Our Holiday Knits
We’ve all been busy over Christmas with our knitting… Have a browse and let us know your knitting stories!
Still (yes still!) on my needles is this Summer Sunset lace wrap bought as a Sushi shawl along with the pattern from easyknits.co.uk. The yarn is in a ‘Sushi roll’ which gives a slower, more subtle colour variation that standard variegated yarns. This also makes it much easier to stuff back in my bag mid-row when I’m knitting on the way to work. The pattern is quite easy to memorise (though of course i still regularly have to look back) with its wavy lace and bobbly border. The wrap will be a special treat just for me after all my Christmas knitting!
I knitted a Paloma scarf for my boyfriend Zayne using this ‘Hunter stitch’ pattern
I learnt to knit at school but hadn’t made anything for about ten years so I’m pleased this turned out well. The yarn is very soft and forgiving, which is important as I was not able to keep the same tension throughout the work. It’s very stretchy too which makes knitting much easier. I really like the Addi needles, I find Knitpro a bit too colourful 🙂
The scarf was very easy to knit, just needed to keep the mantra 4-7-4-7 going while knitting, knitting through back of loop and purling…
Zayne loves his scarf – he wears it so much his stubble is making it shed!
I decided to knit this huge loose herringbone cowl in the round from The Purl Bee in Rowan Alpaca Chunky. When I started I quite stupidly used the 10mm needles recommended on the yarn ballband instead of the 12mm ones recommended by the pattern. As a result I was knitting much too tight and had to ask Natascha for help 🙁 She told me to use the 12mm needles, and I had to frog all the work I’d already done. It’s really warm and soft, but I’ve made the cowl quite a bit too big so if I was doing it again I would do fewer stitches. With herringbone stitch, you knit two together but then keep one of the stitches on the left-hand needle and knit through it again with the next stitch – it’s not as complicated as it sounds…
Okay, so my Christmas knitting didn’t quite go as planned…
The first project was a striped scarf in Debbie Bliss Rialto for my brother Alex as a thankyou for helping out in the warehouse with our enormous volume of Christmas orders. I normally find sheepswool, even wool blends, much too itchy to wear and handle, so I was pretty happy to discover Rialto – it’s made from such soft Merino wool, and spun so beautifully, that it doesn’t present any problems even for me 🙂 I am also completely in love with Knitpro Symfonie needles – as well as their obvious aesthetic appeal, I prefer the sharper tips on them. However, this was only my second knitting project ever and I didn’t realise quite how long it would take me. Maybe I’ll have finished it by Alex’s birthday in April.
My next project, I have to admit, was perhaps a little over-ambitious. First let me introduce Kevin. Kevin was our first official ‘order-packer’, and worked incredibly hard for his first few weeks while orders flew out the door and we found people to join him. His hands were getting horribly chapped in November’s freezing cold weather and he’s crazy about Noro yarn, so I thought it would be nice to make him some mittens for Christmas in the lovely Noro Silk Garden. Now, bear in mind this was only my 3rd ever knitting project – and it involved ribbing, stitch increases, stitch decreases, stitch holders and all sorts – I probably should have realised I was over-reaching myself a bit. Lesson I’ve learnt from this project: KNIT A TENSION SQUARE.
Because Noro isn’t a standard weight, the mittens ended up being much much bigger than the pattern I used for them. Kevin could use his mittens as oven gloves perhaps :-S I based them on this free Aran Tam and Mittens pattern (ignoring all the ‘popcorn stitch parts as I just wanted simple Aran mittens).
2 balls of Noro Silk Garden in 341 – 1 ball is actually enough, but I wanted both the mittens to look the same, and for that they both need to be knitted from the same part of the ball
1 pair of Addi bamboo single pointed 25cm 5mm needles. I started out with metal needles but the yarn’s very ‘sticky’ – switching to smoother wooden needles made things much easier.
As a complete beginner, I’m now fully hooked on knitting. I love making things for people and as I spend most of my time racing around trying to do too many things at once, knitting is a great way of forcing myself to slow down and concentrate on one thing at a time. Unlike a lot of other craft hobbies, you can do it on the train too 🙂
Just to show anyone who thinks knitting’s just for girls, the boys in the office have been busy proving you wrong!
I was inspired to set up www.loveknitting.com by my mum and girlfriend, who both knit. I’ve finally caved to office pressure and taken up the needles myself, using some Rowan Alpaca yarn left over from one of my girlfriend’s projects. I’m amazed how soothing it is – I feel an almost zen-like calm while knitting and it helps me to unwind after the day’s work. I haven’t got very far though; they call me ‘the slow-motion knitter’…
Not to be outdone by this display of macho knitting skills…
Matt and Adam
for the Christmas tree 🙂
Happy knitting everybody!
Last updated: December 2nd, 2014.