A great addition to the Bearwood Vest is a sew on pocket topper. These simple additions look great without overcomplicating the knitting pattern. Designed to be stitched in place they avoid the need for hot irons to attach them. there are 2 designs available at present with more in the pipeline.
Also released today is the WESTON Cardigan.
Knitted in Baby Aran, it has clean lines and can be knitted one solid colour or a striped option is included in the pattern instructions.
The front is fastened with either a clasp and hook or button and loop, so no working out which side you want the button holes on or worrying if you have them in the right place.
Work in knit and purl stitched, there are some short rows, that the pattern guides you through.
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 .
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.
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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.
The dark evenings have closed in, since the end of Summer time Hours, also Halloween and Bonfire Night are gone for another year, just St Andrews Day left and Christmas will be upon us.
So long dark evenings leave plenty of time to get crafting be that knitting sewing or an other craft that takes your fancy. Here at Dizzy Tyke Designs were busy finishing off the Christmas goodies and starting on the spring designs, with a few in the early sample stage.
Don’t forget you can still download a FREE copy of the lovely Lulsey Vest Top, making sure that new addition to your family can join in the Christmas Sweater Competiton.
I’ve been reading on line a lot this week about the disappointment and frustration at the cost of parking at some major National craft shows in the UK. Sometimes public transport isn’t also viable option be that through lack of integrated systems or the practicalities of getting connections or the amount of goodies you carry away from the event. With this in mind I stopped going to the major commercial multi location shows last year and recommend visiting smaller regional shows with local suppliers and the much more relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
In September I visited Yarndale up in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales Town of Skipton. It was a very busy event and would recommend either going early then popping down into Skipton at lunchtime for a couple of hours, then returning to the show later in the day. There’s a free shuttle bus into town just five minutes away. The suppliers at the show were varied, good value and showed real enthusiasm about their products not just employed to sell big brands. However some wheelchair users had difficulties visiting stands due to the show being held in the cattle sheds and the slurry gullies stopping wheelchair access., but in most cases the stall holders were on hand to help where they could.
Coming soon to Dizzy Tyke Designs will be the Pirton, a chinky easy knit ladies Vest top. No fancy stitches and made in one piece with just 2 short seams on the shoulders. In the final stages of design is the Mathon Layered girls cardigan. The sample shown is in lightweight aran / Wosted yarn. Both will be out before Christmas.
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If you have yarn in your stash that’s not the weight you need for the project picked don’t forget there is some flexibility if you use 2 strands, it makes approximately the next yarn weight up. But ALWAYS check your gauge before starting to knit. TheLove Knitting Cheat sheet on yarn weights is a useful guide., to cutting through the mystique of not only different weights, but the different names they are given across the globe.
Well Autumn has well and truly arrived in sunny Worcestershire. To help keep you busy and get ready for those cold winter nights I’ve got 2 new Shawl patterns being Launched this month. The Madresfield and Eckington.
But before that we’ve got to mention the “Christmas Word” as we knitter know you have to start your preparation early. it get you started I’ve created a FREE pattern for a quick easy cute babies
Christmas themed Vest Top. The Lulsley Vest Top PDF can be down loaded now.
The Madresfield, named after not only a local village but also a grand house that befits this design. its a shorter shawl that not only suitable for wearing over winter layers but also ideal for popping over you shoulder when sat watching the world go by, whilst knitting your winter projects . Knitted on 3.5 mm(US4) needles, this sample is made inBritish Wool Marketing Board ‘Platinum’ Certified Organic Blue Faced Leicester from Wooltops,but any yarn knitting to the same gauge will work perfectly well. It has no complicated stitch patterns and can be made with or without the bead detail. Its knitted in one piece in double knit yarn, you’ll soon see it growing before your eyes.
Also out later this month is the Eckington Shawl. This bright , warm and versatile shawl would look perfect with that special evening wear at pre Christmas Parties or be just as home on Christmas Day walks. This lace Weight shawl knitted in one piece and uses short rows to create distinctive shaping. Open lacework is interspersed with bands containing beads in 3 sizes. Knitted on 3.5 mm(US4) needles, this sample isin Araucania Botany Lace and Rowan Finest 4 ply, but any yarn knitting to the same gauge will work perfectly well. The finished size when blocked are 76” long, and the width is 8” at ends and 18” at center.
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.
Dizzy Tyke Designs is entering a New Era this month. From small beginnings as a part time business interest, supported by a second job. The winds of change are now allowing me to be employed full time at Dizzy Tyke Designs as of Valentines Day 2018. This will mean more traffic to my site, with pattern offers and scope to develop the off the shelf and made to measure garments later in the year.
New out for this month is the Kempsey, this delightful button neck jumper is ideal for spring conditions, when the top coat can go back in the cupboard but an extra layer is still needed. Its available here on my site, I will e mail the PDF on receipt of order.