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The ‘Pussycat hat’

During the recent demonstrations against the sexist remarks of Donald Trump, millions of women gathered together wearing their pink pussycat hats. But putting political opinions aside, the ‘pink pussycat hat’ is a great project for beginner knitters ! If you’d like to make one then here’s the pattern that I used.

You will need:  2 x 50g  (2 x 75m ) of  Woolly 5  DMC ( worsted weight )

or  2 x 50g  ( 2 x 125m ) of Woolly normal DMC ( fingering weight ) 2 STRANDS held together.

Using 5mm needles, cast on 46 sts and knit for  8/9 cm using  1 X 1 rib ( K1, P1 to end ) 

Change and work in stocking stitch for another 24 cm ( knit 1 row, purl 1 row ) – then finish again with another 8/9 cm ) of 1 X 1 rib. Cast off loosely. Fold hat in half and sew up the sides – I finished off by sewing 1 stitch in the middle of each corner just to hold the ears in place.

Of course you can adapt this pattern for any size yarn as long as you calculate how many stitches you need for  the yarn you’ll be using (mine hat measures 21-22cm wide & 20cm long,  unstretched and flat which is perfect for the average size adult head )  

 Note to all cat lover’s, no pink pussycats were harmed in the making of this hat….

Step by step – correcting a mistake

It happens to us all, when you notice a mistake several rows down in your knitting. Undoing 20 or so rows can be a nightmare! You could leave it there and just ignore it, or if you’re like me and feel the need to fix it then here’s how I do it using a small crochet hook:

Here you see a missed stitch about 20 rows down in a garter stitch

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STEP 1: Identify which is the stitch you need to drop off the needle and carefully undo it down until you reach the mistake, and keep the stitch on a crochet hook. Decide by checking each side of the stitch whether you need to pick it up knitwise or purlwise – For garter stitch it will alternate each time. Here in the photo I had to pick up Purlwise to do this you insert the crochet hook from back to front keeping the yarn to be pulled through from the front.

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STEP 2 : The next stitch needed to be Knitwise: Insert hook from front and pull through the yarn from the back.

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Make sure you clearly identify which is the next stitch to be picked up – to do this I stretch out my knitting to be able to see clearly before picking up the following stitch.

 

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Keep going all the way up until you reach the top and pop the stitch back on the needle!

 

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This technique can also be used for a dropped stitch although you have to work a bit harder to work in a stitch which wasn’t there before. Good luck!

 

Knit a ‘Rasta snood’

 

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Here’s an idea for a xmas gift…

At Kaleidoscope we’ve all gone Rasta crazy! Everyone is knitting this easy tube collar – I made mine in 2 hours while Mr. Kaleidoscope was watching football! I chose rice stitch but you can do whatever stitch you like – this wool looks great whatever stitch you choose!

If you prefer a slightly stiffer  version use 10mm needles instead.

You will need: 1 x 150g malabrigo Rasta

Either 12mm circular or straight needles ( as preferred )

Circular Version:

Cast on loosely 41 sts, join in the round, place marker and  knit in Rice stitch: K 1, P 1 every row

*until you have about 3/4 metres of yarn left. Cast off and weave in end – or if you prefer take a crochet hook size 7/ 8mm and slip stitch down the tube to make a swirly decoration!*

Straight needle version:

Cast on loosely 42 sts and work in Rice stitch: 1st row – K1, P1, to end

2nd row-  P1, K1 to end , finish as for circular version and sew up side seam.

 

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Mechita legwarmers

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Mechita leg warmers make 2:

You will need:   100g/ 400m Mechita by malabrigo (col. Mandragora)

Needles Double pointed needles  x 2,5mm, and 3,25mm

stitches used : Rib : k2, p2  in the round

Stocking stitch : Knit every row ( in the round )

Divide the wool into 2 x ball of 50g

Using the smaller size needles, cast on 80 sts, and join in the round placing a marker between 1st and last st.

Work 4 cm in 2 x 2 rib.  (22 rows)

Change to larger needles and work in St. st. until leg measures 35cm from beginning.

Work another 9cm in 2 x 2 rib or until yarn runs low, then cast off in rib.

Weave in ends.

 

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Tuto – Lipstick

Perhaps you remember our crocheted ‘Lipstick’ shawl ?

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Worn either around the shoulders or as a scarf… 

You can make it in any type of fingering or lace yarn. For a narrow scarf you’ll need 400m and for a larger version (like the one in the photo) you’ll need 600 to 800m.

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Materials used : 1 (2) skeins of  fingering  lace yarn ; 1 crochet 3,5mm

Instructions : Make a chain of  268 sts. and start with 3ch then turn work. Continue in the asymmetric shell  pattern  as shown in our diagram, repeat rows 2 and 3 continuously until you reach a point or until you finish the yarn. Make sure you have enough yarn to complete the row. 

Make a Hoooked Necklace!

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s a great idea from Anne one of Kaleidoscope’s customer’s! Make yourself a funky necklace out of Hoooked Cotton ribbon in one ( or two?) evenings:-

You will need:

A nice bottle of Wine ( optional! )

Approximately 100/150g of Hoooked ribbon

A really good film ( also optional )

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Start making a series of tight knots very close together – make some a lot bigger, some smaller and some medium sized to get an interesting texture. Keep on going tip you have roughly 2 metres long – then take both ends and knot together extra tightly and cut the ends off. Et Voilà! And what’s more as it’s made from cotton – you can wash it in the machine if it get’s dirty.

 

 

 

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GLOSSARY EN/FR – part 2

 Knitting terms

(the essentials in bold type)

ALTERNATE = RANGS ALTERNES ( 1 RG SUR 2)

AS SET = COMME DEFINI PRECEDEMMENT

BACK = DOS

BACK OF A STITCH = BRIN ARRIERE D’UNE MAILLE

BALL = PELOTE

(BEG.) BEGINNING = DEBUT

( BO ) BIND OFF /  (CoFF) CAST OFF = RABATTRE

BOBBLE = NOPE

BUTTON = BOUTON

CABLE  ( NEEDLE ) = TORSADE ( AIGUILLE AUXILIAIRE)

( CO ) CAST ON = MONTER LES MAILLES

(CC) CONTRAST COLOUR = COULEUR CONTRASTANTE

CHART = DIAGRAMME

CIRCULAR NEEDLE = AIGUILLE CIRCULAIRE

CROSS = CROISER

(DEC) DECREASE = DIMINUTION

DIVIDE = DEVISER/ SEPARER EN DEUX

(DPN’S) = DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES = AIGUILLES DOUBLE POINTES

EDGE = LISIERE

EVEN ( NUMBER ) = NOMBRE PAIRE

EVENLY SPACED = REPARTI REGULIEREMENT

EVERY ALT. ROW = TOUS LES DEUX RANGS

EVERY ROW = TOUS LES RANGS

FASTEN-OFF= PASSER LE FIL DANS LES MAILLES ET ARRETER

FIRST STITCH = PREMIERE MAILLE

FOLLOWING ( FOLL ) = SUIVANT

FROM * TO * = DE * A *

FRONT = DEVANT

FRONT OF A STITCH = BRIN DEVANT D’UNE MAILLE

GARTER STITCH ( G st ) = POINT MOUSSE

GAUGE = TENSION / ECHANTILLON

GRAFT = ASSEMBLER ( EN COUTURE INVISIBLE )

HANK / SKEIN = ECHEVEAU

INCHE = POUCE ( 1″ = 2.5cm )

INCLUDING = INCLURE

( INC ) INCREASE = AUGMENTATION

JOIN = JOINDRE

K (k) = KNIT = MAILLE ENDROIT/ tricoter à l’endroit

(K tbl ) knit through back loop =  1 M TORSE ( tricoter maille par l’arrière brin )

K2tog =  2 mailles ensemble à l’endroit

KNITWISE = A L’ENDROIT ( dans le sens glisser un maille)

LACE KNITTING = DENTELLE

LAST STITCH  = DERNIERE MAILLE

LEAVE ( ON HOLD ) = LAISSER DES MAILLES EN ATTENTE

LEFT = GAUCHE

LENGTH = LONGUEUR

 (M 1) MAKE 1 = AUGMENTATION ( en tricotant torse le brin situé entre 2 mailles)

(PM) MARKER  = ANNEAU MARQUEUR ( placer)

(MC) MAIN COLOUR = COULEUR PRINCIPALE

NEEDLE = AIGUILLE

NEXT = SUIVANT (maille, rg etc )

ODD/ EVEN ( number ) = NOMBRE IMPAIRE/PAIRE

(P) PURL = MAILLE ENVERS

PURLWISE = A L’ENVERS ( dans le sens glisser un maille )

(P tbl ) purl through back loop =  1 M TORSE A L’ENVERS

(P2tog) Purl 2 together = 2 mailles ensemble à l’envers

PICK UP AND KNIT = RELEVER ET TRICOTER LES MAILLES

PLACE STS. ON HOLDER = METTRE LES MAILLES SUR UNE AIG. AUX.

PREVIOUS = PRECEDENT ( mailles, rgs etc)

(PSSO) PASS SLIP ST. OVER = SURJET SIMPLE (passer la m.par-dessus de l’autre)

(REM) REMAINING = MAILLES RESTANTES

(REP) REPEAT = REPETER

REVERSE ( REV ST.ST.) = JERSEY ENVERS

RIB = COTES ( 1X1, 2X2, 1X2, etc)

( RS & WS) RIGHT SIDE & WRONG SIDE = ENDROIT / ENVERS

( RNDS ) ROUNDS = TOURS ( tricot circulaire )

ROW = RANG

SELVEDGE ST. = MAILLE LISIERE

(ST) STITCH = (M) MAILLE

( SL ) SLIP = GLISSER

SKIP = PASSER

SKP  Slip, knit, psso = ( SS ) SURJET SIMPLE

SSK = SURJET SIMPLE ( américaine ) = Glisser 1m. comme pour la tricoter à l’endroit 2 fois, passer l’aig. dans les mailles et tricoter ensemble à l’endroit.

SSP = MEME CHOSE mais en tricotant les 2 mailles à l’envers

Sl1,K2tog,psso = SURJET DOUBLE

Sl1 Knitwise = Glisser 1m. comme pour la tricoter à l’endroit

Sl1 Purlwise = Glisser 1m. comme pour la tricoter à l’envers

Slst. to cn & hold at back = Glisser 1m. sur aig.aux. et la placer derrière ( torsade )

Slst. to cn & hold at front = Glisser 1m. sur aig.aux. et la placer devant ( torsade )

STITCH HOLDER = ARRETE -MAILLE

(St.St). STOCKING /STOCKINETTE STITCH = JERSEY

SWATCH/ TENSION  = ECHANTILLON

2 TIMES = 2 FOIS

(TOG) TOGETHER = ENSEMBLE

TURN = TOURNER

WORK = LE TRAVAIL , TRICOT EN COURS

WRAP = ENROULER LE FIL AUTOUR D’UNE MAILLE

YARN BACK = LE FIL EST TENU DERRIERE L’OUVRAGE

YARN FRONT =  LE FIL EST TENU DEVANT L’OUVRAGE

 ( YO ) YARN OVER =  JETE

SEW / JOIN = COUDRE/ JOINDRE

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GLOSSARY EN/FR – part 1

Garment sections:

ARMHOLE  =  EMMANCHURE

BABY SHIRT = BRASSIERE

BACK = DOS

BODY = CORPS

BORDER = BORDURE

BOTTOM = BAS

BUST / CHEST =  POITRINE

BUTTONHOLE = BOUTONNIERE

CENTER = CENTRE

COAT = MANTEAU

COLLAR / NECK = COL

CUFF / WRIST = POIGNET

DART = PINCE

EDGE = LISIERE ( SELVEDGE ST. = MAILLE LISIERE)

EYELET = JOURS ( DENTELLE )

FRONT (LEFT) = DEVANT ( GAUCHE )

FRONT (RIGHT) = DEVANT (DROITE)

CARDIGAN/ VEST = GILET

GLOVE = GANT

HAT = BONNET

HEEL ( SOCK ) = TALON

HEM =  OURLET

HOLE = TROU

JACKET = VESTE

JUMPER = PULL

LOOP = BOUCLE

MITTEN = MITAINE

NECKBAND = BANDE D’ENCOLURE

PANEL = PANNEAU

POCKET = POCHE

( RS ) RIGHT SIDE = ENDROIT

SCARF = ECHARPE

SEAM = COUTURE

SKIRT = JUPE

SHAWL = CHALE

SHOULDERS = EPAULES

SIZE = TAILLE

SLEEPING SUIT = NID D’ANGE

SOCK  = CHAUSSETTE

STOLE  = ETOLE

TASSEL = GLAND

TAM  = BERET

TOE ( SOCK ) = LA POINTE D’UNE CHAUSETTE

TOP – DOWN = PULL TRICOTE DU HAUT EN  BAS

WRONG SIDE  = ENVERS

SHOULDER STRAP = PATTE D’EPAULE

YOKE  = EMPIECEMENT

WAIST = TAILLE

WAISTCOAT = GILET SANS MANCHES

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