Winter is here.

Winter has officially arrived in the Southern Hemisphere. For those of you who are seasonal knitters it is time to bring out the needles and begin getting into your winter past time. Those of us who knit all year round often wonder what seasonal knitters do in Spring and Summer. Do we really wonder? Not really. It’s so exciting to see every one get cosy with their needles, some snuggly yarn and a hot chocolate. So many young girls have been coming in for their supplies and YouTube under their arm. Remember, we’re here to help if YouTube can’t!

We have two snippets for you this fortnight. a free book and Yarnman Miranda has his first say.

We have knitted a few items from this Cleckheaton pattern book.

29.05.14.5

The yarn used in the book is all California, made in Turkey, 100g balls (185m). An 8 ply yarn. We did use our own Norway to knit up the cream jumper, so fabulously modeled by our very own Emily. Norway is available in 6 natural shades.

Emily reckons this is a very wearable and comfy jumper indeed!

Come into our Sydney or Melbourne store and purchase the yarn to knit one of the jumpers in the book and we will include the pattern book for free. This offer lasts while stocks last.

And just to conclude your winter ensemble. One of the hats and a voluptuous infinity scarf.

We think you should be pretty much set for the upcoming winter.

And, last, but not least.

 

Yarnman Miranda

Yarnman Miranda speaks……….

Actually, she is totally at a loss for words and that right on her first  Yarnman Miranda speaks segment, but she is truly speechless.

This is all we could get out of her:

“Ladies, really……….?!

Until the next time. Try to make something beautiful often.

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Alpaca Mittens for the Anzac Day Long Week End

Alpaca Crochet Mittens

There’s still time to run into the store and buy the Morris and Sons 8 ply Alpaca needed for these.

Mittens
Materials:1 x 50g Morris Maya 8 ply. Sample in 3819 Ablaze (MC) and 1 x 50g Morris Maya 8 ply, 3817 Harvest (CC)
Needles: 3.50mm crochet hook
Tension: on 3.50mm hook measured over 10cm equals 22sts x 11 rows.
These mittens have a left hand and right hand respectively. This way the seam line formed by the beginning and end of the round is in the palm of the hand.
To fit: an average woman’s hand

NOTE: We used 1 x 50g MC for a pair of mittens. We had about 2metres left. Work sparingly and check your tension so you don’t run out of yarn!

Abbreviations: (Bristish crochet terms are used throughout).
Ch – chain ; Tr – treble ; Dc – double crochet ; Rep – repeat
2 dc Cluster – yrh, work into the side of previous dc, yrh, pull through, yrh pull through first 2sts, yrh, work into side of previous dc, yrh, pull through, yrh, pull through first 2 sts and then through remaining 3sts.
sk2sts – skip 2 stitches
yrh – yarn round hook.

METHOD
Left Hand
Using 3.50mm crochet hook and MC chain 42. Join with a slip stitch in first chain to form a ring.
Round 1: ch3 (this counts as 1tr throughout), 1tr in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain. (42 sts, includes beginning 3ch).
Round 2 and 3: rep round 1.
Round 4: ch3, 23tr into next 23 sts, ch10, skip 4 sts, 14tr to the end of the round. Join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain. (thumb hole made)
Round 5: ch3, 1tr in each stitch around, including 10ch for thumb. Join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain. (48sts, includes beginning 3ch)
Round 6: ch3, 24tr, tr2tog, tr4, tr2tog, tr15, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 7: ch3, tr24, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr15, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 8: ch3, tr23, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr14, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 9: ch3, tr22, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr13, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 10: ch3, tr21, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr12, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 11: ch3, tr20, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr11, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 12: ch3, tr21, tr2tog, tr12, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 13: ch3, tr20, tr2tog, tr12, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 14: ch3, tr19, tr2tog, tr12, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 15: ch3, tr18, tr2tog, tr12, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain. (31sts)
Round 16 and 17: 3ch, tr31sts, no shaping.
Edging around wrist end of the mitten:
Join in CC to the top of the mitten at the seam line.
Round 1: Ch1, dc30sts around top of mitt. End round with a slip stitch into 1st chain.

Alpace Crochet Mittens 2

 

Edging around fingers:
Join in CC to the bottom (finger end) of the mittens at the seam line
Round 1: ch1, 41dc in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in top of 1st chain. (42sts)
Round 2 and 3: repeat round 1.
Round 4: ch1, dc in first st, *ch3, 2dc cluster in side of last dc worked, sk2sts, dc in next st, rep from * across. Fasten off.
Right Hand
Using 3.50mm crochet hook and MC chain 42. Join with a slip stitch in first chain to form a ring.
Round 1: ch3 (this counts as 1tr), 1tr in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain. (42 sts in total).
Round 2 and 3: rep round 1.
Round 4: ch3, 13tr into next 13 sts, ch10, skip 4 sts, 24tr to the end of the round. Join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain. (thumb hole made)
Round 5: ch3, 1tr in each stitch around, including 10ch for thumb. Join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain. (48sts includes beginning 3ch)
Round 6: ch3, 14tr, tr2tog, tr4, tr2tog, tr25, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 7: ch3, 14tr, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr25, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 8: ch3, 13tr, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr24, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 9: ch3, 12tr, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr23, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 10: ch3, 11tr, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr22, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 11: ch3, 10tr, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr21, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 12: ch3, 11tr, tr2tog, tr22, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 13: ch3, 11tr, tr2tog, tr21, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 14: ch3, 11tr, tr2tog, tr20, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 15: ch3, 11tr, tr2tog, tr19, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 16 and 17: 3ch, tr31sts, no shaping.
Finish edgings as for other mitten.

Have an enjoyable long week end. We hope you do get round to making a pair or two of these. If you do, remember we love to see your work.