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Purple jumper dress with rose trellis hem pattern

I think this Rose Trellis panel looks really effective.

Every now and again I decide I need a bit of a challenge, to push myself and try something new. I’ve been playing it safe recently, making animals using a basic stocking stitch, repeating Middle Mudlets’ snowflake jumper which has been my first foray into using more than one yarn when I originally made the blue variant back in 2015. Looking through my past projects, you could be forgiven for thinking that the lacy or cable based patterns are the hardest to do and that the notion of merely introducing a second yarn into the equation, wouldn’t prove too problematic but that’s not the case for me. I’m happiest working away on ‘complicated’ lace patterns and give me a cable pattern to get my teeth into and I’m happy as a pig in muck, as they say in these parts.  Continue reading

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New version of an old favourite.

Warm colours for a warm jumper

Back in 2015, I made Middle Mudlet a two tone blue snowflake sweater, using “James C Brett Top Value double knit”. The original post can be found here and reading between the lines you will realise that when I started that particular project, I hadn’t had much experience working with two yarns at any given time and so it was with some trepidation that I agreed to Middle Mudlets’ choice of pattern and started work on it.
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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. Continue reading


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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