Category Archives: KNITTING

Patterns and projects for the handknitter.

Knitted Edging Patterns: Knit Edge1

A free knitting pattern for a lace knitted edging.

This sample was knit using 3 ply hemp in bleached white.

This edging is worked crosswise.

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Cast on 9 sts.

Row 1

Knit 9 sts.
Row 2

Sl1, K2, (K2 tog, yo)twice, K1, yo, K1
Row 3

Knit across (10 sts)
Row 4

Sl1, K1, (K2 tog, yo) twice, K3, yo, K1
Row 5

Knit across (11 sts)
Row 6

Sl1, K2, (K2 tog, yo) twice, K 5, yo, K1
Row 7

Knit across (12 sts)
Row 8

Sl1, K2, (yo, K2 tog) twice, K1, K2 tog, you, K2 tog
Row 9

Knit across (11 sts)
Row 10

S1l, K3, yo, K2 tog, yo, K3 tog, yo, K2 tog
Row 11

Knit across (10 sts)
Row 12

Sl1, K4, yo, K 3 tog, yo, K2 tog
Repeat From Row 1 for desired length.

Knitting Patterns

Rib Lines
Holey Lace
Shetland Squares

Knitting Pattern Books

Nicky Epstein The Essential Edgings Collection: 500 of Her Favorite Original Borders

Knitting on the Edge: Ribs, Ruffles, Lace, Fringes, Floral, Points & Picots: The Essential Collection of 350 Decorative Borders

Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods; Find the perfect start and finish for every knitting project

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Fingerless mittens

Here are some free patterns for knitting fingerless mittens

fingerless mittens

Kids Fingerless Mittens
Knit these up in an evening using variegated yarns.

Knoon Designs
Fingerless mittens knit in worsted weight yarn.

Learn How to Knit Fingerless Mittens
These mittens are reversible – knit in reverse stocking stitch and twisted moss stitch.

2 Hour Fingerless Mitten Pattern

Optimistic Mittens
Knit these fingerless mittens in superwash merino wool.

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Charmed Fingerless Mittens
Knit these luxurious mittens in cashmere and mohair yarn.

Fast and Easy Fingerless Mitts
Knit these mittens in worsted weight wool – using just 50 grams of yarn.

Knitting Patterns

hand spun yarn
Paivatar Hand Spun Yarns
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Knitting Books

Knitting Hats & Mittens from Around the World: 34 Heirloom Patterns in a Variety of Styles and Techniques

Solveig Larsson’s Knitted Mittens: Over 40 Wearable Patterns Inspired by the Landscape, Legends, and Lasting Traditions of Northern Sweden

Free Knitting Patterns

Simple Scarf Pattern
Seed Stitch Hat
Norwegian Lichen Slippers
Knitted Socks

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Simple scarf

This is a super simple scarf pattern – designed for the beginner knitter – or those more experienced who like to knit scarves with bulky yarns. I have designed this knitting pattern to work with my hand spun yarns – but it will work fine with any chunky weight yarn.
This scarf knitting pattern uses about 100 grams of yarn.

hand spun knit scarf

I am using a moss stitch for the pattern. I like to use moss stitch for hand spun yarns because it enhances the texture of the yarn.

Moss Stitch
Moss stitch alternates between knit and purl on each row. You knit the purls and purl the knits. It is best to cast on with an odd number of stitches.

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Scarf Knitting Pattern

This will knit a scarf that is approx. 7 inches in width and 70 inches in length.

Use size 7 mm needles.
UK size 2, US size 10.5
Knitting Needle Conversion Chart

Cast on 17 stitches.

Row 1: Knit across the row
Row 2: Knit across to create a garter stitch border.
Row 3: K1, P1 across ending on a Knit stitch.
Row 4 :K1, P1 across ending on a Knit stitch.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 to the end of the scarf.
Last 2 rows, knit across to create a garter stitch border.
Cast off.

Hand Spun Knitting Yarn

hand spun knitting yarn
Look for one of a kind hand spun yarns in my Folksy shop.
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Knitting Projects

Knit and Felted Waterlily Flower
Fingerless Mittens
Norwegian Lichen Slippers

Scarf Knitting Patterns

Scarf Style 2: Innovative to Traditional, 26 Fresh Designs to Knit
Scarves in the Round: 25 Knitted Infinity Scarves, Neck Warmers, Cowls, and Double-Warm Tube Scarves
Scarves and Shawls for Yarn Lovers: Knitting with Simple Patterns and Amazing Yarns

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Santa suit

In the previous article I provided instructions for knitting a Santa doll.
Knit Santa Doll
Knit Santa doll

Santa needs a Santa suit, so I thought that I would make him one from handmade felt.

I started by felting a fairly thin piece of red felt (approx 15″x15″ Square)

red handmade felt

Felt Making

How to Make Handmade Felt

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Santa’s Trousers
After felting I cut a piece of this felt that was wide enough to fit around Santa’s tummy, and long enough to fit his legs. Then I cut partly up the center of the piece of felt – to fit around his legs.
Santa Felted Pants
I hand stitched around the cut piece with a length of wool yarn, to strengthen the edges.

Santa's felt trousers

I then hand sewed the legs together with red wool yarn.

Santa’s Jacket

From the remaining red felt, I cut a slit into the fabric and a small oval for the neckline.
Sewing Santa suit

I fitted this around the Santa doll and then cut away small sections to shape the sleeves.
I hand stitched the sides and sleeves together.

Then I needle felted a trim around Santa’s jacket using white merino roving.

Santa Hat

With remaining bits of the red felt I cut a triangle shape for his hat and then needle felted some white merino wool for the brim of his hat.

felting Santa hat

Santa’s Boots

I hand spun a few ounces of black Shetland wool for knitting the Santa boots. You can use any pure wool yarn. The boots are knitted in a similar fashion to Santa’s legs.

Cast on 13 stitches
Knit 6 rows stocking stitch

Shape Feet
21 WS – k1, m1, k5, m1, k1, m1, k5, m1, k1
22 RS – purl
23 WS – k8, m1, k1, m1, k8
24 RS – purl
25 WS – k9, m1, k1, m1, k7, turn, do not work remaining stitches on left hand needle
26 RS – sl 1, purl 16, turn
27 WS – sl1, k7, m1, k1, m1, k6, turn
28 RS – sl 1, p 14, turn
29 WS – sl 1, k6, m1, k1, m1, k3, turn
30 RS sl1, p8, turn
31 WS – sl 1, knit to end of row
Cast off.

Fit the boots around Santa’s feet and sew up the seams.

Needle felt a bit of wool fleece for his hair and beard. Then attach his hat to his head lightly with a bit of needle felting.

Santa on Etsy
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Christmas Crafts Books

Artful Christmas: 30 Elegant Craft Projects
Glitterville’s Handmade Christmas: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting!
Knit a Vintage Christmas: 22 Stocking, Ornament, and Gift Patterns from Christmas Past
Scandinavian Christmas Stockings: Classic Designs to Knit for the Holiday

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Knit Santa Pattern

Christmas is fast approaching, so time to start making your Christmas crafts.

Here is a free knitting pattern for making a Santa Claus doll.
The body has been handknit using pure DK weight wool and size 4mm knitting needles. I have used merino wool roving for the body stuffing, so that this can be felted in the washing machine.

Knit Santa doll

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Santa Knitting Pattern

Body
Cast on 24 st
1 WS -Knit
2 RS – Purl
3 WS – K5, m1, k2, m1, k10, m1, k2, m1, k5
4 RS – Purl
5 WS – – K6, m1, k2, m1, k12, m1, k2, m1, k6
6 RS – Purl
7 WS – – K7, m1, k2, m1, k14, m1, k2, m1, k7
Knit 20 rows in stocking stitch
28 WS – k6, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k12, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k6
29 RS – p6, p2 tog, p2, p2tog, p12, p2 tog, p2, p2 tog, p6
30 WS – k5, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k10, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k5
31 RS – – p4, p2 tog, p2, p2tog, p8, p2 tog, p2, p2 tog, p4
32 WS – k3, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k10, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k3
33 WS – k2, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k10, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k3

Neck
Knit 3 rows in stocking stitch

Head
37 WS – k3, m1, k2, m1, k6, m1, k2, m1, k3
38 RS – p4, m1, p2, ,m1, p8, m1, p2, m1, p4
39 WS – k5, m1, k2, m1, k10, m1, k, m1, k5
Knit 11 rows stocking stitch
51 WS – k4, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k8, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k4
52 RS – p3, p2 tog, p2, p 2 tog, p6, p2 tog, p2, p2 tog, p3
53 WS – k2, ss k1 psso, k2, k2 tog, k4, k tog, k2, ss k1 psso, k2
Cast off

Arms
– Knit 2
Cast on 12 stitches
Knit 18 rows in stocking stitch
19 WS – k1, ( k2 tog) twice, k2, ( k2 tog) twice, k1
20 RS – Purl
21 WS – k2, (m1, k2) 3 times
22 RS – Purl
23 WS – k2, m1, k3, m1, k4, m1, k2
Knit 5 rows in stocking stitch
45 WS – k1, ( k2 tog) 6 times, k1
Break off yarn and thread through remaining stitches
Legs
Cast on 15 stitches
Knit 4 rows stocking stitch
5 WS – k4, k2 tog, k3, k2 tog, k4
Knit 20 rows stocking stitch

Shape Feet
21 WS – k1, m1, k5, m1, k1, m1, k5, m1, k1
22 RS – purl
23 WS – k8, m1, k1, m1, k8
24 RS – purl
25 WS – k9, m1, k1, m1, k7, turn, do not work remaining stitches on left hand needle
26 RS – sl 1, purl 16, turn
27 WS – sl1, k7, m1, k1, m1, k6, turn
28 RS – sl 1, p 14, turn
29 WS – sl 1, k6, m1, k1, m1, k3, turn
30 RS sl1, p8, turn
31 WS – sl 1, knit to end of row
Cast off

Finishing

Body
Sew the top of the head and back seam using a blanket stitch.
Stuff the body with merino wool roving.
Sew the bottom seam using a blanket stitch.

Neck
Using 1 strand of wool yarn, without an end knot, insert a tapestry needle at the back seam, under the first row of the head increase. Weave the needle through the stitches in the neck and pull the thread to tighten the neck. Tie a double knot and weave the yarn ends into the doll.

Arms
Using a blanket stitch, sew the sides of the arms together and fill the arms with wool stuffing.
Using the decrease stitches on the shoulders as a guide, sew the top of the arm to the shoulder area of the body.
Using the same method as for the neck, tighten the wrists with a strand of yarn.

Legs
Fold the cast-off edge in half and stitch together with a blanket stitch to create the foot of the doll.
Fill with wool roving and continue to stitch up the back of the leg.
Fill the leg with wool roving and sew up the top opening.
Stitch the legs to the bottom of the body.

knitted Santa

Machine Felted Santa

After knitting, I washed Santa in the washing machine set on a gentle cycle, along with a few tea towels.

Felted Santa doll

Felt Santa Next:
How to make the Santa Suit!
Santa on Folksy

Christmas Craft Books and Patterns

Mini Christmas Knits (Twenty to Make)
Highlighting the small charms of the holidays, the 20 step-by-step Christmas projects collected here will add to the warmth of the season. With each project requiring just small scraps of yarn, knitters will enjoy applying their skills to such novelty projects as miniature Christmas stockings, holly leaves, small reindeer, a snowman, an egg cozy, knitted gingerbread cookies, and a wee Christmas sweater.
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‘Twas the Knits Before Christmas
‘Twas the Knits Before Christmas features the poem, accompanied by beautiful color illustrations. Interspersed are patterns for creating a knitted scene that includes mom and dad, the children, Santa, eight reindeer, the moon, stockings, and toys.

Knit Christmas Stockings!: 19 Patterns for Stockings and Ornaments
The 19 fun, simple-to-follow patterns presented here make it easy for even first-time knitters to create beautiful stockings, not to mention delightful knit and felt ornaments for the Christmas tree.

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Felt Mitts Knitting Pattern

This is a knitting pattern for making handfelted wool mittens using handspun yarn.
I used handspun merino wool and felted the mittens after knitting. I also added a trim to the cuff of the mittens using Sami-style woven braid. You could also embroider a design into the edge.

I have a fairly small hand – so this pattern will need to be adjusted for larger sizes to fit your hand. Since the mittens will be felted, allow for about 10-15% shrinkage.

Mitten Knitting Pattern

Cast on 35 stitches.
Knit 2 rows in the round.
Purl one row.
Knit 12 rows – or about 2.5 inches in length.
The handwoven trim (or embroidery) will be added into this cuff section of the mitten.
Knit 14 rows or about 3 inches.
You can measure the length of this section to your hand – it should be from the bottom of your wrist to the start of your thumb.
Place 7 stitches onto a stitch holder. This will be for the thumb.
Continue knitting in the round on the remaining stitches (28 stitches), until the mitten reaches the top of your fingers. (18 rows)
Decrease 4 times per row as follows:
Slip stitch, knit 1, psso. Knit 10, knit 2 together, slip stitch, knit 1 psso, knit 12, knit 2 together.
SS, K1, psso, K8, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, K8, k2 tog.
SS, K1, psso, K6, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, K6, k2 tog.
SS, K1, psso, K4, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, K4, k2 tog.
SS, K1, psso, K2, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, K2, k2 tog.
SS, K1, psso, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, k2 tog.
Sew remaining stitches together.
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To knit the Thumb:
Using double pointed needles pick up the 7 stitches from the stitch holder.
Pick up an additional9 stitches to form the base of the thumb (16 stitches)
Knit in the round until the thumb measures the length of your thumb. (9 rows)

Decrease on the thumb:
In a similar fashion to the decreases at the top of the mitt, decrease 4 stitches per row.
SS, K1, psso, K6, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, K6, k2 tog.
SS, K1, psso, K4, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, K4, k2 tog.
SS, K1, psso, K2, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, K2, k2 tog.
SS, K1, psso, K2 tog, ss, K1, psso, k2 tog.
Sew remaining stitches together.
Sew in all yarn ends on the reverse side of the mittens.

How to Felt the Mittens

I use a large bucket of hot water and a spray bottle filled with cold water and dish detergent.
Soak the mittens in the hot water and place them onto a bamboo felting matt.
If you don’t have one, you can use a large sheet of bubble wrap instead.
Spray the mittens with the cold soapy water and rub the outside of the mittens vigoursly to produce suds.
Turn the mittens over and spray the other side of the mittens as well.
Roll the mittens up in the bamboo matt and roll it back and forth on a table.
Unroll the felting matt and turn the mittens around, spray more soapy water.
Reroll the matt and keep rolling.
Unroll the matt again and dip the mittens in the hot water.
Spray more soapy water, rub the mittens and roll some more.
This felting process will take some time, so keep repeating the dipping in hot water, add more soap and roll again.
The mittens will look like they are stretching first, so don’t be alarmed. They will eventually shrink and begin to felt.
knitted mitten
felted mitten

Sami Weaving Patterns

Sami Weaving Drafts
Sami Beaivi Weaving Loom Video
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Mitten Knitting Books

Knitting Hats & Mittens from Around the World: 34 Heirloom Patterns in a Variety of Styles and Techniques
Folk Mittens (Folk Knitting series)
Mostly Mittens: Ethnic Knitting Designs from Russia
Knit One, Felt Too: Discover the Magic of Knitted Felt with 25 Easy Patterns
Heart Felt Knits: 25 Fresh and Modern Felting Projects

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Big O Games

I found some lovely examples of knitting today at my local yarn shop – in support of those ‘Big O’ games that are coming to London next week. It is nice to see that handknitters support local and global sports and use their creative talents to create works of art.

A warning though – if you do knit a doll and put shorts on it, or create other works of art that are in support of your favourite sports events, please be aware of and respect copyright rules.

Big O Games Knitting

Ravelry Crackdown
Unfortunately one of the well known knitting groups ran into some confrontation with the O committee due to copyright infringement rules.
An Apology

The Lobbying Power of Crafters

Knitted O-Theme figures

Knit Wit Suzanne – Mini Games in Garden

Big O Games Knitting

Sochi Rainbow Birds
Folksy: Sochi Rainbow Birds
Etsy: Sochi Rainbow Birds

Knitting Patterns

Knit London: 10 Iconic London Projects
Knitting patterns for the London Eye, Big Ben, phone booth and more.

Stitch London: 20 kooky ways to knit the city and more

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Book Shop – Handspinning

Recommended Hand Spinning Books
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A Fine Fleece: Knitting with Handspun Yarns

Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning

All New Homespun Handknit: 25 Small Projects to Knit with Handspun Yarn

Homespun, Handknit

101 Designer One-Skein Wonders: A world of possibilities inspired by just one skein

Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools

Handspun Revolution

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