Monthly Archives: December 2010

Christmas Snow

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas.  We had or first Christmas at home in several years and it was really lovely.  I’m feeling in need of some brisk walks and detox by now though!  Our cold spell continued until the day after Christmas, complete with frozen pipes and afterwards cracked pump.  Hopefully we’ll have our pump repaired in time for the next cold snap next week.  Everything closes down for Christmas here in Ireland, so we will be lucky to get it welded by the end of the week.

We did take advantage of the Christmas snow to take some very pretty photos of my niece in her Iceling Cardigan.  This version was knit using Babylonglegs Radiance Aran.  She loved it so much that it was barely taken off while she was here!  I’m putting a version of  the pattern together for BabyLongLegs and she will be starting a KAL in January for anyone interested.  As you can see from this version this cardigan style is short, however if you want to make it longer just make sure you have more yarn and knit to the length you need (you have to add a few more stitches to pick up along the front as well for the extra length).  She is a good size 3 1/2 year old and I knit her the 25″ (4 year old) size.

Christmas is nearly here!

Another year just sped by and we are almost at Christmas again.  This will be the first Christmas we have spent at home in several years, my four year old doesn’t even remember what I Christmas tree looks like in our house!  I’m very much looking forward to our time off, this last month or two has been tough going, between multiple illness in the house, people traveling and of course the dark, cold early morning starts…..

In fact while I’m enjoying a few weeks parenting alone I have resorted to bribery to get everyone up, dressed and out to school on time in the morning.  Everyone who is downstairs and fully dressed by 7.30 gets themselves a cooked breakfast!  I’m wondering if the appeal will last until DH comes home or if they end up getting sick of it.

I’ve got so many wonderful yarns lined up for different projects at the moment I’m almost feeling dizzy with choice.  Current projects at various stages of finish, knitting are planning involve, drops Nepal (have a lovely wrap just finished courtesy of Rosemary from The Constant Knitter), some Rowan Felted Tweed, Noro Kuroyon, and my newest arrival Madelinetosh Pashima.  Its almost unbearable when you want to knit them all at the same time!

I wanted to send all of you lovely knitters out there a  little pre-Christmas treat.  I’m going to put a 20% reduction on ALL my self-published patterns and e-books until Christmas day.  If you have a knitter friend you can go here on Ravelry and send it as a gift directly…. you even get to add a note.

I’m also very excited to see that 3 of my Interweave patterns have gone up for sale on Interweave Knits online store here. If you have been looking for Trellis and Vine Pullover, Braided Hooded Tunic or the Teacup pinafore you can buy them all individually now for $5.50.

Iceling Set

Somehow the name of this set seems very fitting at the moment, Ireland is under another big freeze.  Even though we are such a northern country thanks to being a small Island and the gulf stream we generally have very temperate weather.  Someone forgot to tell the great weather gods and last year and this we have seen weather that I never saw before in my lifetime.  I’m in the south, which avoided the worst conditions (Dublin was quite a mess with several feet of snow!) but its still really, really cold and slipping along on icy roads is no fun.  Amazingly for the first 10 days we had no water problems but this morning our water is gone (I guess with frozen pipes as the pump seems ok).  Roll on the end of the week when it SHOULD be a small bit warmer!

Now back to my Iceling Set.  This baby/child cardigan and hat set is inspired by my Knitty Iced Cardigan.  It is such a simple but effective cardigan I wanted to make a child’s cardigan inspired by it.  The basic construction remains the same, top down raglan shaping with a larger garter stitch double breasted shawl collar.  With the smaller version I didn’t think bulky yarn would work so I designed it with aran weight yarn.  Garter stitch bands are added at the wrist to make it easy to fold back (they look the same on both sides!) this way the sleeves can be worn both long and short.  The cardigan is kept a little shorter than average so that the overall style is in keeping with the original.

After I had finished the cardigan I added a simple little beanie with a wide garter band.  Like with the cardigan the band can be worn down or folded up.  The hat is designed with extra length so that it is easily folded for the perfect small size (baby size is shown with the band folded back).

My friend Tracey very kindly modeled with her 5 week old son for the photos..both are totally gorgeous!  I think he got his Iceling set just in time for the weather.

Jeni from Fyberspates kindly donated the yarn for the project, just 2 hanks of Scrumptious Aran finished both the cardigan and hat in the smallest sizes!

Iceling Set $5.95

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Cosy and timeless, this jacket and hat will be cherished for years.  This jacket is easy to knit, with a top-down seamless construction.  The large double breasted front collar is knit with two rows of buttons so it can grow with the child; when more room is needed the jacket can be fastened on the second row of buttons.
Garter stitch bands at the wrist are designed to worn either folded up or left down, again making it ideal for fast-growing children.
The understated hat is knit with an extra wide bottom band that can be folded up or down, perfect for oft-used items.

Chest Size: 17 (19, 20, 20.5, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28.5)”/ 43 (48.5, 51, 52, 53.5, 58.5, 63.5, 68.5, 72.5) cm.
Approx. Age: 3mts (6mts, 12mts, 18mts, 2yrs, 4 yrs, 6 yrs, 8yrs, 10yrs)
(Sample shown on newborn in size 3 months)
Head circumference: 16 (18, 20)”/ 40.5 (45.5, 51) cm.
Age: Baby (Toddler, Child)
(Sample shown in Baby size.)

Chest: 18.75 (19.5, 21.25, 22.25, 23, 25, 26.75, 29.25, 30.25)”/47.5 (49.5, 54, 56.5, 58.5, 63.5, 68, 74.5, 77) cm, with front bands overlapped
Length: 9 (10, 10.5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17.5)”/23 (25.5, 26.5, 28, 30.5, 33, 35.5, 40.5, 44.5) cm
Note: Choose a size that is 1-2”/2.5-5cm larger than actual chest measurement for loose fit.
Circumference:  13.75 (16, 18.25)”/ 35 (40.5, 46.5) cm.

Fyberspates ‘Scrumptious Aran’ (45% Silk, 55% Merino; 165m/180yds per 100g skein); color: #401 Cherry; Cardigan:  2 (2, 2, 4, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins; Hat: 1 (1, 1) skein; (Actual yardage used for hat: 55 (75, 90)m / 65 (89, 108)yd.)
2 skeins provide sufficient yardage for the smallest size of the cardigan and hat together.

Recommended needle size
1 set US size 8/5mm double-point needles
1 US size 8/5mm circular needle, 24”/60cm
Always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed, as every knitter’s gauge is unique.

Stitch markers; waste yarn; tapestry needle; 4 buttons approx 1”/2.5cm diam.

18 sts/24 rows = 4″/10cm in st st
17 sts/32 rows = 4″/10cm in garter st