The Land Rover Owners Wife


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Jumper dress in Softfun Denim: Finished

Little Mudlet loves her new dress

Little Mudlet loves her new dress

I finished Little Mudlets’ dress about 10 days ago and I am happy with how it turned out. She’s 9.5ish and so I decided to make the dress up as a size 10-year-old and it is probably a little too big for her at the moment because she is a slight mite but due to the shaping of the body section, and the overall design, it doesn’t look odd and is long enough to be worn either with jeans/leggings as a jumper dress or as a regular dress over tights. She has worn it both ways and the colour and shape of the garment really suit her. Continue reading


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Jumper dress in Softfun Denim: Back finished

I really like the cable pattern on this dress.

I really like the cable pattern on this dress.

I’ve finished the back section of Little Mudlets’ jumper dress and I really do like the way it looks, especially with the shaping which has been carried out subtly throughout the knitting process. If you look at the reverse stitch sections between the ‘diamondesque’ sections of the cable pattern, you can see that as the pattern moves up the piece, these sections narrow untill the pattern finally evolves into a much narrower diamond and then into twists without diamonds. This narrowing is initially achieved by decreasing one stitch at the centre of each reverse stitch section, as well as in the sections before the first cable column and after the last, on every 12th row before reducing to every 8 and then 6 rows. Continue reading


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Jumper dress in Softfun Denim

Little Mudlets choice

Little Mudlets choice

With my lace top finished (completely forgot to do a final post for that but will do one shortly) and the first of the tinsel hedgehogs out of the way, I set to and cast on the stitches for the back section of Little Mudlets’ jumper dress. I had chosen Scheepjeswol Softfun Denim for this particular project in a lovely, dark mint green colour (shade 517) which has a subtle fade graduation through it which you can just about make out in these pictures. The pattern is a King Cole (4022) and is written for double knit but I opted for the Scheepjeswol over the recommended King Cole dk because I preferred the colour options the Softfun gave me. Continue reading


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Snowflake Sweater in Value DK: Finished

You can just make out Middle Mudlets beaming smile as she models her new sweater

You can just make out Middle Mudlets’ beaming smile as she models her new sweater

I’m feeling rather pleased with myself at the moment because last night I finished Middle Mudlets’ snowflake jumper, pressed it first thing this morning and she has happily modeled it for me for blog photo’s and has declared herself delighted with it. Now with this sweater under my belt, so to speak, patterns which require me to work with more than one colour of yarn at a time, no longer hold as much trepidation as they did, although I may need to make a couple more simple designs before feeling confident enough to try tackling anything as complicated as a multi-coloured Fair Isle pattern. Continue reading


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Snowflake Sweater in Value DK: Front finished

the shaped snowflake band was easier than I thought it would be

the shaped snowflake band was easier than I thought it would be

The next big hurdle I faced, as I progressed up the front of Middle Mudlets’ jumper, was the second row of snowflakes and how they fitted in with the raglan sleeve decreases. Thankfully there was a chart on the back of the pattern which showed exactly what colour yarn to use for each and every stitch in that 19 row border but, to be honest, the writing was so tiny that I struggled to see the row numbers and work out stitch numbers and, as a consequence, made a couple of errors which resulted in more pulling back of rows, although mercifully few. Continue reading


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Snowflake Sweater in value dk

The first of the pattern panels was far easier than I expected.

The first of the pattern panels was far easier than I expected.

We have come to the conclusion that the pattern on Middle Mudlets’ jumper, is actually a snowflake and not a daisy or some such flower. Either way I’ve actually enjoyed knitting that section of the front of her jumper and, in spite of my concerns, have managed the correct tension, as per the instructions. I did make one significant error which resulted in my having to pull back 7 rows of knitting (4 plain and 3 patterned) but all in all I am pretty pleased with my effort so far. Continue reading


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Sirdar Jumper Dress in Crofter Bria: finished

I love the colours in this dress

I love the colours in this dress

No sooner had I trimmed off the very last end of yarn and turned the dress back the right way, than Little Mudlet had it out of my hands. As it happened she was wearing the first, long sleeved version that I had made her but this was quickly cast aside and the new one put on and a delighted Little Mudlet happily modeled her new dress for me.

This really is an incredibly easy project, well suited for a novice knitter, as the yarn does all the work for you and the range of colours in the Crofter palette, means that there should be something to suit most peoples tastes. The dress knitted up really quickly and we all agree that this colour way is absolutely beautiful and suits Little Mudlet perfectly.

As with the first version, I am extremely pleased with how well the stripes have matched up and I know that this yarn washes and wears beautifully, with little or no bobbling even after 6 months or so of regular use, as evidenced by the long sleeve version, so should provide my youngest girl with a pretty garment to wear and wear and wear and wear ……..

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Sirdar Jumper Dress in Crofter Bria: the back

The back section is completed

The back section is completed

I’ve cheated a little bit with this dress, to ensure the stripes are as even and matched as they could be due to the nature of the yarn used. When my order arrived I checked the starting ends of each of the five balls and realised that two started with a snip of pink, two had a longer section of grey and the fifth had a substantial length of red at the start end. So with this in mind I selected on of the pink ended balls and cast on the back piece of the dress. Continue reading


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Yarn for multiple projects

Little Mudlet wants this dress again but with short sleeves

Little Mudlet wants this dress again but with short sleeves

Having finished Eldest Mudlets birthday top a few weeks ago, I haven’t actually been knitting anything since but I was starting to get itchy fingers and when an email offering 20% off all DK yarn arrived from Deramores, I was spurred into finding the yarn and pattern for Middle Mudlets’ next garment and ordering the yarn for Little Mudlet, who had already asked for another Sirdar jumper dress but the short sleeved version this time. I opened the page for the Sirdar Crofter DK yarn that the jumper dress was knitted in and she made her choice from the colour ways available. Continue reading


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Poppy Red Jumper in Cotton DK: finished

It's finished and she likes it!

It’s finished and she likes it!

I finished the jumper off on Thursday morning and handed it over to Middle Mudlet to try on. I could see that it needed  either to be blocked (although the pattern didn’t call for it), or to be lightly pressed but once she had it on, Middle Mudlet refused to take it back off again. In spite of my repeated utterance that it would look much better if I had the chance to at least give it a press, she was adamant and so when we headed out a little later on, she was looking resplendent in her new jumper and to this day, I still haven’t had chance to iron it! Continue reading