The relaxing of Lockdown may have started, but for many not much in life will change for a few weeks. As may small yarn suppliers have had limited opportunity to reach their customers, why not use patterns that need smaller amounts of a number of different yarns. This is an ideal way to bust some of your stash and get some colour combinations you may not otherwise have considered.
The Eastnor Scarflooks very different in these blues and greens compared to the original Christmas colours.
If your having trouble getting just the right buttons for your project. Why not check out my new Range of Buttons, they come in a variety of shapes and colours.
2 years ago I was enjoying a cruise around Norway, Iceland, Faroe and Shetland Isle, where I met a group on an organised craft holiday. With yarns and fabrics available in every port and enough downtime to knit the Madresfield Shawl. Covid 19 has devastated the live craft show program for this year, along with the craft cruises and crafting holiday breaks many had planned. Many artisan shows have took the bull by the horns and had online virtual shows, getting the crafting commuting chatting, buying and keeping motivated and active, both physically and looking after there mental health in these trying times. This surge in online contact and community sprit has been reflected in communities across the country during these unprecedented times.
Just before lockdown, I was so lucky to have spent a day foraging for fabric, this has kept me busy, expanding my cushion range. Some are available on Etsy, but the full range are on my site And if you buy direct you’ll get the best prices. These beauties (except the brown van…sorry that sold as soon as I posted a picture on Instagram), will soon be on my site.
Many Thanks for Visiting and having a look at my update.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been exploring WordPress and it’s it’s plug-ins and how to modernise the look of Dizzy Tyke Designs web page along with ensuring all purchases are fast and secure. So your going to see a few changes around the site. I’ve started to add Haberdashery and Artisan Cushions to the site.
Many of the fabrics I use for cushions and applique are end of role or repurposed new products ( e.g excess store stock such as new curtains or throws), along with fabric sample books from stores that are replacing. This style of material sourcing enables me to minimise production costs and to put perfectly good materials back into the production cycle in this throw away world. However, this does mean there may only limited stock / production of each material combination.
New Knitting Patterns Coming Soon….
The Birtsmorton is a child’s cardigan that gives warmth whilst keeping individuality and fashion that can’t be ignored. It has a wide boat neck and shaped front panels. The cabled sleeves and edging create detail without overcomplicating the finished look. Recommended to be knitted on 5mm (US 8) needles. Whilst the sports weight Brinksty is a simple yet stunning shawllette, perfect for any occasion. It,s created with a tweed effect stitch, shorts rows, a contrasting scolloped border and a single button. Having a shorter length in the back makes it ideal for sitting or an extra layer on long journeys.
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Please note, due to the nature of electronic devices the actual colours of goods may vary. This is due to computers, phones, pads and monitors displaying colours differently and everyone can see these colours differently. We try extremely hard to ensure our photos are as life-like as possible, but please understand the actual colour may vary slightly .
The New Year is looking bright here at Dizzy Tyke Designs. Late last year I branched out into embroidery work to compliment , embellish and enhance my knitting designs and products. The arrival of Bertha a Brother PR1050X a couple of weeks ago has meant I have been able to review my production costs of embroidery and appliqué, these price reductions are now starting to filter through to my web site and soon to be on other on line shops including Etsyand Folksy. The savings have been further enhanced as I have changed my preferred postal service to Hermes, who are delivering trackable parcels in 48hours.
So keep an eye out for new cushion designs and knitwear embelsihments including this yoga inspired design with a tartan theme.
Many of the fabrics I use are end of role or repurposed new products ( e.g excess store stock such as new curtains or throws), I also source fabric sample books from stores that are replacing them, these make amazing appliqué fabrics. This material sourcing process enables me to minimise production costs and to put perfectly good materials back into the production cycle in this throw away world. However, this does mean there is only limited stock and production of each cushion and material combination.
Release of the Birtsmorton and Dunhampton patterns have been delayed for a few weeks, but I anticipate they will be launched well in time for easter and the arrival of spring. The Birtsmorton is a delightful spring cardigan with a cable detail and the Dunhampton is a cape inspired by the new Frozen film. Join my mailing list , just tick box and add your details to be the first to ge these patterns when released.
Want to be the first in the queue to get hold of the Birtsmorton Cardigan, the pattern will not be out until the New Year. However there will be a small number of couture finished garments to fit a 20″ chest ( that’s approx 2 years) for sale as soon as the wedding for which it was designed has taken place and the flower girls have outshone everyone except the bride. Contact me on the link below, if you are interested in a finished garment or join my mailing list on the front page for an early heads up of the pattern release.
It looks like Autumn has arrived and thoughts in the crafting world are starting to go to Halloween and Christmas.
The Staunton Sweater Pattern has now been released. With its retro look, this double knit shapely jumpier is prefect for cooler Autumn days, when it can be warn casually with jeans or dressed up for that special occasion with a skirt or slacks . The stylish ¾ length box sleeves sit just below the elbow and it has a cable detail running over each shoulder, complimented by the wide welt and cuff details give it shape. The pattern is now available here, alternatively for immediate downloads visit LoveCrafts, Etsy or Ravelry.
After spending time building up my pattern portfolio, this Christmas will see the availability of a range of themed cushions for sale off the shelf. They feature various topics and are competed in Embroidery and Appliqué.
Keep an eye on the off the shelf page for updates, however the cushions will be one off items, so when they are gone they are gone.
Don’t forget to join my mailing list for updates and offers.
Coming Soon……New Knitting Patterns currently at the proof readers include the Beckford Tunic Dress. Perfect babies and toddlers for that extra layer and can be worn with Jeans, leggings or on its own. it features a heart detail on the yoke and buttons up the back. Knitted in sports weight yarn, it knits up quickly but has substance for shape and warmth.
TIP. Not sure on what yarns to use, have a look at the yarn gauge and comparison charts. they allow you to swap and change to appropriate yarns whilst keep ing the gauge and design true.
Lastly…….Don’t forget the FREE patterns, especially the Lulsley a simple and fun tank top for new additions to the family and enjoying their first Christmas.
April covered a myriad of activity, with 2 new patterns out, helping a friend out with some camper van cushions and visiting my annual favourite event Wonderwool Wales, add to this upgrading my site to have the extra security for online purchases. All in all a busy month.The simple but striking Hereford Baby Blanketis a FREE pattern available through my site, just click on the link and then download the PDF. Ideal for that last minute baby shower gift. Knitted in a lightweight double knit yarn, its ideal for knitters of all levels, experienced knitters who want some simple repetition or novice knitters who want to explore and develop their skills with cable work. Tension is not critical so theirs lots of scope for different yarns so why not give it a go !The Twyning Poncho is that perfect pattern you’ve been looking for. Made in baby Aran its soft, warm and knits up quickly, with style and that wow factor, whilst straightforward to knit and create. why not buy it though my web site and save on price. Alternately you can buy it through Ravelry or Love Knitting. The middle of April saw a diversion away for my core business area. Helping out a friend who received expensive quotes for making covered bed sponge cushions to match the fitted front seats of the VW Camper Van he is fitting out. The weight of the material distorted the needle in the machine meant replacing it countless times. The only materials I supplied were good quality polyester thread from Somac and the Zips , purchased in a 10m strip from E bay. If your approached to do this job and are confident on a sewing machine…give it a go. Then Came the highlight event of the year, Wonderwool Wales in Builth Wells. This annual fibre festival gets better each year. If your going to look round, do classes, spend a fortune or not a penny, the atmosphere is relaxing, welcoming and interesting. my favourite stalls this year included The Knitting Gift Shop, where I purchased a wooden yarn Caddy, perfect to stop yarn bobbing round the floor collecting dust, whilst not being too delicate to withstand my mad spaniels darting around. Also a new Knit- Pro Wool winder, my old one was getting very tired and near the end of its days, this will allow me to wind larger balls of the super chunky yarn I’ve been spinning from Winghams Woolworks tops. Not to be missed were the goats, 3 kids and their mum, cute was an understatement. This wonderful simple but effective crochet design cushion fromAmmonite Yarns caught my eye, they colours were reflective of many stalls this year so it looks like mustard and cream this summer. As you will have noticed my website security has been upgraded and is now displaying the padlock. We had no issues with security previously but for peace of mind here at Dizzy Tyke Designs and its customers is important to take all opportunities to stop internet fraud. . This upgrade should give customers more extra confidence when buying direct from my site.
Whats in the pipeline….. Currently in my design studio are a number of new ideas for the summer and Autumn. With the new Frozen film due out later in the year, I have identified a number of what will be must have garments likely to be the top of many youngsters ‘want’ list this Christmas. This shoulder detail is the first thing on the needles. If you want to take the opportunity to get early access to the patterns, join my mailing list by submitting the form on our homepage. Always popular are my baby sleep sacks, so on the needles at present are 2 new design that will keep any newborn or toddler cosy. The Upton will be a simple cocoon sack, whilst the Highleadon will feature the currently popular Bee themes that are popping up all over the design scene. Why not try the Abberley sleep sackwhilst waiting for the new releases.
I’m pleased to announce that 2 New patterns have been released this week.
The Twyning, is a scrumptious poncho perfect for boys and girls, from new born to about 10 years. The cable detail is created using an easy to master slip stitch technique so no worrying about changing colour during rows. Knitted in SirdarSupersoft Aran, this widely available yarn is durable and will not cost the earth.
Looking for a quick and easy baby blanket, that has a wow factor. Knitted in Yarnfair Tootsie, the Hereford is the prefect baby shower gift. the PDF can be downloaded FREE direct from my web site. if you like it and want to share with your friend please share the link not the PDF, this allows me to gauge downloads.
Have a look on the comments for the Alfrick. Despite a great number of you knitting this wonderful cardigan since it was released over a year ago. Last week an eagle eyed knitter spotted an anomaly in the pattern. The pattern has now been updated and information on the change contained in the comments for the pattern, take a look.
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The Pirton Pattern has been released today. As we are so close to mothers day there is a promotional special on Ravelry, enter the code Motherday and get 50% of the pattern purchase price. This offer runs until the end of 31st March 2019 (BST). Yes that’s British summer time don’t forget theclocks change in the UK at 2am on the 31st March.
This sleeveless, top, is prefect for creating a langenlook garment to add to your wardrobe, knitted on 6mm (US10) needles and is knitted in 1 piece. With only 2 short seams across the shoulders and no button holes, fancy stitches or picking up for borders makes its ideal knit for any level of knitting ability.
The fit has a lot of positive ease, 2darts in the back and the relaxed drape of the garment means it is forgiving if your tension is not spot on, with finished sizes to fit34 (36,38, 40,42,44) inch.
The sample shown is knitted in Louisa HardingAnise yarn, using random look colour changes (list provided on pattern), but any yarn giving the sample tension will work perfectly well. this means you could produce a solid colour or use variegated or self striping yarn to create different effects.