14 7 / 2014

07 7 / 2014

Crochet Beach Bag
A simple, easy and fast project for this summer. I made this bag using old t-shirts and a chunky crochet hook, and love how it turned out, not too bad for a two-afternoon project!
Pattern up later this week! Stay tuned to get it.

30 6 / 2014

Yuko Shimizu Illustration
A beautiful knitting illustration by Yuko, I just don’t know about those needles…

Yuko Shimizu Illustration
A beautiful knitting illustration by Yuko, I just don’t know about those needles…

25 6 / 2014

Big Cozy Cowl Illustration
An illustration of my Big Cozy Cowl. Sorry I cannot give you a direct link to the written pattern or to the images, but I’m out of the country and working in my iPad, and can’t quite figure things out here on the tumblr app… But you can check out my tumblr and scroll down, you should find the posts easily!

Big Cozy Cowl Illustration
An illustration of my Big Cozy Cowl. Sorry I cannot give you a direct link to the written pattern or to the images, but I’m out of the country and working in my iPad, and can’t quite figure things out here on the tumblr app… But you can check out my tumblr and scroll down, you should find the posts easily!

20 6 / 2014

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This pattern is available for one size only. I would say is maybe a 10 or 12 UK size. If you want to know how to make it follow the next instructions:

What you need:

Thin yarn

Stitch markers

Straight needles size 5mm

Circular needles size 5mm

Stitch holder

Tapestry needle

LEFT SIDE

On your straight needles, CO 4 stitches

Row 1: (wrong side) P4

Row 2: (right side) K4

Row 3: P4

Row 4: K4

Row 5: P3, M1, P1

Row 6: K5

Row 7: P4, M1, P1

Row 8: K6

Row 9: P5, M1, P1

Row 10: K7

Row 11: P6, M1, P1

Row 12: K8

Row 13: P7, M1, P1

Row 14: K9

Row 15: P8, M1, P1

Row 16: K10

Row 17: P9, M1, P1

Row 18: K11

Row 19: P10, M1, P1

Row 20: K12

Row 21: P11, M1, P1

Row 22: K13

Row 23: P12, M1, P1

Row 24: K14

Row 25: P13, M1, P1

Row 26: K15

Row 27: P14, M1, P1

Row 28: K16

Row 29: P15, M1, P1

Row 30: CO4 stitches, K all stitches

Break the yarn and put your work on a stitch holder, leave it aside for now.

RIGHT SIDE

On your straight needles CO4 stitches

Row 1: (wrong side) P4

Row 2: (right side) K4

Row 3: P4

Row 4: K4

Row 5: P1, M1, P3

Row 6: K5

Row 7: P1, M1, P4

Row 8: K6

Row 9: P1, M1, P5

Row 10: K7

Row 11: P1, M1, P6

Row 12: K8

Row 13: P1, M1, P7

Row 14: K9

Row 15: P1, M1, P8

Row 16: K10

Row 17: P1, M1, P9

Row 18: K11

Row 19: P1, M1, P10

Row 20: K12

Row 21: P1, M1, P11

Row 22: K13

Row 23: P1, M1, P12

Row 24: K14

Row 25: P1, M1, P13

Row 26: K15

Row 27: P1, M1, P14

Row 28: K16

Row 29: P1, M1, P15

Row 30: K all stitches, CO4 stitches.

Put your whole work on your straight needles, with both CO stitches side by side, we’ll start knitting on the wrong side.

Row 31: P42

Row 32: K42

Row 33-37: Repeat rows 31 & 32

Row 38: K2, *K2tog, K4* end with K2

Row 39: P3, *YO, P5* end with P2

Row 40: K42

Row 41: P42

Row 42: K5, *K2tog, K4* end with K5

Row 43: P6, *YO, P5* end with P5

Row 44: K42

Row 45: P42

Repeat from row 38 to 45, 2 more times.

Then repeat rows 38, 39 & 40.

Row 46: P1, M1, P40, M1, P1

Row 47: K6, *K2tog, K4* end with K6

Row 48: P1, M1, P6, *YO, P5* end with P5, M1, P1

Row 49: K46

Row 50: P1, M1, P44, M1, P1

Row 51: K4, K2tog, K5, *K2tog, K4* end with K5, K2tog, K4

Row 52: P1, M1, P4, YO, P6, YO, *P5, YO* end with P6, YO, P3, M1, P1

Row 53: K50

Row 54: P1, M1, P48, M1, P1

Row 55: K3, K2tog, K5, K2tog, *K4, K2tog* end with K5, K2tog, K3

Row 56: P1, M1, P3, YO, P6, *YO, P5* end with P6, YO, P2, M1, P1

Row 57: K54

Row 58: P1, M1, P52, M1, P1

Row 59: K8, K2tog, K5, K2tog, *K4, K2tog* end with K5, K2tog, K8

Row 60: P1, M1, P8, YO, P6, YO, *P5, YO* P6, YO, P7, M1, P1

Row 61: K58

Row 62: P1, M1, P56, M1, P1

Row 63: K7, K2tog, K5, K2tog, *K4, K2tog* end with K5, K2tog, K7

Row 64: P1, M1, P7, YO, P6, *YO, P5* end with P6, YO, P6, M1, P1

Row 65: K62

Row 66: P1, M1, P60, M1, P1

Row 67: K5, K2tog, K5, K2tog, K5, K2tog, *K4, K2tog* end with K2tog, K5, K2tog, K5, K2tog, K5

Row 68: P1, M1, P5, YO, P6, YO, P6 *YO, P5* end with P6, YO, P6, YO, P4, M1, P1

Row 69: K66

Row 70: P1, M1, P64, M1, P1

Row 71: K4, K2tog, K5, K2tog, K5, K2tog, *K4, K2tog* end with K5, K2tog, K5, K2tog, K4

Row 72: P1, M1, P4, YO, P6, YO, P6, YO *P5, YO* end with P6, YO, P6, YO, P3, M1, P1

Row 73: K70

Row 74: P1, M1, P68, M1, P1

Put your work on a stitch holder.

On your straight needles CO4 stitches

Repeat from row 1 to 17 from the LEFT SIDE.

CO 10 stitches, K all stitches.

Break the yarn and leave that work on another stitch holder.

On your straight needles CO4 stitches

Repeat from row 1 to 17 from the RIGHT SIDE.

K all stitches, CO 10 stitches

Place both on your straight needle, with the CO stitches side by side.

Row 18: K42

Row 19: P42

Rows 20-56: Repeat rows 18 & 19

Row 57: P1, M1, P40, M1. P1

Row 58: K44

Row 59: P1, M1, P42, M1, P1

Row 60: K46

Row 61: P1, M1, P44, M1, P1

Row 62: K48

Row 63: P1, M1, P46, M1. P1

Row 64: K50

Row 65: P1, M1, P48, M1, P1

Row 66: K52

Row 67: P1, M1, P50, M1, P1

Row 68: K54

Row 69: P1, M1, P52, M1. P1

Row 70: K56

Row 71: P1, M1, P54, M1, P1

Row 72: K58

Row 73: P1, M1, P56, M1, P1

Row 74: K60

Row 75: P1, M1, P58, M1. P1

Row 76: K62

Row 77: P1, M1, P60, M1, P1

Row 78: K64

Row 79: P1, M1, P62, M1, P1

Row 80: K66

Row 81: P1, M1, P64, M1. P1

Row 82: K68

Row 83: P1, M1, P66, M1, P1

Row 84: K70

Row 85: P1, M1, P68, M1, P1

Transfer your whole work to your circular needles, placing a stitch marker in between them and at the beginning/end. Your front side stays at the back, we’ll start knitting the back side first. 

Row 86: Ktbl all stitches until stitch marker // Ktbl9, K2tog tbl, Ktbl5, K2tog tbl, Ktbl5, K2tog tbl, *Ktbl4, K2tog tbl* end with Ktbl5, K2tog tbl, Ktbl5, K2tog tbl, Ktbl9

Row 87: K all stitches until stitch marker // K9, YO, K6, YO, K6, YO *K5, YO* end with K6, YO, K6, YO, K10

Row 88: Ktbl all stitches // Ktbl all stitches

Row 89: K all stitches // K all stitches

Row 90: Ktbl all stitches // Ktbl6, K2tog tbl, Ktbl5, K2tog tbl, Ktbl5, K2tog tbl, *Ktbl4, K2tog tbl* end with Ktbl5, K2tog tbl, Ktbl5, K2tog tbl, Ktbl6

Row 91: K all stitches // K6, YO, K6, YO, K6, YO, *K5, YO* end with K6, YO, K6, YO, K7

Row 92: Ktbl all stitches // Ktbl all stitches

Row 93: M1, K all stitches, M1 // K all stitches

Repeat from row 86 to 93, 2 more times.

Row 94: Ktbl all stitches

Row 95: K all stitches

Row 96: Ktbl all stitches

Row 97: K all stitches

Row 98: Ktbl all stitches

Row 99: K all stitches

Row 100: Ktbl all stitches

Row 101: K all stitches

BO all stitches. With a strain of yarn and tapestry needle you can go around the edge of the neck, only if it’s too messy because of the CO stitches, mine was, so I had to go around those stitches. Weave all the ends and don’t forget to block your piece, in this project this step is very important, the blocking will make your top wearable!

Now YOU ARE DONE!!! 

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Knitted Summer Top

 

17 6 / 2014

KNITTED SUMMER TOP

I had been thinking about knitting a top for quite a while, I had lots of ideas in mind and didn’t want to jump on it until I was 100% sure what i wanted it to look. I definitely wanted it to have holes and for it to be kinda more rock & roll… So this is what I came up with,  I have to say this knitting project was a really fun one! I enjoyed working on it a lot, I feel like I get very impatient mid project, specially when the pattern doesn’t have much changes, but this one went really easy and It didn’t take me that much time to finish.

I really love how it turned out, it’s just how I imagined it. When I thought about knitting a top, I wanted something really fun, something you could wear maybe to a summer festival, a party, a concert, a night or day out… I didn’t want that perfect knitted top.. you know, with the nice cute edges, maybe even some crochet work in it… Because to be honest, that’s what comes to my mind when I think about it, but instead I tried to make something fun to make and something you would actually want to wear. 

The written pattern will be up later this week for those of you interested in knitting this project, as always it will be free!

15 6 / 2014

10 6 / 2014

This neck wrap is a very easy and fast crochet project. Let’s get to it:

What you need:

Bulky yarn (3 different colours)

Crochet hook size 8mm

4 buttons

The first step is to chain 100 stitches with your first coloured yarn. Make sure your chain is nice and loose, otherwise it gets a bit difficult to insert your hook while you’re working.

 We’ll be working with the “half double crochet stitch”.

This stitch calls to yarn over once, then insert your crochet hook inside the third chain from the hook. Yarn over again and pull that trough. Again yarn over and pull it through all 3 stitches.

Repeat this step in all chains from the row.

When you get to end of the row, chain 2. Flip your work over, and start the same stitch again, doing the half double crochet stitch in all chains. Don’t forget to chain 2 at the end of each row. After 3 rows, and before you chain your 2 stitches, change yarn colour. Then continue the same steps.

After 2 rows with the second colour, change yarn again, and crochet with that colour 1 row.

Switch to the first colour you used and crochet with it for 1 more row (leave a 5” tail at the end).

Then change to the second colour and do another row.

Change again to the third colour and crochet 2 rows.

And finally change to the first yarn colour and crochet 3 rows.

After all rows are completed your work should look like the image above.

With the tail you left in a previous row, we’re gonna do a little loop for the buttons. Tie a knot with it to the closest stitch from the tail, make sure it’s really tight and secure. And also pay attention to the loop, it needs to be a little bit smaller than your buttons.

After this, sew your buttons in the opposite side to the loop, leave an inch of space between them.

Now, all you have to do is weave all ends and YOU ARE DONE!!

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Neck wrap

05 6 / 2014

 NECK WRAP

This weeks project is a crocheted Neck Wrap. I don’t usually do crochet, personally I prefer knitting always, I feel a lot more free while knitting, but I have to admit some crochet projects are really interesting and beautiful. 

So I came up with this Neck Wrap, if you are starting at crochet or even knitting, this is a perfect project. The written pattern is the easiest ever, and you’ll finish sooner than you think. As I said, I don’t do crochet often, I’m not great at it and I’m not very fast.. and even so I finished this project in one afternoon!! 

It is super cozy and soft to the touch. And I know summer is almost here, and maybe a neck wrap isn’t appealing to make right know. But unfortunately, some of us aren’t lucky enough to live in a warm and sunny place… Sun here doesn’t always means warm, and sometimes you find yourself looking for this kind of pieces to go through your day. That’s just how it is..  so I really hope some of you find this project interesting and give it a try!

As always the written pattern, click here to get it:

Neck Wrap pattern

31 5 / 2014

Love this palette!! #knitting #bulkyyarn #yarn #colourpalette

Love this palette!! #knitting #bulkyyarn #yarn #colourpalette