|Superwash merino yarn. Hand wash/dry flat|
|Wool Ease Thick & Quick yarn – machine wash/dry|
|Schnapps is so excited to be on a shirt!|
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First meeting of the club year started with Annette collecting subs for the year, and handing out pocket-size printed programmes to members listing the speakers, hands-on sessions and challenges for the upcoming year.
As it was the first meeting of the year, it started with the AGM. 14 enthusiastic knitters turned out for the evening. Some suggested that the low turn-out might be because the first Tuesday was also the 1st of the month, so might have been a bit of a surprise to some people. Hopefully there won’t be too many people turning up at the hall next week!
There were a few bags of yarn and knitting books on the charity sales table this month, with all donations going to the Royal Marsden Hospital.
The AGM was swiftly started with a run-down of the accounts by Annette, and formal election of the new committee (details of which were printed in Liz’s summer letter emailed last month). Liz then took us through the programme of the events for the upcoming year.
In February we will be making felt balls, of the size appropriate for making jewellery, or embellishing a bag or scarf. An empty yellow plastic egg from inside a Kinder Egg will be needed, so a good excuse for a chocolate treat! Small scraps of wool yarn will also be needed, so start collecting off-cuts and tail-ends now. Only a handful or 2 will be needed.
Next month will be a hands-on session knitting a poppy. Some red yarn, and either black yarn or a black button will be needed, and either knitting needles or a crochet hook.
The 2016 annual challenge will be to knit the provided V-neck cardigan pattern, using a yarn from your stash. No gauge will be provided, as the pattern will work with any gauge, so use any yarn you like. Be creative with the yarn, stitch pattern and any trimmings, but avoid tuck and slip stitch as that will mess up the proportions. This project has the joy of no tension square! The pattern will be emailed to members this month. We look forward to seeing the range and variety of garments created from the same knitting pattern.
There was a discussion about whether to continue making knitted squares. There was a general lack of interest because they can be rather dull to knit. If you do make any squares, then bring them along and give them to Rita, who will continue to join them up into blankets. Christine has recently knit a lot of squares for Rita, and Rita brought along a blanket she had finished making up.
For those who also attend the local Wednesday morning Yateley group, it has moved to 11am – 1pm on Tuesdays, and relocated to Montego Hall.
With the AGM completed, the show and tell began, and everyone had been very busy over the summer.
Sandra machine knit a sideways skirt in pink Hobby and Silk using a Beverly Wall pattern.
Annette hand-knit a 2ft high Santa, who stands on his own, to go on display in a florist shop this winter.
Vee had knit a striped jumper with a trim, using Marion Nelson stitch pattern cards, with a crocheted neck.
Phyllis machine knit an Ann Brown cardigan in blue Silky and Shetland yarn, with internal seams bound in matching knitted bias binding.
Carole has been hand knitting hats based on doily patterns. A blue hat and scarf, and a pink hat and scarf.
Nina had hand knit a fluffy brown owl.
Christine has been playing with her 1940s shawl pattern. She brought along 3 variations: the original shawl, a lace variation in 4ply hand-knit over 100 stitches, and a variation with lapels hand knit using Shetland 3 ply over 120 stitches.
Liz hand knit a baby hat, a matching family set of ear warmers, and a finger “ring” cable needle holder.
The headbands were based on this pattern:
The cable ring holder is from this pattern:http://www.letsknit.co.uk/free-knitting-patterns/cable-ring
24 or 12 peg loom
1 or 2 skeins of yarn
DSCO: Draw String Cast On
BOLB: Bring Original Loops Back
ID: Internal Decrease
DSCOF: Draw String Cast Off
Bear Pattern Written:
DSCO 24 pegs Circular
Row 1-5: EW
Row 6: EW10 (tail: EW4 4rows, EW3, EW2, EW3, EW4 4rows, BOLB) EW10
Row 7: EW2 (Leg: EW4 25rows, BOLB) EW12 (Leg) EW2
Row 8: EW
Now EW for 4ft to 2yds
Repeat Row 8
Now we are going to start working the head which is knitting flat.
Row 1-9: EW
Row 10: EW6 (Ear: EW4 4rows, EW3, EW2, EW3, EW4 4rows, BOLB) EW4 (Ear) EW6
Row 11-16: EW
Row 17: ID from 24-12
Row 18-23: EW
Sew up legs, and bottom of head. Hot glue on eyes and your done.
When transfering the regular stuffed animal patterns on the 24 peg loom to make a scarf, follow the instructions for the body just like above, the only difference is changing the tails, then when you get to the top of the body after the head. Follow the instructions for making the head just like if you were making the stuffed animal, it is just your start is already ready for you. You can follow the videos exact for the heads.
For a cat, dog, or rabbit pattern and to transfer them to a scarf follow the instructions.
Here is the link for the patterns of the Cat Dog and Rabbit
For the lion, giraffe, monkey, or elephant here is the link to purchase the Safari Collection.
Examples of other 24 peg animals you can use.
12 Peg Loomed Animals
Bear Scarf from Mini Bear
DSCO 12 pegs circular
Row 1-3: EW
Row 4: EW5 (tail: EW2 4rows, BOLB) EW5
Row 5: EW1, (Leg: EW2 15 rows, BOLB) EW6 (leg) EW1
Row 6: EW
Now EW for 4ft to 2yds
Repeat row 5, then we will start on the head and working flat.
Row 1-5: EW
Row 6: EW3, (Ear: EW2 5 rows) EW1, (ear) EW3
Row 10: ID 12 to 6 pegs
Row 11-13: EW
Sew up legs and bottom of head and glue on eyes.
Follow the instructions for the body above and then follow the head only EWing instead of knitting, from the other animal videos using the 12 peg looms. The scarf will be thinner but if you like a lighter looking scarf this is just for you.
Here are examples of other 12 peg patterns.
It starts out like this:
and with just a few steps is finished!
Balance Beam utilizes a similar design for the brim and is also posted on this blog with info about all yarn weights.
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ktbl: knit through the back loop
p2tog: purl 2 stitches together as one
k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as one
k2togtbl: knit 2 stitches together as one through the back loop
Cast on 50 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.
Row 1: *p3, k2tbl*, repeat around
Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 7.5 to 8.5 inches in length.
Decrease Crown: use dpn’s when needed
Row 1: *p1, p2tog, k2tbl*; repeat around
Row 2: *p2tog, k2togtbl*; repeat around
Row 3: *k2togtbl*; repeat around
Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail. Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure. Weave in ends and give it to someone special!
Cinching: Cut an 8 inch piece of yarn, either matching or contrasting for a different look and thread it through a yarn needle. At about halfway up the length of the hat, bring the yarn needle up on the outer side of one knit section and then down on the outer side of the next knit section. Wrap the yarn three times around, cinching the 2 knit sections together. Take care not to cinch too tightly since that could distort the fit of the hat. Tie off the yarn on the inside of the hat and weave in end. Repeat for every 2 knit sections around the hat.
If using 4-weight yarn, use size 7 needles and cast on 90.
If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 110.
If making a child’s hat, use 4 weight yarn, size 8 needles and cast on 70 stitches. Adjust in increments of 10.
The pattern is worked over 10 stitches.
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