Join me at Alexandra Palace for some knitty fun.

Are you going to The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in October?  Me too.  What a happy coincidence, how do you fancy sitting down and having some knitty fun with me for an hour?

Tempted?  You know you will want to sit down, you know that there won’t be a free chair anywhere.

But seriously (as Katie would say),  I am teaching a couple of workshops on Thursday 9th October and Friday 10th October.

Thursday I am teaching  Knit an I-Cord Flower Brooch, this class is a great introduction to I-Cord knitting and my Beaded Bracelet class for those who have not knit an I-Cord before.

Knit an icord flower brooch jane burns workshop

Later on Thursday I am teaching, How to make a beaded bracelet, knit with beads and a crochet hook.   This class is an introduction to applying beads to your knitting with a crochet hook as you go.

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Friday I am teaching Knit an I-Cord Flower Brooch and later in the day for those ready for something a little more challenging, knitting with double pointed needles (Take the Fear out of Double Pointed Needles and Knit a Napkin ring).

napkin ring jane burns workshop

napkin ring set jane burns workshop

 Full details and links to buy tickets can be found here on my workshop page.  It would be lovely to meet you all.

 

Magic Knitted Cupcake Pattern, now available for free

To celebrate the new series of The Great British Bake Off, the lovely ladies at Let’s Knit Magazine are offering my Magic Cupcake pattern as a free download.

There is nothing we knitters love more than to relax with a WIP and a tasty treat.  Why not swap the sugar-soaked version for a calorie-free knitted cupcake? Cherry Blossom is a fab way of making your everyday notions look cute and tidy. Hidden beneath the knitted surface is a retractable tape measure, and while the frosted pink icing can be used as a handy pin cushion, the pastel cupcake case can also be removed and used to hold stitch markers and other notions.

Magic Knitted Cupcake pattern download Jane Burns

Nifty, don’t you think? These would make fantastic gifts for your crafty friends.  Get your gift knitting underway now, no excuses!

I would love to see pictures of your finished projects on my Facebook page.

Magic Knitted Cupcake pattern download Jane Burns

Pringle Tube to Knitted Desk Tidy, why not?

I am always looking for new ways to yarn bomb my work space.  I had seen lots of faux knitted home wares in the shops but nothing was quite right.  So I made my own, with the help of some empty Pringle tins!  What makes these extremely practical is that you can pop the covers off and wash them.  (Let’s just say I am a little accident prone, enough said)

These cute storage tins are a great way to practice your skills and maybe try a new one!  The checked jar is created by slipping stitches, this means you are only ever working with one colour per row, awesome!

 

Hot Desk knitted storage jars jane burns

 

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

You can download Issue 83 of Let’s Knit Magazine here.

Plain kitchen clock to knitted rustic wall art – Easy!

This post comes with a warning, once you have knitted completed this project nothing in your home will be safe!  Knitting i-cord is simple and before you know it you will be yarn bombing mirrors, frames and more.

Tick Tock knitted icord clock jane burns

This plain kitchen clock is given a make-over using household string and a glue gun.

I would love to see what else you yarn bomb with this technique over on my Facebook page.

You can download your copy of Issue 83 of Let’s Knit Magazine here.

 

Download my Knitted Remembrance Poppy Brooch pattern for free

Raise money for the Royal British Legion by knitting my Poppy Brooches and selling them.

Mark the centenary of the First World War by knitting this simple poppy pattern using DK yarn from your stash. The pattern is so easy, even beginner knitters will be able to master it in no time.  Download the pattern for free here

Remembrance Poppy Brooch pattern jane burns knitted

What to learn more about supporting the Royal British Legion here

Big Bouncy Knitted Sunflower Cushion

Hello there my yarn loving friends, guess who got their design on this months issue of Simply Knitting?  That would be me and I am still grinning about it.

Measuring a whopping 50cm in diameter this cushion will bring a smile to more than one set of cheeks!

Make a statement with this bold cushion and bring some sunshine into your life no matter what the weather.  It is perfect indoors or out.

 

sunny days knitted sunflower cushion jane burns

Sunflowers not for you,  simply change the colour or go wild and knit each petal in a different colour for a truly bold statement!

I would as always love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page.  You can download your copy of Issue 123 of Simply Knitting magazine here.   Happy Knitting!

 

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sunny days knitted sunflower cushion jane burns

Happy Days – Now free to download

Typical – I post about the sun turning up, and I jinx the weather! We’ve been educating Katie in the joys of ‘Only Fools and Horses’, and I’ve been made to look like a right ‘Uncle Albert’, albeit a (much younger!) non-seafaring version.

So hopefully, some lovely bunting can brighten up your day indoors?  GOOD NEWS UPDATE – This pattern is now available to download for free from the lovely ladies at Let’s Knit Magazine.  Download your copy today and don’t forget to post pictures on my Facebook page, it makes me very happy :)

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Happy Days

Since each flag only requires a small amount of yarn, this could be a great stash buster. It’s also a great project to try out intarsia colour-work for the first time. Varying stripes, plain and garter stitch adds some interesting texture that’s great for practicing your technique.

Happy Days Knitted bunting pattern, jane burns

This pattern features in Issue 81 of Let’s Knit magazine, along with Frill Seeker and Seaside Special, and is available to download straight away.

As always I would love to see your finished items on my Facebook Page!

Friday Freebie crochet pattern for your sneaker makeover – Violet

We have come to the last of our crochet flowers (well for now).  But what better way to end than with Violet.  Named after my wonderful Nan, my woolly inspiration, my how to be the nicest person you can be role model and bestest person ever!

 

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Friday Freebie, meet Tiny Tina, crochet pattern for your sneaker makeover

How are you this fine Friday?

This weeks Friday treat is Tiny Tina,  she is super cute, but better still sooooooooo fast to make.  Tiny Tina also makes great hairclips.  Can you suggest anything else we could use Tiny Tina for?

Tiny Tina

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Freebie Friday, the next crochet flower for your sneaker makeover – Viola

Hi my yarn loving friends, how are you?

What have you been making to keep you out of the sun and excuse you from the gardening?  Need another excuse to make pretty things?  Well……………… today is Friday and what better way to celebrate than with a new pair of shoes?  Almost!

Meet Viola, she is a little bolder than her little sister Vi, but not quite as loud as her big sis Violet!

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A new crochet pattern for your sneaker makeover – Poppy

Hello :)

I hope you have been enjoying the weather and that some of you have had the chance to crochet yourself some flowers for your hi top shoes.  As promised I have another freebie for you this week.

Poppy

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To make Poppy, you will need:

3mm crochet hook, 4ply cotton yarn and two 2.5cm buttons, sewing needle and thread.

Finished measurement – 5.5cm diameter

Start hookin’ here….

Using 3mm hook and 4ply yarn, Ch10, join into a ring with a sl st into first ch.

Round 1: Ch1, 15dc into ring, close with a sl st to beg ch1

Round 2: Ch4, *1tr into next dc, ch1; rep from * 15 times, sl st into fourth ch of beg ch4

Round 3: Ch1, *1dc into ch1 space, 1dc into top of tr; rep from * 15 times, ch1, sl st into top of beg ch1.

Fasten off, darn in ends and block if desired.  Simply pop over the button to secure onto the shoe.

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The pattern is written in UK crochet terms.

You can find the step by step photo tutorial for Vi here..

As always I would LOVE to see your finished projects on my Facebook page.