Lace Knitting, Sock Knitting and Crochet Lace Books

The postman was very kind and delivered all of these books I may have accidentally ordered. Ok, there was no accidentally about it. They called to me from the computer screen.

Now that the house move has finished I have my knitting time back. I’ll be reviewing these over the next couple of weeks so pop back and take a look.

Give in to your yarn demon!

Kx

How to Make a Knitted Bow

Morning all! I hope you had a lovely weekend.

It was my last weekend of moving this weekend. Hooray! Just a few bits left to unpack this end and then we can relax for a bit.

I confess to having got itchy yarn fingers over the weekend. 3 days of no crafting doth not make for a happy Katie. So I whipped up this little beauty. Hope you like it.

You will need:

Yarn – I used some DK I had in my stash
A pair of 4mm knitting needles
A darning needle.

Instructions:

Cast on 7 stitches, and work in stocking stich (knit one row, purl one row) for 24 rows. Cast off loosley.
Thread one loose end onto a darning needle sew the shorts ends together to form a band, weave in the remaing yarn on the needle.
Using the 2nd loose end, thread onto a darning needle ( you don’t have to do this, but it makes securing the end easier) and wrap tighltly around the middle of the band. When you have wrapped enough, secure the end to the bow.

You can pop these on a hair clip, sew them to your finished garments or sew them onto a crochet chain to make alternative bunting.

The world is your mini bow oyster!

Kx

How to Make an Easy Seed Stitch Knitted Bow

It’s Friday!!!! And I’ve gone mad for little knitted adornments. Can you tell?

Pom poms last week, butterflies on Monday, seed stitch bows on today, what will next week bring?

Here’s a quick tutorial to make a pretty seed stitch bow that you can put on pretty much anything. Ok, actually everything, why limit yourself!

You will need:

Yarn, the heavier the yarn the bigger the bow – I used Forsell Shamal 4ply
A pair of needles 0.5mm bigger than the recommended – I find this gives it a bit of drape but not too much. Use a smaller size if you want a stiffer bow.
A darning needle

Instructions:

Cast on 15 stitches. Knit 1, purl one to the end of the row. Repeat this row for a total of 30 rows. Cast off loosely, weave in all ends. Thread a length of yarn, approx 30cm, onto a darning needle. With the thumb and index finger of the hand not holding the needle, pinch the middle of the knitting so you get two even ridges. Sew the middle together with a few stitches and then wrap the remaining yarn aroung the middle of the bow. Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.

If you add a brooch back or even a safety pin to the back of these you can pin them to hats, bags, scarfs and change the look when you feel like it. Make lots and give them to your friends, lets start a bow revolution!

I’d love to see pictures of your bows and how you’ve used them. Pop over an see me on Ravelry where you can upload your pics and check out my other patterns.

May the bow be with you….

Kx

How to make a knitted butterfly

Happy Monday all! And what a beautiful day it is. The sun is shining and even the catpuss has ventured outside.

I’ve continued with the embellishment theme from last week. This week’s offering is a knitted butterfly. Nothing too fancy or complicated and you just need to know how to do the knit stitch. A little bit of sewing is involved but, given that I sew like I’ve got a pair of mittens on, it doesn’t have to be super neat.

You will need:

Dk yarn – I used King Cole Riot
A pair of 4mm needles
A darning needle

Instructions:

Cast on 40 stitches, knit for 16 rows and cast off loosely. Use one loose end to sew the two short ends together to make a circle. Using the other loose end, wrap it tightly around the middle of the band to make a bow shape. Tuck this end in.

Cut a long piece of yarn, approx. 45 cm, and thread onto a darning needle. Push the needle between the wrapped yarn and the band at the back of the butterfly, come out the other side and repeat to secure the end. Wrap this yarn around the middle of the bow shape like you did with the loose end to fatten the body up a bit.

Next put the needle between the loop of one side of the bow and bring it out in the centre of the side of the loop facing you. Pull up and turn the bow shape over so that the yarn on the needle is now at the back and the opposite side is facing you. The needle now goes back into the loop in the middle of the side facing you, ensure that the yarn on the needle is showing on the outside of the bow loop, and through the wrapped middle of the butterfly. It should pop out between the two sides of the opposite loop. Give a little tug and you should see the bow loop pull in in the middle, creating the two side wings of the butterfly. Repeat this process on the other side.

Once you have tugged the 2nd wing in and you are happy with the shape, you can pull the wings into shape, wrap the yarn a few more times around the body and secure the ends.

And there you have your butterfly!

Knitted butterfly

Happy flutterbys!

Kx