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.
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.
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.
This beautiful but simple to knit item can be worn as a Shawl or Scarf.
It grows quickly knitted on 8mm (US 11) needles. The sample is in Mirasol Api a Peruvian yarn that is 50% Aplaca, 50% wool and knitted on needles 2mm or 2 US sizes larger than recommended for the yarn. As gauge is not a major concern in the project any approximate equivalent yarn will work perfectly well.
Over all finished size is approx 2m x 0.5m ( 78”x 20”) after pressing/blocking.
Blocking is a great way to bring out the best in your design, there is a great item on blocking on Craftsy.
Here at Dizzy Tyke Designs, I’ve been busy getting ready for our launch of a new range of goods coming early in Spring 2018, when I have the luxury of dedicating myself to Dizzy Tyke Designs full time.
In the mean time we have 4 new patterns joining the range over the Autumn.
Brockhampton – A very special baby sleeping bag, especially designed for babies first Christmas and those special photographs to treasure for years.
Tibberton – is a Striking Cabled Ladies Cardigan with Saddle Shoulders and an easy to wear shape.
Spetchley – Boys Double breasted cardigan, to keep out the winter chill, this classic shape is fit for any prince.
Pebworth – This cute pair of dungarees looks perfect for any baby, with options of button and popper gusset and extra growing room in the straps. Your choice of yarn can make them perfect for any season.
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New pattern out today – striking Baby Sleeping Sack.
The ‘Abberley Sleep Sack‘ , has several key design features..
– 5 sizes 25”/15½”, 27”/17”, 28”/19”, 31”/21½”, 34”/23½”
– Only one short seam along the top edge of the hood
-Short rows along the bottom edge gives a curved finish
-Bottom fold line that helps keep its shape
-Fold down top edge covers the top buttons
– Knitted on 8mm needles.
– Bulky / Chunky yarn, its the perfect quick knit.
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.
Out today the Bosbury Cardigan. This unisex baby and toddler cardigan is practical, warm and stylish. Knitted in Guernsey 5 ply dyed here at Dizzy Tyke HQ and available through the web site. Continue reading Bosbury