#03 July 2018 indieroad.com.au
EDITOR IN CHIEF Gaille Smith EDITORS Robynn Ross Abbey Bongers Roz Panetta
GRAPHIC DESIGNER Patrizia Tresca The Huntd Creative
PHOTOGRAPHY Ellie Bobbie Photography MODELS Catie, Kate & Libby STOCKISTS New South Wales Yummy Yarn and Co. – Dubbo The House of Wool – Blackheath Mulberry & Flax – Newcastle Caboodle of Orange Gifts – Orange Australian Alpaca Yarn - Yass Victoria Crumbz Craft – Healesville Unwind Craft Café – Keilor East Tasmania Salamanca Wool Shop – Battery Point Western Australia Sew Much Yarn – Kalgoorlie South Australia Knit Spin Weave – Clare Queensland Natural Fibre Arts - Southside ACT Crafty Frog - Kambah All enquiries regarding submissions please send to our Editor in Chief, PO Box 278, Lindfield, NSW, 2070, Australia or via our online form at indieroad.com.au.
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REFLECT ON YOUR JOURNEY TRAVEL Hooked on South Australia P 13 RECIPE Raw blueberry & chocolate white cake P 16 THREE MUMSâ€™ YARN Friendship, laughter & yarn P 19 TUTORIAL Crochet Cable P 23 CAMEL FLEECE Alice the camel had one hump P 27
A TRIBE OF FIBRE ARTISANS Welcome from the Editors P 05
STAFF SPOTLIGHT With Abbey Bongers Abbeymade P 06 IN THE SPOTLIGHT With Freya Jobbins P 07
4 Inside Magazine
EMBRACE THE SLOW MOVEMENT STORE SPOTLIGHT Knit Spin Weave P 31 TAKING IT TO THE EXTREME Extremo Merino P 35 ANTIQUATE Upholstery Art P 39 HAND WINDING A centre pull ball P 43 CROCHET SURVEY P 46
PATTERNS JUJU HAT TUTORIAL By Roz Panetta P 47 JUJU HAT DOILY By Gaille Smith P 50 CABLED HANDWARMERS By Robynn-El Ross P 51 CHUNKY CABLE SCARF By Jodie Booth - Addicted to the Hook P 53 KNITTED VEST By Pauline Keneally P 55 DOUBLE CROSS CUSHION By Roz Panetta - Liâ€™l Meo P 57
From The Editor GAILLE SMITH
Imagine I placed in your hand an ancient key, with an ornate filigree bow. It would feel precious, just like the way I feel about the anticipation of opening the door to Indie Road Issue 3. In this issue we introduce you to Freya Jobbins, who has certainly stepped away from traditionalism and created something amazing. We felt the need to share her story to show that you can try anything you want. It is about finding your happy place. Do not be afraid. Just do it! We share a story about a mammal with long legs, a big-lipped snout, incredible fibre and a hump! Yes, the camel is our fleece of the issue. Have you spun, dyed or yarned with camel fleece? We would love to hear your experience or maybe see your photos. Our staff snapshot is Abbey Bongers who is a whizz at Tunisian crochet - well all crochet for that matter. I now have Abbey on speed dial as I slowly but surely teach myself Tunisian crochet. You will find Abbeyâ€™s patterns easy to follow and a joy to make. If you have anything you would like us to showcase or you would like to contribute, please contact us via the online form on our website. If you have made anything from our first few issues, please share. Until next time, Live. LAUGH. Create.
ABBEY BONGERS - ABBEYMADE
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB? I love that I can help other designers like me to get their works published. I’ve been e-meeting designers all over Australia and have been inspired by their journeys. WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES? I have a rather serious day job and crochet is a wonderful outlet for me when the office life gets stressful. I’ve been a crafty person all my life (thanks Mum) and have also seriously got into silver chainmaille jewellery making. My other hobbies include chasing my 2.5 year old around (she’s a cheeky one) and hanging out with my Hubby. Tunisian crochet is my speciality and I’ve even roped Hubby into making hooks for me, so it’s a family affair. YOUR LIKES AND DISLIKES? Dislikes – waiting too long for the postman to deliver my latest yarn order. Likes – glorious yarn that inspires me to make something new and different. I love working with simple shapes in clever ways. WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF? At the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Tunisian crochet has been a competition category for the last 5 years. I have won it 3 times! I’m not going to be completely satisfied until I win a purple ribbon for the Standard of Excellence cabinet, so watch this space. WHO ARE YOU? My name is Abbey and I am a crochetaholic. I have been crocheting for about 5 years and I’m worried it is taking over my life (just like all the yarn in my house.) The first thing I pack for a road trip is my crochet project. In fact, I don’t have to pack it because it’s already in my handbag… WHAT DO YOU DO? I’m Indie Road’s crochet technical editor. I review patterns submitted for publishing and check that the pattern will work technically, that it meets our consistency guidelines and will result in a beautiful project. I also assist with stitch tutorials and the odd original pattern.
YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR? Purple. Anything bold really as I love all colours. YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD? If only cheese and wine was in the healthy food category… WHERE CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF IN TEN YEARS? I’d love to publish a tunisian crochet guidebook focussing on fundamental techniques that expand tunisian crochet to the next level. Tunisian is a form of crochet often misunderstood as being limited to blankets and washcloths – I want to show people how versatile and clever it can be.
In The Spotlight
WITH FREYA JOBBINS
ontemporary Artist whose practice
detail and beauty of humanoids into “other”
includes Assemblage, Collage,
beings. Being once touchable, a toy is the
Installations, Printmaking and Wearable Art.
vehicle by which Freya generates a range of responses to existing objects that have now
Freya’s artistry, individuality and sense
been placed out of context. Once reworked
of adventure epitomize the Indie Road
into one of her unique busts or sculptures,
philosophy, minus the fibre. She works
the toy is suddenly untouchable as it is
with plastic and used materials, upcycling
now an artwork. Simply put, Freya could
with a definitive message. You can feel the
be described as a purveyor of plastic body
energy the moment Freya enters the room
parts as she trolls Vinnies looking for the
but it is more than her wild glasses, her
next glue fix.
outrageous laugh and her encompassing spirit. The ideas percolating in her head are
Born in South Africa, her family emigrated
almost visible as she shares details of her
when she was a child and Freya grew up in
latest work for an exhibition or a commission.
Western Sydney. Her successful career as
Keeping busy and fulfilled by completing
a weapons instructor in the Federal Police
different things each day is Freya’s idea of joy.
was cut short when she barely survived a head on car crash. Every day has to be a good
Her work is based on appropriation,
one when you are given a second chance
decontextualisation and subversion of
and the themes of her life are contained
pre-existent objects and everyday reality.
within her pieces. There is a lot of humour
Through dissection and reconstruction of
revealed but also serious statements on
plastic toys, Freya recreates the symmetrical
PTSD, domestic violence and depression.
In The Spotlight
Freya manages to poke fun at the viewer and
Detroit, Tel-Aviv, Yorkshire and Austria. Freya was
focus on anti-consumerism as only secondhand
the recipient of two artist residencies in 2016
toys and materials are used. Her love of recycling
and 2018. This year she is a selected finalist in
came from frugal parenting that led to Freya
the Tom Bass Figurative Prize and Sculpture
creating her own toys. Toys are universal,
at Scenic World Sculpture Prize. Currently she
therefore the connection with Freya’s work is
has her assemblage “Medusa” on display at the
guaranteed. On display, you cannot help but get
Exploratorium in San Francisco.
as close as you can to marvel at the intricacies of her disembodied pieces and the cleverness of placement. Plastic toy soldiers make the bust of a soldier, little doll arms form a nose and buttocks peep out of the most extraordinary places on her sculptures. Majoring in sculpture and printmaking whilst
I DO NOT CREATE WORK TO SELL .
completing a Diploma of Fine Arts, and graduating soon with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Freya has
The artists Freya is inspired by are Louise
exhibited in over thirty group shows around Australia
Nevelson, Penny Byrne and Patricia Piccinini.
with four solo shows to date. Commissioned works
The Japanese assemblage artist Hiroshi Fuji
have been shipped to the USA, England, Abu Dabi,
is her idol as he truly lives the life of an active
Germany, Italy, Norway and all over Australia.
recycler, building his home with plush toys
Exhibition venues include New York, San Francisco,
to insulate the walls.
Many of Freya’s works are purchased by artists, which she sees as a huge compliment. She advertises and markets herself solidly, finding Instagram the greatest vehicle open to professional artists. “I do not create work to sell,” Freya reminds me. “I create as I need to create and I am lucky enough to be an artist who sells her work.” Casting a work in bronze is
F I N D F R E YA AT freyajobbins.com
Freya’s dream, yet by doing so would mean she was using a new product, adding to that existing already on the planet.
Freya Jobbins Freya lives in a secluded bushland setting away from other humans beside her family. Her studio buddy Schutzie lies beneath the worktable, feigning sleep. The huge shepherd listens to our interview but gives no input on Freya’s latest installations for Inhabited Architecture to be installed at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery and in the Blue Mountains for Scenic World Sculpture Prize. For university, Freya’s latest body of work is a response to the hidden aspects of domestic abuse in the home, showing the human condition. With a refinement of technical skills and a stricter observance of symmetry and precision, Freya is most proud of Batman, Darth, Cassiopeia, Zeus, Hera and Eurydice. Regret follows the sale of Batman and Darth. As long as her partner in crime Glenn is supportive and there are enough commissioned funds to buy new blades and materials, Freya is happy to say things via her sculptures and assemblages that are not openly addressed in the community. She is unimpressed with artists who are used as home decorators where the art is bought to match the lounge. In Freya’s words, “The true artist does not cater to, or for, anything.” This artist epitomizes the true Australian independent spirit shared by Indie Road and her work must be seen to be believed.
Article by ROBYNN-EL ROSS
10 In The Spotlight
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU DARE TO DREAM
PAT T E R N
Worn by royal dancers during Bamileke tribal ceremonies.
CABLE SCARF Designer | Jodie Booth - Addicted to the Hook Pattern | Page 53
BY GAILLE SMITH
estination South Australia sent me
Recommended to visit:
an invitation offering to show their
state in all her glory. Who was I to say no! With my bags packed to accommodate
and their specialty Grange range. # Seppeltsfield in the Barossa,
the space required for a shopping spree,
home to the Jam Factory and providing
I flew to Adelaide where my mission was
a unique creative space for artists in the
to unearth unique regions, local fresh
Barossa. The venue is home to a plethora
produce and of course fibre.
of local artists demonstrating their art and holding workshops. If you happen to
The Intercontinental Hotel situated in the heart of Adelaide boasts views of the Adelaide Oval and the River Torrens. Adelaide has a population of 1,324,000 and occupies 3,258 km² of Australia. With this population, I was bound to unravel my way to yarn.
be lovers of port, try visiting the Centennial Cellar including taste testing from your birth year. I opted for the year of my dad’s birth -1928. # Chateau Tanunda for more wine tasting and sampling of local cheeses while enjoying a game of
No matter if you enjoy a glass of wine or
croquet in the sun and changing the
not, visiting a winery is about the whole
spelling to crochet!
experience - walking around the property,
# Jacob’s Creek
inspecting the vines and appreciating the
where I truly discovered and understood the
buildings and heritage.
difference between pairing food and wine!
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While I was investigating the regions and food, I was missing the best yarny event to hit S.A., so I sent my roving reporter (my sibling and incredibly creative yarner) to the inaugural Fibre Feast of South Australia. Held in the memorial hall at Blackwood, close to 30 artisans, retailers and yarn lovers gathered under one roof to showcase their homemade creations and yarn to more than 600 rampaging guests. (I was told the crowd waiting for the Fibre Feast to open their doors looked like the scene from the Boxing Day sales at David Jones.) As I rushed through the doors with minutes to spare, the business activity was coming to an end. First impressions - WOW! Sparkles, colour and woolly treats were everywhere on display. The cutest vintage caravan greeted me at the entrance. Jasmine, part of the organising committee from Purl & Friends, had lovingly restored this sweet little lady to pop up at
fairs and festivals far and wide. Also well met was Charmaine from Yarnarama, another committee organiser of the one day festival and Barb from Barbs Sew and Knits who has managed a brick and mortar Glenelg shop since 1981. Squiggle Yarn Co, whose passion is to use bright colour combos for their made to order skeins, created a beautiful space to entice everyone over. Our road trip continued after a short pit stop to fix a flat tyre and then on to Clare Valley, situated 136 km north of Adelaide and home of Knit Spin Weave. Tracey’s motto of inspiring creativity and building a community is evident. I couldn’t have summed it up better - we are one lovely happy village. If you are planning a trip to South Australia, why not plan it around Fibre Feast S.A.? Affectionately known as the “Wine State” I think South Australia can now proudly boast the name “Yarn State”. We may even have something exciting lined up for 2019… P.S. Bring an empty bag or three.
BY W H O L E S O M E B O D I E S
Method Thermomix Version*
- 150g (1 cup) macadamias
1. Place all base ingredients in mixing bowl and blend 20 sec/speed 9.
2. Stream in melted cacao while blending speed 4 until combined.
2. Divide mixture into 18 balls and press firmly into silicone muffin pan.**
3. Divide white chocolate filling in half. Pour one half into 18 moulds, half filling each mould. Scatter a few blueberries over filling and freeze for 1 hr.
- 80g (1/2 cup) buckinis (activated buckwheat) - 8 Medjool dates, pitted - 70g (1 cup) shredded coconut - 1 tsp cinnamon - pinch Himalayan salt Filling - 450g (3 cups) raw cashews, soaked overnight - 180ml (3/4 cup) coconut milk
3. Place into freezer while preparing next layer. 4. No need to wash bowl. Continue with filling. * Alternatively, a high-powered blender or food processor can be used. Blend until desired consistency is achieved. ** I recommend steel reinforced silicone muffin pan.
- 180ml (3/4 cup) coconut oil - 125ml (1/2 cup) 100% pure maple syrup - 125ml (75g) cacao butter, melted - 1tsp. vanilla powder - Â˝ tsp. Himalayan salt - 250g (2 cups) frozen organic blueberries, defrosted
Filling 1. Drain and rinse cashews. Place in mixing bowl with coconut milk, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla powder and salt. Blend 30 sec/speed 6. Scrape down bowl and blend 2 min/ speed 9. Scrape down bowl.
4. Return remaining filling into mixing bowl with blueberries and blend 20 sec/speed 9. Scrape bowl, then blend 30 sec/speed 6. 5. Pour over white chocolate filling. Decorate with extra blueberries and freeze until completely set. 6. Once frozen they can be easily popped out of moulds and stored for 3-4 days in fridge or remain frozen for up to 3 months. Note: Cake can also be made in a parchment paper lined 23cm round spring form pan. All ingredients used in this recipe are organic.
DOUBLE CROSS CUSHION Designer | Roz Panetta from Liâ€™l Meo Pattern | Page 57
PAT T E R N
The beauty of fingerless gloves.
FRIENDSHIP, LAUGHTER AND YARN
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eeting through our local Knitters’ Guild in Canberra, we quickly became firm friends
as three mothers united by knitting. One common theme ran through many of our conversations a desire for locally dyed yarn in modern colourways to excite us. Three Mums’ Yarn was born from our collective love of yarn, fibre arts and - most of all - colour. Having spent many months testing our dye concepts and experimenting with different colourways, we were thrilled to debut Three Mums’ Yarn at the Old Bus Depot Markets’ Celebration of Wool in May 2017. We are so grateful for the warm welcome we received from our local knitters and crocheters, and those who travelled from interstate. The support of our customers has allowed Three Mums’ Yarn to continue to grow over the past year and we are looking forward to the future.
PHOTOS EmilyBlenkin Wild Little Things Photography. Facebook: wildlittlethingsCanberra
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With six children between us, paid employment and endless crafty pursuits, we squeeze our yarn dyeing, stitch marker and project bag making into our spare time (usually after our children are in bed!) For this reason, we dye in small dye lots and update our Etsy store when time and life allows. Penny dyes our self-striping yarns, which are painstakingly warped by hand, lovingly dyed in unique colourways and then hand wound into centre-pull balls for ease of use. Penny could dye all day, every day if given the chance. Kate is the mastermind behind our range of semisolid and tonal colourways and can tidy an unruly skein of yarn like no one else. Organised and efficient, Kate also keeps the back end of the business up-to-date.
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Ruth dreams in gradients and speckles and is decidedly content when spending time with her dye pots. Having just moved to China for work, Ruth is finding inspiration for new colourways around every corner. Three Mums’ Yarn brings together our individual aesthetics, knitting styles and professional skills to produce a diverse yet cohesive yarn range. We dye with an increasing range of quality yarn bases, including beautifully soft Australian merino wool. We are excited to be showcasing Three Mums’ Yarn at several Australian fibre events in 2018. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to find out where and when you can meet us in person. Yarn is our happy place, and we’d love to share it with you! Etsy ThreeMumsYarn @threemumsyarn
BY ROBYNN - EL ROSS
UNIQUE GIFTS FOR EVERYONE WHO NEEDS EXTRA LOVE PATTERN Available on Ravelry | Robynn-El
CABLE TUTORIAL BY JODIE BOOTH (Addicted 2 the Hook)
Cables are great for adding texture to any piece of work, be it a headband, scarf, jacket or baby cocoon. Cables can be made using just two stitches or eight. Cables are made using a combination of double, front post treble and front and back post double crochet stitches. This article explains the aforementioned stitches and the foundation double crochet stitch - fundamental to countless modern crochet patterns. Once these stitches are in your armoury, you’ll be set to hook Jodie’s scrumptious cable scarf.
FOUNDATION DOUBLE CROCHET (FDC) Step 1 Ch 3. Step 2 Y arn over, insert hook into the first chain, yarn over pull through loop (ch made.) Step 3 Yarn over, and work as a dc. Step 4 Y arn over, insert hook into the ch made at the base of the completed dc. Step 5 Y arn over, pull through loop, yarn over, work as a dc. Repeat Steps 4- 5 until the desired number of sts are made. CABLE STITCH FUNDAMENTALS Using post stitches provides texture and depth to crochet stitches. It’s possible to make very interesting patterns using post stitches.
The stitches are worked in the same manner as normal crochet stitches - the only difference is what part of the stitch below is worked into (or around.) FRONT POST DOUBLE CROCHET (FPDC) Step 1 Yarn over, insert hook from front to back between the posts of the indicated stitch of the row below, then from back to front again between the posts of the next stitch. The hook will be positioned horizontally behind and around the indicated stitch. (fig. A) Step 2 Yarn over and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. There will be 3 loops on the hook. Step 3 Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, twice (just like a dc.) BACK POST DOUBLE CROCHET (BPDC) Step 1 Yarn over, insert hook from back to front between the posts of the indicated stitch of the row below, then from front to back again between the posts of the next stitch. The hook will be positioned horizontally in front of the indicated stitch. (fig. B) Step 2 Yarn over and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. There will be 3 loops on the hook. Step 3 Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, twice (just like a dc.)
FRONT POST TREBLE CROCHET (FPTR) Step 1 Y arn over twice, insert hook from back to front between the posts of the indicated stitch of the row below, then from front to back again between the posts of the next stitch. The hook will be positioned horizontally in front of the indicated stitch.
Cable row Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each of next 3 sts, skip the next 3 sts (these will be worked into later), fptr into the next 3 sts. These sts slant from right to left (fig. D). Go back to the first of the 3 skipped sts and fptr into the 1st, 2nd and 3rd skipped sts. These sts slant from left to right. Dc in remaining 4 sts. (fig. E)
Step 2 Y arn over and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. There will be 3 loops on the hook.
Intermediary rows Ch 3, dc in each of next 3 sts, bptr in next 6 sts (the cabled stitches from the cable row), dc in remaining 4 sts.
Step 3 Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, three times (just like a tc.) PUTTING THE STITCHES TOGETHER TO MAKE CABLES â€“ PRACTICE SWATCH Base row Make a base of dc stitches at least 14 sts wide â€“ 6 for the cable and 4 on each side to give stability to the cable. Try starting with 14 fdc with a couple of rows of dc above it. (fig. C)
Ch 3, dc in each of next 3 sts, fptr in next 6 sts, dc in remaining 4 sts. Ch 3, dc in each of next 3 sts, bptr in next 6 sts (the cabled stitches from the cable row), dc in remaining 4 sts. For repeats of the same pattern, simply return to the cable row then intermediary rows. The purpose of the post stitches in the middle of each row is to make the cable stand out from the stitches worked on either side of it. (fig. F shows a complete cable section with intermediary rows before and after)
PAT T E R N
Pair boho chic with your favourite jeans.
CABLED H A N D WA R M E R S Designer | Robynn-El Ross Pattern | Page 51
ALICE THE CAMEL HAD ONE HUMP! By Tabitha Bilaniwskyj-Zarins
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CAMELS ARE LIKE ELEPHANTS. THEY BOND FOR LIFE & HAVE STRONG FAMILY VALUES.
Covered in blackberries, thistle and African boxthorn, my 100 acre farm had been neglected for many years. My research into land improvement led me to a Victorian man who was breeding camels for fine wool. What sparked my interest was the fact that his camels loved to eat thorny plants! Camels are soft-footed, travel long distances in a day and will eat a lot, so we embarked upon our camel adventure. Where do you buy a camel? How much would one cost? Would males or females suit my needs? How many should I purchase to clear my land of unwanted scrub? There was a lot to work out. Sixteen years later my little camel herd and I have had a successful relationship. They have achieved great progress in clearing the land of thorny weeds and I have been fortunate to discover many more unique attributes of camels. One of these is using their fibre!
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Camels have very useful fibre, hair or fur. Their coat is made up of an outer guard hair which is coarse and thick. This can be long and strong and is gathered from the top of the hump and from under the lower jaw towards the top of their long neck, looking rather like a hipster’s beard. Guard hair also protects the underlying soft and luxurious down coat all over the camel’s body. The longer thicker down is to be found over the shoulders, the hump and towards the top of the rear on the camel.
feel the need to roll in the paddock or scratch against trees to remove the fibre. Plucking the fibre also strengthens the bond we have. Camels are like elephants. They bond for life and have strong family values. Camels will grieve heavily as I found out when our matriarch died naturally of old age. One of our younger males almost died from hunger as he was too sad to eat. I am pleased to announce that I am now recognised as the matriarch of our camels.
How do you harvest the fibre? A camel’s fur coat releases slowly and naturally in spring just as the new young coat starts to regrow. I have taught my camels to come to me at moulting time for grooming by gently pulling fibres from their bodies when it is ready to release. It takes approximately six weeks to harvest all of the fibre from four camels.
SOFT CAMEL FIBRE
Every year they moult in the same order, starting with the boys. The girls are last to moult. Plucking my camels this way keeps the fibre as clean as possible, as they do not
FELTS EASILY AND CAN BE FELTED INTO FABRIC FOR VESTS AND PANTS.
Camel coats come in a variety of colours. There is your basic camel colour through to black, white, grey and variations of these. The variety of fibre types can be used for an assortment of projects. The long guard hair is robust, thick and strong to make a tight spun yarn for back strap weaving, string for macramĂŠ or for a unique knitted shopping bag. The soft down undercoat is long enough to spin into a luxurious yarn for knitting into jumpers, scarves and beanies keeping you well insulated from the cold. Soft camel fibre felts easily and can be felted into fabric for designing coats, vests and pants.
CAMELS PREDICT THE WINTER BY PREPARING THE DENSITY OF THEIR COAT IN THE SUMMER! The belly wool of a camel is short and curly and generally peels off the body in one piece, making it an interesting felt embellishment. Felted camel bags are a textural status in the handbag world. Camel fibre can be blended with any wool or fibre. There is dust and lanolin in camel fibre, so washing is necessary before use. The smell of camel fibre is not pungent as you would think, as camels are quite odourless. It is only their breath after burping that can give you a crumpled up nose! Our camels came from the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. They cost us $750 each at the age of 6-8 months old, nearly 16 years ago. We found a local cameleer who helped us with transport and with the settling in of our camels. For more information about camel fibre, please visit Tabandy Farm. tabandyfarm.com PHOTO Hannah Troupe
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Plucking my camels has now become a yearly ritual anticipated by all. The camels push each other out of the way for their turn and I get to design, spin or felt with their fibre. From the four camels, I harvest up to 1.5kg of usable fibre in seven different colours. Fibre weight will depend on the season. The colder it is, the longer and thicker the fur coat will be. Camels can predict the ensuing winter by preparing the density of their coats in the preceding summer!
KNIT SPIN WEAVE
32 Store Spotlight
INSPIRING CREATIVITY, BUILDING COMMUNITY BY LIZ HAYWOOD
“The yarn shop you’ll wish was yours” is how some describe Tracy Henwood’s cosy shop furnished with looms and wheels and flowing with beautiful yarns. Tracy, a former school teacher, is a passionate fibre artist skilled in knitting, crochet, dyeing, spinning and weaving. She dreamed of establishing a yarn shop that supplied materials and equipment and would be a friendly place for lovers of yarn and fibre to meet, share ideas and connect. Tracy and her husband Peter opened Knit Spin Weave in 2015 with a well-researched business plan and carefully chosen inventory.
A move in 2017 to their current location adjacent to a cafe has seen their business grow. Knit Spin Weave occupies a small boutique style space in Clare, South Australia, just a couple of hours drive north of Adelaide. The shop is a tourist destination as well as attracting locals and visitors from other country areas. Initially many of her customers were knitters, but she’s seen an increase in the popularity of crochet and now has just as many crochet lovers visiting her shop. “It’s important to stay up to date with what people are making,” says Tracy. Fibres and friendly service aren’t the only things that draw people to Knit Spin
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Weave. “In small country towns, businesses aren’t just about buying and selling things; it’s about community, and community is what sustains country towns,” explains Tracy. “I never felt so connected to people until I opened the shop. People feel comfortable here.” A love of natural fibres drove her to stock a wide range of sought after yarns including Katia, Sirdar, Fibrespates, Jo Sharp, hand spun yarns and reputedly the best range of sock yarns in the state. Knit Spin Weave is pleased to support hand dyers and retails Moseley Park, Squiggle, Finch Yarns and Seventh Girl. Although Tracy’s passion is for natural fibres, Knit Spin Weave also stocks synthetic yarns and charity knitters receive a discount on acrylic yarn. Knit Spin Weave is a supporter of Knit 4 Charities in Adelaide and is a drop-off centre for completed donations.
For spinners, locally grown fleeces are available as well as spinning fibres from Ashford, New Zealand. In addition, a range of spinning wheels and weaving looms are set up for visitors to try out. Knit Spin Weave is proud to be an Ashford Dealer and carries their quality range of wheels, looms, spinning supplies, fibres and yarn. Like to begin weaving? Tracy will get you started with a free lesson when you buy a rigid heddle loom. She can also demonstrate and order multi-shaft looms. Tracy’s commitment to customer service has seen her add regular workshops, keeping her class sizes small and at reasonable prices. If you’re new and want to learn, Tracy offers both individual one-on-one classes as well as small group lessons for all aspects of knitting, spinning and weaving. She is happy to create a custom class for clients.
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Workshops are run for children to help them begin a craft and they are very welcome in her shop. “What a sense of achievement there is when we make something with our own hands,” Tracy reminds us. “It is within all of us; we all need to do it. It’s important for our mental health to be creative whether it’s knitting, weaving, gardening or writing.” If you’re visiting Clare or passing through on a holiday, call in, book a workshop or pop in and say hello on Knit Night, Thursdays 6-7:30pm where everyone is welcome.
Yarn Ramble Twenty18
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BY MONICA CRAM - Extremo Merino
hile the art of knitting has been around since the Egyptians knitted socks in the 11th century, there’s a new craze sweeping the world which has sparked a knitting revolution across the country. Extreme knitting, which is knitting on a giant scale, began in Eastern Europe and has spread over the last decade to every corner of the globe. Now at home in The Hamptons, Scandinavia and Australia, extreme knits are right on trend this season.
resulting blankets, bringing texture and warmth to bedrooms and lounges across Australia, have to be seen to be believed. AUSTRALIAN MERINO RULES The wool used all over the world in extreme knitting is mostly Australian merino. The most popular are unspun wool tops, but experienced knitters are no doubt aware of the downfalls of working with unspun wool, which can break, shed and pill excessively.
Due to the quick results, extreme knitting is the perfect hobby for the time poor craftsperson as it offers the slow, meditative qualities of knitting in a finite time frame. A beginner knitter can now make a blanket or throw in just one afternoon!
There are more durable merino wool options available on the market in Australia. These use twisted and felted fibres more suitable for long term use. Wool width is usually measured in cm in extreme knitting. Look for a diameter of at least 2cm, which is the equivalent of 200 ply.
Extreme knitting uses the same techniques as ‘regular’ knitting, but the tools seem to be made for giants! Extreme knitting needles can weigh up to a kilogram each and measure a metre long. The wool itself is massive and the
Acrylic or ‘vegan’ chunky yarns are also starting to appear overseas. Whilst a cheaper option, they will not offer the superior qualities of merino that is cool in summer, warm in winter, breathable and sustainable.
36 Taking it to the extreme
TAKING IT TO THE
37 Taking it to the extreme
CHOOSING YOUR NEEDLES Look for needles that are made from lightweight materials – your arms will thank you for it! Needle diameters ranging from 40mm to 55mm produce the best results. To wield your sticks for hours on end and avoid strain, the best extreme needles are constructed from a plastic pipe for lightness, with wood turned ends. Another option is a compact circular needle, which can still produce a decent sized blanket to fit over a queen bed. Arm knitting is another popular method of extreme knitting. Search the internet and you’ll find endless tutorials using your own two limbs to create a giant, chunky blanket. Arm knitting is obviously cheaper as you’ll save on needles, but you will be limited to the width of throw you can produce – basically the length of your forearm.
EXTREME KNITTING TIPS Once you’ve chosen your stitch, size and materials for your extreme knitting project, the exciting part begins. •K eep your back straight. Choose a chair or lounge with no arms and a nice, straight back for support. Bolster your back with extra cushions if necessary. •L egs should be wide apart. You will need to balance the weight of the needles on your thighs, so wearing trousers is a good idea! •H old your giant needles close to the tips. Your legs will support the rest of the needles. •U se a VERY loose tension. If you use the regular tension you are used to with regular knitting, you will struggle to get the giant needles through the wool. •E njoy the journey as it will be over in just a few short hours and you will be the proud new owner of a fabulous new extreme knit creation!
Go to extremomerino.com for 100% Australian wool, needles and patterns to begin your own extreme knit journey.
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43 Hand Winding
A CENTRE PULL BALL BY MELISSA HARRISON
In this fast-paced world, it is almost a default to do things as fast and efficiently as possible. When was the last time you hand penned a letter instead of firing off a quick email or text message? Crafting isnâ€™t immune. Commercial yarn is sold in a ball ready to dive right into your chosen project. Some yarns, hand dyed in particular, are sold in a twisted skein. To use these yarns they need to be wound into a ball or cake. A ball winder will make short work of it of course, being quick and efficient, but there is something quaint about a hand wound ball. It gives you an extra level of connection to that beautiful artwork of colour. Using a *nostepinne (or a household object shaped like a nostepinne such as a very large crochet hook, yellow item in photo), you can wind a centre pull ball.
ST EP 1
Preparing the skein Your skein needs to be secured on a swift or around the back of two chairs. I prefer to use chairs when hand winding. Carefully cut the ties that secure the skein and locate your ends. One end will be on the outer edge and will unwind freely. The other will be on the inner edge and will resist winding out as freely. Use the outer edge end.
44 Hand Winding
Winding Leaving a tail approximately 10cm in length, run it along the length of your nostepinne. Starting in the middle of the nostepinne, wind around the shaft several times to pin down the tail. Continue winding the yarn, wrapping from the bottom left to the top right, twisting the nostepinne a small turn to the left with each wrap. Keep an eye on your tail, as you don’t want it getting tangled. Continue winding, turning as you go, being as neat and precise as you like. You may need to push the growing ball down the nostepinne shaft if it is getting near the top edge.
Finishing As you near the edge, pay particular attention to where your strands are positioned in relation to each other, as the top layers in particular, create the ‘cage’ that supports the ball. Tuck in the end of the final wrap carefully through the top layers. Gently remove the nostepinne from the centre of the ball ensuring your centre pull tail isn’t pulled into the centre. Your beautiful hand wound ball is now ready to use.
*The nostepinne, also known as a nostepinde or nøstepinde, is a tool used in the fiber arts to wind yarn, often yarn that has been hand spun, into a ball for easy knitting, crocheting, or weaving. In its simplest form it is a dowel, generally between 10 and 12 inches long and most frequently made of wood, around which yarn can be wound. Decoratively and ornately carved nostepinnes are common.  The top of the nostepinne sometimes incorporates a notch or a groove which allows one end of the yarn to be held securely while the rest is wound into a ball. Wikipedia
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SURVEY BY GAILLE SMITH
You may have seen the recent survey initiated by Wollongong University; here we talk to Dr Pippa Burns, one of the researchers. WH O
We’re two researchers at the University of Wollongong. I am Dr Pippa Burns with a background in Population Health. I’m working with Dr Rosemary van der Meer who is an Honorary Fellow with a background in Knowledge Management (Business). We’re both crocheters and the idea for this research grew out of this mutual interest. The idea further crystallised when I took part in last year’s Scheepjes CAL and found
(uses both arms) and so the premise is that crocheting, being unilateral, won’t offer the same benefits. However, when we looked at their literature there was very little empirical evidence around crochet. There is some about knitting, the most comprehensive being the survey that Betsan carried out. There is a fair amount of anecdotal evidence around the benefits of crochet and Kathryn Vercillo has collected case studies on this topic. W HER E
The survey was open for a number of months and is now closed and we’re in the midst of data analysis, which might take a while.
35K people in the English speaking Facebook group
We received 8,437 responses from people living
logging on each week to get the next part of the pattern!
in over 80 countries.
At this point we realised that we could potentially reach
Preliminary results show:
a large crocheting audience through social media.
The most popular reasons people crochet are:
It’s also worth noting that this research is not-for-profit.
· to be creative (85%); · to relax (82%) and
We’ve put together quite a long online survey
· for a sense of accomplishment (78%).
investigating how crochet impacts health and
The majority of people said that crocheting made
wellbeing. We are also looking at how and why crocheters use online forums about crochet.
them feel calmer (90%) and happier (82%). People also felt that crochet helped improve their memory (74%) and concentration (71%).
The health and wellbeing survey has previously been used by Betsan Corkhill (of Stitchlinks) to investigate
the link between health and wellbeing and knitting.
From a health and wellbeing point of view, there
(She kindly gave us permission to use the same tool).
has been a lot of interest in the research as creating
This means that we will be able to compare our results
crocheting groups is a relatively low cost intervention
directly to those completed by knitters. This is important
for local Health Promotion Units to undertake. The hope
as there is some debate in the literature that the benefits
is that this research will provide some evidence on
of knitting are found because the activity is bilateral
which to base such activities.
HAT BY ROZ PANETTA
uju Hats have been created and used by the Bamileke tribe of Cameroon for centuries, often passing down from one distinguished owner to another. They are significant ceremonial headdresses denoting the importance of the wearer, often Chiefs and high ranking tribal members only. Today they are used to decorate our homes. Made of feathers, shells and other decorative bits and pieces, they offer a unique addition of texture and interest for modern homes. Using natural or dyed feathers to achieve a cohesive look, they can be easily created using a few simple methods and items readily available to crafters. Wonderful as gifts, they are quite addictive to make. We have used a beautiful hand crocheted linen doily, 25cm (10”) in diameter as the centrepiece. see page XX You can knit or crochet a doily or purchase similar from op shops.
EQUIPMENT - 25cm (10”) doily - heavy cardboard 28cm square - scissors - hot glue gun and glue sticks - tape measure or ruler - tweezers - pencil - invisible thread - darning needle - fine crochet hook or awl - small bundle of raffia to match feather colours or 2cm x 55cm cord - metallic thread - small piece of ribbon for hanging - feathers
Step 1 Using the heavy cardboard, ruler and pencil, trace from centre out a 25cm (10”) length for a total diameter of 51cm (20”). Cut around this mark. Step 2 Mark again from centre out 13cm (5”) circle for a diameter of 26cm (10”) or size to fit your chosen doily.
NOTE To source feathers there are a few specialist suppliers in Australia and overseas. Look for rooster feathers. 8-9cm long that are stitched together (stranded) at the base. Similar packets of 50 individual feathers in a wide colour range can also be purchased.
Step 3 With doily placed in centre and using the points of the outer doily as a guide, punch corresponding holes around the inner edge of the card using a fine crochet hook or awl. With invisible thread doubled and knotted, anchor into the first hole.
Quantities used for a 51cm base: 4m strung iridescent rooster tail 3 bags (each) of 50 loose brown, grey and light brown rooster feathers. Please note that this amount is approximate, the colours are optional and the amount will vary according to the density of the placed feathers.
Step 8 Using single feathers, hot glue and tweezers, place a spot of glue 3cm down from last round. Pick up a feather and place end into the glue with the body of the feather facing up and overlapping the previous row. Step 9 Continue layering feathers in this manner, changing colours or feather types as desired, until you are almost at the centre circle and doily. Place the remainder of the stranded feathers at the edge of the cut away circle, overlapping the previous row and glue in place. Allow this last row to dry while you make the raffia decoration. up and overlapping the previous row.
Step 4 Lace up the doily by picking up an outer point and returning thread to hole in card. Pass through, skip to next punched hole and take thread to next doily peak. Continue around the doily this way, lacing each peak to the corresponding hole on the card until every peak of the doily is threaded and attached to the card. Knot the finished thread well and snip. Step 5 Make a cord for hanging the JuJu. Punch two small holes into card about 5-6cm down from outer diameter. Thread through your small piece of ribbon or cord and knot these ends together at the front. Pull ribbon to back to make a hanging loop. Step 6 Before attaching the feathers, decide how you want the JuJu to look. Keeping the feathers upturned (curling toward you) and colour gradation in mind, start on the outer edge approx. 2cm down from this edge. Hot glue a small length and press the bottom edge of stranded feathers down, glueing and pressing down small sections. (The bulk of the feathers will be sitting above the edge of the card.) Continue attaching for one full round, overlapping the ends by 2cm and trim. Step 7 Move down another 3cm from the last layer and repeat for round two. (Reserve the remaining stranded feathers for the last round.)
Step 10 Using the raffia, take approx. 8-9 strands (to give you a cord approx. 2cm diameter) and gather one end together. With a needle threaded with metallic thread doubled, wrap around ends and place a few stitches to hold the raffia strands together. Holding this end in one hand, use your other hand to twist the raffia away from you. As you twist, wrap the metallic thread around the twist a few times and make a few stitches through the raffia to secure in place. (You will need at least 55cm length of wrapped raffia to go around the inner circle twice.) Wrap metallic thread around end several times and stitch through raffia. Cut raffia about 5cm from final wrap, allow the raffia to unwind and form a tassel end. Step 11 Trim any feather ends that are sticking out around the inner circle, being careful not to snip the invisible thread. Step 12 Attach the raffia by first pinning in place with the intention of covering up the feather ends around the inner circle. Take a new strand of raffia, thread needle and knot. Begin by stitching up from the back of card around raffia cord and back through card. In this way you are also covering the raw edge of the card and neatening this area. Continue stitching and wrapping raffia over cord every 1-2cm along cord, keeping the second round of raffia cord in place with pins. Continue stitching over and under the card to attach raffia and finish with a firm knot. Your JuJu hat is now ready to hang and admire.
50 Juju Hat Doily - Pattern
BY GAILLE SMITH Difficulty: Easy
While your handmade Juju hat will be great with a purchased or heirloom doily, it will be even better with a doily you made yourself.
PAT T ER N RO U N D 1
Into a magic loop, ch 3 and make 23 dc. Join with a sl st to the top of ch 3, close magic loop. (24 dc) RO U N D 2
Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), *dc, ch 1 in next dc* 23 times. Join with a sl st to the 3rd ch. (24 dc, 24 ch 1 sps) RO U N D 3
Sl st into the next ch 1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same ch 1 sp *2 dc in next ch 1 sp* 23 times. Join with a sl st to the top of ch 3. (48 dc) RO U N D 4
-K atia â€˜Linoâ€™ 100% linen (4ply, 50g/1.76oz, 150m/164yds), 1 ball. -M ercerised crochet cotton (4ply or equivalent) available from large craft retailers in many colours would be a suitable substitute.
3.5mm crochet hook
STITCH E S
Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc into the same st as ch 3, dc in next dc. *2 dc in next st, dc in next st* 23 times. Join with a sl st to the top of ch 3. (72 dc) RO U N D 5
Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc into same st as ch 3, ch 2, sk 2 dc, *2 dc in next st, ch 2, sk 2 dc* 23 times. Join with a sl st to the top of ch 3. (48 dc, 24 ch 2 sps) RO U N D 6 - 7
Sl st in top of next dc and into the ch 2 sp. Ch 3 (counts as dc) dc, ch 2, 2 dc into the same ch 2 sp. *In the next ch 2 sp, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc* 23 times. Sl st to the top of ch 3. (24 small shells) RO U N D 8
sk - skip
Sl st in top of next dc and into the ch 2 sp. Ch 3 (counts as dc) dc, ch 2, 2 dc into the same ch 2 sp, ch 1. *In the next ch 2 sp, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 1* 23 times. Sl st to the top of ch 3. (24 small shells with a ch 1 in between)
sl st - slip stitch
Finished doily is about 25cm diameter.
ch - chain dc - double crochet
st/s - stitch/es
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51 Cabled Handwarmers - Pattern
BY ROBYNN-EL ROSS Difficulty: Easy
F IN IS HED S IZ E
23cm long by 7.5cm at the wrist, unstretched (9” by 3”) to fit an average adult hand T EN S IO N
18 sts = 4” using st st on 4.5mm needles YARN
I used Bendigo pure wool in the samples.
A B B R EV IAT IO N S
Bendigo Classic 8 ply pure wool (200g/7oz,
Double twisted rib: (Knit into the back of 2 sts,
400m/437yds, 14wpi, CYCA#3, 8 ply, DK weight),
purl 2 sts), repeat for the round.
1 ball Smoke 736 for the dark grey pair. These
Your ribbing will look like a braid.
handwarmers take less than 100g of 8 ply.
Single twisted rib is the same, being (K1, p1) instead
If you choose a variegated colour, omit the cables
and knitting into the back of every knit stitch.
and knit in stocking stitch, which will also make
PM: Place marker.
the handwarmers slightly larger.
Cable 4F (C4F): Slip 2 sts on cable needle and hold
NEEDLE S AND NOTI ONS
in front, k2 from left needle, k2 from cable needle.
- set of 4.5mm DPNs (US 7)
Inc by M1R: From the back, lift loop between sts
- tapestry needle
with the left needle and knit into the front of loop.
- cable needle
Inc by M1L: From the front, lift loop between
- 2 stitch markers that fit on your needles
sts with the left needle and knit into the back of the loop.
B O DY
RO U N DS 1 -4 :
K4, p2, k4, p2, k4 / p2, k8, p2 / k4, p2, k4, p2, k4.
Cast on 44 sts and distribute on three DPNs.
(15, 14, 15 sts)
RO U N D 5 :
I cast on an extra st when joining in the round, place the needles
K4, p2, C4F, p2, C4F / p2, k8, p2 / C4F, p2, C4F, p2,
in the triangular position with the working yarn to the R,
k4. (44 sts). These five rounds make the pattern.
slip the (last cast on) R st onto the L needle, then put the first
Work Rounds 1-5 five times. (25 rows)
L hand needle st over this slipped st and onto the R needle.
Thumb increases begin here.
Begin to knit. This is a neater, tighter join. Work 12 rounds in double twisted rib, starting with (K2, p2).
ROW 26 ( RO U N D 1 ) :
Work 21, PM, M1R, k2, M1L, PM, work 21. (46 sts) ROW 27 ( RO U N D 2 ) :
Work 46 sts following pattern. ROW 28 ( RO U N D 3 ) :
Inc inside the markers as before. (48 sts) ROW 2 9 ( RO U N D 4) :
Work 48 sts. ROW 3 0 ( RO U N D 5) :
Inc inside the markers. (50 sts with 8 sts between markers.) ROW 3 1 ( RO U N D 1 ) : Work 50 sts. ROW 32 ( RO U N D 2 ) :
Inc inside the markers. (52 sts) ROW 3 3 ( RO U N D 3 ) : Work 52 sts. ROW 3 4 ( RO U N D 4) :
Inc inside the markers. (54 sts) ROW 3 5 ( RO U N D 5) : Work 54 sts. ROWS 3 6 -4 0 ( RO U N DS 1 -5) :
Cont in pattern on 54 sts. ROW 41 -4 3 ( RO U N DS 1 -3 ) :
Work 21, [K1, p1] in single rib six times (12 sts), work 21. ROW 4 4 ( RO U N D 4) :
Work 21, cast off thumb 12 sts in twisted rib, work 21. (42 sts) ROW 4 5 ( RO U N D 5) :
Work last cable row, joining tightly where the thumb space is. ROW 4 6 ( RO U N D 1 ) :
Work this last row in pattern. F IN G ER C U F F
Work eight rows in single twisted rib, starting with NOTE S
- Neaten all leftover yarn ends by weaving in the tails with a needle. -T o avoid vertical loose lines where the DPNs
a (K1, p1). Cast off in twisted rib. F IN IS HIN G
Using the tapestry needle, weave in the cast on and cast off ends on the back, ensuring there are
meet, pull the first and the last stitch on each
no loose stitches where you began and ended
DPN a bit tighter as you knit them.
52 Cabled Handwarmers - Pattern
Chunky Cable Scarf - Pattern
BY J O D I E B O OT H – ADDICTED 2 THE HOOK Difficulty: Easy
When moving from South Australia to Victoria, the cold winter hit me hard! How could moving a few hours away make such a chilly difference? So, out came the chunky yarn and my trusty 12mm. Refer to the stitch tutorial on page 23-4 for details on how to work cable stitches and fdc.
ST ITC HE S
bpdc - back post double crochet ch - chain dc - double crochet fdc - foundation double crochet fpdc - front post double crochet fptr - front post treble crochet YARN
sk - skip
Moda Vera ‘Monkey’ (Super bulky,
st/s - stitch/es
400g/14.12oz, 300m/328yds), 4 balls EQUIP MENT
- 12mm crochet hook - darning needle - scissors
N OT E
-T he turning chain at the end of each row does not count as a stitch.
Chunky Cable Scarf - Pattern
PAT TERN ROW 1: 16 fdc, ch 2 turn. (16 fdc) ROW 2:
Dc in same st as ch 2, dc in each of the next 15 sts, ch 2 turn. (16 dc) ROW 3:
Dc in same st as ch 2, dc in each of the next 3 dc, sk 4 dc, fptr around each of the next 4 sts, go back to 1st skipped st and work fptr, fptr around each of the next 3 skipped sts, dc in each of the remaining 4 dc, ch 1 turn. (16 sts) ROW 4:
Dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 3 dc, bpdc around each of the next 8 sts, dc in each of the next 4 dc, ch 2 turn. (16 sts) ROW 5:
Dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 3 dc, fpdc around each of the next 8 sts, dc in each of the next 4 dc, ch 2 turn. (16 sts) ROW 6:
Dc in same st as ch 2, dc in next 3 dc, bpdc around each of the next 8 sts, dc in each of the next 4 dc, ch 2 turn. (16 sts) ROW 7-92:
Repeat rows 3 - 6. Bind off and weave in ends.
HOW TO M A KE TAS S EL S
Cut 64 strands of yarn 43cm/17â€? long. Working from back to front, insert hook between the 1st and 2nd dc of the foundation row. Fold 4 strands of yarn in half over the hook and pull through to the back of the work until you have a big loop. Pull loose ends through the loop and pull tight. Repeat across both ends of the scarf, skipping 1 space in between each tassel. Trim the ends neatly.
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55 Knitted Vest - Pattern
B Y PA U L I N E K E N E A L LY Difficulty: Easy
S (M, L) To fit bust 80 (90,100) cm Actual size (approx. underarm) 97 (103, 109) cm Length to shoulder (approx) 45 (49, 49) cm KP C YARN
Gossyp DK, 100% organic cotton (50g/1.8oz, 113m/125 yds), 6-7 balls Inca or Glencoul DK, 70% merino / 30% cotton (50g/1.8oz, 116m/126yds) 6-7 balls TOOLS
- pair 3.75mm knitting needles, or size required to give correct tension - tapestry needle TENS ION
18 sts and 26 rows to 10cm over pattern, using 3.75mm needles (If less sts to 10cm, use smaller needles. If more sts to 10cm, use bigger needles.)
A B B R EV IAT IO N S
garter st K K2tog P rep sl st/s st st yfwd
every row knit knit knit 2 sts together purl repeat slip stitch/es stocking stitch (1 row knit, 1 row purl) yarn forward to make a stitch
56 Knitted Vest - Pattern
PAT TERN BACK AND FRO NT (both alike)
Using 3.75mm needles, cast on 99 (105,111) sts. BEGIN RIB - ROW 1 :
K2, * P1, K1, rep from * to last st, k1. ROW 2:
K1, * p1, k1, rep from * to end. Rep last 2 rows five times more. (12 rows rib in all.) Knit 8 rows garter st. BEGIN PAT TERN ** ROW 21:
K1, * yfwd, k2tog, rep from * to end. Rep last row three times more, making 4 rows of lace. Knit 8 rows garter st. ** Rep from ** to ** 8 (9, 9) times more. BEGIN RIB FOR NEC K NEXT ROW: K2, * p1, k1, rep from * to last st, K1. NEXT ROW: K1, * p1, k1, rep from * to end.
Rep last 2 rows twice more, making 6 rows rib. Cast off loosely in rib. FINISH ING
Using mattress st, join shoulder seams (cast off edges) for 12 cm from outer edges, leaving a neck opening at centre. Join side edges together, beginning at cast on edge and ending at the 5th (6th, 6th) lace panel, noting to match patterns. Weave in loose ends, and then gently steam. While Indie Road does its best to ensure every pattern is accurate, we request that the designer be contacted for clarification / to answer any queries - email@example.com
57 Double Cross Cushion - Pattern
B Y R O Z PA N E T TA F R O M L I ’ L M E O
PAT T ER N
Using two balls of Alpaca Ultimate in white and 8mm circular needles, cast on 68 sts and knit one row. N EXT ROW:
This is a simple circular knitted cushion to go with the Hygee throw. This is ideal for anyone wanting to try circular knitting as it’s a quick knit using large needles and 8 ply yarn doubled. You do not have to worry about the tension. Cast on and knit every row for the length desired.
Join work into a circle. (Ensure that your work is not twisted around the needle by straightening out the first row and checking that sts sit correctly on the needle.) Join by knitting the first stitch on the left hand needle, pull yarn firmly to bring the end of the first row close and place a stitch marker here so you know the beginning of each row as you progress. Continue to knit in the round for 4 rows. Make buttonholes for placing I-cord decoration. ROW 1 :
SM, k6, yo, k2tog, k18, yo, k2tog, knit to marker. Knit 30 rows, knitting the yo. N EXT ROW: As Row 1.
Knit two rounds. N EXT ROW: As Row 1. Knit 30 rounds. N EXT ROW: As Row 1. Knit 4 rounds. YARN
Australian Alpaca Ultimate 8ply 100% Australian Alpaca yarn, 5 balls of white, 1 ball of Hayman Blue EQUIP MENT
- s ize 8mm circular knitting needles -d arning needle - I -cord maker (or make a length of I-cord using 2 dpns size 5 or 6mm) - s ize 18” cushion insert - s titch marker TENSION/GAU G E
Use two balls white knitted together on 8mm needles. F INIS H ED MEASU R E M E NTS
31cm x 47cm
Cast off loosely. You have a tube of knitting with eyelet holes on the front. Make your I-cord and adjust the cushion insert as instructed in notes.
58 Double Cross Cushion - Pattern
F IN IS HIN G
Depending on your finished size the 47cm (18â€?) cushion insert will be the correct length but wider than required. I measured one side to match the finished width of my cushion cover (31cm) and marked and pinned the insert.
Place the I-cord into a hole near the cast on edge. Put a large knot in the end of I- cord to hold in place or pin it. The I-cord length should now be sitting on the right side of work. Take the I-cord diagonally across to the centre hole, through and under to the hole next to it. Go down to the bottom cast off side and the bottom hole. Thread it to the back and bring up along the cast off side edge and through the upper hole, back down to the bottom centre hole, under and over and up to the cast on edge upper hole knot (or pin.) Go back and ease the cushion and I-cord into shape.
Push the filling out of the way and pin and stitch the outer fabric to make the size required. It will make for a plumper, squishier cushion.
STITCH TU TOR I A L H OW TO MAKE A N I - COR D
Using 1 strand of the Hayman Blue and two dpns, cast on 3 sts and knit these. Slide the sts to the other end of your needle so that the working yarn is on the left side of them. Pick up the yarn and knit these 3 sts. Tension the yarn slightly so that it pulls together at the back, slide, knit and repeat for a total of 155 cms. Cast off. If you are using an I-cord maker follow the instructions using 1 strand of Hayman Blue 8 ply for 155cms. Bind off or drop work off needles and tie a knot in the end and beginning to stop it unravelling.
With one strand of Hayman Blue and darning needle, pin the cast off edges together on the body of the knitted piece. Use a cross stitch to go along this edge (see photo) and join the seam in a decorative way. Remove any pins. Insert the cushion form. Join the cast on edge in the same way with decorative cross stitches. If you wish, you can use one strand of white to darn down the I-cord and close up the yarn over holes. The entire cushion can be gently hand washed in warm water and a good quality wool wash. Rinse and towel dry as much as you can and dry flat in the shade. Plump up your new creation. While Indie Road does its best to ensure every pattern is accurate, we request that the designer be contacted for clarification / to answer any queries - firstname.lastname@example.org
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