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.
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.
Spring is almost upon us and with an early Easter just around the corner it time to start thinking about those new projects in lighter weigh wool and cottons.
Time to delve into you warm stash and plan for those finer festivals on the horizon. This year I will visiting Wonderwool Walesin April and bringing back some ideas and photographs to get your creative juices flowing. Anyone making the list the show web site has a healthy list of near by accommodation, which enables an early start to the full day show
The Bromyard, which is last of this seasons sleep sacks has just been released. you can by direct from this site for just £2.00and I’ll e
mail you the Pattern PDF within 24hrs.
This sumptuous sleep sack has a delicate cable design, is knitted in one piece and has a novel buttoning hood to allow for more versatility.
The sample shown as a fleece lining making a striking contrast with the cream Patons Favrito Yarn and creating a feature of the button line on the hood, giving it the feel of luxury.
If you just can’t wait you can down load immediately from Ravelry, Love Knitting, Crafts or Etsy. prices will vary due to VAT and £/$ exchange rate dependant on site purchased through.
On the needles at present is the first in the spring summer range, the Knightwick Caftan, has clean simple lines, with a cable detail on the neckline and hem.
Following a great uptake and feedback for my Baby Grow Bag , just released is the Martley Sleep Sack.
This baby sleeping sack / papoose comes in four sizes starting at newborn. The main body of the work is a continuous lattice pattern with button bands. A turn down lip in moss stitch, which has loop buttonholes so it can be secured, covers the top 2 buttons and prevents catching of face or hands.
A detail along the bottom edge makes it fold perfectly and helps keep its shape. Knitted in one piece, with only one seam to create the hood. The lattice work looks effective, is not over complicated to achieve. Knitted in chunky wool.
Knitted on approx 5 mm (US 8) needles , you may need to change up or down a size after gauge test.
It takes between 560m to 1320m dependant on size knitted. The sample shown is in Schachenmayr Extra Merino Big (ball 50g 80m). You will need 10-16 again dependant on size knitted, remember to use quite a big button so little mouths can’t chew them off and swallow them, but also you want something that is not so small its difficult to button up when in a rush or cold, sample has 1″ buttons.
For my first coffee break blog pattern, this easy to knit “Tooth Fairy” pillow, is the perfect creation not only to give as a keepsake gift but to practice a couple of easy to learn knitting techniques. The pillow has two pockets a smaller top pocket for the tooth to be placed in and the larger bottom pocket for the fairy to leave a gift.
My new look web page is now starting to take some structure, with patterns, projects and beautiful finished items for sale.
To give my customers the best service possible all downloadable items (mostly patterns) have a link to Ravelrywhere they can be downloaded instantly, I am also creating links via PayPal where customers can purchase at prices not including VAT due to the size of my business, these will be forwarded within one working day from receipt of payment.