Friday, 30 October 2015

Dual Color Baby Booties

This is my another knitting pattern for baby booties. It will creates a very attractive garter stitch texture. I knitted these baby booties with double-yarn. This pattern calls for two skeins of yarn (pink & white), use a strand of each skein at the same time and you have to treat these two strands as if they were a single strand while knitting. It is very easy and fast to get it done.

If you are not interested in this granular look baby booties, you can try out another simple knitting pattern for baby booties.

Baby size : 4 - 6 months
Finished length : approx 4" (10cm)
Gauge : 6 rows = 1" ; 4 stitches = 1"  in garter stitch

1. two skeins of yarn in different colors (100%  acrylic, weight 40g )
2. a pair of straight needles size 7mm
3. yarn needle or tapestry needle
4. two small buttons

knitting abbreviations :
K - knit
Kfb - knit front and back
Kfb2 - knit front and back two times
SSK2 -  slip slip knit two times
SSK 3 - slip slip knit three times
K2tog2 - knit two together two times
K2tog3 - knit two together three times
YO - yarn over
sts -  stitches

 Knitting Pattern

 Right bootie
cast on 25 stitches
Row 1 : (wrong side ) : K all
Row 2 : (right side ) : K1, Kfb, K8, Kfb, K1, Kfb, K1, Kfb, K8, Kfb, K1 (30 sts)
Row 3 :  K all
Row 4  : K2, Kfb, K8, Kfb, K2, Kfb2, K2, Kfb, K8, Kfb, K2 (36 sts)
Rows 5 - 9 : K all
Row 10 :K12, SSK3,K2tog3, K12 (30)
Row 11 : K all
Row 12 : K11, SSK2, K2tog2, K11 (26)
Row 13 : K all
Row 14 : K7, knit next 2 sts, bind off 12sts, K6

Now, you have two sets of 7sts on your needle.

For the first set of 7 sts :-
Row 15 - 17  :  Knit 3 rows.
Bind off and cut yarn about 12" to sew with.
(Leave the second set of 7 sts on the left needle when you knit the first set of 7 sts)

For the second set of 7 sts :-
Rejoin yarn at where you started binding off the 12 sts and cast on 9 sts tightly.
Row 15  :  K all sts
Row 16  :  K to last 3 sts. YO, K2tog, K1 (buttonhole)
Row 17  :  K all 7 sts
Bind off and cut yarn.

Left bootie
Rows 1 - 14  :  same as right bootie

For the first set of 7 sts :-
Row 15  :  K7, turn work, cast on 9 sts tightly
Row 16  :  K all
Row 17  :  K to last 3 sts. YO, K2tog, K1 (buttonhole)
Bind off and cut yarn about 12" to sew with.
(Leave the second set of 7 sts on the left needle when you knit the first set of 7 sts)

For the second set of 7 sts :-
Rejoin yarn at where you started binding off the 12 sts.
Row 15 - 17  : Knit three 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 or any decorative accessories securely to avoid choking.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Colorful Yarn Pompom

I can still remember that when I was a child, my mum made me a few colorful pompoms that pleased me so much. Of course, my mum taught me how to make a simple pompom. The method used by my mum was the"two circles" method where you have to keep poking the yarn through the hole in the center.

The "two circles" method is very time consuming, especially when you are trying to make a larger pompom. Well, I am going to show you how to make a larger pompom with an alternative method. This method will requires 4 pieces of arch-shaped cardboard and you do not need to poke the yarn through the center hole.

Materials :
1. Four balls of yarn in different colors                 
2. Cardboard
3. Binder clips

How to make a colorful pompom  

click here to get the pompom template

Before we start making a pompom, we need a pompom maker. You can make your own pompom maker with cardboard. The cardboard can be a toothpaste box, cereal box and etc.  The picture shown is the pompom maker template, it consists of  four arch-shaped pieces. The ratio of the outer circle to the inner circle is 2 : 1. Anyway, you can draw your own template in different ratio for certain purposes. If you do not want to make your own template, just click on the picture to get the template for your personal uses.


Print out the template on a piece of paper. Simply cut out the pattern pieces and glue them on a piece of cardboard.

Once the glue is dry, cut out the shaded area of each pattern piece. Then bend along the horizontal/straight  lines as shown in the photo.

Pick up two arch-shaped cardboard pieces and hold them together.

Wind the semi-circle closely with four strands of yarn in different colors. Keeping the winding even and not leaving gaps. Continue until the semi-circle in the middle of the arch-shaped cardboard is filled up with yarn.

Pick up the other two arch-shaped cardboard and make another bundle of yarn. You should now have two bundles of yarn as shown in the photo.

Put the two bundles of yarn together to form a full circle.

Hold the two halves together with four binder clips as shown in the photo.

Slide the scissors between the two layers of cardboard and cut open the wound yarn around the outer edge.

Draw a long piece of yarn between the two layers of cardboard. Pull the yarn tight and tie a firm knot.

Take off the binder clips and cardboard. The look of the pompom will looks like this.

Trim the pompom with scissors until it is perfectly round.

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