Sunday, December 16, 2018

Honeycomb Lace Cowl

Honeycomb Lace Cowl

Do you need a quick gift for someone special? Then the Honeycomb Lace Cowl is the project you're looking for. Inspired by the Honeycomb Lace Ornament, this very odd stitch pattern is made using only knit stitches with no yarn overs and only works when knit in the round. The only differences in the cowl and the ball ornament cozy are size, cast on/bind off edges, yarn weight and number of pegs used. The honeycomb lace stitch pattern makes for a “sweet” project that is fun and easy to do! 
Honeycomb Lace Stitch done in
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
For the featured cowl, I used super bulky yarn which resulted in a cowl with a textured look. A more “lacy” cowl can be achieved by using lighter weight yarn and/or a smaller gauge loom similar to the Honeycomb Lace Ornaments which were made using a light worsted weight yarn on a 1/2” gauge round loom. The loom used for this cowl was the CinDWood 60 peg 5/8" gauge Oval Loom
CinDWood 60 peg 5/8" gauge
loom was used for this project.
The finished size of the cowl was approximately 30" (76 cm) circumference & 7" (18 cm) high and only took one skein or 87 yards of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. However, I barely won at yarn chicken since the small amount shown below was all that was left after binding off, so I would recommend about 90 yards of super bulky yarn just to be on the safe side.
Remaining yarn after binding off

 The pattern is available as a free download on Ravelry at this location:



Friday, December 07, 2018

Honeycomb Lace Ornament


Our Ravelry Loom-a-long Group has a Holiday Swap at the end of November every year. I always try to design and make a special ornament to tuck in my recipient's swap package This year it was the Honeycomb Lace Ornament, which is a little lace cozy that slips onto a 3 inch ball ornament. 

This little project is super quick and easy. It is an unusual yet simple stitch consisting of all knit stitches with no yarn overs which creates a honeycomb lace pattern when worked in the round. The lace is formed based on the frequency of the knit stitches made per peg, but looks totally different when knit as a flat panel.

For my ornaments, I prefer the clear ball ornament and white yarn for the cozy. However, you can mix it up and use different colors of yarn and ornaments to suit your taste or color scheme. For example, the ornament on the top left in the photo above was made using the same Red Heart Shimmer yarn as the other two, but with a gold ball ornament. 

Two different looms were used for this project. The gold ornament was slightly bigger than the other two pictured, so I used the CinDWood 12 peg 5/8" gauge. Round Loom. The two smaller ornaments cozies were made on the CinDWood 12 peg 1/2" gauge Round Loom. The size can be adjusted up or down by increasing/decreasing number of pegs or gauge.


The PDF file can be found on Ravelry at this location:



Happy Holidays to all!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Fishy Sachet-Soap Sack




Do you ever wonder what to do with those tiny hotel/motel soaps, other than toss them in the trash? With this little Fishy Sachet-Soap Sack you can stuff those tiny bars or bits of soap inside and actually hold on to them long enough to take a shower.

If you don’t need a soap sack and things are smelling fishy, tie your favorite potpourri in an organza circlet and stuff it in the fishy for a cute little sachet sack. Keep your undies, socks and other clothing items smelling fresh. Also, these make great little gifts, too.

NOTE: As of this current publication, there is NO video tutorial. If a video becomes available, I will update and link it from the pattern and this blog post.


SKILL LEVEL: Easy intermediate

SIZE: 4½ inches (11 cm) in length – size varies depending on which loom/yarn you use.

GAUGE: 3.5 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch
Exact gauge is not essential to this project as long as you match the yarn to the loom.

MATERIALS
  • Yarn: Sugar’n Cream in Poppy (approximately 3 yards); Red Heart Super Saver in Black (18” strand of yarn for knotted eyes)
  • Looms: 12-peg CinDWood 1/2” gauge round loom. Any 12 peg round loom will work. Also, you can increase the number of rows and make this on a larger round loom.
  • Other supplies: loom tool, scissors, yarn needle; crochet hook


Skills included in this pattern:
  • Drawstring cast on
  • Knit stitch
  • Purl stitch
  • k2tog
  • k3tog
  • Yarn over
  • Changing from knitting in the round to two separate panels
  • Picking up stitches to add fin
  • Slipping yarn to the back of the peg
  • I-cord
  • Knotted eye (an alternative to an embroidered French Knot)

Availability: The detailed three-page pattern is available on Ravelry for $1.00:


🐠  Fishy Sachet-Soap Sack. 🐠

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Skully



The human skull, one symbol, so many meanings: 
  • Death, life, life after death
  • Rebirth or change
  • Vanity
  • Good luck, bad luck or no luck
  • Poison
  • Fear or caution in the presence of danger
  • Bravery or courage in the face of death
  • Nonconformity or rebelliousness
  • Decoration or fashion statement
  • Monster High Skullette
Skully is a little loom-knitted embellishment that you may decorate in any way you choose. Hauntingly adorable!! You can make them in any color and decorate them with buttons, embroidery, sequins or ribbon. These make great embellishments for hats, scarves, book bags or headbands. Sew pins on the backs and give them as Halloween or Day of the Dead gifts to friends and family.
The Skully pattern is available on Ravelry for a mere $1.25. Although this is a small applique (2-3”), the pattern is six pages long. Small items require specific techniques, especially on knitting looms, in order to create a clean finished look. This pattern includes the following:
12-peg Skully (right) & 20-peg Skully (left)
  • Two versions of the pattern: one for the CinDWood 12-peg 1/2” round loom and one for the CinDWood 20-peg 3/8” round loom, which also works with the 3/8” KB SockLoom2 set at 20-pegs. The photo on the right shows both versions of the pattern using the same yarn with the accompanying looms on which they were made.
  • Technical specs (skill level, size, gauge based on WPI, materials & notes
  • Photos of finished items using various types of yarn & finishing techniques
  • Techniques for the following: Single Drawstring Cast On; Closing the gap on the CO at end/beginning of rows; transitioning bind off edge from flat to round; Double Flat Knit BO; Single BO; Double Drawstring CO;and using WPI (wraps per inch).
  • General embroidery information is given which includes a simple diagram.

Here are some examples of Skully make on the 12-peg 1/2" gauge CinDWood Round Loom:


These are made on the 20-peg 3/8" looms. The one with the pink bow (top left) was made on the KB SockLoom2 set at 20-pegs and the others were made on the CinDWood Round Loom:. 

Hope you and Skully have a Happy Day of the Dead!




NOTE: Currently, there is NO video tutorial.    However, that could change at any moment.