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
Materials
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 😀

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
Materials
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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The Tattershall Tote Knitting Pattern

This started as a simple stitch pattern, then evolved into a bag!

The Tattershall Tote
The Tattershall Tote
Materials
Sample used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, worsted/aran weight, approximately half a 400g cone, (300 yards/274 metres), in Sage
4mm needles
cable needle

 

Finished Size:
Approximatively 12”/30cm wide, 11”/28cm high, excluding handles.

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