The temperature is really starting to drop in this little corner of the world, I hope you’re keeping warm, wherever you are. Today, I thought I’d spread a little warmth by sharing this easy, and super practical cup cosy pattern. In this weather I never want to be far from a hot cup of tea or a festive flavoured latte. These little cosy’s are great for keeping in your handbag, or permanently attached to your favourite mug. Although you can wash it occasionally, if you want! The length is customisable, so can fit around any width cup. Why not start a few now as gifts this Christmas, or stocking stuffers?
If you’d rather a PDF download of the pattern, you can download one in my shop.
I absolutely love Hannah Fetig’s new collection of yoked cardigans and jumpers. I mean, just look!At first I couldn’t decide which one to make, the birdie cardigan is amazing, but I just love the colour combos and chevrons on the Willard pullover (cover photo). I can picture a few cute outfits with this one, so it won in the end. What I can’t decide on thou, do I make it as a jumper, or alter the pattern a little and make it a cardigan. What do you think?The collection is made using Quince and Co’s Owl yarn – it’s gorgeous, but sadly not easy to find in the UK. I did a bit of hunting around and have decided to substitute it for Artesano Aran (Pine and Sunrise). It’s the same fiber content and weight as owl: 50% wool, 50% alpaca, which gives that lovely fuzzy halo in the photos. It also comes in 100g hanks at a similar price, so is a little easier on the pocket. I’m so excited to start this I might burst! Which is your favourite?
I was researching a few options for knitted pockets recently (as you do) and have become more than a little obsessed. I had a sudden urge to add pockets to everything. My favourite old jumper, which has been worn to death, was the first willing subject and I thought i’d share how I did it:
You’ll need: a knitted jumper, yarn weight to suit your jumper (I used Sirdar Flirt DK. The jumper is a finer weight but it’s pretty close), darning needle, needles appropriate for your yarn (I used 2.5mm and 3.75mm), a small scrap of yarn and scissors. Pretty liberty fabric, just for show.Start by picking up and knitting 26 stitches (or as many as you need) where the base of your pocket will sit. My jumper is backwards (literally) and has the wrong side stockinette stitch facing out, so I picked up the bottom loops as you would with garter stitch. You might want to use a smaller or sharper needle for this if your jumper is a fine knit. This is where I used the 2.5mm.
If your jumper is stockinette stitch you will need to pick up the little horizontal bar between each V stitch. Pull the V stitch apart gently to see it. If you pick up either leg of the V itself your pocket will appear twisted.
Once you’re all picked up knit alternating knit and purl rows (stockinette stitch) until the pocket flap is a long as you want it.
And finish with a few rows of 1×1 ribbing, *K1, P1* to the end of each row and cast-off when you’re happy with the length. Cut the working yarn leaving a long enough tail to stitch each side. Before you begin stitching, particularly if your jumper is a fine knit, you will need to mark out a guide so that you’re sewing the side flap to the same vertical column of stitches. Thread the scrap yarn onto the darning needle and pass it up and under the column next to where you will be stitching.Now thread the tail yarn onto your needle and begin sewing down the side as follows. You probably won’t be able to sew together like-for-like stitches, so try to sew two stitches for every three vertical stitches. If your jumper is stockinette stitch, like your pocket, you can use mattress stitch to sew the sides invisibly.Repeat the same on the other side and weave in your ends to finish. Et voila! How cool is that?
Printed copies of my slipper sock pattern are now available in the knitting and sewing haven, Social Fabric on Totnes high street. Caroline sells all the tools you’ll need to make them and even runs a sock knitting workshop.
And up until Christmas eve you can find my knitted jewellery and clay earrings in Objets di Desir in Cabot Circus, Bristol. The shop is located on the top floor of the glass house, nr. Starbucks, so do pop in if you’re on a mission for a festive beverage.
Picture this: a quaint little haberdashery shop set over three stories of wooden floorboards, steep spiral staircases and feature fireplaces, accessed only on foot via a narrow cobblestone alleyway in the ancient city of Bath – it can only be, The Makery. My love affair with this sweet little crafty corner began in the Winter of 2011 when Kate, The Makery’s owner, invited me to have a stall at her Christmas market. It was magical, as you’d expect, and no craft fair has ever matched it.
So, imagine my delight when I learnt that Kate was busy beavering away writing her first book of craft projects. Judging by the shop and the workshops that she arranges, the book wasn’t going to disappoint. I was even more thrilled to be asked to contribute a pattern to the book – a cozy pair of knitted wrist warmers. I wrote the pattern that following summer so have been full to bursting all this time, waiting to see the finished article, and share it with you.
Back in August I had the pleasure of taking a little trip ‘up North’ to the Folksy Summer School. When I’m not knitting and designing I work part-time for Folksy, so was very excited to be going along to man the reception desk, and do other useful things in a cabin in the woods. It was a hugely successful event, which you may have heard about in the twitter-sphere at the time. Folksy released a little video of the weekend recently and it brought back lots of lovely memories.
I must admit I was a bundle of nervous excitement pressing that big red launch button today, but after weeks of hard work, I’m so happy to welcome you to the new Jessica Joy website. Yipee!!
You’ll notice there’s now an online shop, which I’m crazy excited about. It’s stocked with brand new knitting patterns, re-engineered versions of some Yiskah Knits favourites, and a new line of hand shaped clay jewellery, which I’ve been experimenting with all year. I just want to eat it, that’s weird, right?!
So, as a massive thank you to everyone for your support so far, there’s 10% off everything in the shop for the next 48 hours. Just enter the code LAUNCHPARTY at the checkout.
I’m looking forward to adding new products and designs soon, so stay tuned, and let me know what you think in the comments. I’d love to hear your feedback! Jess x