Year: 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas from a very mild non-snowy London. 
All the best,
                    thredHED

Quick Stocking Filler No 2, Cable-knit Headband

Time’s running out and if you’re anything like me there’ll still be those last minute pressies to find. Here’s a little number – great for ‘girls’ of all ages and it takes but a few of hours to knit. If there’s no time, treat someone or yourself and knit one for the New Year. We saw similar on the catwalk a A/W 2010/11 (yes that designer we all love – my  inspiration for this pattern) and now they’re hitting the streets. Knitted with two strands of dk yarn(or chunky) and a pair of 8mm needles to give a chunky but loose knit for maximum flexibility. It’s one size only so can be worn by grown-ups too – it’s only pictured here on the little one because she’s so much cuter than me. Great to keep you ears warm if you like your updo’s (or if like me you just don’t have the time to style your hair these days). If you’re new to knitting and haven’t yet tried ‘the cable’, here’s a good opportunity – with something that’s not too hardcore.

Quick Stocking Filler No1….Easy Crochet Snood

Here’s a quick stocking filler to run up in time for Christmas. I’ve already given this gift twice over and it’s been well received. A chunky crochet cowl – great for keeping warm with more than one styling option and currently very on-trend.
Crocheted with a double strand of dk yarn (a favourite method of mine for the impatient among us). I made this one up very quickly – in this case in a yarn with a lurex thread running through – gives it a smarter, more ‘evening’ look. You can also use a substantial aran or chunky yarn. Using only a treble stitch (I think that’s a ‘double crochet’ to my U.S. friends), and with no shaping it’s perfectly suitable for those of you new to crochet.
Give it a go and get a stylish accessory at the same time, or give someone a pretty and practical pressie.

Click Here For Free Easy Crochet Snood Pattern (Adult version)

Here’s the above sized-down to fit the little one. This one measures 30cm(width) x 20cm(depth), and she loves it – no fastenings or bits flapping around and she can take it on and off easily. Better still it makes up in an evening!

Stashbusting…..Patchwork Duvet Cover

I had a big stash of fabric and not much space to store it. My little daughter was coming up to the age where she was ready to sleep in a proper bed – a lovely old one, passed down through the family. I couldn’t find a duvet cover in the shops which wasn’t pink and girly, gimmicky or just another brand promotion, and I wanted something a little bit quirky and individual but not too naff. The solution was staring me in the face!

A lovely vintage-style patchwork duvet cover! Perfect for that homespun look that fits so nicely with the old wooden bed, and a great way of using all those cotton prints I had stashed away. Not too difficult to do, although took a certain amount of planning re measurements etc and I can understand how a project could be a little daunting for some. So……. I’ve made it nice and easy for you guys and provided you with a pattern.
This one I did is for a single size duvet. It is made of simple squares, has a sheeting border which frames and shows off the patchwork, and a sheeting back to give a soft smooth surface for your little one’s delicate skin. For a clean finish it has a simple side opening with a button fastening(just one of the options).
What’s great about this duvet cover is that once you.ve done one you can make another in a different colour or patterns – the options are endless. You can then, if you wish, use the lefover offcuts to make cushion covers or a laundry bag (watch this space) for a matching look, at a fraction of the cost of the shop-bought equivalent.


Get my free Patchwork Duvet cover Pattern and instructions
 Here

Cushion Covers anyone?

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A friend of mine has been given an old 1960’s sewing maching. Old but beautiful, and it’s in excellent working order (they don’t make ’em like they used to). Understandably she would now like to learn to sew. Thinking that cushion covers would be a nice basic pattern to start with, and hearing that she’d like to make some, I promised I’d dig out a nice easy one – no fastenings and no fancy finishes, for her and anyone else who needs to update their soft furnishings! This is an easy to follow pattern for a 45cm(18 inch) square cushion which, because of it’s simplicity, can be easily sized up or down, depending on the size of the cushion pad you have. Here it is …..

Classic Knitted Beret

It’s hat time again! Dig out your ol’ faves or get a nice new one. Here’s one for your little one (or even for you) that never goes out of style and always looks great – even it you’re having a bad hair day. A classic beret – knitted here in a cotton acrylic mix chunky yarn. Really easy and quick to knit – took me just a couple of evenings! Looks good in all colours – particularly the classics – and the stripe texture makes it a little more interesting without having to add another colour. Three sizes range from toddler to adult.

Halloween ….and beyond

If you can get hold of a metre of decent quality fake fur – this is a great way to make some early Christmas presents. This fur hat was meant to be made in shaggy wolf fur – thus the name ‘Wolf Hat’ – but I happened to have some gorgeous quality smooth short-pile lying around and it would’ve been crazy not to have tried it out. The result – more of a ‘Cat Hat’ in this type of fur, but gorgeous and just adds to the versatilty of this pattern. Could also be made in a lighter coloured long-pile to give a great ‘Husky Dog’ look.  Perfect for your Halloween Cat or Werewolf costume, and then guaranteed to keep you nice and warm when the real winter weather arrives. Has the added extra of a scarf tie, with pockets at the ends to keep the wearer’s hands warm. Fake fur can be a little tricky to sew but on the plus side it hides a multitude of sins. As well as this, the seams do not need finishing as it’s all hidden inside the lining – and there are no fastenings. Sizes 2-3 to 8-9.

Have noticed that these are quite big with grown-ups – especially the boys. The pattern could be quite easily sized up – or would you like an adult version?….

Little Monster……

Just in time for Halloween – Something fun for those who are perhaps a little too young
to dress up properly  -A monster hat and mittens that are cute enough not to be too scary.  Made here in soft fleece – an easily handled fabric which requires no finishing. Nice basic patterns which, with a choice of different features and colours can be adapted for a girl or boy. Makes a great present.
Sizes to fit 2 and 3-4. As the hat pattern is so simple it can be easily sized up.

Cool & Cosy – Toddler Hoodie

For those chilly Autumn days, this cosy chunky hoodie is perfect for your little one. Here knitted in fluorescent pink (handy for keeping them in view), but would look equally good in an aran yarn (and very ‘on trend’) or something a little more rustic. 
It can be made for boys and girls (just change the buttoning side if it matters) and it can be knitted in any dk yarn doubled up (knitting with two strands). Great for beginners – simple garter stitch with neat rolled edges, not too much shaping, and the pockets are optional. Knits up nice and quickly, and is a slightly boxy loose fit which means more than a season’s wear. Great value. Sizes 3-4 and 5-6.