Gorgeous by Sirdar

As the snow piles up all around us it gives even more reason to stay indoors and practice what the Danish refer to as ‘hygge’ (pronounced hoo-gah) meaning to surround yourself in a cosy state of comfort and well-being.   Its not a new concept, after all don’t we naturally tend to hibernate at this time of year? Knitting with big and bulky yarns is also part of this current trend, the thicker the better, to enjoy the slow and steady movement of the needles while generating instant warmth.  This week we shine the spotlight on a new yarn from Sirdar, that is creating lots of knitworthy buzz this winter.

 

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Meet the new diva in town!  G O R G E O U S is a softly-spun wool blend, richly-dyed in six winter hues and ready for a flurry of knitting activity on 20 mm needles.  Each 150 gram skein includes a simple cowl pattern printed on the label.

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The ultimate in softness, this trio of designs (Sirdar leaflet #7963) offers something for every knitter’s winter project list.  Choose a super plush stocking stitch throw knit with just four skeins of Gorgeous (col. #602) or Sirdar’s heart-shaped rug (col. #601) designed to warm up cold feet first thing in the morning, and an irresistibly plump tea cosy (col. #603) for sitting n sipping.

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Fluff up your winter wardrobe with one of these four chill busters.  Everyone loves options and each of these stylish accessories is designed to knit up in an evening.  One skein required for hat or cowl and two skeins required for both scarves.  (Sirdar leaflet #7964). Shown above from left to right (col. #602, #605, #603, and #600).

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After the holidays, your home deserves a special treat and here are a variety of Gorgeous hand knitted accessories from Sirdar’s design team.  (Leaflet #7965).  Shown above from left to right (col. #601, #603, #600, and #604).

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Spread the warmth this season and teach a friend how to knit an ultra thick blanket, plus a pom pom or heart-shaped pillow just for fun.  Sirdar leaflet #7962.  Shown above from top to bottom (col. #605, #604, and #601).

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Stitches fly very quickly with these jumbo needles from Knitter’s Pride.  Manufactured from quality birch, these circular needles range in size from 20 mm to 35 mm.

Top Ten Knitting Trends Of 2016

Looking towards a shiny new year, there can be only one word that best describes the feeling in the air, uncertainty.  In times of turmoil, and the unpredictable nature that surrounds the world, its those moments of calm, quiet activity that we crave, where knitting becomes an integral part of our well-being, whether its a shared passion with a group of friends or a solitary pursuit.  There is a sense of reassurance that comes from the rhythmic clicking of the needles, the constant motion of stitches intertwining and that blissful feeling of creating something entirely handmade.

This past year has brought some of the softest natural wool fibres to the forefront of the industry, introducing more independent dyers and spinners to the mix, shining the spotlight on a variety of new dye techniques, and established an even stronger connection to the origins of the yarn.  Knitting needles continued to evolve with a better grip, smoother handle, and super slick speed. Designers continue to push the boundaries with more asymmetrical-shaped sweaters, cardigans and tunics while shawls and socks still reign supreme as the most popular knitting projects.

While we can’t be certain about what’s to come in the new year, we can always look back and enjoy the Top Ten Knitting Trends of 2016 –

 

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1. Cashmere.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder and this luxurious fibre had been on a timeout for far too long.  This year we waited for the warm and fuzzy arrival of 100% Italian Cashmere from the exclusive  Cardiff Collection in fingering, sport and aran weight.  If you already had the opportunity to pet one of these perfectly plump little balls ….you know it was worth waiting for.

 

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2. Tonals.  Softening the colour spectrum, tonals totally rocked the list of hot dye trends.  This fascinating technique involves dipping yarn into a hot dye bath to achieve a shadowy play of light and dark tones.  In 2016, Debbie Bliss introduced us to her newest addition, Cashmerino Aran Tonals, a pleasing blend of wool, cashmere and acrylic.

 

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3. The BIG Stuff.  Just when we thought we had seen the biggest and the bulkiest, out of the shadows appeared the BEHEMOTH!  By the time the leaves were changing into burnished shades of gold, knitters couldn’t wait to get their hands on Phil Big, a wool blend roving so unbelievably thick and plush, it was a challenge to grasp a single strand.  Available in four shades- Ecru, Grenadine, Lagon, Flanelle, each 500g skein includes a cowl pattern on the label plus these fun FREE patterns to download-

 

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4. Socks On The Rocks.  When the temperature began to plummet, chunky knitted socks soared in demand.  These became an instant hit from the Rockies to the Maritimes and all points in between.  Our On The Rocks series of FREE patterns kept right on rolling with one new accessory added each week, celebrating the outdoors in typical Canadian style.

 

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5. Caracol.  Malabrigo picked the perfect time of year to spread a little Christmas joy when they unveiled an irresistible thick and thin polar weight merino in twenty-four stunning colourways resembling the artistry of stained glass.  Caracol.

 

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6. Melodies Of Life.  This pretty gift set came ready to wrap with a shiny big bow and to the delight of knitters everywhere included some extra sweet trimmings.  Knitter’s Pride revealed the latest luxury box set in mid-October but only in limited supply, causing a mad dash to local shops for Santa’s special helpers.

 

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7. The Messy Bun Hat.  Also known as The Holey Hat, this trendy topper became an Internet sensation on Pinterest and Ravelry right before the holiday season.  Its a simple project and requires just one skein of our Tradition Chunky.  Download the FREE pattern here.

 

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8. Blanket Scarves.  Skinny little scarves are out and oversized ones are definitely in.  The thicker the better, for burrowing into on frosty days.  This one is worked from the top down in three shades of Tradition Chunky.  Look for the pattern right here in early January.

 

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9. Sustainability.  As knitters become increasingly more aware of the yarns they are choosing, feeling a connection to the environment and knowing that the wool is locally sourced is equally as important.  Baa Ram Ewe is an impressive addition to our line up, a small boutique business located across the pond in Yorkshire where the journey from sheep to needles begins in the neighboring fields with flocks grazing in the fresh air and local mills carrying on their woolly heritage of spinning the fleece into skeins.

 

 

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10. Shades of Grey.  By far the most popular colour obsession in the knitting world, grey stands out as the new neutral. Whether you spell it ‘grey’ (English) or ‘gray’ (American) it is a strikingly elegant shade that suits pretty much any pattern or choice of stitch work.  It sits right between black and white and is defined as achromatic, meaning that it is quite literally a non-colour.  Bunny shade no. 200 (shown above).

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There is a new yarn in town and its making its way straight onto Santa’s nice list!  Fresh from the Malabrigo drying racks in Uruguay comes a truly fascinating wool with textural interest and the visual illusion of stained glass.  Not only is this pure merino extra soft and plush, it has been criss-crossed with a special binder thread to create a striking contrast that really makes the colours pop.  Caracol is available now at your lys in twenty-four of Malabrigo’s signature colourways and is specially-treated as a superwash so it cannot shrink or felt.

 

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We just couldn’t resist sliding this yarn across the needles and knitting up something soft and cosy.  This yarn is so plush and thick, it takes no more than a couple of hours to whip up our latest cowl design.

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TWINKLE TWINKLE COWL

Finished Size: 23 cm/ 9 in x 71 cm/ 28 in

Yarn: 150g skein Caracol by Malabrigo (col. 89 Flama)

Needles: 10 mm/ US 15 – 60 cm/ 24 inch circular

Tension: 9 sts and 12 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 56 sts.  Join in round being careful not to twist sts.  Place a marker on 1st st.

P 3 rnds.

K 2 rnds.

P 1 rnd, inc 4 sts evenly spaced = 60 sts.

Next Rnd- [(p,k,p) into next st, p3tog] rep to end.

Next Rnd- Purl.

Next Rnd- [P3tog, (p,k,p) into next st] rep to end.

Next Rnd- Purl.

Rep last 4 rows once.

Purl 1 rnd, dec 4 sts evenly spaced = 56 sts.

K 2 rnds.

P 3 rnds.

Cast off all sts purlways.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Rasta Mitts

Quick like an elf, seems to be the motto for Santa’s special helpers this month as the big day draws near and the needles click faster and faster.  This week we feature the beauty of Malabrigo’s kettle-dyed pure merino wool in a pair of thick and cosy mitts that can be knit in an evening and wrapped up as a last minute gift.

 

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RASTA MITTS

Size: Womens Medium

Finished Width: 20 cm/ 8 ins

Yarn: 150 g Rasta by Malabrigo (col. 850 Archangel)

Needles: 9 mm/ US 13 double point set

Tension: 10 sts and 14 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 16 sts.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles.  Join in rnd, place a marker on first st.

Work in k1/p1 ribbing for 6 rnds.

Cont in knit rnds, inc 4 sts evenly spaced across first rnd = 20 sts.

K 9 more rnds.

Thumb Opening:

Next Rnd- K1, k4 sts with scrap yarn, slip these 4 sts just worked back on to left needle, knit to end of rnd with Rasta.

Cont in knit rnds until work meas 20 cm/ 8 in.

Shape Top:

Rnd 1- [K3, k2tog] rep to end.

Rnd 2- Knit.

Rnd 3- [K2, k2tog] rep to end.

Rnd 4- Knit.

Rnd 5- [K1, k2tog] rep to end = 8 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.

Thumb:

Carefully unpick scrap yarn to create thumb opening and slip 8 live sts evenly spaced onto 3 needles.

Join in round and place a marker on 1st st.

Knit 1 rnd, inc 1 st at corner of thumb opening = 9 sts.

Knit 7 rnds (or desired length).

Next Rnd- [K1, k2tog] rep to end = 6 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.

Make second mitt to match.

 

Design by: Michele Meadows

Top Ten Gift Sets

If you haven’t passed your wish list over to the desk of the jolly red elf yet, there is still plenty of time before he does his shimmy down the chimney.  This season we have a stunning array of holiday gift sets to suit the various styles and preferences of both knitters and crocheters alike.  Take a look at our favorite selections from Knitter’s Pride and ChiaoGoo.

Top Ten Gifts Sets-

 

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The Royal Treatment begins with a Parisian-themed Double Pointed Needle Set by Knitter’s Pride Royale in the most popular sock knitting sizes ranging from 2.00 mm to 3.25 mm.  This luxury set combines the warmth of laminated birch with brass tips for speed.

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Wrap up a little eye candy, its sugar-free!  This Sock Needle Kit features a half dozen double points all six inches in length by Knitter’s Pride Marblz.  Neatly packaged in a faux leather case, with sizes from 3.50 mm to 5.50 mm, this ensemble works well with winter’s heftier sock yarns.

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Lace knitters will ooh and aah over the Twist Mini Interchangable Set by ChiaoGoo which includes five tips (1.50 mm to 2.50 mm) and three cables in a black mesh pouch with a separate storage sleeve.  A BONUS case comes with an assortment of accessories.

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Tis the season for chunky knits!  Whip up a winter’s worth of warm and cosy accessories with the Interchangeable Chunky Trio Set by Knitter’s Pride Symfonie Dreamz.  This snazzy set includes colour-coded 9.00, 10.00 and 12.00 mm needle tips finely-crafted from laminated birch complete with three cords, four end caps and two cord keys.

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NEW from Diamond’s Own, a Learn to Knit Kit to inspire little hands to get started on a holiday project with a pair of ChaioGoo wooden needles, one ball of Fine Merino Superwash Aran, a Sidekick knitting bag, and a page of instructions all in an attractive box! The perfect gift!

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For the crochet enthusiast who delights in stylish organization, this lovely set of hooks is the cat’s pajamas!  The Waves Crochet Hook Set by Knitter’s Pride, comes complete with nine hooks featuring soft-grip handles in a choice of pink or green zippered case.  (Sizes: 2.75mm to 9.00 mm).

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A practical gift for the traveling knitter, the Interchangeable Midi Set by Knitter’s Pride Karbonz consists of the most popular sizes from 4.50 mm to 6.00 mm with two cords (1 cord each of 24″ & 32″), 4 end caps, 2 cord keys & 1 set of size markers.

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The jewel in the crown this season is the Royale Single Pointed Needle Set by Knitter’s Pride Royale, available in either a ten inch or fourteen inch selection of nine sizes (3.00 mm to 8.00 mm).  These premium grade needles are well designed in a mixture of wood and brass.

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Sleek and sophisticated, the Interchangeable IC Deluxe Set by Knitter’s Pride Nova Cubics delivers when it comes to top notch speed.    Housing seven pairs of the most popular size tips from 4.00 mm to 8.00 mm with added accessories, this set offers true performance without all the bells and whistles.

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Put the WOW under the tree with the all-new limited edition Melodies of Life Box Set by Knitter’s Pride.  The Cadillac of tool kits!  This eye-popping gift set consists of vibrant aluminum needles with clear laser-marked sizing from 3.50 mm to 8.00 mm, four color-coded cords, and an assortment of fabulous accessories stored in a matching monogrammed pouch.  If that isn’t enough to sweeten the pot, Knitter’s Pride has also thrown in two pairs of dressy wooden earrings.

Toppers On The Rocks

Due to popular demand, we have added one more pattern to our On The Rocks series, which celebrates the great outdoors in typical Canadian style.  This week’s design is all about keeping the cold out with a pair of thick and chunky boot toppers.   They knit up ultra quick in Sirdar’s  Harrap Tweed Chunky, a speckled yarn spun in a wool/nylon blend, now available at your lys in a range of eight rustic shades.

 

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Wear Toppers On The Rocks two different ways!  Fold back over boot cuffs (shown above) or as cosy legwarmers to tuck inside winter boots (shown below).

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Size:                    Women

Finished Width:                  38 cm/ 15 in.

Finished Length:                 23 cm/ 9 in.

Yarn:                                          MC- 1   Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g ball (col. 100)

    A- 1  Sirdar Click Chunky 50g ball (col. 142)

                              B- 1  Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g ball (col. 109)

Needles:  5.00 mm/ US 9 and 6.00 mm/ US  10 double point set

Tension:  16 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in. with smaller needles over st st.

Cast on 48 sts with smaller needles and MC.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles and join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing for 14 cm/ 5 1/2 in.  Cut MC.  Attach A,

Purl I round with larger needles (this will designate wrong side of work).

Cont in k2/p2 ribbing as follows-

4 rounds in A. Cut A.

Attach B.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

Attach A.

8 rounds in A.

Cast off loosely.

Make a second one to match.

With wrong side facing, fold toppers over boots.

Download the FREE pattern here.

 

Design by: Michele Meadows

Toque On The Rocks

We all know things are better in threes, so that is why we have added another toasty warm accessory to our popular On The Rocks series which celebrates the great outdoors in true Canadian fashion.  To top off the trio in cosy style, this tweedy toque is knit in Sirdar’s all-new Harrap Tweed Chunky, a peppery yarn spun in a wool/nylon blend, washer friendly and available in a spectrum of eight rustic shades.

Stay posted for one more surprise pattern next week……

 

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TOQUE ON THE ROCKS

Size:                                       Adult Medium

Finished Width:                  51 cm/ 20 in

Yarn:                                          1 ball MC- Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g (col. 100)

1 ball A- Sirdar Click Chunky 50g (col. 142)

1 ball B- Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g (col. 109)

Needles:  5.00 mm/ US 8 double point set, and 5.00 mm/ US 8 – 60 cm/ 24 in circular

Tension:  16 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in over st st

Cast on 80 sts in A.  Join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing as follows-

6 rounds in A.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

19 rounds in A.  Cut A.

Continue with MC, knit each round, dec 8 sts evenly across 1st round = 72 sts.

When work meas 13 cm/ 5 in from top of ribbing-

Shape Top:

NOTE: Switch to double pointed needles when necessary.

Round 1- [K6, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 2- Knit.

Round 3- [K5, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 4- Knit.

Round 5- [K4, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 6- Knit.

Round 7- [K3, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 8- Knit.

Round 9- [K2, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 10- Knit.

Round 11- [K1, k2tog] rep to end.

Round 12- [K2tog] rep to end.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts. Tighten and sew in end.

Pom Pom:

Make a 8 cm/ 3 in pom pom with one strand of A and B held together.  Attach to top of hat.

Download the pattern here.

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Design by: Michele Meadows

 

Mitts On The Rocks

Continuing with the second installment in our three-part series which celebrates the great outdoors with casual weekend accessories that cover the tips of your toes to the top of your head in iconic Canadian style…..

This week we are getting the jump on November’s chilly forecast with a pair of soft and cosy mitts knit in Sirdar’s all-new Harrap Tweed Chunky, a peppery yarn spun in a wool/nylon blend, washer friendly and available in a spectrum of eight rustic shades.

Stay posted as we feature a FREE pattern next week for the matching toque……

 

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Sizes:                                       S                           M                     L

Finished Width:       19 cm/ 7 1/2 in.      20 cm/ 8 in.        22 cm/ 8 1/2 in.

Finished Length:     24 cm/ 9 1/2 in.     25.5 cm/ 10 in.    27 cm/ 10 1/2 in.

Yarn:                                         1                               1                         1 ball MC- Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g (col. 100)

                                                     1                               1                         1 ball A- Sirdar Click Chunky 50g (col. 142)

                                                     1                               1                         1 ball B- Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g (col. 109)

Needles:  4.50 mm/ US 7 double point set

Tension:  18 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in. over st st.

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**Cast on 32 (36, 40) sts with A.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles and join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing as follows-

12 rounds in A.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

4 rounds in A.  Cut A.

Attach MC.

Knit 12 (14, 16) rounds.**

Thumb Opening:

Next Round- K1 st in MC, k5 (6, 6) sts with scrap yarn, slip these 5 (6, 6) sts just worked onto left needle and knit to end in MC.

Cont to knit each round in MC until work meas 12.5 (14, 15) cm/ 5 (5 1/2, 6) in. from top of ribbing.

Cut MC.

Shape Top:

Attach A.

Round 1- Knit.

Round 2- [K1, k2tog, k10 (12, 14) , sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Round 3- Knit.

Round 4- [K1, k2tog, k8 (10, 12), sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Round 5- Knit.

Round 6- [K1, k2tog, k6 (8, 10), sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Round 7- Knit.

Round 8- [K1, k2tog, k4 (6, 8), sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

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Round 9- Knit.

Round 10- [K1, k2tog, k6, sl1, k1, psso, k1] rep once.

Cut yarn and graft rem sts together.

Thumb:

Remove scrap yarn and slip 10 (12, 12) sts onto 2 needles.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles.  Attach MC and knit across 1st round, inc 1 st = 11 (13, 13) sts.  Cont in knit rounds until thumb meas 5 (5.5, 6) cm/ 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2) in.

Next 2 Rounds- [K1, k2tog] rep until 5 (7, 7) sts remain.  Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.  Sew in ends.

RIGHT MITTEN

Work from **to**.

Thumb Opening:

Next Round- K to last 6 (7, 7) sts in MC, k5 (6, 6) sts with scrap yarn, slip these 5 (6, 6) sts just worked onto left needle, k to end in MC.

Cont to work as LEFT MITTEN.

Download the pattern HERE.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Socks On The Rocks

Starting this week…….. knitting needles will be clicking away as we get ready to embrace the cold weather with the first in our three-part series of casual weekend accessories covering the tips of your toes to the top of your head in iconic Canadian style.  These cosy boot socks are knit in Sirdar’s ultra popular, Harrap Tweed Chunky, a brash and sassy speckled yarn in a blend of wool with the extra durability of nylon, washer friendly and available in a spectrum of eight rustic shades.

Stay posted as we feature a FREE pattern over the next two weeks for the matching mitts and toque……

 

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Sizes:                                       S/M                           L

Finished Foot Length:       24 cm/ 9 1/2 in.     28 cm/ 11 in.

Yarn:                                          MC- 1                       MC- 2  Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g balls (col. 100)

                                                         A- 1                           A- 1  Sirdar Click Chunky 50g ball (col. 142)

                                                         B- 1                           B- 1  Sirdar Harrap Tweed Chunky 100g ball (col. 109)

Needles:  4.50 mm/ US 7 double point set

Tension:  18 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/ 4 in. over st st.

Cast on 44 (48) sts with A.  Divide sts evenly onto 3 needles and join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st.  Work in k2/p2 ribbing as follows-

6 rounds in A.

4 rounds in B.  Cut B.

3 rounds in A.  Cut A.

Attach MC.  Knit next round, dec 4 sts evenly spaced = 40 (44) sts.

Cont to knit each round in MC until work meas 23 (24) cm/ 9 (9 1/2) in.

Tip: For extra reinforcement on heel and toe, add a strand of nylon buttonhole thread (available at a sewing centre) in a matching colour to knit along with A. 

MAKE HEEL:

Knit across 10 (11) sts in MC.  Cut MC.

Attach A.  Working back and forth in rows, purl across 20 (22) sts and leave rem sts on spare needles for instep.

Cont on 20 (22) sts for HEEL as follows-

Row 1 (RS)- [Sl1, k1] rep to end.

Row 2 (WS)- Sl1 purlways, purl to end.

Rep these 2 rows until HEEL meas 6 (6) cm/ 2 1/2 (2 1/2) in. ending with a Row 1.

SHAPE HEEL:

Row 1 (WS)- P11 (12) , p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 2 (RS)- K4, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn.

Row 3- P5, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 4- K6, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn.

Row 5- P7, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 6- K8, sl1, k1, psso, k1, turn.

Row 7- P9, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 8- K10, sl1, k1, psso, k1 = 12 (14) sts.

Cut A for S/M only.

Large Size only-

Row 9- P11, p2tog, turn

Row 10- K11, sl1, k1, psso = (12) sts.

Cut A.

Attach MC.  With RS facing, pick up and k10 (11) sts along left side of heel, k across 20 (22) sts from spare needles, pick up and k 10 (11) sts along left side of heel, k across 6 (6) sts from top of heel, slip rem 6 (6) sts to 1st needle = 52 (56) sts.

SHAPE INSTEP:

Round 1- 1st needle: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, 2nd needle: knit across, 3rd needle: K1, sl1, k1, psso, k to end.

Round 2- Knit.

Rep these 2 rounds until 40 (44) sts remain.  Cont in knit rounds until work meas 16.5 (19) cm/ 6 1/2 (7 1/2) in. from picked up edge.  Divide sts as follows- 10 (11) sts on 1st needle, 20 (22) sts on 2nd needle, 10 (11) sts on 3rd needle.  Cut MC.

SHAPE TOE:

Attach A.

Round 1- Knit.

Round 2- 1st needle: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, 2nd needle: k1, sl1, k1, psso, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1, 3rd needle: k1, sl1, k1, psso, k to end.

Rep these 2 rnds until 20 (20) sts remain.

Cut yarn and graft rem sts together.

Sew in ends.

Download the pattern here.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Button Up Cardigans

If the seasonal shift towards knitting involves more of a need for pint-sized apparel, then you have come to the right place.  Sublime offers up a striking collection of patterns that merge modern and traditional elements together with the latest in a series of booklets for tiny folk, The Nineteenth Little Sublime Hand Knit Book.  In this grouping of eighteen styles for newborn to toddlers, the Sublime design team has chosen bold Autumn hues complimented by paler vintage shades in Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, a smooth natural yarn with a light bouncy handle.  This is a yarn that knits to perfection, with each and every stitch nestling neatly into place.

 

Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK

 

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Pixie Parade- Too cute for words…. this cosy cardigan featured as the cover model for Sublime Book 704 knits up on 4 mm needles with raglan sleeves and a well-fitting hood to keep munchkin-sized ears covered and warm.   Tilly Floss (shown above).

 

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Pumpkin Pizazz- A snappy style for a tiny gentleman who is on the move, whether its out to lunch with the ladies or off to the park for an afternoon playdate.  This itsy-bitsy cardigan is available in sizes 0-3 years and mimics the closures and sleeve tabs found on grown up duffel jackets, complete with a crisp turnback collar.  Cutie Carrot (shown above).

 

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Princess Pretty-  For the next dress up occasion that involves a perfectly-paired cardigan and matching ribbon-tied bonnet, this sweet duo is finished off with a flourish of vintage buttons for decoration.  Didy Dino (shown above).

 

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Cabled Comfort- Your little toddler will be ready for any tumbles or spills in this sporty cardigan  built for ease of movement and playtime durability.  Cutie Carrot (shown above).

 

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Festive Fancy-  This classic yoke design looks instantly refreshed in a vibrant shade of red and accented with contrasting stitch detail.  Little Lobbie and Vanilla (shown above).