Friday, 21 October 2011

Halloween ....and beyond

If you can get hold of a metre of decent quality fake fur - this is a great way to make some early Christmas presents. This fur hat was meant to be made in shaggy wolf fur - thus the name 'Wolf Hat' - but I happened to have some gorgeous quality smooth short-pile lying around and it would've been crazy not to have tried it out. The result - more of a 'Cat Hat' in this type of fur, but gorgeous and just adds to the versatilty of this pattern. Could also be made in a lighter coloured long-pile to give a great 'Husky Dog' look.  Perfect for your Halloween Cat or Werewolf costume, and then guaranteed to keep you nice and warm when the real winter weather arrives. Has the added extra of a scarf tie, with pockets at the ends to keep the wearer's hands warm. Fake fur can be a little tricky to sew but on the plus side it hides a multitude of sins. As well as this, the seams do not need finishing as it's all hidden inside the lining - and there are no fastenings. Sizes 2-3 to 8-9.

Have noticed that these are quite big with grown-ups - especially the boys. The pattern could be quite easily sized up - or would you like an adult version?....

Little Monster......

Just in time for Halloween - Something fun for those who are perhaps a little too young
to dress up properly  -A monster hat and mittens that are cute enough not to be too scary.  Made here in soft fleece - an easily handled fabric which requires no finishing. Nice basic patterns which, with a choice of different features and colours can be adapted for a girl or boy. Makes a great present.
Sizes to fit 2 and 3-4. As the hat pattern is so simple it can be easily sized up.

Cool & Cosy - Toddler Hoodie

For those chilly Autumn days, this cosy chunky hoodie is perfect for your little one. Here knitted in fluorescent pink (handy for keeping them in view), but would look equally good in an aran yarn (and very 'on trend') or something a little more rustic. 
It can be made for boys and girls (just change the buttoning side if it matters) and it can be knitted in any dk yarn doubled up (knitting with two strands). Great for beginners - simple garter stitch with neat rolled edges, not too much shaping, and the pockets are optional. Knits up nice and quickly, and is a slightly boxy loose fit which means more than a season's wear. Great value. Sizes 3-4 and 5-6.