Weasley Sweater

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Ever since I first started to knit, I have wanted to make myself a Weasley Sweater. Knitting a jumper seemed like a Big Thing that I didn’t think I would be able to do for ages. The seeming on a large project was very daunting, as was getting the shape right. However, I discovered the world of Top Down Sweaters and it didn’t look as scary!

I trawled Ravelry for weeks trying to find the ideal top down sweater and then spent another week or so dithering about which yarn I should knit it in.

I eventually landed on this short-sleeved sweater pattern. I figured lengthening the sleeves would be easy and it was the only top down sweater that I liked so I downloaded the pattern and bought the yarn.

Once I started knitting, I couldn’t see how on earth it was going to ever make a jumper.

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However, slowly but surely, it started to take shape. Once I had put the sleeves onto scrap yarn and started on the body, I could suddenly see a sweater forming before my eyes!

If you want to make a similar sweater, here is what you will need;

Mud Season pattern by Elizabeth Smith

6mm and 5.5mm circular needles in varying sizes (exact info on the pattern)

6 or 7 balls of Chunky Tweed by King Cole in Balmoral and one ball in Arran

Tapestry needle

Then cast on and enjoy knitting! Because it’s a chunky knit, it grew quite fast. I knitted the body quite a lot longer than in the pattern and added the R on in duplicate stitch as I went along (more to add variety than for anything else!)

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You could add any letter, just download knitting graph paper and set to. I used regular graph paper but because knit stitches are taller than they are wide, this resulted in a rather squat letter so I had to improvise as I sewed it on.

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For the sleeves, I just knitted the same width all the way down which turned out to be an error. I ended up with seriously flared sleeves which (after serious consideration) I ripped out and redid. I decreased rather randomly which is probably not advisable but made sure I decreased to 27 stitches before casting off. For the second sleeve, I kept laying it across the finished sleeve to make sure they were matching up.

I also didn’t follow the pattern for the ribbing. It called for ribbing on the cuffs, neck and hem but the Weasley Sweaters in the films are just done in garter stitch so I followed that and it worked well.

Once I had finally finished, I decided to go all out and bought some customised labels from notonthehighstreet.com and made them say “Made with love by Mrs Weasley”

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The minimum I could buy was 5 so I’ll have to make some more Weasley items to use them up!

I’m very happy with the finished product. Although it isn’t perfect, I’m sure Mrs Weasley wouldn’t mind!

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You Are My Sunshine Boot Toppers

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Wellies are pretty much a staple for me. They’re comfy, practical and I love the feeling that I can go anywhere and still have dry feet!

These bright boot toppers make the perfect addition to any pair of boots, wellies or otherwise!

Anyone who knows me, will know that I’ve developed a slight obsession with the colour yellow recently… My lovely husband bought me a yellow Seasalt raincoat and since then I have knitted a bright yellow beanie (The Butterscotch Beanie), dug out my yellow and grey gloves and spent ages trying to source a pair of yellow wellies online. Sadly my yellow wedding wellies did not survive two years of horses!

I was rooting around in my stash and I found some lovely Merino Extrafine Aran yarn that I bought in a sale with no real clue of what to do with it. Joy of joys, I had some in yellow!! What better to complete my sunny ensemble than with a pair of yellow boot toppers?

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These are super easy to knit and you can substitute the yarn for any aran weight and they will be fine 🙂

 

You will need:

50g each of yellow and grey aran weight yarn

5mm needles (I use circular needles but you don’t have to as I didn’t knit them in the round)

Tapestry needle

Buttons (optional)

Cast on 64 stitches in grey and knit two rows. This is a garter stitch project so no purling required (yay!)

After two rows, switch to yellow and knit two more rows, carrying the grey yarn up the side of the work.

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Continue until your toppers are roughly 12cm in length. Of course, you can make them as long as you want, all the way down to your ankles if you fancy it 🙂

Use a super stretchy cast off to finish, leaving a long enough tail to sew the boot toppers up. A regular cast off might be ok but it would limit the amount of stretch your toppers have. For these, I knit two stitches, then put the left needle into the front of those stitches. Then, wrap the back needle and pull it through. Knit them through the back loop 🙂

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If that’s not clear, don’t worry! Staci from Veypink knits has a fab tutorial which explains this very well. Click here.

Once you have cast off your first boot topper, knit a second using the same method.

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Now, sew the boot toppers up, making sure the yellow meets the yellow and the grey meets the grey. Mattress stitch is great because it’s barely visible once you’ve finished.

Then you can sew on the buttons. Personally I think thee buttons finish them off nicely but you could sew on a flower or something. Or leave them plain, whatever you fancy!

(As these are 100% Virgin Wool, they need to be handwashed and dried flat. If you’re using an alternative yarn, check the band for washing instructions)

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Now you can wear these with pride over wellies or tall boots! They really do brighten up a rainy day and, after all, wellington boots were made for rainy days 🙂

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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!