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Crochet Blanket: Update #2

It’s getting there slowly. Here is about 1/3 of the finished blanket. Forgive the lighting, it was on my phone late at night and I didn’t bring my camera home for Christmas.

Before you titter at your computer screens, I’d just like to say that I know it’s wonky. Apparently I can’t watch Game of Thrones and crochet very basic stitches at the same time…*sighs*…

So there is a plan for the edging to make it look like it was deliberate. Stay tuned to see how that one works out!

Want to make one? Find this gorgeous pattern here!

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1920s inspired: knitted winter hat

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After several attempts – due to editing the pattern for our family’s infamous tiny head – the hat has been knitted!

If you like what you see, the pattern is available on Ravelry.

You might notice that this one is slightly different from the picture on the pattern. This is because  – again, partly due to our family’s tiny head – my mum prefers the Cloche style as it’s more 20s.

Although there are some bits on this pattern that take a moment’s pause and hand miming before you actually pick up your work so as not to get it wrong, it’s largely quite simple to follow. There’s a little bit of maths involved, but nothing I couldn’t do, so that means most will be comfortable with it!

Similar hat patterns can also be found on Ravelry, so have a good browse before you start.

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Knitted dog: Best in show review

Woof!

So I recently bought this book…

Best in show by Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne

Best in show by Sally Muir & Joanna Osborne

…And loved it!

There are some really cute patterns in there for the most commonly owned breeds of dogs, which makes it an ideal handbook for knitting a dog-lover a gift or two.

As it happens, this is exactly why I bought it. I knitted this one:

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Overall review:

Good bits: not very time consuming to make

Good bits: simple patterns

Good bits: very clearly explained

Bad bits: a lot of faff to knit some small areas that would be easier just sewn on, e.g. the eyebrows were a bit of a mission.

Get results of poochy-perfection with this very clear guide, it’s a fantastic knit project.

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Grandma’s Neck-warmer

This one’s for Grandma. Due to her condition, she can’t have the heating on but still needs to keep warm. I knitted this for her neck to keep her nice and cosy.

She loves – if you hadn’t already guessed – daisies and butterflies. So I went to town on the decorations…

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Meerkat Knitting Patterns: Simples, charming.

Awful pun titles aside, Knitted Meerkats is a great book.

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They’re the perfect thing if you want to make something small. In this instance, it was for my Grandma, who loves the adverts.

Once you’ve mastered the basic meerkat body (never thought I’d write that?!), the clothes are easy to make and take very little time to do. There’s a whole family of different type of meerkat, so potentially there’s a lot of knitting to be done – there are even children meerkats .

Seeing as Grandma already has a meerkat that’s dressed as a groom, I knitted her the bride…