Rhoswen socks

The Rhoswen Socks

These delicately styled socks were featured in The Knitter Issue 83.  I was delighted to be able to work with Eden Cottage yarns for this design, the photos do not do the yarn justice it is so beautifully soft, yet strong with a wonderful sheen that works so well with the tiny beads.

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The pattern will be available in multiple sizes a little later in the year, to purchase from my Ravelry store.

If you are new to beading, you will love this method of beading with a crochet hook.  You will soon be adding beads to everything (trust me it is addictive).

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The yarn is Hayton 4ply from Eden Cottage and beads are Debbie Abrahams (mink).

I would as always love to see pictures of your finished projects on my Facebook or Ravelry pages.

Happy Knitting

Jane

x

 

 

 

Trio of Knitted Bracelets

It has been a rather hectic few months and I have been somewhat slack in updating my blog.  So brace yourselves for an avalanche of ‘Show and Tells’.

This trio of knitted bracelets is featured in Issue 133 of Simply Knitting Magazine.  They are great for using up left over yarn and making special gifts….. 

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

Happy Knitting 

Owl Pyjama Case Pattern Now Available to Buy

Hello,  how are you?  I am fine thank you :)  It has been a very busy few months with the lots of exciting things happening.

I have received a lot of requests for my Owl Pyjama Case Pattern, some of you especially those overseas have been difficulties getting a back issue of the magazine it was originally featured in.  But fear not…. I now have it available to buy as an immediate download.  Click the link and you can purchase your copy for £1.99.

knitted owl pj case jane burns

This cute little chap is worked mostly in one piece to cut down on sewing up.  The colour work is knitted using slip stitches so no complicated stranded knitting to contend with.  If you are new to this type of colour work, fear not it is really simple and instructions are included in the pattern.

knitted owl pj case jane burns

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As always my patterns include links to video tutorials to get you started or provide a refresher should you need one.

I would love to see your finished owls on my Facebook page.

Happy Knitting, Owl be back soon (sorry I couldn’t resist the bird pun).

Jane x

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.

Little Ginger knitted hat jane burns

Why not swap the pink for blue?

Little Ginger knitted hat jane burns

 

 

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

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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’