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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Jul Christmas Balls - Free Pattern & Tutorials

Do you knit Christmas decorations? Fancy a quick little free project to decorate your house or tree? These little balls are worked in the round using either double pointed needles or a long circular needles (magic loop technique).  I've got a set of four tutorials so you can knit along with me. 

The Jul Christmas Balls pattern includes four balls - one stranded colour work, one stranded colour work with beads and two beaded designs. Jul is Christmas in Norwegian.

Chart A

 Chart A is a Christmas tree which is a simple and easy design to knit.

Chart B

Chart B is a beaded stranded colour work design but you can leave the beads out if you prefer. See the red and grey ball below for this design without beads. If you don't use beads, then just knit those stitches in the colour indicated on the chart.

Chart B with and without beads

Chart C

Chart C is a beaded design but as you can see below, if you don't like beads, knit the beaded (B on the chart) stitches in another colour for a stranded colour work design.

Chart C with the red ball knitted in stranded colour work instead of beads.

Chart D

Chart D is a beaded design but as you can see below, you can also knit it in stranded colour work instead of beads. You can also combine the beads and stranded colour work.

Chart D with the right ball knitted in stranded colour work instead of beads.

I will post a tutorial for each section of the ball over the next three days. Today is a little introduction and a chance for you to get your tools and materials together.

Part 1

Watch Part 1 - Getting Started & Shaping the Beginning here. 

Watch the video on how to knit the  middle section with beads. 

Watch the video on how to knit the middle section in stranded colour work.

Part 3

Here's the final video on how to shape the top and how to finish the ball.

I will add videos to this post once they go live each day. You can download the free Jul Christmas Balls pattern here.

These balls are knitted in the round and you can use either double pointed needles (I recommend a set of 5) or circular needles using the magic loop technique. I'm using magic loop in the video and I give you a quick introduction in the first video but I have a more in depth Magic Loop tutorial you may find helpful. 

The balls are charted and if you're new to charts you may find my De-mystifying Charts tutorial helpful. This tutorial is based on lace charts but the princples are the same. Here's a quick re-cap:

  • Charts are read from bottom to the top, so round 1 in at the bottom of the chart.
  • When you knit in the round, all rounds are read from right to left (so all round numbers are on the right hand side of the chart).
  • Each square is a stitch.
  • Check the chart key for the meaning of each symbol. On these charts, you only have to worry about which colour to knit each stitch in and where to add the beads (B on the chart). 
  • The balls are knitted in stocking stitch (knit every stitch).

Here's what you need:
You can use any dk yarn but below are the details of what I used. I do recommend using a smooth wool yarn.
Lang Merino 120 (dk; 100% Superwash Merino Wool; 120m/131yds per 50g) x 10g of each colour per ball. Shown in shades: Grey 0324, Cherry 0162, Aubergine 0180
3.75mm (UK 9/US 5) set of 5 double pointed needles or  circular needle, 80cm (32in) length
Seed Beads size 6 - I used Debbie Abrahams beads
Chart B - 32 beads 
Chart C - 96 beads
Chart D - 144 beads
0.75mm (US 14) crochet hook (for adding beads)
Approx 15g toy stuffing per ball
15cm/6in narrow ribbon per ball

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Friday, December 06, 2019

The Henwood Beanie

The Henwood beanie is knitted from the top down with a beaded lace edging and I-cord cast-off. Want a slouchier hat? Knit more rounds of stocking stitch before the lace edging (you may need more yarn). 

Get 25% off the Henwood pattern. Use coupon code: HENWOOD25. Valid until 20 December 2019. 
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Henwood comes in two sizes which you can see on the pattern page.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Repryn Shawl & Tutorials

Respryn is a stunning, large lace shawl. It's knitted flat but when laid flat creates a square shape. 

Respryn is worked from the top down and starts with just a few stitches at the back of the neck. The first section is knitted in stocking stitch followed by a lace section. Large eyelets with a bead detail adorn the edging. Video tutorial for adding beads & for adding bead to the triple yarn over.

I knitted Respryn in Vaxbo Lingarn 12/2 which is a 100% linen yarn from Sweden. I purchased my yarn from Knit With Attitude in London. You can of course use other fibres. Just look for a yarn that has approx 420m per 100g skein. I didn't use the full amounts of the lilac and green colours. I used the following amounts of each colour: C1 - Silver - 90g used, C2 - Lilac - 70g used & C3 - Olive - 55g used. In total I used approx 903m. If you prefer you can use two colours. You can also work the edging chart (Chart B) after any repeat of Chart A, which means you can easily add more or knit fewer repeats of Chart A (I did four repeats of Chart A).

Get 25% off the Respryn shawl until 25 November 2019. Use coupon code: RESPRYN25

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Introducing the Trebyan cardigan

The Trebyan cardigan combines comfort, warmth and airiness in a simple layering piece. Knitted in three pieces in an easy double yarn over lace pattern, Trebyan knits up quickly in your favourite self-striping yarn. In the photos I'm wearing the longer length in the largest size (128cm/51¼in bust).

Trebyan comes in two lengths and four sizes in each length, so you can create a shape that suits you and your needs. See the pattern page for full size details (there's a schematic in the photos on the pattern page). 

Get 25% off the Trebyan pattern until end of October 2019. Use coupon code: TREBYAN25 

Trebyan is knitted in Schoppel Zauberball 100 and takes 2 or 3 100g balls. You can also use Zauberball Cotton.

If you'd like to order the yarn to knit Trebyan, I'm offering 15% off in the YarnAddict Online Shop until end of October 2019. Use coupon code: TREBYAN. The discount is valid on everything in the YarnAddict Online Shop.

I've filmed a tutorial showing how I seamed and blocked Trebyan which you can watch here and a short video introducing Trebyan which you can watch here

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Monday, September 09, 2019

Get ready for sweater weather with Polzeath

Polzeath is a light and airy sweater knitted in one piece with an all over lace pattern. The sweater is knitted in the round to the underarm. Stitches are cast on for the sleeves and the front and back are knitted separately to the shoulders which are joined with a three needle cast off. This means no sewing up.

Polzeath is perfect to wear over a strappy top either for a casual look or dressed up for a smarter occasion.

Get 30% off the Polzeath pattern until end of 25 September 2019 (UK time). Use coupon code: POLZEATH30

The sweater in the photos is knitted in Rowan Silky Lace but my sample knitter is currently knitting a sample in Schoppel Laceball 100. The pattern comes in four sizes from bust circumference 90cm/36in to 140cm/56in. For full size range see the pattern page. The smallest size requires 150g/1080m lace weight yarn and the largest size 200g/1440m. Schoppel Laceball 100 can be ordered from the YarnAddict Online Shop.

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I recently released a new video tutorial on how to keep the pattern correct while shaping (for example shaping for armholes, neck line etc). Find the tutorial here. 

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Tutorial - Shaping while keeping the pattern correct

In today's tutorial I'm going to talk about how to keep the pattern correct while shaping at the edge of the fabric. I'm talking specifically about lace patterns here but these principles apply to other stitch patterns as well. Lace patterns are a little bit different because of the yarn overs (yarn forward, yarn over the needle, yarn round the needle) which are increases and decreases. 

In lace patterns each yarn over has a corresponding decrease. Sometimes this decrease is right next to the yarn over and sometimes it's several stitches away or on a later row.  If the yarn over is further away from the decrease it makes working out how to keep the pattern correct more difficult.

In this tutorial I've used a very simple lace pattern. It is much easier to work out how to keep the pattern correct if you can read charts because you have a visual representation of what your knitting looks like and you can expand the pattern repeat which is what I've done in the charts below. The easiest way to do this is to get some squared paper and copy the lace pattern on the squared paper and then expand it horizontally.

Below are the charts I use in the video.

k2tog - knit two stitches together
m1 – increase one stitch by lifting the strand between two stitches & placing the loop on the left hand needle, knit this loop through the back loop
p2tog - purl two stitches together
p2tog tbl - purl two stitches together through back loop
RS – right side
sk2po – slip one stitch knitwise, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over
ssk - slip one stitch knitwise, slip next stitch knitwise, insert left needle into front of both stitches and knit together
ssp - slip one stitch knitwise, slip next stitch knitwise, pass stitches back to left hand needle and purl through the back loop
WS – wrong side
yo - yarn over/yarn forward

Chart A:

 Chart B:

Chart C:

In the example below, the yarn overs and decreases are not symmetrical. As you can see the decreases are at the beginning of rows 1 and 3 and the yarn overs are afterwards. So you have two decreases followed by two increases (yarn overs). This is more difficult to deal with when it comes to keeping the pattern correct while shaping.  In this example I would take away a complete repeat at the beginning and end of the row. Use markers to section off where you'll be working the repeat and where you'll be working in stocking stitch.

If you have any questions, please ask them under the You Tube video for this tutorial rather than here on the blog as it's easier for me to answer on You Tube.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Port Quin & a Birthday Discount!

Port Quin is a stylish accessory which can be worn as a scarf or a shawl. This asymmetrical triangle shawl features short rows to add a more curved shape and interesting crossed stitches. Pattern includes links to video tutorials for the German short rows, Picots and Crossed Stitches. 

Port Quin has little picots along the lower edge & I'll be uploading a video to show how to work those soon.

I knitted Port Quin in Zauberball Cotton and used two balls but you can also use Zauberball 100 or Zauberball. This weekend is my 50th birthday so I've got a very special offer for you.

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