June 12, 2013

Pattern round up: for the bebes

A pretty common scenario for us is to have mums-to-be come in looking for patterns for an excited knitter in the family to knit for the much anticipated baby. In our experience, the person wanting to knit is accustomed to patterns knit flat and seamed rather than in the round. They are after simple construction and no unfamiliar terms or techniques.

On the other hand, the person who is going to be dressing the baby everyday wants beautiful hand knits in nice yarns. After being asked by a friend on Twitter for some suggestions, I thought the easiest way was to put together a post of great patterns that will work for both parties. My tip: print off the pattern and either buy or make gentle suggestions as to the kind of yarn you would like to use. In the past people knit with acrylic because it was machine washable - these days the wool cycle on the newer generation washing machines is gentle enough for hand wash only yarns. Natural fibres are always, always better than acrylic. Acrylic is essentially plastic, and who wants to wear plastic?

As much as I can i've linked to patterns on public websites. Some are from Ravelry though - which you do need to sign up for. Even if you aren't planning to knit yourself, I highly recommend creating an account and having a browse through the pattern database.

10ply / Aran weight cardigan, free pattern, Ravelry link

10ply / Aran weight cardigan, free pattern, Ravelry link

3ply/light fingering weight, free pattern, pdf link

If you're after a fantastic collection of small-people patterns, you can't really go past Just Jussi's Garter Stitch Plain and Simple booklet. We have copies in-store, or you can download the pdf booklet directly from Justine's site. We've just ordered loads more Cascade 220 Sport which is perfect for these patterns.

Garter Stitch Plain and Simple by Justine Turner of Just Jussi

If you have any questions or need a helping hand making yarn and pattern selections - please ask! It's what we love to help with!

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January 16, 2013

Knitting for friends

January has brought a whole bundle of brand new babies to the worlds of my friends. As a rule I don't knit for other people, but babies...well, they're an exception. 

After quick, simple, cute baby cardigan patterns, here's my picks.

Bluebell Cardigan by Schneckenstrick (image by nadia1981 on Rav) 

Garter Yoke Baby Cardi by Jennifer Hoel

Garter Tee by Justine Turner (we'll have this pattern booklet in store shortly!)

All three of these patterns are knit in 5 ply yarn - so quicker to work up than 4ply patterns, and have a little bit more weight to them. We have loads of 5ply options in store - and can't wait to re-open tomorrow so you can see all our new treats that have arrived over the break!

xx Tash

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December 07, 2012

A Just Jussi corner

 It was super super lovely to have Just Jussi in store with us on the weekend! It would seem everyone was a little busy to take any photos, but our new corner of Just Jussi samples and patterns is the cutest thing ever.

We'll have this wee suitcase of samples until early next year, and the printed patterns will be a permanent fixture. They've been flying out the door already this week - hooray! It's so wonderful to share the work of a talented local designer.

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