Beaded knitting, it is fast becoming one of my favourite knitty tricks…

Meet Bellona, I designed these fingerless mittens for The Knitter magazine and they were featured in issue 77.  The beaded fleur de lis catch the light beautifully as the Debbie Abrahams beads nestle down in the scrumptious Sparkleduck Spirit yarn.

 

 

beaded fleur mittens jane burns tn

 

The mittens are worked in the round and the beads are added using the crochet hook method.  No having to thread hundreds of beads onto your yarn before you start!  These mittens would make a great addition to your wardrobe anytime of year.

It is never too early to start preparing for Christmas, is it?  I know I hear you screaming at me.  But I really wanted to share these with you.  These were also featured in The Knitter issue 77.  They are a great project to develop both your beading and your Fair Isle skills.

bead and fair isle baubles jane burns tn

I hope you can forgive my indulgence in sharing Christmas projects in February and that you will share your finished projects with me on my Facebook page.

Happy Knitting x

 

A Plethora of Purple Scarves…

Well it has been a busy start to 2015 for me and I realise that I am somewhat behind with updating my blog (naughty knitting blogger!).  But I wanted to bring the blog upto date and share some of the designs that have been released during the past couple of months.

The December Issue of Simply Knitting features a plethora of my creations, all designed to keep you cosy during the chilly months.  See if you can guess my favourite colour?

There were not one, not two, but four scarves featured in this issue….

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Luxurious, which is a chunky knit scarf worked in Stylecraft, Tibet yarn.  It is a quick knit and can be worn many ways as you simply use the lace eyelets as buttonholes.

 

cable scarf knit JANE BURNS

Preppy Chic, this is another chunky knit with cables that run along the outside edge, to give this scarf some interesting shaping.  Worked in Stylecraft, Life Super Chunky, this really is a quick knit.

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Rolling Waves, this little beauty is worked using Stylecraft, Senses Lace.  The yarn is so light and fluffy I can’t recommend trying this yarn out enough.  One ball of yarn is all that is needed for this cleverly crafted scarf, the yarn is available in some really pretty colours.  I am looking forward to seeing your finished versions of this project.

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I am a big fan of self patterning yarn, it gives an instant look of complexity to your knitting with no extra effort.  I like to team the self patterning yarn with a solid coloured contrasting yarn for some extra wow.  So image my delight when West Yorkshire Spinners developed their Signature Birds range of sock yarn.  The self patterning yarn is available in Wood Pigeon, Blue Tit, Bull Finch, Owl, Pheasant and Mallard.  Each yarn has a coordinating solid coloured yarn.  These ‘Taking Wing’ mittens shown above are worked using Blue Tit and Cardamon.

 

knitted cowl JANE BURNS

Yes you spotted it, I said four scarves.  This linen stitch cowl was a free pattern for subscribers.  It only takes one ball of Stylecraft, Vision DK and is available to download from the Simply Knitting website here.

Happy Knitting everyone, as always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page.

You can download a copy of issue 127 Simply Knitting here.

Say I love you mostest, with my Free Love Heart Knitting Pattern

When I was asked by Sarah at Let’s Knit to design a hanging heart for the magazine I jumped at the chance.  I am as some of you will know a hopeless romantic.  I wanted to make something a little bit special for Doug to say thank you for everything he does to support me in this crazy job I have.

Thank you Doug for….

  • the endless cups of tea
  • the blog posts when I am too busy or tired to write
  • the tech support
  • the school runs
  • the sitting around in yarn shops
  • your honest opinion

But really what I want to say is, Thank you so very much for being mine xxxxxxxxx

 

For those of you have not yet reached for the sick bowl,  here is the pattern.

‘I Love You Mostest’, Knitted Heart Pattern

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You will need:

  • 25g of red DK weight yarn
  • 10g of white DK weight yarn
  • 10g of pink DK weight yarn
  • 4mm needles
  • Two 4mm DPN’s (for I-cord)
  • Toy stuffing
  • 40cm garden wire
  • Black felt

 

Finished size:

12cm tall x 13 wide

 

Heart – make two pieces

Using red yarn and 4mm needles, cast on one st

Row 1: knit in to front, back and front [three sts]

Row 2: purl

Row 3: k1, m1, knit to last st, m1, k1 [five sts]

Row 4: purl

Repeat rows 3 & 4 until you have 27 sts ending after a WS row

Top shaping:

Row 1: knit

Row 2: purl

Row 3: knit

Row 4: p13 turn

Work on these sts only as follows:

Next row: sl 1, k1, psso, knit to last three sts, k2tog, k1. [11 sts]

Next row: purl

Rep last two rows until five sts rem, ending after a WS row

Cast off

With WS facing, rejoin red yarn to rem 14 sts, work on these sts only as follows:

Next row: cast off one st pwise, purl to end [13 sts]

Next row: k1, sl 1, k1, psso, knit to last three sts, k2tog, k1. [11 sts]

Next row: purl

Rep last two rows until five sts rem, ending after a WS row

Cast off

 

To make up:

With WS facing, sew edges of two heart pieces together, stuffing as you go. Make a hanging loop by plaiting together strands of yarn, or working a crochet chain.

Embroider initials using straight stitches and white yarn.

Using 4mm DPN’s and pink yarn make two i-cords, one 5cm long and one 3cm long. Stitch 5cm i-cord to bottom left of heart and 3cm i-cord to top right of heart. Using photo as a guide. Cut one triangle and two ‘V’ shapes out of black felt and stitch in place on i-cords to make an arrow. Double over garden wire and push through centre of bottom, i-cord through heart and centre of top i-cord. Trim wire as necessary.

 

Crochet your Christmas Baubles

Earlier in the year I was delighted to be asked to be part of ‘Crochet your Christmas Baubles’ the latest title from David & Charles Publishers.  My contribution to the collection is this Scandinavian inspired collection.  These little delights are worked in double crochet with a cross stitch motif.

 

 

Want to know more about the collection? Here is what Amazon have to say about it…

A fun and festive collection of crocheted Christmas baubles and decorations from five talented designers presented in 5 different Christmassy themes.  Select one theme or mix and match to create your perfect Christmas tree decorations. The designs are suitable for all levels of crocheters and are quick and simple to make.

Each theme offers five new patterns. Choose from Santa’s Grotto which includes the classic Santa Claus with his reindeer to traditional Christmas trees, elves and a string of dancing gingerbread men; or why not crochet a delightful Frozen Winter Wonderland of snowflakes, snowmen, hearts and candy bows complete with a Snow Princess. Our Fairy Tale theme is sure to appeal to children and features a fancy Christmas fairy with a jolly pair of Christmas birds, red woodland toadstools and a characterful Christmas gnome
If you are looking for something more sophisticated, you will be inspired by the stylish collection ofScandinavian Christmas baubles in classic red & white, complete with bunting or our stunning White Christmas theme featuring an amigurumi Christmas tree, with mistletoe baubles, snowflake bunting and Chinese lanterns with Christmas berries. All the patterns and instructions you need to crochet your bauble collection are included.
You can get your copy of Crochet your Christmas Baubles here from Amazon…

Run, run as fast as you can… Gingerbread Hat Man

If you are still looking for that last-minute special gift, I might just have very design for you.  Little Ginger is a super quick knit which is designed to fit 3 years to teens.  The hat is worked from the ribbing up with simple decreases.   This version is knitted using Rico Soft Merino Aran which really was butter soft and a delight to work with.

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Why not swap the pink for blue?

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

You can download Issue 87 of Let’s Knit Magazine here.

 

Happy Knitting…………………    Jane x

 

 

 

 

Stylish beaded napkin rings

Threading loads of beads onto yarn for a beaded project is not my idea of fun, so “Beading Beautiful” is another of my patterns that use the crochet hook technique.

With a lovely dark yarn and contrasting shiny beads make contemporary stylish looking napkin rings, perfect for your festive table.

If you are not familiar with this beading technique there are some fantastic resources out there to get you started.  Laura Nelkin has a fantastic Craftsy course that teaches many ways to add beads to your knitting, even some that use dental floss!  I warn you though, if you enrol in this Craftsy class you will spend so much time looking for more and more projects you can add beads to, totally addictive!

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

You can download Issue 87 of Let’s Knit Magazine here.

17 Essential Crochet Gifts, You Simply Must Buy

Not wanting to leave the hookers out, I have put together what I consider to be the ultimate gift guide for those who crochet.  The list includes gadgets, gizmods and giggles and even something for boys!

Click the image and it will whisk you off to a magic portal where you can have these goodies delivered to your door so you don’t even have to enter a yarn store ;)

I hope you enjoy this gift guide, share it with your friends and make sure that all hookers are happy hookers this Christmas….

 

you can never have too much yarn knitting mug gift idea

Yarn Mug

real men crochet tie gifts for knitters men

Real Men Crochet Tie

I Crochet so I dont kill people bag gift idea

Crochet Bag

ball sack knitting bag gift idea

Crochet Bag

Crochet Bag

Crochet Bag

Knitting Blocking Combs gift idea

Genius, Blocking Combs

Knitting yarn Ball Winder, no more winding by hand! knitting gift idea

Yarn Ball Winder, no more winding by hand!

Umbrella Yarn Swift, no more fighting with yarn! knitting gift idea

Umbrella Yarn Swift, no more fighting with yarn!

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Crochet Stitch Markers

Must have Crochet Book

Must have Crochet Book

Mini Balls of Yarn

Mini Balls of Yarn

Yarn Bowl knitting gift idea

Yarn Bowl

Beautiful Stash Enhancement

Beautiful Stash Enhancement

Magnetic Knitting Chart Holder gift idea

Magnetic Chart Holder

Crochet hooks

Clover Getaway Soft Touch Crochet Hook Needle Gift Set

Light Up Crochet Hook

Crochet Lite Hook Light Up Crochet Hook

 

If you are still not sure, then I am pretty confident that the beautiful yarn packs and the Clover hook set will get you more than a kiss under the mistletoe ;)

Happy Hookin’

 

 

Top 30 Gifts for the Knitter in your life – Great Knitting Gift List

It can be so difficult to buy the perfect gift for your loved ones, especially when you perhaps don’t know a great deal about their hobby.

I have put together a selection of gifts for newbie knitters and knitaholics alike! These gift ideas range from stocking fillers to gifts that with total WOW factor.  Click on the image and it will whisk you off where you can purchase the perfect present.

Lets start with needles, this can be daunting for the non-knitter.  Have a peep inside the knitting bag, are the needles wooden or metal? There will be a lot of needles which is more common?

Does your knitter, knit socks and gloves?  Then perhaps consider the sock knitting or DPN sets. (By the way, us knitters can NEVER have too many needles).

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Bamboo Interchangeable Needle Set

Wooden Sock Knitting Needle Set

Wooden Sock Knitting Needle Set

Chiaogoo steel interchangeable needle set gift idea kniitting

Stainless Steel Interchangeable Needle Set

hiya hiya stainless steel DPN knitting needle set gift idea

Stainless Steel DPN Set

Books

The following selection of books contains must sort after classics and some fun new releases too!

The Opinionated Knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann

The Opinionated Knitter – Elizabeth Zimmermann

Barbara Walker Knitting Treasury Books gift idea

Barbara Walker A Treasury of Knitting Patterns

knitting workshop elizabeth zimmermann book knitting gift

Knitting Workshop – Elizabeth Zimmermann

WTF Knits gift idea book knitting

WTF Knits

The Knitting Book by Frederia Patmore gift idea

The Knitting Book by Frederia Patmore

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Woolly Woofers

 Tools, gadgets, gizmods we all love them!

Knitting Blocking Combs gift idea

Genius, Knitting Blocking Combs

Sterling Silver ball of yarn and knitting needle charm knitting gift idea

Sterling Silver ball of yarn and knitting needle charm

Umbrella Yarn Swift, no more fighting with yarn! knitting gift idea

Umbrella Yarn Swift, no more fighting with yarn!

Knitting yarn Ball Winder, no more winding by hand! knitting gift idea

Yarn Ball Winder, no more winding by hand!

Work in progress tubes, knitting gift idea

Work in Progress Tubes, keep you work safe on the go!

Double Pointed Needle Storage Tubes Knitting gift idea

Double Pointed Needle Storage Tubes

Stitch Savers knitting gift idea

For catching those dropped stitches! Stitch Savers

Knit your own Man Kit knitting gift idea

Knit your own Man Kit

Knitters Graph Paper Journal knitting gift idea

Knitters Graph Paper Journal

Yarn Bowl knitting gift idea

Yarn Bowl

Stash Enhancement, Stylecraft Yarn Pack Knitting gift idea

Stash Enhancement, Stylecraft Yarn Pack

Crochet Bag

Crochet Bag

ball sack knitting bag gift idea

Crochet Bag

Knitaholic travel mug knitting gift idea

Travel Mug

I Knit chicks dig me cap knitting gift idea men

Knitting Cap

Live to Knit T-shirt knitting gift idea

Live to Knit T-shirt, great gift for boys and girls

you can never have too much yarn knitting mug gift idea

Knitting Mug

Peronalised Knitting Bag gift idea

Personalised Knitting Bag

Magnetic Knitting Chart Holder gift idea

Magnetic Knitting Chart Holder

Still not sure?

Why not give the gift of learning with a Craftsy online class, they are great value!

craftsy class gift voucher card knitting gift idea

Give a Craftsy Class

Or a subscription to one of the UK’s Top Knitting Magazines

Lets Knit Magazine knitting gift idea subscription

Lets Knit Magazine

Simply knitting magazine subscription gift idea

Simply Knitting Magazine

 

I hope I have helped you with your gift buying for that special knitter in your life, please feel free to drop me an email or leave a comment if I can offer any further advice.

 

Addendum – Saltire Says…

Subtle Jane, real subtle!

Seriously though, when buying for someone whom it may already seem like they own everything there is to own, the ideas above are great.

Pro-tip – take a photo of your knitters bookshelves with your phone. That way you’ll always be able to have at least some idea which books they already own when you spot that bargain in the shops. And it’s usually the case that any book not already on the shelf will usually provide at least some helpful tips or ideas, so don’t shun a bargain just because you don’t think they’ll like it.

And if you see them ‘coo’ over something, make a note on your phone for next time!

 

 

30 gift ideas for knitters

Festive Teddy Outfits

Bring your favourite Teddy into the seasonal festivities with either a Mr or Mrs Santa Claus outfit. Thinking of buy a Build a Bear toy this Christmas? These outfits are the perfect fit for their standard height characters.

They’re designed for an average sized teddy, but if your teddy is (ahem!) slightly larger tummy, some elastic webbing will accommodate the more, ahem, ‘rotund’ stuffed belly.

And if you dare treat a younger, less careful person with such a charming outfit, it’s also machine washable!

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

You can download Issue 87 of Let’s Knit Magazine here.

Christmas Glamour Knits gets some balls

Christmas Glamour Knits are my best selling pattern by far,  all year round I sell these little Christmas knits across the globe.  I have been a busy bee adding a couple of new patterns to this collection, so you can add to yours.

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New for this year are two pattern leaflets…

The aptly titled Christmas Glamour Bauble pattern (I know where did I come up with that name, right?)

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This is knitted in the round on double pointed needles, with a small stranded colour work section (which is worked from a chart).  If you are new to stranded colour work this is the project for you to dip your toe into the stranded knitting pool so to speak (because there is only a small section of colour work).  The pattern includes as always full written instructions and video links to tutorials to get you started with any new techniques or offer a refresher should you need one.

 

Finally, a couple of small balls (too easy?)  Christmas Glamour Mini Baubles

knitted christmas baubles jane burns

This pair are tiny, measuring a mere 11cm in circumference, you will be able to make these in no time at all.  The beaded bauble uses a crochet hook to apply the beads.  There is both written and video instructions for this technique.  I can not recommend learning this skill enough, no more threading hundreds of beads onto your yarn!

I hope you enjoy the new additions to the family,  I would love to see what you make.

Buy your patterns here for immediate download.