• Wooden Buttons and Cardigan
    Cardigan,  Knitting

    New Buttons From Textile Garden

    Happy bank holiday Monday! Hope you’re all having an amazing weekend in this glorious sunshine! I thought I’d take a break from taming the jungle that is our garden to share with you some amazing buttons from Textile Garden I bought for some knitting I recently completed.

  • Cardigan,  Knitting,  Uncategorized

    Purl Alpaca Glacier Cardigan

    This cardigan originally started out as a jumper. I had purchased the beautiful Yarn Stories FineMerino and Baby Alpaca in toffee for Purl Alpaca’s Niobe Jumper, but after a couple of mishaps I had to rethink this plan! The construction of Niobe is very interesting. You knit the jumper in the round from the bottom up, split in half to separate for the front and back, and then continue in a simple lace stitch for the arms and chest. You then split for the neck, continue the lace down the back and then graft the top of the garment to the previously knitted back. I had knitted all of it, I’d even…

  • Cardigan,  Knitting

    Paloma Cardigan

    A while ago I tweeted about the Paloma Cardigan pattern on Ravely from Thea Coleman. I love this cardigan soooo much, and once I have finished the little people’s animal hats, this will be my next project! I can’t decide on which yarn to use though. The pattern uses O-Wool Legacy Bulky in Desert Blush. This colour is amazing, but I’m slightly worried it’s too close to my natural skin colour, so I’m thinking about using something else. A current contender is Drops Paris in Raspberry. I’m hoping one of the stalls will sell it at The Knitting and Stitching show in October so I can check it out!

  • Cardigan

    A Labour Of Love

    Several months ago I started a black cardigan using Drops Nepal. I chose this Rico Design pattern as I wanted a really plain and simple cardigan. I decided to use Drops Nepal instead of Rico Design Essentials Merino Aran as I’d never knitted with alpaca before and it was a bit cheaper! This was my first attempt at an adult garment and it turned out to be a really big lesson! Soon after I began my first attempt I realised that knitting the cardigan in fisherman’s rib as the pattern wanted would end up with a much bulkier garment than I was after. So about 20 rows in I took…

  • Cardigan,  ForKids

    Boy’s Hooded Cardigan

    A while ago I knitted this lovely boy’s hooded cardigan for my friend’s little boy, using this very versatile Sirdar pattern. The pattern has four designs for ages 0 – 6 years, and is suitable for boys or girls. I prefer, where possible to knit with natural fibres so I swapped the suggested yarn of Sirdar Snuggly DK and chose instead King Cole Merino Blend DK. Being fairly new to knitting and swapping one yarn in a pattern for another, I didn’t think to check the difference in length between the two yarns, and so ended up using 6 balls of the King Cole in comparison to the 4 suggested…