Christmas and Winter Patterns to Check Out

It is that time of year when you want to make those icy wintery items, and those festive Christmas and Holiday patterns!!!! Here is a list of my popular and also a few new designs to check out to fill in your winter pattern list!!!
To start here are some newer patterns you might like to try!!! 

Owl Booties                        Winter Wreath

                                   Mini Owl Coming Soon                                                         Ice Jacket

               Fur Brimmed Hat                                                                 Polar Bear Scarf

Here are some oldies but goodies!!!

                              Cabled Stocking                                    Santa Cabled Hat

                                                                  Mini Ornament Bear

                              Cabled Owl Ear Warmers and Beanie Hat

                        Owl Ornament                                                                 Beard

Plus if you are looking for some holiday gift ideas of classic patterns check out my newest book of Classic Patterns for CinDwood Fine Gauge Looms!!!
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December Charity Evening

Is it really almost the end of the year?  It has gone so quickly.

December, once again, brings our charity evening.  This is the occasion when we bring along new items that are donated to the Friends of the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton Branch to sell on their regular sales tables.  The new items can be made by us, and also things that we have bought or been given but for some reason can’t use, or don’t like.  The items are collected together and delivered to the Hospital one day soon after our meeting.

During the course of the evening we will also have a go at knitting some Christmas decorations.  If you don’t have a pattern put “Knitted Christmas decorations” into Google or another search engine and you’ll find loads to choose from.  Print off the pattern and bring it along with needles and yarn and knit whilst you enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a mince pie.

Just to remind you – the meeting is on Tuesday 1st December, 8 pm.

Hope to see some of you there.
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Fleet Club Knit-In

This is something we haven’t done before, but thought it worth a try.  So we found a date when the hall was free and booked it for the day (a Saturday so that members who worked could also come).  The idea was to come along for as long as you wanted and work on your own project, or finish something you had already started.  There would be a continuous supply of tea and coffee, plus biscuits to help things along.

Of course the date didn’t suit everyone, but over the course of the day seven members came along.  A couple brought their machines, and the others were working on finishing things they’d started.  It was a good excuse to knit all day, without interruption or the need to attend to chores.  We almost forgot to take a photo to record the event.  The one below was taken late in the day, after some people had departed.

Liz took the opportunity to knit the covers for the pillars at Farnham Maltings. Three pieces, 130 stitches by almost 900 rows each with some colour changes along the way.  She remembered to put in markers too, as this will make it easier for installation. They will now be decorated for display at Unravel in February.

Nina was all set to knit a jumper for herself, but her machine started playing up.  The carriage really didn’t like knitting in one direction.  It screeched and put up resistance.  All our efforts made on difference and the machine behaved beautifully when she changed to a different yarn.  The only thing we can put the problem down to was static.  Hopefully Nina will be able to update us at the next meeting.

Carole, Julia, Phyllis, Rita and Vee were all working on handknit projects, or completing/assembling garments knitted on their machines. 

It was a good day and nice to be able to chat informally.  We don’t always get time to do that at a club meeting.

All in all, it was a successful day and one that will be repeated.
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I’ve Moved to a Brand New Website!

My poor little blog has been in need of an update for quite some time now. 
Finally I have a fresh, sparkly new website complete with a new online store and I couldn’t be more excited about it!

Please click HERE to view my new site!

This will be my last post on this tired old blog, so please update your RSS feeds, and update your bookmarks so you don’t miss a thing! :)
The new website can be found at
Thank you for reading! 

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The explorer

At long last I’m working on a mosaic knitting project. I’ve been interested in using the technique beyond swatches for quite a few years but not until now did I come up with the right mix of ingredients.

Kose (Visjö wool from Östergötlands ullspinneri) is a favourite colourway of mine, changing gradually from brown to different shades of green – beautiful on its own but in my opinion even more so against a neutral background like very light grey. Got the colour combination. Pattern next.

Labyrinth pattern

Marianne Isager (ever read that name here before?) has designed quite a few garments using mosaic knitting and slipped stitches, for example a child’s sweater “Labyrinth” in her book Inca Knits. I always loved Greek key patterns, and this one works well with the Kose colour changes.

Rice fields pattern

For comparison I also cast on to try (a modified version of) Isager’s “Rice Fields” from Japanese Inspired Knits, and must say I prefer it in spite of my love of Greek keys: the structure adds an element I like, and the overall effect will be a lot lighter. But what really made it an easy, practically natural, decision was the Japanese key word.

You see, I suddenly remembered why they named this colourway Kose: Chie Kose is a Japanese designer who asked the spinnery for this particular combination of these particular shades. Joining the two Japanese aspects felt like the obvious choice – and in my book a whiff of Danish never hurts.

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Episode 149 – We Squee

Melissa and Abby are drinking Blue Lotus Chai

Melissa is still working on the endless ombre basket weave blanket for her nephew and the Moorehouse Farm’s Batwing Poncho.

Abby is working on a pair of self striping socks with yarn from Fab Funky Fibres, found on Etsy. She is using carbon circular needles by Knitter’s Pride that she bought at Black Sheep.

Abby spent most of her time between podcasts on working on her Alabama Chainin a-line dress Abby used Oregon Blueprint to print her patterns.  Dressmakers tools and supplies can be found at Nancy’s Notions and Gold Star Tools. Abby also made an Alabama Chainin stencil called Anna’s Garden

Bitter Cup & Brewing 
Melissa is making the Batwing Poncho into a sweater by adding a tube top to the poncho, Perhaps using her Silver Reed 840 standard gauge knitting machine.  She is also going to ORYCON the Oregon Science Fiction Convention later in November and is looking to pull together a quick costume.

Abby reviewed Good Measure, knit a perfect fit every time by Deborah Newton sent to us by the lovely people at Sixth and Spring

Melissa brought The Night Before Christmas in Crochet: The Complete Poem

Abby went through Nicky Epstein’s Enchanted Knits for Dolls sent to us again by the wonderful people at Sixth and Spring.

Abby discussed Mother Plays with Dolls  by Elinor Peace Bailey
We discussed
Into the Badlands on AMC
Doctor Who
Brooklyn nine nine
The Big Bang Theory 

Join our Ravelry Group, like our facebook page, reach us at  knitknitcafe@gmail.comAbbyKnitz on Instagram, and Melissa is  MisMAB on Ravelry  

Happy Thanksgiving & play a lot of games!

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How to Loom Knit an Ice Jacket

This pattern was done on the 30 and 40 peg 1/2″ gauge CinDwood Looms, but feel it can be done on the Boye and Knifty Knitter peg equivalents. I also used 2 skeins of Lions Brand Romance and Homespun to acheive the look of this pattern. It is a fairly simple pattern, and the video tutorial shows the sizing for 3T, but in the written instructions sold on Ravelry it will give general instructions in how to go about making this jacket for a baby to size 5T. The pattern is $3.

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I recently found myself jumping on the knitting bandwagon with this irresistible knit!
I tried to resist it. I really did.. but adorable versions kept popping up all over the net. 
What was I supposed to do?
The Baa-ble hat pattern is so addictive with that row of fair-isle sheep. Once I cast on I couldn’t put it down. This hat was completed in no time at all. 
I knit my Baa-ble hat in Quince and Co. Osprey in colors Storm and Honey and used up some small amounts of stashed cream and dark brown yarn for the sheep.
I modified the original design just a bit by making a shorter ribbed brim. I didn’t want to wear mine folded up. I also didn’t include that pom-pom at the top.
This pattern is free of charge and can be downloaded HERE.
You know you want one too!

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Secret Garden

I am happy to say that my new Secret Garden shawl design is now available to purchase as an individual pattern!
This shawl was originally released as part of the gorgeous Secret Garden Kit from 
I had a new pattern sample knit up in one of my favorite yarns, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in this eye-catching colorway called Shire. 

This shawl is available in two sizes, medium and large. It fits perfectly around your shoulders as a shawlette or can be secured around the neck and worn as more of a capelet style with the garter edge folded down into a warm shawl collar.

Here is the pattern information for those of you interested in knitting up a Secret Garden shawl of your very own:
Length: 57 (68)” / 145 / (173) cm from end to end. 
Width: 17.5 (20)” / 44.5 (51) cm at widest point of center. 
Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light [100% Merino; 420 yd / 384 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g skein]; color: Shire; 2 (3) skeins or approx 750 (1025) yd / 700 (950) m of a fingering weight wool or wool blend. 
1 40” / 100 cm US3 / 3.25 mm circular needle 
Stitch markers 
Cable needle 
Tapestry needle 
1 medium button for optional button closure 
26 sts / 36 rows over 4” / 10 cm in Stockinette stitch on US3 / 3.25 mm needle or size needed for accurate gauge.

The Secret Garden pattern will be available in a yarn shop near you very soon!
If you would like to purchase the Secret Garden shawl pattern in print, it will include a scratch off code on the back for you to receive a complimentary pdf download version of your new pattern. And the best news is that the accompanying download with be stored in your Ravelry library!
Purchase the pdf only version below.
Enjoy! :)

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Classic Patterns For CinDwood Fine Gauge Looms Ebook

This is a pattern book created for the CinDwood first fine gauge looms, the 56 peg 1/4″ and 40 peg 3/8″ gauge.

If you would like to get a hard copy in paper back I have it on Create Space and Amazon.  Also you can get the digital copies from CinDwood, Ravelry, The Loom Muse, and Kindle.

All patterns accept the toe socks are written for both looms.

I used Red Heart Boutique Unforgetable, Red Heart Cutie Pie, Lions Brand Heartland, Lions Brand Landscape yarns for this book. And each patterns takes about a skein, accept for the boot cuffs.

These are basic patterns that will come with video tutorials as well as some picture tutorials. The basic patterns can be spruced up with any other stitch pattern you might want to try, this is a great book for a base to start from to give it your own twist. Go wild and have fun!!!

Please feel free to check out some of my techniques I use in this book video tutorials.

For $16 dollars you get all these patterns, with some photo and video tutorials.

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