Curly-Q Pillow

Definitely the perfect project for beginner knitters!  This is a simple and quick project that is wonderful for decoration or as a cool gift idea!

CO: 60 on US 11 Gauge: 2.74 SPI (Gauge doesn’t make a difference)

2 Skeins of any felting wool (Cascade 200 is a great yarn to use)

Finished Size:  18″ inches long by 6″high

Simply knit one side stockinette till pieces is 7.5 or 8 inches high and then knit the other side in garter stitch (same height).

Sew together all of the edges, leaving a small opening for stuffing.  Throw in a washer and felt. Lay flat to dry (it is a good idea to make sure that edges are square).  Once dry, you can embroider the stockinette side.  Stuff and sew shut.

Embroidery pattern is what ever you want it to be.  Be creative and have fun!

Jewelry Tray

Supplies:

Yarn: Nashua Handknits: Wooly Stripes

50 grams/ 1 skien

Finished Size:

Finished size: 7″ x 7″, with 1/2″ high sides and a separator line that is 1/4″ tall.

Gauge: 4 SPI (gauge doesn’t matter a whole lot since it will be felted)

Pattern:

CO: 40 on US 8

Simply knit a stockinette piece that is 10 inches long.  When you cast off it should be around 10 inches by 10 inches.  Throw in washer and felt.  If you want the tray to be a different size just remember when you felt to knit the item 20% larger than you want it to finish.

Finishing:

While the piece is felting in the washer make or get a form that is around 7 inches by 7 inches.  This will allow the sides to stand up around 1/2 inch.  For my form i used a piece of styrofoam and using sewing pins, pinned the edges of the project to the sides of the form.  When you do this, it will cause the edges to form points that don’t fit on the form, don’t worry this is what is supposed happen.

When the tray is dry, unpin from the form and then decide where you want the separator line to be.  Once you have decided, wet that line.  With document clips (shown in picture) pinch the bottom of the tray to form the separator line.  When this section dries, take a matching or if you choose contrasting thread and sew the points on the corners, that were formed earlier, together.  This will help the sides of the tray stand up straight.

Felted Square Bowl

This is a VERY simple project.  It is great for beginners and as a break during a long or hard project.  Perfect for all those nick-nacks that seem to magically appear!

Supplies:

US 7

Gauge: 5.71 SPI,  2 skeins

Bottom: CO:55

Side: CO:45

Finished Size:

Bottom: 7″

Sides: 6″ high x 24″ long

Assembly:

Both pieces are Stockinette stitch.  On the bottom and sides knit unit around 9 or 10 inches, or desired size.  If you want a different size, just remember that when you felt and item that it will decrease by 20%.

Sew sides together and the bottom piece to side and then felt.

Finishing:

To shape: To get square shape of bowl to stay I took a small bathroom trash can and placed the bowl over the bottom and allowed it to dry.

Make-up Bag

This is an awesome bag and a quick project!  This is great for a last minute gift or simply a nice break in between projects.  These are a great length for all those long makeup brushes and liners.  I actually made this bag and another in blue for two friends of mine and then put manicure tools in there and gave it as a fun gift!

Yarn: Nashua Handknits: Wooly Stripes

Weight: 50 grams/ 2 skeins (1 skein of each color)

Gauge: US 8-9

Entire project is knit on US 10.5, garter stitch, and double stranded

Sides: CO 40

Start with color A and knit 10 rows

With color B knit 8 rows

With color A knit 6 rows

With color B knit 4 rows

With color A knit 2 rows

With color B knit 1 row (this is your cast off row)

Ends (Triangles): CO 20

With color B, knit 4 rows.  On the next row, and every odd row after that, decrease with a k2tog at the beginning and ending 2 stitches (your tail should be on your right side when you decrease).  This will make a triangle that is just slightly shorter than the height of the sides.

Bottom: CO 20

With color A simply knit garter stitch until the length of the bottom matches the length of the sides.

Finishing

Weave in all ends and sew all pieces together.  DO NOT sew top shut.  Put in washer and felt. Allow the bag to dry COMPLETELY, (this may take a day or two) and sew in the zipper.  Line if you desire.

P.S.

If you have never felted before let me know and I can walk you through the process!

Also if you have felted before I might have some tricks and tips that might help in the process!

Cable Clutch

This is a great bag! It is the perfect size to go out and about.  It fits perfectly under the arm or in the hand.

This is a great bag for beginners and long time knitters alike.  Very easy cables, so it is great for those just beginning to cable and it would be relaxing and non-complex to those that have cabled for years.

The finished size: 10″ long by 6″ high

Gauge: is about 5 SPI (Stitches Per Inch)

Yarn: 2 skeins you only use a small portion of the skein, but it is double stranded.

Make sure you are double stranded and knit 5 rows of ribbing or about 1″ at beginning and end

Interchange rows 1 and 2 for 8 rows and then (on front) use cable 1 and (on back) use cable 2

1: P3 K3 P2 K2 P10 K2 P2 K2 P2 K2 P10 K2 P2 K3 P3

2: K3 P3 K2 P2 K10 P2 K2 P2 K2 P2 K10 P2 K2 P3 K3

C1: K3 P3 K2 P2 C10F P2 K2 P2 K2 P2 C10B P2 K2 P3 K3

C2: K3 P3 K2 P2 C10B P2 K2 P2 K2 P2 C10F P2 K2 P3 K3

When starting the pattern for the cable make sure that you are pearling the pearl ( start on the wrong side)

Once you have reached the middle point: go to 36 rows instead of 32 rows before cabling.  this will allow the bag to bend better.  Also switch direction of cable from f and b to b and f directions of cabling.  this will allow the back of the bag to match the front.

Simply fold the bag together right sides together and sew sides.  Turn inside out, line, and sew in zipper.

Ta Da and you are done!

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