Simple Knitted Coasters

2015-07-14 20.05.32Here is a quick and easy way to use up some scrap yarn to make something you might ACTUALLY use.  (Because let’s face it, most other ideas for scrap yarn are pretty sad…)

Start off with some worsted weight (4) yarn.  I used Caron Simply Soft in Pagoda and Sunshine.

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Next, pick up a pair of size 5 needles, or something close, honestly it doesn’t matter too much.

1. Cast on 25 stitches.

2. Knit the first 3 rows.

4. Purl a row and knit a row  (making sure to knit the first and last 3 sts) until you have a square (about 28 rows with my needle size).

4. Knit the last 3 rows.

5. Bind off and sew in.

BOOOOOOOOOM! That is it. Dead serious. Dead simple. Now go make a cup on tea and put your creation to work! Cheerio!

always, ashley

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Knit Ottoman Poof

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After a knitting hiatus due to moving, I’m back with a fun new item!  A knitted poof for my new home!!!  YAY!

Actually, it wasn’t even that difficult.  I just picked 6 balls of super chunky yarn, picked up a pair of size 19 needles, and got to it!  For this project, I knitted three balls at the same time to get the bulk I needed.

Knitting Aspect! You need to cast on 25 stitches, then just knit and knit and knit until all 6 balls are pretty much depleted (leaving a good 3 feet). You end up with this pretty large rectangle, kinda underwhelming at this point, I know.  From here, bind off, BUT KEEP THE YARN LIVE, don’t you go cutting it and sewing it in.  (But please make sure your cast on edge is all sewn in and taken care of.)  Keep that sewing needle handy because you’re going to need it still!

Now is the time to assemble the poof!!!

First Step! You need to sew together your cast on and bind off edge by using that yarn you left live (See, I told you that you would need it).  I used a mattress stitch, but whatever floats your boat.  You should now have a cylinder.  NOW you can sew in your ends.

Second Step! Find some more yarn! (Cotton is a good idea, just because it is so strong).  Don’t fret too much about the color, you wont even see it to be honest.  Thread the needle with your new yarn.  You are about to pick up stitches from what was the sides of your long rectangle in order to pull tight and make a little circle (Which will be your bottom of your poof).  DON’T GET SCARED!  It’s realllllllly simple.  Just listen up!  You remember how you were knitting with 3 balls at a time??? Well now were going to take the needle with the new yarn and insert it into ONE out of the three loops.  Got it?  Now you are going to do this allllll the way around SKIPPING every other group of 3.  When you find your way back around, pull your ends tight, tight, tight, tight until it is an itty bitty circle, then double knot it and sew in the end in the inside.  Pleaseeee don’t panic about the puckers, I promise it will look so cute when you’re done!

Third Step!  Stuff that poof!!!  Pick an old bedspread the color of your yarn, OOORRRR do what I did and buy some fabric that matches and wrap your old bedspread (queen sized worked for me).

Fourth and Final Step!  Once it is full (and when I say full I mean STUFFED!), you can repeat what you did in step 2.  You know, the whole pick up one of the three in a stitch, thread your way around, and pull so tight you’re worried it may explode (promise it won’t!).  This time around, you may need a friend to help push down the bedspread in order to pull it super tight like the bottom side.  Double knot.  Tuck in the left over yarn. BOOM!  Poof! ❤

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always, ashley

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Simple Striped Blanket

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SO, I have been working on the largest knitted project I have ever attempted, a twin bed-sized blanket.  I ended up using 4 balls of Bernat Blanket yarn in Dark Grey to complete the project.  The pattern I chose to use was a simple K4, P4 for 120 stitches across.  The project took about two months to complete with the normal life interruptions.  The blanket is so thick and warm, my only regret is that I live in Southern California and it is currently 85 degrees!

always, ashley

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Santa Hat Beanie

All three sizes can be seen here. (I ran out of red yarn!)

Happy holidays everyone!  Let’s get the season rolling by knitting up my super easy and quick Santa hat beanie!

This pattern makes a size small/medium/large hat.

  1. Small will fit pre-teens, little teens, and overall tiny people
  2. Medium will fit most adults.
  3. Large is big enough to fit on my boyfriend’s rather huge head. (Haha <3)

Small instructions will be denoted with a “S”, medium will marked with a “M”, and large with a “L”.

santa hat

Materials:

Super Chunky/Bulky Yarn (I used Loops & Threads – Cozy Wool in Fleece & Claret)

1 size 8 circular needle and/or 4-5 size 8 double point needles

A tapestry needle

Scissors

Pom-pom maker or supplies to make one

Pattern:

CO 61 sts (S), 65 sts (M) or 73 sts (L) of your white yarn

Join in the round by using an invisible join.  Here’s a video if you do not know how or would like a refresher!

You should now have 60 or 64 or 72 sts joined in the round.

R1-R12: *K2, P2

Cut your white working yarn, leaving about 12 inches.  Change your yarn to your red.

R13-26(S)/30(M)/28(L): *K

(Small start here)

R27: *K8, K2tog

R28: *K

(Large start here)

R29: *K7, K2tog

R30: *K

(Medium start here)

R31: *K6, K2tog

R32: *K

R33: *K5, K2tog

R34: *K

R35: *K4, K2tog

R36: *K

R37: *K3, K2tog

R38: *K

R39: *K2, K2tog

R40: *K

R41: *K1, K2tog

R42: *K2tog

Cut your working yarn at about 12 inches from the hat.  Use your tapestry needle and insert the yarn through the remaining sts in a circular pattern and pull tight.  Pop your yarn through the whole and weave your ends in on the inside off the hat.

Make your pom-pom using whatever method you see fit & attach the pom-pom to the top of your hat.  Here’s a video of one method of making your pom-pom & attaching it.

Huzzah!

Dang!  What a good looking Santa!  You’re just about ready for the North Pole!

Notice any issues with the pattern? Want to show off your Santa hat? Well don’t keep these things to yourself! Share!

always, ashley

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Feelin’ Foxy Scarf (The Fox)

This version of “Feelin’ Foxy Scarf” is designed to be quick and dirty.  Unlike the wolf, the fox was made for people who don’t have all week or month to be knitting a damn scarf!  So pick up your needles and get crackin’!

Mr. Wolf & Ms. Fox

Mr. Wolf & Ms. Fox

Inspired, translated, and tweaked from a lovely pattern created by a woman somewhere in Europe (sorry, I could not tell you where!), this foxy scarf is a fun accessory to add a little sass to any day.  You can find the original pattern here.  Follow along to furnish your own furry, foxy friend! (Pardon the alliteration!)

Very Foxy

Very Foxy

Materials:

2 different colors of super chunky weight (I used Bernat Softee Chunky)

2 size 8 needles

A darning needle & a sewing needle

Scissors

A 2 medium buttons & 1 small button (or yarn to embroider)

Pattern:

Body of Fox:

CO 2 of your lighter color

R1: *K

R2: KFB2

R3: KFB,*K*, KFB

Repeat R1 & R3 until you have 16 sts

Change to your bold color

R3: *K

Repeat R3, 18 times

R4: *K2tog, K2 (You should have 12 sts)

R5: *K1, P1

Repeat R5, 20 times

R6: KFB, K3, KFB, K3, KFB, K3 (You should have 15 sts)

R7: *K

Repeat R7, 65 times for S/M & 65 times for L/XL (Note the odd numbers of sts is so there is only stripe jogging on one side of you cute little friend)

Change to your lighter color

R8: *K

Repeat R8

R9: K2tog, *K*, K2tog

Repeat R8 twice & R9 until you have 3 sts left

R10: *K

Repeat R10, 3 times

R11: *K

Repeat R11

R12: KFB, *K*, KFB

Repeat R11 twice & R12 until you have 15 sts

R13: *K

Repeat R13

BO

Ear:

CO 8 of your lighter color

R1: *K

R2: K2tog, *K*, K2tog

Repeat R1 & R2 until 2 sts remain

BO

Repeat for second ear

Finishing:

Sew the BO end to the matching side of the foxes face so it makes a loop (I completed this by sewing the BO end to the lighter color jogging loops, it made for a clean join.)

Sew on the ears and either sew on button or embroider for eyes

Huzzah!

Wrap your cute little fox around your neck!  Do it!  Do it now!  Now look at your self! Aren’t you foxy? 😉

Notice any issues with the pattern? Want to let me know how smashing you look? Well don’t keep these things to yourself! Share!

always, ashley

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Feelin’ Foxy Scarf (The Wolf)

This version of “Feelin’ Foxy Scarf” takes much longer than the fox, but I promise, it’s worth it!  I prefer this style and I think you will too if you can muster the strength to sit through it!

“The Wolf”

Inspired, translated, and tweaked from a lovely pattern created by a woman somewhere in Europe (sorry, I could not tell you where!), this foxy scarf is a fun accessory to add a little sass to any day.  You can find the original pattern here.  Follow along to furnish your own furry, foxy friend! (Pardon the alliteration!)

This cutie! <3

This cutie! ❤

Materials:

2 different colors of medium weight / worsted yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft)

2 size 2 needles

A darning needle & a sewing needle

Scissors

A 2 medium buttons & 1 small button (or yarn to embroider)

Mr. Wolf & Ms. Fox

Mr. Wolf & Ms. Fox

Pattern:

Body of Fox:

CO 2 of your lighter color

R1: *K

R2: KFB2

R3: KFB,*K*, KFB

Repeat R1 & R3 until you have 32 sts

Change to your bold color

R3: *K

Repeat R3, 32 times

R4: *K2tog, K4 (You should have 26 sts)

R5: *K1, P1

Repeat R5, 37 times

R6: KFB, K11, KFB, K12, KFB (You should have 29 sts)

R7: *K

Repeat R7,

SIZES: 141 times for an S/M adult & 161 for a L/XL adult (Note the odd numbers of sts is so there is only stripe jogging on one side of you cute little friend)

Change to your lighter color

R8: *K

Repeat R8

R9: K2tog, *K*, K2tog

Repeat R8 twice & R9 until you have 5 sts left

R10: *K

Repeat R10, 4 times

R11: *K

Repeat R11

R12: KFB, *K*, KFB

Repeat R11 twice & R12 until you have 29 sts

BO

Ear:

CO 14 of your ligher color

R1: *K

R2: K2tog, *K*, K2tog

Repeat R1 & R2 until 2 sts remain

BO

Repeat for second ear

Finishing:

Sew the BO end to the matching side of the foxes face so it makes a loop (I completed this by sewing the BO end to the lighter color jogging loops, it made for a clean join.)

Sew on the ears and either sew on button or embroider for eyes

Huzzah!

Wrap your cute little fox around your neck!  Do it!  Do it now!  Now look at your self! Aren’t you foxy? 😉

Notice any issues with the pattern? Want to let me know how smashing you look? Well don’t keep these things to yourself! Share!

always, ashley

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Tweed Cabled Headband

 I would love to share one of my favorite headbands with you. Essentially, it is comprised of a basic cable stitch that sits in the middle of a simple seed stitch.  Follow these directions for a foolproof, lovely headband for yourself or a friend!

The front...

The front…

...and the back!

…and the back!

Materials:

Medium weight / Worsted yarn (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Oatmeal)

2 size 6 needles

A cable needle (or a size 6 dpn)

A darning needle

Scissors

A cute button

Supplies, pattern, and progress can be all seen here!

Pattern:

CO 17 sts

R1: K, P, K, P, K9, P, K, P, K

R2: K, P, K, P11, K, P, K

R3: K, P, K, P, K9, P, K, P, K

R4: K, P, K, P11, K, P, K

R5: K, P, K, P, K9, P, K, P, K

R6: K, P, K, P11, K, P, K

R7: K, P, K, P, Cable 3 in back, K3, K3 from Cable needle, K3, P, K, P, K

R8: K, P, K, P11, K, P, K

R9: K, P, K, P, K9, P, K, P, K

R10: K, P, K, P11, K, P, K

R11: K, P, K, P, K3, Cable 3 in front, K3, K3 from Cable needle, P, K, P, K

Repeat rows 6-11 until your project measures long enough to wrap around your head and over lap about half an inch to an inch (You know, for a button!). (For reference, mine was just short of 150 rows in total up until this point.)

Once here, you will add your button hole in your next row!

Rn: K, P K, P4, (ADD YOUR 4 STITCH BUTTON HOLE HERE) Don’t know how? Try this video!, K2, P, K, P, K

Rn2: *K, P2tog, *P until 3 sts remain, P2tog, K

Rn3: *K, P, *K until 2 sts remain, P, K

Rn4: *K, P2tog, *P until 3 sts remain, P2tog, K

Rn7: BO

Weave in those ends! Sew on that button! Never sewn a button you say?! Try this video!

Huzzah!

Button it on up, put it on your head! Look in the mirror! Don’t you look adorable.

Notice any issues with the pattern? Want to let me know how smashing you look? Well don’t keep these things to yourself! Share!

always, ashley

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