Sunshine Waffle Placemat & Coaster Knitting Pattern

This pattern is knitted in double and plain knitting giving extra depth to the placemat & coaster, and all in a nice cheery yellow to brighten any table.

I used a version of the Alternate Cable Cast On method, instructions are included in the pattern.

Sunshine Waffle Placemat & Coaster
Sunshine Waffle Placemat & Coaster

Sunshine Waffle Placemat & Coaster
One placemat & coaster used approximately 1½ balls of RICO Creative Cotton Aran (50g 85m/92 yards per ball) in Light Yellow
4mm Straight Needles


Finished Size:
Placemat: Approximately 26cm/10” by 20cm/8”
Coaster: Approximately 10cm/4” square


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New Needles!

Although I have a lovely set of wooden knitting needles, the points leave a lot to be desired and have a bad habit of splitting already splitty yarn! So I decided it was time to buy myself one new pair of 4.00mm needles as that is the size I use most.

As I’ve already had a lot of success with using KnitPro Symfonie Circs, I decided to get a pair of straights. I knew they wouldn’t be cheap, but I’ve amassed quite a few Nectar points so I could use a voucher to pay for them. There I was, hovering over the ‘buy now’ button when something caught my eye…these…

Oops…wrong photo, I meant THESE…

KnitPro Karbonz…how could I resist?!

They are the most awesome needles to knit with, and I’m now so inspired that I’m working on a new design. I haz an epic happy 😀

Yarntropy, the scientific facts about yarn barfs.

Knitting and the laws of thermodynamics. I bet you thought they had nothing to do with each other, didn’t you?

But think a little longer, and you will soon realise that knitting (or even crochet) is closely related to the scientific laws of heat. If you’ve ever knitted a sweater or (Hello, Shana 🙂 ) a pair of socks in order to keep warm, then the connection is obvious, isn’t it?

But there’s even more of a link between knitting and all that science, and this will explain why most knitters (including the CraftShack’s very own Shana this morning)  are sometimes bedevilled by the dreaded yarn barf. Shana went to fetch a ball of yarn for a new project and opened the drawer only to find what looked like a nest of vipers inside. Her skills as the numero uno Destroyer of Yarn Barfs luckily saved the day.

Thermodynamics explains clearly why yarn barfs happen. It’s all to do with something called ‘entropy’. Nature tends to progress from a state of order to one of disorder. Well, that’s basically what the science says, and who am I to argue?

But why let scientists hog all the best words? Shouldn’t all those woolly acrylic tangles have their own scientific explanation and a fancy word to go with it?

Well now they do.

Let the physicists keep their entropy. Knitters, crocheters, and any other stick-wielding fibre addict can now adopt the following term:


So, don’t tie yourself in knots wondering why your nice neat yarn stash has suddenly rearranged itself into the world’s most impossible mess. It’s just the way the cosmos works. It’s simply yarntropy in action.

Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting

I’ve been experimenting with double knitting, from one simple line of pattern, you can make so many things, purses, bags, soap holders, scarves…and more!

Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting – Sample 1

In the above sample, I used two colours, changing every 2 rows.

Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting – Sample 2

The second sample shows how you can turn the double knitting into a quick and easy purse.

In both sample 1 and 2, you simply cast on an even number of stitches, twice as many as you need. For example, if you wanted your piece 20 stitches wide, cast on 40 stitches. However, in sample 2, I actually cast on 20 stitches, then knitted into the front and back of each stitch to create the 40 needed.

And here’s the line of pattern:

*k1, yarn forward, sl 1 stitch purlwise, yarn back* repeat across row

Yes it is that easy!

Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting – Sample 3

Sample 3 is an example of purling the stitches instead. You cast on as for the other samples, then follow this pattern:

*p1, sl 1 stitch knitwise* repeat across row

After the p1, you leave the yarn at the front, this is quite quick to knit, or should that be purl!

Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting – Sample 4

Sample 4 was a last minute addition to this post, I decided to see if I could work a rib into the double knitting. Now this would be ideal for a double knit, no-curl, ribbed scarf. The cast on is the same as the other samples, and the pattern is:

*p1, sl 1 stitch knitwise, yarn back, k1, yarn forward, sl 1 stitch purlwise* repeat across row

Note: if you finish with a ‘sl 1 stitch knitwise’, you must start with p1 on the next row, if you finish with a ‘sl 1 stitch purlwise, then start with a k1 on the next row.

Casting off

If you want to leave the top open, take 2 DPN’s and slip the 1st stitch onto one needle at the front, then the next stitch onto the 2nd needle to the back, essentially dividing the stitches into front and back. Then with a 3rd needle, cast off the front and back, unless you want to knit a flap, then just cast off the front stitches and knit across the back stitches.

For a closed edge, say for a scarf, knit two stitches together, twice, then slip the first one over the next, k2tog again, and slip the first stitch over, across the row.

Well until the next thrilling instalment of Saturday Scraps, that’s all for now folks!!

Beaded Favour Gift Bag Knitting Pattern

Finally the sun has come out so I can take pictures of my new design, it’s been so frustrating having to wait. I finished it not long after I wrote the post about using a ball of yarn and beads for something…well this is the something!

The idea came from the paper favour gift bags that are so popular, I just made mine with yarn and beads instead.

There is a tutorial included for threading the beads onto the yarn.

Beaded Favour Gift Bag

Beaded Favour Gift Bag
Sample used 1 ball of Sublime Egyptian Cotton dk, 115yds/105m, in Frothy
5 x 3mm DPN’s (Double Pointed Needles)
41 x 4mm beads
2 x 12”/30cm lengths of ribbon or I-cord for handles
marker for working in the round


Finished Size:
Approximatively 4.5”/11cm wide, 5.5”/14cm high, excluding handles, and 2”/5cm deep.


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