Tag: knitting

iPhone Cover

iPhone cover

For a while now I’ve wanted to write my own knitting pattern. I’m very aware that there areiPhone cover huge issues when it comes to selling something I’ve knitted from someone else’s pattern. If you are allowed to do this, then you usually have to ask for permission, quite rightly. But I know that this doesn’t always happen. So I wanted to knit something of mine & write my own pattern.

I decided on an iPhone cover and some are currently available in my Folksy shop. It’s a basic cable pattern, to say the least! But if you would like to use it to knit your own iPhone cover then please feel free! If you have any suggestions about how I can improve my pattern writing, then please leave a comment below – any help gratefully received!

Download Cable iPhone cover

UPDATE: My OH’s mum, Jane, sent me an email last night, saying that she’d just completed her own iPhone cover, using this pattern. She said, “It was very easy to follow. I used slightly smaller needles and thinner wool so had to knit an extra 8 rows.” Below is her iPhone cover. I’m so pleased that someone has tried the pattern & that it works! Having never written one before, it’s always difficult to tell. But at least I know it all makes sense! Thanks Jane x

Janes iphone cover

Lazy Lace Snood

Lazy Lace Snood

A while ago, I saw Deramores tweet about a free snood pattern. Always up for a freebie, I downloaded it. It’s by Rowan & is currently only available on Ravelry. I think it was meant to be a knit-a-long, but I can’t seem to do them! If I’m in the middle of a project, then I can’t leave it to do something else!

Lazy Lace Snood

I really wanted a snood. For anyone who follows my Twitter feed will know I feel the cold like an old lady. No exaggeration, even when it was really hot a few weeks ago, I’d still put the blanket on in the evenings. I realise this makes me look like a freak of nature, but hey, that’s me! Anyway, I thought that a snood would be a great addition to my wardrobe & help keep me warm.

The pattern calls for 2 50g balls of Rowan Alpaca cotton. Now I have a huge stash of wool so couldn’t really justify buying more. Plus I wanted to use wool that I received for Christmas. The wool I ended up using is pretty chunky & it’s just as well I did use wool I already had, as I needed 4 balls. I can’t remember what wool I used, as I threw the labels away but it’s really lovely & proper toasty. Perfect for this summer weather!

Handknitted snood

The snood had to be 160cms long & is the longest item I’ve knitted to date but it was really easy to do. When I started I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right, but when it got longer it looked like the picture. Brilliant! I’m so happy with it & can heartily recommend it!

My First Pair of Socks

Hand knitted socks

One of my crafty resolutions for this year was to knit a pair of socks. And lo & behold, I’ve done it.

Hand knitted socks

These were really quite easy to do. They weren’t knitted in the round so had to be sewn up so will mainly wear indoors when it’s chilly. I used the sock pattern from ‘Love…Knitting‘ By Val Pierce. I used Patons Colour Works Aran wool as I had received some from my OH’s mum for Christmas. I love the way the wool gives a graduated colour. Each sock used almost all a 50g ball.

I now want to knit a pair of socks in the round so have found a pattern, bought new DPN’s and am ready to start, once I’ve completed two mini-projects!

Have you knitted socks? What are your favourite patterns? x

Knitting Challenges

Knitting challenges

This year I’ve been trying to challenge myself with my knitting. With more complex patterns come questions. When you’re in this predicament, the internet becomes your friend. Not only is Google & YouTube a complete guide to all things knitting, Twitter brings forth a wealth of information. Here’s a round up of my recent online discoveries.

For the Bunny Nuggets I needed to knit a three needle bind off. Having no clue what this meant, I googled it & came across this video on YouTube by Planet Purl. Using YouTube can be great as you can pause it & replay things as many times as you want. Also, I find it really helpful to see what the person is talking about. Reading about it often doesn’t make much sense.

I’m in the process of knitting the second in a pair of socks. The pattern asked me to ‘ssk’. No idea what this meant, hello Google! This description from Knitting Help came up. I liked the way it used a picture showing the difference between ssk & decreasing and it really helped me with the heel.

When I was thinking about knitting phone covers, I wanted to knit my own pattern. Having used cable before, I wanted to try it out again. Margaret at my knitting group showed me how when I was knitting my hat, but I wanted to check if I used the same method. I came across the Learn 2 Knit website & read through their cable knitting instructions. It was clear with good diagrams to show how to do the stitch.

I really like to have a go at almost anything, knitting wise, as it is such a good way of learning new techniques. So when I was knitting a bike lock cover I needed to know how many stitches to cast on. The lovely KnitLoveErron helped me work out how many stitches I needed, but first I had to work out the gauge. Now I freely admit that I’ve never worked out gauge before so thankfully google helped me out & led me to About Knitting.com. Between us, the cover was a success!

My final tip is something I found on knitting for dummies on YouTube. How to pick up a dropped stitch. This has saved my bacon a number of times. The video is nice and clear, and covers both knit & purl stitch.

Asking for help on Twitter is always a sure fire way of finding things out. Many people will answer or at the very least retweet. I’ve taken pictures of patterns before now & there’s always someone helpful out there to put you on the right path.

Knitting challenges

I’d love it if you had any great online knitting help. If you do, add them as a comment below. Thanks! x