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Chunky Knit Pillow + The Creative Corner #167: DIY, Craft & Home Decor Link Party

Happy, happy Sunday, friends! It’s craft, DIY & home decor link party time – welcome to  The Creative Corner! I’m excited for another week of linking up your favourite projects.

Thanks so much to those of you that linked up your projects last week. So many of you are linking up and sharing your creations, and I love seeing all of your projects. Thanks for the inspiration!

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DIY Crafts, Knitting & Crochet

How to Make an Arm Knit Blanket with a Fringe (Video) #12MonthsofDIY

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

DIY Crafts, Knitting & Crochet, Life

Make an Arm Knit Scarf

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

Knitting & Crochet, Life

A Handmade Christmas: Knit Pearly Girly Mittens

Pearly Girly Mittens by The DIY Mommy

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.

Materials:

  • 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)
  • Cable Needle
  • 6 faux pearl buttons
  •  Scrap yarn
  • Yarn needle
  • 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

Pearly Girly Mittens by The DIY Mommy

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.

Pearly Girly Mittens by The DIY Mommy

The pattern

Ribbing:

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

Thumb Gusset:

Right Hand:

Round1: P12, work 19 st in Smocked Honeycomb pattern, P3, PM, M1, P1, M1, PM, P to end of round.

Left Hand:

Round1: P7, PM, M1, P1, M1, PM, P3, work 19 st in Smocked Honeycomb pattern, P to end of round.

Both Hands:

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).

Shaping Top:

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.

Thumb:

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.

Wrist Cord:

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.

Finishing:

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.

Pearly Girly Mitts pattern © 2008 Christina Marie Dennis of thediymommy.com
Christina has made every effort to produce a pattern void of any errors. If you find any, please contact Christina, and the pattern will be changed accordingly. This pattern for personal use only and is NOT for resale. This pattern may not be photocopied, or distributed in any hardcopy or electronic form without the written consent of Christina.

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Knit a Maternity Tank Top

by Christina Dennis

Knit a Maternity Tank Top by The DIY Mommy

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!

Knit a Maternity Tank by The DIY Mommy

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.

Knit a Maternity Tank Top by The DIY Mommy

THE PATTERN:

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

FLOWER:

LARGE PETAL (MAKE 5)
CO 7 st
Row 1 : Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, M1, K5, M1, K1
Row 4: Purl
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: K1, M1, K7, M1, K1
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: Knit
Row 10: K1, K2tog, K7, K2tog, K1
Row 12: Purl
Row 13: K1, K2tog, K5, K2tog, K1
Row 14: P
Row 15: K1, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K1
Row 16: Purl
Row 17: K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1
Row 18: Purl
Row 19: K1, K3tog, K1
Row 20: Purl
Row 21: K3 tog
BO

SMALL PETAL (MAKE 5)
CO 4 st
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, M1, K2, M1, K1
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K1, M1, K4, M1, K1
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: K1, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: K1, [K2tog] 2X, K1
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: K1, K2tog, K1
Row 12: Purl
Row 13: K3tog
BO

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.

Glam Bump Top pattern © 2008 Christina Marie Dennis of TheDIYMommy.com
Christina has made every effort to produce a pattern void of any errors. If you find any, please report them to christina(at)thediymommy(dot)com, and the pattern will be changed accordingly. This pattern for personal use only and is NOT for resale. This pattern may not be photocopied, or distributed in any hardcopy or electronic form without the written consent of Christina.

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