Ok, we’re a bit late to the party but nevertheless here are our Make Nines for 2017…
Photo credits & patterns L-R from top left: 1. Love Knitting’s Obliquo, photo from their website; 2. Baby Weasley Jumper you can find the pattern here. 3. Christmas presents standing-in to represent the mystery make. 4. Tin Can Knit’s stunning Vivid Blanket, photo from their website; 5 & 6: Mini-Christmas stocking decorations, pattern at Little Cotton Rabbits 7: Shetland lace baby blanket, a very similar pattern available here; 8: I made this helmet cover pattern up and didn’t write it down. I shall work it out when I make the new one! 9: I can’t remember where this pattern came from but I shall either transcribe it or re-locate it and post when I do. Feel free to comment with any pattern questions or advice. The London Knitter x
- Something for myself that isn’t a hat – I always make hats or wrist warmer type things to wear but I want to bite the bullet this year and make something big, a jumper or cardigan, that I can rep with pride.
- A tiny little Weasley jumper for my friend’s new baby – this is already on the needles.
- My sister’s wedding present(s). Can’t give more details, it’s a surprise. May not actually involve knitting but will be some sort of crafting required.
- A blanket for a cousin’s new arrival – family tradition; I try and give any new members of the pack something knitted and now that there’s a new one due in two months I need to get cracking. Deadlines, gulp. I love Tin Can Knits Vivid pattern so I’m going to see how I get on with that.
- Christmas decorations! Chiefly, miniature stockings and Christmas puddings. They were a huge success last year and are weirdly addictive to knit because they knit up so quickly and look SO jolly!
- I made a Shetland lace blanket for a friend’s baby a couple of years ago – I loved the challenge, definitely one of the most difficult things I’ve ever made – think I’m about ready to experiment with that again.
- Seven – nine are all stash-knits. Really need to get the stash back down to a manageable size having discovered a box of wool I forgot I even had. Whoops. First off some grey wrist warmers, I’ve got some lovely Shetland wool (thanks Shetlander!) which is waiting to be turned into a pair of wrist warmers for next winter.
- Another helmet hat. I knitted a helmet cover to make sure I’m super visible at all times…got some fluoro yellow so think that another one might be called for.
- Who knows?! Maybe some lavender filled moth monsters to protect future knits?!
Photo credits & patterns L-R from top left: 1. Ondawa by Michele Wang; 2. Bousta Beanie by Gudrun Johnston; 3. Socks! Line drawing my own; 4. Fly Away by Tin Can Knits; 5 I’m sure this is not a suitable baby toy but I do love this Flamingo by Susan B Anderson; 6. Baby Girl Fair Isle Cardigan by Purl Soho; 7. Hazel the Humpback Whale by Bec Brittain; 8. Rock Lobster Mittens by SpillyJane Knits; 9. Shallmillens Snood by Donna Smith. All photos are taken from the patterns’ Ravelry pages.
- The Ondawa jumper by Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed. This is the jumper that made me want to knit jumpers. It’s cabled (only done that once), it’s seamed (never done that), it’s probably not going to suit my pear shape… It’s basically a terrible idea but I just can’t help myself. The only thing holding me up is trying to work out what wool to use since Brooklyn Tweed isn’t that easy to get hold of here in the UK. Any woolly suggestions, let me know!
- The Bousta Beanie by Gudrun Johnston for Shetland Wool Week 2017. The official hat patterns for Shetland Wool Week are always cracking and this one is no exception. Really excited to cast it on!
- Socks! I’ve never knitted adult socks because I’ve always been a bit scared of the heel but 2017 is going to be the year to overcome that fear. I’m also not terribly good at making 2 of the same thing so we’ll see just how mismatched they come out!
- My sister is having a baby this summer so I’d like to knit a baby blanket for them. At the moment, the pattern I’m thinking to try is the Fly Away blanket by Tin Can Knits but I’ve not got it nailed down yet.
- On the baby knits theme, I also want to try out knitting a toy of some kind. This needs a bit of research though because I’m not sure what will be baby safe and also knit-able at my skill level.
- A baby cardigan is also on my wish list for 2017 knits. Patterns I’ve been thinking about are the cult classic Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann, the Antler Cardigan by Tin Can Knits or the Baby Girl Fair Isle Cardigan by Purl Soho.
- Hazel the Humpback Whale has been a major pattern crush of mine for a while now and I’d love to make it a reality this year.
- Mittens. Useful all year round here in Shetland! I’ve knitted patterns by SpillyJane before so I’m thinking possibly these Rock Lobster Mittens or the Isidora mittens.
- The Shallmillens Snood by Donna Smith. I was lucky enough to take a Fair Isle night class with Donna where she showed us this snood and I’ve wanted to make it ever since.
Wish us luck!