Just wanted to show you this knitted ear warmer I made for my teenage grandaughter
......but first I would like to mention it's another 'A Gem of A Challenge' day today.
The challenge is hosted by Christine which is 'Christmas is Coming'
Caroline is our lovely guest designer and Kevin and Helen make their debuts as DT members
All beautiful cards made by the team so pop over and take a look!
I have been doing a bit of knitting recently on an evening to help me wind down....also it keeps my mind off knibbling as I am on a diet lol.
I used to knit a lot when the kids were little but haven't done too much over the years as the demand dried up. Had grandchildren but I don't think it was too fashionable to put babies in hand knit stuff....well that was the impression I got lol
Anyway it seems to be coming back in fashion and I have been having a go at seamless knitting that our friends in the US seem to love so much!
This is the latest item I made which is an ear warmer for my teenage grandaughter Chloe
With chunky wool and 6.5mm needles cast on/bind on 76 stitches. Join round and place marker
Knit 4 rows knit 2 pearl 2
Knit 6 rows (every row knit in circular knitting makes stocking stitch)
Pearl 1 Row
Knit 1 Row
Pearl 1 Row
Knit 6 rows
Knit 4 rows in knit2 pearl 2
turn inside out and cast off/bind off the same way you just knit for a neater finish
Lots of free flower patterns here so take your pick
My tension/gauge gave me 4 stitches to the inch but you can make it smaller larger using different size needles
I made this to fit my head 21.5 inches...you take off 2 inches as the hat has to stretch to fit the head so that gave me 19.5 inches which you times by the amount of stitches per inch in your tension swatch.
That gave me 78 stitches but I took away 2 so the knit 2 pearl 2 rib would work out so that gave me 76 stitches
To make a tension swatch cast on 20 stitches and knit for an inch or two.
With a flat ruler count the stitches over four inches and divide by four......you then get the amount of stitches you are knitting per inch.
..............so you can use any size needle and yarn to make your ear warmer!