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Longies for Little Sprouts

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Tash | 9 comments

 During April, our friends at Little Sprouts are running a longies knit-along, and what better excuse than to share some pattern ideas and look at some adorable babies while we're at it. We're sponsoring a spot prize - a Symfonie Deluxe needle set from Knit Pro, oooh la la!

All you need to do is knit (or crochet) a pair of longies, post a picture in the Little Sprouts event on Facebook  and you're in with the chance to win! And remember you can always drop items off to us in the shop and we'll pass them on for you. 

As an added bonus - comment on this post before Friday 14 April and one commenter will be gifted one of these paid patterns (pdf, via Ravelry). Hooray!


Toasty Waffle Pants by Kate Oates - in 10ply / worsted


Lamby Leggings by Sarah Lehto in 10ply / worsted weight


Starrypants by Tina Hauglund (how adorable is that star butt?!) in 8ply / DK


Tiny Bird Soaker Pants by Jenny Rasmussen - in 4ply / fingering (free pattern)


Rocky by Tincanknits in 4ply / fingering


Balloon Baby Pants by Ingrid Aarten Bøe in 4ply / Fingering



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Free pattern: Golden Days blanket

Posted on March 31, 2017 by Tash | 3 comments

The call of Outlaw Queen Bee was much too enticing to resist, and I always seemed to be knitting it on days when the sun was hiding. So here we have the Golden Days blanket - if you sat down and focussed, you could knit it up in a couple of evenings. Big needles, chunky yarn, a super smooshy blanket.

I held the cable stitches on my fingers as it was the quickest and easiest way with such big stitches.

25mm needles

6 skeins Outlaw Queen Bee in colour Arabella

Finished size: 117cm wide x 131cm tall (approx)
Gauge: 10 sts and 13.5 rows = 30cm

CO 48 stitches

Row one: K6, p10, k16, p10, k6
Row two: Knit

Repeat these two rows twice more

Work cable row, then continue in pattern.

Repeat cable row every 14th row until 6 cables completed..

Cable row: k6, c10b, k16, c10f, k6

Work in pattern for 5 more rows

Cast off loosely and weave in ends.


k - knit
p - purl
c5b - slip 5 sts onto cable needle, hold to back, k5 sts, k sts from cable needle
c5f - slip 5 sts onto cable needle, hold to front, k5 sts, k sts from cable needle

© Tash Barneveld 2017 for personal use only

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Free pattern: The Jackson Scarf

Posted on March 24, 2017 by Tash | 1 comment

A variation on our much-loved Jackson Blanket, we're pleased to bring you the Jackson Scarf! 

Jackson Scarf in Outlaw Bohemia Sport

Yarn: 1 ball of Outlaw Yarn Bohemia Sport in Tarnished, Absinthe, Gaslight, Fog and Old Beau

Needles: 3.50mm

Blocked measurements: 26cm wide, 1.9m long (approx)

Cast on 79 stitches

Set up rows:

Row 1 (pattern row): k2, *k2tog, k10, m1r, k1, m1l, k10, ssk, repeat from * to

           last 2 sts, k2

Row 2 (wrong side): knit

Repeat rows 1 and 2 twice more

Main body rows:

Row 1 (right side): work pattern row as above

Row 2 (wrong side): k2, p to last 2 sts, k2

Repeat rows 1 & 2 11 more times (24 rows total)

Change colour

Repeat main body row instructions 18 more times - four stripes per colour.

Final colour: work main body rows 9 times, then work set up row instructions 3 times.

Cast off, weave in ends and block.


k - knit
p - purl
k2tog - knit two together
ssk - slip ,slip, knit two slipped stitches together
m1r - insert left-hand needle, back to front, under strand of yarn between stitch just worked and next stitch on the left-hand needle. knit through the front loop
m1l - insert left-hand needle, front to back, under strand of yarn between stitch just worked and next stitch on the left-hand needle, knit through the back loop

© Tash Barneveld 2017 for personal use only

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Offering a helping hand - the soft and cuddly yarn way

Posted on January 31, 2017 by Tash | 2 comments

Over the weekend I was despairing at the state of the world, and decided we can do something to help those close at home, together.


Little Sprouts Logo

Little Sprouts put together boxes of baby gear for those in need - packs go to:
- Families with premature or unwell babies,
- Women escaping from domestic violence,
- Refugees starting a new life in New Zealand,
- Young parents without support networks,
- Families living in an ongoing cycle of poverty and more.

Little Sprouts have crafters in need of supplies to make knitted items for these boxes. So we're putting out the call!

Drop your left over yarn, or yarn you think could go to a better home, in to us. We'll pass it on for you.

It needs to be 100% wool or cotton (or a high wool content) and machine washable. Minimum of 20g if it's a leftover, please. 8ply and 4ply yarns are great for hats, cardigans and booties, so if you have odd ands ends from your projects in these weights, they'd be perfect. 

Over the next few weeks we'll also start a KAL for hand knits to donate as well. 

Together we can do our part to enable Little Sprouts to bring joy and a an extra hand to those in our communities who need it most. 


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Indie Shelf Project 2017

Posted on January 30, 2017 by Tash | 0 comments
Proudly announcing our 2017 Indie Shelf line up!
The Indie Shelf features a different dyer each month, and due to the limited stock available and time constraints these yarns are in-store offerings only. No holds, sorry.
Vintage Purls yarn pile - February 2017 Indie dyer
Knitsch Yarns - March 2017 Indie dyer
Natural Star - April 2017 Indie dyer
Surprise dyer May 2017 Indie dyer
Spinning a yarn June 2017 Indie dyer
Ruataniwha dye studio July 2017 Indie dyer
Lochanside Alpacas August 2017 Indie dyer
Wooltopia September 2017 Indie dyer
happy-go-knitty October 2017 Indie dyer
Dark Harbour Yarn November 2017 Indie dyer

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