

With Col A work rows 1 + 2 and then rows 5 + 6 of Dot Pattern.

With Col C knit 2 rows.

With Col A work rows 1-4 of Dot Pattern.

With Col B knit 4 rows.

With Col A work rows 1 + 2, then rows 5 + 6 and then rows 3 + 2 of Dot Pattern.

With Col A knit 5 rows.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Have fun making these, they will put a smile on your face and brighten up any sink.

There will be no posts for the next few weeks but I will continue to share photos with you on my Instagram and Facebook page. I will be back in September, refreshed and with lots of new ideas.

Enjoy your summer, wherever you may be!

XO. ☀

meet marbly

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Hello friends, how have you been? Well I hope and enjoying the wonderful summer weather we are having, well here in the UK anyway. I can’t believe it’s three weeks since my last post already, time has just flown by as I have been so busy, but today I have a fabulous gift for you:

Meet Marbly” 

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You can download this pattern for free until Sunday 1st July 2018 and this “Marbly’s” story:

A few weeks ago I received my first KnitCrate box. KnitCrate is a fairly new kid on the block in the world of monthly yarn subscriptions and is packed with beautiful, specially selected yarn as well as two free patterns. Every box gives the option of one crochet and one knitting pattern, keeping both sets of makers happy and everything arrives in a pretty box. As well as a monthly yarn subscription you can find tons of other fabulous stuff on the KnitCrate site and anyone who fancies to subscribe can get 20% off by adding – MADEWITHLOOPS20 – at Checkout, just click here.

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On receiving my first box I immediately fell in love with this yarn! Two hanks of naturally dyed marled fingering weight yarn, a combination of Merino and Peruvian Highland Wool with a little added Nylon for long lasting wearability. Two hanks of 400m each…I was very happy and all sorts of ideas were beginning to spin around in my head. Of course I could have made the beautiful patterns that came with the yarn, but you know me by now…!

Here is what I did instead:

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I wound one hank of yarn into a lovely cup cake, added another mini cup cake leftover from my stash, started work on “Marbly” and transformed the yarn into a beautiful shawl.

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“Marbly” is special due to its classic shape and simple lines. A garter stitch centre hugged by a contrast knit/purl border gives you the opportunity to use a special hank of yarn that you might have in your stash, or seek out and purchase yarn to work with a coat or outfit in your wardrobe. For me it doesn’t get better than classic black and white as it is timeless and stylish, but this shawl works equally well in brighter hues. You can use fingering, 4Ply, double knit or any yarn you fancy. Plain, striped, speckled or create a marbled effect by holding two strands together.

Make it your own – the sky is the limit!

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Of course the best bit for you guys: You can download the pattern absolutely free until Sunday 1st July 2018 by clicking here. From Monday it will be available via my Etsy Shop, Ravelry and LoveKnitting.

What are you waiting for, get downloading! I hope you like “Marbly” as much as I do.

Happy Knitting – Enjoy!

XO.

 

This post contains a sponsored link. By subscribing to a KnitCrate box you will receive a discount and I will receive a small commission.

 

woolfest in germany and vintage mandala

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Hello Friends, what a beautiful day it is here in Wales today and I hope it’s the same for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last weekend I was teaching at the Oppenheim Wollfest in Germany, meeting old friends and making new ones. What a fabulous time I had, especially as some of my knitting group friends travelled with me and my “little” sister and her knitting group joined us too. I taught two shawl workshops and launched a very special design whilst there too…

The Oppenheim Wollfest Shawl!

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This shawl is the first in a series of designs especially created for this Festival and very year there will be a special design created and launched at the Wollfest.

This year’s shawl was inspired by the many Mandala’s we see around us and to make it even more special, a yarn colour with the same name was dyed for this shawl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This semi-circle crochet shawl is a perfect addition to your wardrobe. It has just enough lace sections to make it a little fancy, whilst still retaining a firm body structure. Worked from the centre top down, with increases on the sides only, it can easily be adjusted in size by adding or subtracting pattern repeats.

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The gradient yarn used for this shawl is 100 Farbspiele 4fädig, available from Claudia at Wollsinn. As an alternative to this yarn I suggest Scheepjes Whirl, a beautiful gradient yarn, 60% Cotton/40% Acrylic and with the same running length as the original yarn used.

The pattern is now available to download from the usual places to which you find the links on the right hand side of this blog.

I hope you enjoy making it just as much as I have enjoyed designing it!

OX.

walk the line – a new shawl design

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May I introduce my latest design – Walk the Line Shawl 

This is my first collaboration with Fibre Artist Chrissie Day, using her beautiful 1 Farm – 1 Flock – 1 Clip yarn.

The colours are inspired by Chrissie’s home high and remote in the Upper Dale where Winters are hard, Spring brings rejoicing and Summers are sublime with the sound of the returning birds chattering and flying and peewits swooping. Colours from wild meadow flowers, heathers and the lichen on the old gates and fences and the sky changing through multiple colours in one hour.

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Showing off two of my favourite design elements, stripes and I-cords, this shawl is worked on the bias. You start with only three stitches at one corner, work increases on one side every row and decreases on the other side every other row, thus working a long flat triangle which is extremely versatile and can be worn in many ways.

The I-cord edging on two sides hides all colour changes and will give the shawl a clean and well finished look.

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In the words of Chrissie: “A harmonious melody of colour and texture, creating a wonderful individual piece”

This is the perfect accessory when the Spring sun fails to warm or the Summer sun is losing her strength.

The really good news is that for a limited time only kits are available via Chrissie’s website HERE , but when they are gone…they are gone. 

You can of course also purchase the shawl single pattern from all my usual places (find the links on the right hand side of this page) and this yarn can be substituted with any yarn of your liking. Singles, sock, lace weight yarns or even thicker yarns if you prefer. But please be aware that if using a thicker substitute, you may need more yarn.

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Finished Measurements of this shawl are: Width 208cm at top edge – Depth 36cm at widest point, making this a very versatile shape and size with endless possibilities of how to wear it.

I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed designing and making it.

XO.

 

 

granny bloom and thoughts on easter

 

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What does the Easter weekend remind you of? Chocolate eggs and rabbits wrapped up in coloured foil, hot cross buns, a dash to that favourite holiday or camping spot, a good rest and a bit of fun with the family?

If we look back in history to the events that Easter commemorates, we see a weekend that stands out as a beacon and it was no holiday!

The usual Christian emphasis at Easter is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. As Christians we celebrate Easter and the story of a God determined to rescue a planet that is out of control.

We hardly need to be reminded that we live in a troubled world, as watching the nightly television news gives us a dose of the world’s woes. Easter speaks to us of rescue, of renewal and of the way to peace, it tells the story of a God who made the world, saw it crumble and proceeds to put it back in shape.

Believer or not, Easter is about a new beginning, a fresh start. Spring is finally here and everything is coming back to life.  After the cold and dark Winter months there is sunshine and warmth and soon fresh green leaves will sprout, flowers will bloom and colour will be everywhere.

Whatever it is that makes Easter a special time for you, hunting Easter eggs, baking delicious cakes or coming together as a family, I hope you will find a special moment to rejoice in new beginnings and maybe find some time for a little crochet.

Here is Granny Bloom just for you…

 

All you need is some Yarn and a hook. I used DK Yarn and a 4.5mm hook

(UK Terms used)

Ch8, ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into ring, 6ch, ss to top of tr just made, *3tr into ring, 6ch, ss to top of tr just made; rep from * 6 times, ss to join (8- 6ch-sp’s)

Fasten off. Join new colour at any 6ch-sp.

Rnd 2: *12tr in 6ch-sp, skip 1tr, ss to next tr; rep from * around, ss to join (8 petals)

Fasten off. Working from behind petals join new colour by ss to st just fastened off.

Rnd 3: Dc into same st, *5ch, dc in next ss of prev rnd, 3ch, dc in next ss of prev rnd; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 4: SS to first 5ch-sp, 3ch (counts as tr), [2tr, 3ch, 3tr] in same sp, 3tr into 3ch-sp, *[3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in next 5ch-sp, 3tr in next 3ch-sp; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 5: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in each of next 2sts, [2tr, 1ch, 2tr] into corner sp, *1tr in each of next 9sts, [2tr, 1ch, 2tr] in corner sp; rep from * twice, 1tr in each of next 6sts, ss to join.

Fasten off. Join new colour (I used first colour) at any st.

Rnd 6: Work 1dc in each st around, working 3dc in corner sp.

Weave in all ends.

Pasg Hapus – Happy Easter wherever you are!

XO.

 

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