Tweed and some Rustic Charm

Tweed fabric and tweed yarn. Two different textiles, made in the same way.

Just mention the word tweed and it conjures up images of English gentleman hunting, fishing and doing such- like manly things. Have you heard of Cheviot Tweed, Shetland Tweed, Gamekeeper Tweed, Sporting Tweed, Thorn proof Tweed or Geographically named Tweed? There is an interesting article on tweed fabric. How it is made, some history and the men who wear it, over here.

What’s the difference between ‘regular’ yarn and tweed yarn?

Tweed yarn 1

In layman’s terms, generally, regular yarn is spun first and then dyed. The interesting part about the creation of tweed yarn is that the fleece is dyed first and then all the different fleece colours are put together in a kind of recipe and then all mixed up in a kind of mixing bowl and then spun. This is what gives it its flecky, speckled look. Below is a far more professional explanation to the making of tweed. Tweed yarn to knit with is made in the same way, except, of course, it stops short of the weaving process.

Tweed Yarn 2

Rustic Charm

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Morris and Sons Woollahra Log Cabin Blanket

This yarn consists of Australian Wool, Silk and Cashmere and is wonderful to wear and touch. It is available in 25 colours.

Start off with a log cabin pram blanket. You will need:

1 x 1104 school grey (col1)

1 x 1108 hunter (col 2)

1 x 1118 persian purple (col 3)

2 x 1122 mustard (col 4)

1 x 1109 cranberry (col 5)

1 x 1117 deep cyan (col 6)

1 x 1120 chilli (col 7)

1 x 1121 plaid (col 8)

1 x 1100 grass stain (col 9)

Abbreviations

k1f&b – increase by knitting into the front and back of the next stitch; pm – place marker; slm – slip marker; m1 – make 1 stitch.

Cast on 20sts using Col 1.

Knit 1 row.

Next row: sl1, knit to the end of the row.

Repeat this row until 48 rows have been knitted (or 24 garter stitch ridges). Cast off until there is 1 stitch left on the needle.

Turn the work clockwise, take col 2 and prepare to pick up stitches down the side of the work. You will notice that there are little ‘purl’ bumps down the side of the knitting. Stitches can be picked up between the bumps or through the middle of the bumps. Whichever method you choose, pick up 23sts down the edge. (total 24sts).

Next row: sl1, knit to the end of the row.

Repeat this row until 18 rows have been knitted (or 9 garter stitch ridges). Cast off until there is 1 stitch left on the needle.

Turn the work clockwise. With col 3, pick up 8sts down the edge, 20sts along cast on edge (total 29sts).

Next row: sl1, knit to the end of the row.

Repeat this row until 18 rows have been knitted (or 9 garter stitch ridges). Cast off until there is 1 stitch left on the needle.

Turn the work clockwise. With col 4, pick up 8sts down the edge, 24sts along side (total 33sts).

Next row: sl1, knit to the end of the row.

Repeat this row until 18 rows have been knitted (or 9 garter stitch ridges). Cast off until there is 1 stitch left on the needle.

Turn the work clockwise. With col 5, pick up 8sts down the edge, 20sts along cast off edge, 9sts along side of the piece. (total 38sts).

The last section sets the way the stitches are picked up. There will always be 9sts either side of a cast off section.

Follow the graph below to finish all the sections. There are 25 sections in all.

tweed collection

 

Section 1, 11 and 20 – 1104 school grey (col1); Section 2, 15 and 17 – 1108 hunter (col 2); Section 3, 16 and 22 – 1118 persian purple (col 3); Section 4, 10, 19 and 21 – 1122 mustard (col 4); Section 5, 12 and 25 – 1109 cranberry (col 5); Section 6 and 13 – 1117 deep cyan (col 6); Section 7 and 18 – 1120 chilli (col 7); Section 8, 14 and 23 – 1121 plaid (col 8); Section 9 and 24 – 1100 grass stain (col 9).

This blanket can be as big as you like. Just keep going until you have had enough or the blanket has reached the desired size.

Edge. (If you are using interchangeable circulars, change to the 150cm cord).

With col 2, starting at any corner pick up stitches along the edge, place a marker at the end of the edge, pick up 1 stitch right on the corner, place a marker, pick up sts down next edge, place a marker, pick up 1 stitch right on the corner, place a marker, pick up sts down next edge, place a marker, pick up 1 stitch right on the corner, place a marker, pick up sts down next edge. You will have gone all the way round at this point.

Row 1: (col 2) k1, k1f&b, knit to 1 stitch before the marker, k1f&b, move the marker, k1, move marker, k1f&b, knit to 1 stitch before next marker, k1f&b, move the marker, k1, move marker, k1f&b, knit to 1 stitch before next marker, k1f&b, move the marker, k1, move marker, k1f&b, knit to last 2sts, k1f&b, k1.

Row 2: (col 2) knit.

Row 3: repeat row 1 in col 2.

Refer to colour sequence below to continue.

Row 4: knit.

Row 5: k1, k1f&b, knit to 1 stitch before the marker, k1f&b, move the marker, k1, move marker, k1f&b, knit to 1 stitch before next marker, k1f&b, move the marker, k1, move marker, k1f&b, knit to 1 stitch before next marker, k1f&b, move the marker, k1, move marker, k1f&b, knit to last 2sts, k1f&b, k1. (8sts increased)

Repeat rows 4 and 5 in following colour sequence (in other words, 2 rows of each colour):

1109 cranberry (col 5); 1104 school grey (col 1); 1122 mustard (col 4); 1121 plaid (col 8); 1100 grass stain (col 9); 1118 persian purple (col 3); 1117 deep cyan (col 6); only one row in 1122 mustard (col 4). Cast off. Sew away any ends and stitch up the one corner.

Teddy Bear

The teddy is about 32cm high.

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1 x 3.00mm needles.

1 x 5.00mm needles.

1 x 50g Morris and Sons Woollahra in your chosen colour (sample knit in 1105 Cassia Bark)

Small amount of red yarn for the scarf.

Toy stuffing.

Stitch markers.

A little black yarn for the nose, eyes and eyebrows.

Sewing cotton to match teddy colour.

Legs

C/on 8 sts and knit 1 row.

Next row: sl1, *m1, k1, repeat to last stitch, m1, k1.

Knit 1 row.

Next row: sl1, k1, *m1, k2, repeat from * to last stitch, m1, k1. (22sts)

Slipping the first stitch of every row continue without any shaping until the leg measures

10 cm. Do not cast off. Put stitches on a stitch holder and make one more leg.

Join the legs as follows:

C/on 2sts, knit across stitches of first leg, c/on 3sts, knit across stitches of second leg, c/on 2sts. (51sts). Slipping the first stitch of every row continue without any shaping until the work measures 26cm. Place a marker at the 21cm mark. This marks the line where the neck will be gathered in.

Increase for ears:

Next row: sl1, k11, pm, m1, k1, m1, pm, k25, pm, m1, k1, m1, pm, knit to the end of the row.

Knit 1 row.

Next row: sl1, knit to marker, slm, m1, knit to next marker, m1, slm, work to next marker, slm, m1, knit to next marker, m1, slm, knit to the end of the row.

Knit 1 row.

Repeat last 2 rows 3 more times. You should have 11sts between markers.

Next row: knit to marker, slm, k4, k3tog, k4, slm, knit to next marker, slm, k4, k3tog, k4, slm, knit to the end of the row.

Knit 1 row.

Next row: knit to marker, slm, k3, k3tog, k3, slm, knit to next marker, slm, k3, k3tog, k3, slm, knit to the end of the row. Cast off.

Arms (make 2)

C/on 10sts and knit 1 row.

Next row: sl1, k1, *m1, k2, repeat from * to last 2sts, k2.

Knit 1 row.

Next row: sl1, k2, *m1, k3, repeat from * to last 2sts, k2. (18sts)

Slipping the first stitch of every row continue without any shaping until the work measures 8cm. Cast off.

Nose.

C/on 9sts and knit 1 row.

Next row: k1f&b in every stitch. (18sts)

Slipping the first stitch of every row work 6 rows.

Cast off loosely.

Finishing.

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Fold the teddy and sew up inner legs seams. Sew half way up the centre back. Sew across the top of the teddy’s head and down the centre back of the head and a little way down the centre back. Leave an opening in the centre back for stuffing. Start stuffing the teddy with toy filling. The stuffing can be firm but not so firm that it stretches the knitting to reveal the stuffing inside. When he looks and feels right close centre back seam. It is advisable to keeping checking that the overall appearance of the teddy is symmetrical.

Using the sewing thread double make a running stitch all around at the neck marker. Pull up tight and secure. Demarcate the ears in the same way by starting at the beginning of the increase of the ear across to the top of the head. (refer to image). Sew row ends of nose. Place the nose on the bottom half of the face and secure, leaving an opening for stuffing. Sew row ends of each arm and stuff. Sew across the top of the arm. Place the arms about two garter ridges down from the neck and secure. Using black wool and referring to the image of the face embroider the nose, eyes and eyebrows.

Scarf.

With 5.00mm needles c/on 11sts.

Next row: *k2, p2, repeat to last stitch, p1.

Repeat this row until the scarf measures 50cm. C/off. Sew away the ends.

To prevent the scarf from getting lost, secure it behind the teddy’s neck with a couple of stitches.

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As usual we wish many happy hours of creating beautiful things for wonderful people. Until we meet again.