Modern Quilted Potholders

This quilted potholder tutorial uses stacked coins to create modern potholders perfect for any kitchen. These would also make cute placemats or mug rugs! |

Two years ago, I made Carli an apron and potholders for Christmas. This project consisted of several firsts for me. I’d never attempted an apron. I’d never made potholders. I certainly had never used bias tape! Using a sweet little heart shaped pattern by Martha Stewart, I created the following potholders. Being my first, they weren't perfect, but they were perfectly functional and they matched her new apron.  With a family of six, Carli’s potholders have taken a beating. Every time we go to her house for dinner, I see the potholders and am secretly embarrassed by my beginner sewing. When I tell her she needs new ones she gives me a little wink and says “Yeah, I … [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 and each … [Read more...]

Laminated Cotton Gift Roundup

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A recent reupholster job of my son's craft table left me wondering what other projects I could make with laminated cotton. I've been playing around with the material for the last few weeks, making a few of Carli's reusable snack baggies and some wet bags for cloth diapers. There are a lot of great Sew and No-Sew ideas on Pinterest for using laminated cotton. Here are a few reasons why laminated cotton is so great. - It wipes clean with a damp cloth, and is washable in the sink, dishwasher, and washing machine. - It is water resistant. (Makes a great rain coat!) - It is pliable, unlike it's previous versions. You can fold it up and store it in your car or RV. - It is 100% food … [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...]

Featured: Designer – DrFrankKnits

fighter jets

I had to do two double-takes when I first spied DrFrankKnits creations. Are those knitted? Why yes - yes they are! These little 3D gizmo's are phenomenal! I was both tickled and inspired when I happened upon the creative inventions found on her blog - From the Needles of DrFrankKnits.  The Free Pattern Friday feature will keep me coming back for more! I couldn't resist contacting this inventive designer to get the scoop on her ingenuity: DrFrankKnits - We're so inspired by your playful sense of design! Where do you get your inspiration? "The inspiration for my designs comes from everywhere – literally! I consider myself a sort of sculptor, and like a sculptor, my … [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...]

Protect Your Peepers!

Simply Notable Sunglass Case Tutorial

My husband and I bought some pricey sunglasses before we left for our honeymoon two years ago. I was hoping that a higher price would equal quality and I've found that to be true. However, since my over-sized sunglasses do not fit into the protective sunglass cases sold in stores, mine are often tossed into my purse without protection, resulting in some lens scratches. I’ve decided that making my own sunglass case is the best solution for keeping them around a little longer. Better late than never, I suppose. :-/ Here is what you will need to make your own case: 8” x 8” fabric for outside* 8” x 8” fabric for the lining* 2- 8” x 8” fusible fleece* 3” x 6.5” fusible interfacing … [Read more...]

Pencil Pouch Tutorial

Zippered Pencil Pouch Tutorial by

One good thing about my son being in year round schooling is that I have more time than most parents to think about what I can do for a teacher appreciation gift. Connor’s year of Kindergarten is coming to an end this week so it was time for me to get the gears turning. I wanted to make his teacher something that she could actually use, and something that {hopefully} no one else thought of. I selected some of my favorite coordinates to make her a handy zippered pencil pouch, and I'll show you how to make one too! What you’ll need: 3 coordinating fat quarters (or scraps) 1 piece of fusible fleece, 4.5” x 18” *you may substitute quilt batting and basting spray 9” … [Read more...]