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Lockdown Spring Clean….

The unexpected imposed lockdown due to COVID19 has provided me with an opportunity to spring clean and refurbish Dizzy Tyke Designs web site. So what will you see differently….

  • The home page now not only has quick links to the latest information posts, but also has direct links to the latest Instagram and Twitter feed.
  • Store front – quick links to different sections of the site.
  • Checkout – This is where you will see the biggest changes, with a customer friendly checkout process.
  • Post and Package – is now free in the UK and for anywhere outside the UK the checkout will work out the best price for your purchases dependant on your location and basket content.
  • Knitting patterns – PDF’s are downloadable immediately on completion of purchase, for you to print and use.
  • Cushions – An easier to navigate pages to view goods , with all the materials and product information in a consistent format.
  • Haberdashery – A growing range of products linked to the patterns to help you achieve a professional finish to your crafting.

So why not join my mailing list to get the latest site releases, special offers and discount code.

Many Thanks

Deb the ‘Dizzy Tyke’

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Cushions Galore…

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 Etsy and 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. 

How Cute !
Birtsmorton

 

Happy Crafting

Dunhampton

 

Deb
The Dizzy Tyke 

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May Update ….

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 Blanket is 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 from Ammonite 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 sack whilst waiting for the new releases.               

Thanks For visiting my blog, happy knitting.

Deb, the Dizzy Tyke

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Pirton Pattern Released.

Pattern Release………………

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 the clocks 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, 2  darts 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 fit  34 (36,38, 40,42,44) inch.

The sample shown is knitted in Louisa Harding Anise 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.

 

Take a look at the details. PIRTON  

 

 

 

Happy Knitting

From Deb….The Dizzy Tyke

 

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I’m back……

January may not be seen at the best time to get the house reroofed, but when your studio is in the attic space you just have pick a date, bite the bullet and get on with it.
So that meant a week to empty the room and storage, 2 weeks for the roofers, 2 weeks to dry it out and decorate then a week to get everything back. 

What it has meant is for the first time in a while I’ve had a good clear out and stocktake, along with creating a few designs for my spring summer 2019 releases, that just need photos and a final proof read.

Here’s a sneak preview of a few…..

The Twyning is a super cute poncho, for newborn up to toddler. it gives an extra layer, but keeps arms and hands free for balance and play. The striking design is created using a slip stitch, so no complicated working with 2 colours on one row. Knitted in Aran Weight Yarn, its the perfects addition to any spring wardrobe.

The Pirton, is a Ladies casual sleeveless vest, that can be worn with anything. Its knitted in one piece and has no button holes or complicated shaping. with only 2 small seems and forgiveness for small errors in tension, this is the perfect beginners garment.

 

Lastly is a super chunky Cowl. The Rhydd is a simple but effective super chunky cowl, that can be created in one evening, for that last minute gift or prefect addition to your winter wardrobe. in with this seasons theme of slip stitch designs, its an easy to create look without getting the yarn and your fingers in a knot.

Next month sees the 2019 Wonderwool in Builth Wells, as always I’ll be visiting and look forward to meeting suppliers old and new, along with the myriads of enthusiasts that always attend come hail wind, sun or snow.

Deb ( the Dizzy Tyke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Autumn Glowing and needles Clicking…Christmas is coming…

 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.

JUST Click HERE.

 

 

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 in British 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 is  in 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.

Happy Knitting.

Deb…….the Dizzy Tyke

 

 

 

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Autumn Baby Prepping…..

The latest Sleep Sack in my Dizzy Tyke Designs Range has arrived.

The Ockeridge Sleep Sack, is knitted sideways, with an eye-catching cable design thats effective but not
over complicated to produce. 

Knitted on 8 mm (US 11)needles and Super Chunky Weight yarn, it will grow quickly.  

Knitted in one piece it has  just a small seam across the top of the hood, so no complicated seam matching or picking up stitches.

Sample is Red Chunky Unbranded Pure British Yarn (from my last foray at Wonderwool Wales) and lined with cotton fabric ( from Oh Sew Crafty ). 

It comes in  5 sizes to fit from New Born to approx 2 years, 

finished sizes widths from 13” to 21”,total length 27” to 37”.

Its available for immediate download on Ravelry, Love Knitting and Etsy.

If your happy for a short delay in receiving your copy but saving on cost it can be bought direct from my my web site and I’ll email you the PDF. 

 

I’ll soon be opening a shop on NuMonday so watch out for opening offers. 

Keep in touch with updates on Twitter and Instagram.

Happy Knitting.

Deb

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Pebworth Dungarees

Pebworth Dungarees

Range of size

New out have a look at the New Pebworth Dungarees .

Special Introductory offer – Comment  this post before the end 11th January 2018 and receive a
FREE COPY by e mail.

For International sizing Comparison have a look at our new easy to read Baby and Toddler Chart.

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