Karen P

map-pin Bishop’s Stortford, United Kingdom

I'm proud to be continuing the knitting tradition among the women in my family. Both my grandmothers were knitters. One of my great grandmothers was famous for knitting and reading at the same time! This was in the days of knitting undergarments with fine yarn and small gauge needles - most people made their own clothes out of necessity. I often wonder what she would make of the yarns and designs that are around today.
I started knitting when I was about 9 or 10, a tatty square for a blanket the Brownies were making, and I progressed onto jumpers and cardigans etc from there. My mum taught me how to read a pattern.
My speciality is jumpers for teddy bears - must have designed and made over 40 of those for various bears and their owners, all with the bear's name on the back and a picture on the front relevant to the bear's owner.
My knitting got sidelined by life but I've been pleased to come back to it recently. For me it's all about being creative, whatever the project.

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  • Knitting16 Skills

    Knitting: Over 20 years

    16 Skills

    • Cast on & bind off
    • Knit and purl stitches
    • Simple increase & decrease
    • Picking up stitches
    • Knitting in the round
    • Intarsia
    • Ribbed
    • Short rows
    • Garter
    • Kitchener
    • Stocking
    • Slipped stitches
    • Cables
    • I-cord
    • Three needle cast off
    • Provisional cast on
  • Crochet7 Skills

    Crochet: Over 20 years

    7 Skills

    • Chain
    • Slip stitch
    • Single crochet
    • Double crochet
    • Increase & decrease
    • Half double crochet
    • Working in the round
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