2016, done!

I’ve finished!

At the start of this year I set myself a challenge of knitting, writing and publishing a new pattern every week, 52 in total. And I’ve actually managed to do it. Because of changing jobs halfway through the year to a much longer working week I haven’t managed to get a pattern out on time every week but I have managed my 52 total before the year is out ūüôā Some of them I’m not too fond of, some of them I really like especially¬†Frosted Fingers,¬†Goldfingers,¬†Royalty Jumper¬†and¬†Kelham Cape. I would have loved to have made more garments but time ran away!

So what happens now? I am not going to stop producing patterns by any means, but they won’t be once a week! I will take more time to design and knit some garments I’ve been thinking about this year and not had the time for so keep an eye out for that. I also plan to do some more tutorial and informative posts. I only managed a couple of those this year but I really enjoyed them so I’ll definitely be doing some more, let me know if you want a particular topic covered.

Thank you to everyone who has bought or downloaded any of my patterns this year, I really hope you enjoy knitting and wearing them, and here’s to a new year and more knitting in 2017!

Happy New Year,

Doris and Wilfred

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Week 52- Hot Stripes

And we come to the last pattern of the year! It’s another hot water bottle cover, have a look all the way back to¬†Week 3¬†if you fancy another free pattern. This week’s has a diagonal band of reverse stocking stitch running around it. I have used Noro’s Kureopatora, an aran weight yarn I have held double to give a firm fabric with some interesting colour changes. Find the pattern for free¬†here!

Doris

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Week 51- Alice Beret

Yet another hat! But you can never have too many… This is a relaxed beret style hat which can be made from just one ball of Noro Tonkonatsu (if you don’t want a contrast rib), a lovely tweedy yarn I have used a lot before. The pattern is available for free and can be found on Ravelry¬†here!

Doris

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Week 50- Blue John’s Socks

Another sock pattern! These seamless socks are a great birthday or Christmas present for dads, husbands, boyfriends, etc. They have two simple cables running up the front and are to fit a UK size 10, but the foot length is adjustable. The pattern is free and can be found here. They use one 100g ball, I have used Rico Superba Caramba which makes some lovely stripes, but the cables on this would stand out more in a plain sock yarn, depends what you like ūüôā

Doris

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Week 49-Frosted Fingers

More gloves! Everyone needs a good pair of gloves and these are for a larger hand size than my previous patterns, 8.5″ circumference. This pair is knitted with a long contrast rib and contrast fingers, and have a decorative snowflake on the back of each hand done by duplicate stitch (aka Swiss darning) so you don’t have to know how to do colourwork for this pattern. The yarn I have used for these gloves is Paton’s Extrafine Merino DK which is a beautiful warm yarn that comes in loads of gorgeous shades, have a look at the shade card¬†here, there’s about 130 colours and counting! The pattern for these gloves can be found on Ravelry¬†here!

Doris

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Week 48- Big Ol’ Socks

These socks are great for lounging round the house in the cold. They have calf shaping and toe shaping but no heel shaping so you can just pull them on. I have also added some little pom poms on the back ūüôā They are knitted in King Cole’s Big Value Super Chunky Twist which is a solid colour with just a hint of a fleck every now and again. These socks are made in the round using 10mm needles so no bulky seams! ¬†They will fit quite a range of shoe sizes, approx UK size 3-7. The pattern can be found for free¬†here!

Doris

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Week 47- Max’s Blanket

This week’s pattern is so simple! It would make a great first project if you have use for a baby blanket. It uses just over two balls of Stylecraft Special Chunky, and is knitted on 6.5mm needles so grows nice and quickly. This blanket had alternating squares of stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch so the blanket looks pretty much the same on both sides. This one is about 85cm x 95cm so perfect for a pram or car seat. You can find the pattern for free on Ravelry¬†here.

Doris

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