26 November 2015

GAL 2015 – Top Ten Toys and Home Accessories' Patterns

Good morning all! I left the sweetest to last with the final Top Ten of this year's Gift-a-Long being toys and home accessories. This lot would make perfect gifts for anyone – there are cushions, toys, and even a tea cosy. Enjoy!

I'm hitting it off with a simple cushion pattern by Kate Bostwick, called Sea Oak. It is knitted flat with an interesting cable motif running along one of its sides. A good minimalistic design with style.
© Kate Bostwick

25 November 2015

TANGENT – Autumn Essentials 2015

I interrupt the gift-along broadcast to mention the latest, and last, of this year's Autumn Essentials pattern – TANGENT!

24 November 2015

GAL 2015 Top Ten Neck-a-Thing Patterns


I'm going tell you ahead that these are mostly shawls, as I think I am subconsciously craving a shawl (or two). They are all gorgeous though, and there's a good variety of different constructions and techniques.

First, there is a beautiful triangle shawl by Simone Kereit – it begins at a point and is increased gradually, letting you completely control its size. You can pretty much carry on working on it until you're out of yarn. The colour stripes are actually mosaic (another one I'm constantly being drawn to), meaning you only work with one strand of yarn in each row.
© Simone Kereit / OwlCat Designs

23 November 2015

GAL2015 – Top Ten Sweater Patterns

Giftalong2015 is well on its way with so many people joining in, so many projects being knitted and shared, plus there are conundrum games with pattern prizes (and physical ones too) in the Indie gift along group on Ravelry. All good fun!

Today I've done a round up of some beautiful sweater patterns and hope you like the selection.

No Bad Weather by Aimee Alexander is a sweet round yoke sweater, that looks perfect with its waist shaping, and a bit of raglan under the colourwork. The yoke is what drew my attention to it and it really is beautiful!

© PDS Publications with Heather Wilson

22 November 2015

GAL2015 – Top Ten Hat Patterns

Today I am looking at giftalong hats! Hats are probably my favourite items to knit, both because they are small and quick, and because I love wearing and gifting them to people I care for.

I love the cable and rib combination in Carol Feller's Tempano.
(c) Carol Feller - used with permission

21 November 2015

GAL2015 – Top Ten Patterns for Feet

Today is the second day of giftalong2015 and I thought I'd do another accessories round up, this time going over the sock patterns.
I've been knitting for somewhere around 25 years now but was always a little scared of knitting socks (even though I've watched my grandma tackle pair after pair with ease). For something rather small, there's a lot going on in a sock pattern. Once you figure out the construction, however, they become very intuitive and indeed easy to make. And you really can't beat a hand knitted sock in winter.

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