Monday, 21 May 2012

Lavender House Scented Sachet. Intarsia Workshop and Free Knitting Pattern.

Last Sunday I was invited to host another fabulous private knitting workshop at a friends house. It was a great, fun packed day. Using the Lavender House Scented Sachet knitting pattern, the girls learnt how to knit intarsia and produced some brilliant little houses. 
Lunch was spectacular. Thank you Debbie.  


The Small Lavender Scented House Sachet pattern was designed specifically for the knitting in colour workshops at Castaway Yarns in Haxby near York, as a simple introduction to Intarsia.
Charted and written, a very easy pattern to follow and great for using up tiny bits of left over yarn.
After casting on, it's straight into simple intarsia for the door. 
The rest of the pattern is easy knitting, in stocking stitch, 
with colour changes and decreasing.
The back of the house is a simple stripe.
The front and back are then joined to create the i cord and the flowers are
swiss embroidered with tiny knitted leaves stitched into position.
The pattern doesn't include instructions for the embroidery as the intention is for the knitter to use their own creativity to decorate and personilise their own house!.
Using a stiff absorbent material for the interior.
I used a tiny peice of my table cover (Don't tell my DH, he hasn't noticed yet!!!)
Spray a little Lavender oil onto the absorbent material.
Hang from a hook or display on a shelf.


Knitting Workshops at Castaway Yarns

Sat 2nd June – Finishing Techniques
FULLY BOOKED
Following the success of the previous Finishing Techniques workshop we have added another workshop. This workshop is very popular and books up very quickly. Come and learn how to finish your knitwear using professional techniques.
12noon until 4pm. £25.00

Sat 23rd June – Knitting in Colour.Fair Isle and Intarsia

Come and learn how to fair isle and learn how to knit motifs and letters with colour and learn the intarsia method with Audrey Wilson.

1pm until 5pm. £25.00

Sat 7th July – Finishing Techniques

Following the success of the previous Finishing Techniques workshops we have added another workshop. This workshop is very popular and books up very quickly. Come and learn how to finish your knitwear using professional techniques.

12noon until 4pm. £25.00

Sat 14th July – Knitting Entrelac

Audrey Wilson will teach you how to knit Entrelac using short rows, decreases and picked up stitches which result in a patchwork actually knitted all in one.

12noon until 4pm. £25.00


Book Now
All workshops are from 12 to 4 and cost £25.00 (Unless otherwise stated.)Yarn and pattern are included as well as tea and coffee and cakes! Book your place now as spaces are limited. Please bring 4mm needles with you. Call into Castaway Yarns at 6 Haxby Shopping Centre. Haxby or call 01904 764 644 to book your place or via our contact form

Lavender House Scented Sachet Free Knitting Pattern
Originally designed for our intarsia knitting workshop. This little Lavender House Scented Sachet is such fun to knit and takes up so little yarn, it’s a perfect stash buster! The pattern is charted and written, the door of the house is knitted using the intarsia technique. The chart can also be used as an intarsia chart using the house as a motif, or several houses could be turned into a cot mobile. The possibilities are endless! 
Using any D.K. yarn and 4mm knitting needles, you will also require some absorbent fabric for the interior. We used a cutting from our fabric tablecloth undercover (Don’t tell the DH!!) and squirted some lavender oil onto the fabric. You’ll also need a tapestry needle and small bits of yarn to embroider the flowers and leaves onto the house after it is stitched together. Great air freshners for the room and lovely little gifts!
To download the free pattern follow the link below and click the 'Download now' link

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Chocolate Truffles 'How to Knit' Workshop at Castaway Yarns

Last Saturdays 'How to Knit Workshop' at Castaway Yarns was a great success. The girls learnt how to knit using the 'Chocolate Truffle' and 'Sweets in Wrappers' knitting patterns that I designed and wrote for the UK Hand Knitting Associations Sweet Shop project.
 Both of the free patterns are available here on the blog and also on the UKHKA website.
After a calorie free few hours of knitting, the energy levels were restored 
with a fabulous afternoon tea
The next knitting workshop at Castaway Yarns in Haxby, near York is 
'Knitting with Texture'
on Saturday the 26th May. 
12 noon - 4pm.
Cost £25.00 which includes yarn, patterns, tea, coffee and 
♥ cake ♥
Places are limited and must be pre booked at Castaway Yarns.
To book your place go to 
.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Baby Pink Floral Cardigan Hand Knitting Pattern

A perfect, very easy hand knitting pattern for those new to knitting.
Knit in Garter Stitch (Every row knit) and Stocking Stitch. Knit in Baby Soft D.K. Yarn
on 4mm (UK8-USA6) knitting needles and 3.25mm (UK10-USA3) knitting needles.
The pattern includes written instructions for 5 sizes to fit chest sizes:
 0-3m:45.5cm/18in: 3-6m: 51cm/20in: 6-12m:56cm/22in:
1-2yrs:61cm/24in: 3-4yrs:66cm/26in.
To fit Ages: 0-3m:3-6m:6-12m:1-2yr:3-4yr.
Knit from the bottom up in one piece to the armholes.
Using just 100g:100g:200g:200g:300g of Baby Soft D.K. Yarn for each size. You will also need a tiny amount of Lilac and Mint Green Yarn for the flowers, leaves and bobbles
♥ Originally designed and knit or a very special New Baby ♥

To purchase this unique and original designer hand knitting pattern.
Click on the link below.
Pay via credit card through Paypal and
download the pattern in PDF format.
£3.00

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Knitting Masterclass. Knitwear Design and Entrelac

Last weeks private Knitting Masterclass and lunch was great fun.
We covered Entrelac, Knitwear design and Pattern compilation.
Lorraine designed her own sweater and completed the size specification 
according to her tension swatch. 
Lots of number crunching followed as she worked out the number of 
stitches and rows required for each part of pattern.
The Entrelac technique uses short rows, decreases 
and picked up stitches, resulting in patchwork knitted all in one.
We used garter stitch for the swatch, but, you can use any stitch you like as long as the
stitch repeat matches the number of stitches or rows for each block.

The next Entrelac Knitting Workshop will be held at Castaway Yarns in Haxby, near York.

Sat 14th July – Knitting Entrelac

The Entrelac technique looks like magic, with the changing direction of the stitches. Audrey Wilson will show you how to use this technique using short rows, decreases and picked up stitches. Resulting in patchwork knit all in one.
1pm - 5pm.
 £25.00

Book Now Yarn and pattern are included as well as tea and coffee and cakes! Book your place now as spaces are limited. Please bring 4mm needles with you. Call into Castaway Yarns at 6 Haxby Shopping Centre. Haxby or call 01904 764 644 to book your place or via our contact form