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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Another knitted robot..



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I guess the clue is in the title for this one. Looking at the last knitting projects I seem to have shared, it certainly looks as though I have a bit of a knitted robot obsession. I mean, I do love robots but I guess it's also worth pointing out that neither the blanket nor this little guy are for me. 

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A couple of weeks ago I was scouring Ravelry (does anyone else get absolutely lost in there?!) for something heart-themed for Valentine's day. Eventually I settled on this pattern - Louie the Lovebot - which I've had saved in my favourites list for an absolute age. I'd been making a cable knit scarf in a grey DK which I'd picked up from a discount store recently, and had some left over, which made my mind up that one of the colours in my robot would be grey. 

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Since the intarsia heart on the front had to be in a contrasting colour, I decided on red. It seems to fit the Valentines theme. The pattern itself was quite easy to follow, although I got about halfway through and decided that I couldn't get the magic loop thing right, so switched to DPNs. I think that my problem was that the circular needles I was using probably weren't long enough, so I was finding it a bit of a struggle to loop it properly. I also found that my heart came out a little wonky - it's knitted in intarsia in the round and I think my tension between colour changes was a little off. I fixed this once I'd stitched him up by adding a few little stitches to sort out the shape. Hopefully it's not too noticeable. 

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I finished him off with a couple of button eyes and a little heart button in his hand so that he can spread some love. I think a larger button might have worked better for this but I was using up some from the button jar and this was the best I could find. I'm enjoying using up leftovers and working my way through my yarn stash (although I have to admit I did add to it recently when a local charity shop got a huge donation from a wool shop which had closed down). 

The little knitted heart was made using this free pattern from Studio Knits and it was so simple that I would definitely make more; perhaps as a string of bunting or something? 


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