New Pattern | The SOS Shawl

UPDATE | Pattern is now live on Ravelry. You can get it HERE and remember its FREE when you sign up to my newsletter until Midnight GMT on Tuesday 12th September 2017.

HELLO MAKERS | I’m back. I took a little vacation to recharge and of course I did a lot of knitting during that break. Its September now and here in the Northern Hemisphere its officially Autumn – so its getting colder and that means knitting season has finally arrived!

The leaves are already dropping (I love Autumn 🍂 🍃 🍂 🍃 ) and people have started to stress about their Christmas knitting plans (eek!). My local Tesco store was actually putting away the back to school essentials and bringing out the Christmas sweets and chocolates this evening! (WHY!!!!!!)

Now is definitely the time to take a little moment for you. After all you’ve worked hard this year, the kids are back to school and the dark nights are just round the corner.  So why not make September a time for some selfish knitting for yourself.  I have the perfect new shawl design for you to…

THE SOS SHAWL | Designed with mini skeins or leftovers in mind this shawl is a traditional shetland hap construction with a modern simple border of garter and stocking stitch “Stripes On Stripes”.

Play with colour and relax as you take a break from your knitting schedule to create some Simple | Stylish | Stitches

WHAT DO YOU NEED | One skein main colour of fingering weight yarn (400 metres) and seven small 20 gram minis for contrasting colours OR you can go wild and blend your own colour combinations from your leftover stash.

“…definitely a shawl that you will want to knit again and again.”

HOW DO I FIND IT | I’m releasing the pattern on Ravelry later this week and the shawl will be FREE for 24-hours after it goes live to all my newsletter subscribers who are Ravelry members.

So if you are already on my newsletter list you don’t need to do anything you are already in! Whoop! But if you are aren’t sure  if you provided your ravelry name when you subscribed to the newsletter then just fire me a message to support@minalovesdesigns.com and I will check for you.

If you aren’t on my newsletter list you can sign up here. GO DO IT NOW so you don’t miss out on getting your FREE COPY of the SOS Shawl.

If you don’t have a Ravelry account then you can join for free here

WHAT’S COMING NEXT | I have what feels like a kazillion patterns to release. I have been knitting like a maniac all summer and will be releasing them gradually between now and Christmas. So keep eye out here on the blog and on social media for more announcements soon.

Remember don’t stress because Every Row Makes a Project Grow

Simple | Stylish | Stitches
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Dálki

 

BLOG POST UPDATE: There was over 8,500 downloads on ravelry for this hat pattern when I offered it as a free download when it was first released.

It’s now a paid pattern again but lots of people have fed back to me that they LOVE it because it is such simple construction – so great for budding beginners who want to make a hat for the Autumn/Winter (yes folks it’s not that far away now!!).

For some yarn inspiration you can see the current list of projects on ravelry here


You may have already seen my recent published Dálki Hat. I released it on Ravelry a few weeks ago, initially free for the month of February. But given its popularity and the numerous messages I have gotten to say “I missed it…can I have a copy?” I have decided to offer a discount this week in celebration of EYF.

Continue reading “Dálki”

Big Garden Bird Watch 2016

Did you know that more than half a million people are taking part in the ‘Big Garden Bird Watch’ this weekend?

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The RSBP website has all the details of how to take part, just click on the link at the bottom if the post.

This annual event in the UK run by the RSPB tracks what bird species are seen in your garden over the weekend.

Statistics show that Starlings and Song Thrushes in particular have declined by around 70% or 80% since the event started in 1979.

December 2015 was both the warmest and wettest month in the UK for more than 100 years. This means you are unlikely to see many birds in your garden as they become less reliant on bird feeders, because milder weather means more food available out in the countryside.

We have feeders in our garden, and I must say we see many many birds using them including finches, robins, blue tits, starlings, black birds, doves, wood pigeons and plenty a magpie and crow. We even have a sneaky squirrel who is pretty fond of the nuts and suet balls!!

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Our sneaky squirrel caught on camera!

You can still get involved. Just visit the RSPB website and register here

Friday FO: Tryghed Hat

I love hats. I mean I really LOVE hats! They make the best projects when you are looking for something portable that will knit up relatively quickly.  I have knit a lot of hats too. Some for gifts and some for myself. In the winter time I think its essential to always have a hat to hand. If your head is warm then your heart is warm!

Once of my favourite hats at the moment is my Tryghed.

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Designed by Karie Westermann this hat is stunning! The word Tryghed is Danish for “feeling safe, secure and comfortable”, and this hat certainly makes you feel comfortable. The hat is made with one skein so its a great project for stash busting.

Karie’s pattern version was made using a rustic worsted weight yarn and after a stash dive I opted to use Malabrigo Rios in ‘Ivy’.  I made mine into a beanie style with a brown pompom on top but Karie says you can choose to block it out as a semi-beret too (as shown in the pattern image). To finish mine off I added a pompom to top.

I absolutely love the simplicity of the design using a rib pattern that converges at the crown, making it a pretty cosy fit and definitely great for this time of year with all the cold and wet winter days.

If you’d like to make your own Tryghed you can buy on ravelry here

What handmade knits are you wearing this winter?