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knitting patterns for boys that don't ming

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kneedeepinthedirtylaundry Sun 25-Oct-09 18:44:09

Apart for a book by Martin Storey (Jaeger) which has some really good patterns for boys, I can't find any that are not really ugly, and my boy has now outgrown those patterns which are up to age 5. Can anyone recommend any knitting patterns or pattern books with patterns for boys aged 5-6 that have a nice shape and are not what your gran might knit for your son please?

kneedeepinthedirtylaundry Sun 25-Oct-09 18:46:29

I don't mean boys that don't ming, but knitting patterns that don't ming! grin

BellaBear Sun 25-Oct-09 18:48:00

someone on here who is also in teh MN group on ravelry designed a boys cardi that won a competition, the only link I have is for ravelry, are youa member?

kneedeepinthedirtylaundry Sun 25-Oct-09 19:04:09

No I'm not. I don't even know what ravelry is!

kneedeepinthedirtylaundry Sun 25-Oct-09 19:16:57

What is ravelry? can someone tell me? Want to check out this cardi bellabear mentions. Thanks bellabear for the tip by the way.

GentleOtter Sun 25-Oct-09 19:18:36


kneedeepinthedirtylaundry Sun 25-Oct-09 19:20:09

Thanks very much gentleotter

Niecie Sun 25-Oct-09 19:48:56

Moda 5 pattern book has patterns for boys up to 10 here

Some of the patterns are a bit hmm but there are some nice plainer ones.

I have seen another good boys knit one but I can't think where at the moment. Let me ponder a bit and it might come to me.

BellaBear Sun 25-Oct-09 19:50:54

sorry! I said it and then scarpered!

You can search patterns (free or otherwise) by the tag 'boy' and sizes etc.

The cardigan is here

mummyhill Sun 25-Oct-09 19:56:37

Some interesting patterns on this this site Have a look through the archives as well to see if there is anything you like. Not sure how many patterns there are for older boys though to be honest as I have so far mainly knitted for dd.

GentleOtter Sun 25-Oct-09 20:05:55

<slight hijack, sorry>

If needles required for a pattern are 6 1/2- what other number needles would do?

kneedeepinthedirtylaundry Sun 25-Oct-09 20:40:18

Thanks everyone for site suggestions. I've bookmarked the lot!

gentleotter, perhaps go with 6 and knit loose? Or knit the next size up with 6?

GentleOtter Sun 25-Oct-09 22:01:11

Thanks kneedeep.
I have every size of needle known to mankind except for the ones I need. <knitting novice who inherited lots of needles>

Revelry is amazing! I joined tonight but DutchOma posted the site up.

Niecie Sun 25-Oct-09 22:22:19

gentleotter - if some of your needles are old they might be labelled differently.

here is a conversion chart so you can see if you have 6.5mms by another name.


GentleOtter Mon 26-Oct-09 10:50:27

Thank you Niecle. I'm horribly confused. The needles are old and there are millions of them.How can you tell if they are British or American sizes?

I am knitting a plain knitted pixie hood for my dd using Noro Kochoran and size 6 needles.
How many stitches would I need for a 57cm head?


BornToFolk Mon 26-Oct-09 10:59:04

Steggy from is great. It's a cardigan with horn-like bits on the hood and sleeves. I'm going to make it for DS at some point.

I also really like the patterns here Holli Yeoh

Niecie Mon 26-Oct-09 12:25:30

Gentleotter - unless you think they may have come from the US I would assume they are UK sizes. The UK sizes decrease in number as they increase in width/size. The US numbers more sensibly, get higher as the needles gets larger.

So if you have a fat needle with a size 2 or 1 or even 0 then you are looking at UK sizes.

Don't know the yarn you are using personally but on the label it will tell you how many stitches there are per 10cms. You can work out how many you need from that (i.e. look at however many stitches to 10cm multiplied by 5.7). This assumes you have the same tension the label is using.

Does that make sense?

BellaBear Mon 26-Oct-09 12:28:21

GentleOtter - join the mumsknitters group on ravelry: here (loads of mners on there)

kneedeepinthedirtylaundry Mon 26-Oct-09 12:38:05

Thanks for suggestions BornToFolk. I like both steggy and Holli Yeoh site looks interesting too.

GentleOtte, try one of those plastic sheets with holes cut out at needle sizes. You push a needle into a hole and, if it fits snugly, the number next to the hole is the size of your needle. If not, try again. I inherited loads of old needles from my DH's nan and it's been very useful for working out which of those are which sizes.

GentleOtter Mon 26-Oct-09 13:18:36

Thank you all for your help.
I'm off to the wool shop to get one of those needle sizers (and a new pair of 6 1/2s). What is the betting that I come away with even more wool when my house is already like a woollery. <obsessed>

I joined Ravelry last night and am astonished at some of the creations.

kneedeepinthedirtylaundry Mon 26-Oct-09 13:22:13

I also joined last night. Have seen loads I want to make, all for me rather than DS smile

Take only a tenner to the wool shop and leave your cards at home. You have been warned!

BellaBear Mon 26-Oct-09 13:35:57

I'm EllatheElephant on ravelry, say hello!

kneedeepinthedirtylaundry Mon 26-Oct-09 13:46:56

Will do bella/ella, as soon as I've worked out how! I'm gypsywandering.

BellaBear Mon 26-Oct-09 18:17:04

i'll send you a message

BellaBear Mon 26-Oct-09 18:18:40

next time you go on ravelry, check out the top right hand corner, under where it says 'hello gypsywandering!' and it should indicate that you have a message for you, click on it to read it

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