Considering the volume of uni work I have to complete at the moment, I’ve been doing rather a lot of knitting.
I mentioned in a previous post about a lovely Raveller who had asked whether she could buy some of my leftover stash yarn! Well a couple of days after I posted it off, I got the wonderful surprise of a gifted pattern (I made sure to tell the Raveller off as there was no expectation of something in return for the yarn).
The pattern was Sheep Carousel by Kate Davies. It’s a gorgeous sheep tea cosy that I have had my eye on since it came out. What i love most about the pattern though is the number of techniques you can learn and practice in just one pattern including:
- provisional cast on
- cable cast on
- i-cord bind off
- vikkel braid
- and obviously colourwork.
Whilst I have done the odd provisional cast on and a few colourwork projects – the others were all new!
The Vikkel Braid had me stumped and I needed a couple of attempts. I struggled to find a good You-Tube video but I found this blog post about Vikkel Braids which in the comments section below had a little helpful ‘this is where you put the yarn’ snippet which made it all make sense!
Having finished the main body it was time to steek! Scared! The instructions on the Kate Davies website are amazing and as they were only small sections I quickly had the reinforcement stitches in place and tried not to think about it too much before cutting through the stitches. I kept looking at it expecting the whole thing to unravel! It didn’t!
I’m really pleased with the finished object, it doesn’t quite fit on the teapot straight and it’s a bit snug but I think that is the yarn I’m using (it’s not my favorite at the moment – pulling out my provisional cast on caused a snap in the stitches under it which I had to fix and i find it quite splitty but the colours are amazing) and I hope with a good block it will be fine. Actually it might be the teapot!!
The pattern has used less than 25g of each colour making it a great stash buster for those odds and ends of 4ply you have kicking about. Literally can not recommend highly enough!! #enabled!
lots of love
PS: sorry about the quality of the photos – I need to get better at actually taking photos again rather than just iphone snapshots!!