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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Easy Hooded Cowl Knitting Pattern

Easy Hooded Cowl Free Knitting Pattern by Blogger Gina Michele
   I've been wanting to create a knitting pattern for a hooded cowl for some time now, but I wasn't sure how to make the pattern beginner friendly. Then it occurred to me- use my Woodland Hood knitting pattern and add a cowl! I make a few changes to the pattern to account for the heavier yarn and to make the design work better with the addition of the cowl. This is really easy to knit! The hood is knit flat, then seamed up the back. The stitches on the bottom of the cowl are picked up using circular needles and the cowl is knitted. 
     This Hooded Cowl is the perfect accessory now that the temperature has dropped to near freezing. I'll definitely be wearing mine to keep warm thi winter!
Yarn: Lion Brand Thick & Quick in Moonlight (2 skeins)
Needles: Size 13 Straight
Size 13 circular, 16 inch
Free Knitting Pattern
Cast on 48 sts. Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 3 rows. Switch to Stockinette Stitch and work until piece measures 12 inches. Bind off
 To assemble the hood (click here for pictures): 
The 3 rows of ribbing you knit at the beginning will go around the face.
1) Fold the piece in half longways, right sides together.
2) Using a yarn needle sew the seam closed where you binded off. Turn the hood right side out.
To add the Cowl:
With the circular needles, cast on 16 sts. Pick up the stitches all around the bottom of the hood and join together. Knit in the round for 6 1/2 inches. K2, P2 for the last 3 rows. Bind off in K2, P2 ribbing.
Easy Hooded Cowl Free Knitting Pattern by Blogger Gina Michele
Easy Hooded Cowl Free Knitting Pattern by Blogger Gina Michele
Easy Hooded Cowl Free Knitting Pattern by Blogger Gina Michele
Easy Hooded Cowl Free Knitting Pattern by Blogger Gina Michele







Friday, December 2, 2016

Gucci Metallic Beanie Knitting Pattern

Gucci Metallic Beanie Free Knitting Pattern
     I love finding expensive, designer knits that I can make myself! As saw as I saw this Gucci Metallic Beanie I knew it was the perfect inspiration for one of my free knitting patterns. I love the metallic yarn and the stripes. Being Gucci, this hat comes with a pretty scary price tag. Luckily, it's simple to knit yourself! I found some look-a-like metallic yarn from Patons. It has a nice, metallic sheen and a silky feel. Happy knitting!

Yarn: Patons Metallic in Metallic Teal (1 skein) and in Gold (1 skein)
Needles: Size 8 circular, 16 inch
Double point size 8
Free Knitting Pattern
With the Teal yarn, cast on 80 sts and join together. Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 1 inch. Switch to the bronze yarn and knit in the round for 2 inches. Switch to teal yarn and knit in the round for 2 inches. Switch back to the bronze yarn and knit in the round for 2 inches.
Decrease (switch to teal yarn):
Knit 8 sts, knit 2 together, repeat across row (72 sts)
Knit across row
Knit 7 sts, Knit 2 together, repeat across row (64 sts)
Knit across row
Knit 6 sts, Knit 2 together, repeat across row (56 sts)
Knit across row
Knit 5 sts, Knit 2 together, repeat across row (48 sts)
Knit across row
Knit 4 sts, Knit 2 together, repeat across row (40 sts)
*Switch to double point needles when needed
Knit across row
Knit 3 sts, Knit 2 together, repeat across row (32 sts)
Knit across row
Knit 2 sts, Knit 2 together, repeat across row (24 sts)
Knit 2 together until you are left with 8 sts. Break yarn and pull through remaining sts. Pull to tighten. Weave in ends.






Thursday, December 1, 2016

How to Make Twine from Fabric Scraps

How to Make Twine from Fabric Scraps
     Anyone who sews knows that you end up with a lot of scrap fabric. Oftentimes, it's too small to do anything with, but you save it anyway. Throwing out fabric just seems so wasteful. If you're like me you store in up in bins and think to yourself, "I'll do something with it someday". I've found the perfect solution to your scrap fabric hoarding! This video tutorial will show you how to turn your scraps into beautiful twine. This is really easy to do and the only tool you need is your hands. It's also pretty addictive to make and the perfect thing to do while binge watching Netflix. 

Supplies:
Cotton fabric (non stretch)
Scissors
How to Make Twine from Fabric Scraps


This fabric twine is perfect for decorating presents, and as garland. You can even wrap it around flower pots and vases.This is the perfect way to turn your fabric scraps into something beautiful and useful! 
How to Make Twine from Fabric Scraps
How to Make Twine from Fabric Scraps
How to Make Twine from Fabric Scraps
How to Make Twine from Fabric Scraps
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How to Make Perfect Tassels Every Time (Video Tutorial)

How to Make Perfect Tassels Every Time with Clover Tassel Maker
     As soon as I saw this Tassel Maker on my Amazon home page I knew I had to buy it. I use my Clover Pom Pom maker all the time, so I was keeping my fingers crossed that this product would be just as good. Spoiler alert: It is!!! The directions that came with it had tiny pictures and were pretty confusing so I decided to make a video tutorial to show you how it works. Once you get the hang of it, this little tool is awesome! It allows you to make tassels in various sizes and they come out looking uniform every time.
Supplies:
Yarn (I used worsted weight)
Clover Tassel Maker

These tassels are great for adding to scarves, throws or even for decorating. I was thinking of even making some Christmas garland with them.
How to Make Perfect Tassels Every Time with Clover Tassel Maker
How to Make Perfect Tassels Every Time with Clover Tassel Maker
How to Make Perfect Tassels Every Time with Clover Tassel Maker

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