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The final Knitvent pattern is ready and this week’s window has opened to reveal the Ice Skating Scarf and Wrap!

Ice Skating Scarf

The Ice Skating scarf and wrap are knit in a worsted weight yarn, making either of them perfect for keeping you warm while whether gliding round an ice rink or building a snowman.

There are three different stitch patterns to give an interesting look and they are all based on garter stitch so it is a very easy, relaxing knit – ideal for knitting by the fire with great friends, good conversation and a mug of hot chocolate.

The middle section is created with slipped stitches and gives a dramatic effect without having to deal with more than one colour at a time.

Ice Skating Wrap

The sides are finished with an icord edge which is also deceptively simple and hides the colour changes beautifully. It looks like a lot of knitting but the bigger needles and garter stitch means it flies off the needles – just in time for that walk in the snow!

Ice Skating Scarf 4

The pattern contains two options: a more unisex scarf or the ultra warm wrap version. The Ice Skating Scarf is worked up in 3 contrasting colours of Cascade 220 and measures 132cm (52″) in length and 24cm (9.5″) in width.

The scarf uses just under a skein of each colour so you can embellish with some tassels or leave it plain for a more manly look. The PDF of the pattern includes illustrated instructions of how to make the tassels for those of you who haven’t made these before.

Ice Skating Wrap 2

The Ice Skating wrap measures 127cm (50″) in length and 47cm (18.5″) in width and is worked up using 3 colours of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage. You will need 2 skeins of Colour A (shown here in Antler), 1.5 skeins of Colour B (show here in Dahlia) and just 1 skein of Colour C (shown here in Sand Dune).

Adding buttons is optional as a way of helping you style the wrap should you wish.

Knitvent 2014 is available to buy on Ravelry here:

Week 5 Special Treat!

Download these cute gift tags designed exclusively for Curious Handmade fans by BettyEttiquetteBetty Etiquette is a London based stationery brand and design studio that celebrates the power of putting pen to paper with inviting illustration and typography. Download Knitvent 2014 and you will find the PDF for these cute tags ready to attach to your careful crafted goodies.

Betty Etiquette Gift Tags

Betty Etiquette Gift Tags

Wish you all #giftingzen this Holiday Season!

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Curious Handmade Podcast Episode 51

Today I’m talking about knitting in the round because the second Knitvent pattern, the Lind Cowl is knit in the round.

Show Sponsor – Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

What’s in the WIP?

I’m doing some secret knitting and listening to some wonderful podcasts:

Skein Studio by Kristen

Knit FM 

#giftingzen

The second pattern in the Knitvent 2014 collection was released this week.

Lind Cowl

I talk about knititng in the round.

Here are two good YouTube tutorials with slightly different methods.

Nancy Wynn

iknitwithcatfur

Knitvent Podcast Tour

Kicked off this week with The Knit Girllls

Knitting Pipeline

This weekend you can listen to GreenTriangleGirl and I chatting about our approach to holiday knitting on A Playful Day.

More dates to be announced!

All the podcasts on the tour will have discount codes and giveaways so make sure you check them out.

CH 48: Knitting up NORTH

Helen —  October 31, 2014 — 4 Comments
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Curious Handmade Podcast 48

Today I’m talking about our trip up NORTH to the Eden Valley, what I was knitting on the trip and I announce the winners of the Curious Collective DKAL.

Show Sponsor – Meadow Yarn

Meadow Yarn is an inviting online retailer selling yarn, needles and notions. It’s a small, family business based in rural Suffolk in the UK. Meadow Yarn was born out of a passion for beautiful yarn and knitting accessories and aims to bring you a range of great products. Yarns stocked include madelinetosh, Eden Cottage Yarn, Hazel Knits and many more.

What’s in the WIP

Knitting “up NORTH”

The NORTH UK

Bobble Hats – My free pattern

Easy Bobble Hat Knitting

Dream Big

The last two designs in the Dream Big collection coming out next week will be the Eden Fells Hat and Scarf

Eden Fells Hat and Scarf

The model is the lovely Mattieu and photography by Vicki.

Christmas Gift Knitting ideas

If you would like to get organised and plan your knitting projects for the holiday season you can signup for my free Holiday Knitting planner. You will also be signing up for my mailing list and will get updates for the Knitvent collection and quite possibly some nice discounts!

Some girls cardigan suggestions – 

Sunday Sweater by Ginny Sheller  – suggested by Libby of Truly Myrtle blog

Miss Marple by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne – suggested by marynvoight

Other holiday knitting ideas – 

3 Gnomes suggested by PrairiePoppins

New shawl design by BostonJen from Down Cellar Podcast, the Aila Grace Shawl

As always….don’t forget to play the Instagram game!

The Knitvent 2014 Free Gift!

Helen —  October 23, 2014 — 1 Comment

Last year’s Knitvent Collection was so much fun- a gradual release of gorgeous accessories that inspired knitters to achieve a handmade Christmas. People who were looking for that perfect Christmas Knitting pattern joined in the KAL and we got pretty festive! When I was thinking about this year’s Knitvent I posed the question ‘What is it about gift/holiday knitting that you find most difficult?’ and the answers came flooding in. Looking at those answers, there was a definite theme: stressful deadlines and the difficulty of knowing whether or not your recipient will even like the gift. This year’s Knitvent is going to help you feel better about that!

Christmas Knitting Pattern Planner

Get your holiday season off to the best start with Curious Handmade’s Knitvent 2014 Holiday Gift Knitting Planner. If you love knitting but hate the stress of handmade gift deadlines then this is going to be perfect for you. The free planner is designed to help you get organized early and choose the perfect pattern and yarn. You can also use the fun Curious Handmade calculator to work out if you have enough time for all that knitting and I’ve included tips to choose the perfect pattern for your loved ones.

Join in each week as we take the stress out of Holiday knitting and cheer each other on with Knitvent 2014. You’ll find a chatty Ravelry board, a weekly newsletter full of tips and new knitting patterns, news (and discounts!), prizes, recipes, blog posts full of holiday inspiration and more, thanks to the Curious Handmade seasonal challenge. Let the Curious Handmade community help you get your knitting #giftingzen on this Holiday season!

Don’t worry if you’re not a gift knitter, these knitted accessories work just as well as indulgent treats to help you through this busy time of year too. We want you to arrive at your holiday events feeling truly festive no matter how much you’re knitting this year!