Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sweet Little Felted Purse

One ball of yarn, a beginner pattern, and a few hours....  This is a cute little bag anyone can knit!
 Finished size:  approximately 5" wide and 7" long.  It could be a bit bigger if you do not felt it quite as much as I did.

Yarn: Ashford 8 Ply, 100 gram ball, 100% corridale wool, DK weight.  Purchase online HERE.
Needles:  6mm (US 10)
Gauge: approximately 14 sts = 4 inches .  Not too important, your bag will be a bit bigger or smaller if the gauge is off a bit.  Most important is the yarn MUST be PURE WOOL, not superwash.  You need it to shrink in hot water!

Patttern:  Cast on 45 stitches.  Knit every row (garter stitch) until 15 inches long.
               Last row: cast off all except last stitch.  Turn and cast on 15 stitches.  Turn and cast off all 16 remaining stitches (this creates the button hole loop)

Stitch the button hole into a loop at the upper corner, then stitch closed the side and bottom edge of the bag.  NOTE: the ridges are vertical on this bag...

 Strap:  wind off 6 strands, 48 inches long.  Tie a knot at one end, then holding in pairs, braid the length and tie a knot on the other end.  Sew one end to the top opposite the button hole, and the other end 5 inches below the button hole loop, on the side seam.  See photos.
 This is how the purse will fold after felting.

Felting:  Throw the purse into the washing machine with some old towels or jeans, and put them through one HOT cycle with laundry soap.  Check it.  With the yarn above you should be shrunk enough, but some other yarns may need one more cycle to get there.    While still damp, stretch into shape, pulling the straps smooth, and folding the flap down.  Sew a button under where the loop lies, and button closed.  Air dry.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Felting in large scale

If you wondered how to make felt art, I have a post on my felting blog that shows the steps to get to a poster size art piece.  This one is 1950's style advertising tourism in Niagara Falls. It will be called "Before the Selfie" as the figure in the poster will have an old fashioned camera in his hands.

Pop over to my felting blog for more details!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

sneak peek

Here is a quick photo of the new poncho sweater in Noro....  Soon to be a pattern at a blog near you!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The race is on!

As usual, I find myself snatching any spare moment to knit away at socks.  It is a staple of my gift giving, and so many of my friends and family expect (at least ) one pair under the tree.  So remember to pick up your double point bamboo needles, and whip up a few using my favourite sock pattern.
Happy knitting, and stay warm.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Event! Extended until Cyber Monday

I am having my first Black Friday Sale on my Etsy site!  All my Felt Items  (except the custom made coats) are up for at least 25% off, and for a very limited time I have posted my KNIT SAMPLES from this blog, up for the cost of the yarn only!

Here is your chance to love the items, and just buy it already finished.

So please pop over using THIS LINK, or the photo of the butterfly coat in the upper right corner.  Contact me there if you have further questions.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Quick and Easy Shawl

Quick and Easy Shawl

The beauty of this one lies in the long stripes that this yarn produces.  The start of the shawl has the stripes close together and as you progress they get fatter and wider.  Garter stitch makes this a beginner pattern!
 Yarn:  Lion Brand Scarfie.  2 balls of Denim / Navy.  (or chunky equivalent 625 yards, or 560 meters)

Gauge: 12 - 14 sts = 4 inches in garter stitch on 6mm (US 10) needles.  (not terribly important to hit this gauge)

Needles:  6mm or US 10, long circular needles (not knit in round, but best to hold that many stitches.


Cast on loosely, 140 stitches.
Row 1:  Knit 2 sts, knit 2 together, knit to end of row.
Row 2:  Knit to end of row.
Repeat row 1 and 2 until you have one stitch left, and fasten off.

 Wear it behind your back, or wrap it from the front for a huge lovely cowl!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sock Yarn Block Shawl (cowl)

Sock Shawl / Cowl
This pattern is NOT for beginners, but it is fun and addictive, and you only work on 25 stitches at a time, building the blocks together into a funky zig zag shawl or cowl.
There are many videos of Domino Knitting Squares, if you are unfamiliar with the technique.  You can find one HERE or HERE.

Yarn: Self striping sock yarn (Kroy – grey brown marl) 4 skeins
Needles: 4mm (US 6)  I use circular needle for this, but straight needles are fine too
Gauge:  approx 20 sts = 4 inches, AFTER BLOCKING.  Its not too important that you match this, as it is a wrap-shawl-cowl.  The one I made, after joining as a cowl is wrapped twice around my neck!
Finished length (after blocking) just under four feet. (and very stretchy)
***Follow the drawings of the blocks to make sure you are sticking to the plan.  I will use the alphabet assignments in the photos for reference in the pattern

Block A:      Cast on 49 sts. Row 1: Knit 25, place marker, Knit 24. Row 2: Knit 22, knit 2 together, slip marker, knit one, knit 2 together, knit 22. Row 3 (and all odd rows): Knit to stitch BEFORE marker, purl that stitch, slip marker and knit the rest.
Row 4 (and all even rows) knit to 2 sts BEFORE marker, knit 2 together, slip marker, knit one, knit 2 together, knit the rest. Repeat until only 3 sts remain and knit all three together. (only one stitch on your needle.

Block B:     With this stitch at upper right corner of square, pick up 25 stitches across the top of the just worked square (place marker just before last pick up). Cast on 24 more stitches. Now turn and work exactly like the first square starting with row 1.
When reduced to one stitch, begin the next square above the last. Continue to build squares C and D in the method of block B.  Bind off last stitch at the end of block D, and break yarn.

Block E:   Cast on 24 stitches, then pick up one stitch right at the corner of block A and B (see chart photo), then pick up 24 more evenly across the upper part of Block B.  Work the block as in A from row 1.
Block F:   Pick up 25 across the left side of block E, (make sure the 25th stitch is right in the corner of where B and C meet) and then pick up 24 more across the top of block C.  Work as usual.

Block G: like block F.

Block H: Pick up 25 on the left side of G, then CAST ON 24 more (this part is not attached to any other side).  Work the block as usual (see the photos in the chart to see where this block is placed).

Block I:    like E.
Block J and K:    Like F
Block L:   Like H
Block M:  Like E
Block N and O:   Like F
Block P:   Like H

Gently wash and block flat.
This is now a zig zag shoulder wrap or shawl.   Wear it like that…..   OR……

COWL VERSION:   carefully turn it into a TUBE, matching the bottom edge of A with the top edge of N (place pins on these squares before you make the tube so you can see how this lines up.  It’s a diagonal seam , sewing A tyo N, and B to O, and C to P.  Sew this seam with Kitchener stitch (and not too tightly).