Learn how to do a yarn over, or yarn forward increase.

This is a new Wool Monkey lesson on how to do an increase called yarn over, or yarn forward.

Yarn over is I believe the American name for this increase and yarn forward is the British name for the same thing.

This is one of the simplest increases, so it’s only a very short lesson.

We hope you enjoy the lesson and don’t forget to get in touch if you need any help.

Good luck!

 

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Beginner snood pattern

Beginner knitter?
 
This Wool Monkey pattern is an old favourite and perfect for both wet, winter weather and beginners who want to practice their skills.  It has been well loved and well used by many beginners.
 
The weather here is awful – which made me think of this pattern. I think I might make myself a new one!
 
You only need to be able to cast on, cast off and do the knit stitch. (If you need to learn these you can visit the Wool Monkey Learning Zone for help).
 
Enjoy!
 
 

Learn how to do a knit 2 together decrease.

This is a very short Wool Monkey lesson on how to do a basic knit two together decrease, also known as a k2tog  in short.

This is one of the simplest decreases to learn and will help you to progress along your learning to knit journey.

We hope you enjoy the lesson and don’t forget to get in touch if you need any help.

Good luck!

Learn the Basic Purl Stitch.

This is a very brief Wool Monkey lesson on how to do the basic purl stitch. 

Hopefully by now you have mastered the basic knit stitch and are ready to move on to bigger and better (and more complicated) adventures, by learning the purl stitch.

The lesson below is a brief instruction on how to do this.  We hope you enjoy the lesson and don’t forget to get in touch if you need any help.

Good luck!

Learn how to cast on for knitting

This is a very brief Wool Monkey lesson on how to start a piece of knitting by using the basic knit cast on.

The lesson includes most basic and easiest method of casting on which is essential for any beginner in order to be able to start a piece of work.  You might know an experienced knitter who is willing to do your cast on for you at the beginning when you are just starting to learn, which can be a great help, but at some point you will have to learn how to do it yourself!

 So, if you are just starting out please enjoy the lesson and let us know how you get on, or if you need any help.

Good luck!

Learn how to cast off your knitting

This is a very brief Wool Monkey lesson on how finish a piece of knitting by casting off.

The lesson includes most basic and easiest method of casting off which is essential for any beginner in order to be able to finish off a piece of work. Otherwise you would just have to keep knitting forever!

 So, if you are just starting out please enjoy the lesson and let us know how you get on, or if you need any help.

Good luck!

 

p.s.  Always remember when you are casting off to work your casting off stitches loosely!!!

Learn the Basic Knit Stitch

This is a very brief Wool Monkey lesson on how to do the basic knit stitch. The knit stitch is essential for any beginner and a good place to start on your knitting adventures.

 So, if you are just starting out please enjoy the lesson and let us know how you get on, or if you need any help.

Good luck!

Grubby gardening hands

gardening hands

It’s been a while since I wrote a Wool Monkey blog, but winter is on it’s way again and the dark nights are looming, so I have recently found that I suddenly have the urge to create again!

Most of the last year or two have been spent moving house, landscaping my garden and generally working really hard.  Wool Monkey has sadly been neglected.

But, as the creative urge is blossoming again, I thought it was about time I finally finished creating the Wool Monkey learning zone.  Lot’s of people ask me for advice on learning to knit and crochet and it makes sense, to me at least, that there be a section on the website devoted to learning.  The grand plan, eventually, is to fill the ‘Learning Zone’,  with lots of useful info and videos and help for anybody out there who wants advice with their knitting or crochet adventures.  The possibilities are endless and so I guess the ‘Learning Zone’ will be too.

To make a start, I have been busy creating a few beginner videos.  (These will hopefully be on the website in a week or so).

OK.  So, that sounds fairly straight forward doesn’t it?  Well, everything was going fine until I realised, as I was using the zoom function on my video editor, that my hands are not so pretty anymore.  There are some rather close-up shots of my hands and really, they don’t exactly look sparkling. 

Lots of time spent gardening and years of rock climbing gives you very grubby hands.  Mine are gnarled and battered and scarred.  There is dirt permanently ground into my cracked skin. No amount of scrubbing or soap seems to shift it.  

Unfortunately they are the only pair of hands I have and so I have no choice but to use them for my Wool Monkey videos. How else am I going to teach people how to knit and crochet without showing off my hands?

So, this blog is an apology in advance for my scruffy looking hands, which no doubt be in every single video in the learning zone.  I hope you can tolerate them.

On the plus side though, they are very honest and hard-working hands and my garden is starting to look good too!

 

 

The Dutch Pixie

It’s taken me quite a while to get around to writing this pattern up.  It’s been such a success that my little Dutch Pixie absolutely loves this cape and hasn’t stopped wearing it ever since I gave it to her.

I think I started knitting it back in the Spring.  It was just an idea I had for a simple cape that I thought my eldest daughter would get some wear out of. You know what kids are like, they often don’t want to wear a coat, even when it’s freezing cold outside.  My daughter often doesn’t even want to wear a jumper either and to be honest there isn’t enough meat on her bones to keep her warm without one!  (We do feed her plenty, she just never sits still)  So, I thought a cape could be a good solution.

I think that I actually half knitted this cape and then pulled it out and started again at least twice. Sometimes I get a little indecisive about how I want the finished item to look.  Eventually I realised that time was moving on and summer was rapidly approaching and that if I wanted it finished for our trip to Holland in the summer then I needed to get a move on.  The next time I started it I decided to double up the yarn and knit with it twice as thick.  It would be quicker (and warmer) that way.

 

It was the detail that was slowing me down though I think.  I tried several styles and kept changing my mind.  In the end I chose just a few lines of lacy holes, down the sides, down the back of the cape and across the top of the hood.  Just a little bit of interest and really good way of hiding the increases to give a lovely shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plus, I wanted it to have a pointy hood. 

 A proper pixie cape should have a pointed hood after all.

 

 

 

 

So, finally, on the ferry on the way to Holland, (nothing like leaving it until the last minute),  I sat sewing the ends in and adding the button fastener until the cape was completed.

We had a fabulous holiday and my little Pixie danced around the canals wearing her cape the whole time.

The only tricky part was getting her to stand still long enough to get a good picture!

 

If you’re interested in knitting a Pixie cape, the pattern is available from Etsy.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/LouTheWoolMonkey/listing/654458115/dutch-pixie-childrens-hooded-cape?

It’s a fairly straightforward knitting pattern and just uses stocking stitch.   The yarns are worked double so that you can create a nice blended looking set of stripes.   If you have questions, do get in touch.