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Pattern: Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder

Feb 14

Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder
Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder

This simple project is just a knitted rectangle folded in thirds. It requires knitting a 6″ x 6.5″ rectangle using Seed Stitch then sew the ends to close. I was packing for a trip and wanted to bring some tissues. Rather than buy travel-sized tissues, I just quick knitted a little holder for some tissues! It should take about 2-3hrs to complete.

Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder - Using 1 Knitted Rectangle, 1 Piece of Cardboard, and Tissues  Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder - Place cardboard in center of piece  Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder - Fold top edge down over cardboard  Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder - Fold bottom edge up to overlap top flap  Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder - Sew sides closed and turn inside out  Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder - Back View

Materials:
Caron Simply Soft Yarn, Worsted Weight, 100% Acrylic, 315 Yards, $3.99
in 3 Colors – Robins Egg #9780, Sage #9705, Lt Country Peach #9737
Old Tissue Box or Piece of Cardboard
Yarn Needle

Needle: US Size 4 [3.50mm] Circular Needles 36″

Skill Level: Beginner

Finished Size:
Unstuffed – 6″ Length x 3″ Width
Stuffed – 5.5″ Length x 2.5″ Width x 1.25″ Height
Fits 12 standard tissues folded into quarters.

Pattern:
Leave a 12″ long tail when making the slip knot to Cast On.

Knitting:
Cast On 25 sts
Row 1: K1, {P1, K1}, repeat { … } until end.
Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 6.5″ or about 48 rows.
Bind Off. Leave a 12″ long tail.

Assembly:
Cut a piece of cardboard from the empty tissue box about 5″ long x 2″ wide. This piece will be used to give the holder stability. With the Right Side of work facing up:

Place cardboard in center of piece. Fold around the cardboard into thirds with Right Sides of Work on the inside. Fold down from top, about 2″, this will become the Top Flap. Then fold up from bottom, about 2″, this will become the Bottom Flap. Flaps should overlap at least 1″ or more. Adjust as necessary. Pin sides together to hold in place.

You will be sewing on the Wrong Side of work, then turning inside out. Sew using Overcasting Stitch right through all folds taking care at corners of each flap. Sew in ends as you go and trim.

Turn inside out. And stuff with folded tissues!

Notes:
Use any type of knitting needle preferred. I used Circular Needles because that’s all I had available.

Use any Worst Weight size yarn available. I did not use a full skein. This small project only used a tiny bit of each color. Spare yarn or leftovers is great for this project. Block your piece for a more professional finished look.

Knitted Pocket Tissue Holder - Knitting in progress  Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Sage #9705, Lt Country Peach #9737, Robins Egg #9780. 315 yards, $3.99 each.

I made irregular stripes in random increments based on how I wanted it to look when folded. I made sure to switch colors on a Right Side Row. So basically in multiples of 2. Every 4, 6, 12 etc.

Seed Stitch is just {K1, P1} over an Odd Number of stitches! The same {K1, P1} over an Even Number of stitches will give you a Rib Knit!

Sew the seams closed using any option like Backstitch or Overcast Stitch. Slip Stitch Crochet along the seams works too.

Add a decorative border to the top flap for a more finished look. I Slip Stitch Crocheted one edge. The edge that will be showing once folded down.

To stuff, stack folded tissues on cardboard piece, then place stack into holder.

Next time I will make it shorter, about 5″ x 2.5 instead and have the flaps overlap a tad bit more. Having 1 color at folds instead of 2 and flaps ending in matching colors helps for a neater look. Overlapped portion should be centered before sewing closed.

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Pattern: Erica Cowl

Dec 22

Erica Scarf - Doggie Cowl
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Here is a nice cozy cowl for my doggie! The chunky, soft rib knit makes the cowl stretchy yet snug for easy on and easy off while providing extra warmth. It stretches to almost double its flat size and can fit a variety of sizes and shapes. Can also be worn unfolded to cover the dog’s ears. It is knitted in the round from the bottom up with an optional buttonhole for the leash tab.

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Materials:
1 Ball Bernat Softee Chunky, Teal Twists, Bulky, 100% Acrylic, 128 yds, $3.29
Locking Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle

Needle: US Size 6 [4.00mm] Circular Needles 16″ or less

Skill Level: Beginner

Measurements:
12″ High
5″ Wide
(Measurements taken flat)

Pattern:
CO 42 sts, place marker, join.
Round 1 – 60: K2, P2 until marker.
(Or until 12″ high)
Bind off. Weave in ends.

Optional Buttonhole: About 7.5 inches up from bottom, place a buttonhole anywhere during a round. Begin on a K2. Do not knit. Instead YO 3 times, p3tog, continue with pattern. This creates a 1-inch buttonhole for the dog collar loop to poke through.

Notes:
Knits up quick! Can be started and finished in one weekend of ambitious knitting. Great for a last minute holiday gift for your dog buddy!

Sizing – This one size can fit my dog (puggle size) all the way up to large full-sized dogs. Dogs with long thin necks like whippets or short stocky necks like bulldogs to retrievers or boxers. It will just have a slightly different look. It will be too big for toy dogs like chihuahuas or dachshunds.

Customize this pattern for your own dog. Modify the number of stitches and rounds to accommodate your dog size. Or move the placement of the buttonhole. If using a gauge swatch, make sure to circular knit the swatch. Or you can just eyeball it. This pattern and the fit is very forgiving, so if it’s too big it can just be folded down. If too small at first, it should stretch to fit.

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Pattern: De’s Baby Blanket

Nov 01

Knit Diagonal Stripe Baby BlanketYarn:
8 Skeins Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn, Bulky Weight,
55% Acrylic 45% Cotton, 120 Yards, $5.99 in 2 Colors:
3.5 Balls Cotton Ball (Bright White) #925-100
3.5 Balls Honey Bee (Buttercup Yellow) #925-157

Needles: US Size 9 (5.5mm) Knitting Needles Circular
24″ or longer

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Measurements/Sizing: Approx. 36″ x 36″

Pattern:
Cast on 5 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: K3, yo, k2.
Row 3: K3, yo, k3.
Row 4: K3, yo, k to end of row.
Rep Row 4 until you have 144 sts on needle.
Next (decrease) row: K2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end.
Rep last row until 5 sts remain. Bind off. Weave in ends.

Knit Diagonal Stripe Baby Blanket
Knit Diagonal Stripe Baby Blanket
Knit Diagonal Stripe Baby Blanket
Knit Diagonal Stripe Baby Blanket

I made this diagonal stripe baby blanket for my brother who’s expecting!! I wanted something warm and bright, snuggly yet light. So I paired this sunny and cheery color scheme with a heavier weight yarn.

The color scheme also makes it more versatile, accommodating a wider variety of decor. Girl or boy! Not light enough for Summer but perfect for Fall/Winter.

I used Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn, a Bulky Weight yarn that knits up quick and is SO SOFT! It has a slight spongy feel. I loved the colors – muted and soft yet cheerful. It’s Cotton/Acrylic but on the heavy side.

I chose this yarn for its softness, color palette, and because it’s 100% washable and dryable on high heat! So it’s easy care and easy to keep germies away. Bulky Weight yarn is also a great option for knitting large pieces like a blanket since it speeds things up.

Notes
Original Pattern – Octavia Blanket by Lion Brand Yarn

This knits up in a diamond shape basically. So in the beginning you will be knitting a giant pyramid by increasing stitches then halfway through you will be decreasing stitches to knit the second pyramid. When complete and turned horizontal, the piece will have diagonal stripes!

For changing colors, I carried the colors up the side so there would be less ends to weave in. Twist yarn and pick up color at the beginning of each Right Side row to “carry” the yarn up the side of the piece. Only change colors on Right Side of work (when Right Side of work is facing you).

Try Magic Knot Join for adding yarn or switching colors as seen here. A nice yarn joining technique for synthetic (non-felting) yarns. Otherwise, Russian Join is my go-to technique for natural fiber yarns (feltable)! (more…)

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Pattern: Nautical Crop Top Knit

Aug 13

Knitted Nautical Top by OMG! Heart

Perfect for summer at the seaside! At the beach, on the boat, or biking! This summery medium weight top is great for mornings or casual evenings out. It’s also super simple. Just make 2 big rectangles, join them together, and voila! The entire project also uses the classic Stockinette Stitch. EZ PZ.

Yarn
3 Balls Lion Brand Yarn Cotton-Ease, Seaspray (830-123), Medium Weight, 50% Cotton 50% Acrylic, 207 Yards, $7.69
2 Balls Lion Brand Yarn Cotton-Ease, Almond (830-099), Medium Weight, 50% Cotton 50% Acrylic, 207 Yards, $7.69

Knitted Nautical Top by OMG! HeartNeedles
US 9 Knitting Needles Circular (5.5mm)

Skill Level
Advanced Beginner

Measurements/Sizing
Finished Dimensions (Approx.):
Width 22 Inches
Height 20 Inches
One Size Fits All

Stitches
Stockinette Stitch:
Knit all odd rows (or Right Side rows)
Purl all even rows (or Wrong Side rows)

Pattern
Cast on 85 sts. (Alice Cast-On)
Rows 1 – 14: 14 Rows Blue
Rows 15 – 16:   2 Rows White
Rows 17 – 26: 10 Rows Blue
Rows 27 – 30:   4 Rows White
Rows 31 – 38:   8 Rows Blue
Rows 39 – 44:   6 Rows White
Rows 45 – 54: 10 Rows Blue
Rows 55 – 58:   4 Rows White
Rows 59 – 66:   8 Rows Blue
Rows 67 – 68:   2 Rows White
Rows 69 – 82: 14 Rows Blue
Rows 83 – 90:   8 Rows White
Rows 91 – 96:   6 Rows Blue
Rows 97 – 98:   2 Rows White
Rows 99 – 108: 10 Rows Blue
Bind off.
Make one more panel following the above
pattern for a total of 2 panels.

Assembly
- Weave in ends.
- Turn upside down so First Row is at the top (neckline) and face Wrong Sides together.
- Pin together where arm and neck holes should meet with locking stitch markers. Try on the piece to see if the markers work. Adjust accordingly.
- Turn inside out (so Wrong Sides are on the outside). Whipstitch together sides and top sides leaving middle and armholes un-stitched.
- For Top/Neck: Whipstitch about 7 inches in on each side leaving a 7.5 inch wide neck opening.
- For Sides/Armholes: Whipstitch about 10 inches up on each side leaving a 10 inch high armhole opening. (Basically up to the top edge of the 4th white stripe from the bottom)
- Crochet edges of armholes to keep from rolling inwards if desired.

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Notes
- Knits up quick! Dedicated knitters can knit this up in about a week or so! My least favorite part is weaving in ends…
- I actually made the front panel larger than the back panel to give the neckline some slouchiness. About 95 stitches wide for front and 75 stitches wide for the back panel. Two equal panels is easiest to work with though.
- I did not use a full 5 balls. I used just over 2 balls of the blue and just over 1 ball of the white.
- Change to a new color on the Right Side of work (or in this case a Knit Row) only.
- I made these stripes using good old-fashioned eyeballing! However, you can also get irregular stripes by using this handy Random Stripe Generator found here, http://www.biscuitsandjam.com/stripe_maker.php.
- Create a size that fits you by using the stitches per inch I got while working up my project as a gauge. Or knit up your own 6in x 6in swatch for a more accurate gauge. Just make sure to increase the number of balls you buy accordingly.

Stitches per Inch on US 9 Needles:
4″ x 4″ = 14 stitches x 20 rows
28″ x 28″ = 100 stitches x 144 rows

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Creative Bug: Online Knitting School

May 07

CreativeBug

I just discovered CreativeBug.com. It’s basically a website dedicated to online videos for Knitting, Crochet, Sewing, and other crafts. From short how-to videos and projects to full craft classes and workshops. But it’s also kind of an online school for knitting and crochet. I love the idea!

What makes Creative Bug unique is that a project is taught entirely through video. Also, you will recognize many famous knitters and crocheters in these videos. Many of whom you may be a fan of already ! They are taught by expert instructors many of whom are well-known designers and crafters with decades of experience. And all in a very easy to follow and enjoyable way.

Each class, workshop, or project features a series of step-by-step videos. The first one I checked out was Norah Gaughan’s Knit Cabled Hat. Loved the way the project was broken up into different smaller videos for each step. The videos looked wonderful and I really enjoyed hearing about Norah’s love of cables too.

It sure beats you-tubing for random how-to videos!

How It Works
CreativeBug.com is not free. However, the monthly subscription is $4.95 and can be cancelled at any time. This subscription gives you unlimited access to videos each month. That’s not bad! Even if I signed up for a month just to take one class, it is well worth it! Also, a very affordable way to take classes for people who’d like to try out Knitting for the first time or people on a budget! There is a free section too that includes classes like How To Thread A Serger and other basic fun stuff.

Check it out! There is a 2-week trial available for new members too.

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Adventures in Nerd Knitting

Apr 28

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Stuffed Totoro by Lucy Ravenscar

Check out these awesome knits (and crochet) I found while trolling the interwebs for stuff! If you’re a Harry Potter, Dr. Who, Super Mario, or Lord of the Rings fan type of knitter, then here’s some great ideas for your next project. Many include full patterns and for free! Browse and Enjoy!

Golden Snitch
Golden Snitch
by Just Crafty Enough

Space Invader Socks
Space Invader Socks
by Aija Goto

Knit Bow Tie
Bow Tie
by Man With A Jaw Harp

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Free Patterns: From Interweave

Aug 28

Mittens CStitch Bag Pillow Cover Kid Dress Frog Prince Broomstick Shawl Filet Crochet Lace Bracelet Chinese Top Crochet Sweater Cable Scarf Star Sweater Flower Shawl Chanson Bolero Tunisian Wrap Shrug Stripe Tee Baby Dress Petal Hat Frilly Hat Mens Beanie Country Rug Linen Belt Washcloth Crochet Mittens

Here are some free patterns to gear up for the Fall Season from Interweave. For both Knit and Crochet. Some projects even feature both Knit and Crochet in the same pattern. Interweave publishes Knitting Daily and Crochet Me! Above are Crochet patterns. Below are Knit patterns.

Kids Vest Bag Bangles Scarf Sweater Dolly Fair Isle Sweater Skirt Vest

All downloads are available in handy e-book format. You must provide an email to download. They also publish free sewing patterns! Interweave also has some lovely free guides like Beginning Knitting or Beginning Crochet; Advanced Knitting Techniques and Advanced Crochet Stitches that can be downloaded as e-books just like the above patterns.

Sailor Top
Crochet Sweater

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Free Patterns: By Blue Sky Alpacas

Aug 13

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Finally Blue Sky Alpacas released some free patterns. And look how lovely! Most look like Intermediate Level. All patterns in this post by Blue Sky Alpaca Yarns. And are free!

Aunt Aggie’s Trivet, Suri Hat, Java Cloche
Hot Water Bottle Cozy, Savannah Bow, Sporty Mittens
ZigZag Mittens and Hat. Shadow Capelet, Icehouse Hat

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Free Pattern: Heirloom Baby Patterns

Jul 17

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Are these patterns gorgeous or what?! I was looking for scarf patterns and got sidetracked. These were too cute to pass up. Love DROPS Design. They’re Scandinavian so the patterns are sometimes hard (for me) to decipher. But if you’re confident in your Knit or Crochet skills and/or are Intermediate to Advanced it should be fine! DROPS Yarn is also hard to find in the U.S. but NordicMart.com carries them online! Read on for more adorable patterns. Patterns are free and some are for Knit and some are for Crochet.

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Free Pattern: 11 Baby Blankets

Jul 11

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Are these blankie patterns especially gorgeous or what?! Some are classic modern, some nostalgic, some fancy. All lovely designs whatever your preference. Love DROPS. All are free and in either Knit or Crochet depending on the pattern. All patterns in this post by DROPS Design. Read on for more lovely patterns.

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