Thursday, 15 September 2011

Knitted Headband

This is a great quick knit for keeping my hair out of my face while I'm at work.  I love to be able to let it down for a night out but it's so impractical for work.

I've used a freebie ball of wool from a magazine.  It's an acrylic yarn knitted in DK on 4mm needles. 

It doesn't really matter what type of yarn you use or what gauge as the width of the head band is not particularly important. 

The pattern uses a tiny amount of yarn, I think I used less than 20g so it's a fantastic stash busting stocking filler - yes Christmas is just around the corner!

Full credit to the pattern is due to Kusala Knitworks.  Click the link to download a copy for yourself.  Thanks for the free pattern Kusala!

Go To Baby Cardigan

This is a wonderful pattern worked in one piece in the round, so no seams to sew up - hurrah!

It knits up beautifully in Patons Fairytale Colour for Me DK.

It's so quick and simple that it's become my "go to" baby gift pattern. I'm trying to keep a couple on hand in blue and pink to save knitting into the wee hours when a friend makes a late announcement.

The buttons used are dish edged fruit gums in size 18 (11.5mm). I have a pack of 100 of blue and pink for this pattern, but the leftovers will make great embellishments for my card making stash.

Full credit for the pattern goes to Jacki Kelly at Complete Fabrication. Thanks for the freebie pattern! Jack also offers this pattern in larger sizes for a very reasonable $5.00. Pop along to her blog for full details.

Biker Neck Warmer

This is a simple little present for a biker gent who is no doubt bored of socks by now!

It's knitted in the round in 6ply Regia variegated yarn. For extra stretchiness I've used a 2 x 2 rib pattern.

It will stretch to fit over his head but bounce back around his neck to keep out those cold winds that seem to have a talent for finding any exposed skin on a bikers face and neck.

I didn't count the cast on stitches but measured a similar gents head at the widest point and cast on enough stitches to stretch that far on the needle.

Shell and Pearl Necklace

This beautiful pearl and shell necklace has been made by stringing alternate colours of real and glass pearls, each separated by a gold seed bead, with shell mop leaves for instant wow factor.

The clasp is a simple gold hook and loop clasp.

I've also made a matching bracelet and earring set to make this a lovely girly birthday gift.