Tuesday, 30 June 2015

baby booties

These adorable booties are ones that every mum will love. The knitting pattern shown below is a basic pattern, it is very easy to knit. Although it is simple, it can be well decorated in many ways. For example, tie a little bow on the strap or sew a little knitted flower on the toe cap. You can also knit the booties with several colors.

 I found that a lot of knitters like to use stitch holder when they knit baby bootie with single strap. Anyway, I don't use stitch holder. Let's go through the knitting pattern written below then you will know the difference.

Baby size : 3 - 6 months
Finished length : approx 3 1/2" (9cm)
Gauge : 22 rows = 2" ; 13 stitches = 2"  in garter stitch

1. yarn (100%  acrylic, weight 40g )
2. a pair of straight needles size 3.5mm
3. yarn needle or tapestry needle
4. two small buttons

knitting abbreviations :
K - knit
Kfb - knit front and back
SSK -  slip slip knit
K2tog - knit two together
YO - yarn over
sts -  stitches

Knitting pattern

Right bootie
cast on 32 stitches
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7 (wrong side ) : K all

Rows 2 (right side ) : K1, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K2, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K1 (36 sts)
Row 4  :  K2, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K4, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K2 (40 sts)
Row 6  :  K3, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K6, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K3 (44 sts)
Row 8  :  K4, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K8, Kfb, K12, Kfb, K3 (48 sts)
Row 9 - 19 : K all
Row 20  :  K16, SSK four times, K2tog four times, K16
Row 21  :  K all
Row 22  :  K10, K next 2 sts, bind off 20, K9
Now, you have two sets of 10sts on your needle.

For the first set of 10sts :-
Row 23 - 29  :  Knit seven rows.
Bind off and cut yarn about 12" to sew with.
(Leave the second set of 10 sts on the left needle when you knit the first set of 10 sts)

For the second set of 10 sts :-
Rejoin yarn at where you started binding off the 20 sts and cast on 16 sts tightly.
Row 23 - 25  :  K 26 sts
Row 26         :  K to last 4 sts. YO, K2tog, K1 (buttonhole)
Row 27 - 29  :  K26 sts
Bind off and cut yarn.

Left bootie
Rows 1 - 22  :  same as right bootie

For the first set of 10 sts :-
Row 23         :  K10, turn work, cast on 16 sts tightly
Row 24 - 25  :  K26
Row 26         :  K1, K2tog, YO, Knit to the end of the row (buttonhole)
Row 27 - 29  :  K26 sts
Bind off and cut yarn about 12" to sew with.
(Leave the second set of 10 sts on the left needle when you knit the first set of 10 sts)

For the second set of 10 sts :-
Rejoin yarn at where you started binding off the 20 sts.
Row 23 - 29  : Knit seven rows.
Bind off and cut yarn.

Finishing : Fold bootie with wrong side together and using the method of sewing invisible seam for garter stitch to sew up the heel seam. Then continue sewing the cast on edges (bottom edges) together with the whipstitch. Weave in yarn ends. Sew button opposite buttonhole on strap.

Note: attach button securely to avoid choking.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Kellie's Castle, Batu Gajah, Ipoh

During this second semester school holidays, we visited a place where it is full of myths, legends and rumors - Kellie's Castle. Kellie's castle is located near Batu Gajah, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. This is an uncompleted mansion which was built by a scottish planter called William Kellie Smith. According to differing accounts, it was either a gift for his wife or a home for his son. Based on the information written on the board at the Souvenir Corner we know that  Kellie Smith built his first mansion, "Kellas House" in 1909 and in 1915 with the birth of his son, Anthony, he started planning for a huge castle with Scottish, Moorish and Indian architecture. However, it came to an abrupt halt with Kellie Smith's sudden death. He died of pneumonia during a trip to Portugal in 1926. His heartbroken wife, Agnes decided to sell Kellie Smith's properties and return home to Scotland.

Beside the haunted stories and the paranormal sightings, the unique architecture drew my attention. The uncompleted mansion designed with a 6-storey tower, rooms, a wine cellar, flat rooftop for parties and a tennis court. According to the history written in the brochure, all its bricks and tiles imported from India. He even employed a big group of Indian labors to build his dream house to keep the house authentically Indian. The bricks walls give it a rustic and mysterious feel. Try to look for a perfect camera angle, you can produce a stunning image of the historic architecture...

The brick walls give it a rustic and mysterious feel.

guest room, narrow staircase and the wine cellar

The first elevator in Malaya is located in this mansion. It connected the underground tunnel up to the top floor. Unfortunately, the plan did not materialise. We could only see a lift shaft there.
Lift shaft

I was very scared when I stood on the rooftop, there was no safety fence installed on the sides of the rooftop. Please take mighty good care of you children if you bring your children up there.

Scenery from the top.

It is said that a Canadian couple who came to Kellie's Castle to take the pictures of nocturnal creatures. After the night-time shoot, the woman saw a ghostly image of a man standing, looking out of the window.

Ghostly Cloister Balcony

 This is Kellie Smith's first home - Kellas House, Built in 1905 where he stayed with his family.

Kellas House was partially destroyed during the second world war.

It  is believe that there are four secret underground tunnels. One is connecting the Kellie's Castle to the Hindu temple, one is connecting to the road and one is connecting to the main gate garage. But part from three known tunnels, the last one still undiscovered.

This is the ventilation hole for the underground tunnel heading towards the Indian temple.

 Before we got there, we had heard that the Kellie Smith's spirit still wandering inside the castle, especially along the corridors. Some said that there are lots of workers' spirits wandering around the castle since they died during the construction of the castle and people died during the second world war. There was much curiosity about this unfinished mansion. Do you believe in ghosts? Anyway, an  image that looks very much like Kellie Smith's face was captured by my daughter accidentally!! Is that really the face of a spirit or it is just a kind of optical delusion? Oh, I don't know.

There is a ghostly face image behind the window.

Let's compare the ghostly face image to the William Kellie Smith's picture. Is it looks very much like his face?

Spirit of Kellie Smith?

This castle is well worth a visit. The entrance fee for Malaysia adult was RM5, kid (age 3 -12) was Rm 3.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Slip Slip Knit (SSK) & Slip Slip Purl (SSP) decreases

Slip slip knit (SSK) and slip slip purl (SSP) are knitting methods of decreasing. Both methods create a slope to the left on the face of the fabric (these decreases slant to the left). We can make these decreases at certain points on any row according to the requirement of the pattern. Usually, we make SSK decrease on a knit row and SSP decrease on a purl row.

Slip Slip Knit (SSK)

Knit to the point where the pattern tells you to decrease. Here, I will start to make a decrease from the first stitch for your easy reference.

1. Insert the right needle knitwise into the first stitch on the left needle and slip the stitch from the left needle onto the right needle without working it. Repeat step no. 1 to slip the second stitch from the left to the right needle.

2. Now, there are two stitches have been slipped onto the the right needle.

3. Insert the left needle into the front legs of these two stitches from left to right.

4. Knit them together.

5. One stitch is decreased.

Slip Slip Purl (SSP)

1. In the same way as SSK, slip two stitches knitwise onto the right needle one at a time.

2. Insert the left needle into the front legs of the two slipped stitches from left to right and then return the two stitches to the left needle.

3.&4. Purl the two stitches together through the back loops.

5. One stitch is decreased.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

knitted flower patterns

Knitted flowers will never wither, they will always bring beauty, bliss and gladness. Here are some of my favorite knitted flower patterns. They are great for brooches and hair accessories as well as for making embellishments to clothing or any finished projects. It might also be used for room decorating.

If you find yourself craving for some knitted flowers to adorn your projects, there is a simple pattern here that might suits your requirements. To create a floral embellishment, you can either sew them onto your projects singly or in groups.

get pattern here

 These cheerful blooming knitted daisies might instantly bring you a good idea to brighten up some of your handmade projects. They are not only the useful ornamental accessories for a project but can also be the unique accessories for your outfits or body if you turn them into brooches, hair clips, hairbands or wristbands.

get pattern here

I had not thought of the uses of these knitted roses while I was knitting them. I love roses so I knitted roses at an impulsive moment...

get pattern here

The pink carnation symbolizes a mother's undying love and it is always given as a sign of gratitude. Thus, it is an ideal gift for mother's day.

get pattern here

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

knitted carnation

The pink carnation symbolizes a mother's undying love and it is always given as a sign of gratitude. Thus, it is an ideal gift for mother's day.

Mother's day 2015 is coming up, my siblings and I have been talking about the celebration on this Sunday... What kind of gift should I give to my mom? Could I try to knit a pink carnation instead of buying a gift this year? Yes, this special day inspired me to be more creative with knitting! I had finished my knitted pink carnation yesterday, would you try to knit one?

I believe this simple work would  touch my mom's heart. She would treasure it forever and appreciate my heartfelt blessing...

1. pink and white colored yarn (100%  acrylic, weight 40g )
2. a pair of circular needles size 4mm
3. a pair of double-pointed needles size 4mm
4. sewing needle & tapestry needle.
5. a piece of wire

knitting abbreviations :
K - knit
P - purl
K2tog - knit two together
P2tog - purl two together

Knitting pattern


The flower pattern is worked in flat but you can use circular needles due to a large number of stitches is required.

cast on 248 stitches with white yarn

Row 1 : Join in pink color yarn and knit one row
Row 2 : Purl one row
Row 3 : K2tog for one row .......... (124 sts)
Row 4 : Purl one row
Row 5 : K2tog for one row ......... (62 sts)
Row 6 : Purl one row
Row 7 : K2tog for one row .......... (31 sts)
Row 8 : Purl one row
Row 9 : K1, *(K2tog, K1) repeat from * until the end of the row .......... (21 sts)
Row 10 : Purl one row
Row 11 : Knit one row
Row 12 : Purl one row
Bind off.
Leave a 6 inches end and cut yarn.

Calyx with sepals, stem and leaves:

Knit this part (Row 1 to Row 8) in flat with a pair of double-pointed needles, so you have to turn your work every time you have finished a row. This part will be the calyx with sepals.

Row 1 : Picot cast on (knitted cast on 4 stitches, bind off 2 stitches, transfer back one stitch onto the left needle) Repeat the steps until you have 5 picots and 10 stitches on your left needle.
Row 2 : K10
Row 3 : P1, P2tog, P7
Row 4 : K1, K2tog, K6
Row 5 : P1, P2tog, P5
Row 6 : K1, K2tog, K4
Row 7 : P1, P2tog, P3
Row 8 : K5

Don't turn your work, slide all the stitches to the other end of the double-pointed needle. Start using the I-cord method at the following part (start from row 9 until the pattern is finished).

Row 9 - 14 : Knit 6 rows
Row 15 : cast on 6 stitches, bind off 6 stitches, transfer the single stitch on the right needle back onto the left needle and knit to the end of the row.
Row 16 - 18 : Knit 3 rows
Row 19 : Knit 4 stitches, cast on 6 stitches, bind off 6 stitches.
Row 20 - 24 : Knit 8 rows (or until your desired length of stem)
Bind off
Weave in the yarn end. 


  • Thread the tapestry needle with the yarn tail/end coming from the bind off edge. Then fold the bind off edge of the flower in half twice, and press to form a cylinderical base so the petals (ruffles) are gathered together. Sew to secure the base with the yarn tail.

  • Cut a piece of wire the same length as the stem. Insert the wire into the stem from the upper opening (refer photo no.1) and tuck the the wire into the cylinderical base of the flower. Wrap the calyx around the base of the flower, sew the upper opening, then sew the sepals in place. You can sew this part with the yarn tail coming from the cast on edge, so make sure you leave enough yarn before you cast on the stitches.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

drawstring knitted bag with lining

Do you like a girlish drawstring knitted bag with lining? Here is a pattern that you can try out. This bag is features a heavy-knit ruffled edge with picots at the top. It is easy to knit and the knitted roses is a great finishing touch. Whether you are looking for a bag to hold cosmetics or your favourite accessories, this bag will not disappoint.

1. colored yarn (100%  acrylic, weight 40g )
2. a pair of  circular needle size 4mm
3. three knitted roses or any knitted flowers
4. sewing needle & tapestry needle.
5. matching thread
6. a piece of lining fabric

knitting abbreviations :
K - knit
P - purl
Kfb - knit front and back
K2tog - knit two together
SSK - slip slip knit

Knitting pattern :

Part one : Base
* use circular needles as straight needles at this part.

 row 1 : K8
row 2 : K1, Kfb2, K2, Kfb2, K1 .......... (12 sts)
row 3 : K12
row 4 : K1, Kfb2, K6, Kfb2, K1 .......... (16sts)
row 5 : K16
row 6 : K1, Kfb2, K10, Kfb2, K1 .......... (20sts)
row 7 : K20
row 8 : K1, Kfb2, K14, Kfb2, K1 .......... ( 24sts)
row 9 : K24
row 10 : K1, Kfb2, K18, Kfb2, K1 .......... (28sts)
row 11 - 23 : K28
row 24 : K1, SSK2, K18, K2tog2, K1 ..........(24sts)
row 25 : K24
row 26 : K1, SSK2, K14, K2tog2, K1 .......... (20sts)
row 27 : K20
row 28 : K1, SSK2, K10, K2tog2, K1 .......... (16sts)
row 29 : K16
row 30 : K1, SSK2, K6, K2tog2, K1 .......... (12sts)
row 31 : K12
row 32 : K1, SSK2, K2, K2tog, K1 .......... (8 sts)
row 33 : K8

Part two : body
* use circular needle as normal to knit rounds.

Don't bind off the stitches on row 33 and use the existing needle to pick up 68 stitches evenly along the edge ( don't pick up any stitches on row 33 because the stitches on the row are considered as the picked-up stitches). So, you should have 76 stitches in total.

Put a marker at the beginning of the round

row 34 : P76
row 35 : K76
row 36 : P76
row 37 : *(Kfb, K3 ) repeat from * until the end of the round .......... (95sts)
row 38-40 : P95 one round, K95 one round, P95 one round
row 41 : *(Kfb, K4) repeat from * until the end of the round .......... (114sts)
row 42-44 : P114 one round, K114 one round, P114 one round
row 45 :  *(Kfb, K5) repeat from * until the end of the round .......... (133sts)
row 46 - 86 : P133 one round and K133 one round alternately until you reach row 86 (40 rounds)
row 87 : *(K2tog, K5) repeat from * until the end of the round .......... (114sts)
row 88-96: P114 one round and K114 one round alternately until row 96 .......... (9 rounds)
row 97 : *(K2tog, K4) repeat from * until the end of the round .......... (95sts)
row 98-100 : P95 one round, K95 one round, P95 one round
row 101 : *(K2tog, K7, K2tog, K8) repeat from * until the end of the round .......... (85sts)
row 102 -108 : K85 for 7 rounds
row 109 : Kfb every stitch .......... (170sts)
row 110 : Knit one round
row 111 : Kfb every stitch .......... (340sts)
row 112-113 : Knit two rounds
row 114 : Kfb every other stitch .......... (510sts)
row 115 : Knit one round
row 116 : Picot bind off

After you have finished the picot bind off. Knit two straps about 10.5 inch long and 0.5 inch wide for the handles. I use the reversed stocking stitch as the right side of the straps but it is optional.

Then, knit a drawstring about 48 inches long with the I-cord stitch.

Now, fold a 1 inch hem (excluding the ruffled edge) along the top edge with the ruffled edge facing outside and sew along the hem with the same color yarn, this will be the drawstring channel. Remember to leave a hole at both left and right side respectively so you can thread a drawstring through the channel.

Sew a 1 inch hem, leave a hole at the left and right side.

Then, sew the two straps in place where below the 1 inch hem of the top edge in the middle part on the front and back side of the bag respectively (space the two ends of each strap about 2 inches apart ) and sew the knitted flowers at the appropriate places according to your preference at the front of the bag.

Sew the straps and knitted roses on the appropriate places.

After you have attached the straps and flowers on the appropriate places, you can now start to make the lining of the bag. First, place the bag itself on the fabric, leaving about half-inch seam allowance along the side of the bag and trim (do not need to leave extra seam allowance for the top edge, you have only need to follow the height of the bag itself because it is enough for you to fold a hem). Then, sew the curve shape with hand stitch or sewing machine.

Cut out the lining pieces along the seam allowance.

Now, stuff the lining into the bag wrong side out and fold the top edge of the lining out (the raw edge of the lining should be facing to the knitted fabric so it can be hidden). Pin the folded top edge of the lining about 1 inch below the top edge of the bag. You will find that all the ends of the straps are sandwiched between the lining and knitted fabric so the inside of the bag will look neat. Thread your sewing needle and sew the lining on the knitted fabric along the top edge of the lining with running stitch or back stitch.

Stuff the lining into the bag and sew it in place along the top edge of the lining.

Final part - thread the drawstring into the channel two rounds and tie the ends (or you can sew the both ends of the drawstring together).

This bag is knitted according to my own taste, I'm welcome your comments if you have any suggestions or better ideas for this kind of bag :).

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

How to make a picot bind off

Picot bind off is a very nice knitting method to add some girlish flair to an edge. This method will create small points on an edge that look sweet and cute. It is great for baby socks, drawstring bags, skirts, wrist warmers, blankets and a variety of lace knitting projects. I love picot edging, especially the ruffled edge with picots.

The picot bind off can be varied depending on the size and how far apart you want the picots to be. The picot can be made with just one stitch if you want a subtle look or it can be made with more stitches if you want it to be impressive.

I am going to show you how I make a two-stitch picot ( cast on two stitches and bind off four stitches for each point)


step 1 : Knit two stitches and make a normal bind off one stitch.
step 2 : Transfer the single stitch on the right needle onto the left needle. Knitted cast on two stitches.
step 3 : Normal bind off four stitches.
Repeat step 2 to step 3 until you are out of stitches to bind off.

  • Photo no. 1 shown is what your stitches look like after you have made the two stitches knitted cast on.
  • Photo no.2 shown is a picot that created on an edge after you have made a normal bind off 4 stitches.

note :
This method is requires a bit of extra yarn and it may take a bit more time than a normal/plain bind off.

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