October 14, 2008 at 4:16 am (Uncategorized)

My son who is 5 years old is naturally a big fan of Transformers and after knitting one hat and didn’t like the way it turned out, decided to have a go at my own.


*2 balls of DK yarn in 2 contrasting colours, (eg I have used orange and green.)
One will be known as MC (main colour) and the other as CC (contrast colour).
* 5, 3.75mm DPN needles or if you prefer a short circular needle, but you’ll probably need the DPNs anyway when it comes to decreasing.
*Stitch marker
*Tapestry or wool needle.

Off we go!

Cast on 132 sts, and share them out evenly between 4 needles.
Being careful not to twist the sts, join in a round. Place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round and cont knitting for 6 rounds in MC.
Join CC and knit 2 rounds.
2 rounds in CC
2 rounds in MC

Commence “Transformer” chart with both colours being careful not to pull the yarns too tight.

Knit 2 rounds in MC
2 rounds in CC
2 rounds in MC
2 rounds in CC
Continue in CC as the main colour and MC as the contrast colour and work “Autobot” chart.

Knit 2 rounds in CC
2 rounds in MC
2rounds in CC and at the same time begin decreases as follows.

1st: K12, K2tog, rep til end
2nd and all alt rows: K all sts
(change to MC)
3rd: K11, K2tog, rep til end
5th: K10, K2tog, rep til end.

Continue in this way until you have 7 sts remaining.
Using a wool needle, gather these sts together and fasten tightly.

Weave in all ends.


Permalink 2 Comments

"Soler" Socks (Toe-Ups:2socks on 1circular).

July 21, 2007 at 5:35 am (Uncategorized)

5mm Circular needle (the longer the better)
I used 1 strand of 4ply cotton and 1 strand of a 4ply acrylic yarn.
(Naturally, if you choose to use a smaller yarn, you will need a smaller needle)


Cast on using the figure of eight method you will find useful instructions and photographs here.

(Also use the instructions on these pages for the knitting of socks on circular needles (Magic Loop) method)

continue to increase sts until you have 22sts each side of sock, (44sts for each sock)

Decide which side you will use as the sole, and which will be the upper.

For the sole sts, continue in stocking stitch.

For upper sts, use this pattern.

1st: *K10, P1, rep from * to end.
2nd and every alt row: *K10, P1, rep from * to end.
3rd: As 1st
5th: *K1, (yon, K1) x3, (K2tog tbl) x3, P1, rep from * to end.
7th: *K1, (K1, yon) x3, (K2tog tbl) x3, P1, rep from * to end.
9th: As 5th.
11th: As 7th.
13th: As 5th.
15th: As 1st.
17th: As 1st.
19th: *(K2tog) x3, (K1, yon) x3, K1, P1, rep from * to end.
21st: *(K2 tog) x3, (yon, K1) x3, K1, P1, rep from * to end.
23rd: As 19th.
25th: As 21st.
27th: As 19th:
28th: As 2nd.

Rep this pattern for sock upper (continue to St St for sole) until required length has been reached and the sock has covered your foot and has reached your leg.


Working on one sock at a time:

Row 1: *Sl1, K1* repeat across the 22 sole sts
Row2: P
Repeat these 2 rows for 22 rows or until the heel flap is the length you want it. Ending on a WS row

Turn the Heel:

1. Starting on the right side, knit halfway across the heel flap 11 sts. Sl1, K1, psso. K1. Turn.
2. P until you reach the st before the gap, P2tog, P1. Turn.
3. Sl1, K across to the gap (where you turned), slip the first stitch before the gap, K the stitch on the other side, psso, K1. Turn again.
4. P across to the gap. P2tog across the gap. P1. Turn.
Continue in this way until all the heel flap stitches have been used up.


Pick up and knit 12 sts from the side of heel flap.
Pattern across the 22 stitches that were held aside for the top of the foot.
Pick up 12 stitches down the next side and knit across heel sts
Round 1: knit all stitches,
Round2: knit to within 3 stitches of the end the picked up sts, K2tog, K1, pattern across the upper sts to the picked up sts on the other side of heel, K1, SKP, knit to the end.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you have a total of 44 sts.

Repeat these steps for the second sock.


Knit lace pattern as used for the Upper until leg length required is reached.


Knit 6 rows K1, P1 rib, cast off in rib.

Permalink Leave a Comment

Candy Cotton Bag

May 2, 2007 at 3:14 am (Uncategorized)


2 50g skeins Cotton Tape.
1 pair 6mm straight needles.
2 5mm Double pointed needles.
Tapestry Needle for making up.


16 1/2 sts x 21 rows per 10cm square.


Cast on 32sts.
St St 12 rows
St St 7 sts on either side of grid pattern below, reading K rows right to left and purl rows left to right.

St St 12 rows.
Cast off.

Work Back in same way.

Lace Flap:

Worked lengthways on 9sts.

Cast on 9sts.

1st row: cast on 2 sts, cast off 2 sts, leave st on right needle and K across rem 8 sts.

2nd row: K3, K2tog, yf, K2tog, (yf, K1) twice.

3rd row: K

4th row: K2, (K2tog, yf) twice, K3, yf, K1

5th row: K

6th row: K1, (K2tog, yf) twice, K5, yf, K1

7th row: Cast on 2 sts, cast off 2 sts, place st on right needle back on left, cast on 3 sts, cast off 3 sts, place st back on left needle, cast on 2 sts, cast off 2 sts, leave st on right needle and K across rem 11 sts.

8th row: K3, (yf, K2tog) twice, K1, K2tog, yf, K2tog

9th row: K

10th row: K4, yf, K2tog, yf, K3tog, yf, K2tog

11th row: K

12th row: K5, yf, K3tog, yf, K2tog

Rep this pattern three more times or to required length ending on a 1st row.


With 2 5mm DPNs, Cast on 7 sts and commence i-cord pattern.

K across 7 sts, but instead of turning work, slip sts to other end of needle, K across the sts, every now and then pull on knitted work.
Cont in this way until required length is achieved.

Make Up:

I find it easier to wash and press pieces before making-up.

Permalink Leave a Comment

Felted Bowl.

April 7, 2007 at 4:50 am (Uncategorized)

The base of the bowl measures 16cm across, and is 6cm deep (although felting is pretty unpredictable!)


This was made with a:
100g skein of Colinette Point 5 Chunky Pure Wool in colourway “Turquiose 21” and a
50g ball of Classic Adriafil “Ibiza” 100% Cotton.
1 pair of UK size 7 1/2 straight needles.
Tapestry needle for seam.

To Make:

Cast on 70 sts with the Colinette,
Join Adriafil and St St (stocking stitch/stockinette) 2 rows,
St St 4 rows in Colinette,
Repeat these 6 rows once more.

Keeping this stripe repeat, *K7, K2tog, rep from * to last 7 sts, K6, K2tog. (62sts)
Next row and all alt rows: Purl
Next: *K6, K2tog, rep from * to last 6 sts, K4, K2tog. (54 sts)
Next: *K5, K2tog, rep from * to last 5 sts, K3, K2tog. (46 sts)
Next: *K4, K2tog, rep from * to last 4 sts, K2, K2 tog. (38 sts)
Next: *K3, K2tog, rep from * to last 3 sts, K1, K2tog. (30sts)
Next: *K2, K2tog, rep from * to last 2 sts, K2tog. (22sts)
Next: *K1, K2tog, rep from * to last st, K1. (15 sts)
Next: *K2 tog, rep from * to last st, K1. (8 sts)

Break yarn and thread through the remaining sts and pull tight.
Sew seam and place item in washing machine (I put it on 60 degrees) with another item of clothing for agitation.

When finished, block over a bowl to obtain a good shape.

Permalink Leave a Comment


March 25, 2007 at 5:40 am (Uncategorized)

When my husband asked if I could make something to hold three remote controls I was sat at my knitting machine, tenderly giving her the once over. I thought it would be a good exercise for her and for my brain! I hadn’t had the machine out for a long time.

I ended up with this.


I used 1 strand of a natural coloured cotton and one strand of a beige chenille, (both are for knitting machine use) but knitted them together to give a firm fabric, so the loosest tension is best.

CO 40 sts.

K 20 rows

*Place 6 needles at each end into holding position (so only 28 needles are in working position) remember to change the carriage from N to H.

(use weights to keep tension in the fabric being knitted)

K60 rows.

Cast off the working sts and push flap to the back.

Change carriage from H to N

CO the centre sts again (all sts in working postion)

**K 70 rows.

Repeat from * to ** another two times.

K 10 rows and cast off.

Sew the gaps at base of each pocket, and sew edges.

Permalink Leave a Comment