Month: December 2011

Merry Christmas

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

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!