Monday, 30 March 2015

Knitted Birds

Happy Easter! I'm back home now, managed to make a tit of myself, fall over and take the skin off my fingers on the way home. I was also the person who everyone hates on the tube with my massive rucksack, lots of tutting but I made it and it is amazing to look into a fridge with actual food in it again.

This project started off just as a chick for Easter but then it grew and I received increasingly weird requests from all my friends. They only take an evening to make so they are great as last minute presents.

Obviously green hair or huge scary eyes is a personal choice.

Knitted with 3mm needles and DK wool.

Body (garter stitch-all knit rows):
Cast on 24sts
Knit 2 rows
Shaping the Tail: Increase at each end of next three rows (30sts)
Knit 1 row
Dec at beginning of next 6 rows (24sts)
Body and head: Knit 22 rows
(Knit 2 together) until end of row (12sts)
Knit 1 row
(Knit 2 together) until end of row (6sts)
Break off yarn and thread through stitches.
Sew down the bird’s back, stuff and then sew along the bottom.
Loop yarn bellow head and pull tight to make a neck. You may also want to add a few stiches above the tail to make it stand out more.

Beak (make 2):
Cast on 6sts
K 1 row
P2tog, P2, P2tog
K1 row
P2tog, p2tog
Break of yarn and thread though stitches. Sew onto head slightly curved.

Feet (make 2):
Cast on 6sts
Beginning with a knit row stocking stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) 3 rows
Purl 2 together, take yarn once around right hand needle (RHN), purl 2 together, take yarn once around RHN, purl 2 together (5sts)
SS 4 row
Cast off
Fold in half and sew together. The holes from row 4 will make the gaps between the claws.

This is all you need for the basic bird. Sew on the beak and feet and then embroider on some eyes.

My personal favourite was the grey and yellow penguin. For this you will also need a chest and some wings. 
Cast on 10sts
Knit 14 rows
K1, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K1 (8sts)
K1 row
K1, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1
K1 row
Cast off.

Wings (make 2):
Cast on 6sts
Knit 14 rows
K2tog, K2, K2tog
K2tog, K2tog
Cast off
Fold in half length ways and sew up.

I didn't make feet for the penguin because it would be hard to fit them on with the chest.

Feel free of course to be as wacky as you want and leave a comment if you have any questions.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Avatar Mittens

(The benders, *childish snort*, not the blue people)

Inspired by Aang's orange and yellow outfit and of course his blue arrow.

I made them using 3mm needles and DK wool.
Pattern (make two, but with the arrow on different sides):
Cast on 40sts
In yellow knit 20 rows of K2 P2 rib.
Beginning with a single row of yellow follow chart below for next 22 rows in stocking stitch (starting with a knit row).
Knit 2 rows of K2 P2 rib.
Cast off.
In mattress stitch sew down the sides leaving a hole for the thumb.

Arrow chart

They should now look something like this:

Given the option I probably would have picked a slightly darker orange but the only wool shop within walking distance doesn't have much of a range and the friend's birthday I was making them for was approaching quickly. Let me know if you have any questions or comments :).

In other news I've also learnt how to play the didgeridoo (very badly) and I tried microwaving cake for the first time, best decision I've ever made in my life.

Monday, 9 March 2015

LOTR square is finished!

Exhausted panting and expressive eyebrows. "It's done,"
"Yes Mr Frodo, it's over now."
Well I haven't brought down any Dark Lords but I have finished my LOTR square. Sewing in the loose ends was a horrific task but I already want to make another one.

Pretty cool huh? The further away you get the better it looks, for me being incredibly short sighted if I take my glasses off it looks amazing. It makes a nice change to be able to see something better without my glasses on.
The knitting in total it is a quite impressive 97 X 43 cm,2. Though mine is slightly bigger because I crocheted a border (double crochet stitch twice around the square). I'm not even sure what I'm going to turn it into yet, there is the potential for a giant blanket.
I made the pattern on, for more information and the pattern itself check out my earlier blog post here.

Monday, 2 March 2015

LOTR Knitting Update

It's now 75% finished and a monstrosity to carry around. But Gandalf has appeared, kind of.

When I take pictures of it, or even just look at it from really far away and squint a bit, then I think, yeah this could be alright. *sturgeon face*. But up close it does, to be perfectly honest look a bit of a mess. Still that is why I love knitting pictures so much. You are really never sure what is going to come off your needles. I remember when I made a Harry Potter blanket (not my pattern but it's on Ravelry) Draco was a total disappointment when I cast him off.
I am not looking forward to sewing in the loose ends though. This is what my back looks like at the moment.

If I was one of those amazing forward thinking people I would have sewn them in as I went along but there is a reason why present me always hates past me. Still with a bit of luck my next post should be the finished item. Which is very exciting.
Right, I need to pretend to write an essay for a few hours now.