Thursday, 16 April 2015

Knitted Rose




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...


materials:
1. colored yarn (100%  acrylic, weight 40g )
2. a pair of straight needles (4mm)
3. two pieces of knit leaf.
4. tapestry needle.




Knitting pattern :

Cast on 64 stitches (or any multiple of 8)

row 1 : knit one row
row 2 : purl one row
row 3 : *( Knit one stitch and then slip this stitch back onto the left needle. Pass the next 7 stitches over the top of this stitch one by one and off the needle and knit the first stitch again). Repeat from * to the end of the row.
row 4 : Knit one row
row 5 : Bind off and leave a 6" end.

Roll up the knitting piece to form a rose and sew in place at the back with the yarn tail coming from the bind off row. In order to let you understand better about the steps of creating a rose with the knitting piece, please refer to the photo and instruction below.





 1. This is the knitting piece you have made just now.








2. With the cast on row facing up, and the reverse stocking stitch facing to the outside, roll up the knitting piece from left to right.





3. Thread the tapestry needle with the yarn tail (the 6" end) coming from the bind off row and sew the petals in place at the back of the work







4.  Sew two pieces of simple leaf at the back. Done.












Tuesday, 14 April 2015

How to knit a simple leaf pattern



How to knit a leaf pattern? Here is a very simple knitted leaf pattern for beginner. I am sure you can do it, it is a piece of cake.

Don't look down upon this super simple leaf pattern, it could set off the beauty of the flower and give you an effective outcome.

What you need is a pair of straight needles and yarn. You can use the needle size 2mm or larger. The larger the size of the needle the larger the leaf.




knitting abbreviations :
K - knit
Kfb - knit front and back
K2tog - knit two together
K2togtbl - knit two together through the back loops




Knitting pattern :

 cast on 3 stitch

row 1 : Knit one row
row 2 : Knit one row
row 3 : Kfb, K1, Kfb
row 4 : Knit one row
row 5 : Kfb, K3, Kfb
row 6 : Knit one row
row 7 : Knit one row
row 8 : Knit one row
row 9 : K2togtbl, K3, K2tog
row 10 : Knit one row
row 11 : K2togtbl, K1, K2tog
row 12 : Knit one row
row 13 : slip one stitch, K2tog, pass the slipped stitch over and fasten off.






 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Knitted porcupine


I am crazy with loop stitch these days. You would find that my recent posts are talking about loop stitch. Today, I am going to show you the way I knit a mini knitted porcupine with the I-cord knitting technique and loop stitch.

I-cord is a narrow tube of knitting. It is generally made using 3 - 6 stitches. Anyway, I am going to make a daring attempt. I apply the basic technique of the I-cord method to a knitted animal - a mini knitted porcupine. The number of stitches that I use in some of the rows in this knitted animal is 16 stitches!! Of course we couldn't get an I-cord effect using such a number of stitches, it will create a wide gap at the closed up point, that is why I use some scraps of yarn to stuff this knitted porcupine instead of using poly-fill material.


materials:
1. colored yarn (100%  acrylic, weight 40g )
2. a pair of double-pointed needles (2mm)
3. two small black beads
4. black thread
5. scraps of yarn


knitting abbreviations :
K - knit
Kfb - knit front and back
K2tog - knit two together
lp - loop stitch


Instruction:

Don't turn your work to the back every time you have finished knitting one row. Slide all the stitches along the right needle from the left to the right needle tip and then transfer this needle to your left hand. It is seem that the tail is coming from the wrong end. Actually, it is right. Pull the yarn across the back of the stitches and knit the next row. Make sure to pull the first and last stitch tightly. You can knit through the back loop for the first and last stitch of every row if you want to get a tighter and neater stitch at the closed up point.

cast on 4 stitches
row 1 : K4
row 2 : K4
row 3 : K1, Kfb2, K1
row 4 : K2, Kfb2, K2
row 5 : K1, Kfb2, lp2, Kfb2, K1
row 6 : K3, Kfb, lp4, Kfb, K3
row 7 : K3, Kfb, lp6, Kfb, K3
row 8 : K3, lp10, K3
Repeat row 8 four times.

Then, stuff up the body with scraps of yarn and continue knitting (refer to the photo below).

row 13 : K1, K2tog2, lp6, K2tog2, K1
row 14 : knit a row
row 15 : K2, K2tog4, K2
row 16 : K8
row 17 : K8
row 18 : K2tog4
row 19 : K1, K2tog, K1
row 20 : Knit one stitch and then slip this stitch back onto the left needle. Pass the next 2 stitches over the top of this stitch and off the needle and knit the first stitch again. Now, pull the yarn to tighten up and fasten off. You can trim the loops of the porcupine to get a different look.

Now, weave in ends and sew the nose and eyes in place. Done.



  1. After you have finished knitting row 12, you will get a cone shape as shown in the photo no.1
  2. Take some unwanted yarn or scraps of yarn and simply tied in a bundle.
  3. Stuff up the cone (the body) with the bundle of yarn. It looks full now. Then, continue your knitting to row 20.






Wednesday, 8 April 2015

How to knit an I-cord


Usually, we use a simple knitting technique called I-cord to create a narrow tube of knitting on double-pointed needles. This is a stitch used for making handles on a knitted bag, as edging or embellishment on a project, ties on a hat and dozens of uses. It is very easy and simple to make, what you need is two double-pointed needles and yarn.



Instruction:



1.Cast on several stitches (normally 3-6 stitches).

2. Do not turn your work to the back. Slide all the stitches along the right needle from the left to the right needle tip and then transfer this needle to your left hand.

3. Now, the end/tail of the working yarn is coming from the last stitch on the needle, it is seem that the tail is coming from the wrong end. Actually, it is right.

4. & 5. Pull the yarn across the back of the stitches and knit the next row. Make sure to pull the first stitch tightly.

6.  Repeat step 2 to 5 until you have the I-cord of your desired length.









Saturday, 4 April 2015

Knitted flower : daisy


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.

  You can knit a variety of daisies with a simple loop stitch. So you must know how to knit the loop stitch before you start making a knitted daisy. I had posted the loop stitch knitting method on my previous post, click here or click the highlighted word above to read more about the instruction of how to make a loop stitch.

materials:
1. yarn     : colored yarn (100%  acrylic, weight 40g )
2. needle :  a pair of single-pointed needle size 2mm and a yarn needle/blunt needle.




Knitting pattern :

Cast on 24 stitches.

row 1 : Knit one row.

row 2 : Knit a row of loop stitches as shown in the first photo.

row 3 : Purl two together until the end of the row. Now, you have 12 stitches on your right needle

row 4 : Knit a row of loop stitches. (The second photo shown is two rows of loop stitches)

row 5 :  Knit one row.

row 6 : Knit one stitch and then slip this stitch back onto the left needle. Pass the next 11 stitches over the top of this stitch and off the needle (refer to photo no.3) and knit the first stitch again. Now, pull the yarn to tighten up and fasten off. Remember to bring the yarn tail to the back of the work.
            
There is another yarn tail that hanging at the beginning of the cast on row. You can thread the yarn needle/blunt needle with the tail of yarn and use this tail to bind the both edges of the knitting piece to form a complete round shape (refer to photo no.4).



If you want to change the color of the stamens for your knitted daisy, you can change color or join a new color at the beginning of row 5. You can also sew a button or beads on it to create a different pattern according to your creativity. I believe each inspiration for your knitting project would bring you an unique creation.





Tuesday, 31 March 2015

How to knit the double-loop stitch


How to knit a piece of denser fabric of loops? By using the method that I shared on my previous post - fur stitch, is not dense enough. In fact, I could go with double yarn to double the number of loops but I did not want to do so because it requires two balls of yarn to be ran at the same time and I did not want the two balls of yarn become remainders after a small project. I had been trying out some of the double-loop knitting methods that I found from the internet but could not satisfy my need. The methods that I tried out are able to create a denser loopy fabric but one of the loops of a stitch will get lose when you pull the other loop that created at the same stitch. What I need is a fabric that looks denser and rich but every loop must be securely knitted in place. It had been hard to get a solution  ... Anyway I did not give up and I got my way to create a piece of denser fabric of loops with my own double-loop knitting method at last.


Instruction:

Knit into your desired stitch but do not drop the stitch of your left needle. Bring the working yarn to the front between the two needles and place your thumb on the working yarn. Then, wrap the yarn around your thumb and bring the yarn to the back between the two needles.


Keeping your thumb in the loop and insert your right needle into the same stitch and knit. Once again, do not drop the stitch of your left needle. Then, bring the yarn to the front between the two needles.


Place your thumb on the working yarn and wrap the yarn around your thumb to make the second loop. Then, bring the yarn to the back between the two needles again. Keeping your thumb in the loop and insert your right needle into the same stitch and knit it as usual, this means you can now drop the stitch of you left needle. Now, you have three new stitches and two loops on your right needle.  


Pick up the the second last stitch from the right needle tip and then pass it over the last stitch from the right needle tip. This means one stitch is bound off and the second loop that you made previously is locked and secured in place.


Again, pick up the the second last stitch from the right needle tip and then pass it over the last stitch from the right needle tip. One stitch is bound off and the first loop that you made previously is locked and secured in place too. Photo no.15 shown is a finished double-loop stitch.


If you continue your double-loop knitting to the end of the row, you will get a row of double-loop stitches as shown in the photo above.





Saturday, 28 March 2015

How to knit the loop stitch / fur stitch


Loop stitch also known as fur stitch. It creates a fluffy and soft fabric. You can use this method for your household furnishing projects such as rugs and sofa covers, you can also use it to make loopy knitted animals or you can even use it to add textured loops instead of fridge on the both ends of a scarf.

There are several knitting methods and variations for making the loops. I am going to share with you the method that I think it is easier to work with.

You can start to knit the loop stitch at your desired row and stitch or you can make the loops on the wrong side and the right side so that you get loops on the both sides. By referring to the photos below, you will find that I start to knit another row of loop stitches from the second stitch on the left needle.


Instruction:

Knit into your desired stitch but do not drop the stitch of your left needle.


Bring the working yarn to the front between the two needles and then place your thumb on the working yarn.


Wrap the yarn around your thumb and bring the yarn to the back between the two needles. Keeping your thumb in the loop and insert your right needle into the same stitch.


After that, knit it as usual so you can drop the stitch of your left needle. Now, you have two new stitches and a loop on your right needle. Pick up the first stitch ( the second last stitch from the right needle tip) and pass it over the second stitch ( the last stitch from the right needle tip).


Photo no. 10 shown is a loop stitch that I have just finished and photo no. 11 shown is two rows of loop stitches.


Note :
If you are using thick yarn, I suggest you to make the loops on every other stitch. With this method you will get a smoother and neater surface for your knitting projects.





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