Thursday, 22 June 2017

Concetta Cardi free pattern

Concetta Cardi:

Free doll knitting pattern


Notions:
50g worsted weight yarn.




Needles: US 4/3.5 mm. (or those you need to obtain gauge)
Dpns for the sleeves.
Darning needle.
5 stitch markers or waste yarn


Difficulty:

Gauge: 7 sts x 8 rows = 1 inch. In stockinette stitch





Abbreviations:
co: cast on.
pm: place marker.
sm: slip marker.
rm: remove marker.
bo: bind off.
k: knit
p: purl
st-stitch: Sts- stitches
k2 tog: Knit two stitches together as one stitch.
ssk: Slip, slip, knit, slip 2 stitches and knit them together.
yo: yarn over
kfb: Knit into front and then back of stitch.
k2 tog: Knit two stitches together as one stitch.

m1l: Insert the left-hand needle from front to back under the strand of yarn which runs between the stitch just worked and the next stitch on the left-hand needle. Knit this stitch through the back loop.

m1r: Insert the left-hand needle from the back to front under the strand of yarn which runs between the stitch just worked and the next stitch on the left-hand needle. Knit this stitch through the front loop.

m1: In this pattern used for a purl increase made by working into the strand of yarn between sts as on the right side.

Bh: button hole.

Cast on 21 sts. 3.5mm needles.
1: K4, pm, k2, pm, k9, pm, k2, pm, k4. From now slip all markers as you reach them.
2: K4, /sm/ k2,/sm/ k3, m1r, k3, m1l, k3, /sm/ k2, /sm/ k4. (23 sts)
3: K4, m1r, /sm/, k2, /sm/ m1l, k11, m1r, /sm k2, /sm/ m1l, k4. ( 27 sts)
4: K27.
5: K3, m1l, k2, m1r, /sm/ k2, /sm/ m1l, k4, m1r, k5, m1l, k4, m1r, /sm/ k2, /sm/ m1l, k2, m1r, k3. (35sts)
6: K3, p29, k3.
7: K3, m1l, k4, m1r, /sm/ k2, /sm/ m1l, k17, m1r, /sm/ k2, /sm/ m1l, k4, m1r, k3.
8: K3, p35, k3. (41sts)
9: K3, m1l, k6, m1r, /sm/ k2,/sm/ m1l, k19, m1r, /sm/ k2, /sm/ m1l, k6, m1r, k3.
10: K3, p41, k3. (47sts)
11: K3, m1l, k7, m1r, pm, k1, rm, k2, rm, k1, pm, m1l, k19, m1r, pm, k1, rm, k2, rm, k1, pm, k1l, k7, m1r, k3.
12: K3, p9, /sm/ m1, p4, m1, /sm/ p21, /sm/ m1, p4, m1, /sm/ p9, k3.(57 sts).
13: K3, m1l, k9, /sm/ m1r, k6, m1l, /sm/ k9, m1r, k3, m1l, k9, /sm/ m1r, k6, m1l, /sm/ k9, m1r, k3.
14: K3, p10, /sm/ m1, p8, m1, /sm/ p23, /sm/ m1, p8, m1, /sm/ p10, k3.
15: K3, m1l, k10, /sm/ m1r, k10, m1l, /sm/ K9, m1r, k5, m1l, k9, /sm/ m1r, k10, m1l, /sm/ k10, m1r, k3.
16: K3, p11, /sm/ m1, p12, m1, /sm/ p25, /sm/ m1, p12, m1, /sm/ p11, k3.
17: K3, m1l, k11, /sm/ m1r, k14, m1l, /sm/ K9, m1r, k7, m1l, k9, /sm/ m1r, k14, m1l, /sm/ k11, m1r, k3.
18: K3, p12, /sm/ m1, p16, m1, /sm/ p27, /sm/ m1, p16, m1, /sm/ p12, k3.
19: K3, m1l, k12, /sm/ m1r, k18, m1l, /sm/ K27, /sm/ m1r, k18, m1l, /sm/ k12, m1r, k3.
20: K3, p13, /sm/ p20, /sm/ p27, /sm/ p2o, /sm/ p13, k3.
21: K3, m1l, k13, /sm/ m1r, k20, m1l, /sm/ K27, /sm/ m1r, k20, m1l, /sm/ k13, m1r, k3.
22: K3, p14, /sm/ p22, /sm/ p27, /sm/ p22, /sm/ p14, k3.
23: K3, m1l, k14, /sm/ m1r, k22, m1l, /sm/ K27, /sm/ m1r, k22, m1l, /sm/ k14, m1r, k3.
24: K3, p15, /sm/ p24, /sm/ p27, /sm/ p24, /sm/ p15, k3.
25: K3, m1l, k15, /sm/ m1r, k24, m1l, /sm/ K27, /sm/ m1r, k24, m1l, /sm/ k15, m1r, k3.
26: K3, p16, /sm/ p26, /sm/ p27, /sm/ p26, /sm/ p16, k3.
27: K3, m1l, k16, /sm/ m1r, k26, m1l, /sm/ K27, /sm/ m1r, k26, m1l, /sm/ k16, m1r, k3.
28: K3, p17, /sm/ p28, /sm/ p27, /sm/ p28, /sm/ p17, k3.
29: K3, m1l, k17, /sm/ m1r, k28, m1l, /sm/ K27, /sm/ m1r, k28, m1l, /sm/ k17, m1r, k3.
30: K3, p18, /sm/ p30, /sm/ p27, /sm/ p30, /sm/ p18, k3.

31: K21, place 30 sts on holder, co 2 sts, k27, place 30 sts on holder, co 2 sts, k17, ssk, yo, k2.
32: K3, p67, k3.
33: K73.
34: K3, p67, k3.
35-40: As rows 33-34.
41: Knit to last 4 sts, ssk, yo, k2.
42: As row 32.
43- 50: As rows 33-34.
51: K3, *k1, p1; repeat to last 4 sts, ssk, yo, k2.
52: K3, *p1, k1; repeat from * to last 4sts, p1, k3.
53: K3, *k1, p1; repeat to last 4 sts, k4.
Bind off in rib.

Place 30 sts from holder on dpns.
1: Kfb, k28, kfb.
2-20: K32.
21: K2tog, k2; repeat to end. (24sts)
22-24: K1, p1, repeat to end.
Bind off in rib.


Patricia Renwick © Copyright June 2017.
All rights reserved. You may sell items made from this pattern but not the pattern. Please respect my design rights. 


Monday, 19 June 2017

Welcome AG doll Kanani Akina!

Today a parcel arrived: Kanani is here! She is not an easy doll to find now at a  good price as she was the girl of the year for 2011 and has been very popular. Her long long hair and green eyes are so cute! 

Kanani american girl doll


As she arrived with her head removed so she could fit into the box, although she was in good shape,  I decided to tighten her limbs straight away and also washed and conditioned her hair. It is now silky smooth! 



I am slowly building up my collection of the girls of the year and the historical dolls. Although many are far too expensive for me to buy I do take the opportunity to buy when I can afford one! This doll is my gift to me for my soon to come 60th birthday. My Mum had promised she would buy me a doll for that day but alas it is not to be. I would have treasured it had she been here to buy me one!
Kanani is so happy to be reunited with a couple of her sisters. These actually came from the same place! A new dress and a welcome for her! 



 Here is how I tightened her limbs and then washed and conditioned her hair:














She seems really happy to have arrived after such a long trip! 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Savoury Cold Rice Salad

Well it is hot hot hot now. Summer has really arrived quickly this year. DD asked me to make a rice salad as she says it is just too hot to eat. 

Cold rice salad.


So, a lifetime ago when I was studying in Rome I worked as an au-pair for a year. This is a recipe I learnt then. I have no idea how traditional it is, the bought stuff is totally different, but this I learnt and this my kids (and DH) love! My inlaws now also make this. In the years before there were fridges it would not have been possible.

So ingredients:
500g rice. Salt to taste.

Canned Tuna.
Canned beef.
Wurstel sausage.
Boiled eggs.
Maionese.
Sweet corn.
Grated parmesan cheese.
Tomatoes.
Mozzarella.
Butter or oil.

I throw everything I can in the fridge before starting to reduce cooling time.

Cook the rice in salted water till "al dente" (just cooked). Cool.
Cook the wurstel sausages ( I slice and cook in a little butter. Cool.
Cook the sweet corn. Cool.

Add mayo.
Add boiled eggs cut up.
Add all other ingredients. 
I add the mozzarella last and if leaving for later just add to what I know we will use within two days. 
Stir it all together well and cool. At least a couple of hours.

Keeps well in fridge. I add tomatoes and mozzarella after if I want to keep it more days. You can add cucumbers, lettuce, ham, pickles,  olives etc etc as you like.

Quick and easy. Great to eat when it is really hot!.


















Nearly 40°C here today. This is something they will eat without moaning that it is "too hot" !

Let me know what you think of this!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Mini AG doll Flower Shawl

Mini Flower Shawl.

knitted shawl pattern

Notions:
A small amount of thread weight yarn.





Needles: US 0 / 2 mm.
Darning needle.

Difficulty:



Gauge: Is not really important for the shawl.
I show the central shawl stitch darker to make the instructions easier to follow.


Abbreviations:
Co: cast on.
Bo: bind off.
K: knit
P: purl
St-stitch: Sts- stitches
Yo: yarn over
K2 tog: Knit two stitches together as one stitch.
Ssk: Slip, slip, knit, slip 2 stitches and knit them together.
S1,k2tog,psso: Slip 1, knit 2sts together and pass slipped stitch over. (Double decrease)



Cast on 3sts ( I used waste yarn which I later took out).
Knit 6 rows garter st.
K3, pick up and knit 3 sts along border and then 3 sts from cast on. (9sts). Knit one row.

1: K3, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k3.
2: K3, p3, k1, p3, k3.
3: K3, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k3.
4: K3, p5, k1, p5, k3.
5: K3, yo, k5, yo, k1, yo, k5, yo, k3.
6: K3, p7, k1, p7, k3.
7: K3, yo, k2, yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k2, yo, k3.
8: K3, p9, k1, p9, k3.
9: K3, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k3.
10: K3, p11, k1, p11, k3.
11: K3, yo, k4, yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k4, yo, k1, yo,k4, yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k4, yo, k3.
12: K3, p13, k1, p13, k3.
13: K3, yo, k13, yo, k1, yo, k13, yo, k3.
14: K3, p15, k1, p15, k3.
15: K3, yo, k2, yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k5, yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k5, yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k2, yo, k3.
16: K3, p17, k1, p17, k3.
17: K3, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k3.
18: K3, p19, k1, p19, k3.
19: K3, yo, k4, yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k5, yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k5, yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k4, yo, k3.
20: K3, p21, k1, p21, k3.
21: K3, yo, k21, yo, k1, yo, k21, yo, k3.
22: K3, p23, k1, p23, k3.
23: K3, yo, k2, (yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k5,)x2; yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2,( yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k5,)x2; yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k2, yo, k3.
24: K3, p25, k1, p25, k3.
25: K3, yo, (k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk,)x3; k1, yo, k1, yo, (k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk,)x3; k1, yo, k3.
26: K3, p27, k1, p27, k3.
27: K3, yo, k4, (yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k5,)x2; yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4, (yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k5,)x2; yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k4, yo, k3.
28: K3, p29, k1, p29, k3.
29: K3, yo, k29, yo, k1, yo, k29, yo, k3.
30: K3, p31, k1, p31, k3.

Continue following established pattern if you want a bigger shawl .

Border:
With right side facing cast on 5sts.
1: K2, yo, k2, ssk (using 1st of the main body of shawl).
2: (Turn work) K6.
3: K2, yo, k3, ssk.
4: K7.
5: K2, yo, k4, ssk.
6: K8.
7: K2, yo, k5, ssk.
8: K9.
9: Bo 4sts, (1st is on needle), k3, ssk.
10: K5.
Repeat from row 1 until all sts are bound off,
Bind off.

Weave in the two ends. Wash and block to shape.

free doll shawl pattern



Patricia Renwick © Copyright June 2017.
All rights reserved. You may sell items made from this pattern but not the pattern. Please respect my design rights. 

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Ellowyne Wilde Summer Madness.

Summer has arrived and I have finally been doing a little bit of sewing. 
There was a sew-along on the Ravelry Ellowyne group using a free pattern: Holiday Madness. 



She always looks so dramatic! No simple dresses for her!

Holiday Madness dress

Even with a simple dress she looks special.

Summer Madness dress


I sewed it as for pattern and then as my Ellowyne is such a drama queen I added a ruffle to the hem! I think she looks lovely! (and so does she! Lol!)



Now to get sewing some things for my other dolls so I brush up my sewing knowhow. I feel I have forgotten all I ever knew!


I hope to show some other clothes soon!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Springing into Summer...

It is that time of the year. We just don't what season it is supposed to be any more. However the plants are doing what they think they should and nature is going on, doing its own thing. 

Flowers all around before the summer heat dries everything out. I just wanted to share a few photos:



The magic of the olive flowers trapped in a spider web. They look so like stars! 



A special thought goes to my Bil Antonio as these are Gigli di Sant'Antonio which he and his wife planted in front of their beautiful house.









Greetings and enjoy Spring!