At the start of 2017, the stand-out ‘crafting resolution’ of the Otome Sewing Bee, was learning to knit or crochet.
As a practised knitter/crocheter, with pinterest boards to prove it, I’ll be sharing a recommended yarny pattern for each month of the year.
The aim is to inspire us to get needles and hooks out. All patterns shared will fit with the flapjac aesthetic that is pretty vintage and romantic j-fashion and should be easy to incorporate into your existing wardrobe.
The Miette Cardigan
by Andi Satterlund
Cosy little everyday cardigan that is easy to knit and a nice cropped length for wearing with full skirts.
First cardigan pattern I ever made. The internet told me this was the place to start. And it isn’t half satisfying to make knitwear to match my handmade dresses. Head to toe handmade. What a geek!
Picture me swanning round the side of a cricket pitch, pouring out tea in my pink cardigan!
The Miette is a free free free pattern that is epically popular on Ravelry. Loads of positive reviews can be found all over the net. It’s made of thick worsted weight yarn so knits up quick.
Bonus pattern feature – it’s worked from the top down so you can try it on as you go and make it shorter or longer to match your torso length. Similarly, you can make the sleeves longer very easily.
Because it’s worsted weight yarn, it makes a thick cosy cardi. I used Aran weight yarn, because I’m in the UK, and that’s what was readily available to me at the time. Because of the thicker yarn it knits up faster that you’d expect.
Fit-wise the pattern is very forgiving and stretchy on the bust. My bust measurement fell between the Medium and Large sizes, and my tension is a bit on the loose side, so I went with the Medium and it fitted fine. A good tip I got from other knitters on Ravelry, was to thread sheering elastic into the neck band to stop it from stretching out.
Finished it with some deep pink petersham ribbon for button bands and pink shell buttons from John Lewis.
Yarn used: Hayfield Baby Aran
Buttons: Dyed mother of pearl from John Lewis.
This would work great in pastels for a sweet weekend look, or in black as a ‘cosy-at-home’ everyday goth basic.
Great little cardi pattern. Highly recommend.
The Basic Kitty Bow
Beginners Knitted Hair Bow Pattern.
A beginner level make that involves knitting 2 small rectangles in stocking stitch.
If your learning to knit, don’t make a scarf! It’s super long and will take you yonks. Instead, a little knitted bow is just as easy (knit wise) and will probably look much fancier when finished.
Also, you can trim it with ribbon and lace (and hide all those dropped stitches) to make it more spiffing.
Here I’m making 2 bows in my most worn colours, navy and dark red.
Here’s where I shove in an image and matching PDF printable worksheet with my letterland handwriting and similarly childish diagrams. You can also find the pattern details on Ravelry.
You can play around with this pattern to create any size bow you like, with any size wool. If you want to add ribbons and trims attach them whilst the knitted pieces are still flat before you assemble the bow.