I was going through all my knitting books & found this nice vintage booklet on Fluff Rugs. It’s from the Lily Mills Company, Book 600. I have no idea how to make these but I might try it one day. If anyone is interested in these type of rugs I downloaded the book in a PDF file. Here are some of the rugs featured in the book.
The rugs look really nice & it’s a great book for anyone who has experience making them! Click on the picture below for the PDF file:
So I never thought of looking at Home Depot for crochet materials. It just never occurred to me to look there for twine. Well my co-worker who also is an amazing crocheter found some household twine there & made a purse with it! It’s made of cotton & polyester so it’s really soft & not rough like your traditional twine. I went out & bought some rolls & crocheted a basket with a pattern I have been working on. I love how easy it is to work with & it’s really sturdy. I imagine it would be great for rugs, bags & other cotton projects. For my basket I held 2 strands together & it was perfect for me. Here is a pic of the twine:
It’s $2.57 a roll & for that particular brand this is the only color. But they have a bunch of other ropes & twine that I am going to try out too.
This is the basket/planter I made with it:
Just click on the picture for a PDF file of the pattern.
Is anyone wondering what type of plant that is???? Well that is my very high maintenance Gardenia I bought in FL last year. I only got 1 flower from it which smelled amazing & looks like it may be my only flower. I am just happy it’s still alive. 🙂
I just found these 2 awesome vintage patterns & I just had to share them with everyone! They look a little complicated. When I have time I am going to try tackling one of them. By the looks of the pattern it will probably be finished next summer! 🙂
The first one is a dress:
White Gown Vintage Pattern
How pretty is that!
The next one is a filet crochet pattern:
Filet Crochet Smock Vintage Pattern
Too bad I just found them now. I would’ve loved it for this summer. If anyone makes one I would love to hear about it & see the finished product!! Just click on each picture for a PDF pattern 🙂 Enjoy!!
I wanted to share with everyone this twill stitch I just discovered. Some of you may know it but I never saw it knitted this way. It took me a while to figure it out but once you get the hang of the pattern it knits up fast. I want to make a really long skinny scarf so I only casted on 30 stitches. I am nowhere near finishing it but I will show you the work in progress. Here it is:
The pattern consists of only 2 rows! Here it is:
CO any even number of stitches.
Row 1: K2, *inserting right hand needle from back to front between the first 2 stitches on left hand needle, K the 2nd st, then K the first skipped stitch, drop both sts from left handed needle; repeat from * to within 2 sts of end of row, K these 2 sts plain.
Row 2: P1, *skip 1 st, P the following st, P the skipped st and slip both sts from the left needle; repeat from * to last st, P1.
The problem I ran into was the first row. For some reason after I knitted the 2nd then the 1st skipped stitch I ended up with 3 sts instead of 2 on my needle. I then realized after you knit the 2nd stitch you have to maneuver the needle under & around the 1st skipped st to get to the front to knit it. I hope I am not confusing anyone & if you have any questions just ask 🙂 Also you have to knit loosely or you will struggle & kill your hands trying to knit. Other than that it is super easy & makes such a nice textured pattern. Eventually I want to make a blanket with some super bulky yarn & I will definitely post that once I start it!
Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a great holiday 🙂 This weekend I decided to switch over & crochet for a change. I am not experienced when it comes to crochet but I do enjoy it. I tried out this new stitch & fell in love with it. It would be nice as a blanket or scarf but I needed a new bath mat so I tried to make a pattern for that. I can’t believe how soft & plush it came out. I originally used a plain yarn but then I wanted it more plush so I used a super bulky yarn (Bernat Blanket). It was a little harder to work with but I love how it came out. Here is a close up pic of the 1st one:
Then I opted for this one:
It’s really thick & feels great on my feet 🙂 I didn’t use a non-slip pad underneath but it might not be a bad idea. Check out the pattern on my free crochet patterns tab.
I have an obsession with knitting cowls! I find them so pretty & it can make any outfit look good. I design some of my own but sometimes I find one so beautiful I can’t stop myself from making it. I can’t even count how many I have 🙂 I just finished this one & it is one of my favorites so far. I wore it out today & got TONS of compliments. Of course when I told them I made it guess what happened………yes everyone wanted me to make them one. That definitely won’t happen but my amazing mom will get one for sure this Christmas!! Here is a picture:
The pattern is listed in Ravelry & it was designed by Antonia Shankland. The name is Honey Cowl. For the yarn I used Naturally Caron Country in Spruce. I love how it came out & it’s really warm. Thank you for posting this amazing free pattern! Here is the link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/honey-cowl
This is a cool page I found in a vintage magazine. Sometimes you find a pattern in a different language & wish you could make it. Well mabye this could help 🙂 It has 5 different languages (6 if you include english). I converted it into a PDF file & is available with the link below:
Knitting & Crochet Terms in 6 Languages
I wanted to show everyone these quick & super easy slippers I just made. It only took me the afternoon to make & I think I want to make 20 more! I used some bulky yarn I had left over & the thickness of the yarn makes them so comfy. I think I may sleep with them too!! 🙂 Here is a picture & I added the pattern in my free patterns tab. Enjoy!
It’s been so beautiful here in NY for the last couple of days! It does get chilly at night so I always wear my gloves. I just made a new pair this weekend & it was inspired by an ad I saw in a magazine. This one:
If I had to say what “my style” is this would be it (minus the bicycle!) I love everything about this ad. What really caught my eye were the gloves (& the bag…wish I could knit that!). I think I came close with my pattern & I listed it in my free patterns tab. Take a look & let me know what you think.
I decided on a brownish color because I have so many grey ones. I used Lion Brand Heartland & I think they have a pretty grey color too. I knitted them on straight needles & then sewed up the seam. They are so easy & fast to make.
So this is my very first post & I am really excited!! I started this website so I can share my love of knitting & I would love to meet some fellow knitters. I want to make it enjoyable for knitters of all experiences. If you are a beginner & have questions I would be happy to help 🙂 And if you are a pro I would love to learn new things. I will be posting some free vintage patterns in the next coming days on my free patterns tab. I am also working on some new patterns designed by me & my finished ones are for sale in my Etsy store. It’s starting to get cold in NY so I will be knitting like crazy. I would love to see any pics of finished projects made from my patterns!