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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

DIY Painted Silhouette Christmas Ornaments

DIY Painted Silhouette Christmas Ornaments    I love making Christmas ornaments so I wanted to start a new Christmas ornament tradition for Indigo. I already made some photo ornaments, but I wanted a theme that I could make every year, then the idea hit- silhouettes!!! This is Indigo's second Christmas, but luckily I already had his silhouette from last year's for this DIY project
     These DIY silhouette Christmas ornaments are really easy to make and best of all, no artistic skill is required. It only looks like it!
Supplies:
Wood slice
Profile picture & photo editing software
Graphite paper
Sharpie (fine point)
Acrylic paint
Woven ribbon
Drill
(optional) Metallic Sharpie for writing the year
DIY Painted Silhouette Christmas Ornaments
Take a picture of your subject against a plain background (a wall is great) Turn it into a silhouette using this technique. Cut out the silhouette.
DIY Painted Silhouette Christmas Ornaments
Place the graphite paper on top of the wood slice. Place the silhouette picture on top. Trace around the silhouette with a pencil
DIY Painted Silhouette Christmas Ornaments
Once you lift the paper, your silhouette will be transferred to the wood. Awesome, right?
DIY Painted Silhouette Christmas Ornaments
Next, trace around the image with the Sharpie. This is much easier than trying to paint all those fine lines!
DIY Painted Silhouette Christmas Ornaments
Paint inside the lines
DIY Painted Silhouette Christmas Ornaments
 Drill holes in the top and string the ribbon through
How to Make Painted Silhouette Christmas Ornaments
How to Make Painted Silhouette Christmas Ornaments
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Easy Jumbo Cowl Knitting Pattern

Beginner Jumbo Cowl Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
     I love giant knits- the bigger, the better! Jumbo yarn calls for basic knitting patterns, so this one is as easy as they come. This cowl is knit flat and then seamed when you are finished. I made this in about an hour thanks to the jumbo yarn and size 35 needles. Happy knitting! 

Yarn: Loops & Threads Chunky Luxe in Burgundy Blend (2 skeins) 
          Loops & Threads Chunky Grande in Cream (1 skein)
Needles: Size 35 knitting needles
Free Knitting Pattern
With the burgundy yarn, cast on 12 sts. Work in Garter Stitch until piece measures 26 inches. Switch to cream yarn and knit for an additional 11 inches. Bind off. Sew seam and weave in ends.
Beginner Jumbo Cowl Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
Beginner Jumbo Cowl Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele
Beginner Jumbo Cowl Knitting Pattern by Gina Michele





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.






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