Last Minute Knits

It’s happened to all of us. A friend’s birthday is upon us. It’s the end of the year and Johnny’s teacher needs a Christmas present. Your five year old wakes you up at 6 a.m and tells you that he has to bring a gift for the Principal as she is leaving. Other human beings (you’re not other human beings, you’re a knitter) would hop into their car, find the nearest gift store and within 10 minutes, beautifully wrapped, have the problem solved. You, on the other hand, have a whole different approach to this kind of dilemma. Us, who can make anything by hand, labor under the misconception that we can whip something up in no time at all. We really do believe it. While everybody around us thinks we’ve gone mad, we soldier on firmly believing that there is such a thing as a quick knit.

Today, we’re here to help. First of all, to clear up a couple of problems related to semantics.

A quick look in the dictionary. The word ‘quick’ does not relate to knitting at all. Never ever. Remember this. Have it tattooed on your arm. Quick: moving fast or doing something in a short time. No, not knitting. On the other hand: ‘last minute’. Now, there’s a statement that could work for knitting: the period just before a significant or concluding moment such as a deadline due date (that baby better not come before I finish this blanket) or scheduled event. Now, that sounds more like something that is doable!

Last minute gifts. One for when you have an evening and the other for when you have 15mins. Yes, 15mins.

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Make sure you have the following: 4.00mm knitting needles and 2 x 50g Morris and Sons Maya 8 ply 100% Cotton. Tension is really not important and your wash cloth will measure about 23cm square. Cast on 46sts.

Rows 1-4: knit.

Rows: 5-8: k3, *k4, p4, rep from * to last 3sts, k3. Rows 9-12: K3, *p4, k4 rep from * to last 3sts, k3. Rep rows 5 to 12 six more times.

Rows 57-60: knit. Cast off leaving last stitch on the needle.

For the loop, using last stitch, cast on 20sts. Cast off. Sew loop to base and sew away all ends.

Done and dusted. If there’s time, pick up a good soap.

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Now to the 15 minute one. All the way from The Granny Square in Katoomba from the lovely Jenny.

Hakuna Matata

(the No Worries Necklace)

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Make a row of chains until you run out of wool. Fold rope of chains into a three ring circle. Use yarn end and wrap around all three. If you have time, sew on any embellishment in form of a button or bloom. Seriously, you can do this while the family is having breakfast!

ImageI hope we have helped solve some of those last minute moments. If you have any last minute anecdotes, share in the comments box. Send us pictures if you do make use of our last minute problem solvers. We love to see your work and we love hearing from you.

For The Love Of 2 Ply

We already have the slow food movement. Let us introduce you to the slow knit and crochet movement. A very odd comparison. We think not. A quick google search on the definition of 2 ply, confirmed that it is a very thin yarn that lends itself to fine cobweb knitting or crochet. Historically, we have visions of Shetland shawls passing through wedding rings. Babies wrapped in shawls, crafted patiently by great aunts from mother countries far and wide. Words like, tradition, unhurried and simple pleasures come to mind when creating with 2 ply yarn, minus the calories.

Come into any of our stores and enjoy the journey with our free crochet Silver Fox Scarf pattern in Morris and Sons Maya 2 ply lace weight 100% baby Alpaca Yarn

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Click to download the Silver Fox Scarf

The new Rowan No 55 has arrived in store as well. Fortuitously it has some darling 2 ply patterns in it. We have a favourite on page 75. Come and see…….

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The beautiful Slovenia on page 75 is free to download when you register on the knitrowan website. We have pulled out the colours from our 2 ply alpaca range.

So, before you embark on that heirloom baby shawl put your toe in the water by trying smaller projects and fall in love with the joy that is working in 2 ply.

Knitspiration! Beautiful lace shawl in Morris Empire 2ply

Christmas is coming up and in Morris and Sons we are all preparing our knitted gifts!imogen'sshawl

The very talented Imogen is knitting something very special for her mother in law. The EZ 100th anniversary shawl: Gull Wings! It’s a one ball pattern worked up in 2 ply lace yarn. Imogen chose Morris Empire 2ply, which is a beautiful merino wool. Perfect for seeing all the detail in the lace. The picture above shows her work after only one week! It’s starting to take shape and all the hard work will soon be worth it.

The pattern can be downloaded for free on Ravelry, and the yarn can be bought online.

Get inspired, get creative, and more than anything else, get knitting!

Knitspiration: Gingko Shoulderette Shawl!

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This week one of our team members, Imogen, impressed us all with her beautiful Gingko Shoulderette Shawl by Maggie Magali. It took Imogen about a week to finish the shawl. The pattern is a free download from Ravelry.

The Gingko Shoulderette Shawl uses a mixture of lace techniques and stocking stitch in a top down pattern. Interestingly the lace portion is worked on both knit and purl sides.

It took her just under two balls of the Morris and Sons 4 Ply Avalon Pima Cotton in colour Turquoise #4418.

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Why did Imogen choose the Morris and Sons Avalon Pima Cotton?

While Pima Cotton was cultivated in Peru, and is primarily grown there, it has also been introduced to farming in Australia and the United States. Pima Cotton is known for its durability and absorbency. This makes it excellent for knitting quality garments that don’t fray or wear over time. The Morris and Sons Avalon is made in 4, 8 and 10 ply and it comes in a huge range of colours. These are available for you to purchase online here.

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The Morris and Sons Team

Fresh Spring Samples and a Fantastic Free Scarf Pattern!

Now that spring is here, we have some new lovely samples knitted up in store at York Street.

Using Grignasco’s Champagne and pattern #008 from Knitting Notes (shown below) the lovely blue top was created.

Grignasco Knits – Knitting Notes (42313)
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and another lovely Grignasco design! But from the book Knitting An Italian Day

Grignasco Knits – Knitting An Italian Day (42312)
“PAUSA” pattern from Grignasco Knitting An Italian Day (42312) Front View
“PAUSA” Back View
Back Detail …..This is a better colour representation of the yarn used!!
Noro Magazine Premiere Issue – Fall 2012 (41572)

This fantastic new addition to our magazine collection… Noro Magazine’s Premiere Issue. It’s packed with great knits ranging from more simpler starter projects to patterns for the more advanced knitter. Something for everyone! The Man’s slouchy hat featured in the magazine was knitted up by the lovely Bel here at York Street. She used two different colours of Noro Kureyon to create this design.

Beanie from Noro Knitting Magazine – Premiere Issue Fall 2012 (41572)
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The image below shows how the beanie is worn in magazine

(On Page #50 of magazine)

And now we have a fantastic and versatile free Ayr Scarf Pattern just for you. It’s a fantastic stash buster only using 1 or 2 balls. We’ve done it in Morris Norway 14ply, Noro Taiyo 10ply and Schoppel Reggae Ombre 12ply yarn and it looks great every time!

Ayr Scarf in Morris Norway
Ayr Scarf in Noro Taiyo

Ayr Scarf in Schoppel Reggae Ombre

The Measurements:

Morris Norway scarf 14 x 180 cm

Noro Taiyo scarf 16 x 150 cm

Schoppel Reggae Ombre scarf 16 x 223 cm

What You’ll Need:

2 balls Morris Norway 14ply (120m / 100g) Colour # 2402

or 1 ball Noro Taiyo 10ply (200m / 100g) Colour # 10

or 2 balls Schoppel Reggae Ombre 10ply (100m / 50g) Colour # 2133

1 pair 10.00mm knitting needles

1 wool needle

The Abbreviations:

K: knit

Kfb: increase by knitting into the front and the back of next st

LH: left hand

Patt: pattern

Rep: repeat

RH: right hand

St/s: stitch/es

Trf: transfer

Tog: together

The Pattern:

Cast on 20 sts using lace cast on. (A lace cast on is similar to a cable cast on but the RH needle is inserted into each stitch as if to knit instead of behind each stitch.)

Row 1: K1, kfb, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1

Row 2: K

These 2 rows form patt. Rep patt until work measures desired length, allowing at least 180 cm of yarn for cast off.

Cast off using the lace cast off. (To work lace cast off, K2, * tfr these 2 sts back onto LH needle and K them tog, K1, rep from * to end. Pull yarn through last st to secure.)

Using wool needle, weave in ends.

Happy Knitting!