Not one but two great offers just for Halloween

Well the spooky season is well upon us now, the world seems to have taken on a distinctly orange and green hue.  If like me you are a fan of skullies I have not one but two great offers for you, My Not Just for Halloween socks pattern is only £1.50!

 

These cute socks are designed to be slightly slouchy for maximum comfort, the pattern is written for sizes:

Small – shoe size 1-4, ankle circumference 19cm
Medium – shoe size 4-7, ankle circumference 23cm
Large – shoe size 8-11, ankle circumference 28cm

The skully motif is applied using a crochet hook to knit the beads into the fabric as you go, no spending hours threading beads on to your yarn!! There is of course a link to a fantastic video tutorial on applying beads with a crochet hook included in the pattern. There is also a link to get you started knitting socks (just in case you need it).

You will need:
YARN: opal 4ply pullover and sock yarn in Orange, shade 5181
CROCHET HOOK: 0.75mm
DPN’s: 2.75mm
BEADS: Size 8 seed beads (I recommend, Debbie Abrahams, shade 605). One pack.

You can download the pattern here.

Please feel free to message me if you have any queries regarding this pattern.

Not inspired by the socks, then why not take a look at my Halloween eBook collections:

I said there were two offers….

I am running a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE OFFER, no coupon or voucher required, simply purchase Frightful Knits Volume Two and you will get Volume One for FREE. 

Frightful Knits Volume Two, a collection of six patterns, including one crochet bunting pattern.

Available to download here for only £4.95

The link will provide you with full pattern information.

 

Frightful Knits Volume One, a collection of six knitting patterns.

This collection is available to download here for only £4.50

The link will provide you with full pattern information.

I hope I have inspired you to pick up your needles, as always I would love to see what you have been making on my Facebook page.

Alexandra Palace, bands, teaching, shopping and me

Hello,

How are you all?  Have you got your woollies out yet, now that the weather is turning cooler?

I love the autumn, not only does it mean that this closet redhead does not have to go into hiding everytime the sun comes out to play, but it’s what I like to call ‘knitting season’.  The highlight of my knitting calendar ever since I learnt to knit has been the annual pilgrimage to Alexandra Palace, London, home to the Knitting & Stitching Show.

front view

Alexandra Palace holds many fond memories for me, from the first time I visited and realised that there are lots of people just like me who are addicted to yarn! There I learned that Ladies are not always ‘lady like’ when doing battle over yarn, and that shopping trolleys and elbows are the weapons of choice to secure that much coveted skein.

I have attended Ally Pally as a vendor during the time I owned Knit ‘n’ Caboodle. It was a wonderful experience getting to meet some many lovely customers.  I have nothing but admiration for any vendor at Ally Pally, it can be gruelling.  Long days, usually dreadful travel times, set up and break down are incredibly hard work, thank you for continuing to be part of this event every year.

During the past couple of years I have been visiting Ally Pally to see bands.  It is by far my favourite music venue, the acoustics are second to none, the atmosphere is amazing.  It is not a particularly big venue which makes for a great experience wherever you happen to be standing.

 

The Vaccines with their support act for that night the awesome Band of Skulls

 

The Black Keys,  one of the most atmospheric gigs I have ever been to, belting blues tunes and simple lighting……..  bliss!

This year I visited Ally Pally on two consequtive days.   ‘Why?’ I hear you ask……. teaching.

You possibly saw my blog posts announcing my classes.  I taught four classes over the two days in the Prima Make & Take Theatre.  I had some wonderful students, many of whom have been in touch to show me there completed projects.  Well done ladies, I am really looking forward to seeing what you make next with your new found skills.

I really enjoy teaching, it gives me the opportunity to meet knitters and crocheters from all walks of life and help cultivate their passion for the craft.  Over the next few weeks I will be announcing some new workshops in the Essex area.

If there is a particular technique you would like to learn, or a venue you would like to see me offering lessons, please let me know.  I am relatively new to the area and your help would be very much appreciated in finding great places to teach knitting and crochet.  Cute cafes, cosy rooms, I am all ears!

Pretty in Pink Christmas Tree Jumper

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Pretty in Pink Christmas Tree Sweater

Image courtesy of Simply Knitting Magazine

With its twinkling Christmas tree motif this is guaranteed to delight the little Princess in your life.

The pattern is written for chest sizes 55, 58.5 and 63.5cm which is approximately 3-5 years.

christmas sweaters tree bow close up JANE BURNS

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Matching collar and cuff detail

This is a traditional style drop shoulder sweater, worked from the bottom up.  It is a very straight forward knit and would suit a keen beginner.  The sparkly tree is worked using the Intarsia method and King Cole Galaxy DK yarn.  If you prefer to knit this in a plain yarn, you can easily substitute another DK yarn.  Why not knit one for a little Prince?

You can find the pattern inside the Hand Knit Christmas supplement which is free with issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.  You can download your copy here.

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As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

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Counting Down to Christmas with Knitted Advent Bunting

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Counting Down to Christmas with my knitted Advent Bunting

Get started now to be sure to be finished in time for December 1st!

Images courtesy of Simply Knitting Magazine

This bunting is knitted using Artesano Definition Sock yarn, but it would work just as well using any 4ply yarn (what a great way to destash). There are plenty of pockets to ensure everyone gets a treat during Advent.

The pattern includes charts for the colourwork.

You can find the pattern inside the Hand Knit Christmas supplement which is free with issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.  You can download your copy here.

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As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

Tiny Knitted Gift Bags and Sparkly Sacks

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These tiny bags are great for hiding treats on the tree

Image courtesy of Simply Knitting Magazine

I was luck enough to receive a pack of Lion Brand, Bonbons to try.  For those of you yet to come across these assorted packets of yarnie fun you can read some more about them in my previous blog post

I thought these Party Bonbon’s were just crying out to be Christmassy.  So the mini treat bags were born, not under a star and greeted by Three Wisemen, but here in my studio, greeted by cuppa and a digestive biscuit!

Disclaimer… I did not write the comment on the image that was the saucy sorts at Simply Knitting!

You can find the pattern inside the Hand Knit Christmas supplement which is free with issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.  You can download your copy here.

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As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

Mr Not So Frosty – Knitted Doorstop

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With his jaunty top hat and cosy scarf this festive chap will hold the door open for your guest. Classic cables add some interest to your knitting, while his simple features and accessories give him such a distinct personality he will soon be part of the family.

Mr Not So Frosty is worked in the round in chunky yarn, making him a super quick knit.  He would make a perfect gift (never say I don’t help you out with your Christmas planning).

You can find the pattern inside the Hand Knit Christmas supplement which is free with issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.  You can download your copy here.

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As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

 

 

 

Elf Yourself Knitted Christmas Jumper

 

Of course I have designed a silly Christmas Jumper for the man in your life.  Introducing my Elf Yourself Sweater.

 

 

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Elf Yourself

Image courtesy of Simply Knitting Magazine

 

This charming sweater is a traditional drop shoulder sweater with an Intarsia Elf motif.  To make this a little easier on yourself I highly recommend swiss darning the belt buckle and black outlining on rather than using Intarsia.

The pattern is written for chest sizes 55, 58.5 and 63.5cm which is approximately 3-5 years.

You can find the pattern inside the Hand Knit Christmas supplement which is free with issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.  You can download your copy here.

christmas knits jane burns

 

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

 

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Santa Baby Hat & Sweater

I know how you all secretly love a good Christmas jumper!  I have been a busy girl creating three such delights for your little people.

Today I would like to introduce you to…… drum roll please…

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Santa Baby

Images courtesy of Simply Knitting

This is a traditional style drop shoulder sweater, worked from the bottom up.  It is a very straight forward knit and would suit a keen beginner.  If you would like to make life even easier for yourself,  I recommend that you swiss darn the buckle details on, rather than intarsia.

The pattern is written for chest sizes 43, 45.5, 48, 53 and 55cm.  Which is approximately ages six months to 3 years.

santa baby hat knitted jane burns

This little chap looks super cute in his matching Santa hat.  The hat is worked in the round from the bottom up with simple shaping.  The pattern is written for three sizes (35.5, 40.5 & 45.5cm circumference)

You can find the pattern inside the Hand Knit Christmas supplement which is free with issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.  You can download your copy here.

christmas knits jane burns

 

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

Happy Knitting X

Halloween Knits, Monsters, Eyeball Cushions, Bats….

I love designing for Halloween,  I love the colours, I love the fun, I love getting to be as silly as my imagination will allow.  This is the third year running I have been asked by Simply Knitting Magazine to design a collection of projects for the Scary Season.  I have had the same model for each shoot and it has been lovely seeing her grow into a young lady.

 

 

This year I have four Halloween projects featured in issue 125 of Simply Knitting Magazine.

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Eye See you Cushion

Images courtesy of Simply Knitting Magazine

This comedy cushion will get a giggle or two as you hide from the Fright Night Movie.  Knit in the round from the centre out in chunky yarn, this project works up super fast.

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Monster Mash

With their furry yarn and big green eyes, Simply Knitting said these were possibly the best slippers they had ever seen! I was thrilled to read that *blushes*.

These cute critters are worked by holding a strand of aran yarn together with the furry yarn to give the slippers a nice sturdy feel and ensure you get plenty of monster miles out of them!

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Go Batty

Go Batty for these charming knitted bats, with their Velcro fastenings these would look great just about anywhere!  I am looking forward to getting them back and putting them on Little Misses bike!

Finally,

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I scream

Can’t have your hands getting cold whilst you indulge in your favourite treat.  Worked in chunky yarn in the round you can easily make this in an evening.  It would make an excellent gift ;)

I hope you have enjoyed these as much as I did designing and making them.

You can get your hands on a copy of the magazine here

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

Happy Knitting X

 

 

 

Squishy Hat & Cowl in gorgeous Eden Cottage Yarn

The second design featured on the cover of Let’s Knit Magazine issue 84, was my snuggly hat and cowl set.  Knit using the most gorgeously squishy Langdale Superwash Aran, from Eden Cottage it is lovely to knit and luxurious to wear.

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Keeping Cosy

Images Courtesy of Let’s Knit Magazine

 This is a clever little stitch, it uses a simple technique to create a stunning mock cable effect which is so on trend this season, (and no pesky cable needle needed).

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This big cosy cowl can easily be adapted to any length desired.

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You can get your hands on the pattern here….

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

Happy Knitting X

Jamiesons of Shetland Fingerless Mittens

Let’s start with a slap on the wrists for me,  first rule of blogging…. What happens in blog club, stays…. no that’s not it!  Post regularly, that’s it.  Well as I said last week it has been a mad blur of deadlines and now I am able to share some of the exciting projects I have been working on.  I will over the coming days be doing a good old-fashioned show and tell.

Where to begin….

I was an over excited mess when I first saw the cover of issue 84 of Let’s Knit Magazine, why?  Well, not one but two projects on the front cover.

The first were a pair of fingerless (not gingerless as my incompetent fingers just typed) mittens.  I loved knitting these, I must confess it was the first time I had worked with pure Shetland wool.  What an experience,  I can’t recommend using Jamiesons of Shetland enough.  The yarn made working stranded colourwork a total joy, each strand happily nesting down next to its neighbour and staying there, no slipping about.  Working with this yarn I could finally understand how people could be brave enough to cut into their knitting in the name of steeking.

Anyway I digress…..

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Perfect Plaid Mittens

Image courtesy of Let’s Knit Magazine

Worked in a monochrome palette with a splash of vibrant blue, why not customise the colour splash to co-ordinate with your wardrobe?

Perfect Plaid mittens jane burns swatch

You can get your hands on the pattern here….

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page and on Ravelry.

Happy Knitting X