Saturday, 25 April 2015

Knitting Trolley

I have had my eye on this knitting trolley from Spotlight pretty much since I bought my first pair of needles.

I am quite a girly girl and I love cute little bags an accessories, so I fell in love with this, but until recently I knew I didn't need something this big to store all my yarn and knitting accessories, so I held off buying it for so long.

It used to sell for $90, but they reduced the price to $45, and then on a 30% sale I decided I couldn't resist any more.

I haven't yet stocked it up with loads of yarn, just for the projects I am working on, but there is loads of room in there.

Of course one of the best things about this trolley is the pattern on the outside, adorable yarn balls, needles and socks!

I love that all my needles and accessories are in one place and I love rolling my little trolley round to the couch ready for an evening of knitting. Where do you keep all your knitting and yarn?

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

It's a bit quiet around here...

So I have been a little bit quiet on both the knitting and blogging front because I've had a lot going on (new job and moving house amongst other things) and now my laptop is out of action so I am unable to upload any of my photos for my new blog post. I'll be back soon though :-)

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Coat Extender for Baby Carrier

A friend of mine asked me to make her this Hooded Coat Extension pattern, but it had been made by adjusting a different pattern for a hooded scarf, so I did a little searching to see if there were any other existing patterns, but the only one I found looked too different, so I decided to make my own.

To clarify what this is, when you wear you baby carrier on your front during the winter, if you can't button up your coat around your baby, this extender attaches to the existing buttons to keep baby warm.

I started by knitting up a small patch to work out my gauge, then measured out the width I wanted the extender to be and the space between the buttons. I also wanted the top to be more narrow then the bottom so it fitted comfortably around the shape of baby.

I found these buttons on Etsy which closely matched the coat buttons, and used the coat to work out the best positioning for them.

I wasn't sure how to do the hood, so I incorporated the method used in this Hooded Baby Poncho pattern, which worked really well, although if I made another one I would probably make the hood a little bigger (baby is about 3 months old so will fit now, but by the end of winter it will probably be a little snug).

The whole thing was really quick to knit up and took me two evenings to finish. I am very pleased with how it turned out, and super proud of myself for writing my own pattern.

So here is the pattern I came up with:

You'll need: Moda Vera Monkey super Bulky Acrylic in Pink and 10mm needles

Gauge: 10 stitches (stockinette) = 4.25inches


(Starting at base of extender)

Cast on 42 stitches

1. Knit rows 1-4 (garter stitch)

2. Knit 42

3. K5, P32, K5

4. Repeat 2 & 3 until piece measures 8 inches

5. K2, YO, K2tog, K38 (adding first button hole)

6. K5, P32, K5

7. K5, K2TOG, K28, SSK, K5

8. K5, P30, K5

9. K40

10. Repeat 8 & 9 until piece measures 12.5 inches

11. K2, YO, K2tog, K36

12. K5, P30, K5

13. K5, K2tog, K26, SSK, K5

14. K5, P28, K5

15. K5, K2tog, K24, SSK, K5

16. K5, P26, K5

17. K5, K2tog, K22, SSK, K5

18. K5, P24, K5

19. K5, K2tog, K20, SSK, K5

20. K5, P22, K5

21. K32

22. Repeat 20 & 21 until piece measures 17 inches

23. K2, YO, K2tog, K28

24. K5, P22, K5

25. K5, (K2tog x 5), K2, (SSK x 5), K5

26. K5, P12, K5

27. K5, (M1, K2 x 6), K5

28. K4, P20, K4

29. K28

30. K3, P22, K3

31. K28

32. K2, P24, K2

33. K28

34. Repeat 32 & 33 until hood section measures 8 inches [for 0-3 months, longer to make bigger hood]

35. 3 needle bind off; Move 14 stitches onto each needle, use a third needle to Knit 1 stitch from each needle together. Make sure that the seam side is inside the hood.

For the pocket:

Cast on 13

Knit rib for 3 rows

Knit stockinette for 8 inches

Knit rib for 3 rows

Bind off

Sew the pocket onto the extender, you may need to pin it into place when wearing over your baby carrier (not with a baby in!) so you can make sure it is a comfortable position to put your hands in.

Please feel free to share/use this pattern, but please link back to this page.

Oh and in case you were wondering, my 'baby' is Oswald the Owl!