Category Archives: Knitting

Knitted Easter Ducks with Leanne from Knit Me A Cake

Knitted Easter Ducks

Hello crafters, I’m Leanne and you’ll find me blogging over at Knit Me A Cake. I was delighted to be asked by Kate to share an Easter knitting project, and this pattern for ducks is one of my Nan’s favourites. It’s a really easy knitting project, so whether you’re new or an old hat at knitting, pick up your knitting needles and give this a go this spring.


To make the ducks you will need:


Begin this project by knitting each duck. The pattern is as follows:

  • Cast on 36 stitches.
  • Knit 12 rows in garter stitch (garter stitch basically means working every row using knit stitch, no purling is needed making it perfect for beginners!)
  • Cast on 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 6 rows (42 stitches).
  • Cast off 11 stitches of the beginning of the next 2 rows (20 stitches) so you’d go down from 42 to 31 in the first row, and then 31 to 20 in the second row.
  • Knit 11 rows.

Now break off the wool and using the yarn needle thread it through the remaining 20 stitches on your needle. The duck will look something like this at this point.

Knit your ducks

You’ll now need to sew the duck together.  Start with the top of the head and then sew down the neck stopping at the back. Then sew from the bottom of the duck up to the top of the tail.

Knitted Ducks

Once you’ve got your duck sewn together you’ll need to add some facial features and stuff the head. Start by cutting out a diamond shaped piece of orange felt for the beak. The piece will measure at around a centimetre.

Ducks knitted up

Eyes will also be needed, and you can add these by sewing on some eyes, or by using eyelets.

Completed Easter Ducks

The ducks are now ready to be filled with Easter eggs. The best part! I added approximately 6 to each duck.

Finished Knitted Ducks

And there you go your Easter Ducks are finished! Happy Easter crafters!

A huge thank you to Leanne for her adorable tutorial. You can find Leanne on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and of course her blog Knit Me A Cake

Rico Design: Knit a hat from one ball of yarn

Today I’m really excited to be sharing a knitted hat pattern from Rico Design’s latest book  Wild Wild Wool .  The pattern has sizings for kids, teens, women and men and the best bit?  Each knitted hat only uses one ball of yarn!!

Rico finished hat


1 ball (100g) of Rico Essentials Super Super Chunky or Rico Creative Bonbon
8mm knitting needles
10mm knitting needles
Knitters Needles – John James Crafters Collection
Clover Large Pom Pom Maker

Rico Hat ingredients


Children (Teen: Women: Men)

48 (50: 52: 54) cm


9 stitches and 12 rows to 10cm over stocking stitch on 10mm needles.


Using 8mm needles cast on 43 (45: 47: 49) stitches loosely

1st row: Knit 1 *purl 1, knit 1* repeat from * to end

2nd row: Purl 1 *knit 1, purl 1* repeat from * to end

Repeat row 1 and row 2 until the hat measures 8 (10: 12: 12) cm ending with a wrong side row.


Change to 10mm needles

1st row: Knit

2nd row: Purl

Repeat these two rows until the hat measures 21 (23: 26: 28)cm. Increase 1(0:1:0) stitch at each end of the  last row and ending with a wrong side row. 45 (45: 49: 49) stitches.


Shape the crown

1st row: *Knit 2, knit 2 together, repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1. 34 (34: 37: 37) stitches

Work 3 rows eg. purl one row, knit one row, purl one row

5th row: *Knit 1, knit 2 together, repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1. 23 (23: 25: 25) stitches.

Work one row

7th row: *knit 2 together, repeat from * to last stitch, knit 1. 12 (12: 13: 13) stitches.

8th row: Purl 0 (0: 1: 1), purl 2 together six times. 6 (6: 7: 7) stitches.

Break yarn and thread through remaining 6 (6: 7: 7) stitches. Pull tight and fasten off securely

Join the hat, reversing the seam for the rib section, fold the rub section to the right side.

Using the left over yarn make a pom pom and attach it to the top of the hat. (I used the largest Clover Pom Pom Maker).

Thats it super cosy hat done. Now bring on the snow!

Finished Hat

Finished Hat from the side

The hat pattern is courtesy of Rico Designs from their latest fabulous book Wild Wild Wool.

Wild Wild Wool Book

Happy knitting!

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Pair of wrist warmers from one ball of yarn

Brr anyone suffering with chilly hands at the moment? I certainly am so as a matter of necessity I decided I needed to knit myself a pair of wrist warmers pronto.

I am not the greatest knitter in the world and it wasn’t initially my intention to share these wrist warmers on the blog as they are far from perfect! They are however, super quick to knit, even for someone who knits at a snails pace (like me) and they also have the added bonus of only using one ball of wool. So whilst I didn’t take any nice pictures of the knitting process I thought I’d share the instructions in case you also suffer from cold hands and fancy a quick knit.

wrist warmers

So here goes: how to knit a pair of  wrist warmers from one ball of yarn!PB074283


Wrist Warmer Ingredients

1 ball Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran – Light Grey 20
5mm knitting needles
John James Crafters Collection Knitters Needles
Crochet lace trim (optional)


1.Leave a yarn tail of c.35 cm and cast on 31 stitches

2. Row 1: Purl 1, *Knit 1, Purl 1* repeat*

3. Row 2: Knit 1, *Purl 1, Knit 1 *repeat*

4. Row 3: Purl 1, *Knit 1, Purl 1* repeat*

5. Row 4: Knit 1, *Purl 1, Knit 1 *repeat*

6. Row 5: Purl 1, *Knit 1, Purl 1* repeat*

7. Remaining rows: Stocking Stitch by knitting one row then purling the next row until your rectangle measures c.25cm in length.

8. Cast off, you stitches will naturally form a roll.

9. Repeat steps 1 to 8 for your second wrist warmer.

10. Using the knitters needles stitch the long sides of the rectangle together using stocking mattress stitch. You may want to leave a hole for your thumb at this point.

11. Try on your finished wrist warmers for size. If you think they need a bit of embellishment stitch on some ribbon or buttons!


Embellished wrist warmers

A quick note regarding sizing:

My hand measures 9cm across the knuckle (not including my thumb), my forearm measure c.25cm circumference at the widest point. You may want to adjust the stitches you cast on to make your wrist warmers larger or smaller just make sure you cast on an odd number of stitches. If you add extra stitches you may want to shorten the length of your stitched rectangles so you only get through one ball of wool.

Happy knitting!

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Rico Design: Wild Wild Wool

What with the arrival of St Judes storm on Monday, the clocks going back at the weekend and waking up to frosts for the past two mornings in a row it feels like its time to say goodbye to autumn and hello to winter.

The changing of the seasons isn’t so bad as it means its time to dig out the chunky wool and get hooking and knitting!! Excellent timing since we have just added two brand new ranges of Chunky Wool to the Homemakery.  Rico Essentials Super Super Chunky and Rico Creative Bonbon Super Chunky  both are super chunky wool/acrylic mix yarns.

Rico Creative Bonbon comes in a range of pretty variegated colours:

Rico Creative Bonbon

Whilst Rico Essentials Super Super Chunky comes in gorgeous brights

Rico Essentials Super Super chunky

We are big big fans of these two new yarns because they come with an awesome pattern book packed full of hats, scarves and snoods to knit and crochet. We really aren’t a pattern book buying shop so it had to be a pretty awesome book to tempt us to stock it!

Wild Wild Wool from Rico Design is THE pattern book for autumn/winter 2013/14 with easy to follow crochet, knitting patterns and instructions for beginners and beyond.

Wild Wild Wool Book

Ignore the German front cover our version is 100% english!

Wild Wild Wool contains 46 patterns in total, 20 crochet patterns and 26 knitting patterns for a variety of scarves, snoods, cowls, hats, beanies, mittens and even bags! The weird model heads might look a bit naff but the actual designs throughout the book are bang on trend with patterns designed for Men, Women and Kids, there really is something for everyone.

Snood & Hat Bonbon Bonbon snood Crochet super bags Crochet beanies & snood Super Crochet Super Beanies Crochet beanie hat Super knitted hat & scarf Super Hat with Flap Super hat & Scarf Super Snood & Hatheadbands BonBon man hat & snood Bonbon hats & snoods Bonbon kids hats Bonbon Hat scarf
Creepy model heads aside, what do you think?

Wild Wild Wool Book,  Rico Essentials Super Super Chunky , Rico Creative Bonbon Super Chunky

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