Knitted Round Dish Cloths


 I've been truly amazed by the popularity of the Almost Lost Washcloth pattern I've shared here. It just confirms my suspicion that I was attached to it for a reason - you don't have to be a knitter to love knitted round dish cloths! Most of these are knit on two needles then seamed together for one half the diameter of the resulting circle. So, although they look difficult, they are most certainly not. I recently spent some time knitting up some of the round cloths I've been meaning to get to. They're so great to have on hand for hostess gifts - especially with the holidays right around the corner. Here's a fun little round up of my favorites: One Ounce Lacy Round … [Read more...]

Fall in Love with Needle felting!

Needle Felted Wool Leaves Tutorial |

I love the onset of cooler weather in the fall. Many of you can look forward to kicking through large piles of colorful leaves, but here in Arizona, we have to make our own. :-) Even if you have plenty, why not needle felt fall leaves? If you've ever wished for a fiber hobby that gave instant gratification, (as opposed to knitting), this is it. You can dig yourself elbow deep into piles of colored wool and end up with a finished project in one sitting. Best of all, it's easy and forgiving. To give it a try, you'll need: a thick slab of foam. Mine is about 5 inches thick felting needles I used 38 gauge triangular wool roving in various colors NOT superwash because it … [Read more...]

Knit a Perpetual Pumpkin

free knit pumpkin pattern |

Who can resist a plump cabled pumpkin this time of year? Cables look way more impressive than warranted because they're actually quite simple! If you're new to cables, this free knit pumpkin pattern makes nice chunky ones, excellent for beginners. Knit in the round and shaped with basic knitting increases and decreases, your knit pumpkin is ready to stuff with no seaming required. You'll bring these pumpkins out every year, so the effort is well worth your crafting time. Gauge is not important for this project, although you should use a needle two sizes smaller than what's recommended for your yarn in order to keep fabric tight enough so stuffing won't show through. Depending on … [Read more...]

A Groovy Dishcloth Crochet Pattern

A Groovy Dishcloth Free Crochet Pattern |

I love how fast crochet can be - especially with worsted weight yarn. This groovy crochet dishcloth pattern sports a fun wavy pattern that looks difficult, but isn't at all! Materials: Worsted Weight Cotton in at least two colors: outline color and inner groove color(s) Crochet Hook, 5.0 mm (size H) Abbreviations: ch = chain sc = single crochet hdc = half double crochet dc = double crochet sl st = slip stitch Elongated stitch: for next stitch, insert hook into skipped stitch 2 rows below and pull up loop even with top of work, then pull yarn through both loops on hook.   Instructions: row 1: using outline color, chain 30 stitches. sc in 2nd ch from hook … [Read more...]

Scrappy Sock Ingenuity


My ongoing affection for scrappy projects was recently rekindled when I spied these fabulous Scrappy Happy socks from Andrea of the A Sunny Day for Bluej blog. She shared her project in our Ravelry group and sent me down the best kind of scrappy sock wormhole, searching for more information and how-to's. Andrea used a basic sock pattern and did her own sort of color alchemy to come up with the order of colors. Amazing result! I've knit socks from scraps before with different colors of leftover yarn and wasn't as thrilled with the result. Rather than having an end result that looked shabby chic and scrappilicious...I ended up with an unfortunate sort of thrift store, hobo wear. So … [Read more...]

Mini Almost Lost Washcloth Knitting Pattern

The Mini Almost Lost Washcloth Free Knitting Pattern |

I've discovered a very resourceful knitter who modified the Almost Lost Washcloth pattern into the most clever little makeup removal cloths. If you make washcloths or dishcloths, I'll bet you have plenty of cotton yarn leftovers that are just waiting to be transformed into these. I also think her modifications are written in such a way as to clarify the "knit back" on the Almost Lost Washcloth Pattern - so may be helpful to those of you who continue to find that confusing. Once you've done a couple, these are a snap to memorize, so you can whip them up anywhere - even without the instructions in front of you! Special thanks to Sandy, who graciously agreed to share her modifications on … [Read more...]

Vintage Pique’ Rib Baby Socks Knitting Pattern

Free Knitting Pattern - Vintage Pique Rib Socks |

Here's those socks I promised to match the Vintage Pique Rib Hat pattern I last posted! These are designed to fit a newborn but are stretchy enough that they'll grow with baby for awhile. Knit toe up, you can use every last bit of sock weight leftovers by making a taller or shorter cuff. Knit using your favorite method. size: newborn gauge: 9 stitches and 13 rows/inch in stockinette materials: Superwash Fingering Weight Sock Yarn 2.5 mm needles or size needed to achieve gauge (double points or long circular for magic loop knitting) Abbreviations:  kfb = knit in the front and back of the same stitch k2tog = knit 2 stitches together p2tog = purl 2 stitches together ssk … [Read more...]

Vintage Pique’ Rib Hat

Baby Knitting Pattern - Pique Ribbed Hat and Socks |

It seems I'm always looking for a new baby hat knitting pattern. This is the first pattern of a matching hat and sock set for newborns in a classic design. Pique' rib creates a texture that adds interest to solid yarns. The intersecting purl bumps also break up variegated yarns into interesting little dashes of color.  Happily, the nubby outside texture gives way to a smooth rib inside the hat to cradle the most tender little noggins. Note: The pique' rib stitch pattern is a 10 stitch repeat. You can adjust the circumference of the hat by adding or subtracting 10 stitches to your cast on. size: newborn gauge: 8 stitches per inch materials: approx 30 grams/130 yards … [Read more...]

Simply Basics: Wind a Center Pull Ball


Ever wonder how people hand wind such neat looking center pull balls? I wanted to learn to make those perfect little parcels myself and tried doing it around my fingers, but just made a mess.  I recently learned how to wind a center pull ball on a nostepinne - a tool originated in Sweden that makes the process a snap. Nostepinne's can be as simple and serviceable as a sanded dowel, or collectors items fashioned from beautifully turned exotic woods. Start by securing yarn by wrapping several times around the center of the nostepinne, then wrap up toward the top in a counter clockwise direction. Wrap about 5 or 6 times, each … [Read more...]

Bedazzle your Spinning!

Add beads to your spinning! |

Spinning with beads is such jazzy, dazzling fun. All those pretty glass baubles catching the light and making your handspun extra special! I get that you can string beads onto thread or yarn and ply it with handspun to get the effect, but always wondered how you'd accomplish it with singles. I recently investigated and gave it a trial run. It was so successful and joyously fun that I thought I'd share. You'll want to select some pretty beads and a large eyed tapestry needle that will fit through the hole in the beads: Pull off a staple length of fiber and twist and fold over the end in order to thread it onto the needle. Sounds impossible, but it's actually surprisingly easy. Once … [Read more...]