Aw - very happy Christmas to all my blog friends...

... and a big thank you for all your support thus far!

Quick Chick!

... for those - who with still hundreds of things to do - still have to knit!
Quick Chic
1. Cast on 18sts in Aran or DK yarn and 4mm needles (or ones to suit your yarn)
2. Knit (in garter stitch) rows to create a square
3. Cast off
4. Fold in half across the diagonal - corner to corner
5. Fold in half across the diagonal again
6. Over-sew the outer row ends of each diagonal side together - this become the hen’s back
7. Over sew the folded ends leaving about 2cm from the hen’s back down - splay this open part out to become the hen’s tail feathers
8. Shape the hen to create a slight curve along the back
9. With embroidery thread or similar work a short row of blanket stitch from the point (beak) created at the diagonal edge
10. Then work either a single lazy daisy petal for each wattle or just a couple of straight lines per wattle to complete

Darling little Dala!

A dearly delightful (sorry, over do-ing the 'Ds' a little here!) Christmas gift to give - and the pattern is free here - claire-garland patterns
"Happy Christmas!"

hand in the clouds

the softest, airiest woolen gloves - but so unbelievably warm you simply have to knit them - and hey! It's a free pattern today! #freebeefridayknits pattern here

Fluff to spiff up your tree...

Knitted bauble

Set 4 x 7mm dpns
Spare yarn or toy stuffing

Cast on 8 sts. 
Divide over 3 needles – 3 – 2 – 3
Work in the round placing a marker at the beginning to show where rounds begin/ end.
R1 - Kfb all sts. 16sts
R2 - K.
R3 - [K1, kfb]. 24sts
R4 - K.
R5 - [K2, kfb]. 32sts
R6 - K.
R7 - [K3, kfb]. 40sts
R8 - K.
R9 - [K4, kfb]. 48sts*
R10 - R16   K 7 rounds.
R17 - [K1, skpo] to last 2 sts of round, k2 tog.
R18 - K.
Rep last 2 rounds until there are 16 sts remaining.
Stuff to make the bauble as good and as round a ball shape as you can get.
Cut yarn to 20cm, thread end through the remaining sts – twice pull up to close the hole  - this is the top of the bauble.
Join a length of twine or ribbon to the top of the bauble to make a hanging loop.

deer, deer, deer...

Available in small, medium and large - and totally free today only! #freebefridayknits pattern here