Free Bunny Snood Knitting Pattern

As I can’t have one of my own, I’m adding bunnies to my knitting!

Bunny Snood designed by Gem Davis

Happy Easter everyone! I hope that you have more chocolate than you know what to do with, and enjoying the Easter break whatever you’re up to. My weekend is involving long, blustery walks and art galleries and of course, knitting!

If you are looking for a quick project with an Easter theme, then I have just the thing! The sun may have been shining recently (not as much as hoped this weekend…) but it is still fairly chilly outside. That’s why I’ve created this free knitting pattern for you, a cosy snood made from Rowan Big Wool, with fluffy bunnies! Now who wouldn’t want that?

Bunny Snood designed by Gem Davis

A few simple cables easily turn what would otherwise be a dull piece of knitting into something much more fun, and it’s a great way to learn some new techniques without being too complicated either. The hardest stitch is the bobble, and you soon get the hang of it. There are plenty of tutorials online if you need them too.

Find the pattern below.

Bunny Snood designed by Gem Davis

Skills

Cast on (co)
Knit (k)
Purl (p)
Slip, slip, knit (ssk)
Knit two together (k2tog)
Cable stitches (c4b, c4f etc.)
Make bobble (mb)
Cast off
Mattress stitch

You will need:
  • 10mm knitting needles
  • 2 x Rowan Big Wool in your colour choice (I used the oddly named ‘Glum’) If you want to use a different yarn, make sure it’s similar to get the correct tension. This is super chunky yarn, 80m per 100g ball
  • Cable needle
  • Tapestry needle to sew up
Tension

8 sts and 12 rows = 10cm/4in square in stocking stitch

To make the bobble

To make a bobble you knit into the same stitch several times. Google it to find videos which may be helpful, but I’ll explain here. This is easier to do with a stretchy yarn, something like a cotton based yarn would be harder. Before beginning the bobble it’s a good idea to stretch out the stitch as you’ll be knitting into it five times, and it’s going to get tight!

Knit into the front of the stitch, then the back, then the front, then the back, and then the front again. Turn the work and purl five stitches. Turn again and knit five stitches. With your left hand needle pull the second stitch over the first and off the needle, as if you were casting off. Repeat with the other three stitches, and you’re done! Your bobble may look a bit odd at first, you might want to pull it around a bit to get the right look.

Instructions

Co 58 sts
Row 1: p
Row 2: k
Row 3: p
Row 4: k
Row 5: p4, *k8, p6 rep from * to last 4 sts, p4
Row 6: k4, *p8, k6 rep from * to last 4 sts, k4
Row 7: p4, *c4b, c4f, p6, rep from * to last 4 sts, p4
Row 8: k4 *p8, k6, rep from * to last 4 sts, k4
Row 9: p4, * k4, mb, k3, p6, rep from * to last 4 sts, p4
Row 10: k4, *p8, k6, rep from * to last 4 sts, k4
Row 11: p4, *k8, p6, rep from * to last 4 sts, p4
Row 12: k4, *p8, k6, rep from * to last 4 sts, k4
Row 13: p4, *c8b, p6, rep from * to last 4 sts, p4
row 14: k4, *p8, k6, rep from * to last 4 sts, k4
Row 15: p4, * k8, p6, rep from * to last 4 sts, p4
Row 16: k4, *p8, k6, rep from * to last 4 sts, k4
Row 17: p4, *c8b, p6, rep from * to last 4 sts, p4
Row 18: k4, *p2, k4, p2, k6, rep from * to last 4 sts, k4
Row 19: p4, * k2, p4, k2, p6, rep from * to last 4 sts, p4
Row 20: k1, ssk, k1, *p2, k4, p2, k6, rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, k2tog, k1 (56 sts total)
Row 21: p3, *k2, p4, k2, p6, rep from * to last 3 sts, p3
Row 22: k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (54 sts total)
Row 23: p
Row 24: k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (52 sts)
Row 25: p
Row 26: k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (50 sts)
Row 27: p
Row 28: k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (48 sts)
Row 29: p
Cast off

Sew up using mattress stitch, and block if needed.

And there you have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed this free pattern, please send me photos if you knit it, I would love to see your creations!

Bunny Snood designed by Gem Davis

 

Makers of East London

A book review of ‘Makers of East London’ from Hoxton Mini Press

The book is beautiful, there’s no doubt about that. The interviews open up a small window into different worlds that many of us know must exist, but have no knowledge of. The photography is stunning, whether it’s a close-cropped image of tools, or a wide shot of a workshop. Then of course there’s the makers themselves, staring down the camera or lost in thought, forgotten tool in hand.

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The makers show a deep understanding of their craft, something only achievable through real dedication to the subject. They have immersed themselves in their worlds, bringing fantastic objects to life as the result. There is a worry amongst many of them however, of changing times, of rents going up, and of communities disappearing. Algha framemakers has been in their building for 100 years, but the landlord wants to convert it into flats next year. The business will go on, but they’ll have to find somewhere new to set up.

The introduction to the book comments on this, but they argue that everywhere, East London especially, is in a constant state of flux. There have always been movements of people into and out of the area.

“The Huguenot church on Brick Lane became a synagogue; today it is a mosque. The area is a palimpsest of cultures and crafts, a new layer of creativity introduced with each influx.”

It will always keep changing, so to survive businesses will have to adapt (and hope they don’t have an awful landlord).

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Whilst I am so glad Hoxton Mini Press have created this book, I feel like the interviews are quite teasing. I want to know more about them, their process, what makes them do what they do. I guess to do so would have meant featuring fewer people, which which have been a shame. It’s almost like a starting block, an introduction to whet your appetite so you find out more on your own, even take up one of these crafts yourself. I know I would love to try them all! Perhaps Mini Hoxton press will do a more in-depth feature on a select few in the future, similar in size to their previous publications.

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I honestly can’t pick a favourite from this book, they are all so fascinating. From Bellerby & Co. Globemakers, to Naomi Paul who creates crocheted lamps, and the first maker in the book, Andreas Hudelmayer who makes violins, violas and cellos. They’ve all been brought together in this beautifully designed book, and you definitely need it on your bookshelf.

You can buy it here.

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Spring Lace – Hat Knitting Pattern

Launching a new knitting pattern just as winter finally descends!

I am very excited to announce the launch of my new knitting pattern: Spring Lace. Perfect for the cold weather that has finally decided to arrive!

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I’ve knit this up in the wonderful Shetland Spindrift yarn, using the colour surf for the main body of the hat. It looks so fresh, perfect to brighten up a cold day. If you don’t fancy knitting with wool however, you can make this hat with most DK yarns – I have one made from Robin DK too.

The pattern is available to buy from LoveKnitting.com

Let me know what you think! And if you decide to make it I would love to see some photos.

Happy knitting.

 

Growing Balcony Plants – Week One

Around this time last year we decided our Juliet balcony was looking a little bare, and bought these ingenious pots from amazon in sizes large and small (affiliate links). They come in a range of different colours – we went for a rather boring grey I’m afraid as it matched the balcony perfectly! They fit over the bar at the top comfortably, with stabilisers to fix at the bottom to secure it. A great idea if you’re short on space and want to get growing.

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We happily returned from the local garden centre with lots of herbs, some lavender and flowers. Unfortunately we didn’t take quite as good care as we probably should have, not realising how quickly pots of that size dry out in the summer.

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So this year is take two. We’ve gone so much the other way I fear we’re in danger of over watering, but with the heat we’ve had recently I think they needed it. At the garden centre it’s always a bit pot luck on what they have, making decisions beforehand difficult. Once there however we latched on to several things, at least we did until we realised the strawberry plant really wouldn’t go with tomatoes…and since strawberries apparently like to bully everything else too, we stuck with the tomatoes! In our pots this year we have three little tomato plants, some lettuce, leeks, two kinds of lavender and some rosemary. Having planted them in what seems to be the hottest week ever, I was slightly worried leaving them for a few days for a trip away, however when we came back the lettuce and tomatoes had gone crazy! Hopefully soon we’ll be able to harvest some of our crop.

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Upside Down Apple Cake

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This cake is probably one of the best looking I have ever made. I’ve found upside down cakes are quite photogenic because what eventually becomes the top is glistening and beautifully coloured.

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As usual I was a bit apprehensive as to how it would turn out, I couldn’t find Cox apples so bought Bramley instead, not realising they were a completely different kind. I also was unsure whether I would actually like the finished thing, as it was chock-a-block with nuts and raisins!

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How wrong was I. Not only did it fill my flat with the most scrumptious  appley cake smell, but it looked and tasted fantastic. Definitely more of a winter dish, I could just imagine serving it warm with vanilla ice cream. I already want to make more.

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