So I made a HUGE cattercushion.
Do you see what I did there? 😉
You can, of course make a gazillion of these (s)cattercushions so they can live up to their name, in a narrower gauge yarn, or chunkier, in all sizes and colours…
For this one, I used Schachenmayr Boston and Rico Creative Melange Chunky, 7mm circular needles and some enormous mother-of-pearl buttons. You’ll also need a cushion pad and some toy stuffing.
If you fancy having a go at it, there is a free blow by blow tutorial over on the loveknitting blog. Just click here to be taken to it.
Here’s a picture of him with my Wilfy, for scale:
Enjoy the snuggles ❤
I find myself here, on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast. Wide, sandy beaches, and sunshine that has taken us by surprise.
But… you know… it’s February.
How in the world did someone who knits hats not bring enough?!
My new moniker is, apparently, “The Wool Psycho”, so it goes without saying that needles and yarn had found their way into my essential packing list.
Quick – cast on!
This hat fits us all, from Teddy (aged 6, above) to me. Though it might be a bit of a stretch (no pun intended) for beloved husband, since his bonce is quite spectacularly large. Probably the brains 😉
For this hat, you will need a ball of Rico Creative Melange Chunky (in this case in CurryGreen), a 7mm circular needle and depending on your speed, a couple of movies.
So without further ado:
Cast on 64 stitches and join in the round without twisting.
Knit 1 round, purl 1 round and knit the 3rd round.
Then begin the Knit2 Purl2 rib for 10 rounds. This gives a hat that is super slouchy without folding up the rim, or nice and snug if you do.
Knit for 34 rounds.
Then K2tog all the way around.
Then knit around.
Then K2tog all the way around again.
Cut the yarn leaving a long tail, then sew the tail through the live stitches and pull tight. Tie off securely and weave in the tail. Sew in the ends, and wear to your heart’s content.
Happy knitting! 🙂
I can’t help myself…
This, of course, is what they are going to look like eventually:
It’s just that there are a GAZILLION colourways out there, and while there are…. well….
I’ve just got to keep knitting.
(You can find the pattern here if you fancy whizzing a pair up for yourself or the toes of someone you love – chunky, speedy and super-snuggly)
I got two beautiful skeins of The Yarn Collective’s Pembroke Worsted in Smoky Quartz and Copper Agate.
It’s gorgeous stuff. I mean gorgeous. Beautiful shifting colour, delightfully squishy, and lovely to knit with.
So, what to make with it?
A pair of Valentine’s boot socks for my husband. And, since Valentine’s Day was fast approaching, they needed LOTS of hearts.
Oh, and in the spirit of different but similar halves of a whole, I thought they’d be rather beautiful mirroring each other: mismatched but matching.
So here they are in all their glory:
And, as ever, if you fancy a crack at them yourself, you can find the pattern here.
(Oh, and because he’s a Wool-Widower and such an obliging sock model, I let him keep them early 🙂 )
Happy knitting! ❤
I thought you might like this…
See, in the spirit of waste not, want not, and not having loads of scrappy bits of yarn left over that you can’t bear to throw away but won’t quite make something else…
The Owl and the Pussycat, remember?
So, I had one ball of Lang Merino Color+ yarns in colour 9 and one ball of Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran in Camel
The Debbie Bliss provided the base colour for the hat, while the Lang Merino produced a beautifully undulating colour up to the crown.
Well!! I had quite a lot left, so I thought “Why the heck not?” and I reversed the colour scheme.
I completely love the result. What do you think?
Here they are together:
I should probably stop knitting these now, but I’ve seriously loved them so don’t be surprised if one or two more sneak in…
(You can find the pattern here if you want some owls and pussycats yourself)
I really did.
And it really did start off as a hat for ‘Imself:
And, I am very happy to report, he tells me it is “the hat he always wanted”. So, TICK that one off the list!
But it has, of course, evolved into something a little more delicate, something a bit more feminine, something a bit less…. big and we now have The Owl and the Pussycat mark II
Or, if you’d like to see it on:
And yes, it is actually now, as we speak, beginning its fourth incarnation with the pattern in relief:
(I’ll post a pic of the completed relief hat when it’s finished 🙂 )
I used 4mm needles for the rib, 5mm for the body of the hat and two varieties of aran-weight wool: solid colour and graduating.
If you fancy a go yourself, you can find the pattern here. After all, it’s still chilly enough to warrant something woolly on your bonce, n’est-ce pas?
Just as autumn began, and my knitting ramped up with the onset of chilly evenings, I had a request.
Lover of all things Nordic, and liver in white and grey, my very stylish sister asked if I would make her some slipper socks, and The Molly Socks were born.
Here they are on her lovely London legs.
If your feet need a little classy warming as winter asserts its grip, and you fancy whipping yourself up a pair, you can find the pattern here.
Oh, and not to be left out, my lovely bro-in-law now has a pair of equally monochrome Beauteous Gents’ Socks (click for pattern)
Think it’s time I had a pair myself. Now… where are those needles…
*tootles off humming happily*
(Photo credit for last 2 pics: @paintandhaven instagram)