How to knit seed stitch

Hello you lovely lot! I hope all is well in your world.

I’m so glad that the winter weather seems to have finally been driven out and we are starting to see the beautiful colours again.

 Beautiful Purple tulips

I wanted to share one of my favourite stitches today, seed stitch. I love the pretty pattern it creates. It may seem a littel fiddly at first as you swap between knitting 1 stitch and then purling 1 stitch, but once you get into a rhythm it just flies off the needles.

The stitch pattern depends on whether you have an even or odd number of stitches.

For an even number of stitches there is 2 rows to the pattern:
Row 1: K1, P1 across
Row 2: P1, K1 across

For an odd number of stitches there is only 1 row:
Row 1: K1, P1 across

And that’s all there is to it. Easy peasy!

I’d love to see some pictures of your seed stitch creations. Why not send them to me, katie@buttonsandpickles.com.

Have a lovely day,
Kx

How to knit a diagonal square

Howdy doody!

Lightening fast tutorial for you today. This will show you how to knit squares of the same size regardless of yarn size or tension.

This is particularly useful if you are trying to use your stash up.

You will need:

Yarn
Knitting needles
Tape measure

Instructions:

Cast on 2 stitches

1. K1, KFB
2. K1, KFB, K to end

Repeat row 2 until the side has reached the required measurement.

3. K1, K2tog, K to end

Repeat row 3 until you have 2 stitches left.

Cast off. Leave a longish tail to sew to other squares.

Using this method, you can create squares with different yarn weights that will all be the same size. The pic below shows a 5cm square in DK (pink) and a 5cm square in chunky (claret).

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Enjoy!

Kx

How to Make an Origami Box

Hi All,

I fancied a break from knitting the other day (shock horror!) and found a bunch of origami papers that I bought years ago. Here followed a few cranes and some lotus flowers, a jumping frog, the usual and then I remembered I needed something to put some easter treats in. Cue the origami box tutorial.

This box starts off with a piece of 12″ square cardmaking paper (picked this up from HobbyCraft, but you could also try Amazon) that I accented with some spring colours from my Pro Markers Set. The size of your card will affect the size of the finished box. The smaller you start the smaller the box and vice versa.

Instructions:

You will need to start with the coloured side of your paper facing down.  Fold in half horizontally, by bringing the bottom edge up to the top edge, crease and unfold. Fold in half vertically, by bringing the right side over to the left side, crease and unfold. Turn the paper so that you have a diamond shape.

Fold the bottom point of the diamond up to the centre and crease. Do NOT unfold. Repeat this all the way around so that you end up with a square shape again. Fold the right edge to the middle and the repeat with the left. You should now have a rectangle shape.

The paper starts getting a bit thick at this stage, so take your time and make sure the folds are sharp. Fold the bottom edge up to the middle line and then the top edge down. Undo all of the folds until you are left with two sides points folded into the middle ( 4th picture in the sequence below). You will need to do a reverse fold in the top left corner (5th and 6th picture below), make sure you crease it well. Repeat the crease on the top right hand side.

Bring both corners to the middle (as 1st picture below), then push this down into the box. The triangle at the top of the flap will become the base of the box (2nd picture below). Repeat the reverse fold on the corners and the prevous 2 steps and your box will be complete.

Give yourself a pat on the back and fill with goodies. Preferably edible goodies, which you can then eat. Om nom nom.

Happy boxing!

Kx

 

Giant cabled cowl

Hello all!

I found some lovely big, chunky yarn the other day whilst out shopping. It was the perfect excuse to get my 20mm needles out too, at last. R refused to come into the room until I had put them safely away as I looked like some kind of yarn crazed vampire hunter.

SMC super big wool in orange and 20mm knitting needles

If you too are itching for an excuse to use them and have a couple of hours to spare, try this pattern for a warm, cosy and above all enormous cowl. It is a cable pattern, and I doubt any of us have a cable needle this big, so check out YouTube for some tutorials on cabling without a cable needle. It’s a little scary at first but much quicker once you’ve got the hang of it.

You will need:

One ball SMC super big yarn ( I used shade 133)
One pair 20mm knitting needles
The biggest crochet hook you have, used for joining the two ends together ( I think I used a 9mm)

Cable abbreviations explained:

C10B – slip 5 stitches onto the cable needle, hold to the back of the work, knit the next 5 stitches from the left hand needle, knit the 5 stitches from the cable needle.
C10F – slip 5 stitches onto the cable needle, hold to the front of the work, knit the next 5 stitches from the left hand needle, knit the 5 stitches from the cable needle.

Instructions:

Cast on 20 stitches (use a cast on method with a bit of give)

1. Knit
2. Purl
3. C10B, C10F
4. Purl
5. Knit
6. Purl
7. Knit
8. Purl
9. Knit
10. Purl
11. Knit
12. Purl

Repeat these rows 4 times and loosely cast off.

Use the crochet hook to mattress stitch the cast on edge and the cast off edge together. I found it best to start on the end with the tail of yarn from the cast on and then match the stitches up from there.

Weave in ends and plonk over your head. You will have the warmest, cabliest neck in all the land.

Giant Cabled Cowl in bright Orange

Please do send me some pics of your finished cowl to katie@buttonsandpickles.com and I’ll get them in the gallery.

Until next time….

Kx