Monday, January 16, 2012
Note: I made this cell phone case as part of a gift for my Mom's birthday present, we have the same type of phone, so it made it pretty easy for me to do the sizing and such. This case was originally made for my 3 3/4 inch tall, 1 1/4 inch wide, phone. But it will fit any phone that's 4 1/2 inches tall to 2 1/2 inches wide. So pretty much any smart phones, anything you have. If could even work for the average sized camera. So...it's pretty roomy. (I wouldn't suggest making this for just an mp3 player)
Sieze: 5 inches tall
2 1/2 inches across
(But it's yarn...it stretches)
Yarn (Like...a 9th of a full skein, I used Red Heart Super Saver 312 Black)
Size 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles
1 Medium-smallish button (mine was 3/4" around and a bit of a struggle to fit, I'd suggest a 1/2" button)
1 Cable needle
1 Tapestry needle
1 yarn needle
1 large rounded pointed thing (example: A size 11 - 15 knitting needle)
1) Cast on 18 stitches.
2) Knit in stockinette stitch for 3/4 inch, end on RS.
3)Row 1: P4, k2, p6, k2, p4
Next Row 2: k4, p2, k6, p2, k4
Next Row 3: p4, k2, p6, k2, p4
Next Row 4: k4, p2, sl 3 (front), k3, k3 from cn, ps, k4
Rows 5, 7, and 9: p4, k2, p6, k2, p4
Row 6 and 8: k4, p2, k6, p2, k4
Row 10: k4, p2, sl 3 (front), k3, k3 from cn, ps, k4
Repeat from *~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~* down until your piece measures 9 inches total.
4) If you're on the RS, knit all the way across one row. Then the next row, purl. Continue in this fashion for Stockinette stitch.
If you're on the WS, purl all the way across one row. Then the next row, knit. Coninue in this fashion for Stockinette stitch.
5) Knit in stockinette stitch for 1 inch, or until your piece measures 10" long. Bind off.
6) Block overnight.
7) Slip the phone, camera, etc into your case, pin where you would like to sew. I have a 3 3/4 inch flap, which becomes 2 1/2 inches when the phone's in it. The depth of mine is 3 3/4 inches. This stays the same whether the phone's in it or not.
8) Using a yarn needle and the same yarn used for the case, sew the sides. You can learn to do this the way I did, here:
9) Using your tapestry needle, sew your button onto the case according to where you want the end of your flap to be. You can learn to do this the way I did, here:
10) To get a button hole, take your large circular pointed object, I used a size 15 knitting needle, and pierce it through the front flap of your case. Take your fingers and spread itsome. This should give a you a good sized button hole for a medium-smallish button.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Note: Hey! So over winter break I found a fabulous v neck sweater design to knit! So, I finished it a few weeks a ago, and I've finally decided to post it! I got it from the "Love of Knitting" magazine Fall 2011 edition. Unfortunately there's no boys in our family, I had to use a barbie head to model it. The one I made is in the smallest size which is child's 6-9 months. (You can find unknown terms in the pattern at the bottom) Enjoy!
1) 1 FULL skein of size 4 worsted yarn (I used the Red Heart Super Saver 305 Aspen Print the magazine version used 2-3 skeins of 7899 Cloudy Dawn Liberty Wool by Classic Elite yarns)
2) Size 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles
3) Yarn needle
Gauge: 21 sts and 28 rows = 4" (10 cm) in St st
Sizes: Child's 6-9 months (1 year, 2-3 years, 4-5 years)
Chest: 22 (24, 25, 26)"
Length: 10 (11, 12.5, 13.5)"
1) Cast on 58 (62, 66, 70) sts. Work in k2, p2 rib, ending with k2, for 2", ending with a WS row.Change to St st and work even until piece measures 6 (6.5, 7, 7.5)" from beg, ending with a WS row.
2) SHAPE ARMHOLES: Bind off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows; 50 (54, 58, 62) sts.
Next (dec) row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Next row: Purl
Repeat last two rows a total of 3 (3, 4, 4) times; 44 (48, 50, 54) sts. Work even until armholes measure 4 (4.5, 5.5, 6)". Bind off.
1) Work as for back to start of armhole shaping.
2) SHAPE NECK AND ARMHOLES: Bind off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows; 50 (54, 58, 62) sts. Mark center of row 25 (27, 29, 31) sts from each end.
Next (dec) row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1; join a second ball of yarn and work k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1,; 4 sts dec.
Working both sides separately at the same time, cont to dec at armhole edges every other row 2 (2, 3, 3) times more, and at neck edges every other row 10 (12, 12, 12) times more; 11 (11, 12, 14) sts, each side. Work even until piece measures same as back. Bind off.
1) Sew shoulder seams.
2) NECK TRIM: Wish RS facing, pick up and knit 72 (76, 84, 88) sts around neck opening, beg and end at point of V-neck. Work in k2, p2 ric for 1". Bind off. Lap ends and sew in place.
3) ARMHOLE TRIM: Wish RS facing, pick up and knit 52 (56, 64, 68) sts around armhole opening. Work in k2, p2 rib for 1". Bind off. Rep for opposite armhole.
4) Sew side seams. Weave in ends. Block.
St st: Stockinette stich
sl: slip stitch
ssk: (slip, slip, knit) slip 1 knitwise, slip 1 knitwise, k2, sl sts tog tbl (decrease)
RS: Right side
WS: Wrong side
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Note: Hey! So this bracelet is pretty much just...a cable. The whole thing is really just a cable (with a bordering). It's a great project to practice your cables on, and well, it's really cute! Plus, you can knit the ring smaller to make a napkin ring at the dinner table, you can knit it longer to have a purse strap, it could be a headband, there's countless ideas!
Size 8 (5.0mm) knitting needles
Medium (4) yarn (in the pictures, I used Andes Alpaca yarn in 730 Damson)
Cable needle (I used a size 2 (2.75mm) needle)
Yarn Sewing needle
Note: This stitch is crossed every six rows. (Multiple of 10)
1)Start off by casting on 10 stitches.
Rows 1 and 3: knit 2, purl 6, knit 2
Row 2: purl 2, knit 6, purl 2
Row 4: Purl 2, slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back or front depending on the direction you want, (I held mine in the front), knit 3, then knit 3 from cable needle, purl 2
Row 5: Knit 2, purl 6, knit 2
Row 6: Purl 2, knit 6, purl 2
Start back at Row 1 to continue!
3) Continue knitting the cable and occasionally wrap around you wrist to check for length. (mine was about 8 inches, I had a 5 1/2 in. circumference wrist)
4) When your cable is at a length that you like simply bind off.
Sewing it Together:
1) Thread your yarn needle (with same yarn), turn bracelet to the inside (non cable side)and simply sew the seams!
(If you don't know how to, a great link is:
2) Turn your bracelet inside out and enjoy!
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Note: These hats are particularly simple. The only skill required is the ability to knit both garter and purl stitch for the ribbed cuff. There is no increasing or decreasing. From the picture, I am seen wearing the multicolored hat, which was the Red Heart Super Saver 399 Fiesta Jewel. From the picture, the hat on the right was used with the Red Heart Super Saver 387 Soft Navy. Unfortunately, I do not know the yarn used for the white hat, but it is a scratchy mohair like yarn.
Size 11 knitting needles
Yarn (at least have 1/4 of skein)
yarn sewing needle
1) Cast on 60 stitches and knit a rib in a knit 2, purl 2 fashion for 2 1/2 inches.
2) Once done with the rib, knit in garter for 5 inches.
3) Once hat is 7 1/2 inches long, bind off.
Sewing it Together:
1) Take your rectangle and fold it in half. Be sure to fold it so that what's to be the inside of the hat, is now facing outwards. (We're going to fold it inside out in the end)Pin the edges of the hat with pins if you have them.
2) Take your sewing yarn (should be the yarn you used to knit with) and tie it to your sewing needle. Sew the seams.
3) You should now have a tube. Remove the pins if used. Next, to sew the top of the hat, tie yarn to your sewing needle, and at the top of the hat (about 1 cm from the top), insert your sewing needle and begin weaving the yarn in and out of the hat. Pull tightly on the yarn as you weave, there should be a drawstring effect. (weave in and out about every 3 stitches) Once back at the beginning, pull VERY tight, being sure to not sew below the drawstring line, begin stabbing and sewing the clump in every direction until the clump is very dense and compact. Take your yarn and wrap it around the dense clump 3 times, stab your needle through the middle of clump, and tie a knot. Cut off.
4) Flip your hat inside out! Yay! You're done!
Monday, November 21, 2011
Note: These gloves/mittens do not have stubs, as they have a thumb hole, and cut off at the fingers. Also, I like to use accessories for my projects, and without accessories, these might come off a bit plain. These fingerless glittens also happen to be about 13 inches long. Because the picture is not yet available, these glittens switch off from two colors, min are burgundy and navy blue, and are ribbed throughout the whole thing except on the tip near the finger cut off where this is about 3/4 inch stockinette.
Size 11 (8 mm) knitting needles
Size 8 (5 mm) knitting needles (used for stockinette cut off)
Two different yarn colors in size 4 worsted (I used Red Heart Super Saver 376 Burgundy and 387 Soft Navy)
Yarn sewing needle
Acessories such as buttons, clips, business buttons, ribbons, ect (optional, but hightly suggested for glitz and glam!)
GAUGE: 4 stitches = 1 inch ribbing; unstretched.
1) Start by casting on 24 stitches (on the size 11 needles/8 mm) and knit a rib in knit 2 purl 2 for 2 1/2 inches.
2)Once your first color is 2 1/2 inches long, cut yarn and tie on second color. Continue the knit 2, purl 2 rib for 3 inches.
3) Once your second color is 3 inches long (total piece being 5 1/2 in), cut yarn and tie on first color, knit in a knit2, purl 2 rib for 3 inches.
4) Once your third color is 3 inches long (t.p. being 8 1/2 in), cut yarn and tie on your second color. Knit in a knit 2, purl 2 rib for 3 inches. You should have a total of 4 color changes, 2 in your first color and 2 in your second.
5) For the stockinette edging, transfer your stitches onto size 8 needles (5 mm, and start your stockinette purling your first row. Knit in stockinette for 3/4 inches. Bind off.
1) Fold your rectangle in half length wise. Be sure to fold your piece with what you want to be out inside, facing outwards. (We're going to flip it inside out in the end)Also, if you own them, it's good to using sewing pins to pin the edges together so that they don't move while you're sewing.
2) Next, take your yarn (should be one of the two colors your used) and run it along the length the glitten three times. Once up the side, once down the side, and once again up the side. Tie your yarn to the needle, and begin to seam the edges. (If unsure how to seam, be sure to look up a thorough video, we want the seams to look pretty :)
3) Continue sewing until about 3 1/2 inches of the glitten are left. Tie a knot and cut off. Don't sew for about 1-1 1/2 inches. This is going to be your thumb hole. My personal glitten has about a little less than 1 1/2 inch thumb hole, which is pretty good for me. To be sure, place your hand inside the glitten, place your thumb where the thumb hole should be, and mark where you want the thumb hole to end. Once your thumb hole location is decided, tie on and continue sewing to the end. Take out pins (if used), fip your glitten inside out, and try on!
4) I must admit without customizing and or accessories, this particular piece comes off a bit plain! You may like it, but feel free to add ribbons, bows, buttons, clips, etc. this pattern is however just a base to your extensive imagination!
Original pattern by Emily Pritchard
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