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Another Granny Tee

As a King Cole ambassador, I'm lucky I get to play around with new yarn and new colours each month. The Cotton Top range is my latest yarn crush.



This flecked, lightly textured yarn is available in vintage pastel shades of a cotton and premium acrylic blend (Mist, Teal, Lilac, Blue, Avocado, Stone, Rose, Grey, Cream, Pink, White). There is sure to be a colour or colours you will fall in love with. You can buy yours here at LoveCrafts and get 15% off your first order, even better value.



I chose the colour Stone (4221) because it's neutral and will be perfect with jeans, white t-shirt and my old converse trainers. A comfortable, cosy outfit for walks on the beach or just sitting around the house. Now I've finished this one I'm starting another in blue (4218) which is another colour thats pretty neutral. I bought my yarn online but I have been gifted the new colour Mist which will also be made into a jumper, probably the same pattern because its easy to make and wea…

Mattress stitch magic

Have you ever knitted a jumper/cardigan and then put it into the naughty corner because you can't bring yourself to stitch it all together? I used to be like that, spending money on good yarn, spending hours knitting it following a pattern only to shove it into a project bag (and hide it in the loft)!


It really isn't that difficult once you get the hang of it. Mattress stitch is one of those techniques that once you master it you think how on earth did I ever get by without it!



It's basically verticle seaming, creating an invisible join between the the front and back of your jumper (the two pieces of your knitting). You can use this technique for stocking stitch or ribbing, most jumpers have both so this is perfect.

Honestly, a little practice and a lot of patience it will be a lightbulb moment so it really is worth the effort learning how to do it.

The reason for my blog post today is because I posted a little video clip to show my Instagram followers the magic of mattre…

Flower Power crochet cushion

I've been spending a lot of time in my garden during lockdown and made some changes. I'll do a seperate post this week to show you some before, during and after photos. Not quite Chelsea Flower Show but it really did need a good tidy up and having lots of extra time whilst being furloughed was the prompt I needed!



Anyway whilst sitting in the garden waiting for my chairs to dry, I realised the colours in my agapathus plants were going to look great against my newly painted grey chairs. I have four pots and all with lots of buds. A splash of colour was needed, a new cushion was the perfect choice.

With my love of granny squares and feeling the urge to revisit my mustard granny cushion pattern (funny using your own pattern after such a long time). But this time I've gone for colours in the plants in my garden pots and hanging baskets, even my cacti plants are flowering. They obviously don't mind being neglected all winter. With flowers in mind I used the flower motif fro…

Just granny squares

I've been crazy for granny squares again during the UK lockdown. It must be the soothing satisfaction of those gorgeous little squares, each one made in no time at all. But when you have a little neat stack of them in front of you, you can't help but smile.



So here are some photos of the past week in progress shots, all that colour makes me smile every time and I'm just over half way with my pile of squares. Now that the weather is colder I can sit and add more (using join as you go) and keep warm at the same time. Win win situation.




I'm going to spend the afternoon making more. My yarn stash hasn't moved very much, mainly because I'm using up a bag of smaller amounts left over from previous projects. I'm sure I have enough to make another one or two!





Mustard Granny Cushion (free pattern)

Mustard Granny Cushion Amanda HurrellEight-by-Six©




Sizes and Materials List

Hook Size UK 4mm Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK
322 yds/295 metres per 100g ball You can use any colour you want to for this pattern. Its great for using up your yarn stash or if you want to make as a present you can use the recipient’s favourite colours. So many possibilities, its my favourite part choosing colours. 3 x 22mm buttons, I like the look of odd buttons with yarn colours taken from the cushion (I’ve also used four glitter buttons on my first cushion from John Lewis shown on page 8)

Wash care instructions: machine washable 40deg, cool tumble dry, cool iron, can be dry cleaned (I line dry mine) Wooden buttons are not normally machine washable, a great tip is to remove them before washing and just sew back in place once the cushion cover is dry.



Colours

For the front I’ve used Tomato, Mocha, Storm Blue,Pistachio, Graphite, Mustard, Duck Egg, Raspberry,Cloud Blue & Bluebell

Aran cotton granny square blanket

Aran cotton Granny Square Blanket Amanda HurrellEight-by-Six©



Sizes and Materials List

Hook Size UK 5mm Yarn: Hobbycraft Women’s Institute Home Cotton
160m metres per 100g ball Yarn substitute: any Aran cotton, suggestions Paintbox Aran but you will need to purchase more yarn and this uses a smaller hook size. pattern size of approx. 100 x 100cm One each of the following colours 100g ball + Cream 5 x 100g

Wash care instructions: machine washable 40deg mild wash, cool tumble dry, do not iron, do not bleach.
Colours

Dark pink 122-09 (for centre and 1st row of border)
Cream 122-02, alternate on every other row
Light blue 122-13
Light Pink 122-08
Yellow 122-04
Purple 122-17
Dark Blue 122-18




Tips & Notes

One great tip I learnt is to flip your work on each row. This is a great way to keep your granny square, well square and not wonky. It works like magic and since using this method I’ve never looked back. To do this you flip over your square so that the previous row and join are now in the bott…