11 Jun

knitted fireside rug

keep your toes cosy with a soft fireside rug that can be made out of new soft yarns or by using up your stash of wool scraps…

you will need:

I used Rowan Cocoon, 80% Merino Wool, 20% Mohair (115m per 100g)

  • 4 x 100g balls in cream – Frost 806 (A)
  • 1 x 100g ball in black – Mountain 805 (B)
  • 1 x 100g ball in light green – Clay 825 (C)
  • 1 x 100g ball in dark green – Jupiter 839 (D)
  • 1 x 100g ball in light blue – Moon 836 (E)
  • 1 x 100g ball in dark blue – Misty Blue 827 (F)
  • 1 x 100g ball in red – Quarry Tile 818 (G)
  • 1 x 100g ball in purple – Bilberry 812 (H)
  • 1 x 100g ball in beige – Tundra 808 (I)
  • 1 pair of 5.5mm double ended needles
  • Sharp scissors
  • Large darning needle
  • 1m burlap or hessian (140cm wide)

Method:

Central swirls

Make 3 central swirls: one central swirl with colour A and contrast colour G, one with and and contrast colour D and one with A and contrast colour F.

Cast on 20 sts in A.

Row 1 (ws): K18, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, K17.
Row 3: K16, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, K15.
Row 5: K14, turn.
Row 6: Sl 1, K13.
Row 7: K12, turn.
Row 8: Sl1, K11.
Row 9: K10, turn.
Row 10: Sl 1, K9.
Row 11: K8, turn.
Row 12: Sl 1, K7.
Row 13: K6, turn.
Row 14: Sl 1, K5.
Row 15: K4, turn.
Row 16: Sl 1, K3.
Row 17: K2, turn.
Row 18: Sl 1, K1.
Row 19: Knit to end.
Row 20: Change to colour B, knit to end Rows 21 to 40: As rows 1 to 20 changing back to A on row 40. Rep rows 1 to 40 four more times, then rows 1 to 38 once, alternating between B and the contrast colour on rows 20 to 39.
Cast off.

Sew the cast on and cast off edges together using A. Tie the loose ends in the centre of the wrong side of the swirl together in pairs. Trim ends to 3cm.

Joining triangles

Make four triangular shapes in C:
Cast on 40 sts.
Row 1 to 6: Cast off 3, knit to end. 22 sts
Rows 7 and 8: Cast off 2 sts, knit to end. 18 sts Rows 9 to 20: Cast off 1 st, knit to end. 6 sts Rows 21 and 22: Knit to end.
Rows 23 and 24: Cast off 1 st, knit to end. 4 sts Rows 25 and 26: Knit to end
Rows 27 and 28: Cast off 1 st, knit to end. 2 sts Rows 29 and 30: Knit to end. Rows 31 and 32: K2tog, cut yarn and pull through loop to finish.
Sew the three central swirls together using a scrap of yarn and a large darning needle. Place two circles right sides together, aligning the colour swirls. Use overstitch to join the edge of one swirl from each. Open out and place the third circle on top of one of the joined circles and, again, use overstitch to join the edge of one swirl from one of the joined circle and the third circle to create a strip of circles. Lay the strip of circles out horizontally, and fill the two gaps at the top and the two gaps at the bottom by stitching the pale green triangles in position.

Inner border strip
Using one of the following colours: E, I, C, A, cast on 10 sts. Knit every row, changing colour every 16 rows, until the strip measures the same as the outer circumference of the centre piece.

Cast off. Join the two short ends, making sure that the strip of knitting is not twisted. Use safety pins to hold the strip in position before stitching it around the outside edge.

Middle border strip

Using one of the following colours: F, G, H, D, B, cast on 10 sts.

Knit every row, changing colour every 16 rows, until the strip measures the same as the outer circumference of the work.
Cast off.

Join the two short ends, making sure that the strip of knitting is not twisted.
Use safety pins to hold the strip in position before stitching it around the outside edge.

Outer border strip

Using A, cast on 15 sts. Knit every row until the strip measures the same as the outer circumference of the work. Cast off. Join the two short ends, making sure that the strip of knitting is not twisted. Use safety pins to hold the strip in position before stitching it around the outside edge.

i-cord border

Cast on 5 sts in C.

K4, sl1 purlwise, yarn forward, with RS facing
p1 through one of the cast-off stitches halfway along the curve at one end of the rug, psso, * move all 5 sts to the other end of the needle and k4, sl1 purlwise, yarn forward, p1 through the next cast-off stitch along the outside edge of the rug, psso.
Repeat from * until you have worked to halfway around the curve at the other end.
Change yarn to H and continue making the i-cord until the circumference is completed.
Cast off and join the two cord ends by hand with a crochet hook or a large darning needle.

Backing

Lay the knitting right side up on the burlap and smooth it out to make the edges symmetrical. Pin or tack all around the edge before cutting all the way around 5cm outside the knitted edge. Turn work over and fold the raw edge of the burlap in, so that the fold is inside the edge of the knitted i-cord. Fold the raw edge under by 2cm and then 2cm again. Pin or tack in position.

Sew down by hand all the way around. Working from the front, baste the knitting to the burlap along all the sewing joins to completely secure the rug to the burlap backing.

TIPS:

This is a perfect project for using up wool scraps, but do make sure that your yarns are all the same weight in order to maintain consistent tension throughout.

This rug can also be made out of heavyweight cotton yarns.

I find stitching the pieces together much neater if you do it from the back of the work – Keep checking the other side/front as you work to make sure your stitches are nice and neat.

…here’s a version in cottons – I made it from a stash of scraps and left off the i-cord as I’d run out!

04 Aug

Cotton ‘ticking’ face flannels

photograph by Emma Sekhon

… luxurious soft cotton flannels – great for using up dk yarn scraps, beautiful & useful …

 

… & they make a perfect gift for a guest – once you’ve mastered the stitch, you will not be able to resist making more than one!

 

For the RED flannel you will need:

1 ball Rowan Ecru Cotton Glace

(50g) shade 741

1 ball Rowan Red Cotton Glace (50g) shade 725

1 pair 3mm knitting needles Darning needle

 

With ecru cotton, cast on 57

 

K3 rows

 

Pattern row 1: with red cotton k1,* slip 1 purlwise, k5 *, repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, slip 1 purlwise, k1

 

Pattern row 2: with red cotton k1, * yarn forward, slip
1 purlwise, yarn back, k5 *, repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k1

 

Pattern row 3: with ecru cotton k4, * slip 1 purlwise, k5* repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, slip 1 purlwise, k4

 

Pattern row 4: with ecru cotton k4, *yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k5 * repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k4

 

Repeat these 4 rows 24 times
Repeat pattern rows 1 & 2
With ecru cotton, K3 rows.

 

Cast off loosely. Finish off ends with a darning needle.

 

For the BLUE flannel you will need:

1 ball Rowan Ecru Cotton Glace

(50g) shade 741

1 ball Rowan Blue Cotton Glace (50g) shade 829

1 pair 3mm knitting needles Darning needle

 

With ecru cotton, cast on 57 K3 rows

 

Pattern row 1: with blue cotton k3,* slip 1 purlwise, k1, slip 1 purlwise, k3 *, repeat from * to end of row

 

Pattern row 2: with blue cotton * k3, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k1, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back *, repeat from * until 3 stitches remain, k3

 

Pattern row 3: with ecru cotton k4, * slip 1 purlwise, k5* repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, slip 1 purlwise, k4

 

Pattern row 4: with ecru cotton k4, * yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k5 * repeat from * until 5 stitches remain, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, k4

 

Repeat these 4 rows 24 times
Repeat pattern rows 1 & 2
With ecru cotton, K3 rows

 

Cast off loosely. Finish off ends with a darning needle.

 

For the ECRU flannel you will need:

1 ball Rowan Ecru Cotton Glace

(50g) shade 741

1 pair 3mm knitting needles Darning needle

 

Cast on 50 sts. K3 rows

 

Pattern row 1: k1, * slip 1 purlwise, k6 *, repeat from * to end of row

 

Pattern row 2: * k6, yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back *, repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, k1

 

Repeat these 2 rows 50 times
K3 rows

 

Cast off loosely. Finish off ends with a darning needle.

 

Abbreviations

k knit

st stitch

 

 

15 Feb

crochet spring garland

64-65 CROCHET GARLAND.indd

photograph by Emma Sekhon

…bring spring inside to adorn a table, tie back a curtain or decorate a mirror… 

You will need:

3.5mm crochet hook

Cotton knitting yarns (dark and light green, dark and light yellow, natural, pale blue)

Fine dark embroidery cotton (for butterfly bodies and antennae)

Tapestry needle

Scissors

Spray starch

Iron

Abbreviations

hk = hook

rnd = round

st = stitch

ch = chain

dtr = double treble stitch

hdc = half double crochet stitch

sc = single crochet stitch

sl st = slip stitch

tr = treble stitch

dtr = double treble stitch

To start with…

Stalk (make 1):

Using green cotton yarn, crochet a simple chain 1.5m long. Make a loop with the tails of the cotton at both ends.

Leaves (make 14):64-65 CROCHET GARLAND.indd

Ch 5, dc in 2nd chain from hook, 1 hdc in next, 1 dc in next, work (2 hdc in last, ch 2, dc in second ch from hook, 2 hdc) in last ch. Working now on the opposite side of foundation ch, 1 dc in next, 1 hdc in next, dc in last. Fasten off with sl st in the first dc of rnd.

 

64-65 CROCHET GARLAND.inddPrimroses (make 11):

Ch 6, sl st into 1st ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Change colour, ch 1, 1 tr into next st, *2 tr into next st; repeat from * into next 4 sts, sl st into 1st st to complete round.
Round 2: Change colour, ch 1, *3 tr into next st, ch 1, sl st into next st, ch 1; repeat from * until 5 petals completed, 3 tr into next st, ch 1, sl st into next st, cutting the yarn to 5cm and pulling it all the way through.

Finish off all ends with a tapestry needle.

 

 

64-65 CROCHET GARLAND.inddButterflies (make 6):

Ch 4, sl st into 1st ch to make a ring.

Ch 4, work 3 dtr (double treble) into ring, ch 6, sl st into ring, ch 6, work 3 dtr into ring, ch 4, sl st into ring, ch 3, work 2 tr into ring, ch 4, sl st into ring, ch 4, work 2 tr into ring, ch 3, sl st into ring, cutting the yarn to 5cm and pulling it all the way through on the last sl st (image 3). Use a darning needle to stitch a body and antennae onto each butterfly with a length of the fine dark embroidery cotton.

 

…and finally…

spring garland finishing - jemima schlee

Finish off any remaining loose ends. Following the instructions on the can, starch and press your pieces with a hot iron. Lay your crochet chain out, and arrange your pieces along its length. Using a tapestry needle, attach all the pieces to the chain.

 

 

25 Oct

Crochet easter eggs

Crochet Speckled Eggs-2

…I’ll have half a dozen pretty please!…

You will need
1 x 50g ball of white cotton double
knit (DK) yarn
Scraps of blue embroidery threads
(in three different shades from light to dark)
 4mm crochet hook
Stitch marker
Hollowfibre or cotton stuffing

Abbreviations
st(s) stitch(es)
ch chain
ss slip stitch
dc double crochet

Pattern note
These instructions are for a plain egg. Use various amounts of blue embroidery threads with the white cotton to create speckled variegated tones and stripes. Simply cut a length of embroidery cotton and crochet doubled with the DK cotton.
Using crochet hook, ch 2 (counts as a st), dc 5 into second ch from hook, ss into first st. 6 sts.
Mark end of round with a stitch marker.
Round 1: 2dc into each st to end of round. 12 sts.
Round 2: 1dc into each st to end of round. 12 sts.

Round 3: *1dc into first st, 2dc into next st, rep from * to end of round. 18 sts.
Round 4: 1dc into each st to end of round. 18 sts.
Round 5: *1dc into next 2 sts, 2dc into
next st, rep from * to end of round. 24 sts.
Round 6: 1dc into each st to end of round. 24 sts.
Round 7: *1dc into next 3 sts, 2dc into
next st, rep from * to end of round. 30 sts.
Round 8: 1dc into each st to end of round. 30 sts.
Round 9: 1dc into each st to end of round. 30 sts.
Round 10: 1dc into each st to end of round. 30 sts.
Round 11: *1dc into next 4 sts, skip the
next st, rep from * to end of round. 24 sts.
Round 12: 1dc into each st to end of round. 24 sts.
Round 13: *1dc into next 3 sts, skip the
next st, rep from * to end of round. 18 sts.
Round 14: *1dc into next 2 sts, skip the
next st, rep from * to end of round. 12 sts. Stuff firmly.
Round 15: *1dc into next st, skip the next st, rep from * to end of round. 6 sts.
Hook the thread through all remaining stitches and tie off.

…five more to go!…