Monthly Archives: June 2013

Louisa Cape

I was thrilled to receive a copy of Rowan Studio 30 recently – I love knitting children’s clothes for my girls!  This latest collection from Rowan designer Sarah Hatton features a capsule wardrobe of knits reflecting Folk influences that are popular this season, for 0-5 year olds.  I chose some Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK in the gorgeous Rose colourway 678 to knit the Louisa Cape.  Such a pretty colour, with a real vintage appeal.

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I was really pleased with how the cape turned out.  I knitted the size to fit age 4 so that there would be a substantial amount of growing room.  It’s a clever design, and I can see the cape lasting way past Age 4, as my daughter grows.  An adult version would be rather good too don’t you think!?

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The Baby Merino Silk DK was fabulous to knit with.  It’s a machine washable blend of merino wool and silk which I discovered, when washed, has a beautifully soft feel to it.  The quality of the yarn is really important with clothes for little ones – they really appreciate something warm and light but also soft against their skin.  This yarn comes in a gorgeous range of colours ranging from more traditional pale pastels to bright shades that would be popular with toddlers and older children.  In the brochure, the Louisa Cape is knitted in a lovely bright sunflower yellow – I think this would look amazing, but my daughter has an obsession with pink!

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You can check out the Rowan Studio 30 Collection here.  Go take a look at those gorgeous patterns for little girls and boys!  There are also two free patterns from this collection to download on Rowan’s website – just sign up for free to become a Rowan member.

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I’ll leave you with a couple of photos of my Tess of the d’Urbervilles rose ( David Austin Roses) – it seemed rather fitting with the Rose yarn!

Happy Knitting

Claire X

P.S, if you love to knit clothes for children, keep an eye on my Facebook page and this blog for some exciting news coming soon about the new Rowan autumn/winter 2014 collection for little ones.

Granny Bunting Fun and Crochet for Children

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If you’ve been following the wonderful Attic24 blog, you’ll have heard all about the Yarndale Festival, a festival of creativity and craft, being organised in Skipton, Yorkshire this September. Inspired by Lucy of Attic24’s request for granny bunting for the event, and looking for something fun to do during school half term, we dived into our basket of Stylecraft DK stash to crochet some granny bunting triangles – how could we not oblige!?

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My 10 year old daughter who is quite a crochet whizz these days (I had better watch out!) quickly whipped up a triangle or two whilst I was searching for Lucy’s bunting pattern on her blog. Proud mummy moment:

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Making the granny bunting is really quite addictive and we’ll be sending some off for Yarndale (the deadline for sending in bunting is the end of July if you would like to make some too) and also using the pattern to make some granny bunting for our camper van and maybe the chicken house – my girls think it might brighten up their day! (watch this space…)  Thank you Lucy for a super pattern and tutorial!

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Here’s a snap of some of my granny bunting using my little stash of Rowan Handknit Cotton:

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It’s great to have a child who shares my passion for yarny things. We taught ourselves to crochet using You Tube and books like Nicki Trench’s Cute and Easy Crochet.  A great little book for teaching children to crochet is ‘Kids Learn to Crochet’ by Lucinda Guy.   It features simple language and sweet animal illustrated characters with step-by-step instructions to help children to master crocheting chains and basic crochet stitches with projects such as a striped toy cat, a small bear, a sweet bag and some flowers.

In the early days, we went along to and were very inspired by a Scumbled Crochet workshop run by the talented Tamsyn G where my daughter made this gorgeous freeform crochet heart with ribbon and beads which we have in a little wooden frame:

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If you haven’t tried scumbled crochet yet, do check it out, its really fun and the results are quite beautiful.  You can see some of Tamsyn’s projects in the gallery on her blog here.

Here’s a snap of my daughter’s latest scumbled crochet project.  Its fun, portable and you can add to it whenever you fancy a spot of crochet:

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Another great crochet book for kids that I’ve discovered is ‘Crochet for Children’ by Claire Montgomerie:

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It contains lots of delightful projects (adults might be tempted here too!):

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There are sections on techniques, including tools, how to hold the hook and the yarn, and instructions on basic stitches. The projects are set out in themes that include ‘warm and cosy’, accessories, bedroom essentials, playtime and amigurimi toys.

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The author has also written a knitting version ‘Knitting for Children’ which is equally gorgeous and contains ’35 simple knits that kids will love to make’. We have a copy of this too!

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Of course, the younger members of the family shouldn’t miss out – I bought this second hand book recently for my three year old:

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I love the start of the book:

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The illustrations are so lovely, don’t you think?

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The littlest member of our family likes to call our crocheted Granny Squares ‘Grandma’ and ‘Grandpa’ Squares: so cute!

P.S: I haven’t been asked by the authors to review these books – I just happen to like them 🙂

Claire x