Taking a little break

Hello blogging friends

I’ve decided to take a little break from my blog. I don’t know how long, but I’m sure I’ll be back. Previously I blogged a lot and got a lot out of it, but this year as my job has got busier, including lots of evening meetings, I’ve found myself doing it less and less. This has been a source of such pleasure in the past I don’t want it to become a chore or to feel guilty I haven’t posted. So, in the same way I’m acknowledging what I do and don’t want to knit, I’m being honest and saying, I don’t have blogs in me at the moment. 

I don’t want to lose touch with my blogging friends, so I can be found (for now) at @mollieandclaire on Instagram and mollieandclaire (at) yahoo.co.uk is our email address. I will still get notifications of postings so here too.

See you soon

Claire & Mollie xx

PS: I’m taking part in Stitching Santa so I’ll have to blog at Christmas!

PPS: here are a few hats I’m making: 

Wearing my favourite new hat…October projects:

Mollie looking cute in her Thundershirt. 

See you soon x

Lightweight mittens receipe

Back when I made the Mille Colori mittens, I offered the recipe to anyone who was interested. A couple of people were, so here goes. I’m not calling it a pattern as it hasn’t been tested and it’s just me putting together a variety of things I’ve tried before and created something that is actually quite nice.

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What you will need:
Approximately 200m of yarn – sock yarn or lightweight DK
4mm needles

NB: These super easy mittens are knitted flat.

Cast on 41 stitches. (My wrist measures 6.5 inches, which is pretty standard. You could reduce or increase by multiples of two.)

Knit in 2 x 2 rib until the cuff is as long as you want it. I don’t like my mittens short so I knit 30 rows.

At the point where your mitten sits over the join between the hand and wrist you change to stocking/ stockinette stitch. Knit 4 rows.

*Increase row: First hand – K21, M1, K3, M1, K17
Second hand – K17, M1, K3, M1, K21

Knit 3 rows stocking stitch.**

Repeat * – ** 4 more times, (the stitches knitted between the M1 will increase by 2 stitches each increase row.)

Thumb row: First hand – K34, turn, P13
Second hand – K30, turn, P13

Working just on these 13 stitches Knit 7 rows stocking stitch
Knit 3 rows 1×1 rib
Cast off in pattern using stretchy cast off.
Sew the thumb from cast off to the base of the thumb.

Rejoin yarn to the unfinished row – leave enough tail to close up any holes at the base of the thumb – purl to the end.

Knit along row, pulling the yarn tightly when knitting across the join to the second part of the row, under the thumb.

Knit 9 rows of stocking stitch (or however many you want)

Knit 9 rows of 2×2 rib

Cast off using a stretchy cast off

Sew up the seam. Wear!

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