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Dennis is one of my free patterns on ravelry just today I’ve been made aware of a couple of minor mistakes.

Due to no longer having the software I used to create the pattern I can’t access and update the information on the same file type. Until I update the pattern to a newly rendered edition I’m going to add it here for you all. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Nessa x

First Error:- Page 3

Second Shape Shoulder on Back of Top should read as follows:-

Next Row. Cast off 13 [14:15:16:17:18] sts, purl to end. 13 [14:15:16:17:19] sts.

Next Row. Knit.

Cast off rem 13 [14:15:16:17:19] sts.

Second Error: Page 4

After the Neck shaping on both sides I’ve managed to miss out any measurements for the armholes so for the Left Side of Neck you:- Work until front armhole measures same as back armhole before shoulder shaping, ending with a ws row.

And same for the Right Side of Neck but:- ending with a rs row.

Hope that clears up any slight confusion. Thank you x

 

 

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With everything you’ve got to start somewhere! I’ve always wanted a handmade blanket of my own but doing hundreds of square at once just seems so long winded and dauntingly dull! Until I watching all these podcasters out there showing off the beautiful Scrappy Sock Blankets or ‘Cozy Memories Blankets’ which ever name you’ve donned for yours, these blankets are amazing!

Every one that’s created are unique and made with much love and consideration! hundreds of sock yarn left overs are gathered and knit up whenever there are scraps at hand which makes then no mean feat! Lots of squishy different fibres popped into a pick n mix array of beauty to eventually drape over you and your loved ones over the winter months! Sounds Dreamy to me and how can so many beautiful knitting ladies be wrong!

That’s right I did begin my very own as I friend of mine calls them ‘Dingle blankets’ lol! You might have caught the first peek of it in my first Podcast episode and it’s growing slowly but surely and I’m not even slightly feed up the fact that I can pick it up in between as I feel I need to knit a little something this blanket has become a dream. My need for starting sock yarn projects has grown though to keep me in kind supply of scraps! Even my boss has donated sample yarns she had lying around at home to keep me busy. I’ve got a feeling making these colourful blankets would put a smile on everybody’s faces there greatly fulfilling and relaxing.

Although my blanket is still in it’s early and small stages at 9 squares I know it’s going to grow into it’s self at a good rate. I love the idea that at some point I will have an almost mood board styled blanket full or yarns, colours and memories, it’s so personal!

So here’s how I went about mine, Its constructed with four different kind of squares as detailed below in the pattern and all are worked in a garter stitch pattern with a mitred decrease, mine all run in the same direction however you don’t have too if you prefer the extra scrappy blanket look 😀

1 square should measure 10cm x 10cm on 2.75mm needles (This isn’t crucial though to make a scrap blanket like this it’s just a guide to what I wrote mine too)

  • 4ply sock or fingering weight yarn.
  •  Hiya Hiya  2.75mm, 40cm long circular needle or Needle to obtain gauge
  • Sewing needle to sew in loose ends as you go.

Abbreviations

K knit, P Purl, sts stitches, ssk slip/slip/knit, tog together.

SQUARE ONE (Starter Square)

Cast on 52 sts.
*1st Row. (wrong side row) K26, place Marker, k26.
2nd Row. (right side row) K24, Ssk, slip marker, k2tog, k24.
Repeat these last 2 rows until you have 2 sts remaining. Remove marker.
Last Row. K2tog. Fasten off.*

SQUARE TWO (Side Edge Squares:- these make up the right side edge of your blanket)

Cast on 26 sts and pick up 26 sts evenly along top edge of first square (or top edge of any side edge square). 52 sts.
and work as given for 1st square from * to *.

SQUARE THREE (Lower edge Squares:- these make up the bottom edge of your blanket)

Pick up 26 sts evenly along left side edge of a lower edge square and cast on 26 sts. 52 sts.
and work as given for 1st square from * to *.

SQUARE FOUR (Central squares:- these ones you’ll use the most, they make up the centre of your blanket)

Pick up 26 sts evenly along left side edge of a square and pick up 26 sts evenly along the top edge of a square. 52 sts.
and work as given for 1st square from * to *.

Not difficult at all! and then when you have a few ends sew them in as you go so it’s not a massive job at the end.

I hope some of you join in on the fun and use up some of those odds and ends rather than throw them away! If not charity shop them some dear knitter might find them and add them to there Sock and Scrappy 😀

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Dennis

 

New Vintage Inspired Design
The garment is knit up as a close fitting top with a high neckline plus an elegant contrast chain stitch edging. The pretty back neck is low and scooped. A deep ribbed edging to pull in over the hips into the waist and slim half sleeves for a more classic feminine fit. The garment is made so it’s reversible.

Knitted in pieces and sewn together. The design is a fully written instruction. It’s a simple and effortless design with attractive shaping and details. The end result is a versatile and elegant top that can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

Suited for evenings, office and daytime wearing, it would look fabulous teamed with a pencil skirt or Capri length trousers.

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Well we come to the Final part and 4th of my Fizz Test Knit series. I should have posted this onto the blog last week but I was lazy and put it aside for one week I’ve been wanting to make headway with a book I’m reading and so it was priority number one last week. I’m not far away from the end so I figured before the weekends reading takes hold I’d finish the posts on the Fizz Test Knit, I don’t want you thinking I’ve forgotten.

The next stage to this pattern was sewing two threads up the centre which you use by knotting one end and gather up the knitting in the centre of the top this will be covered up by the placket.

Next was to do the front placket, which runs up the centre of your top and you can decorate it with buttons. I decided after not being able to find buttons that I liked right away to leave mine plain I’d rather do that than just decorate it for the sake of it.

The front placket is picked up in the centre of your top on the last round of your waistband. Most of the time when picking up it done on a side edge for neckband or front borders this isn’t, it’s picked up in the centre of the knitted fabric. When I first started picking up for this section I found it fiddly and with all honestly it frustrated me.

When picking up for a border you pick up with the yarn from behind the work and pull the loops up and through your knitting. When picking up through the centre of your fabric the yarn needs to be at the front. I’d get some stitches on the needle and when trying to pick up another a few would drop off in the tussle. Due to it not being that many stitches I decided after a short while to just pick them up the same as you would with a knitting needle but use a crochet hook and then slip them off the opposite end onto a knitting needle. So  I’ve done a mini tutorial here to show you how to go about pick up with the a crochet hook

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Top left:- slip your crochet hook through a full stitch. Top Right:- wrap yarn around the hook. Bottom Left:- and pull through. Bottom Right:- Continue wrapping the yarn over the hook like you would if you were knitting.

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Next thing is to slip all the stitches you’ve picked up back onto your needles your using and work back and forth.

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This is what it looks like once been picked up.

Once the stitches has been picked up you will see the bumps behind but because the placket lays flat over these bumps you want see them just remember to thread your loose end through to the back of your work so it’s hidden out of view, just like below.

Next is to pick up for the straps, now I decided at this point to try in on with my bra and see where the centre would sit and where I would like to pick up for my straps it’ll give you a good idea of placing and I just slipped in a couple of place markers ready so I could pick up evenly at these points. I picked up just at the back of the I-cord on the line where you change to the contrast colour.

I have to say I really enjoyed working on this pattern and for a first time test knitting I think I was very successful and gave greatly detailed results to help the designer as best I could. Although the summer weather has really been all its cracked up to be this year in Yorkshire but I’m sure I’ll be able to get out sometime soon. Here’s a snap shot of the end result for you all, isn’t it smashing.

You’ll be glad to know as well the pattern has been released today on Ravelry and you can purchase it from UntanglingKnots Ravelry Shop. Available for purchase at £3.92.

And I hope you liked and found my four parter helpful to your crafting needs.
Fizz Test Knit, Part 3.
Fizz Test Knit, Part 2.
Fizz Test Knit, Part 1.

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Just another quick post to show my appreciation of the crafting world. I found this gorgeous pattern yesterday pop up on my Twitter feed. At one point I was never too keen on Twitter and I joined it when it first came out but then stopped using it because I didn’t catch on to all the hype and usefulness that Twitter has of passing on snippets of info, dates or thoughts. I re-joined in the fun again about a year ago and have been slightly hooked on it ever since. Anyway back to the pattern I noticed by the very talented OwlPrintPanda. The patterns name is Ardence and actually comes as a set of both an elegant lace scarf and hat, both knitted in Malabrigo’s sport weight yarn ‘Arroyo’. I’m hoping she won’t mind me sharing one of her pictures so you can see the beautiful design. I was so in love with the pattern I decided the Ardence Hat will be my next project on the needles and I’m crossing my fingers and toes it will look super cute with my short hair cut. I’m sure we’ll see in a future post.

Also if you want to pick up this great pattern and show your support to an indie designer she’s doing a reduced price for the Ardence set on Ravelry for only £2 with the coupon code ‘Adrence’ which is on for only another 2 1/2 days. If your unsure how to do the coupons on Ravelry you can add a pattern to your cart and from your cart you can add a coupon code.

It’s just so pretty I can’t wait to cast on. I love a touch of lace.

 

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So where did I leave it on Part 2 of the test knitting? Well I believe I’d done the edging and encased the elastic and joined both edges of my provisional together the next stage of the pattern was to work short rows to shape the top to fit around the curve of the bust.

I’ve mentioned on a previous post about my Chickadee Sweater that I’d learnt a trick to make that little wrap stitch nub invisible on your way back whilst doing short rows. Well again I got to fully make the most if this new skill and cover up those nubs. I did find though that one side was slightly loose where I’d done my wraps for reason. I can only assume it was mainly due to the yarn so I did a thing some knitters fear to do!
One stitch at a time I dropped it down to wear it was loose and hooked it back up again. This tightened up my loose stitches perfectly and made the appearance much neater. The short rows work backwards and forwards across the front of the busy leaving the back so it gives more rows up and over the bust without adding depth to the back. The short rows will be worked back and forth from armpit to the opposite armpit.

The next stage of the pattern was a new skill for me also as I’ve previously worked an I-cord but never preformed an I-cord cast off. I can happily say it leaves such a nice and neat edging and it’s fun to do. It’s one of those skills though that I’d have to look back and refer too. A Little Tutorial for you by the lovely Craftsy People. 

I know I keep Blabbing on but doing a test knit can teach you so many new techniques or just a new way of going about a garment. It almost pops you into another knitters mind.

Fizz Test Knit, Part 4. Final Part will be coming to you next week and talking about the last parts of the top process and some end result photo’s to share with you all.

If you are wanting to catch up you haven’t completely missed out here’s Part 1 and Part 2. x

 

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Back for the second part and update of my Fizz test knit I hope!
After reading through the pattern instructions and having all my materials prepared I worked on the first section, which is the waistband. At this point all I really needed to remind myself was how to provisionally cast on. It’s something I don’t come across very often when I’m knitting a pattern but it’s a great skill to learn especially for lace scarves that start at the centre out. I’ve collated small list of tutorial website suggestions which also show different ways of doing the provisional cast on:-
Knitty
Purl Bee
Also a video tutorial:-
Knitting Help

First of all you will need the yarn your main yarn, some scrap yarn and needles (possibly in some cases a crochet hook). The main aim of a provisional cast on is to so you can work the stitches as normal and then remove the scrap yarn to reveal live stitches at the opposite side to work with.
In this case you are creating a provisional cast on then working straight, when you get to the required length you cut of the provisional and use both sets of stitches by decreasing the two sets together to encase your elastic band.
 photo 66991E57-04DB-4B75-B447-DB35B2089751_zps39dnfybu.jpgSuch a nice and neat method, the method I’d used was from the Ysolda Teagues ‘Little Red In The City’ book and you have to juggle your way around your yarn, needle and crochet hook. Although I may have preformed a few circus tricks once I’d got the hang of the method it didn’t take me long at all to them done and joined into the round.
 photo 1A5ABBAB-851D-4E0C-93B7-0ED4F18B4E4E_zpsdxsvixom.jpgWhere my elastic was concerned you want a bit of negative ease and so I cut it to the measurement of my under bust and I suggest you overlap your elastic by an inch or two depending how tight you want it. I put a few sewing tacks into mine and tried it on to check it’s fit. Once I was happy I secured it down thoroughly and remember there’s no getting into the waistband once you’ve encased the elastic so make sure your happy with it. I hate doing something and finding I have to take it back to rectify a mistake.

visiting techniques, although I am like most and did make the error of decreasing the two sets of stitches off unevenly and ended up with five stitches left on one needle and non on the other. It happens to the best of us sometime when not concentrating.

Part 3, I’ll be sharing the next stages of the pattern and maybe a tutorial. X

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