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.
1 Ball Bernat Softee Chunky, Teal Twists, Bulky, 100% Acrylic, 128 yds, $3.29
Locking Stitch Marker
Needle: US Size 6 [4.00mm] Circular Needles 16″ or less
Skill Level: Beginner
(Measurements taken flat)
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.
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.
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″
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.
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.
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…)
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.
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
Finished Dimensions (Approx.):
Width 22 Inches
Height 20 Inches
One Size Fits All
Knit all odd rows (or Right Side rows)
Purl all even rows (or Wrong Side rows)
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
Make one more panel following the above
pattern for a total of 2 panels.
- 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.
- 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
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.
Hunting down just the right fabric, sewing machine, knitting needle, and even yarn is part of our wonderful hobby! There are so many places to search for these things from your local yarn shop, nation-wide craft stores, to online shops and websites. One unlikely place hobbyists may not think to look in is AMAZON.COM!
I have purchased many hard to find items that I was surprised Amazon carried, like this Pendant Yarn Cutter by Clover. They happen to carry many Clover items (heart them for sewing and knitting/crochet tools)! Along with OLFA rotary cutters, Gingher fabric sheers and much more! And for decent prices too.
They have an Arts, Crafts, and Sewing section! I especially like to find sewing supplies on here because they tend to have a large selection and for decent prices! But they carry anything from markers, colored pencils, drawing desks, and drawing pads to fabric markers, rotary cutters, and cutting mats! Stitch markers, crochet hooks, and even yarn and fabric. Ott-Lite crafting lamps, Dress Forms… And everything for your home crafting studio! Including Sewing Machines and Sergers!
Doing Your Shopping Online
I’m a big online shopper/browser for my fiber crafting needs. While looking for things like fabric and yarn are best done in person, shopping for machines, tools, notions, etc online can be a very efficient way of finding the perfect tool and for the best price. While there are so many wonderful sites out there, here are a few places to start:
Larger Knitting and Quilting Specialty Stores online like Fabric.com and Yarn.com.
Small Indie Yarn Shops Online like found on Etsy
Nation-Wide Craft Stores like Joann, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby
Big Box Stores like Target, Walmart, and Costco.
Are you a New Yorker? For more on where to buy Sewing, Knitting, or Crochet items in NYC, please check out my posts here in the Where To Buy section.
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!
by Just Crafty Enough
Space Invader Socks
by Aija Goto
by Man With A Jaw Harp
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.