Autumn Vibes and a Free Pattern for you

Autumn has arrived – my favourite time of year !

The time of year when life slows down a bit and we like to sit in front of the fireplace on wet and cold days, sipping tea relaxing without feeling too guilty. Just taking a break from everyday life, doing something we love, enjoying, experiencing the moment.

It is a pity that we often do this only in the cold months, when there is less self-inflicted pressure of other work to be done. 


As Yarn lovers we can spend many cosy hours in peace and relaxed concentration with a woolly project in our lap. Hygge time has arrived in full and we can look forward to taking it easy without a guilty conscience, just taking a little more time for ourselves, a good book, a lovely cup of tea and of course our beautiful projects.

Recently I was gifted some lovely yarn by Wool and the Gang, their new Glitterball Sock Yarn. This is a 95% Blueface Leicester/5% Lurex Yarn and like most other sock yarns, can be used for a multitude of projects.

With colder mornings on the horizon I decided to make a pair of fingerless mittens, perfect for walking the dog and it’s never too early to wear a bit of sparkle!

I used a variation of my favourite sock pattern for these – here is what I did:

100g Wool and the Gang Glitterball Sock Yarn (390m)

2.5mm Double pointed needles

2 Stitch Markers

Cast on 64sts and divide between 4 needles

Work *K6, P2; rep. from *around until work measures 10cm from cast on.

Start Thumb shaping
Rnd 1: K3, yo, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from *to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 2: K3, k1tbl, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 3: K7, *p2, k6; rep. from *to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 4: K3, place marker, yo, k1, yo, place marker, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 5: K3, slip marker (sm), k1tbl, k1, k1tbl, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 6: K9, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 7: K3, sm, yo, k to next marker, yo, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 8: K3, sm, k1tbl, k to yo, k1tbl, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 9: K3, sm, k to next marker, sm, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rep. rnds 7-9 until there are 15sts between markers. End with a rnd. 9.

Next Rnd: K3, slip15sts from between markers on to scrap yarn, cast on 5 new stitches, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2.

Work one rnd in pattern and then:

Rnd 1: K2, k2togtbl, k3, k2tog, k2, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 2: K9, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 3: K2, k2togtbl, k1, k2tog, k2, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 4: K7, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Rnd 5: K2, k2togtbl, k3, *p2, k6; rep. from * to last 2sts, p2

Now work *k6, p2 pattern for 4cm and then work 5 rnds of k2/p2 rib.

Cast off.

Thumb:

Slip 15sts from scrap yarn back onto needle and pick up and knit 1st from left side, 5sts from cast on edge, 1st from right side.

Divide onto 3 needles and knit 1 rnd.

Rnd 2: K15, k2togtbl, k3, k2tog

Rnd 3: Knit

Rnd 4: K15, k2togtbl, k1, k2tog

Rnd 5: Knit

Rnd 6: K15, k3togtbl (16sts)

Work 5 rnds of k2/p2 rib.

Cast off. Weave in all ends and work second mitten the same.

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I hope you have fun making your own pair with whatever sock yarn you can find in your stash.

Enjoy some autumn vibes. xo

chatel warmers – a free pattern

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As you know, I recently spent a week away with some really good girl friends in the French Alps, in a place called Chatel. It has become somewhat of a tradition that I design a little something for these occasions, usually something small that everyone can work on and finish during our time away. Last summer we did a lot of crochet, but this time we agreed on something knitted.

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So as soon as the Christmas rush was over, I got my thinking cap on…I thought small, warm, a little bit of glamour, a little interesting stitch definition and most of all do-able in one week, so that everyone could wear the finished item on the way home.

That is how the “Chatel Warmers” were born. A pair of fingerless mittens, or pulse warmers, whichever you prefer. They can be customised as you wish, your yarn choice and also how long you want them to be will make them uniquely your own…

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…most importantly, and here comes the best bit: You can download the pattern absolutely FREE by clicking HERE.

Please post photos either by e-mail or Instagram, linking back to me. I would love to see what combinations you can come up with.

Enjoy! x

happy weekend

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…and watch out for a FREE pattern on Monday for…

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X.

brenhines eira (snow queen) – free pattern

dear diary,

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Winter has arrived in North Wales, and Jack Frost has been busy leaving a sparkly glowy halo all over our beautiful Welsh countryside.

It is time to wrap up warm, keeping snug and toasty when out and about. Hands suffer especially when out in the cold, but sometimes gloves are too much, as you need your fingers and thumbs free to grip things. Fingerless mittens are the perfect accessory for just those times.

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Introducing brenhines eira, or snow queen for you non-welsh speaking folk…

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…these mittens are quickly made, achievable in just one evening, and ready to wear the next day. Super soft Angora Merino snow drifts, topped with a beautiful Alpaca crown, gives your hands the instant regal look they deserve.

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Not much yarn is needed, and any aran yarn of your choosing will do. For mine I used one hank of Araucania Angora Merino, a gift from a friend, and for the crown edging some amazingly soft Lamana Cusi was the perfect companion.

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This is a FREE pattern and you can get started right away by downloading it here.

Stay warm and enjoy! x



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