Category Archives: Knitting

Weekend Inspiration

I thought it fitting to send some weekend inspiration and hope that you have a creative weekend

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Knitted Cowl

Creating an elegant cowl can be simple in knitting!

On a circular needle, cast on an uneven number of stitches. For this cowl I cast on 221 stitches. Knit moss stitch (1 knit, 1 purl) until you have the desired length of the cowl.

Cast off in moss stitch. Note: when casting off it is important to finish the stitch either in knit or purl, then cast off and only then to bring you yarn over.

For this particular cowl, I used a lace weight 100% merino yarn.

It is really as simple as that!

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Tunisian Crochet Cowl

Creating an elegant cowl in tunisian crochet can be just as simple!

With a number 6 tunisian crochet needle and sock weight variegated yarn, I made 70 chains to start off with.

Crochet 4 rows of Tunisian Knit stitch, and 2 rows of Tunisian Cross Stitch.

Repeat these rows until your scarf or cowl is long enough.

End off and Voila! It is really as simple as that!

Some useful links:

Youtube video for Tunisian Knit Stitch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_Au16WDHVE

Youtube video for Tunisian Cross Stich:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2wDVO8d2yE

Youtube video for Moss Stitch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxGWf5_v2Kg

I hope that you have been inspired!Please send us pictures of your work!

Enjoy your weekend!

Elaine

 

 

7 Lessons learnt from a stork tea blanket

What a lovely idea to get all the family and friends attending a stork tea to crochet or knit a few squares for the new pink foot and sew it into a blanket?

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The intention was pure, but the process proved less than perfect with many challenges!

As this is a really lovely idea, we would like to share a few lessons learnt and a few potholes to avoid.

Lesson number 1: Brief the participants very carefully on the requirements. Merely saying 10cm x 10cm blocks is not enough.

Lesson number 2: Place emphasis on the size of the blocks. If the requirement is 10cm by 10cm, then 10cm x 11cm is not. Be friendly, but firm  about this - it will avoid many headaches. This knitted block (look at the lovely lace work!) is absolutely stunning, but is a rectangle and didn’t fit so well with the other blocks.

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Lesson number 3: Blocks that curl at the sides make the task very difficult and should be avoided. If they do curl, the blocks will not lie flat in the blanket. Be sure to mention this in the brief. Here is an example.

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Lesson number 4: Blocks cannot be stretched by blocking them – they need to be the correct size without forcing them into a mold. If they are not the correct size to begin with, they will only revert back to their true size.

Lesson number 5: Blocks that are knitted from the corner in diagonal rows often result in a diamond and not a square – this results in the diamond pulling the other squares where it is attached.

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Lesson number 6: Crochet or knit an edge around the blanket, this flattens out the blanket. Crochet a foundation double crochet chain (UK terms) and then sew this to the blanket by hand for a flatter edge. This also provides a solid foundation to crochet any beautiful edge on.

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Lesson number 7: ‘Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.‘ John Lennon. I am sure this project would have taken half the time if I crocheted it myself from the start but I manage to puzzle all the pieces together and it turned out rather pretty. Given the fact that so many family members and friends crocheted and knitted along – this blanket has a ton of sentimental value which makes it really special and worth the extra effort!

How to line a crochet or knit handbag

How to line this cute little knitted bag:

I chose a thick cotton print fabric and bamboo handles. Cut the fabric, the size of your bag.

The top of the bag will be somewhat smaller than the bottom of the bag. A series of pleats or tucks are sewn at the top of both sides of the lining.

It is done by drawing lines 1cm apart on the wrong side of the fabric. Draw a horizontal line half way down the lining to show where you will stop sewing the pleats.

Start in the middle and fold the fabric on the line in the middle. Sew along the 1cm line marked. Fold the next two lines together and sew along the line to form another pleat. Sew from the middle out to the sides to the desired width.

Sew a seam in the lining at the top of the bag for both sides. This will create a neat look when you open your bag. Place right sides of the lining together and sew the bottom and sides together.

Sew the lining to the bag either with your machine or by hand. I prefer to do it by hand as I find it easier.

The finished bag! A lining strengthens the bags and protects the knitting.

More hearts!

Morning! It is Monday and almost Valentine’s Day. We hope that you’ve had time to try the I Love Yarn crochet heart and enjoyed making some hearts! Today we are linking to our favourite knitted hearts. Last week we featured a few lovely crochet hearts but this time round the ideas seem slightly more creative in terms of their practical uses.

We will never wear these in February in Pretoria but would definitely like to wear our hearts on our knees when it gets colder:

Hearts on your knee

SENNURSASA on Etsy

You could cuddle with these:

betula pendula on fler.cz

betula pendula on fler.cz

Heart on a baby sleeve. Follow the link to overload on cuteness:

Nalle's House via Pinterest

Nalle’s House via Pinterest

Ok these are not practical but aren’t the colours perfect?

Jill Watt on Ravelry via Pinterest

Jille Watt on Ravelry via Pinterest