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The Satisfaction of Kid’s Knits

You know that I’ve only just started thinking of myself as a knitter.  I learned to knit so long ago that I don’t even remember when that was.  It’s just something that I could always do, although not very well, and nor could I cast on or off.  But thanks to YouTube channels like Very Pink and Purl Soho, and not to mention my friends Tammy and Sarah, I’ve gone over to the dark side!

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About a year ago Vanessa Kind shared some We Love Knitting yarn on Instagram (or maybe her podcast) and it was love at first sight.  Then came the challenge: how to get my hands on some!  It became a matter of stalking the Instagram page, enabling notifications and setting alarms for shop updates.  And I’m not the only one who does this – it’s a real game of Fastest Finger First to checkout.  More than once I was quick enough to get some in my basket only to find that it was sold out by the time I tried to pay.

Eventually I scored a few skeins of peaches and cream and sea glass, just in time for my gran and aunt to come visit, saving a fortune on shipping.  Oh Australia why do you have to be so far away?

Aren't these colours amazing! More @weloveknitting yarn, and the loveliest tote to match! #crochet #knitting #merino

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Fast forward six months, I had to get more.  I bought two skeins of mintfetti DK and after trying to crochet a shawl design, I realised that this yarn needs to be knit and – honestly – is wasted on crochet.

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So then became the hunt for the perfect project that wasn’t a shawl and could be knit using only two skeins.  Enter Ravelry and Jane by Georgie Nicholson. The combination of the mintfetti and this design is amazing.  The yarn loves the stockingette stitch and it’ll make the perfect kids cardi.

Jane cardigan by Georgia Nicholson on Ravelry. Yarn: Mintfetti by We Love Knitting

I honestly can’t believe that I never paid attention when everybody told me that knitting for kids is so satisfying.  That it goes quickly and I would be so encouraged by the progress.  Especially in a 8ply DK yarn.  If been using 4ply fingering for so long that I had forgotten how fun a chunkier project is!

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Now this is my first garment knit.  I’m keeping it simple while I grow my confidence.  I’d LOVE to hear your tips for simple and beautiful knitted garments. Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.  I’m just enjoying this so much!

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The Colour Block Knitted Baby Blanket for Beginners – Free Pattern

Last week I showed you the Colour Block Knitted Baby Blanket, and today I have the instruction for you.

Colour Block Knit Blanket for Beginners using @Scheepjes Sunkissed by MissNeriss

Now, let me tell you, this is absolutely the simplest knitted design you’ve ever come across.  It is the perfect  beginner project, because let’s face it.  That’s precisely what I am!  So, if you’re looking for a simple project that looks fabulous and is not a scarf – I don’t know how many knit one purl one scarves I made as a kid – this one is perfect.  And best of all, it’s not expensive because all you need to complete this is four skeins of Scheepjes Sunkissed, and you’re going to use every metre of those skeins.

Sunkissed by Scheepjes

Scheepjes Sunkissed Knitted Baby Blanket

What You’ll need
Four skeins of Scheepjes Sunkissed in 3, 7, 9, 10
3.5mm needles (I used 80cm circulars)
A tapestry needle to weave in your ends
Blocking boards and wires (or pins)
Eucalan (because it softens everything and smells amazing)

The final measurement of this blanket will be about 60 x 85 cm, so it’s a good buggy size, or snuggly swaddle size.  It’s also lovely and stretchy, and the Sunkissed is soooooooft.

Let’s Go!

Cast on 150 stitches.  I like to use the Slingshot Long Tail Cast on.  When I was starting, I had no clue how to cast on, but my friend Tammy recommended this method and it’s very easy.

Once you’ve cast on your stitches, you need to start making the border.  The design of this blanket is a stockingette stitch body with a garter border.  Essentially a giant swatch!

Colour Block Knit Blanket for Beginners using @Scheepjes Sunkissed by MissNeriss

Rows 1-5 knit in the garter stitch (knit), then we will start with the body of the blanket.

The first and last five stitches of every row will be in garter stitch and the body (middle 140 stitches) are in stockingette stitch.

Row 6: knit 5, purl 140, knit 5

Row 7: knit 150

Repeat rows 6 and 7 until you’ve finished your first skein of yarn (or until you know you cannot finish another row with the remaining yarn).  Attach the second colour and continue the row 6 and 7 repeat through all four of the colours.

Colour Block Knit Blanket for Beginners using @Scheepjes Sunkissed by MissNeriss

Each colour block will measure about 21 cm, so when you get to about 19 cm of the final colour, you will need to start working on the top border.  The way I figured this out for myself was to fold the blanket with the join of the fourth colour matching up with the join of the first and second colour so I could see how far I had to go before I should start on the border.  This is because I’m not yet a great judge on how much yarn a row will use.

Knit the final 5 rows of the border, then cast off.  The feeling of accomplishment will be amazing, especially once you block it.

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You can find the yarn at any great yarn store here in the Netherlands and Belgium, otherwise Deramores ships it world wide!

Colour Block Knit Blanket for Beginners using @Scheepjes Sunkissed by MissNeriss

I hope you enjoy making this, and do please share your projects on Ravelry, my Facebook page or on Instagram with hashtag #missneriss and #scheepjes

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The Colour Block Knitted Baby Blanket – Ta Da!!

Colour Block Knit Blanket for Beginners using @Scheepjes Sunkissed by MissNerissTa Da!!!!!

I seriously can’t believe that I can knit.  I just knitted a baby blanket!  And she’s a beauty.

Colour Block Knit Blanket for Beginners using @Scheepjes Sunkissed by MissNerissI used Scheepjes Sunkissed for this project in colours 3, 7, 9 and 10. (There are currently 11 colours available, but don’t be surprised if you see more coming soon!)

I can’t tell you how much I love working with this yarn. I love the texture of the cotton, I love the colourways, I love the drape.  For me it’s about as close to the perfect yarn as you can get.  Knitters, you’re going to make some beautiful clothes with this yarn, let me forewarn you.

Colour Block Knit Blanket for Beginners using @Scheepjes Sunkissed by MissNeriss

 

The finished blanket, at 60x85cm is just the perfect size for a cradle or buggy, and it’s exactly the right weight for this ridiculously cool summer that we’re “enjoying” here in Holland right now.

Colour Block Knit Blanket for Beginners using @Scheepjes Sunkissed by MissNeriss

Next week: the tutorial!

 

 

Sunkissed Knitted Project, Status Update

A super quick post today, I just want to update you on where I’m at with my knitting project.

I’ve used all three colours that I had chosen for this project, and I definitely needed one more colour block.  I really wanted to use a yellow shade, which would have been the perfect spring colour, but it’s not (yet) available from Scheepjes so instead I chose purple (10), which is just as lovely.

Scheepjes Sunkissed Knitted Baby Blanket
Don’t you love my little yarn cake? I was attempting a centre pull but had a major Yarn Vomit, so made it into a cake. I love making yarn cakes almost as much as I love working with yarn!

Now I really have the hang of knitting, I’ve managed to work up the purple fairly quickly, and I’ve managed to finish it off and it’s on the blocking board right now.  Thankfully there has been some warm weather so it hasn’t taken long to dry.

Scheepjes Sunkissed Knitted Baby Blanket

I can’t wait to show you the finished product, I really can’t.  I’m so impressed with my ability to knit when only a few months ago I wouldn’t have even attempted a simple garter stitch scarf.  Now I’m lusting after knit patterns on Ravelry like nobody’s business!

Do you have a favourite knitting project you can recommend to slake my thirst?

Underway on Thursday – Knitting with Sunkissed

Last week I showed you the beautiful Scheepjes Sunkissed yarn that had arrived and that I was planning to work on a knitted project and I’ve made terrific progress!

Scheepjes Sunkissed Knitted Blanket progress @missneriss

I’ve steamed through the first colour and am working on the second colour.  I can already see that three colours won’t be enough, so once I’m finished with the blue I’ll dig around in my Sunkissed collection to find the right colour to match.  But in the meantime, I’m just enjoying watching this grow, and am falling more and more in love with the colour variation of this yarn.

I’m also lucky to have had a couple of sunny days – finally! – so I can spend time outside knitting and improving my skills.

This really is the perfect project for a beginner, or someone who just wants to sit in front of Game of Thrones and knit.  Or someone who wants to learn a new knitting technique.  I knit in the English style.  Well, kind of.  There’s a lot of movement in my hands, and I wanted to learn to refine my style so I was using less energy, if you know what I mean.  So for this project I started practicing the Continental style, which worked well while working the knit stitch, but purl?  Forgetaboutit. I just cannot get the tension right, and I was knitting much faster if I just went back to the English style.

Scheepjes Sunkissed Knitted Blanket progress @missneriss

You’ll have to check back next week to see the final colour that I’ll use, and how it’s all coming together.  I’m loving the Sunkissed so much, and the drape is gorgeous.  The next thing I’d like to make is a cardigan, or a shawl, but I have to find or develop the perfect pattern….

Stay tuned!

Could it be? Yes it is! It’s Yarn Day!!

My favourite day of the week!

So, today I have some of the most beautiful cotton yarn to show you – The Sunkissed by Scheepjes.

Sunkissed by ScheepjesJust look at those colours!  And this is just a tiny selection.  There are 11 colours to choose from (so far) and this is just the most beautiful summer yarn.  It’s lovely and soft, just like the Cotton 8, and the colour variation is to die for.  Actually, you can very easily partner the Sunkissed with the Cotton 8 as they’re the same weight and hook size (sport and a 3mm hook/needle).  It’s 100% cotton and comes in 50 gram skeins.  There are loads and loads of great retailers in NL and Belgium where you can pick it up, or if you’re outside the Benelux, head to Deramores.com.

But what should I make?  Well, I’ve decided on a really simple knitting project.  Something that even the biggest novice can make, because let’s face it.  That’s what I am: a knitting novice!

Look at the little swatch I’ve already made, isn’t the colour amazing?colour swatch Scheepjes Sunkissed

I’m not sure I’ll have quite enough to finish this project, so we’ll have to wait and see, won’t we.  Pop back next week for an update.

Meanwhile, have you started working on the Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap yet?  What do you think of it?  I’m overwhelmed by the positive responses that I’ve had so far, thanks so much!!!

KIKA Scarf – turns out I can knit afterall!

Happy 2015, I’ve taught myself how to knit! Before Christmas I picked up one of the amazing KIKA Yarn Kits by Scheepjeswol and I decided that I loved the stripe and texture of the knit version so much that I would bite the bullet and finally learn to knit. The gorgeous colour change of the Scheepjes Invictor Colour matched with the Green of the Invicta Extra. Well, I could knit.  I knew how to knit and how to purl, but I had zero idea how to cast on or how to increase, or how to change colours for that matter!  So there was quite the learning curve. I went to my local craft store and picked up a set of circular needles and got to it.  The first thing I needed to learn was how to cast on.  My good friend Tammy insisted I visit the Very Pink website which is run by a friend of hers, and the woman is basically a knitting oracle. I learned the Long Tail Slingshot cast on method and I can’t believe that I was so daunted by casting on for so many years! The next step was learning how to increase.  I managed the first dozen or so rows before I had to start, but was absolutely clueless as to what needed to be done, so back to Very Pink I went to learn the Knit Front Back (KFB) method and I was off again! http://instagram.com/p/xB7VJtHWtn/?modal=true Before I knew it I was making excellent progress!  The scarf was growing and growing and growing, until now where I think I’m perhaps about half way. But, it hasn’t been a completely charmed process, let me tell you!  At first I was cutting the yarn at every colour change, and wondering what on earth I was going to do with all the ends, and then I realised that I was doing the stitches all wrong!  Instead of understanding that knit one purl one meant one ROW, I was doing that with the stitches!  And THEN, I was reading the pattern completely wrong, increasing every three rows instead of every six!  So I have ripped this scarf out about 5 times! Look at this dog's breakfast.  Isn't it awful?!See what I mean?  Dogs Breakfast right there! I also spent some time trying to teach myself the Continental style, which worked OK for the knit rows, but I find it just too difficult to get my tension right with the purl. And Continental makes my tension much too tight, so I’ve gone back to the style I learned years ago. I have to say, this is a GREAT beginner project.  Much more interesting than the simple rectangle scarves that I made as a kid and the colour change really keeps me interested.  Right now I’m desperate for the yellow to come back.  It’s also a great pick up and put down project.  I’m working on it in between about four crochet projects, and it’s perfect for long commutes.  And I’m almost good enough to be able to watch tv while I work! KIKA scarf by Scheepjeswol - About half way, waiting for the yellow to reappear. Tell me, have you started knitting one of these amazing scarves yet?  I’d love to see it!  Link me your Ravelry project, or your Instagram or your FB or even add a photo to the comments!

What? I can Knit???

I don’t know, but I’m finally going to give it a try!

Well, I can knit.  I can knit one, purl one, but I never learned to cast on or off.  Like, just because I can run for the bus, it doesn’t make me a runner, because I can do the very basics, I’m definitely not a knitter…Yet.

I received this fabulous package in the post last week, which contains a knit and crochet pattern using the same yarn with the full intention of crocheting like mad, but the knitted version just spoke to me.  I had to ask my friends on Instagram, knit or crochet?  The resounding response was KNIT!

Crochet or knit? That is the question. Please tell me in the comments, which would you choose? #ScheepjesYarnKit

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I love the stripey pattern, and I love the texture as well.  And as it’s really a simple knit a row purl a row with a few increases thrown in it should be totally manageable, right? Right?

So I went out at the weekend and bought myself a pair of knitting needles.  The first pair of needles I have ever owned, and they’re circular to boot!  Nothing like jumping in the deep-end, is there.

I chose Rainforest out of the huge amount of colour combinations, and I’m so happy I did!  Usually I wouldn’t go for green, but that Cruise shade of Invicta Colour was calling my name so I had no choice in the end, really.

I absolutely love the colour selection.  If I hadn’t gone for Rainforest, I would have chosen Fun Fair.  Which would you choose?

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But, I haven’t even told you the best bit about these kits yet. A portion of the proceeds from each kit sold are going to KIKA to help in the fight against childhood cancer, so you’ll be helping a great cause as well.

There are stockists all over the Netherlands where you can pick up these fabulous kits.  If you’re local to Almere, buy local too and visit Caro’s Atelier, and if you’re outside Holland, dermamores.com ships worldwide!

Now, to step outside my comfort zone and start knitting.  Yikes!

About to step waaaay outside my comfort zone. Wonder if there'll be any coming back…. #knit #invicta #ScheepjesYarnKit #noob

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Yarn Porn

 

Remember when I visited Breidag a few weeks ago? My yarn order from Textielwerk Wol en zo arrived, and it is just extraordinarily beautiful. It’s a gorgeous hand dyed (at their workshop) merino yarn and I can’t wait to play with it.

superwash merino DK on missneriss.com #yarn

But what am I going to make? Well, initially I was going to make the Convergence top that I haven’t shut up about, but now I’m not so sure. I definitely want to make some sort of garment, but am wondering what.

Any suggestions? There’s about 1200 metres to play with…