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Tunic dress in King Cole Riot dk

The tunic I'm making and the yarn

The tunic I’m making and the yarn

Having experienced the challenge of Middle Mudlets’ pretty but complicated lace sweater, I opted for a project which uses a mostly plain stocking stitch for my next make. I found many ‘okay’ patterns whilst I was looking for a project for myself but nothing really sang out at me until, that is, I found a King Cole leaflet with a beautiful pair of patterns on it. One was a sweater dress with short sleeves and the other a tunic length dress with three quarter sleeves. I really liked both patterns but chose to make the tunic rather than the dress this time, although I do intend to make both eventually. Continue reading

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A Parliament, an array and a dress for me

These little chaps are actually quite big

These little chaps are actually quite big

Following the completion of Middle Mudlets’ complicated sweater, I felt the need to do something a little less challenging and so opted to dig out the King Cole tinsel yarn I had purchased a few months ago and make up a couple of sparkly owls ready for the Christmas Fare. I had come across the owl pattern a short while ago, in the local garden centre of all places, and had bought both it and another couple of balls of the tinsel yarn, plus some pastel coloured double knit for faces, ears etc. Now with some time on my hands and no major project waiting in the wings, I gathered my materials together and before long I had completed a little blue owl, much to the delight of the younger Mudlets. Continue reading


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Very lacy sweater in Scheepjeswol Sunkissed: it’s finished!!!

Blocking made all the difference

Blocking made all the difference

I have to say that as much as I have struggled with this particular project, I am absolutely delighted with the way that it has turned out and, more to the point, so is Middle Mudlet. Sewing up proved surprisingly easy with the most challenging and unusual aspect being the creation of the neck band. Continue reading


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Very lacy sweater in Scheepjeswol Sunkissed: a labour of love

We think the chainmail appearance explains why Middle Mudlet liked this pattern so much

We think the chainmail appearance explains why Middle Mudlet liked this pattern so much

Delighted though I was when Middle Mudlet not only chose a very feminine and lacy top as my next project for her but also a very pink yarn to knit it with, there have been times over the last three months or so when I have come very close to relegating it to the back of the darkest cupboard in Mudville and starting something else. For some reason it took forever and a day before the pattern was finally engraved on my mind. I pulled back countless rows in order to correct some error or other, on numerous occasions which, taking into account the loops and cast offs that are dotted throughout to create the gorgeous laciness, was an absolute nightmare. Whilst I don’t count myself as a professional knitter, I did believe that I was pretty competent in most areas but my confidence was seriously knocked by this pattern. Continue reading


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Very lacy sweater in Scheepjeswol Sunkissed

This sweater will definitely need blocking to open up the lacework!

This sweater will definitely need blocking to open up the lace work!

I firmly believe that in every knitter or crocheters life there is at least one (and probably more) project that has been abandoned, cast aside, shut away in a dark corner, never again to see the light of day because for some reason, whether it be down to the pattern itself or the yarn used, the crafter hasn’t been able to get on with it, hasn’t enjoyed working on it and so has relegated it to their projects drawer, box, shelf, probably with the intention of revisiting it after a short rest but ultimately not being able to get beyond the feelings the project originally generated, thus resulting in said project continuing to languish unfinished for forever more. If it was the pattern that caused the issues, then there is a chance that the piece may be frogged back and the yarn used again but if the yarn is the problem ……… Continue reading


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Lace Sweater in Scheepjeswol Sunkissed: Sleeve finished

The diamond pattern on the sleeve is quite simplistic .......

The diamond pattern on the sleeve is quite simplistic …….

Being unable to get out into my garden, has meant that I have been steadily working away on my lace sweater and have now finished the first sleeve and I am about halfway through the second. The sleeve pattern is pretty simple when compared to that on the front and back sections but the large diamond design compliments the lace of the body pieces nicely and requires little in the way of concentration which is no bad thing at the moment. As with the instructions with the front and back, the actual leaflet is incredibly easy to follow and, once again, indicates the number of rows that should have been completed at a given length. Continue reading


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Lace Sweater in Scheepjeswol Sunkissed: Front and Back

Completed front section

Completed front section

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been steadily working away on my lace sweater and I now the front and back sections completed. I’m really enjoying working on this project as the lace pattern is very easy to follow and looks so effective but what I really love about this pattern is that the instructions are so detailed, even down to the number of rows you should have completed by the time you’ve reached the desired length to a certain point (starting the neckline on the front section for example was 174 rows or 50cm/19.75 inches). I was delighted to find that my rows matched the length required exactly, confirming that my tension was pretty spot on. Continue reading


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Lace Sweater in Scheepjeswol Sunkissed

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Bergere de France Lace Sweater in Scheepjes Sunkissed 4 ply

I have been really looking forward to starting this particular project because I loved this Bergere de France pattern the first moment I saw it and I haven’t knitted anything so intricate and delicate looking for years. In fact, to be honest, I don’t think I have ever knitted in 4 ply and certainly 3mm needles are the smallest size needle I can ever remember working with in my entire knitting career.

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“A Warm Hug” for Eldest Mudlet

This is what a knitted hug looks like!

This is what a knitted hug looks like!

Back in October, with Christmas only 2 months away, I began searching for the perfect yarn to use for Eldest Mudlets’ Christmas present. I had already found an unusual pattern that I wanted to use and, as an added bonus, it was available as a free download from the Deramores website (pattern here) but I wasn’t convinced about the choice of colours in the suggested yarn. Eventually I found a lovely James C. Brett Marble Chunky yarn, which came in some really nice colour ways, in one of our local shops and chose a beautiful blue/purple/aqua, simply called shade 8. Handling a ball of the yarn in the shop, I was taken with how soft and warm it felt to touch, just right for the chunky top I was planning to make. It was 100% acrylic, was available in 200g/315m balls and so I purchased the amount needed for the project and went home. Continue reading


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Hat on circular needles

Got the hang of it - though this wasn't the most challenging of patterns

Got the hang of it – though this wasn’t the most challenging of patterns

In readiness for knitting Eldest Mudlets’ Christmas garment, I decided to try working a hat on circular needles and see how I got on. Circulars are something I have avoided following an abortive attempt to use them some twenty years or so ago but following on from my success with knitting two different coloured yarns in one pattern, I felt I really needed to stop being silly and try again. So I found a free pattern online, did some reading up and before long I was working my way through the instructions and a hat was actually growing as a result of my efforts. Continue reading