June 26 2015 – thisisknit
The menagerie just keeps getting bigger! To the great delight of our child customers (and a lot of the adult ones too), Big Ted has recently arrived in the shop. His two bear relations have been here for a while - they're the teaching project for Colette's toy-making class. So, in fact, is Big Ted. You see, this splendid trio have a message for us all: be adventurous with yarn choice! All three bears are knitted with exactly the same pattern. The difference between them comes from using different weights of yarn, with needle size chosen to fit. The littlest Ted is made with Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace, and he comes out small enough to put in your pocket. Middle-sized Ted is more portly, made in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. And our magnificent Big Ted is made from superbulky Debbie Bliss Roma! The easiest way of sizing a pattern up or down is to change your yarn. Have you seen a baby cardigan that you'd love to make for a toddler, but the pattern doesn't come in larger sizes? Try a thicker yarn. Matching hats for parent and child are adorable, and two different yarns can get you there without having to change anything else. You can swatch and do the sums to work it all out in advance if you like, but most of the time it doesn't matter. Colette knew when she started with Big Ted that he would be Big, and that was good enough! He's an epic bear, and along with his friends, would love you to come and visit.