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  • Posted on January 19, 2015

    Cosy, Warm and Woolly!

    Cold isn’t it! It certainly got a little nippier over the weekend, and suddenly that snow we were promised during last week’s balmier weather doesn’t seem so far-fetched! Pairing this with a broken heater in the offices and we’re considering hibernation for the rest of the winter. Before we take such drastic steps, we thought perhaps our books might have some cosy inspiration! Beanies and Bobble Hats by Fiona Goble is just the thing we need during this cold snap, so we thought we’d share this classic bobble hat pattern with you – this quick knit will warm you right up! Now…is it Spring yet?

    THREE-COLOR BOBBLE HAT

    Sometimes, only something classically simple will fit the bill. So here is a traditional bobble hat that you can customize to your own style. Knit it in two colors and add a bobble in another color—just like I have. Knit it totally plain. Or knit it in stripes. I’ve chosen a lovely cotton-rich yarn for this hat, so you can keep it to hand to ward off any cool spring breezes. And it’s chunky, so it will knit up in just an evening or two.

    Yarn

    Rowan All Seasons Chunky (60% cotton, 40% acrylic) chunky yarn

    1 x 3½ oz (100g) ball (93yd/85m) in shade 609 Jetsam (A)

    1 x 3½ oz (100g) ball (93yd/85m) in shade 603 Drift (B)

    1 x 3½ oz (100g) ball (93yd/85m) in shade 611 Samphire (C)

    Needles and equipment

    US 10½ (6.5mm) knitting needles

    Yarn sewing needle

    A pompom maker to make 2¾ in (7cm) pompoms, or two cardboard circles each measuring 2¾ in (7cm) in diameter with a 1¼ in (3cm) diameter hole in the center.

    Gauge (tension)

    14 sts and 16 rows in stockinette (stocking) stitch to a 4-in (10-cm) square on US 10½ (6.5mm) needles.

    Measurements

    The finished hat measures approx. 10½ in (50cm) circumference and 8¼ in (21cm) high excluding the pompom.

    For the hat

    Cast on 60 sts in A.

    Row 1: [K2, p2] to end.

    Rep row 1, 5 times more.

    Break A and join in B.

    Work 20 rows in st st beg with a k row.

    Row 27: K4, [k2tog, k8] 5 times, k2tog, k4. (54 sts)

    Row 28: Purl.

    Row 29: K3, [sl2, k1, p2sso, k6] 5 times, sl2, k1, p2sso, k3.

    Row 30: Purl.

    Row 31: K2, [sl2, k1, p2sso, k4] 5 times, sl2, k1, p2sso, k2.

    Row 32: Purl.

    Row 33: K1, [sl2, k1, p2sso, k2] 5 times, sl2, k1, p2sso, k1.

    Row 34: Purl.

    Row 35: [Sl2, k1, p2sso] 6 times.

    Break yarn, thread it through rem sts, and pull up securely.

    To make up

    Sew the back seam using mattress stitch.

    Using the pompom maker or cardboard circles, make a pompom using C. Trim the pompom and use the tails of yarn to sew it to the top of the hat.

    Weave in all loose ends.

    Beanies and Bobble Hats by Fiona Goble is available here. Other current craft books by us are here.

    Happy knitting and stay cosy!

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    This post was posted in Craft Projects, Featured, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with january, handmade, knitting, Fiona Goble, tutorial, 2015, patterns

  • Posted on December 16, 2014

    Cosy Knits for Christmas

    There is no denying it now, Christmas is definitely almost upon us. Whether you’ve had your presents wrapped since mid-October or are more of a Mad-Dash-on-Christmas-Eve sort of a shopper, there’s always that surprise gift that you’ve forgotten you needed. Office Secret Santa catching you by surprise, or that friend who announces she's dropping by with pressies. But fret not! We have it covered! Scarves and Cowls by Fiona Goble is full of lovely warm knits for men, women and children and many can be knitted in an evening using just one ball of wool, making these patterns an ideal last-minute gift idea. This pattern is classy but cosy and will brighten up any winter outfit!

    SIMPLE CAPELET

    It may surprise you to discover that this stylish capelet is a simple knitted rectangle. What’s more, to create it you need know nothing more than how to cast on and bind (cast) off, and how to work the knit and purl stitches. So if you want something that’s impressive as well as easy, this is definitely the project for you.

    Yarn

    Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK (66% wool, 34% silk) light worsted (DK) yarn

    2 x 1 ¾ oz (50g) balls (148yd/135m) in shade 686 Cantaloupe

    Needles and equipment

    US 6 (4mm) knitting needles

    Yarn sewing needle

    Other materials

    1 x 1 3/8in (35mm) button in dark red

    Gauge (tension)

    22 sts and 30 rows in stockinette (stocking) stitch to a 4-in (10cm) square on US 6 (4mm) needles.

    Measurements

    The finished cape measures 34 ¼ in (87cm) along lower edge and is 8in (20cm) deep.

    For the capelet

    Cast on 48 sts.

    Knit 2 rows.

    Row 3: K4, [k1, p2] to last 5 sts, k5.

    Row 4: K4, [p1, k2] to last 5 sts, p1, k4.

    Row 5: Knit.

    Row 6: K4, p to last 4 sts, k4.

    Rep rows 3–6, 56 times more.

    Row 231: K4, [k1, p2] to last 5 sts, k5.

    Row 232: K4, [p1, k2] to last 5 sts,

    p1, k4.

    Knit 2 rows.

    Bind (cast) off.

    To make up

    Fold down 2 ¼ in (7cm) at the top corners of both ends of the capelet and overlap the right over the left side. Sew on the button, using the picture as a guide, taking in all the front layers so the two ends are held in place. Fold down the top edge of the cape to form the collar.

    Weave in all loose ends.

    Scarves and Cowls by Fiona Goble is available here.


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  • Posted on September 3, 2014

    Cosy Autumn Knitting!

    With the beginning of September this week we are starting to feel rather autumnal! The leaves are starting to turn, the nights are getting longer and it is feeling decidedly cooler outdoors! With this in mind, the publication of Scarves and Cowls by Fiona Goble could not come at a better time. This gorgeous book is full of quick and stylish knits for both men and women, and it’s actually making us keen for a gloomy, blustery day and the opportunity to wear a super snuggly scarf! To get you fully into Autumn-mode, we wanted to share one of these projects with you too. Trust us, you’ll be hunting out those woolly jumpers in no time!

    Pompom Scarf

    With its giant fluffy pompoms, this scarf is a great way to make a statement—without much effort. You can make the pompoms with a special pompom maker (but beware; they are addictive!) or can create your own pompom maker with nothing more sophisticated than a sheet of card. Knitted in 100 percent wool, this generously sized scarf is guaranteed to keep you mega-cosy.

    Yarn

    Rowan Cocoon (80% merino wool, 20% mohair) chunky yarn

    2 x 3½oz (100g) balls (126yd/115m) in shade 825 Clay (A)

    1 x 3½oz (100g) ball (126yd/115m) in shade 813 Seascape (B)

    Needles and equipment

    US 10½ (7mm) knitting needles

    Yarn sewing needle

    A pompom maker to make 4½in (11.5cm) pompoms, or four cardboard circles each measuring 4½in (11.5cm) in diameter with a 2¼in (5.5cm) diameter hole in the centre.

    Gauge (tension)

    14 sts and 16 rows in stockinette (stocking) stitch to a 4-in (10-cm) square on US 10½  (7mm) needles.

     

    Measurements

    The finished scarf is 62in (158cm) long and 11½in (29cm) wide.

     

    For the scarf

    Cast on 34 sts in A.

    Row 1: Knit.

    Row 2: Purl.

    Row 3: Knit.

    Row 4: Knit.

    Repeat these 4 rows 47 times more.

    Row 193: Knit.

    Row 194: Purl.

    Row 195: Knit.

    Bind (cast) off.

    To make up

    Gather the short ends of the scarf using the yarn tails left from casting on and binding (casting) off. Using the pompom maker or cardboard circles, make two large  pompoms in B, using half the ball for each pompom. Trim the pompoms and use the tails of yarn to sew one to each scarf end.

    Weave in all loose ends.

    Scarves and Cowls by Fiona Goble is available here.

    Happy knitting and stay cosy!

    Knitting books on our site are also in the craft section.


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