Home is Where the Stitch Is (by Aubrey Mayes)

July 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Household Projectz

Browsing the patterns online, in books and on hooks in the yarn stores it is hard to notice that household crafts are a major trend right now.  Not only trending in patterns, knit and crochet items are also on displays in stores everywhere.  If you feel lucky you might consider buying a lottery ticket,  playing bingo or you can just read on and try your hand at one of the following projects.

Here are a few basic knitting patterns to help your household projects come to life!

 

Coffee Cup Cozy

With size US 4 needles, Cast On 40 stitches. Knit 2 rows. On row 3,  knit 1, knit into front and back of next stitch, knit to end of row. Repeat row 3. Work 16 rows in stockinette. Repeat row 3. Repeat row 3. Knit 2 rows. Bind off and seam.

Increase pattern as needed to fit vases, flowerpots, mugs

 

 

 

Dishcloths and washcloths

Dishcloth frenzy is huge right now. There are hundreds of patterns out there. To make a basic cloth, simply cast on anywhere from 35 to 50 stitches on size 7 needles. Work in your favorite stitch. Lace and illusion patterns are great for decorative cloths, and stitches like garter and seed will be better for scrubbing. Just work your piece until it is at your desired length.

Important note: Be sure to use a machine washable yarn. I LOVE cotton yarn for dishcloths!

Increase pattern as needed to make matching hand towels, dish towels, and decrease to make a dusting cloth or seam into a rectangle or try this crochet pattern to make a soap scrubbie!

 

Coasters

I love square coasters. Mainly, I think, because so many yarn crafted coasters are circles. To make my favorite coasters, follow the pattern below:

    Size US 8 needles

            CO 15 sts. Knit 3 rows. On row 4, knit the first 3 sts, purl until 3 sts remain, then knit remaining 3 sts. Row 5: knit all sts.

            Repeat the last two rows until piece is almost a square. (Will depend on tension.)

            Knit 3 rows

            BO. Weave in ends.

            Increase pattern as needed to make matching placemats or table runners!

Of course, there are MANY more items that can be made for the home, including reusable shopping bags, holders for plastic shopping bags, pincushions for your craft room, felted bowls for odds and ends, pouf-like footstools, rugs, seat covers- the list goes on!!! What items do you want to see on the pattern share? Leave your ideas in the comments below or email thegypsy@naughtyknitterz.com !

~~The Gypsy

Time to switch ‘em up (by Debbie Purcell)

October 29, 2011 by  
Filed under Household Projectz

It’s that time of year again.  It is for those of us in the northern hemisphere.  It is not yet November and I’m sorry to say I had to turn the heat on in my house.

I’m somewhat frugal and try not to turn the heat on until at least November.  Yesterday I broke down and turned on the furnace because it was cold in the house.  In Boston we had our first brush with snow this past Thursday, burr!

I’m almost finished with my second market bag from the Naughty Knitterz fall knit-a-long event created by Gypsy for our Facebook group.  It was a wicked fun project for me.

The market bag pattern created by Gypsy is super easy to follow.   I made my two market bags using this red cotton yarn I found.  What a deal it was.  I paid $4 for a giant spool of yarn at my local Walmart.

It’s perfect for the bags I’ve made so far.  What else does a person do with that much red cotton yarn?  Look for a picture of my bag posted to the Facebook knit-a-long event.  I use my bag to carry the other canvas grocery bags I use.  It is perfect to then use to carry home the bread I buy.

My market bag has drawn some attention where I shop for my groceries.  One woman asked where I got the idea.

Now is the time of year I want some warm wool around my fingers so I’m knitting these Cabled Fingerless Mitts.  I found this cool pattern which I downloaded from the Pattern Share page.  I will be knitting up these gloves using the American Gothic yarn you can find on the Misfit Knitterz page.

I was apprehensive about using a yarn blend using pistachio, purple, mauve, and olive brown colors.   From the description I thought the yarn would be pretty but wasn’t sure.  I love it.

I don’t know what I was so concerned about.  All I can say is that the American Gothic yarn is absolutely beautiful.  How does Michele come up with these color blends?

I should know by now to trust any yarn she creates for Misfit Knitterz will be pretty.  This is a lady who taught us to dye yarn using Kool-Aid.

Look for an email coming soon announcing an end of the year deal on the new Misfit Yarnz page.  You should visit the page to see this funky picture slide Mike added which shows all the yarn available in an automated way.

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