Design & ideas

Chunky grey jumper design and yarn

Design & ideas 15 November 2016
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I’d like to knit a chunky jumper to wear in winter with short skirts, tights and boots. I want it to be relatively close-fitting – not a big or boxy jumper – though I will probably be wearing it over a couple of thinner layers. I’m tempted by cable patterns but this is going to […]

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Trousers that fit (or not)

Design & ideas 11 November 2011
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I haven’t done much dressmaking lately as I’ve been conducting an experiment to find out just how long one person can take to make a pair of curtains. The curtains are finally finished (making the second one was much, much quicker than making the first) so I thought I’d turn my attention to my trouser […]

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‘Dimple’ knitting stitch pattern

Design & ideas 26 March 2011
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I found this pattern in the Encyclopaedia of Knitting and Crochet for Techniques by Luise Roberts. It’s a reversible stitch pattern using just knit and purl stitches – might work well for a scarf in chunky wool. The stitch pattern repeats over 6 stitches and 10 rows. Rows 1 and 2: K3, P3 Row 3: […]

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Fitted A-line dress design and pattern

Design & ideas 26 January 2011
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Design I want to make a fitted winter dress to wear to work – a sort of grown-up pinafore dress really. The style I’ve got in mind is sleeveless and made in a medium-weight fabric, worn with a long-sleeve top underneath it and combined with tights and long boots. There’s a dress (pattern 17) in […]

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A simple A-line skirt for winter

Design & ideas 22 November 2010
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I’ve just finished designing and making a winter skirt and have even worn it out of the house. Progress at last! Design The skirt is a very simple A-line with two back darts and a concealed side zip. It has a free hanging lining. There’s no waistband: it’s just bound at the top with some […]

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