Briar Shawl is finished!

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I have so loved knitting this shawl. I was quite sad when I threaded my last fringe through! It has been a lot of fun to knit during these cold evenings because it’s 65% wool and 35% alpaca so it kept me warm while I was knitting!

 

It’s such an easy pattern in such snuggly wool, everyone will enjoy knitting this. You could change the colours up, add stripes or do a solid colour. You could also leave the fringe off for a different look.

It took me about 3 weeks to knit but I kept picking up other projects so you could knit it within the week quite easily.

Briar Shawl can be worn like a traditional shawl or like an oversized scarf. I think if you want it as a wrap around shawl, you would have to knit it a fair bit larger.

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Find the pattern here briar-shawl

Knit it while the weather is still dreadful and you won’t regret it!

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Butterscotch Beanie

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Did I mention that I love knitting hats??

Well I do 🙂 And I also love super (super) chunky yarn. When I knitted the Quick Cowl last week, I fell in love with the yarn I used so I ordered some more, one yellow skein and one in dark green. I recently bought this lovely yellow raincoat and thought a yellow hat would go great with it so I set to this afternoon.

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I started knitting just before 2pm and I was finished by 3pm, it was so fast and so easy. No ribbing, no fiddling and simple decreases. The only thing I found tricky was that my 20mm circular needles were 80cm long so I had lots of cord pulling to do. But it worked!

If you have never knit a hat before, I would say this is a great one to start with. In fact, as long as you know knit stitch, you can knit this hat. Because it’s knitted in the round, repeats of the knit stitch create stocking stitch whereas if you were knitting straight needles, you would have to alternate knit and purl rows.

If you want an amazing chunky hat (and I can’t see why you wouldn’t!) you will need:

200g Mondial Express yarn (buy it here UK) I will say that I only just had enough yarn so if your tension differs massively from mine, you might struggle with one skein

20mm circular needles. Like I said, mine are 80cm long, 60cm might be better if you can get them

Stitch marker

Large tapestry needle

My head is 22″ (56cm). I usually drop 2″ to make sure the hat won’t slip over my eyes so this is a 20″ hat. Like I said, I only just had enough yarn so if you have a large head, two skeins would be better. However, this hat will fit headsizes 20-22″.

Gauge – 1 stitch = 1″

Cast on 20 stitches, place a stitch marker and join in the round, making sure the knitting isn’t twisted.

Knit every row until it measures about 7″ from cast off edge. This is 12 rows on mine.

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Knit two together all the way round. 10 stitches remaining. It might get tight on your needles but it is possible, keep pulling the cord.

Knit every stitch.

At this point you will have very little yarn left. Thread it on to the tapestry needle and thread it though the loops on the needle, removing the needles as you go. Pull tight to close the hole.

Poke the yarn though into the inside and weave the ends in. Weave the cast on tail in and you have finished your super chunky hat!

I love my hat. I’m a little sad that I didn’t hae enough yarn for a pom-pom but I’m reluctant to spend another £12 just for a pom-pom. (Another reason for buying two skeins!)

I hope you enjoy making a super chunky hat, I’d love to see some finished results!

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Wetherby Hat


I don’t think you can ever have too many hats. I’ve knitted 3 with no intention of stopping there. The Wetherby Hat is a chunky, squishy, cosy hat knitted in 100% wool so it’s lovely and warm. Looking at the forecast for this week, warm is what I’ll need!

As much as I love knitting hats, I’m not mad keen on knitting rib. I get bored very quickly. This hat has no ribbing! (Yay) it’s knit solely in stockinette stitch which naturally rolls up to form the brim of the hat. 

If you want a warm hat that can be knitted over a weekend, you will need:

200g Araucania Maipo yarn

10mm 40cm circular needles

Stitch marker

Tapestry needle

Large pom-pom maker

Hat fits head size 20-24″. If you want a slightly smaller hat, cast on 2 less stitches. 

Cast on 54 stitches. Place a stitch marker and join in the round making sure the stitches aren’t twisted. 

Knit until the hat measures 9″ from cast on. 

The next round, knit two together all the way round. This leaves 27 stitches on the needle. 

Knit one, then knit two together for the rest of the round, which will leave 14 stitches. 

Cut the yarn, leaving a good tail and, using a tapestry needle, thread the yarn through the remaining stitches before sliding them off the needle. Pull tight to close the hole. 

Make a large pom-pom and attach to the hat with the yarn you used to close the hat. Weave in all ends and wear proudly! 

It’s worth buying a large tapestry needle if you’re going to work with chunky yarn. I had two good sized ones and found the eyes weren’t big enough so I bought these from Amazon. They’re only plastic but I managed to sew the pom-pom on no problem 🙂 


Enjoy making and wearing your Wetherby Hat, I know I will!

Quick Cowl

I discovered a new knitting shop this week! After our two local wool shops closed down, I’ve been on the hunt for somewhere to buy yarn. And I found somewhere!

They had a fabulous yarn called Sirdar Gorgeous and it really is 🙂 It’s super, super chunky and requires size 20mm needles. On the back of the band there is a lovely pattern for a simple quick knit cowl. I tried it out today and it’s amazing! It’s wonderfully soft and it knits up so fast!

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You will need

1 hank Sirdar Gorgeous yarn

20mm needles

Cast on 13 stitches using the two needle method

Row 1: Knit one, yarn forward, yarn round, purl two together and then repeat, ending the row with one knit stitch

Row 2: Purl one, yarn round, purl two together and repeat, ending the row with one purl stitch

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Once you have knitted most of the ball up (leaving enough to cast off and make up) cast off all stitches. Then use a simple over locking stitch to sew it together. I didn’t have a tapestry needle big enough so I used my hands, gives a new meaning to the term “hand sewn”!

The yarn round and purl two together gives a lovely effect with holes and knit stitches all the way up. It’s so warm and cozy, I’m looking forward to an opportunity to wear it 🙂

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Happy New Year!

2017 is here! We celebrated last night by going to the the Tar Bar’ls in our village. If you ever want to see 40 men walk around with flaming barrels of tar on their heads then this is the place to be! They then throw them all on a huge bonfire in the market place at midnight. Slightly dangerous perhaps but very enjoyable!


I’ve been working on Briar Shawl, a lovely soft shawl knitted on the bias by adding one stitch on every right side row. Super simple and it looks and feels lovely! I can’t wait to put the pattern up 😀


Hope you all had a great New Year and are enjoying 2017 so far!