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This is a modified version of a pattern the Bead and Opal Wool Queen used to have on their website.

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All in One 4 Ply Garter Stitch Baby Cardigan

Description: Knitted from the bottom up, vee neck, 50g of 4 ply wool, 3.75mm (UK no. 9) needles, new born baby.

  • Cast on 97 stitches and garter stitch for 64 rows, on the 49th and 63rd row make a buttonhole like this: (knit to the last 4 stitches, YO, k2tog, k2 to end of row)
  • On the 65th row, decrease 4 stitches evenly across the row to now have 93 stitches.
  • To work the right front and sleeve: Knit 25 stitches, cast on 18 more stitches so you have 43 stitches. Leave the other 68 stitches on a needle to use later (I wrap a rubber band on the end so the stitches won’t slip off)
  • On the 43 stitches, garter stitch 5 rows.
  • Decrease for the v-neck by Garter stitching for another 36 rows, decreasing each 4th row by knitting to the last 7 stitches on the v neck side and knitting two together then knitting to end (35 stitches remain).
  • Cast off.
  • Left front and sleeves: Slip the next 43 stitches from the spare needle onto another spare needle, secure with a rubber band and set aside for the back. Cast on 18 stitches then knit the remaining 25 stitches from the spare needle. Work the left sleeve and front including the v neck decreasing to correspond with the right front. Cast off.
  • Back and sleeves: Slip the remaining 43 stitches to another needle again to get the correct side facing you. Now pick up and knit 18 stitches from the cast on edge of the right sleeve, across the 43 back stitches and pick up and knit 18 stitches from the cast on edge of the left sleeve, 79 stitches.
  • Knit 36 rows on these 79 stitches. Cast off 32 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows. Knit 6 more rows on these 17 stitches and cast off.
  • To finish, sew the seams along the top of the sleeves, easing in the 6 short rows at the top of the back. Sew on two buttons.
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This free beanie pattern was based on Gina Doherty’s Skull Hat pattern, with a few changes to the border. I cast on 98 stitches using 3.25mm needles for the inner layer and 3.75mm needles for the outer layer of the hat, hoping this would be the right size for an eight month old. My tension wasn’t great on the fair isle, I pulled it too tight and as a consequence think it’s more a 3 month old size. Live and learn!I shaped the top using Jennifer Lee’s “Sandy” crown shaping.

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So many new things to learn when trying your hand at 2 ply wool lace knitting. Rather than buying special needles I found some very pointy, double ended needles and blocked one end with a rubber band. Then it was how to read a graph rather than each row of the pattern being written out. I did a fairly simple horseshoe lace, apparently in the ‘Shetland style’, so the return row was garter stitch meaning the pattern was the same on both sides. Enjoyed it but couldn’t read and knit at the same time because everything was a bit small and fiddly. Had a go at blocking the finished scarf so it was washed and dried stretched out so the pattern showed up more. Good to have a try, the wool feels very soft but quite tickly.

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I  went a bit crazy at the online lolly shop looking for fish themed lollies, who knew you could buy black currant flavoured penguins? Putting the cake together I had a few bad moments when I thought I’d cut the cake wrong and had a backwards 4. I actually flipped it twice before I clicked that I was getting confused for nothing – see in the bottom two photos what happens when you rotate a number 4.

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A young friend had been collecting novelty Christmas fabrics and had amassed three bags of “all sorts,” to one day make into quilts for her children. The challenge eventually came my way to think of a way to put the eclectic mix together into three quilts. Here’s what resulted …

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