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Lockdown knitting...

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Witzend Thu 16-Apr-20 12:22:53

...is a great excuse for putting off housework, but maybe that’s just me. (Slob emoji wanted!).

I’ve finished my 2 Jean Greenhowe C********s stockings. The decorative bits were a bit of a fiddle, so not sure I’ll make any more, but you never know.

Someone (I think Whitewavemk2?) mentioned making a C-word wreath, so many thanks for that idea WWM2. I’ve found a wreath pattern (I nearly said recipe!) on the LoveCrafts website, but I don’t care for those decorative bits, so I’m thinking of making it a Jolly Snowman one, with some of JG’s mini snowmen added.

Wreath itself is proving quite easy, just 4 repeated rows. If my prototype turns out well I might make a few - looking well ahead to Gdcs’ school C-word fairs in late November, assuming that a) they might like such donations, and b) that they’ll be back at school by then!

Witzend Sat 02-May-20 15:09:10

Anyone with a little Gdd might like this pattern I found - a free download! - on the Lovecrafts website the other day. The ‘baby’ is just 2” long!
Shall be making one for my own Gdd.
A search for ‘baby in a basket crib’ will bring it up.

Rosalyn69 Sat 02-May-20 16:00:10

I crochet. Mostly blankets for dog beds or afghans.
Doing a lot of it in lock down.

Schnauzer1 Sat 02-May-20 16:02:52

I've just finished some boots to go with a little suit l got for my first grandson. The boots fit well but the suit is too big. Guess I'll be knitting bigger boots.

littleflo Sat 02-May-20 18:42:55

Adorable - the boots and the baby.

Hermia46 Wed 06-May-20 13:57:26

Help please expert knitters. Trying to knit in the round on three needles, have just about got it sorted out. But the following instruction has completely foxed me: Round 2 (kfb) 3 times, k2,kfb (10 sts) The pattern starts with 3 cast on stitches, kfb next row to create 6 stitches, which is fine. Slip 2 sts onto each of 3 dpns and then proceed as above. For the lift of me I cannot work out how to do this and reach 10 sts. Help please and thanks in advance.

ineedamum Thu 07-May-20 20:07:25

Kfb creates two stitches.

So kfb three times is 6 stitches, knit two is two stitches and kfb is two stitches. Total. 6 +2+2=10

The first line makes sense.
What are you making and Waht is the next line?

Doodledog Fri 08-May-20 00:53:15

Yes, Ineedamum is right. I don’t understand the problem. Are you really using three needles though? You will need at least one more to knit in the round.

Do you know how to Kfb? You knit the stitches twice, so you increase each time. This means that if you start with 6, you increase 3 stitches in the first three loops and one in the last one, so you have made four extras. Four extras, plus the six you started with is ten.

Are we missing something? smile

Whitewavemark2 Fri 08-May-20 08:26:14

I’ve nearly finished the knitting, now have to sew it up stuff it and construct it. Will post a photo when I’ve finished. Bit slow as I’m spending hours in the garden. Knitting FC’s boots at the moment.

I’m going to make two wreaths for each DC.

Callistemon Fri 08-May-20 09:28:31

Rosalyn at least with crocheting blankets (fairly new to me) there is none of the dreaded sewing up!

Callistemon Fri 08-May-20 09:30:08

Witzend that looks a bit like the Baby Jesus pattern from the nativity set.

It's very sweet, little ones would love that.

Witzend Fri 08-May-20 09:34:24

I do love everybody’s projects - the little baby’s feet are so sweet!

I’ve done quite a bit of my first, very big fat Father Christmas, alternating with the 2nd Jolly Snowman wreath, and 3 mini babies in Moses baskets (one each for Gdcs and one for a little friend.)
It’s the first time I’ve ever had more than one project on the go and I’m enjoying it - get a bit bored with one, get on with another.

Now planning on 3 very big fat FCs (if number one turns out well 🤞) ditto the Jolly Snowmen wreaths, so one for Gdcs and one each for their school fair raffles, assuming there will still be such events come late November. If not, I’m sure dd will find good homes for them among her many friends with little ones.
Great excuse for forgetting about dusting etc. anyway!

Might add that having used some other patterns lately (one was a free download so can’t really complain) I’m even more grateful for Jean Greenhowe’s meticulously clear and detailed instructions.
Bits of instructions missed out (perhaps seen as too obvious to bother with) and in one case, just plain wrong! Easy for me to work out but I’d feel sorry for any relatively new knitter faced with these.

Witzend Fri 08-May-20 15:02:21

The Moses basket babies are proving a lot more of a fiddle than the Nativity babies, @Callistemon - the instructions are not so clear or explicit. Heads are coming out rather big for the bodies, but I’m not sure Gdcs will be bovvered.

Hermia46 Sat 09-May-20 12:43:00

Thank you both ineedamum and doodledog I think you have both solved my problem! smile

Witzend Mon 11-May-20 11:55:21

3 mini babies in baskets, just finished, they fit nicely into a takeaway container, all ready for posting to Gdcs and little friend. Basket etc. no problem but the babies were such a fiddle, I don’t think I’ll be making any more!

goldengirl Mon 11-May-20 12:11:28

I've been trying some crochet by following a youtube tutorial - the ubiquitous square but me and my crochet hook aren't getting along very well so I've resort back to knitting some little knitted ornaments - useless but fun and good for school fetes etc if we eventually have them again

Bathsheba Mon 11-May-20 12:29:52

Witzend I love those little babies in baskets! I'm off to find the pattern now so I can make some for my granddaughters - thank you!

Gymstagran Mon 11-May-20 12:34:44

I've been knitting poppies as our local church wants to have poppies from the church tower down to the ground in November. Happy using up my red and black wool.

Witzend Mon 11-May-20 13:49:02

@Bathsheba mine came out slightly bigger than they were supposed to because I had to use slightly bigger needles - 3 mm instead of 2.75, so maybe a few cm difference, not that Gdcs are going to care! (And v possibly marginally less fiddly when slightly bigger.)

Callistemon Mon 11-May-20 14:44:37

Gymstagran thank you for reminding me of poppies. I bought a large ball of red yarn ages ago and realised it was the wrong shade so it is sitting in my stash waiting for a project.
Now I'll need to buy black and green but not yet as DH 's eyebrows will go skyward. Again.

goldengirl I dont know if you have a Kindle but I downloaded a little instruction pamphlet called 'Granny Square Crochet for Beginners UK version' by Shelley Husband. It is free and the instructions are simple and clear.

I did, however, teach myself from various YouTube clips.

FindingNemo15 Mon 11-May-20 15:10:09

I do not knit or crochet, but a friend suggested googling nudinits.com if anyone wants a laugh!

DanniRae Mon 11-May-20 16:08:31

I am back to knitting premature baby hats for our local hospital. They take no time - I get bored easily - and when I deliver them they are so grateful!

Billybob4491 Mon 11-May-20 17:07:27

I have just finished knitting some stockings for C. Bit early I know but needs must. Also been knitting dolls clothes which has been very enjoyable. DannieRae - our local hospital is not accepting pre baby hats at the moment due to the pandemic.

DanniRae Mon 11-May-20 19:50:40

Thanks Billybob - I shall wait till all is back to normal and before I take them in I shall give them a good wash in hot, soapy water.

littleflo Mon 11-May-20 20:52:48

I posted some toys of to the GCs to day. I have just finished this Unicorn and am now doing a polar bear.

Witzend Tue 12-May-20 07:06:17

@littleflo, that is so sweet! I’m sure your Gdcs will be delighted.