If you can knit it, you’ll find it here.
Well ok, it’s really not that cold here down under, but I’ve been watching the news lately and have seen images of the giant cold snap happening all of Europe and the US at the moment. For all you northerners out there, I thought I would post a scarf I put together for my man a few months ago during our winter. And even for you Aussie gals… it’s never too early to start knitting for next winter!
I found this pattern on the Lionbrand iPone app which I have blogged about a few posts down. It has tonnes of great free knitting patterns to try out. This particular scarf uses a classic cable knit. You will need 5mm knitting needles, 5.5mm knitting needles, a cable needle and 4 balls of wool.
With smaller needles, cast on 56 stitches.
Work in K2, p2 rib until piece measures about 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) from beginning, decrease 1 stitch at end of last row. 55 stitches.
Change to larger needles.
Row 1 (RS): K1tbl, p1, k1tbl, *p2, k6, p2, k1tbl, p1, k1tbl, repeat from * 3 more times.
Rows 2, 4, and 6: P1tbl, k1, p1tbl, *k2, p6, k2, p1tbl, k1, p1tbl, repeat from * 3 more times.
Row 3: K1tbl, p1, k1tbl, *p2, 3/3 LC, p2, k1tbl, p1, k1tbl, repeat from * 3 more times.
Rows 5 and 7: Repeat Row 1.
Row 8: Repeat Row 2.
Repeat Rows 1-8 until piece measures about 69 inches or 175 cm from beginning, end with a Row 8 and increase 1 stitch at end of last row.
Change to smaller needles.
Work in K2, p2 rib for 2.5 inches or 6.4 cm. Bind off.
Weave in ends.
Ok ok, I know this is a little bit twisted, but I just think this is super cute. It kind of reminds me of the bunny suicides cartoons. Anyway here is my newly knitted pincushion. Bunny had a boo-boo.
Step 1: Using 3.00mm needles, cast on 3 stitches.
Step 2: Knit 4 rows.
Step 3: Break off yarn leaving tail 10cms long, push piece to end of needle.
Step 4: Repeat for second leg casting stitches onto needle holding first leg. You will now have two legs on one needle!
Step 5: Next row, knit 3 stitches of 2nd leg, swap left and right hand needles, cast on 6 stitches to left needle, swap left and right hand needles, then knit 3 stitches of the first leg. 12 stitches.
Step 6: Knit 20 rows.
Step 7: Next row, knit 2 together, knit to last 2 stitches, knit 2 together. 10 stitches.
Step 8: Knit 1 row.
Step 9: Repeat step 7 twice. 6 stitches.
Step 10: Cast off remaining stitches.
Step 11: Repeat steps 1-10 for second body piece, leaving a tail about 40 cms long (used to stitch the body pieces together).
Step 12: Place body pieces back to back (with good sides facing outward).
Step 13: Using overcasting stitch, join the edges of the two body pieces together, leaving a small opening at the end for stuffing.
Step 14: Stuff the body with polyester wadding and stitch closed. Do not stuff the legs.
Step 15: Massage the stuffing to make it even.
Step 16: Using 3.00mm needles, cast on 3 stitches.
Step 17: Knit 12 rows.
Step 18: Cast off, leaving a tail 20cm long for stitching.
Step 19: Sew cast on edge to side of body, two thirds of the way down.
Step 20: Fold arm in half underneath and sew edges together.
Step 21: Repeat steps 16-20 for second arm.
Step 22: Using 3.00mm needles, cast on 4 stitches, leaving a tail 20cms long for stitching.
Step 23: Knit 12 rows.
Step 24: Next row, knit together twice. 2 stitches.
Step 25: Cast off.
Step 26: Repeat steps 22-25 for second ear.
Step 27: Stitch the bottom of each ear closed and attach to the top of the body.
There you go! It’s fairly easy to make and you could probably throw together about 3 of these in an afternoon. The original knitted bunny pattern comes from a book by Jake Henzler called ‘Little & Friends’. Enjoy!
If you’re like me and your iPhone is just one of those things you could never live without, then you’re not alone. I use my iPhone for just about everything and this doesn’t stop when it comes to crafting. Today I’d like to share with you my top 5 iPhone Apps for crafting – be it knitting, felting, crocheting, or sewing. Theres an App for just about anything right?
We all have to start somewhere when it comes to our crating skills. This particular app is great for crafting beginners in knitting, crocheting and embroidery. Step by step instructions are provided for all the main stitches and abbreviations you’ll come across in any pattern book, and there are even a few free patterns to get you started.
Price – $3.99 AUD
Website – www.technicalmadeeasy.com/
Lion Brand Yarn
I was really surprised by this app because it’s just such great value. If you’re into knitting, crocheting, or sewing, this app is a must. There are thousands of patterns you can search, download, favourite and keep notes about. You can even search the pattern by level of difficulty.
Price – Free!
Website – www.lionbrand.com/
This is just a nifty little app, useful for when you find yourself stuck without a real ruler. Great for knitting, sewing, pattern making and especially useful when having to run out and buy supplies for your latest project. Measurements are in cm and inches.
Price – Free!
Website – bananasdesign.com/rulerplus/
We all love the crafty online store Etsy, so why not take it everywhere with you and view all the new fabulous creations crafters from around the world are producing. This app allows you to search the store easily, without having to deal with any annoying mobile web browsers.
Price – $1.19 AUD
Website – etsyaddict.com/
If your creating your own patterns and unique creations then you’ll need a sketching app to jot down all these ideas. There are a number of free sketching tools out there but what makes this app stand out above the rest, in my books is the ability to create your own colour schemes for your sketches.
Price – Free!
What are your favourite iPhone Apps for crafting?
Ever wanted to find a good use for all those knitted sample squares you use to practice on? Here’s a great little tutorial from Bittersweet that is great for beginners to try out their new stocking stitch skills. And really… how could you not find the idea of knitting a tofu character unavoidably amusing??
All you need to do is knit the 2 square sides of the tofu character, then knit the front and back sections as one piece. Embroider any details, stitch together leaving an opening, stuff with a block of foam, then stitch up the remaining hole. For the full tutorial and knitting pattern please visit Bittersweet.
Use the finished product as a pin cushion, a cat toy, an ultra light paper weight, or just an amusing decoration.
The winter is fast approaching – well atleast it is here. The mornings especially are particularily chilly so like many people, I’m knitting my hands sore trying to finish a cable knit scarf for my partner in time. But what we forget to remember sometimes is that there are people out there who are much more needy than us during these colder months.
Guardian Pharmacies have teamed up with the Salvation Army have a fabulous knitting program that we should all participate in. To help someone in need, start knitting some woollen clothing or blankets (sample patterns can be found here), then take the finished product to your local Guardian Pharmacy by 31st July. Go on, get knitting!