Tuesday, 28 December 2010

St Therese of Liseaux- The first of the Knitted Saints

Hi All,
Would like to introduce you to the first of the knitted saints, knitted for the Blattman, as this was his house saint at school

(The pattern will be available soon, when they have been properly tested)

St Therese is a doctor of the church and became a Carmelite nun at the age of just 15. She was a great believer and known as the little flower. She wrote many poems and writings on her faith and is very relevant today. She died aged 24 of Tuberculosis, a disease she had been battling with for some time. There are many websites available so please feel free to post them in the comments if you find a good one. Her writings are also available for those of you who want to know more about her life. There are more saints to come in the series, feel free to nominate a saint who means a lot to you!

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Mini Pumpkin for Halloween

Mini Pumpkin Pattern (Just in time for Halloween)

This pattern is knit flat and seamed up the back and is about an inch and a half tall without the little Icord stem. Have included the pattern for the stalk knit flat too

Ok so heres what you need
2 x 3.75 mm straight needles
2 x 3.25 mm double pointed needles or straight depending on whether you are icording or not
Orange and Green DK (you dont need much at all especially the green so great for stash busting)
Small amount of stuffing
Sewing up needles

kfb- knit into the front and back of the stitch to create one
st- Stitch
st st - stocking stitch (knit a row, purl a row)
K2tog - Knit two stitches together


Cast on 9 stitches with orange DK and 3.75mm straight needles
Row 1: kfb in each st (18 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row:3 kfb in all stitches (36 sts)
Starting with a P row, st st for 13 rows

Decrease as follows
Row 1: K2tog across row (18 sts)
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K2tog across row (9 sts)
Row 6: Purl

Break yarn, thread through remaining stitches and pull tight. Turn purl side out (bumpy side) and sew up the seam, leaving a  gap at the bottom. Turn right side out and stuff. Sew up gap in bottom. Pull the yarn up through the centre of the pumpkin and back down through. This will create the depressions at the top and bottom giving the pumpkin shape.



Cast on 4 sts on 3.25 double pointed needles and green DK
I cord for 6 rows
Cast off

Sew to top of pumpkin

Straight needles

Cast on 8 sts on 3.25 straight needles and green DK
St st for 6 rows
Cast off

With the right side out, sew up the side and attach to the top of the pumpkin

Happy Halloween, Samhain and All Saints to all!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

The Blattscarf- Our first knitting pattern

Hi All,
welcome to the blog again, this is going to be our first knitting pattern, its not overly technical or very difficult, it was in fact the first thing that the Blattman knitted, and is fantastic for the beginner knitter. It takes one ball of wool and you just keep knitting until the ball is finished. You can make it as long and as wide as you want as you get more experienced.

Needles: 10mm
Yarn: Stylecraft Life Superchunky 100g ball

Cast on 15 stitches
Garter Stitch (knit every row) for 80cm or 31 inches.
Cast off knitwise

Wear it out and about. This is a nice thick scarf and great for men, the Blattman has made a few of these now for the fussy men in our family and it has gone down really well

Happy Knitting