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Me-Made-May2018

Me-Made-May 2018

Can you believe we have reached the end of Me Made May! For the uninitiated, Me Made May is the brainchild of Zoe at “So, Zo, What do you know?”. This challenge encourages those of us who make our clothes to develop a better relationship with our handmade wardrobe. This year I have been taking part again and I set myself a big challenge to wear only me-made clothing (with the exception of underwear, socks, tights and footwear) throughout May 2018′

In order to keep account of my challenge I posted daily pictures on Instagram stories and saved them all to my highlights so you can see the full month there! WARNING: I did take the pics first thing in the morning so there’s a few blurred eyes, and confused expressions!

Me-Made-May 2018 – I did it!

So how did I get on? Well I am so pleased to say I did it – only me-made clothes for the whole of May!It really was a difficult challenge and I cant say there weren’t some days I thought about reaching for an old pair of jeans or a t-shirt but this helped me realise where some of the gaps were and I set about to fix it!

WEEK 1

In the very first week I quickly realised I was going to miss all of my old cardigans as these are pretty much a daily staple for me – so I made myself one! The Kinder cardi from A beginners guide to sewing with knits was the perfect choice and I love my new cardi – keep your eyes peeled for a blog post on this coming soon!

WEEK 2

By the end of week 2 we were at the half way point and I had realised just how well my handmade wardrobe was working for me and there were many of my makes that I was reaching for time and time again – especially my many new basic t’s and so I decided to make some more! During May I added 2 new Frankie t’s to my wardrobe – now I just need to snap some proper pics so I can share those with you too!

WEEK 3

This year, May has been particularly hot. I have to admit I am not a fan of hot weather and I have never really found any clothes that I like to wear on hot days as this is the type of clothes I like least but I am starting to make it work for me – I found that I love my Penny dress for hot days as the light and floaty style keeps me cool but also covered up – no pasty white legs on show!!

WEEK 4

Last year, the biggest problem that I discovered during Me-Made-May was the lack of casual clothes for the weekend and so I vowed to make some casual trousers. A few months ago I did just that and made the Capri trousers and the jumpsuit trousers from the GBSB Fashion with fabric book (unblogged) and they certainly filled this hole. I really love those trousers and was always waiting eagerly for them to come out of the wash so I definitely think I need another pairs (I already have the fabric so they might even be my next make).

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Campanula Hat Knitting Pattern from HsHandcrafts

Campanula Hat: A new colourwork knitting pattern

Hi everyone!

I know I’ve been a bit quiet on the knitting front lately but I promise you this one is worth the wait!

I’ve got a new knitting pattern for you!

Campanula Hat Knitting Pattern from HsHandcraftsThe Campanula HAT

Campanula is a new colour work knitting pattern to create a fun and quirky hat. You can change the colours to suit any personality. I started here with a traditional and stylish red, white, and blue colour combination but the fun combination of scallops and stripes mixes up this traditional combination and injects a load of fun into it!

Campanula Hat Knitting Pattern from HsHandcrafts

Knit in a bold colour combination this hat is sure to brighten up any grey day! Or why not try it in subtle natural shades for a sleek and stylish accessory to your winter wardrobe

Campanula Hat Knitting Pattern from HsHandcrafts

The design is easy to knit and only requires knowledge of:
long tail cast on
ribbing
colour work
decreases

Campanula Hat Knitting Pattern from HsHandcrafts

The hat is one size only and will fit an adult

It is knit in worsted weight yarn in three colours (less than 50 g of each) on size 3.5 mm circular needles.

Campanula Hat Knitting Pattern from HsHandcrafts

GIVE ME THE PATTERN!

If this doesn’t sound great enough already you can get this pattern for FREE! All you have to do is sign up for my mailing list and use the signup code HHKNIT and you will get your free pdf download of this fabulous knitting pattern delivered straight to your inbox!

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Campanula Hat Knitting Pattern from HsHandcrafts

I’d love to see your version of the Campanula hat – why not create a project page over on Ravelry and tell the world what you thought about it – don’t forget to link to the pattern page so we can all find you!

I would also love it if you shared you knits on social media – don’t forget to tag me (@HsHandcrafts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) so I can see your make and use the hashtag #hhcampanula so we can all have a good look! Don’t forget you can use the hashtag #hshandcrafts to show off all your makes using any HsHandcrafts pattern too – go on don’t be shy!

Campanula Hat Knitting Pattern from HsHandcrafts

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Veronica hat by hshandcrafts geometric colourwork motif

A new hat pattern – test knitters required

Over the last few weeks I have been hard at work developing a new hat knitting pattern.

Meet Veronica – a fun yet simple knit in a cosy aran or worsted weight yarn with a modern geometric motif created in colour work. The hat is worked in two colours; a solid background colour with a bright contrast for the geometric pattern.

Veronica hat from hshandcrafts

Knit in 100% wool it is a snug and warm beanie to keep the wind out on the coldest of winter days!

It is quite easy knitting and only requires knowledge of:
long tail cast on
ribbing
colourwork
decreases

The hat is one size only and will fit an adult

It is knit in aran weight yarn in two different colours (less than 50g of each) on 4mm circular needles.

 

Test knitters required

The pattern is available now on Ravelry but this pattern is currently being tested – please be aware there may be some small errors. Any purchases before testing is complete will be updated with the finished pattern once available.

Speaking of testing, if you would like to help me out and get the pattern for free in exchange you can sign up to test knit this pattern here. I would love it if you could knit a version for me!

I really hope you all love this new pattern as much as I do and I cant wait to see your versions!

Don’t forget you can tag any of your makes with #hshandcrafts and I would love to see your Veronica hats too – just use the tag #hhveronica

 

Loom bands

My knitting tools

I was listening to the PomPom Magazine podcast and heard them discussing their top crafting tools. One of their favourites was Scoubidous – “What are they?!?” I hear you cry … well I thought exactly the same thing – as I listened on it became apparent that they were a kind of plastic tie that kids were playing with a few years ago to make bracelets. I knew right then that these people were geniuses and they had stumbled upon a knitting revelation. They talked about how you could use these Scoubidous as stitch markers, stitch holders, scrap yarn and so much more. I have not yet got round to buying any but I am sure I will as the genius of this idea cannot be denied.

But what about loom bands?

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These too were a craze a few years ago for kids to make bracelets out of..in fact if you are a parent I can bet you probably are still finding them scattered all over your house!  I I am totally honest this is what I thought the Pomcats were talking about when I first heard them discussing the Scoubidous. I was so enchanted with the idea that even when I discovered my mistake I still had to investigate and buy some anyway. I purchased a bag of 600 from Amazon for just £2.99! (There were some cheaper options but this was the best available on their prime service.

In one bag you can get a complete mixture of colours and this is just perfect for marking out different sections of your work. Right now I am working on the Anniversaire cardigan by Veera Välimäki, which is the most scrumptious cardigan with cables all over it. The only problem is that there are 4 different cable patterns on the back alone and so keeping track of them is proving a bit of a nightmare. However, now I have these magical loom bands I can separate each cable out between two “stitch markers” of the same colour and then, using my Knit Companion app I can just look to see if I have any actions flagged in that colour.

Anniversaire Cardi by HsHandcrafts

Knit Companion

For those of you who don’t already use Knit companion it is the most fantastic knitting app you will ever need. You just link it to your Ravelry account and boom! all of your library patterns are available on your phone. What’s more, you can add up to two coloured tracking bars to keep your place in the pattern. There are loads of counters down the side for keeping track or rows, stitch repeats and anything else you count whilst your knitting. Then comes my favourite feature – linked counters. These allow you to input any repeats or actions you need to do regularly throughout your knitting and then they get flagged up as you count your rows. For example, if you need to make a cable every 6th row you just plug that in and then as you progress your row counter it will just pop up at the bottom every 6th row to tell you its time to make that cable! Amazing or what?!?!

Linked counters Knit Companion

These are just a couple of my favourite knitting tools right now but I’d love to hear about yours too – do you have any gems to unearth and share with the knitting community…we’re all ears!

 

If you would like to keep up to date with my current makes and see the progress shots from my Anniversaire cardi head on over to Instagram! I’d love to connect and see what you’re making

 

 

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Hs Handcrafts is open on Etsy!

I’ve only gone and done it…I’ve opened an Etsy shop.

This is something I have been thinking about for some time. Not because I need another time suck on my hands but rather because I have made too many things and I cant possibly keep them all. So that’s exactly what you will find in my shop – not a carefully curated collection of items but rather all the things I wanted to make but inevitably had no use for!

Right now you can find listed for sale the pattern for my Saxifraga hat (same price as on Ravelry so whichever option you prefer for purchase is fine!)

Saxifraga hat pattern listed for sale on http://hshandcrafts.etsy.com

Two knitted versions of that hat – one in red and blue, the other in black and cream.

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A couple of fairisle hats – one adult sized, the other baby sized

Pathfinder hat listed for sale on http://hshandcrafts.etsy.com

Crazy for colour hat listed for sale on http://hshandcrafts.etsy.com

A knitted version of my Stellaria cowl pattern

tassel keyrings listed for sale on http://hshandcrafts.etsy.com

Some fun tassel keyrings.

If you love any of this stuff so much that you would like to buy it I would be honoured! (Although I am currently trialling only shipping within the UK until I get my feet on the ground) Feel free to ask me anything about any of the listings!

 

If you would like to keep up to date with my current makes head on over to instagram where I will be posting sneak peaks of future listings as I work on them!

Me-Made-May 2017

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I Helen of https://hshandcrafts.wordpress.com (Instgram @hshandcrafts) sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’17. I endeavour to wear at least one me-made item of clothing for each day in May 2017 with non sneaky cop-outs like scarves, unlike last year.

It’s that time of year again!!

Me Made May is the creation of ‘So Zo…’ . It is a brilliant endeavour to encourage people who sew/knit/crochet/refashion/upcycle garments for themselves to wear and love them more. If you want to find out more about it there is a great page and sign up sheet over on her blog.

Last year was the first time I participated in the me-made-may challenge. I pledged to wear something me-made everyday. It was really fun but quite tricky with only one year of sewing under my belt so I think there were a couple of cop-out days where I counted my pyjamas or an accessory or two. Now I have a more extensive wardrobe I will be fully committed this year and am determined to wear at least one item of me-made attire every day for the duration of may.

As I did last year I will be keeping a daily log of the me-made items I am wearing each day of May over on Instagram so if you want to follow me and my challenge that’s where to do it.

A new knitting pattern and a giveaway!

 

Saxifraga is a warm and cosy hat knit in aran weight yarn with a simple geometric motif created in colour work. the hat gradually changes from colour A at the brim to B at the top.

This is my newest knit creation and the pattern is available to buy now on Ravelry!!

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Knit in aredblue-saxifraga soft drapy alpaca it creates the perfect slouchy beanie or in a tougher yarn it will make a thicker cosy hat to keep the wind out on the coldest of winter days!

I was searching for the perfect colourwork hat for some beautiful aran yarn I bought from Town End alpacas and just couldn’t find one that I loved so I designed one myself. I really love geometric designs and so decided to focus on triangles and diamonds in the colourwork motif.

It is quite easy knitting and only requires knowledge of:
long tail cast on
ribbing
colourwork
decreases

The hat is one size only and will fit an adult

It is knit in aran weight yarn in two different colours (less than 50g of each) on size 3.5 and 4mm circular needles.

I really hope you will love this hat as much as I do. Pictured here are some of the versions I have knit so far. I really love how it works in so many different colourways! From monochrome, to natural to bright reds and blues. So whether subtlety is your thing or you would rather go for brights this pattern will work for you.

 

 

 

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If you cant wait to get knitting I am giving away two copies of this pattern. One is available to my blog followers and the other one is over on instagram (look out for the picture on the left) so why not enter both for twice the chances of winning!

So, for my blog readers to be in with the chance of winning a copy of this pattern all you have to do is follow this blog and leave me a comment below telling me what colourway you would choose for your Saxifraga.

Giveaway is open until 17:00 GMT on Sunday 5th of March. So go and check out all of the test knits over on Ravelry for inspiration for your Saxifraga and let me know what colours you would choose in the comments and follow this blog to be in with the chance to win your own copy of the pattern.

And if you cant wait to find out if you’ve won don’t forget the pattern is available to buy now over on Ravelry!!

Dont forget to also enter over on Instagram for another chance to win!

I learned Fairisle!

fairisle-hatSo it has been absolutely ages since I last posted here and for that, I apologise. However, from now on I won’t be apologising and you can probably expect the posts to get more and more erratic in their timings. I am about to enter the final year of my PhD and things are going to get a bit crazy. In fact, they already have done and that is part of the reason for the lack of posts recently. It doesn’t mean I have stopped crafting though…far from it! I am finding that crafting, and especially knitting, is a welcome break from all that hard work. So I have plenty to write about but I can foresee that actually writing the posts may not be top of my agenda given the huge amount of writing I have coming my way in the form of the PhD thesis!

 

So, for now, you will have to bear with me as there will be the odd blog post for you over the next year but they may be few and far between. However, you can keep up with my makes over on your social network of choice (but I mostly share stuff on Instagram and twitter).Key Insight 3-4 sentences This should be an overview of the item, pattern, yarn and new skills

Anyway, for those of you who already follow me on Instagram this latest make won’t be much of a surprise! I decided to learn how to knit fairisle. I purchased some gorgeous alpaca yarn that I want to use to make a fairisle hat but the only problem is that I don’t know how to do fairisle. After a few attempts, I always ended up with lots of bunching and big gaps at the colour changes. A friend suggested I try to hold one colour in each hand. Now, at first this seemed ridiculous. It was like learning to knit all over again. However, after watching a few videos of how to hold the tension in your right hand I was beginning to pick it up. So I decided to start on this hat to give my new technique a whirl. Key Insight 3-4 sentences This should be an overview of the item, pattern, yarn and new skills

The pathfinder pattern has been in my Ravelry library for a while just waiting for me to learn fairisle knitting so what perfect time than to give it a try! It turns out the two-handed knitting was just the trick I was missing as it allowed me to keep the tension in both yarns at once.


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After just a few rows of the fairisle I was easing into it and even the back didn’t look too bad!

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The details:

Pattern: Pathfinder by Julia Marsh

Yarn: Some acrylic odds and ends that I don’t really like and so didn’t mind if all went horribly wrong

Needles: 4.5mm circular

Alterations: I mixed up the pattern a bit so the colour blocks would be smaller

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Now I just need to pluck up the courage to actually try and knit something with my special alpaca yarn!

If you liked this overview of my project why not keep up to date with my current makes over on Instagram or Twitter

OAL2016 is complete!

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Who doesn’t love the chance to both knit and sew whilst discussing it every step of the way with a group of like-minded crafters? I personally love it and the Outfit-Along has not disappointed. For those who missed my previous post about this and have no idea what I’m talking about it is a challenge to create an outfit in two months. There is a set pattern for both a sewn skirt and knitted top which you can choose to follow along with a series of guided posts from Lladybird and Untangling Knots or go your own way and make something different. This is what I chose to do as I have quite a few skirts and was looking to make a great summer dress. Also, another cardigan was top of my list for knitting so I decided upon the Agatha cardigan and got started.

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I picked up this gorgeous fabric from the knit and stitch show earlier this year and knew the subtle ivory and black print could handle a bright cardigan so chose to go with a red yarn. I used the suggested yarn for the pattern which was Cascade 220 and I actually really loved working with it. It is 100% wool so it’s really warm and will definitely make the cardigan great for the Autumn and Winter (even if it is a little bit much right now!)

 

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The dress is self-drafted. I used the bodice block from Freehand Fashion, a book by Chinelo Bally from Series 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee. This is the second time I have used this bodice block and after a few tweaks it is almost perfect in terms of fit. I also drafted a semi-circle skirt. I am really pleased with it and the fabric is perfect for this kind of skirt. It drapes really well but has some body to show off the fullness.

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Also, I put the biggest pockets known to man into the side seams! Why doesn’t every dress have pockets this huge??

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I really enjoyed taking part in the Outfit-Along and I’m already looking forward to next year. It was a great experience to think about making an entire outfit as so many of my handmade clothes are one-off pieces that I have to mix and match with shop-bought to create a wearable outfit. Perhaps I will consider this more from now on and start thinking about creating a more cohesive wardrobe.

If you want to see more of the outfit along and see all of the other wonderful outfits people have created you should definitely head on over to Ravelry where there is a wonderful forum of delights awaiting you!

If you liked this overview of my project why not keep up to date with my current makes over on Instagram or Twitter

Blue Heart

Heart CowlI was looking back through my old posts to find out when I first started knitting this cowl and it turns out it was way back in April last year!For a long time it was a bit of a love-hate relationship. I hadn’t really knitted lace before and was really struggling with the pattern. After a few weeks I decided to give it a break and started work on my lacy shawl instead.

Both patterns are by designer Ambah O’brien and I really love them both. There is enough lace to make them feel delicate without being to fiddly and retaining that chunky knit feel I really love.

 

Having given this project a break I was quite pleased to come back to it. I love the yarn, and the pattern – and whilst hearts and normally my thing these have a geometric look to them which I find really appealing.

How could knitting this not make me happy - look at that blue on blue on blue!

How could knitting this not make me happy – look at that blue on blue on blue!

Once I was more confident with the lace this wasn’t too difficult a pattern to follow and a couple of long train journeys got me well on the way to being done.

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I actually finished this project quite a while ago and it managed to sneak into some of my me-made-may outfits. It was actually really great for those days when the weather is being particularly fickle and a cardigan isn’t quite always enough. This as an extra layer was perfect for taking on and off as the temperature dropped.

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I really like the length. It is plenty long enough to comfortable wrap around twice without being tight. Also, because it is blue it goes with pretty much all of my clothes! I’m so glad I persevered with this pattern as I think it will get a lot of use!

 

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If you liked this overview of my project why not keep up to date with my current knitting projects on Ravelry where I share more details on what I thought of the yarn, the pattern and any tips or tricks I found to make it easier  for me to make.