Friday, 23 December 2011

Perri


I saw these Fair Isle mittens in an issue of Let's Knit and have wanted to make them ever since. Two days ago I finished a pair of cabled fingerless gloves by Patons, so I know feel confident enough to have a go at fair isle. I'm halfway through the first glove and so far I'm very please with the results. I'm currently working on the thumb gusset so I'm taking my time to ensure I work the thumb correctly. The original design was made using Artesano yarn but I'm doing mine in the left over King Cole Pricewise yarn used for the Pom Pom Winter Hat. I can't wait to see the finished results.




Friday, 25 November 2011

Creamy Prawn Curry

It looks better in the flesh

The numbers in brackets represent the amoun that I used, as mostof my cooking is not a exact science use any amount thats suits you in order to get the texture, spice, and look you want.

Ingredients
Oil (veg or sunflower)
Onions, sliced (2)
Mushrooms, sliced (150g)
Broccoli (half a medium size)
Chillies (2 scotch bonnet)
Prawns (600g)
curry powder (enough to coat all the ingredients)
creamed coconut (2.5 pack), use more or less depending on quantity and thickness desired.


1. Place all the ingredients, except the creamed coconut, into a bowl and mix together.

2. Heat the oil in a pan the add the ingredients.

3. Fry for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Cut the creamed coconut into chunks and add to the pan, Mix until the creamed coconut has melted.

5. Add enough water/stock to achieve the desired consistency.

6. Add seasoning to taste.

Can be served with rice. This also goes well with chunks of chicken if you don't want to use prawns. Also try adding to or substituting the vegetables with strips of bell peppers, baby corn or mange tout.


Sunday, 20 November 2011

Onika - Cowl

For a PDF version of this pattern, click on the PDF's tab at the top of the page.

 Made for and modelled by my niece of the same name

Materials
6mm needles
Tapestry needle

Yarn
Stylecraft Special Chunky.
Shade - Fondant (1241)

Finished size
Width – approx 10’’, Length - approx 14’’ (when laid flat).

Abbreviations
K = knit
P = purl
St = stitch

Pattern
Cast on 46 stitches

Row 1-4: K each st to the end
Row 5: K3, P7, *K4, P7 Repeat from * twice more, K last 3 st.
Row 6: K
Row 7-12: Repeat rows 5 & 6
Row 13: Repeat row 5

Row 14: K3, P until last 3 st, K3.
Row 15: K
Row 16: Repeat row 14

Row 17-26: Repeat rows 5 & 6 five more times

Row 27: K
Row 28: Repeat row 14
Row 29: K

Row 30-159: Repeat rows 4-29 five times

Row 160-169: Repeat rows 4-13

Row 171: Repeat row 14
Row 172: K

Cast off, leaving enough yarn to join the ends together

I would love to see pictures of your finished pieces.

You are free to make this pattern for personal use. If you are selling this item, please credit the design to Mrs U Makes... and post a link to the pattern if selling online. Please do not reproduce this pattern in whole or part anywhere; you may add a link to the original pattern.


Friday, 18 November 2011

Spicy Tomato, Lentil and Basil Soup



This has been adapted from a recipe a colleague gave me. It's so easy to make that I always have the ingredients to hand for when I get a hankering for soup.
The quantity of basil can be adjusted to suit individual taste, but I love basil and sometimes add more, likewise with the garlic.

Serves4
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tin (400g) of chopped tomatoes
  • 7-9 basil leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 850ml of stock
  • 2 handfuls of red lentils
  • Salt and coarsely ground black pepper (to taste)

1. Heat the oil in a pan and sweat the onions until soft.
2. Add the garlic, tomatoes, basil, cayenne pepper and stock. Bring to the boil then simmer over a low to medium heat for 15-20 mins.
3. Add the lentils and continue to cook until the lentils become soft.
4. Take off the heat and allow to cool
5. Pour the soup into a blender and blend until the soup reaches your desired consistency.
6. Return the soup back onto the cooker and cook over a low heat for a further 2-3mins. Add salt, pepper and/ or basil to taste








Tuesday, 1 November 2011

First knitted garment

I am attempting to make my first knitted garment. Its a baby hat featured in Let's Knit magazine. I tried to make this a few months ago but made a mistake when it came to the k1 p1 stitches, I didn't do a tension square either. I later realised what I was doing wrong, so hopefully this time round I'll be able to make it and I will do a tension square.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Willow - Cowl


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Alternative knit and purl rows produced the rib effect for this cowl.

Materials
7mm needles
Tapestry needle

Yarn
King Cole Merino Blend Aran.
Shade - Kingfisher (771)

Finished size
Height – approx 6’’, Length - approx 17’’ (when laid flat) .

Abbreviations
K = knit
P = purl
St = stitch

Pattern
Cast on 26 stitches

Row 1: K each st to the end

Row 2-3: P each st to the end

Row 4: K each st to the end

Repeat rows 1-4 until cowl reaches approx 34’’ or desired length.

I would love to see pictures of your finished pieces.

You are free to make this pattern for personal use. If you are selling this item, please credit the design to Mrs U Makes... and post a link to the pattern if selling online. Please do not reproduce this pattern in whole or part anywhere; you may add a link to the original pattern.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Pom Pom Winter Hat



I made for my sons and their friend. The one on the far left measures approx 9”-10” when laid flat. The other three measure approx 8” when laid flat. This pattern is for both sizes.


Materials
Hook = 6mm (UK)
Yarn = King Cole Pricewise main shade (from left to right) Surf, Purple, Royal and Larkspur. The yarn comes in 100g balls though only half of this (yarn A) is needed for the hat and no more than 25g for the pom pom and edging in another colour (yarn B).
Pom Pom maker
Tapestry needle

Finished size:  approx 16’’ (18”-19”)

Gauge: 1"x1"= 6 dc x 3 rows of dc

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
dec = decrease
* = pattern repeat

How to work a dc dec:
Put the yarn over the hook, then put the hook through the stitch and put the yarn over the hook again. Pull the yarn through the stitch, there should be three loops on the hook. Put the yarn over the hook and pull through two of the loops, put the yarn over the hook and instead of pulling it through the remaining two loops, you should put the hook through the next stitch and yarn over again. Pull the yarn through the stitch, there should be four loops on the hook. Put the yarn over the hook and pull through two loops, put the yarn over the hook again and pull through the remaining three loops.

Pattern:

Ch 3, join to first ch with sl st to make a ring.

Round 1: ch1, work 15dc in the middle of the ring. Join to first dc using sl st (15 stitches).

Round 2: ch1, work 2dc in the first and all other dc around (30).

Round 3: ch1, work 1 dc in the first dc, 2dc in the next. *1dc in the next, 2dc in the next*. Repeat from *. Join to first dc (45)

Round 4: ch1, *1dc in the first 2 dc, 2dc in the next dc*. Repeat from *. Join to first dc (60).

For the smaller hat only
Round 5: ch1, *1dc in the first 11 dc, 2dc in the next dc*. Join with first dc (65).

For the larger hat only
Round 5: ch1, *1dc in the first 3 dc, 2dc in the next*. Repeat from *. Join with first dc (75).

Round 6-7: c1, 1 dc in each dc. Join with first dc.

Rounds 8-10 will be decrease rounds. See the note above for instruction on how to do this.

Round 8: ch1, *1dc in the first 11 (13) dc. 1dc dec in the next dc*. Repeat from *. Join with first dc (60, 70).

Round 9: ch1, *1dc in the first 10 (12) dc, 1dc dec in the next dc*. Repeat from*. Join with first dc  (55, 65).

Round 10: ch1, *1dc in the first 9 (11) dc, 1 dc dec in the next dc*. Repeat from *. Join with first dc (50, 60).

Round 11-20: ch1, 1dc in each dc around. Join with first dc. Fasten off.

You can repeat rounds 11-20 if you wish to make the hat longer.

Edging

Turn the hat inside out and attach yarn B using a sl st.

Round 1: ch1, work 1sc in between each dc of the previous round (not the stitches). Join with the first sc. Fasten off.

Make the pom pom using yarn B and attach to the top of the hat.

Sew in any ends using tapestry needle.

I would love to see pictures of your finished pieces.

You are free to make this pattern for personal use. If you are selling this item, please credit the design to Mrs U Makes... and post a link to the pattern if selling online. Please do not reproduce this pattern in whole or part anywhere; you may add a link to the original pattern.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Baby Joy - Blanket


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Hook = 4mm (UK), G/6 (USA)

Yarn = Sidar Baby Bamboo- shade A: Flip Flop (125), shade B: Baby Berries (161) shade C:  Babe (134). Two 50g skeins of each.

Gauge: 1"x1"= 6 dc x 3 rows of dc

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
v sp = v space
sk = skip
* = pattern repeat

Pattern:
The multiple for this pattern is 7 + 5. E.g. if you want to have 20 V’s going across your pattern, multiply 20 by 7 and then add 5, this will give you the number of chains required to do this. (7 makes up 4dc and one V. The 5 makes up the 4dc at the beginning of the row and the ch1 used as a step up for the first dc)

Ch 107 (using shade A)
Row 1:  Work 1dc in the 2nd ch from the hook. 1dc in the next 3 ch.*sk next ch, 1dc in the next ch, ch1, work 1dc in same ch. sk next ch, 1dc in each of the next 4 ch*. Repeat from * to end. Turn.

Row 2: ch1, 1dc in the first 4 dc. *sk next dc, dc in v sp, ch1, dc in same v sp, sk next dc. 1dc in each of the next 4 dc*. Repeat from * to end. Fasten off

Row 3: Attach shade B to first dc using sl st. ch1, 1sc in first dc, 1sc in each dc and v sp across the row. Fasten off.

Row 4: Attach shade C to first sc using sl st. ch1, 1 dc in the first sc, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sc. *sk next sc, 1 dc in the next sc, ch1, 1 dc in same sc, sk next sc. 1dc in each of the next 4 sc.* repeat from * to end. Turn

Row 5: Ch1, 1dc in first 4 dc, *sk next dc, 1dc in v sp, ch1, 1dc in same v sp, sk next dc. 1dc in each of the next 4 dc*. Repeat from * to end. Fasten off.

Rows 6-71: Repeat from row 3 alternating the colours used for the dc rows (shade B is always used for the sc rows)

Ends can be sewn in or crocheted over when working the edging.

Edging

Round 1: Attach shade B anywhere at the top of the blanket using a sl st. Work 1sc in same st, 1 sc in each dc and v sp across until the last dc of the row. Work 5sc in the last dc of the row (to make corner). Work 118sc evenly across the left side until the first ch at the bottom of the blanket. Work 5sc in first ch at the bottom (to make corner). 1 sc in each ch across the bottom until the last ch. 5sc in last chain (to make corner). Work 118sc evenly across the right side until the first dc of the top row. Work 5sc in the first dc of the row (to make corner). 1sc in each dc and v sp. join with first sc.

Round 2: Ch1, 1sc in same st, work 1sc in each sc and 3sc in the third sc of the corner st of round 1 around the entire blanket. Join with first sc. Fasten off. Sew in ends

I would love to see pictures of your finished pieces

You are free to make this pattern for personal use. If you are selling this item, please credit the design to Mrs U Makes... and post a link to the pattern if selling online. Please do not reproduce this pattern in whole or part anywhere; you may add a link to the original pattern.