New Pattern! Cabled Christmas Wreath

cabled-christmas-wreath-1Hello Lovelies!

I finally got around to writing up a wreath pattern today.  I actually sat down and made it last year for Christmas as it was going to be our last Christmas in Germany.  I wanted to make a wreath for my own front door.

I searched high and low for a pattern that worked for me and found that there wasn’t one that I just fell in love with.  So I did what I normally do in situations like that.  I sat down with a couple of stitchionaries and made up a pattern my self.

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I love the end result and wanted to share the pattern with you all, especially now that Christmas is just around the corner!

I can’t wait to start decorating the new house in the UK this year!

I hope you all enjoy the new pattern!

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You can purchase and download the new pattern from the Patterns page or from Ravelry

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Stark: A New Pattern!

Stark

This winter all I’ve wanted to knit are small things that I can grab as I leave the house. Mittens, gloves, scarves, cowls and hats. Most of you have seen on my Ravelry page that that is exactly what I have been knitting.

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I while back I made a hat for Ollie as he was living an working in Denmark and it’s pretty darned cold out there. Unfortunately, at some point, he lost that hat and was pretty bummed about it. I was pretty bummed about it too!

But that didn’t stop me. I made him the pair of socks blogged below and I had enough of the 6ply/sport left over that I wanted to make him another hat.

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Stark was born.

It’s a simple beaded rib design with an easy cast on that anyone who has used a tubular or long tail cast on will find familiar. The whole hat is worked in the round and the decreases make a lovely star at the crown of the head. Available in two sizes, S/M & L.

Simple and quick and oh so easy to grab on your way out of the house. And, to entice you all, it’s free!

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If you decide to make it, let me know how you get on! Enjoy!

And then there was Knitting!

As the title states, there has actually been (quite a bit of) knitting at Chez Mistry. The only problem is the lack of blogging, which I’m going to try and remedy now. Most of the knitting these last few months has been small things that I can pick use to keep my hands busy. Things that are finished in days or a couple weeks at the most.

I think I’ll split the FO’s across a few posts so that it doesn’t get too confusing and overloaded with pictures.

First up we have a my lovely, cosy hat:

Brioche Hat

Yarn: My first ever handspun, Orange Merino & some handpun purple Polwarth, spun by Diane.
Pattern: Brioche Hat by Wendy Easton
from Weekend Knitting
Needles: 5mm for rim and 4mm for main hat body
Notes/Modifications: No major changes to the pattern, just not knit to the length specified. I have a small head! Also, this was the first time I’ve used the tubular cast on and bind off and I think it’s absolutely perfect for socks! All my socks are going to use either of these methods. Actually, anything that has a 1×1 rib is going to use these methods. Love them. What I need now is some ear-muffs. I still find that no matter how warm the hat, my ears are still cold. Maybe a head band of some sort might work… hmm…

Next we have a couple of scarves knit for a friend.

Silk Scarf

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Pure Silk, dyed by me in Red tones x 2
Pattern: Morning Surf by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer
Needles: 4.5mm Knit Picks Options
Notes/Modifications: Cast on less sts and I used garter stitch between the pattern rows. I couldn’t be bothered with the whole knit a purl row between, because I’m lazy. This made for great TV knitting.

Sari Silk Scarf

Yarn: Recycled Sari Silk
Pattern: Plain Garter Stitch
Needles: 5.5mm Knit Picks Options
Notes/Modifications: None.

I made a scarf for a friend a while ago and just recently she requested another one exactly the same, but shorter in length. She wears the current one all the time, but she wanted one for work. I made her this one and the one above so that she had something for work and something for the evening if she wants.. She loves them both! It’s a lovely way to start the holiday season.

I think that’s it for today, but there’s plenty more to blog about, so I’ll be back in the next couple of days with more knitting. 🙂 Hope you’re all enjoying your weekends, me dears.

New Pattern: Summer Tabi Anklets

Tabi Socks

During the time that I was over in the UK mid-June, we had some really, really lovely hot weather. So hot that all we did was spend any spare time we had in skirts and shorts, and wearing our flip-flops, or champals as we call them in Gujarati.

I love my champals. I have many, many pairs. Some for the beach, some for the house, some for going out and some just because I liked them.

One thing I did notice though was that as the afternoon moved into evening and the sun set, my little feet were getting cold. Now at first, I slipped on some woolly socks and ALL my family had a bit of giggle at me.. Then I tried my ankle socks, but they don’t have a toe-split, so it was pretty uncomfortable. That’s when I came up with a design idea. I WANTED ankle socks that had a toe-split, so I could wear my champals with them. Nice toasty toes with some funky little socks and gorgeous champals. Heaven.

Tabi Socks

These are made from Rellana Flotte Socke 4 Ply (main body) and Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Color 4-ply (heels and toes). In total they took just under 200 yds for a pair of size Eur 37/UK 4/US6 ankle socks.

They’re pretty easy to knit up and I’ve put in a bit of a twist with an after-thought heel (well, what I think is an after-thought heel, anyway).

You can download the pattern from Ravelry

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I hope people enjoy making them! 🙂 Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Also, thanks to everyone that contacted me about my For Sale post. Both the Drum Carder and Spinning Wheel have now been sold and should be making they’re way to their new homes soon.