Oh hello there! I’ve been a bit busy of late, hence the tumbleweed blowing across your screen for the last little while.
The new issue of Simply Knitting is out this week and I’ve got three patterns in it. Huzzah!
First up is Zest, an ombre cushion, with a flash of colour just for fun.
It’s knitted in Rowan Big Wool on 10mm needles, so it goes super fast – the whole thing took just a couple of evenings to knit. You start from one corner with just 3 stitches and increase out to the widest point, before decreasing again.
The back is envelope style, which means no sewing on buttons or any faffing at all really.
If you want to make the whole thing in one colour it takes less than three balls.
Also in this issue is Play Time, a dress for little girls, modelled by a familiar face, if you’re a ‘regular’ here at Nana Taught Me How…
I used PeterPan Sweetheart DK, which is machine washable (hurrah!) and super-soft against young sensitive skin.
It’s sized from 9 months to 6 years, and the smallest size is quite a bit shorter than the others so your crawling tot won’t get tangled up in a long skirt.
I bought dresses for Storm she never got to wear because she was a late walker – crawling and long skirts do NOT mix.
Thanks to Frances Jago for her sterling knitting, Phil Sowels for the lovely photography of lil’ Storm, and Sarah Clark and Al for helping me wrangle her on the shoot. That lollipop was the only thing keeping her from escaping!
Last, but not least is Happy Days, a cheerful polka dot cardigan with cute picot edgings.
The magazine has helpfully included a step-by-step tutorial for Fair Isle knitting in case you’re new to it.
And it’s on the cover. Whoop!
So, a busy month!
I’ll have more design news very soon. Ttfn!