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Some of you may have a daughter, granddaughter, or niece that would absolutely love this summer dress. It is designed for the 2 - 6 year age group.
Our own Gabriela (she teaches all the knitting classes at Needles and Knits) designed two girls patterns, The Little Flapper Dress and The Little Girl's Sundress. Gabriela went back to the good old days of the "tube top" and the roaring twenties era, and based the patterns around it. Stretchy tube top, I-cord straps and reverse crochet are all incorporated in the dresses.
Gabriela used Fixation yarn, a cotton and elastic yarn that provides a little stretch for the top and Cotton DK for the bottom.
Free patterns available for download. We would love to see your creations and welcome any comments or questions.
This month we are featuring a pattern created by Needles & Knits owner, Tove. This easy to knit baby blanket uses only two balls of FLUTTERBY CHUNKY, 175M/100G.
Download the free pattern below, and enjoy knitting this soft baby blanket for the precious baby in your life.
Flutterby Chunky in various colours available in store at Needles & Knits Wool Shop
This is a free pattern designed by Megi Burcl. The mitts knit up quickly, look great and are so versatile. Sometimes it is nice to have one's hands covered but free from gloves. We have included the pattern here for you to download as we thought some of you might want to get a start on next year's Christmas knitting. LOL!
New classes are starting this month and next month. Please have a look at the classes being offered on the website page under Winter Classes
Audrey is a Needles and Knits customer and has been attending the Knit Therapy Sessions for a long time. Audrey recently discovered Fairgrounds DK at Needles and Knits Wool Shop. It is an acrylic yarn with the feel of merino and it can be washed. One would never guess it is an acrylic. Seriously! It creates a fair isle pattern when knit.
Here are the six beautiful shades that are available.
She purchased a couple balls of the Fairgrounds DK and decided to knit up a few cowls. They turned out fantastic!
Here are the how to's for Audrey's Cowl:
One ball of Fairgrounds DK
With 4 mm circular needle cast on 110 sts for smaller blue cowl and 130 sts for orange cowl (Audrey cast on 140 for the one she knit but thinks 130 sts would allow for a nicer drape).
Place a marker at beginning of round and purl 3 rounds.
Knit in the round until desired length but leave enough yardage to finish. Purl 3 rounds and cast off all sts.
Sew in end
Here is a free sock pattern for those of you who are sock knitters. There is a great selection of sock yarn at Needles and Knits in solid and variegated colours. If you need help while knitting these socks, just pop into the store and someone will be able to help you.
This pattern is one that was given to Tove by Eileen’s husband. Sadly Eileen passed away and the socks were left unfinished. Her husband brought them to Tove and asked her to finish them for him which she gladly did. The travelling stitch gives some interest to the socks and if knit in variegated yarn, the pattern is still visible.
Download free pattern.
This beautiful cotton lace blanket was knit to replace Joshua's old blanket that was worn out.
We used Mandarin Petit, 100% cotton that comes in a variety of colours, making this an ideal blanket for summer or spring.
Download the free pattern below and enjoy!
Tove was reading one of her Norwegian magazines and discovered this free pattern from a pattern booklet entitled TEMA 44 Kluter by Sandnes Garn. We thought we would share it with you as this pattern would make a nice hostess gift for all those Christmas parties and get togethers that happen in December.
This pattern was knit on 3 ¾ mm needles using 2 strands of Mandarin Petit. Use smaller needles for tighter weave if desired. The beauty of it is that it knits up in a few hours and you can watch tv while knitting it! There are just 4 simple rows. Add a nice bar of soap or liquid hand soap, tie with a pretty ribbon or put it in a nice gift bag, and you have a really nice hostess gift.
Size is approximately 25 X 25 cm or 10” X10”
19 sts = 10 cm
Cast on 47 sts with double strand or single strand cotton.
Row 1: k1, *p1 k1* repeat to 1 left, k1
Row 2: k1, * k over k, p over p* repeat to 1 st left, k1
Row 3 and 4: knit
Repeat these rows until dishcloth measures approx 25 cm (10”)
Cast off but leave 3 sts to do an i-cord for approx 10 cm . Cast of and fasten i-cord to dishcloth. Or just cast off all sts.
For matching tea towel, cast on 95 sts and follow the pattern for the dishcloth until approx 50 – 60 cm long.
Tove has her daughter and son-in-law visiting from Singapore for a month. As our weather here is much cooler, she thought she would knit her grandson Sebastian a polo shirt. She designed it based on a top down sweater from Cabin Fever. The beauty of this polo shirt is that it has minimal sewing and is knit in one piece starting at the top. Although Sebastian is not two years old until October, he is wearing a size four and so this polo shirt is a size 4 - 6.
Here are views of the polo shirt from the front and the back.
You can download this free pattern here. Come into Needles and Knits and choose some 4 ply yarn to knit this polo shirt. You'll need three 50 g balls for the main colour and one 50 g ball for the contrast colour.
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