Tag Archives: Summer knitting

Rowan KAL : Weeks 4 to 8 : catching up

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Next up on the blog, Lace Kisses for Mystery Afghan Knit-along Week 4 Rowan’s Pure Wool Worsted in Mallard. I really liked knitting this square, although I found that the yarn overs didn’t always go well with watching TV!  Its very pretty to look at and great practice if you’re new to lace knitting.

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Week 5 was all about the bobbles!

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Oh the possibilities…..!

And overcoming my fear of blocking so many squares!
Unblocked:

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Blocking:

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Blocked:

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It was so worth it to end up with a nice flat pile of squares. So easy after all – popped them in for a quick wash then pinned them out in the sunny garden to dry – simple!

Some people have asked me what blocking mat I use – its a Prym Stretch and Steam mat that I bought on the internet.

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I tried out some Pure Wool Worsted in Granite for Week 6, Little Doughnuts and the French Plait in Week 7. I love the French Plait and probably found it one of the easiest squares to knit.  Also trying granite out here with week 8’s Ripple Cable …. The pink duck just had to join in (I was on small child bath duty, knitting in the bathroom when I took the pic) 😉

Do you have a favourite KAL square?  Have you finished your afghan or are you catching up like me?

I’m hoping to lay out all of my squares this weekend and come up with a layout plan of my own as I didn’t stick to the original Rowan colour scheme. The end is in sight!  Can’t wait to have a snuggly afghan at the end of it all, looking ahead to autumn/winter….

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We’re speeding towards the end of the school term now, one week to go. We’ve had sports days, forest school picnics, parties, music concerts, assembly’s and school summer BBQ’s. My youngest will be saying goodbye to pre-school and my eldest to primary school. Lots of changes afoot here at Knitandpurlgarden but I hope they will all be good.

Hope you’re enjoying the summer or the season wherever you are!
I’ll be back soon with a finished afghan update xx

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Summer Linen Clutch Bag: Rowan All Seasons Chunky

This week up for review, its Rowan’s new yarn All Seasons Chunky.

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This chunky weight yarn was launched by Rowan for the 2013 Spring/Summer Season.  Composed of a machine washable 60% cotton and 40% acrylic microfibre, it’s a lovely yarn; soft and light enough to wear for any season.

Rowan very kindly gave me a ball of this super new yarn to try out:

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I really enjoyed knitting with it : I have to agree with Rowan that this new yarn certainly shows beautiful stitch definition.  It knits up very quickly which is very satisfying.  I also got to try out some of my favourite chunky knitting needles!  (the ball band recommends US 10.5 (UK 2) knitting needles).

Next I decided to experiment with some crochet.  I used a 6.5mm crochet hook.

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With one ball of yarn to play with, and inspired by the final of the Great British Sewing Bee, I thought I would make a crocheted clutch bag for the summer with a pretty ‘shell stitch’.  The ‘pebble’ colour of the yarn went beautifully with some linen that I had in my stash and some gorgeous Amy Butler fabric from her Soul Blossoms collection for Rowan.

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I made a simple linen clutch bag lined with the Amy Butler fabric and hand stitched the crochet to the outside.

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Let me know what you think…?

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There are some beautiful knitting patterns in the All Seasons Chunky Brochure reflecting the trend for relaxed summer knitwear.  Marie Wallin has designed 12 simple textured easy to wear knits that are “simple to knit and are perfect for whiling away lazy summer days and warm sultry evenings”.  Check out this post for some examples, or have a look at Rowan Yarn’s Pinterest Board.

All Seasons Chunky is available in some really gorgeous colours:

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Foam, pebble, powder, drift, shore, dune, reach, cove, heatwave, jetsam, stoney, samphire, flotsam and whirlpool…

Are you tempted? Let me know if you are! I would love to hear from you 🙂

Happy summer knitting (or crocheting)!

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