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Garter Stitch Knitting Patterns

Garter stitch knitting patterns

Garter Stitch Knitting Patterns

 

garter stitch 2 garter stitch 1

 

Following on from my previous theme, namely, garter stitch knitting patterns, I’m please to say that, having stayed up until gone 2am, they’re now listed, ready for you to download, and to get those knitting needles out!

They are all ability, but some are really easy, so are ideal for new knitters.  These are (in order of difficulty…)

  • Bunny Tea and Egg Cosy  (egg cosy available as a learn to knit kit)
  • Knit a garter stitch cactus (available as a learn to knit kit)
  • Baby’s hat and boots
  • Very easy garter stitch pram set*
  • Hot water bottle cover
  • Garter stitch bunny and bear
  • Christmas stocking
  • Afghan striped cushion
  • Colour block cushion

Most of these patterns (except *) use DROPS Alaska  (click here to visit Wool Warehouse), which is a dense, Aran weight yarn, 100% wool, excellent for felting (so don’t go throwing it in a washing machine!).  It’s not like some really scratchy wools (i.e. Lopi, which I use for the ready made crocheted cacti at Hut No.13, which actually looks and FEELS like a cactus!), it’s soft and spongy, and not so itchy you can’t wear it as gloves or hats.  It’s one of my most used yarns.  It is thicker than most Aran yarns, so if you want to substitute, check out our alternative yarn suggestions at the end of each pattern.  Click here to view the patterns.

Now, garter stitch… “yawn zzzzz”, I hear you say. “Erm, no!”,  you hear me reply.  Ok, perhaps it can be if you’re knitting a scarf, or something, then yes, crazy boring.  But!  These patterns… are not scarves.  No!  They’re cacti, and bunnies, bears, and booties… in fact, I’m going to tell you a little story about the birth of the cactus pattern…

No.1 daughter visited in July.  No.1 daughter didn’t want to learn to knit when she was little, but suddenly had the urge to learn during her stay.  Out came the knit a bunny egg cosy kit (click here to buy), and a bunny egg cosy was  duly produced.  She was thrilled!  As most people are when they’ve created their first actual, finished, sitting in front of them, bit of knitted loveliness.  She then asked, “if I make this bit longer, and add this bit here, and do this, can I make a cactus?”.  My heart swelled with pride… a designer was born.  So, a cactus appeared (click here to buy the kit).  So, if you order, you can be safe in the knowledge that it really is suitable for beginners, because it was designed by one!!

Right then… I have porridge on the hob, and a pair of reindeer slippers to knit (because reindeer aren’t just for Christmas!).

Watch out for other new patterns that I’ll be listing as the weeks go on.

Happy knitting folks!

#knittingrocks

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Happy New Year! 2018 ready and waiting…

Knitted Bear

Garter Stitch Patterns for Beginners

I’m not sure the WHOLE of 2018 will be dedicated to garter stitch patterns, but I’m in the zone right now, so get ready for an avalanche (ok slight exaggeration), of easy to knit makes.

 

Easy enough for beginners, interesting enough for hardened knitters (interesting? Garter stitch? Yes! Yes, yes, yes!).

 

First of all, I want to talk a little about knitwear design.  Just a little bit.  I think you need a few things to succeed:

 

1. An idea

2. Knowledge of knitting

3. Knitting needles

4. Yarn

5. Something to write it all down on…

Samsung memo

 

Oh yes, and the patience to undo, redo, undo again, give up, cry, throw it in the bin, retrieve it from the bin, sniff it (just to make sure), undo it for the 20th time, and knit something else instead

 

Lucky I have been blessed with tenacity.  If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. More often than not I don’t have to, but there is a drawer in my bedroom, where abject failures have ended up, and I’m just waiting for the emotional attachment to cease, before I can fully let go, and put them in the bin (that sounds strikingly similar to past relationships…).

 

The idea part, for me, is sometimes through accident, sometimes through research, and sometimes the pattern develops through time. My little seagulls for instance…

 

These began life as an easy to knit brown bird, with triangular wings. My friend asked whether it was a shark… So, I made it less angular, added some shaping, made it a little less beginner friendly (sorry beginner knitters, Linda said it looked like a shark, so I had to take it out on you) and voila! the little songbird was hatched…

Knitted garter stitch bird

The little songbird turned into the little robin…

Knitted robin

And the little robin turned into an array of seagulls…

Knitted seagulls by The Little Songbird Knitting Co

Anyway, I digress…

Garter stitch!

I had the idea of getting a book published, so have created a whole plethora of garter stitch patterns, to excite and entice.  But then, after a few moments of contemplation, settled on the notion that this was in fact a vanity project, and actually, I could publish the patterns as downloads, as I do now.  Easy.  So, here’s a little glimpse at what I’ve been creating, and as soon as I’ve shaken off the last remnants of the female version of man flu that has afflicted me, I shall get my camera out, take some pretty pictures and get these bad boys out to the awaiting public.

 

Garter stitch for beginners

 

2018 is for knitting folks!

 

 

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Regular blog? Oh my…

Knitting in Kent

Knitting in Kent…

Oh my word!  I haven’t written a blog in over a year… and is it because I don’t like talking about myself?  Erm, no!  But. I have been a bit busy of late.  BUT !!  Time to pull my finger out, because there’s so much to tell!!

HUT NO.13

The hut was just in its infancy the last time I wrote about it!  Just the foundations of Harbour Market Whitstable existed last May.  Well, we’ve been there a year now, and it’s thriving, I’m happy to say.  If you’re ever in Whitstable, might I suggest you take a wander down to the harbour, enjoy some lovely food, and a browse through the market.  We’re on the front row, facing Greta, the Thames barge.  If you want to keep up with news, and our opening times, check us out on Facebook here.

Hut No 13


Whitstable Harbour

You can buy a few of the main products sold at the hut, by clicking here.

 

Knitting Lessons Kent

We’ve been doing lots of lessons recently, teaching our knitting lovelies how to knit, how to use DPNs, how to do Fairisle, and they’ve left using their fantastic new skills.

We’ve set up a dedicated Facebook page, so that you can all stay up to date with course info.  It’s easy to book from there (it brings you to here!), so take a look at all of the fantastic work created by our knitters by clicking here.

 

2-Day Knitting Lesson

1-Day Knitting Lesson

Crochet Lessons Kent

And… AND!!!  There’s a page for crochet too, because we’ve added that to our list of courses.  So far we’ve taught just 4 learners at The Little Songbird HQ, with another 2 due to come to their lesson in a week or two.  We’ve taught positively LOADS through Kent Adult Education of course, so if you prefer the idea of a classroom, that might suit you, and if you want the comfort of home and the pretty surroundings (of the village, not me!), then book a one-to-one (or bring a friend).  Take a look at our Facebook page, and the albums, and see the amazing progression over just a few weeks.  Via the Facebook page, you can book your one-to-one, or see the up and coming Kent Adult Education courses on their website.  Click here for the page!

Granny squares

 

Crochet Kent Lessons

 

 

Giant Seagull

Have we mentioned our new monster gull?  Have we?  No??  Well…  We’re on Gargantuan Gull III, he’s waiting for a body…  here’s Gargantuan Gull I having a hug from Hannah.  He looks like he’s enjoying it too!  Want one?  Then look no further… 

 

Giant seagull

 

Right then folks!  Hoping to update you on our news BEFORE the next year’s up!

 

Happy Knitting!

 

#knittingrocks   oh yes it does.

 

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Spring has sprung! This week’s knitting diary…

Spring knits – what’s on the knitting needles this week?

Feeling enthused by my new shiny website,  I’m doing what I ought to do,  and writing a regular blog. It’s good for SEO and content, blah, blah, zzzzzz, oh sorry, I must have drifted off… So don’t worry,  the novelty will soon wear off, as does everything that requires me to establish a routine…

But! Here we are then! What’s new this week?

Well the sun shone yesterday, which is quite a novelty,  so a lovely country walk beckoned.

I’m blessed with being able to leave my front door,  walk around the corner a bit,  and there before me lies an expanse of the British countryside a lot of us rarely get to see.

Orchards, rape fields,  country houses and bluebell laden woods… but I do know how lucky I am, I really do.

Woods surrounding The Little Songbird Knitting Co HQ

Countryside surrounding The Little Songbird Knitting Co HQ

So home we came,  and the company dogs had a long snooze and I was able to get some work done,  namely finishing 2 blankets that were waiting for the arrival of a yarn delivery.

Here they are:

Chevron striped blanket | The Little Songbird Knitting Co

 

Honeycomb blanket | The Little Songbird Knitting Co

Both of these knitting patterns will be available for downloading today.

Both of these are a lot less complicated than they look,  so next week, I’ll show you just how simple they are in a mini step by step excerpt from the patterns.

Now I’m knitting some baby cardies in 5 different seascape colours. I’m hoping to get them all finished,  blocked and labelled in time for Saturday’s Best of Faversham market in Preston Street.

I guess I’d better get knitting!

See you soon folks!

Shiona x

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What’s on the needles this week? Knitting Blog…

Blog numero uno.

Right then folks… the website is well on its way.  It’s been lying in a dormant state for almost a year now.  Partly my fault, but partly just one of those things.  I had a website.  Some of you may remember it.  It didn’t really do everything I wanted it to, but it was ok, and then DISASTER STRUCK!  I migrated the hosting to another provider, and BOOM they lost the data files, and the website was no more.  Try as I might, with limited knowledge at my finger tips, I stuffed my face into a cushion, switched off the computer, and shoved the problem to the very furthest reaches of my mind…

The website that was

After flopping and ignoring, I got in touch with a fab web designer called Bridget, and she helped me get started with what you see now.  Her company is Bridget Designs and you can find her here.  I’ve seen her lovely work, and decided, yes, she’s the one for me.  So, I’m on uploading of products at the moment, and boy does it take time?!  But I reckon with putting a 24 hour a day marathon effort in, it should be up and running by the beginning of May.  BUT!  Well… that’s not all I have to do.  Lots of things are taking up my time at the moment…

  • Lessons.  A whole load of crochet lessons to deliver to the lovely crocheters of Canterbury and Ashford, who have all signed up for the Kent Adult Education classes that I tutor.  They’re great classes, VERY reasonably priced, and are an excellent way to get you started.
Week 1!
Week 1!
  • Knitting.  A tonne and a half of knitting to do.  I’m halfway through a rather groovy drop stitch vest top for the summer.  It’ll never fit me, but it’d look really rather marvellous on one of you lot, and the pattern will be available for download in a thrice.  There are also two unfinished honeycomb stitch blankets sitting on the side, as I’ve run out of yarn, again pattern available soon.  That’s not to mention 2 bags worth of empty seagull bodies awaiting stuffing!
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Honeycomb stitch.
  • The hut…  woah!  Wait?  What?  What hut?  The Harbour Market Whitstable Hut of course!

Ah yes, the hut.  Me and my lovely, talented and gorgeous colleague have decided to join forces and Hut No.13 was born.

 

  • There’s me.  The Little Songbird Knitting Co.  I do the knitting and crochet bits, bobs, birds and bunnies (you can’t beat a bit of alliteration).
  • There’s Made by Mack, who makes doggy doorstops, beautiful handbags, jewelery and much more gorgeousness out of vintage style fabrics.
  • And there’s our Annie from Whitstable Tails, who delights all with her freshly caught Whitstable mermaids (the ones most likely to escape are in jars); and her beautiful prints, cards and wrapping paper.Hut No 13

The opportunity arose to take on one of the new shiny huts in the new shiny Harbour Market Whitstable, and here we now are!

Working HarbourView out to sea

 

 

 

So, if you want to learn more about us at Hut No.13, take a little peak at our Facebook page, and if you want to keep up with all of the news, what’s on, when we’re open, then click here to Like.

So folks!  For the rest of the day I think I shall be uploading knitting kits!  Wishing you all a wonderful, albeit chilly Sunday in April!

Shiona x