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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Gift ideas for xmas

 

Stuck for ideas this christmas? Here are a few suggestions available at kaleidoscope:

A knitting cowl kit from baa ram ewe price 48,50

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A ram’s head brooch pin from JUL designs price 22 euros

 

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Or a passion flower shawl pin price 31,80 euros

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A leather fastener to adorn any wool garment price: 29 euros

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A  limited edition japanese toughened paper bag for yarn projects price: 35 euros

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Limited edition studded project bag price: 35 euros

 

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A selection of pompom magazines full of knitting ideas price: 13,90 per book
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A book of french knitting patterns for children and adults price 18,50 euros each or any 2 for 35 euros!

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Or a fun animal crochet kit pick from a selection:-  bat, rabbit, meerkat, or cat? price 31,50

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TOFT Xmas Kits

Hmmm Xmas –  yes it’s that time again….some of us love it, others are relieved when it’s over, but most of us will be buying gifts and preparing for the festivities.IMG_2104

So here’s an idea for xmas  at Kaleidoscope we have a selection of  4 easy crochet kits just in  from ‘ TOFT’ – the Edwards Menagerie animal collection including ‘ Emma the bunny – Clarence the bat – Alexander the cat – James the meerkat – the  complete kit includes: 100g pure toft wool, synthetic stuffing,  a crochet hook, a wool needle and alpaca thread,  instructions in English & French – all in a neat cotton bag ( price 31,50 euros)  the animals once finished  are all machine washable!DSCN6766

We have also a simple knitted tube scarf kit in 2 shades of grey or grey and cream ( price 45 euros)

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The Natural Collection #2

Here are some ideas of what to make with our fabulous yarns from the ‘Natural collection’!

A cardigan…

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Afternoon in Montreux by Nadia (NCL) in Lady Nuala DK (The Natural Collection) and  Lush sport from The Uncommon Thread (col. Dark toast)

A poncho…

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Ica II by Rosalind in Snow white mohair (The Natural Collection),  and Arroyo DK de Malabrigo (col. Sandbank) mixed with  plumette by La Droguerie (choco glacé)

A shawl…

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Stella de Janina Kallio, in Basile and Yak Yak (The Natural Collection)

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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Pompom summer 2015

The new issue has arrived ! Hooray ! – Summer 2015. Our customers love this vintage look magazine, full of delightful knitting patterns and all in a handy pocket size !

Also currently in stock are : Spring 2015, and Winter 2014 – now available to buy in our E-shop (section patterns and books )

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The Natural Collection

 Kaleidoscope is delighted to present our very  own brand of 100% un-dyed high quality yarns . These yarns, chosen for  their natural shades and high quality yarn blends, will appeal to everyone.
 People with dye- allergies who find it hard to knit with chemically dyed yarns,  people who like to experiment and dye their own yarns, and people who simply prefer the shades that nature intended.
Ours selection of  wools includes metallic sock wools, special silk blends, tweed blends, and others are perfect for making any clothes or accessories and  the machine washable merino yarns are particularly good for baby and children’s clothes.  You’ll find the whole collection of our yarns in the E-shop available now and at very competitive prices!DSCN4455
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Juldesigns

Juldesigns are Laura and her son Julian.  Together they design these beautiful hand cast shawl pins (amongst other products) made by Fair Trade artisans in the U.S and around the world.  They’re perfect for wearing as a simple piece of jewellery and to fasten woollen clothes or accessories. Made from non-precious metals, not suitable for fine or tight knitted items.These brooches are available to buy at Kaleidoscope to see the full selection look in our E-shop.

 

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