Knitting Needle Set Giveaway & Free Adjustable Slipper Pattern!

Hi friends!  Today I am going to share an easy recipe for knitted slippers! This is a quick gift any knitter can whip up in time for Christmas AND a fun project for a new knitter to try! By the Way I have a 20% off coupon code: Q6B4EYWQ for the knitting needle set I used from Fabart (the coupon can be used on anything in the Fabart Amazon store too and they can ship in time for Christmas!)

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Watch the video to see how and then check out the pattern and diagram at the end of this post for written instruction. Rather than just giving you a pattern I want to teach you how to make these slippers to fit your foot and how to alter the pattern for different yarn you may want to use.

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Find the set of interchangeable knitting needles I used from our sponsor FABART and save 20% with coupon code: Q6B4EYWQ

Supplies:

  • Size 9 knitting needles
  • Super bulky yarn (look for a 6 on the label)
  • Contrasting ribbon or yarn to use as stitch markers
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Stitches you need to know:
Knit stitch
Purl Stitch
Knit 2 together
*All of these stitches are demonstrated in the video, checkout this video if you need more instruction.

Directions: Use this for a ladies slipper size 6-10 or narrow men’s slipper. Alteration tips below.
1. Cast on 22 stitches.
2.Row 1: Knit7 (place stitch marker) Purl 1, Knit 6 (place stitch marker) Purl 1, Knit 7
3. Row 2: Knit
*Repeat these 2 rows until you have a rectangle of fabric that is as long as the distance from your heel to the widest part of your foot (where the toe knuckles are) I knit this part 8 1/2″ to fit a size 8-9 ladies shoe size.
4. Decreasing for the toe:
Knit 1, Knit 2 together (repeat across row.)
Next row: Knit. Repeat these 2 rows.
5. Knit across as many rows as you need until you have 1/4″ of toe left to cover.
6. Repeat step 4.
7. Cut yarn leaving a 18″ tail, thread yarn into a yarn needle and draw yarn through stitches on the needle. Slide the stitches off the needle and pull tight to close the toe. Fold slipper fabric in half and sew up the toe. Fasten off and weave in ends.
8. Use the tail from the cast on end to sew up the heel, fasten off and weave in ends.

Alterations:
To make a wider slipper add a stitch or two in each knit column. So instead of casting on 22 stitches (k7, p1, k6, p1, k7) you might cast on 25 stitches and k8, p1, k7, p1, k8. Just add stitches evenly and follow the knitting instructions for the rest of the slipper.

To make smaller slippers you can decrease stitches from each column. Alternately you could use thinner yarn and smaller knitting needles so a smaller slipper would not be as bulky. I suggest making notes as you knit the first slipper so you can easily make the second one match. Here is a diagram of how the slipper is constructed and where you can alter the design to change the size.

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Giveaway Time!!!

I have an amazing giveaway for you this week from our sponsor Fabart AND a coupon code: Q6B4EYWQ to save 20% ANYTHING in their shop from brushes to knitting needles if you want to buy a set for someone on your Christmas list! Fabart is selling this set of needles for $40 (only $32 with coupon and if you are an amazon Prime member you can get free 2 day shipping so you will have them in time for Christmas!) I have seen sets of aluminum knitting needles from other companies starting at $65 and up! I have used many brands of aluminum knitting needles and these are just as good at a much lower price and the handsome faux leather case makes it an amazing gift for any knitter. Circular needles can be use the same way as straight needles or you can knit in the round with them to make seamless hats and sweaters. They are also wonderful for teaching kids to knit as they fit smaller hands better. You can connect the cords to make larger items like blankets and keep the weight off the needles. You can even use the cords and stoppers that come in the kit as stitch holders. When you get this set of interchangeable knitting needles you are essentially getting nine pairs of straight needles size 4-11, nine pairs of 15″, 25″ and 30″ circular needles. And you can connect three of the cords to make large seamless blankets and throws. It can get expensive when you first get started knitting but this set will see you through most of the patterns you will come across. Leave a comment and let me know if you would rather win the knitting needle set or another product from the Fabart shop (and tell me your pick) and I will draw a winner in one week! Good luck and til next time happy crafting!

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Warning, there will be singing…..

Hi friends! I hope you are having a great Saturday! Baseball season has kicked off in full force which means lost of rushing here and there to baseball and softball games (we have 2 today, I can work on my tan!) I like to bring knitting and crochet project with me to the game, just simple ones, because I can watch the game and make progress on my projects. Here is my new bag, it is from Creative Options.

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Last night it was so cold I think I could have sold knit hats if I was quick enough making them LOL! Actually I brought blankets and cocooned myself in my camp chair to stay warm. We go from 80 to 55 awfully fast here in Maine! Do you want to see what I have in my bag?

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I want to thank Creative Options for sending me this bag and sponsoring the video. You can purchase the bag and accessories at Hobby Lobby.. You may even have a diaper bag that would serve the same purpose. Whatever you choose I recommend a flat bottom shallow bag so items will not get lost and outside pockets for often used tools and supplies. What are your favorite knitting on the go projects? I need more ideas!  Leave suggestions in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Use Up Your Yarn Scraps ! {make yarn critters!}

Hello friends! I have to say I had big plans in my studio this weekend, however when I sat down to my desk it just wasn’t happening…also I wasn’t feeling too well, my tummy was squirrelly, I was tired and quite frankly cranky and dealing with a lack of creative inspiration was not helping either. Why am I sharing this you ask? Because I want you to know that it happens to us all, I spent the last hour shifting piles of blech projects around my table and decanting half full bottles of glue, glamorous huh? Sometimes though, even if I am not feeling inspired if I just go to my studio and tidy up a bit and take care of the neglected housekeeping projects that amassed while I was being wildly creative I feel better…and I will definitely feel better the next time I go in there full of inspiration because I will actually have a clean studio to create in! Since I really have nothing new to show you (you produce very little work of quality lying around on the couch) I thought I’d share a project I did with my children’s knitting group this week:

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This is one of my most popular classes and with 12 kids (many new to knitting starting at age 5) I thought it would be nice to have a fun and easy project because they have been working so hard at knitting and crochet. The skill they learned was making pom-poms, I brought my Darice “c” shaped looms, my Susan Bates large Plexiglas loom and rectangles of cardboard…can you guess what they likes best? The cardboard LOL! We used up a bunch of scraps and all of the children had a ball…or a pom…making their project. That’s why I had half full bottles of tacky glue to deal with, boy that stuff is slow to pour LOL! I also ended up knitting through some stash while I was not up to par…I’ll have to show you the 6 new hats I’ve made…they are not that exciting but they are warm and with the new 12″ of snow we got this weekend they are needed! So, are you using up any scraps this weekend? Share your ideas, I’d love to hear them! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to Dye Acrylic Yarn!

Do you have a stash of white or pastel colored acrylic yarn hanging around? Acrylic yarn is basically made from plastic so it is really hard to color but I’ll show you how inexpensively using the tips in this video.

During the drying process you might want to move and readjust the yarn to keep the paint from pooling anywhere, you can also sop up some of the dripped paint if you want a deeper color. You can also use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process. Have fun with your new yarn and til next time happy crafting!

When you’ve got nothing left to lose… (a tale of mitten knitting)

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose…Janis Joplin had it right, there is nothing quite so freeing than finishing up a project to realize it is an epic craft fail. That means “you can’t screw it up any worse!” so you can have fun playing with it! First I’ll show you how my mittens turned out (because if I lead with the “before” picture no-one would read this post.)

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Here is the before picture of my awful mittens, what’s up with those thumbs? The only way these would be useful is if I was going to take up hitchhiking.

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So I decided to make a running seam along the inside of the thumbs to make them a tad slimmer without adding too much bulk. BTW, I know all you proper knitters are saying “just rip it out and start again” but Lindsay don’t play that game. It’s onward or nothing. I’ll never be a proper knitter 🙂

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The other mistake was that I did not measure correctly for length and started decreasing too soon so my mittens were too short so I employed a method every lazy knitter should know: The Steam & Stretch! I held my iron about 1/2″ away from the mittens (made from a bulky wool blend) and steamed away, stretched that sucker for all I was worth, flipped it over and repeated on the other side. I did this twice for each mitten. Here you can see the length I was able to get:

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OK, tragedy averted, I can wear them and they don’t look too funny, I would like to spruce them up and also hide the fact that when I seamed up one mitten it was not lined up perfectly so I crocheted on an edging. This is a great way to use up leftovers. I had 2 yarns that I used to make my cabled head wrap (free pattern and video here) and I added some ladder yarn that I have been hoarding for about 8 years:

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I held them together and, starting on the inside of the mitten (wrong side) half-double crocheted in every other stitch. I thought about sewing felt hearts and buttons on the back but aired on the side of caution because I was really liking them now!

That brings me to my mitten knitting tip of the day:

You see, if I had made one of these I would have been so discouraged there is no way I would have made a second one so knit 2 mittens at a time and knit them flat! This is the pattern I used for the mittens. It is a good basic pattern but I have a few changes I will make next time. I mean no disrespect for the writer of this pattern, anyone who posts a free pattern is aces in my book but I would not cast on 2 stitches to the thumb, and in the decreasing rows I would alternate the decreases, the first being k2tog then SSK and so on because I think every other decrease should slant the other way so all of my stitches point to the tip of the mitten, that’s my theory anyway. That said the pattern is simple and you can knit 2 at once! And it works for all sizes too! That is if you measure right LOL!

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You know, now that I look at before photo I really don’t think they were all that bad. After I finished them last night I wanted to throw them in a snowbank. It is amazing what stepping away from your work when you are frustrated can make! That’s it for me today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Brrr, it’s Cold! Stay Home and Crochet!

Howdy friends! I had big plans today, big plans I tell you! I planned to clean the fridge and freezer (as in a massive scrub down as it was nearly empty after holidays and power outages) then I planed to do a massive grocery shop. I got the fridge scrubbed down and let me tell you there were some science experiments growing in there, I was just thinking about how we have been really lucky with no colds or flu this year (knock on wood) and I think it might be due to some possible penicillin like substance coating one of the shelves in there, ewwww! After all of that I went to start the van in the sub zero tundra that I call home and I had a dead battery, huh, I guess it makes sense because it has been really cold this week and I have not gone anywhere since Sunday. Oh well, better stay home then! Hubby went to the grocery store for me after work although he is mildly suspicious that I staged the whole thing LOL! But he was impressed at the state of the refrigerator. When I called him at work and told he he was coming home to a sparkling clean fridge he said “did you buy a new one?” Hardy-har-har. But I do love that man who will grocery shop after working all day, I am a lucky lady! Since it is so cold how about a yarn project? Check out this hat I made my Brother in law:

I used the large yellow nifty knitter loom to make a basic hat with no brim as I don’t care for the look of the loom brim. The above video explains double crochet ribbing, it is a good trick to know and works up super fast. It is also how you can crochet a quick edging on a garment for extra pizzazz. My thanks to my daughter Maizy for the music at the end of the video! I recently wasted spent $3 on a set of Darice pom-pom looms and I was bound and determined to use them, you can see how in the video below in case you blew invested money in them as well:

OK, they are not bad looms and they beat the pants off the old donuts style pompom makers that took forever and the patience of Job to use but my favorite method of pom-poms is still wrapping that yarn around my hand, sliding off the big wad of yarn, tying a piece of yarn around it and snipping the loops, call me minimalist I guess:) That’s it for me tonight, well I guess I could share another crochet project I made for my niece, she emailed me a photo of a cowl she liked and I made her one like it, or at least tried anyway:) She loved it!

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

It’s like a dystopian hug! {a free Katniss cowl wrap pattern!}

Edit: 12/4/13: I made another wrap with a crochet neckline, pattern at the end of the post!

Hello friends! I did it! I crocheted a version of the wrap Katniss Everdeen wore in the new Hunger Games movie. You can get my pattern here for free. I looked at other patterns but most were knit and they all were worked in 2 or 3 pieces and sewn together and I wasn’t crazy about the stiff rope neck most had so I came up with a simple one piece crochet number with a bit of knitting on the neck. What do you think?

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In case you are confused or work better from an explanation than from a pattern I took a break from romping through the woods to shoot this quick video explaining how I made it:

I wore this to a friends house today and got rave reviews from her and her teenage son who saw the movie!

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I even wore this in my unheated basement studio and was as cozy as a mouse and my arms were free for crafty adventures!

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Here are the materials I used. It was easiest to use the Denise interchangeable needles for the neck because I could just swap out the needles as needed. I have both the knitting and crochet sets, they are a fabulous Christmas gift because you have all the sizes right there for most any project.

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Here you can see how the garment is made. Refer to the printable PDF pattern here for all the juicy details!

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That’s it for me tonight. I have to thank my daughter Lila for her camera skills capturing all of the outdoor action shots. (She is working on her Girl Scout digital photographer badge.)  I truly feel like a district 12 rebel in this wrap. Well I guess this “wraps” it up LOL! Pun intended! Until next time happy crafting!

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Crochet option for the neckline!

So, many of you told me that you don’t knit and wanted a crochet version of the neckline, well here it is!  The stitch pattern we are doing will make a ribbed cowl, it is very stunning!

Using a size n hook (or whatever you were crocheting with)

First round: Half-double Crochet (HDC) into every other stitch in the neck opening, join with slip stitch.  Try and have an even number of stitches, crochet into an extra one if you have to to make the first round an even number.

Second Round: Chain 2, *Double Crochet (DC) into the front post of the next stitch, DC in the back post of the next stitch* and continue working from * to*  in a spiral until the neck is as tall as you like (about 8″)stop when you are about 6 stitches from the start of the round. You can look for the tail of yarn left when you joined the neck. Weave in ends and wear it!

Finishing: When you are 6 stitches away from the start of the round switch from DC to HDC for 3 stitches then SC for 3 stitches and join to next stitch with a slip-stitch.

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