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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Vogue Pattern V1550

I was entranced by this video of Imani demonstrating the Vogue pattern V1550 in blazing colour. Just want to share it with you.

I have asked her to make a video to show how to make and put on the attractive head-wrap she is wearing.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Dog blankets for Battersea Dogs' Home


The pattern for the above blanket is also suitable for a baby blanket.

Using double knitting wool and 4 mm. (8 u.k) needles cast on 155 stitches.
First row:  k1, *k2 tog, k4, yarn forward,k1, yarn forward k4, slip1, k1, psso, k1, rep from * to end.

2nd row - purl

The last two rows set the pattern. Continue working in pattern until blanket measure 76 cms ending after a wrong-side row,
Cast off in pattern

These three dog blankets are destined for Battersea Dogs' Home in London. Just as soon as I find the right box to pack them in, they'll be winging their way to comfort a soon to be rescued dog. Once the dog has bonded with its blanket and found a new home, the blanket will go to the new home with its owner, again to give comfort to the dog in its new environment.

Have you ever considered knitting?  It's a lovely hobby, which you can do from the comfort of your own armchair whilst watching television or listening to the radio and it's really not that difficult.  Think of the satisfaction you can get from making something for someone you love or a stranger even.

The pattern below is in basket stitch. Appropriate name isn't it! Once you have mastered knit stitch and purl stitch, you will soon be able to make this because it is basically four knit, four purl for four rows and then reverse (four purl, four knit). It makes an effective pattern without holes, which is perfect for the dogs so they don't get their claws stuck in the blanket.

Perhaps you need a little help to get started?  Here is an excellent video on how to knit.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

A Mimi dress with side pockets - 25% off this weekend!

I had this lovely cotton fabric left over from a previous project - a quilt for my grandson Sammy. I thought it would make a lovely little dress so I have made the Mimi dress from Frocks and Frolics. It has very attractive side pockets, which can be embellished or left plain as I have done.

The dress is fully lined.

This is the back view.

Why not click on the Frocks and Frolics button on the right hand side and purchase your own Mimi dress pattern, which you will be able to download to your printer and make up yourself?