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Sweater Surgery – and embroidery on knits

I’ll show the pretty pictures first

Sweater Surgery


I  finished this cardigan, my version of Peggy Sue in June 2013, and only wore it twice.

The neckline was dreadful on me, far to high and unflattering on me, and because I have narrow shoulders and there were no no short rows at the back, I couldn’t wear it open without the wretched thing falling off. When I finished it I put a little yarn aside so that I could steek it, my Ravelry notes talk about doing so, but I didn’t, the cardigan was relegated to the back of the wardrobe and I moved on. About a year ago I snipped the front neckline out (after first reinforcing it with some machine stitching) and popped it into my works in progress box where it’s sat until the recent news reports of a super cold winter and my desire to stock up a woolies now yesterday

This is how it was when I pulled it out of the wips box. (well it was rather more crumpled and sorry looking, but you get the idea)

The first thing that I did was that I removed the ribbing at  the back neckline and picked up stitched all way around.

I worked short rows across the back neckline from the front raglan line back wards (I did 6 w+t each side)

Then I worked a border of twisted rib.

I covered the cut edges at the front neckline with bias tape.

And for a bit of fun embroidered some flowers

I’m very pleased to say that this cardigan has already seen more wear since it’s been refashioned, than it did in the previous two years.


Work in Progress round up – October 2015

In an effort to keep on top of my wips I’m having a monthly round up of my ongoing wips, whether I’ve made any progress on them over the past month or not. (September round up here)

So here is October 2015


Quite a change from last month, but some of that is because I forgot to add my long term wips – mea culpa! So in an effort to make up for that here they are at numbers 1 and 2.

  1. Is my Happy Blanket. It’s a sock yarn blanket like the many, many being knitted at the moment. I haven’t worked on this for a while, but now that  I’ve unearthed it again I’m hoping to give it a bit more love. As you can see it’s colour themed apart from one pesky blue square that I added right at the start.
  2. Is my hexipuff Copy Cat Cosy. I’m making a tea pot cosy with hexipuffs inspired by blatantly copying  Dani of Little Bobbins and her Bramley Hedge inspired tea pot cosy. I have these sweet little hexipuffs in a glass bowl on my shelves, I really should add to these get the cosy made.
  3. Is the eye searing socks for my biggest boy, made with Regia Fluromania in 2×2 rib. These have made a fair amount of progress, I’m almost at the toe of the second sock. These are after thought heel socks, so I’ve still got the heels to do.
  4. Is a new sock design that’s not been touched this month – oh dear!
  5. Is my lovely soft as clouds Comodo cardigan. I’m knitting in Sirdar Nomad a deep stash soft and fluffy bouclé and it’s glorious. I’m so looking forward to wearing this. The yarn isn’t very nice to work with even will blunt needles, but the resulting fabric is so lovely that it’s worth a little hassel. I’m down to the waist now and the rows are sooo long!

So what have I knitted this month?

I finished the never ending tube socks for my eight year old.

I’ve knitted samples of my Foxy Friends Wristers pattern for kits that I’ve put up in my etsy shop.











I’ve also been a busy bee working on a new pattern (and all the samples are prototypes that intails)  that will also be available in kit for hopefully next week. (And as a stand alone pattern in the Ravelry shop and on etsy.



New Hope Hat – pattern release

I’m so pleased to announce the release of my new pattern; New Hope Hat

New Hope Hat. Knitting Pattern by Theresa Shingler Knis

I designed the New Hope Hat as response to the refugee crisis engulfing Europe this year. Many, many migrants have lost their lives at sea trying to reach the safety of European shores. I have designed this hat to raise money for the work of MOAS (the Migrant Offshore Aid Station) 

The only expenses that I’ll take from this are Ravelry and PayPal fees.

This design had been perculating in my mind for a few months, sparked by the remains of some beautiful stone work around the window of a ruined abbey that we visit frequently.

Then one Saturday I sat down to listen to Curious Handmade podcast, Helen spoke about the refugee crisis and the terrible loss of lives and something that she said sparked an idea of a little way I might be able to help rather than wring my hands as I had been doing.

I had a stack of Aran weight wool in various colours than I’d been dying up as practise colourways for my etsy shop, I had the kernal of a design idea, I put the two together and this hat was born. I hope that everyone who knits it likes it as much as me, and I hope that that it raises a reasonable amount of money for a very worthy cause.

New Hope Hat is available as a PDF download in my Ravelry shop.


Hooray, hooray, it’s a finished Lopi day – a finished object.


I’m so pleased to have finished this Lopi for my eldest boy, just in time for the Autumn weather.

Pattern: Frost by Védís Jónsdóttir

Yarn: Ístex Álafoss Lopi bought from Meadow Yarn

Colours: MC: 1233 Space Blue CC: 1232 Arctic Exposure CC: 9959 Indigo

Size: Smallest, with 5cm added in length.

Ravelry page here

Mods:  Intentional – I added six short rows across the shoulders in the MC sections as soon as I added the sleeves. I added 5cm in length in the body and 3cm in length in the hood.

Unitentional: I got the colours mixed up on the yoke – ho hum ;o)


This is the second time that I’ve knitted this pattern, and just like the first time, I found this an easy and enjoyable project. My hands really aren’t used to knitting such heavy wool on such large needles,so I did find that I didn’t want to work on it for more than an hour or so at a time, but it still went very quickly.

This is the first time I’ve knitted the hood on this and I’ve not  blocked the hood very well the first time, but that’s easily sorted. Georgie Hallam posted a great way to block hoods using a cycle helmet on her Instagram feed the other day, we seem overrun with the things so I think that I’ll give that a go. I’ve still to knit a long I-cord for the hood, that may be a while until I do because long I-cord – ugh!!!

Anyway, so more gratuitous pictures ;o)

Frost by Védís Jónsdóttir knit by theresashinglerknits.comSteek - eek!!!






Knitting won’t save the world …

…..well no of course it won’t, but it may well make the world a warmer cosier place.

IIMG_20150916_094146-2‘m sure that faced with the images of fleeing refugees trying to escape danger starvation, horror and war, many of us have wondered what we can do to help. I’m sure too, that many knitters have heard and taken on board the old chestnut that, ‘ knitting it never the correct response’. Is that true? Of course not, but there are many things to bear in mind.

Firstly, for a non-knitting response, I’d recommend reading  this article for the Independent, for simple, solid ways to help. Also there are many non governmental organisations addressing the situation, such as Oxfam, Cafod and the Red Cross.

Now you’re a knitter, you have wool, you have needles, you want to knit, what can you do that will be truly useful?

First a warning, Stacey of the wonderful Fresh Stitches blog has some cautionary words of warning.

That being said there are things that can be knit, that are useful. Knit for Peace is a UK charity that does collect knitted goods for a variety of causes, one of which is the refugee crisis,  they have proper infrastructure to ensure that the goods collected are properly distributed where they are needed. They have information on their website about what items are needed and how to donate them.

At the moment, there are many local collections for refugees. Many schools and churches are taking part and most will have lists of items that they are looking for. My husband’s school is collecting for refugees at Calais, there’s a lorry donated by Vauxhall doing the rounds and taking, those items collected to a distribution centre to be dealt with in an organised fashion, of the many things they are asking for are hats, gloves, socks, jumpers and hoodies – all of which could be knitted. A good rule of thumb that I’m sure many of us follow in all sorts of situations is don’t give what you wouldn’t be happy to receive, and that hold good here just as it does for Christmas presents.

IMG_20150913_110815Anyone who follows me on Instagram or Facebook will know that  my knitting works in progress have been shoved aside while I’m working on a hat pattern that I’m planning on selling to raise money for Migrant Offshore Aid Station, a privately funded charity that rescues migrants at sea. I’m working on the New Hope Hat, at the moment it’s in testing, if you’d like to be part of that please contact me either at theresashinglerknits (at) gmail .com or via Ravelry where I’m babybee. This is an Aran weight hat that will be available in sizes Child (Adult S,M, L) to fit head circumference 46 (51, 56, 61) cm  [18 (20, 22, 24) inches ], all sizes should use less than 100g of Aran. I’ve got five hats knit up thus far that will go off to Calais and then any other that I complete after Thursday I’ll send off to Knitting for Peace.

So my take on  the  research that I’ve done on this into this issue,

  • If I’ve got money to donate, I should donate that, not buy yarn to knit a donation – well obviously!!! I’m preaching to the choir here aren’t I?
  • Look for reputable well organised groups to donate to, I don’t want my hand knit languishing in someone garage because the logistics got too much for them.
  • Look at what is being asked for and provide that, in the sizes, colours and materials asked for.
  • Donate to what makes me feel good; there are so many good and worthy causes, none of us can donate to everything, there is nothing wrong with having a bit of a warm glow about my efforts, it doesn’t negate the good.
  • Look for local. Now this may or may not work against the second and fourth point, but bear in mind whether there is a local cause or collection point that can make use of my item.  It would be shame if money that could be spent alleviating suffering directly was eaten up by shipping costs.

Yes, just common sense!



My summer of Tikki knits

Like many mothers of small children who also knit, I’ve made my fair share of Milo by Georgie Hallam, the sweet little vest that seems to be perennially popular. But it wasn’t until recently when I started following her on Instagram that I discovered the full extent of her fabulous pattern back catalogue found on the Ravelry shop Tikki

And when I did I was hooked. This summer I’ve knitted two of the cardigan designs for my girls.

The first is Jane. A sweet little cardigan with an unusual construction knit from DK weight yarn.I wanted a warm soft cardigan with a v-neck for my middle daughter
(Little Miss)  for school this year. I used Blacker Swan Island overdyed DK in Navy that I bought from Brit Yarn. It is an very, very soft and warm wool, absolutely beautiful stuff.20150826_134500-2

I made a few mods to the pattern, the sleeves I worked to full length (the pattern has elbow length sleeves) and added two more sets of decreases once I had worked the length indicated at the same spacings as directed for the upper arms (where I did all the decreases suggested in the pattern), that has created a lovely tapering sleeve.DSC_0226-2

The pattern sample only meets at the front and has no buttons, I wanted a cardigan that my little girl can button on a cold morning or evening if needed. In school which is overly heated, she never buttons her cardigan, but the morning and evening ride to school can be chilly in winter. I’ve made one size bigger than indicated by her measurement and that together with the fact that she is a thin little miss, means that the front bands can easily overlap on the front. I added four more of the
eyelet patterns that feature in the pattern down one of the moss stitch front bands, that allows the cardigan to close with five buttons, but easily hangs open comfortably most of the time. I backed the front band that has the buttons on it with some navy ribbon with Dala horses on it, it adds a pretty touch that my little girl is very happy with.DSC_0228-2

I’m very happy with how this cardigan turned out. It’s soft and warm and will keep my Little Miss comfortable and cosy at school this year. I’ll be interested to see how it will wear given that the yarn is so very soft, but it seems very strong for all its softness and the pill buster is on hand if needed.  I’ll make a follow up post in a while when I know how it’s fairing.




The second Tikki cardigan that I made this summer is Posy 8ply for my oldest daughter Posy. She is a very tall twelve year old, so the biggest size was too small for her. I had some Hje

rtegarn Lima that I’d bought years ago from Meadow Yarn it’s a light worsted weight, so I thought that if I knitted the biggest size with slightly heavier yarn I’d end up with a cardigan that would fit her and it sort of worked!


When Danni of Little Bobbins announced her purposeful knit along I was reminded of this yarn and I realised that if I didn’t get it knitted up soon, then she’d have grown to much and I wouldn’t have enough yarn to make a cardigan with full sleeves. I could of course have used the wool for one of her younger sisters, but this colour is SO Posy’s colour that it would seem a shame to not use it for her. I’ve used Hjertegarn Lima a number of times before and have always been happy how it has worn and washed. it’s not superwash which suits me as I prefer to handwash my bigger hand knit items, and although there is some pilling, it cleans off easily and pills considerably less with time.

Other than the yarn, I made no modifications. I also didn’t swatch, which it totally unheard of for me, I usually bang on endlessly to anyone who will listen about the importance of swatching. This cardigan is certainly a case of ‘do as I say, not as I do!’ In the event it has turned out a little big, there is really quite a lot of ease. But she is growing very fast at the moment and it’s certainly not too big for her to wear.This was a lovely pattern to work on, just enough interest to keep me going, but easy enough that I could pick it up and put it down as needed, really that’s my ideal in a pattern.