Pattern review: Ely

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The basic stats

Pattern name: Ely

Pattern Book/Booklet: Patons Fairytale Cheeky Cherubs

Date of publish: 2008

Wool required: Patons Fairytale DK

2 x 50g balls for 3-6 month size (there are a total of 4 sizes available in the book)

Needles required: 1 x 3.25 mm (UK 10) and 1 x 4mm (UK 10)

Wool used:

Rico baby classic DK colourway 023 Eisblau

I ended up using just under 2 50g balls

Needles used: UK 10 and UK 8

Would I knit it again: This is a quick knit and looks quite effective, I have made it before and I will probably make it again, I would also recommend it as a introduction to cabling

Tension: I’m half tempted to leave this out because I will always say ‘It’s a baby’s so I just went for it’ but I feel like I should acknowledge that checking tension is Knitting 101

Finished measurements: Chest measurement (unstretched) 14 inches

Chest measurement (stretched) 20 inches

Sleeve length to underarm 6.5 inches

This matches the measurements in the book

More in depth thoughts after the pictures. In the pictures the cardigan is unstretched but due to entire pattern being a 1×1 cable the whole cardigan is essentially a fancy 2×2 rib so has a lot of stretch in it.

Ely 2
Ely 1

The only change I made on the pattern was that I knitted the button band up with the front pieces (I made the right side first so I decided where I wanted my buttonholes on the left hand side. The only thing to remember with this is that you have an extra 5 stitches when working the armhole decrease.

I do this because:

  1. I try to minimise the amount of sewing up I have to do
  2. I always seems to knit the wrong length for sewn on button bands, so when I sew it on it ends up being too loose or too tight.

Other than that I followed the pattern.

This is a really easy pattern to follow, and the cable is really simple for anyone who is new to cabling as it doesn’t need a cable needle.

Miss S xx

Knitted baby cardi

Hello,

I realise that I have not been the best blogger recently, but, in my defence, I have just come back to uni, and am just settling into the routine again. (I have also moved from halls into a house with 3 of my friends and getting used to cooking, as we were catered last year, and waiting for use of the bathroom). But despite this I have been able to knit a really cute baby cardi, I know, again, and the only reason that I knit them is because they are quick to knit and easy to transport and knit on the move.

The one that I finished recently (well about a week ago) was one from a book called Tricot Baby by Bergere de France. I had not heard about this brand until I went to a wool shop while on holiday with my parents, and here’s the finished result… (although it has no buttons, I should really get some)

Sorry for the bad picture, but I think my camera is dying but I don’t really want to admit it, but I was a very cute cardi and a relatively easy pattern to follow, so I have been converted to Bergere, plus its cheaper than sirdar, although I have no idea what the wool washes like.

Laters

Sus

Baby 3ply Matinee Coat

Over the summer, I knitted a bit, but didn’t have any projects really going on, I made a little cardi and after that, I was left it bit uninspired. But last week I went on holiday with my mum and see gave me a ball of 3-ply and her vintage pattern to make a little matinee coat. Which is really cute, and you knit from the top down. My mum had finished making a different cardi from the same book. It was a Patons and Baldwins book, so quite old and looks like…

The book has four patterns and they are really cute.My mum loved the book, but lost it, and so brought it again on ebay. I made the one in the bottom right.

I think that it is really cute, but I need to go and buy buttons which I always find fun. As you start from the top you dont’ have shoulder seams and you do end up with a few stitches on the needle (around 280 in the end). And you have to be careful with the increasing so that you get the right sleeves and fronts. So I would suggest for the more experienced knitter. But there is a lot less sewing up involved in this. I had most of it done in the first two days, and finished it within the week.

This is what it looks like before you sew it up

 

The green one I made over easter and was given to a family friends baby, but I will have to wait and see who gets this although I definitely think the green is cuter then the cream. What are your thoughts?

Laters

Sus

Chanel nail varnish – Rouge Noir

I went to boots this lunch time and picked a new nail varnish, Chanel polishes are expensive, but I am working so I thought why not treat myself.

In the end I chose rouge noir, it’s a really deep red nail varnish and it is really pretty, I have always been more of a fan of a dark nail varnish, here’s a swatch…

I used my OPI 3-in-one base coat, top coat and strengthener for the base and top coat, and top coats of rouge noir, it gave a really nice colour and streak free, and the OPI made it really shiny 😀

I know Chanel polishes are more expensive (£17.50) so not your everyday purchase, but they are really nice polishes, and the lady who served me in boots was really helpful and gave me a tester pot of hydration active moisture fluid? moisturiser basically,

Here’s the lot…

Hope you enjoy

Laters

Sus

PS heres my latest polar bear, keep posted for the pattern 🙂

A good duck :)

As I said the other day, I was really looking forward to making myself the purse from the Cath Kidston book, but I am now really disappointed. It went really badly, for starters after actually sitting down in font of my (mum’s) sewing machine I realised that I didn’t like how she was telling us to sew it together, and so I had a go at my own way, but there wasnt really enough material to hem and I just found that the cotton was of a poor quality.It was annoying because I spent ages sewing and hen unpicking and after I completed the cross stitch aswell. I ended up really frustrated after being so excited about it, and so I ended up calming myself down by knitting a duck from the Jean Greenhowe pattern booklet, ‘Jean Greenhowe’s Knitted animals’ and here he is ……

I think he is really cute, although he doesn’t have any feet because I didn’t have enough orange wool, oops. There are much better pictures on the website. And he was really quick and easy to make which is always a plus and after the disastrous purse, it genuinely made me quite happy :).

And quickly I change my opinion of the Cath Kidston book (a girl can change her mind) I wouldn’t buy it full priced, if I had I would have been even more disappointed (I realise it was a present, but I know it was from amazon and so not the rrp), but the charts for the other things in the books are really cute, so I would only advise you get it if you need some cute embroidery charts :).

Laters

Sus

Free Knitting Pattern – Tiny Polar Bear

**Update**

**I had a go at another polar bear knitting pattern, which sort of looks like a polar bear, if this link works it should be here enjoy, and if anyone has a go please show me any pictures you have.**

After having a bit of knitters-block, I sort of over came it by knitting tiny things, as they are really quick to make 🙂

So here’s the pattern to make it…

What you need:

Some white double knitting wool

Number  9 knitting needles (3.5mm)

2 x small black beads

Abbreviations

K – Knit

P – Purl

Kfb – Knit into the front and back of the stitch, so we have increased by one

K2tog – Knit two together, so we have decreased by one

Cast on 5 Stitches

Row 1 – Kfb x 5 (10 sts)

Row 2 – p

Row 3 – ( K1, Kfb) x 5 (15 sts)

Row 4 – P

Row 5 – (K1, K2tog) x 5 (10sts)

Row 6 – P

Row 7 – K

Row 8 – P

Row 9 – K2tog x 5 (5 sts)

Cut of a long tail of wool, and pull through the remaining stitches.

Then sew up half of the back seam and stuff, you will want to sew it the right way around, so use a mattress stitch 🙂

After you have stuffed it sew up the rest of the seam.

If it has lost its shape, pinch the top of the body, this is the bit that you pulled the stitches through, so you get a sort of rain drop shape.

Sew in the two eyes a couple of rows beneath the top, and then stitch on a little nose in black thread.

To make the ears, I cut a long length of wool, and then stitched over the same spot a few time, do this on both side of the top.

And ta-da you have a tiny polar bear 🙂

Hope you enjoy, and feel free to ask me any questions if you get stuck 🙂

Laters

Sus

Knitted Mug

I recently discovered my mums Jean Greenhowe’s knitting pattern books.

And may I just say that they are awesome 🙂

I think because I am on study leave I like to have little projects that I can pick up through out the day, inbetween revising.

And I made this really cool mug!

Knitted Mug

I realse the picture is really bad, but I can’t take another because I gave it to my dad to take to work 🙂 (the W is the logo of the company that he works for)

Laters

Sus 🙂

Fact #10 ~ A star is created by a nebula (this is a cloud of dust) inside the nebual there are globules which are blobs of dust that have a higher density. For a star to be created it need to have a mass of over 0.08Mo (this is 8% of the suns mass). (As you can tell I have been revising physics)

Physics Cats

Sorry about the delay but birthdays and partys got in the way abit (I am now 18 yay!). And seeing how it is study leave my knitting and baking has not been at full capacity.

This is a kitty cat a knitted a while ago for my physics teacher and he was called photon (although he then got burried in a time capsual andso I had to knit another one – but it wasn’t as cute) anyway here is the oringinal photon!

Photon the physics cat

Laters

Sus 🙂

Fact #9 ~ ( i have realised that there are two fact 6’s and no fact 5 or 7 but hey ho I’ll try andget it right from now on)

The ideal gas law is pV = nRT

Knitting

One of the first chickens that we hat was called Claire, who was a sliver gray dorking. She was our longest lasting chicken so I had a go at writing a knitting pattern and made a chicken, though my brother wasn’t  to impressed by it. Here’s the pattern anyway if you want to have a go –

What you need-

  • 4 double-pointed needles uk 10 (3.25mm)
  • Small amount of four ply wool in grey, red and white – or what ever colour you want your chicken
  • 2 small black beads for eyes
  • stuffing

Abbreviations

k- knit

p – purl

sts – stitches

kfb – knit into the front and back of the stitch (so you increase by one)

k2tog – knit 2 together (so you decrease by one)

p2tog – purl 2 together (so you decrease by one)

The Body –

On one of the needles cast on 3sts in grey. Push these 3sts onto the other end of the needle,pulling the wool across the sts tightly and kfb x 3 (6sts)

Now distribute these 6sts onto 3 needles, so 2 sts on each.

Row 1 (and all odd rows) : k

Row 2 : k1, (kfb)x6, k1 (10sts)

Row 4 : k1, (kfb)x2, k4, (kfb)x2, k1 (14sts)

Row 6 :k1, kfb, k2, kfb, k4, kfb, k2, kfb, k1 (18sts)

Row 8 :k2, kfb, k3, kfb, k4, kfb, k3, kfb, k2 (22 sts)

Row 10: k3, kfb, k4, kfb, k4, kfb, k4, kfb, k3 (26sts)

Row 12: k4, kfb, k5, kfb, k4, kfb, k5, kfb, k4 (30sts)

Row 14 : k5, kfb, k6, kfb, k4, kfb, k6, kfb, k5 (34sts)

Row 16 : k6, kfb, k7, kfb, k4, kfb, k7, kfb, k6 (38sts)

Row 18 : k7, kfb, k8, kfb, k4, kfb, k8, kfb, k7 (42sts)

Row 19 – 25 : k

Row 26 : k7, k2tog, k8, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k8, k2tog, k7 (38sts)

Row 28: k6, k2tog, k7, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k7, k2tog, k6 (34sts)

Row 30 : k5, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k5 (30sts)

Row 32 : k4, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k5, k2tog, k4 (26sts)

Row 34 : k3, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k3 (22sts)

Row 36: k2, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k2 (18sts)

Row 38 :k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k4, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1 (14sts)

You now want to stuff the chicken.

Row 41- k2tog x7 (7st)

Cut a long end of wool and pull through remaining sts to fasten off.

Wings (make 2) –

Cast on 10sts in grey

Knit 6 rows in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row) starting with k row

Row 7: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (8sts)

Row 8 (and all evens) – p

Row 9: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (6sts)

Row 11: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (4sts)

Row 13: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (2sts)

 Row 15: k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (1st)

Pull yarn through last sts.

Feet (make two) –

Make a 3st i-cord 5 rows long in white

Kfb into 1 sts and turn, working on these 2 sts separately

Purl one row, then cast off knitwise.

Reattach yarn to last 2 sts

Kfb into 1 sts and turn, working on these 2 sts separately

Purl one row, then cast off knitwise.

Reattach wool to last st.

Kfb into 1 sts and turn, working on these 2 sts separately

Purl one row, then cast off knitwise.

The beak –

Cast on 5 sts in white

Row 1 – k

Row 2 -p

Row 3- k2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (3)

Row 4 – p2tog, p to last 2sts, p2tog (1)

Pull wool through last st.

The comb –

Cast on 5 sts in red

Row 1 : kfb x 5 (10 sts)

Row 2: kfbx10 (20 sts)

Cast off knitwise.

All you need to now is sew it all together. Sew the wings one on either side. Chose your favorite end as the face and sew the beak in the middle and the comb on the top, with the eyes either side. Sew the feet in the middle of the belly of the chicken. Sew  all the ends and you are done 🙂

It makes the chicken on the left

 Laters

Sus 🙂

Fact #6 ~ The chromosphere a layer of the sun that is sandwiched between the photosphere and corona. For some reason it is hotter than the photosphere even though the photosphere is closer to the core of the sun.