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Lilajem Mini Christmas Stockings

10 Oct

Lilajem Stockings are mini Christmas stockings, crocheted in Aran (worsted) yarn with a 4mm (US G/6) hook. Available in 4 different, mix-and-match, flavours: plain, contrast heel, mesh/shell leg and full mesh/shell stocking.

Lilajem mini Christmas stockings

The pattern is available for sale via Ravelry, priced at £0.99 GBP. Ravelry members can also upload their completed mini Christmas stocking photos there, to share their unique stocking styles! :)

You will need to use the basic dc (US: sc) and sl st for the plain stocking, so this pattern is very suitable for beginners. The ‘shell’ requires htr (US: hdc), however, the only difficult part of all the stockings is simply keeping count of your stitches! Remember: you always work and join a round at the same height, so don’t join to the bottom of a turning chain or work into the edge of a short row. ;) I find that it really helps to count aloud!

Five Lilajem mini Christmas stockings

The photo (above) shows 5 different mini Christmas stockings, made to my Lilajem Stockings pattern. The first (from the left) is a plain stocking, in a solid colour – it takes about 20 minutes to crochet this and is perfect for embellishing. The second stocking has a contrast heel. The middle stocking has contrasting colours for the toe, heel and leg – which is a mini ‘shell’ type stitch for a mesh effect. The candy corn colours are perfect for autumn (US: fall) but a red, green and white mix would look very festive for Christmas! The fourth stocking has a mesh/shell leg and is a solid colour. The last stocking is completely crocheted in the mini ‘shell’ stitch, including the heel, so it’s actually faster to make than the plain stocking (which has more rounds). It’s particularly important to count your stitches for the full mesh/shell stocking because the rounds and short rows are taller.

I would love to see your photos or hear how you got on with my pattern, if you buy it! Contact me via my blog or on Ravelry (cbknit12). Happy crocheting! :) x

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Durum Mittens

9 Mar

Durum Mittens are fingerless mittens, knitted with super chunky yarn on 9 mm (US 13) needles. They are called “durum” both in the sense of “hardy” and because the chunky twists (mock cables) are reminiscent of (durum) wheat ears.

Durum Mittens

The pattern is available for sale via Ravelry, priced at £1.99 GBP.You can also view some completed Durum Mittens projects there – please upload your own too! :)

The mittens can be made in 3 sizes: small, medium and large. As a guide, small fits my hands and large fits my husband’s hands! However, I do have small hands so medium would probably be the best fit for most women. The mittens are designed to be a snug fit (negative ease) as I find gloves and mittens tend to stretch slightly after you’ve worn them a few times.

You will need to knit in the round and to work: bo, co, k, m, p, p2tog, pfb, T2L. The pattern includes a glossary of abbreviations and notes on how to join in the round and how to work a left twist (T2L).

Yardage is approximately 43.7-51.4 yards (40.0-47.0 metres) of super chunky yarn. However, you can also successfully use multiple strands of lighter-weight yarns to create a lovely variegated effect. One of my pattern testers did that and her mittens look gorgeous!

I would love to see any photos, if you buy my pattern and knit these fingerless Durum Mittens! Happy knitting! :) x