Knit your can a cozy {free pattern}

Can Cozy

It was one of those things that just happen, without much thought or planning. An empty can, some yarn and a couple of hours of free time.

The yarn is mystery
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The yarn is mystery yarn.  I think it has been in my mum’s house for the last 15 years.  I am guessing it is sports weight or a heavy fingering, but I can not confirm that.

I used less than half a partial skein.

Do you want to make one?

You will need:

A set of 2.5mm DPNs or circs

Some yarn (sport or fingering)

Can Cozy

 

My gauge was 6 stitches/inch.

Cast on 60 stitches. Join in the round, making sure it doesn’t twist.

Round 1: Knit

Round 2: Purl

Round 3: Knit

Round 4: Purl

 

Round 5 and 6: Knit

Round 7 and 8: *Knit 1, Purl 1*

Round 9 and 10: Knit

Round 11 and 12: *Purl 1, Knit 1*

 

Repeat rounds 5-12 until the knitting is almost the same length as your can.

Repeat rounds 1 to 4 once. Bind off and weave in all ends.

Now your can is nice and cozy and can keep your pens, pencils and scissors all in the same place.

Winter 2012 sale and running out of yarn

I am having a buy 2 get 1 free pattern sale.

coupon code WINTER2012 , valid until the 30th of November

Just click this link to check out my patterns, some of them are free too.

Meanwhile, I am just knitting a simple cardigan for my little one

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I am running really low on yarn and I am hoping to finish the second sleeve and knit a collar without running out.  I always hate having to buy an extra ball of yarn and only using very little of it, because then I never know what to do with a partial skein.

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I also finally finished the socks I started in September and gifted them to my mom.

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I also made another headband. I love knitting those, they are quick, addictive and very practical if you have a little girl with crazy hair.

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I have also been on a graphic novel kick recently.

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I was the birthday girl last Saturday 🙂

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If you follow me on instragram you would know that I love finding and taking pictures of fire hydrants.

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And pretending to be a tourist in Alexandria, Egypt too.

Are you on instagram? let me know what your handle is, I love following other crafty folk, I am jessyzz (with an extra z).

Newsflash Thursday

Because this is just a newsflash.
I finished last week’s socks
Toe up socks

Got a huge jar of Perler beads
Perler Beads
Made a coaster
Perler Beads Coaster

And a bracelet
leather and floss

And knit a headband
Rainbow Headband

Oh and the Hexacket Hat Pattern has been released.
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It is available at Ravelry and Craftsy

Ribby Tote {Pattern Release}

It is always exhilarating when I release a new pattern. I always feel like saying “My job here is done” out loud. Weeks of work (designing, knitting, pattern writing and testing) are complete and it is ready.

This tote is knit in one piece top down, with no seaming. It is a fun knit without being too complex or boring and at the end you get a pretty tote that you can use as a market bag or as an every day bag. You can use leather handles or rings or whatever floats your boat.

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You can find it on Etsy, Craftsy and Ravelry.

Rainbow Drops {Free Pattern}

I had this idea.  I have a lot of those.  Ideas I mean.  They just pop into my head at the most inconvenient times ever.  This particular idea materialized while I was knitting the Tella Sundress, which was not a good time for ideas to come up.  This idea had to do with white yarn and rainbow yarn. Oh, and bobbles.

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But I am a good girl (or I like to pretend I am) and dutifully finished the dress and took out my yarn and looked it. Bobbles, rainbow yarn and a white canvas. What would you do?

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I made a little clutch.

Rainbow Drops

I am in love with it. Not the actual thing and not crocheting it. I just love the texture and the little bursts of color changing all the time. I lined it and added a zipper but I don’t really want to use it. I don’t think I even want it. I just wanted to see those rainbow bobbles. I wanted to watch them form.

Do you want to make one?
You really should.
I mean every crocheter should do this at least once in a lifetime.
Yeah you know you want to, so here is how.

Materials

2 balls of sport weight yarn one in a solid color and one in a varriegated color (rainbows on white are awesome as you can see)

3mm hook

tapestry needle

scissors

zipper and fabric for lining (optional)

Glossary

SC Single Crochet

HDC Half Double Crochet

SCINC 2 Single crochet stitches in same stitch

RB Rainbow Bobble *yarn over, insert your hook in the stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over once more and draw it through the first 2 loops on your hook* repeat 4 times

* .. * Stitches between asterisks should be repeated

[ … ] number between square brackets indicates number of stitches

The Base

The base is a basic oval done in single crochet while turning after every round.

Start with the solid color and chain 31.

Round 1 : Turn the chain and work 30 SC in the back ridge of the chains. Slip stitch into first chain to
form the first round [60 stitches]
Round 2: SC in the next 30 stitches. 3 SC in turning chain. SC in the next 30 stitches. 3 SC in Slip
stitch. Slip stitch into first SC, turn and chain 1 [66sc]
Round 3: SCINC in next 3 stitches . SC in the next 30 stitches. SCINC in next three stitches. SC in the
next 30 stitches. Slip stitch into first SC, turn and chain 1 [72sc]
Round 4: SC in the next 30 stitches. *SCINC, SC* (3 times) in the next 6 stitches. SC in the next 30
stitches. *SCINC, SC* (3 times) in the next 6 stitches. Slip stitch into first SC, turn and chain 1 [78sc]
Round 5: *SCINC, 2 SC* (3 times) in next 9 stitches . SC in the next 30 stitches. *SCINC, 2 SC* (3
times) in next 9 stitches. SC in the next 30 stitches. Slip stitch into first SC, turn and chain 1 [84sc]
Round 6: SC in the next 30 stitches. *SCINC, 3 SC* (3 times) in the next 12 stitches. SC in the next 30
stitches. *SCINC, 3 SC* (3 times) in the next 12 stitches. Slip stitch into first SC, turn and chain 1
[90sc]

 

Sides

The first and third rounds are worked with the right side facing, while the bobble rounds are worked with the wrong side facing.  The yarn is carried from one bobble to the next.  All HDC stitches are made using the first color and only the bobbles are made with the second color.

Round 1: HDC in each stitch all around, slip stitch into first HDC to join the round, turn.

Round 2: CH 1, *HDC in the next 5 stitches, RB in next stitch using second color*, slip stitch into first HDC to join the round, turn.

Round 3: HDC in each stitch all around, slip stitch into first HDC to join the round, turn.

Round 4: CH 1, HDC in the next 2 stitches, *RB in next stitch using second color, HDC in next 5 stitches * , RB in next stitch using second color, HDC in next 3 stitches, slip stitch into first HDC to join the round, turn.

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Keep the second color in the front and the first color in the back when working on the bobbles.
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Don’t worry about the loop from the main yarn becoming loose you will tighten it later.
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Once you are done with the bobble, push the yarn back to the front, and take the main color from underneath it.
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Tug the main yarn slightly to tighten the loop.
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See how simple it is?
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That is it.
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Keep the yarn tension even so the fabric doesn’t pucker.
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Don’t those floats look cute too.
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Repeat rounds 1 – 4 until the case is the desired height.  Work round 1 one more time.  You may use the second color and work one more round of SC for a border.  Finish off.

Finishing

Weave in ends and make a zippered lining or just add a zipper the quick and dirty way.

Sploshy Washcloth {Free Pattern}

Sploshy WashclothsBefore I learned crocheting or knitting I couldn’t understand why someone would want to use pretty hand crocheted or hand knit washcloths or dishcloths.  It didn’t make any sense.  I could just buy a much cheaper version from the store and I wouldn’t feel sad when they got dirty or fell apart.

That was of course until I crocheted my own and then knit my own.

First of all knitting or crocheting them is a great way for beginners to learn new stitches and improve their skills without worrying about ruining expensive yarn and they are quick to finish and don’t use up a lot of yarn.

I like my dishcloths on the smallish side and I like them textured too.  It is also best to use 100% cotton because it is really absorbent and hey that is what washcloths need to do right?

 

The yarn I used is mystery cotton but I am guessing it is light worsted or DK weight.

Materials

2 stitch markers

Tapestry needles

Size 6 (4mm) needles

A skein of worsted weight ( my 50gm ball made two washcloths and I still had leftover yarn)

Pattern

Cast on 35 stitches

Row 1 – 8 : Knit

Place stitch markers after the 4th stitch and before the last 4 stitches to mark the garter border.
For all rows knit to the first stitch marker and continue with pattern below, and then knit from the second stitch to the end.

Row 9: Knit

Row 10: *K1,P1*, K1

Row 11: Knit

Row 12: *P1, K1*, P1

Repeat rows 9 – 12, 9 more times

Repeat rows 1 – 8 once.

Bind off and weave in any ends.

 

That’s it.

Of course you could make a cup of coffee and cast on another one.

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Bunnies {free pattern}

I am obsessed with trying to find ways to use up scraps of yarn and leftover partial skeins. If you don’t believe me or haven’t been following long enough you can check these out: Pencil Sleeves, Curvy Pouch, Picture Frames, Pencil Toppers and Coasters.

I have been wanting to make bunnies for a long time and yesterday the idea just popped in my head and I made a bunny.

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And because bunnies need friends, I made another one.
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I even caught them telling each other secrets.
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So do you want to make a bunny

Pattern

Materials

 

DK weight yarn (You can use any weight of yarn, just use needles two sizes smaller than the ball band suggests, so the stuffing doesn’t show)

Size US 2 DPNS

Tapestry needle

Microfilling (or anything you would like to use for stuffing)

Scrap embroidery floss or yarn for embroidering the eyes and nose.

Abreviations

Kfb Knit front and back in the same stitch

K2tog Knit two stitches together.

* … * repeat stitches between the asterisks

Instructions for the body

Cast on 6 stitches, arrange on 3 needles, join in the round and mark the first stitch.

Round 1: Kfb all stitches (12 stitches)

Round 2: *Kfb, K1* (18 stitches)

Round 3: *Kfb, K2* (24 stitches)

Round 4: *Kfb, K3* (30 stitches)

Round 5: *Kfb, K4* (36 stitches)

Round 6: *Kfb, K5* (42 stitches)

Round 7: *Kfb, K6* (48 stitches)

Round 8: *Kfb, K7* (54 stitches)

Round 9: *Kfb, K8* (60 stitches)

Round 10: *Kfb, K9* (66 stitches)

Round 11 – 21 : Knit all stitches around. (66 stitches)

Round 22:*K2tog, K 9* (60 stitches)

Round 23:*K2tog, K 8* (54 stitches)

Round 24:*K2tog, K 7* (48 stitches)

Round 25:*K2tog, K 6* (42 stitches)

 

Now would be a good time to embroider the face and stuff the bunny half full.

 

Round 26:*K2tog, K 5* (36 stitches)

Round 27:*K2tog, K 4* (30 stitches)

 

Add some more stuffing

 

Round 28:*K2tog, K 3* (24 stitches)

Round 29:*K2tog, K 2* (18 stitches)

 

Add some more stuffing

 

Round 30:*K2tog, K 1* (12 stitches)

Round 31:*K2tog* ( 6stitches)

 

Add more stuffing if you can.

 

Cut off a long tail and using a tapestry needle thread through the remaining stitches, pull tight and weave in ends.

Instructions for the ears [Make 2]

Cast on 6 stitches, arrange on 3 needles, join in the round and mark the first stitch.

Round 1: Kfb all stitches (12 stitches)

Round 2: *Kfb, K3* (15 stitches)

Round 3: *Kfb, K4* (18 stitches)

Round 4: *Kfb, K5* (21 stitches)

Round 5: *Kfb, K6* (24 stitches)

Round 6 – 16 : Knit all stitches around

Round 17: *K2tog, k6* (21 stitches )

Round 18: *K2tog, k5* (18 stitches )

Round 19: *K2tog, k4* (15 stitches )

Round 20: *K2tog, k3* (12 stitches )

Round 21: *K2tog, k2* (9 stitches )

Bind off, leaving a long tail.

Finishing

Sew the ears on the bunny and weave in any remaining ends.

Make a pompom and sew it on as a tail.