Two good things today

I found out that my Stashbuster Bitsa Blanket looks fine now that it is finished (bar the tedious weaving in of many, many ends).

stashbuster bitsa blanket

But – more importantly I found out that WE DID IT!! Sixty Million Trebles set out to make blankets for refugees and reach a total of 60 Million trebles whilst doing so.  So many people joined in to make this happen so go and Watch This Video to get the true number that we finally managed to achieve.


Making squares and attempting patterns

I’ve been crocheting 20″ squares for Sixty Million Trebles but I am not sure if I’ll keep them as preemie blankets or sew them together until they make one really big one for the homeless people.

I’ve also been knitting baby hats to my own design. Most of them are not that good so I haven’t actually written any patterns for them but the one I am currently working on looks like it might be a winner.

For your enjoyment (or not) here are the photos of my latest endeavours.

My first September update.

So I am still making blankets for Sixty Million Trebles but this time it’s for some UK Charities all 21 of the previous oens are on their way to Hand in Hand for Syria.
I am also still at my work programme knit group where we are now making preemie hats for the hospital.
My September items so far are one blanket and three hats finished plus one blanket and two hats on the go (no photos of my WIP) 😀

If you are interested in making the green preemie beanie my pattern is in my previous post.

Need a pattern tester.

I’ve decided to try writing a knitting pattern for a Preemie hat but I need a willing volunteer to try it out and let me know if it’s easy to follow and doesn’t have any mistakes.

Here’s the Pattern:

Knitted Preemie Hat 

Pair each of needles 3.25mm & 4mm 

50g DK White or 25g each in two complimentary colours 

Yarn needle for sewing in ends 


K – Knit 

P – Purl – slip stitch 

K2tog – Knit 2 stitches together 

Pass over – bring the slipped stitch over the knit 2 together stitch 


With 3.25 needles cast on 72 stitches and knit one row. 

Row 2: K2, P2 repeat to end of row 

Row 3 – 11: Repeat row 2 

Row 12: knit 

Change to 4mm needles (and change colour if using two colours) 

Row:13. Knit 

Row 14: Purl 

Continue repeating rows 13 & 14 until work measures 11cm. 

Next row: *K9,, K2tog, pass over, repeat from * to * until end 

Next and every alt. Row: Purl 

Next row: K7,, K2tog, pass over, repeat from * to * until end 

Next row: K5,, K2tog, pass over, repeat from * to * until end 

Next row: K3,, K2tog, pass over, repeat from * to * until end 

Next row: K1,, K2tog, pass over, repeat from * to * until end 

Next row:, K2tog, pass over, repeat from * to * until end 

Thread yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight.  

Sew seam and weave in all ends. 

 I’m sorry I don’t have a photo of the finished hat but I gave it to a friend before I could take one.

I’m getting very remiss at keeping this blog updated.

So one reason I haven’t is that I’ve mostly been making more blankets for SMT and I’m sure everyone is sick and tired of seeing those by now.

The other is that I’ve been making a little winter set for my grandson and it’s proving to be time consuming.  It’s a cardigan, hat and scarf in two colours and I’ve till got a lot of the scarf to make and a zip to add to the cardigan. Below is a photo of the outfit as done so far.Sam's knit set

Free Newborn/Preemie Beanie Pattern.

I’m attempting to write my own patterns as I’m always free styling my crochet. This one I made on the bus yesterday and decided I’d give it away free so that if there are any mistakes I will get told about them by people who use it. (At least I hope that’s how it will work ).

Newborn/Preemie Baby Beanie. 
Using 3.5mm crochet hook and approximately 25g of DK yarn.
Abreviations: UK stitches in brackets
ch = chain
sc = single crochet (double crochet)
hdc = half double crochet (half treble crochet )
dc = double crochet (treble crochet)
Ss = slip stitch
n.b. beginning chains do NOT count as stitches.
Round 1. Starting with a magic circle:  ch.1, 6 sc  in magic circle s.s. to first ch. (6 stitches)
Round 2. ch1, 2sc in evey stitch, ss to ch1 (12 stitches)
Round 3. ch1, *2sc , sc in next stitch, repeat from *  to end of round ss to ch1 (18 stitches)
Round 4. ch1, *2sc, sc, in next 2 stitches ,repeat from * to end of round ss to ch1 (24 stitches)
Round 5. ch1, *2sc, sc, in next 3 stitches, repeat from * to end of round ss to ch1 (30 stitches)
Round 6. ch1, *2sc, sc,  sc in next 4 stitches, repeat from * to end of round ss to ch1 (36 stitches)
Round 7. ch1  *2sc, sc, in next 5 stitches, repeat from * to end of round ss to ch1 (42 Stitches)
Round 8. ch1, *2sc, sc,in next 6 stitches, repeat from * to end of round ss to ch1 (48 stitches)
Round 9. ch 1 *2sc, sc in next 7 stitches, repeat from * to end of round ss to ch1 (54 stitches)
Round 10. ch1, *2sc, sc in next 8 stitches, repeat from * to end of round ss to ch1 (60 stitches)
Round 11. ch2, hdc  to end, ss to top of ch2
Round 12.  ch3, *dc, ch, miss a stitch, repeat from * to end of round ss to top of ch3.
Round 13. Ch1, sc to end, ss to ch.
Rounds 14 – 19 Repeat rounds 11 to 13
Round 20. Ch3, dc in every stitch and fasten off. Weave away ends.
newborn-preemie beanie