A Home for the Crafty Side of Me

I needed a place to bombard my knitting stuff, so here we go~ I'll be posting pictures of the things I knit as well as things I want to knit. It's a knitting blog.


Learn to Crochet!
Crochet Gif Tutorials: Changing Colors (and Crocheting Over Ends)

This can be fiddly, but you will get the hang of it!

In this example, the project is made up of rows of single crochet (sc) stitches. But this works for other stitches too. The overall rule is to ‘use the new color when doing the final ‘pull through the loops on your hook’ of the last stitch in the previous color.’ (Let me know if you think a separate tutorial for a different stitch would be useful, though!)

Crocheting over the ends is by no means essential, if you find it easier, you can ignore that step and go back and weave the ends in when you finish the project. But let’s be honest, everybody hates weaving in ends, so this is a great trick to master! Keep crocheting over the ends for the next few stitches of the row, until they’re nicely secured. Then snip off any excess. 

For some extra notes on crocheting over the ends, please see this post. 

(Also yes, I guess the editing process has made this green yarn slightly yellowish!)

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OMG this. This is the most perfect knitted dress I have ever seen. Absolutely stunning. Seriously. Whoa.


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Sprout Chains Shawlette by Kristin Omdahl

This is gorgeous. It looks relatively simple, but the simplicity of it is just complete elegance. My hands are itching to make it. 

I’ve come to a sudden realization. With my new found skill in crochet, the world of amigurumi has opened up for me. Gotta find them all now! 




Sick of the #knitting tag being taken over by polyvore and we heart it?

Use the #knitter tag instead (you know, for browsing other people’s knitting when you should be working on your own)

The #knitter tag is full of actual people knitting! Hooray!

Genius. I shall be doing this from now on

You beautiful human being!

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So I figured it was time to let you in on the secret to really well fitted garments.  And the secret is give up strictly following patterns.  Start working with measurements as your basis.  

The reason I don’t strictly follow patterns is because our bodies don’t strictly follow them.  Instead I try to work with the measurements and figure it out from there.  

There’s a lot of benefits to working with measurements as the basis.  Like each of us makes a different gauge swatch, but the measurements around a newborn’s head are all pretty much the same.    So let’s say I’m making a hat for one of the charities I volunteer for.  I’ve got a gauge swatch that tells me that I’m at five stitches across, and five rows for a square inch.  Well, a newborn hat needs a circumference of twelve inches. So that’ll be five stitches times fourteen inches. That’s 60 stitches.  It needs a length of five inches (not including a brim) so that’s 25 rows.  Boom.  I’ve got the basis of what I need to make a hat.

So here they are.  Hats on top.  Kids sizes next.  Then women’s sizes.  Then men’s sizes.  The hats are in inches and the men’s are in centimeters.  Americans, I’m sorry, but we’re one of very few who don’t follow the metric system.  So um… yeah, trying to be respectful of our international fiber friends.  

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Whoa gorgeous.

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Knitting Inspiration: hoods. Like, fairy tale hoods. I read somewhere that “capes are in” this year and, while I don’t give a flying fuck about that sort of thing, it does mean that suddenly all these fetching hooded capelet/shawl things are sprouting like mushrooms. (Get it? Mushrooms? Fairy rings….fairy tales? You’re right, that was a bit of a stretch.)

I’m particularly drawn to ones that are heavily textured or almost insubstantial. There was a thing with hooded scarves a few years back that I never really committed to; having seen these more voluminous alternatives, I suddenly understand why I waited. Unlike hoodies, which are ubiquitously casual to the point where I refuse to wear them, and hooded scarves, which make me think of kids who can’t be trusted to not lose individual cold weather items and are thus given a combination mittens/hood/scarf thing, these are poised somewhere between little kid make-believe and massive sophistication. I also suspect that they won’t cause hat hair, although I might have to line them to prevent unfortunate bobby pin accidents.

Sources are, as always, in the captions.

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