One of my most favourite projects and the one that been the most popular on my blog this year is my arm knit blanket from January. As a cozy, final project for #12MonthsofDIY, I thought it would be perfect to re-visit this project, spruce it up a little, and share with you how to make an arm knit blanket with a fringe. Make sure to check out all of the other wonderful projects my blogging friends have made with our material this month – yarn!Continue reading
Welcome to a week of easy, handmade scarf tutorials. It’s Scarf Week – like Shark Week, but far less frightening! From today until Friday, I’ll share with you 5 super-duper-simple handmade scarf tutorials that would make great gifts for your friends and family this Christmas season. These are seriously easy to knock out. I made all 5 scarves in a couple of little girl nap times over two days!
The first DIY scarf I want to share with you is a cozy, chunky arm knit scarf. I love how mine turned out! I’ve always wanted to try arm knitting, and it’s everything I imagined it would be. It’s SO fast, and a lot of fun.Continue reading
Worldwide Knit In Public Day was founded in 2005 by Danielle Landes and takes place on the second Saturday of June each year. What began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy eachother’s company has now expanded in to a full week of Knit in Public festivities!Continue reading
I have a “thing” for cream coloured, lacey knits. When the weather dropped to minus 30°C a couple Christmases ago (this is common up here in Edmonton, Alberta!), I decided that I could use a new pair of warm, wooley mittens. Rather than buying a pair, I decided to design some using odds and ends from home. Et Voila! The Pearly Girly Mitts were born! These would make a great gift for the ultimate girly-girl in your life, or for yourself! These mittens feature a lacey ribbed edge, a feminine and practical tie around the wrist, a smocked pattern down the center, and they’re topped off with some lovely faux pearl button embellishments.
Yarn: 2 skeins Lamb’s Pride Worsted (85% wool/15% mohair) in White Frost or a similar worsted weight yarn
Needles: 4 Size 6 US (4 mm) double pointed needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
6 faux pearl buttons
Thread to sew on buttons
Sizes: Women’s size medium Gauge: 4.5 st = 1”
Abbreviations & Explanations:
K = knit YO = bring yarn over needle to create an extra eyelet stitch P = purl St st = stockinette stitch PM = place marker K2tog = knit two stitches together ssk = slip 1, slip 1, knit 2slipped stitches together M1 = make one stitch by inserting tip of left needle underneath the strand of yarn between two needles, place the lifted strand on the left needle, and knit the lifted strand, twisting to avoid leaving a hole Sl = slip Tie st = sl next 5 st on to cable needle, wrap yarn around these 5 st twice, then K1, P3, K1 from cable needle
Openwork Rib Pattern:
Round 1: K1, YO, ssk, P2 (repeat until end of round) Round 2: K3, P2 (rep to end of round) Round 3: K2tog, YO, K1, P2 (rep to end of round) Round 4: Same as R2 Repeat rounds 1-4 for pattern Smocked Honeycomb Pattern: Round 1 & 2: P3, *K1, P3*, rep from * to end of round Round 3: P3, *tie st, P3, rep from * to end of round Round 4, 5 & 6: As round1 & 2 Round 7: P3, K1, *P3, tie st, rep from * to end of round, ending last rep with K1, P3 Round 8: As round 2 Repeat rounds 1-8 for pattern.
Smocked Honeycomb Pattern:
Round 1 & 2: P3, *K1, P3*, rep from * to end of round Round 3: P3, *tie st, P3, rep from * to end of round Round 4, 5 & 6: As round1 & 2 Round 7: P3, K1, *P3, tie st, rep from * to end of round, ending last rep with K1, P3 Round 8: As round 2 Repeat rounds 1-8 for pattern.
CO 42 st evenly onto 3 double pointed needles. Work in Openwork Rib pattern until ribbing measures 2.5” from start. Next Round: K2tog, YO, rep to end of round. Next Round: Working in K3, P2 rib pattern, increase 4 st evenly across round
Round1: P12, work 19 st in Smocked Honeycomb pattern, P3, PM, M1, P1, M1, PM, P to end of round.
Round1: P7, PM, M1, P1, M1, PM, P3, work 19 st in Smocked Honeycomb pattern, P to end of round.
Round 2: P12, work 19 st in Smocked Honeycomb pattern, P to end of round (slip markers as you go) Round 3: Work in pattern as established (Smocked Honeycomb pattern in center front of mitten bordered by reverse stockinette stitching) to thumb gusset, M1, P to marker, M1, work in patt to end of round Rounds 4 & 5: Work evenly in patt as established Rep rounds 3 – 5 until you have 15 thumb gusset st between markers, ending with a Round 3. Next Round: Work in patt to thumb gusset, remove markers, place thumb st on scrap yarn, CO one st, cont in patt to the end of the round Cont in patt as established until mitten measures 6.5” from ribbing (or to desired length).
Discontinue Smocked Honeycomb pattern and work all st in reverse stockinette. Round 1: *P2, P2tog, repeat from *. Round 2 – 4: Purl. Round 5: *P1, P2tog, repeat from *. Rounds 6 – 8: Purl. Round 9: *P2tog, repeat from *. Cut yarn leaving a long tail. Thread tail onto yarn needle and draw through remaining st. Pull and fasten on the inside of the mitten.
Place thumb st onto 3 double pointed needles and pick up an extra stitch on both sides of the CO st. Work in reverse stockinette until thumb measures 2” from base. Next Round: *P2tog, rep from *. Cut yearn leaving a long tail Thread tail onto yarn needle and draw through remaining st. Pull and fasten on the inside of the mitten.
CO 3 st onto a double pointed needle and knit one row. Do not turn work. Push stitches to other end of the needles. Swap the RH needle with the LH needle, pull up the yarn and K the 3 st again. Rep for each row until cord measures 20”. Bind off. Thread knitted cord through eyelets created at the top of the ribbing. Tie in a bow where desired.
Sew 3 pearl buttons with needle and thread in the centers of the Smocked Honeycomb pattern (use picture as a guide). Sew in all loose ends. Block if desired.
Hello The DIY Mommy readers, this Anshu from Blooms And Bugs. I write about all things sewing over there, but sewing cool stuff for wee ones is what I love most. You could drop by my blog for tutorials for cools stuff like
This sweet little knitted maternity tank top was a pattern I designed pre-children – back when I had time to fiddle with knitting! It’s from my old knitting blog, and I’d like to offer it now to you free. I love the little flower embellishment on the neckline – this would be a cute little embellishment for just about anything!
The “Glam Bump Top” is an easy-to-knit, chic maternity knitted top. It’s knit in the round from top to bottom with no seaming and minimal shaping. Short rows in the front allow extra room for a growing Baby Bump. The simple stockinette stitch is accented by garter stitch detailing in the neck piece, the center panel and the bottom hem. The look is completed with an elegant knit flower accented with a button center. Knit in a light silk/mohair/wool blend, this piece is a perfect transitional top from summer to fall. A great gift for a mom-to-be or for yourself!
Materials • Yarn: 1000 (1000, 1500) Yards ArtFibers Sylph in colour #14 (or a similar sport weight yarn) • Needles: Size 5 US (3.75 mm) circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge) • 1/2” button to coordinate with yarn • Sewing needle & coordinating thread
Sizes Woman’s Sizes Small (32-34” bust), Medium (36-38” bust), and Large (40-42” bust) Top is designed to be fitted in the yoke and then very loose in bust & waist.
Gauge 22 s and 35 rows = 4”
Abbreviations & Explanations:
K = knit k2tog = knit 2 stitches together k3tog = knit 3 stitches together M1 = make a new stitch by knitting into the stitch below KF&B = make one stitch by knitting in front & back of stitch KF&B&F = make two stitches by knitting in front, back & again in the front of the stitch P = purl St st = stockinette stitch Garter stitch = in the round, alternating K and P rows PM = place marker Wrapping a stitch in a short row = Work to turn point, slip next stitch to R needle and bring yarn to front. Slip same stitch back to L needle. Turn work & bring yarn in position for next stitch, wrapping the stitch. Hide wraps in a K st when RS of top is worked in a K st as follows: on RS work to st before wrapped st. Insert R needle from front, under the wrap stitch and then into the wrapped stitch. K them together.
Directions are for Women’s Size Small. Stitch count for Medium & Large are in parenthesis.
Neck Piece: CO 120 st (132 st, 144 st) onto circular needles, join in round being careful not to twist stitches. PM at join. Work 8 rows in garter stitch (4 ridges) Next Row: K4, *K1, KF&B. Repeat from * to last 4 stitches. K4. 168 st (186 st, 204 st) Work 7 rows garter stitch (4 ridges) Next Row: K4, *K2, KF&B. Repeat from * to last 5 stitches. K4. 212 st (236 st, 260 st) Work 7 rows garter stitch (4 ridges)
Arm Holes: Next Row: Continuing in garter stitch pattern, work 24 st (28 st, 32 st), BO loosely 59 st (64 st, 69 st), work 48 st (56 st, 64 st), BO loosely 59 st (64 st, 69 st), work 24 st (28 st, 32 st). 96 st (112 st, 128 st) Next Row: In garter stitch, work 24 st (28 st, 32 st), CO 38 st (44 st, 50 st) using backwards loop method, work 48 st (56 st, 64 st), CO 38 st (44 st, 50 st) using backwards loop method, work 24 st (28 st, 32 st). 172 st (200 st, 228 st) Work 4 ridges garter stitch, ending with a knit row
Body: Make Ruffle: [KF&B&F, KF&B] 12X (14X, 16X), K 38 st (44 st, 50 st), [KF&B&F, KF&B] 24X (28X, 32X), K 38 st (44 st, 50 st), [KF&B&F, KF&B] 12X (14X, 16X). 316 st (368 st, 420 st) Next Row (beginning of St st body pattern with garter stitch panel in center front): K 60 (70, 80) back st, K 38 (44, 50) sleeve st, K 45 (55, 65), PM, P30, PM, K 45 (55, 65), K 38 (44, 50) sleeve st,K 60 (70, 80) back st Next Row: Knit Next Row: K to marker, P to marker (St st panel detail), K to end of round Work in pattern (St st with garter stitch panel in center front) until piece measures 10” from front neck top **Making baby bump: Next Row: K 60 (70, 80), K 38 (44, 50), PM, K 45 (55, 65), work 30 st garter st panel, K 45 (55, 65), wrap stitch and turn Next Row: P 45 (55, 65), work 30 st garter panel, P 45 (55, 65), wrap stitch (see explanation, top of page) and turn Next Row: K 45 (55, 65), work 30 st garter panel, K 45 (55, 65), K 38 (44, 50), K 60 (70, 80) Work 3 rows as per normal pattern** Repeat from ** to ** until front piece measures 19” from front neck top or desired length Next Row: Purl Next Row: Knit Repeat last 2 rows 6X BO loosely
Weave in loose ends & steam or wet block all petals. Position the 5 large petals evenly in a flower shape on the left side of the neckpiece of the garment (or on side preferred). Tack down petals with sewing needle & thread in center as well as outer edges so that petals will not fold. Position the 5 small petals evenly in a flower shape on top of the 5 larger petals. Tack down small petals with sewing needle & thread in center. Position button in center of flower and sew.
Finishing: Weave in all loose ends of garment. Steam or wet block if desired.