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Sunday, May 13, 2012

A New Skill

Last week I showed you the beautiful cardigan that Kate Davies designed. I love it and bought the pattern with all great intentions of making myself a beautiful Bláithín. Unfortunately the wool in the colours that I have chosen is not yet available online so I will have to wait a little while.

In the meantime I thought a little practice of colourwork and steeking would be prudent before I attempted to cut up the front of a whole cardigan so I went looking for inspiration for patterns to knit myself a headband. Nothing to large and enough colourwork to get some practice in.

I chose the yarn....



Knitted up a swatch! Yay me....




worked out the pattern....



and got started....



Only the border to go now....



And sewing in the ends, at least I only had a few....



Now the fun starts! I reinforced the Steek by crocheting along each edge of where I am going to cut the headband. Kate Davies has done a really easy to follow along tutorial over on her BLOG....




and close up....




Woo Hoo I did it!!

Stay tuned for my next post where I am actually going to cut up my knitting!


Have a lovely Mother's Day all you wonderful mums out there, even if you only have 'fur babies' I hope you are spoilt rotten!











14 comments:

  1. What? Cut up your knitting??? That just sounds scary...and it looks so pretty. I'm nervous.

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  2. That is so clever! Love the colour choices.

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  3. So very very fancy. Well done.

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  4. You have such fun woolly adventures.

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  5. Well done you on having a practice! I shall watch with interest on Blaithin! A small hint re colourwork - if you make sure you keep carrying your colours the same way (eg white on top, red underneath, or the other way round) it actually does help produce a very even look to the colours.

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  6. Beautiful knitting!

    Happy Mother's Day to you too!
    xo xo

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  7. Nerves of steel, Jenni....... Nerves of STEEL..... ;O)

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  8. Geez, I was impressed with just the swatch. Then you gave a little explanation about what steeking is. (I'm nervous too!) And THEN I saw your colourwork. Oh my, it is stunning. Wow!

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  9. Thats wonderful Jenni. Really beautiful...you clever clogs you!

    Im off to check out steeking!

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  10. YOU DID A SWATCH!! I am always so impatient, I never do the groundwork - then I'm frustrated that I can't make things work. Yes, an idiot, I am. You are brave - and I'm thinking maybe, after the camel work is done, and the books are going and the horses ridden at least once, I might just try a headband my own self. There's a colorwork in the round book at Amazon I'm deeply tempted by. And Katie's site is gift to mankind. I'm excited.

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  11. That turned out wonderfully!!! The cutting part freaks me out. Can I fast forward to the end? Or read the Cliff Notes? :D

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  12. yahoo!!!! Can't wait for the cutting.... rather you than me!
    I heard a great interview on knitpicks this week with a woman who has written a book about fair isle and steeking and the like. I thought of you. The book sounds great. Can't even give you a link - but see if you can find it!

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  13. I love how methodical you are about this project. Looking forward to seeing your steeking post ... Nail biter!

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