Category Archives: KNITTING

Patterns and projects for the handknitter.

Knitting – Chemo Caps: blchemokids

knitted hat

Making hats for kids undergoing chemotherapy is a worthy cause that we can all contribute to. Hats are an easy and fun project to make, even for the beginner spinner. So, please, search through your stash, and spin, knit, crochet or sew a few hats for this endeavour.

Please, check with your local Cancer Society to see if hats are required in your area and the best place to send them. An example of someone working on this type of project is ChemoKids.

ChemoKids is seeking help from anyone with fiber related skills with our cause.

We are a non-profit organization that collects caps for children undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy for the
treatment of cancer or leukemia.

Because patients often loose their hair, they lose their self confidence. The caps offer an alternative to expensive wigs and also can help the children maintain good
health by keeping them warm and comfortable.

Presently, I handknit all of the caps that are donated, but I need help. Anyone willing to donate yarn, caps (handmade or store bought) or other supplies will be helping restore confidence and health
to a child in need. I am also requesting any knitting or crochet patterns for making caps, which can be put on the web site for others to use in their donations.

Sincerely,

Robin Burr

Founder of ChemoKids

How to Use a Corker: how_use_corker

Corking, also called a knitting knobby or spool knitting is used to make tubes of knitted cord that can be sewn together for mats, coasters and crafts.

 

Difficulty Level:

Easy

Here’s How:

  1. Push the yarn through the centre hole from the top to the bottom, leaving a 4 – 6″ tail.
  2. Hold the corker (spool knitter) in your left hand and wrap the yarn around the first peg of the corker, from left to right (counterclockwise).
  3. Turn the corker 1/4 turn (clockwise) and wrap the yarn around the next peg.
  4. Repeat with the 3rd and 4th pegs.
  5. Give the yarn a slight tug on the tail, to tighten the loops into place.
  6. Wrap the yarn around the first peg again and hold it in place with your left hand.
  7. With your right hand, using the needle provided in the corker kit, or a croche hook, lift the first loop on the peg, over the second loop and drop it off the peg.
  8. This forms a knitted stitch.
  9. Turn the corker 1/4 turn clockwise and wrap the yarn around the second peg.
  10. Lift the bottom loop on the second peg, over the top yarn, forming the next knitted stitch.
  11. Give a slight tug on the tail of the yarn, and repeat the above steps working your way around the pegs until you have knitted the length of cord required.
  12. To cast off, break the yarn and pull it through each stitch on the pegs.
  13. Remove the loops from the pegs and pull the yarn tight to secure.

Tips:

  • The cord can be used for belts, straps or sewn into mats, coasters and even hats.
  • Try using different yarns, wools, cottons or raffia. 
  • How To

    How to Knit with a Sock Loom
    How Long does it take to knit
    How to Make an Alum Mordant
    How to Mordant Cotton and Linen Yarns
    How to Sew Handwoven Fabric
    How to Spin a Cabled Yarn
    How to Make a Tin Mordant
    How to Make a Twisted Fringe
    How to Use a Corker
    How to Wash Fleece
    How to Felt
    How to Use a McMorran Balance

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    St Patricks Day Knitting: knit-stpats

    Free knitting projects and patterns for kids and adults to celebrate St. Patrick’s day.

    St. Patrick’s Day Afghan

    A beautiful collection of knitted blocks to create a special St. Patrick’s Day afghan.

    Celtic Knot Afghan
    Designed by Nicky Epstein

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    St Patricks Day Crafts

    More St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
    St Patricks Day Crochet
    St Patrick’s Day Beadwork

    Celtic Knitting Pattern Books

    Great Book of Celtic Patterns
    Step-by-step instructions for plotting out and drawing lines, twists, braids, and knots in the ancient Irish tradition.

    Celtic Designs
    More than 200 authentic Celtic motifs, ideal for myriad uses, include elaborate spirals and weaves, exotic birds, horned beasts, mermaids, and other fanciful creatures.

    Celtic and Old Norse Designs
    125 royalty-free designs depicting birds, human figures, mythological creatures, interwoven patterns.

    Celtic Collection
    Alice Starmore’s Celtic knitting.
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    Easter Knitting Patterns: knit-easter

    Knitted Bunny
    Adult and baby bunny knitting patterns.

    Baby Jacquards Bunny Toy
    A floppy eared bunny from Bernat.

    Duck Shelf Doll
    Knit this cute little duck for Easter.

    Easter Egg Basket
    This Easter egg basket designed by Jean Woods is knit with 8 ply DK or Worsted weight 4 ply yarn

    Machine Knitting

    Easter Bunny
    An Easter bunny knit on a Mattel knitter.

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    You Tube – Picking up Stitches

    Knitted Toy Pattern Books

    Knitted Toys: 25 Fresh and Fabulous Designs
    From a cute chick and a curly-haired doll to colorful mice and a patchwork tortoise, here you will find 25 unique designs for newborns to teens.
    UK: Knitted Toys

    Little Knitted Creatures (Leisure Arts #5144)
    23 adorable knitted creatures, including:. A Woodland Set-Squirrel, Owl, Mouse, Hedgehog, and Acorn. A Garden Gnome. A Birdhouse with Birds. An Ocean Set-Octopus, Whale, Crab, and Turtle . A set of true amigurumi-style critters-Bunny, Pig, and Bear. Plus, a more realistic group of animals-Sheep, Duck, and Bunny.
    UK: Little Knitted Creatures

    ..more Knit Toys..

    Easter Crafts and Patterns:

    Easter Basketry
    Easter Beadwork
    Easter Knitting Patterns and Projects
    Easter Crochet Patterns
    Easter Cross Stitch and Needlework Patterns
    Easter Clipart
    Easter Weaving, Dyeing and Spinning Crafts

    Natural Easter Egg Dyes

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    Weaving Draft – Crackle: aa072999

    Crackle or Jämtlandsväv is similar to overshot and summer and winter weaves. Weft threads pass over 3 warp threads and are bound down by the 4th warp thread. On a 4 shaft loom, 4 pattern blocks are possible. The transition from one block to the next requires an incidental thread that is a repeat of the first thread of the block.
    I designed this crackle weave fabric with a lightweight summer jacket in mind. I like the soft, natural colors that Foxfiber cotton yarns provide.

    foxfibre kimono

    Warp

    10/2 Foxfiber cotton, 4200 ypp
    colors: Buffalo – B100, B50, B25
    Green – G100, G50, G25
    Coyote – C100, C50, C25

    Each crackle design block was threaded using alternate color blocks of green and brown with a random selection of the various shades of Foxfiber colors. This added an interesting depth of color to the pattern blocks.

    Sett: 24 e.p.i
    Loom Width: 38″, Finished width: 32″
    No. Ends: 912
    Warp Length: 4 yards

    Weft

    Pattern weft: 18/2 Foxfiber cotton, 7560 ypp, Green – G25
    Tabby weft: 60/1 Bourette Silk

    Using the fine silk yarn as the tabby shot, gave the fabric a very soft, luxurious handle.

    Crackle Draft

    Kimono Woven in Crackle

    The Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand Weaving for the Beginning Weaver (Second Revised Edition)

    The Key to Weaving, Mary Black, p. 307 – 310

    Weaving Drafts

    Rosepath
    Birds Eye
    Dimity Cord
    Huck Draft

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    Sari Silk: aa012011

    Knitting with sari silk yarn has recently become quite fashionable. As Sari shops are quite plentiful in London, I thought that I would try to make my own sari yarn and weave with it using it as a weft yarn.

    Narrow strips of pre-woven cloth are recylced and used in many forms of weaving, such as rag rugs, Finnish poppana or Japanese Sakiori. In Poppana, the cloth is cut on the bias, so that the fuzzy bits of the cloth become part of the design of the cloth, creating a chenille effect. In Sakiori the cloth is cut into narrow strips and rewoven to make kimono fabric. I purchased a 6 meter length of sari cloth. Using a rotary cutter, I cut the cloth into 1 inch wide strips. I think in future I will make the strips slightly narrower, perhaps 3/4″, to create a finer weight of cloth. You can experiment with the width of the yarn to see what works best for your project.

    sari yarn

    sari yarn

    I put a 6 yard warp onto my loom because I want to make a few different types of fabric using a variety of weft yarns. I am planning on using these fabrics to sew some purses or bags, each one slightly different. For warp, I used a 6 ply Finnish ‘Kalalanka’ yarn, cotton, 2100 ypp. You could subsitute this with another cotton yarn of a similar yardage.

    Warp

    • Warp: 6 yards – 6 ply Kalalanka
    • Sett: 10 epi
    • Warp Width: 20 inches
    • # ends: 200
    • Weft: 12 ppi

    Weft

    In addition to the ‘sari yarn’ I also used a single ply hemp singles. I wove the fabric using 2 shuttles, throwing the sari yarn as twill, and alternating with a tabby shot of hemp singles.
    sari weaving draft

    recycled sari cloth

    Recycled Sari cloth on the loom.
    The variations in the original sari cloth give interesting effects when rewoven.

    recycled sari

    Recycled Sari cloth on loom

    For the remaining warp I have used both a thick and a thin hemp yarn, varying the treadling. I used a 6 ply hemp for the twill shots and a hemp singles for the tabby shots.
    hemp draft
    Weaving Draft
    Black Hemp Weft
    Black Hemp Weft
    Purple Hemp Weft
    Purple Hemp Weft

    Rag Weaving

    T Shirt Rugs
    Poppana
    Sakiori

    Sewing Bags

    Here are a few patterns for sewing bags and purses, that can be used with your hand woven cloth.
    Square Bottom Tote Bag Pattern
    Placemat Purse Pattern
    Clutch Purse Pattern Beaded Bag Knitting
    Not woven – This is a knitted bag – which I included because I thought it was a cool technique.

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    Double Width Weaving: aa041399

    It is possible to weave a project twice the width of your loom by using a double weave technique. Half of the shafts of your loom weave the top layer of the warp and the other shafts weave the bottom layer, creating a folded edge on one side of the warp. I have used this technique to weave large queen size blankets.

    double width weaving

    When you are calculating the number of ends, remember that you are making a project that is double the width that is on your loom, so you will need to double the number of ends. For example, in this handspun blanket that I made, I used a sett of 5 e.p.i. The loom width was 54″. I needed 540 ends (54″ x 5) = 270 x 2 = 540. I threaded the loom at 10 e.p.i. as only half of the ends were used for each layer.

    In this threading, the open side of the fabric is on the left, and the folded side is on the right. In double wide projects, there is quite a bit of draw-in on the folded side, so to compensate, I change the sett of the last inch of threads to 5 e.p.i.
    You can weave a project twice the width of your loom by using a double weave technique. Half of the shafts of your loom weave the top layer of the warp and the other shafts weave the bottom layer, creating a folded edge on one side of the warp. I have used this technique to weave large queen size blankets.

    double wide draft

    Although I used the same color of yarn for both layers, in this draft I have denoted the bottom and top layers with light and dark colors.

    To begin weaving, I throw the shuttle from the left, on the bottom layer, creating the open side of the cloth.
    The shuttle is then thrown from the right, on the top layer, creating a fold.

    The shuttle is thrown from the left, on the top layer, back to the fold

    and then from the right, on the bottom layer, back to the open side of the fabric. The warp must be tightly and evenly wound onto the back beam to avoid any loose warp threads. Tension problems in the warp will cause skips in the bottom layer.

    It takes a bit of skill and faith that it will work, as you are weaving the bottom layer unseen, but the technique isn’t that difficult, even for a beginner weaver. I find this double weave technique to be quite useful as it expands the capabilities of even a small loom, allowing you to make much larger projects.

    Draft for 8 Shaft Double Wide Twill

    8 shaft double wide draft

    Weaving Drafts
    Twill Tapestry
    Summer Winter Draft
    Log Cabin Draft
    Finn Weave Draft

    Handweaving Books

    Doubleweave: On Four to Eight Shafts

    Double Weave: Theory and Practice

    Magic of Doubleweave: The Best of Weaver’s (Best of Weaver’s series)

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    Valentines Heart Weaving Draft: bldft0299

    Adapted from ” A Weavers Book of 8 Shaft
    Patterns” Carol Strickler. P. 151

    Design by Marguerite Gingras and Yolande Boldue.

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    More Valentine’s Day Crafts

    St. Valentine’s Day Beadwork

    St. Valentine’s Day Basketry

    St. Valentine’s Day Weaving

    St. Valentine’s Day Clipart

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