HandBag with Pink Lining

Every now and again, I get bored with all of my purses. A normal person would just go to a shop and buy a new one, but I venture in sewing handbags myself. Or at least trying to.

Sometimes, I get to say “oh my that went sooo horribly wrong” and quietly get rid of the evidence, but once and again, I come up with something that’s actually quite cool.

I found some black leather in my stash, and decided to want a bowler purse. I’ve always kinda wanted one, but never gotten around to finding one. As the leather just screamed to be a bag, I thought I’d give sewing handbags a go.

Going through my stash, I found a pink skirt with a black comic print on it. Someone had given it to me a long time ago, and since I didn’t want to wear it, I chose to sacrifice it for a higher purpose.

I cut out the pieces using the good old “I’m just eyeballing it” -method. I’m a true follower of this school of patterning, and use it often when sewing for myself.

I cut out two pockets for the outside of the bag, and two for the inside. I sewed a zipper to one of the inside pockets using the easiest method available. Take a short zip, cut a rectangular piece of fabric for the pocket and a narrow strip to hem the pocket with, sew the zip in between, and just sew the piece on the lining. It’s super-easy, and saves you the headache of doing a welted pocket.

I aligned the pockets with the bottom of the purse, so that they would endure more strain.

I’m always worried about losing my keys. When making this purse, I came up with the cleverest idea I’ve had in, well, all my life.

I took a D-ring, and attached it to the side seam of the lining.

I then took a parrot clasp, and attached it to my key ring.

After finishing the purse, I can just attach the parrot clasp to the D-ring, and never have to worry about accidentally pulling out my keys again!

I’m quite happy about the way the purse turned out. It’s large enough to house all the things I need when stepping out (including various notebooks), and cute enough to take along to a casual party. The zipper closure is practical, and the lining makes it extra-special.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my cool new purse!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Lovelace

This fall, I found yellow mystery yarn in my stash. I don’t usually go for yellow, but this wool blend Spoke to me. The yarn announced its will to become a pair of cabled gloves. It had a quite loud and very demanding voice, so I set out to fulfill its dream. After a few little mishaps, the yellow yarn turned into intricate gloves knitting pattern I named Lovelace.

Most knitting patterns I create are targeted for beginners. I like to keep things simple, and to make patterns that are quick and easy to knit.

This one, though, came out a bit more demanding. I labeled it under Intermediate, but I do believe it’s border-lining Advanced… This pattern features rib, lace columns, cables, reverse stockinette, and an Indian thumb gusset with a cable worked into it. The design is full of detail, which makes the gloves remarkably pretty.

Lovelace are full of intricate detail on the outside, but the inside of the gloves is smooth. I wanted them to be a pleasure to wear, both in the aesthetic and cpractical sense. Reverse stockinette makes cables and lace pop out, and keeps the inside of the snug-fitting gloves smooth. Though it does take a bit more effort, I do believe it’s worth it.

The Lovelace Pattern was released yesterday, and I’m looking for volunteers to test it. If you’re willing to help me out, or know someone who might, let me know! Testers for this pattern are being sought on Ravelry.

Lovelace Gloves are designed for sport weight wool blend. You can use other materials, such as merino or alpaca blends, as long as the gauge matches. These gloves might look lovely worked with cotton, too. Winter’s starting to be almost over, and more breathable materials will make these gloves nice to wear as spring draws near.

I hope you’ll like The Lovelace Pattern as much I as enjoyed creating it!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Long Scarves

After finishing the Black and Blue Gloves I wrote about last week, I still had plenty of yarn left. I wanted to use it on an accessory that would go with the Pretty Basic Blazer. Shawls and snoods were out of the question along with wrist-warmers and gloves. Scarves, however, seemed quite interesting. They’re easy to wear with pretty much anything, and I didn’t really have a long crochet scarf. As I needed a quick and easy project, I set to creating a long, long crochet scarf.

The yarn is a combination of two strands of acrylic, one black and one petrol blue. Together, they make one yarn thick enough to be worked with a 5mm/US 8 hook. I used a super-simple stitch which creates a nice, airy surface. Both of the yarns I used are upcycled, so getting more was out of the question.

The scarf grew long, and I still had yarn. I really wanted to get rid of it all, so I worked a shell edge around the scarf. It created a nice, feminine border to a pretty basic scarf.

The long crochet scarf was a really nice accessory. So nice, in fact, that I needed another one.

I found some black cotton in my stash, and used it for a black version of the simple scarf. I embellished the black scarf with crochet flowers, attaching them to both sides of the scarf’s long ends. On a style like this, it’s nice to get both sides to look pretty. As the scarf moves, all of it will be visible.

These both styles are based on The Hooded Scarf Crochet Pattern. There are two version of the pattern out there. A free version can be found on Blogger. That one is a recipe-style, and not very detailed. A paid version can be bought here at heatherwielding.com and Ravelry. It’s priced at 1€ here, and a bit higher on Ravelry due to their fees. The paid version is more detailed, and it includes instructions on how to crochet the flowers on the scarf. It also includes recipe-style instructions on how to create the long crochet scarves featured in this post.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my crochet scarves!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Lune

Lune is a knitting pattern for a striped, crescent scarf. It’s worked in garter stitch, and has a narrow crochet border. Lune is unisex, and entirely beginner-friendly. Lune can be modded in size to work as a scarf or a shawl.

Lune is a knitting pattern for a crescent shawl

I didn’t really plan for Lune to happen. After working on The Lovelace Gloves, I wanted to knit something very simple on large needles. In a way, Lune was a comfort-knit. As rewarding it is to create something very intricate, a fast-paced project that requires very little concentration is just and only pure fun.

For me, Lune was fun to knit. The feel of the yarns was nice and fluffy, large needles made the project come together in very little time, and not having to purl or read a chart was relaxing for a change.

Lune was born on a whim. I went through my stash, and found two balls of mystery yarn in black and green. The color-combo brought Loki to my mind. I immediately knew I wanted to use the yarns on scarf, as long as possible, and easy to mix and match.

The shape of the scarf was also quickly decided. I wanted to find the easiest possible way to create a crescent scarf in order to make the pattern as beginner-friendly as possible.

I set to work, and decided Lune needed a little something-something to make it special.

Garter stitch stays flat without ribbed edges. It’s ideal for scarfs and shawls: it looks nice, has a lot of elasticity, and stays put on its own. I chose to finish Lune with a narrow crochet edge not for practical reasons, but to give it a unique look.

Working on Lune was an absolute pleasure. I enjoyed every moment of it so much I’m actually thinking about casting on another one in black and purple.

I hope you’ll love The Lune Knitting Pattern, too!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Black and Blue Gloves

After creating The Pretty Basic Blazer pattern, I had some yarn left over. There wasn’t enough for a top or a skirt, but still too much for just a pair of short fingerless gloves. As fall was drawing near, I decided to use the yarn for a pair of black and blue gloves.

The yarn I used for The Basic Blazer was a combination of two threads. I took a ball of black, super-slippery polyester, and a ball of petrol-blue acrylic. Together, they formed a two-toned yarn thick enough to work with a larger hook. As I worked the blazer, the tones intertwined with each other, creating an interesting surface. The blazer is crocheted, but I wanted to see how the two yarns would work together in knit.

I didn’t want to cast on a huge project, and there was a limited amount of yarn, so I chose to cast on cabled gloves. This style is actually a pre-version of the upcoming sister-patterns called Lovelace and Purlace.

I chose a classic cable pattern for the back of the gloves, and worked an Indian thumb gusset to them. The yarn behaved beautifully, turning and twisting with stitches, giving me some that seemed blue, some that seemed black, and some that showed off both colors. As the cable pattern is pretty simple, it didn’t clash with the two-toned yarn.

The cuffs of the gloves are pretty long. I get cold easily, and winter coats often have sleeves that are just a little bit too short. Longer gloves keep my wrists warm even when it’s really cold outside.

Here in Finland, it’s often really cold outside, so I’m glad I chose to work a longer cuff.

The body of the gloves along with fingers are worked in basic stockinette. After finishing the gloves, I started thinking.

Gloves are meant to be tight, and stockinette leaves a rough surface on the inside. The idea of reverse stockinette gloves was born from that little inconvenience.

The cable on the inside of the wrist also gave me an idea.

The palm of a glove is often left plain. I don’t see a reason of functionality to that, so with Lovelace, I carried a cable through the thumb gusset. I kinda regret not doing that with the black and blues as well, but I’m still happy with my cabled, two-toned gloves.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my Black and Blue Gloves!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Hitched Hems

Dresses are my favorite things to wear. They’re easy to mix and match, and never out of place. Styles to choose from are endless, and materials used vary from cotton to velvet to leather. Personally, I like dresses that are both versatile and classic. One of my favorite designs in our collection is The Princess and Keyhole Dress. It features puff-sleeves, a keyhole neck, and hitched hems.

princess-seamed dress, one

The Princess and Keyhole Dress is best made with non-elastic materials such as cotton. The dress has princess seams, so it’s shaped at the bodice, and a wide hem. Puff-sleeves make it comfy to wear, but the key element is the hem.

The dress is made with channels on the hem’s seams. With ribbons slid into the channels, the hem can be modified in both length and shape. The dress can be worn long, pulled up at the front, or gathered into a short version. I like to use the ribbons to shorten the hem at the front to show off a colorful peticoat.

The shape of the dress finds its origin in the Victorian era, when hems were wide, ruffled, and often gathered. I’ve used the element of hitched hems in an earlier design as well.

princess-seamed dress, four

The Victorian Skirt is made with two layers. The botton layer features a wide ruffle, and the upper layer can be hitched up with ribbons. The Victorian Skirt is made with a very simple pattern, so it’s available as a drafting tutorial only. This allows everyone to create a skirt with their own, unique measurements.
Hitched hems are an easy way to create a versatile dress. The Victorian Skirt can be worn with both layers smooth and long, pulled up evenly, gathered at the front, or even arranged into a bustle-like shape. I like to wear mine gathered evenly, and I’ve even made a version with ribbon channels on both layers of the skirt.

black satin skirt, Victorian style

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our Hitched Hems -sewing patterns.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Black and White Gloves

Every autumn, I decide to need a new pair of basic gloves. I usually only wear black ones though I’ve made a pair in red, another in black and blue, and one in sunny yellow. The latest finished ones are black and white gloves.

I used a basic glove pattern I have memorized for these ones. The gloves have an Indian thumb gusset, which is one of my favorite techniques. The gusset is super-easy to work, and since it follows the shape of the palm, it makes gloves really comfy to wear. I’ve incorporated the Indian thumb gusset into one pattern I’ve made. The What to do With the Rest Mitts is a free pattern for fingerless gloves, and it can be found here on Ravelry, and here in our own store.

Looking around the internet, I noted that knitting pattern for basic gloves are relatively scarce. Harry Wells has written a free pattern, which can be found on Ravelry, but it features a different kind of thumb gusset. The pattern’s quite good, though, and I highly recommend it.

To spruce up my basic gloves, I decided to make them stripy. I had black and white yarns stashed, and though I know the white will turn gray pretty soon, I chose to risk it. Neutral colors won’t clash with anything, so if I’m feeling very adventurous, I might pair the gloves with an outfit splashed with red or purple.

The hand of the gloves is worked with single-row stripes. On the cuffs, I went with wider rows. This way, the gloves have a bit more going on. Thinner and wider stripes create an interesting surface even when worked with only two tones.

After finishing the gloves, I still had some yarn left. In order to get rid of some of it, I crocheted six small flowers. I sewed them onto the gloves, three on each, and found myself very happy with the choice.

Gloves are often left plain, mainly because heavy embellishments tend to get caught on sleeves and bags and passers-by. Light decorations, though, are sometimes a nice way to give a little more oomph to gloves and mittens.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my Black and White Gloves!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

Pink Cthulhu

For me, Tuesday was one of those days when you’re feeling a bit under the weather. To lift my spirits, I went through my stash to find a cute yarn to crochet something quick and easy with, I came out with pink cotton, and decided I wanted to make another Cthulhu to keep company to the green one I’d made before.

I know these guys are usually green, but who knows, maybe this Elder God happened upon a mysterious mutation of Upgrade Cuteness Level to the Max.

Amigurumis are still an area not-that-well-known to me. I know the basics, naturally, but still need patterns in order to work a design with more details.

Early last year, I crocheted a green Cthulhu with the help of Rural Rebellion’s pattern. As I searched for it today, I noted that their website had been taken down. After a bit of searching, I found the pattern I’d used before. It can be found here, but I don’t know if the link will be live for long.

I really like the pattern, it’s well-written and clear, and I sincerely hope the website will be renewed soon.

For the pink Cthulhu, I used two strands of pink upcycled cotton. It’s a really light shade of pink which reminds me of cotton candy. The tone is pretty, but when I try to imagine the yarn as a garment, something hurts and says NO. For amigurumis, though, it’s pretty perfect.

I cast the Cthulhu on at around 1pm, and cast off at around 9pm. I took breaks to do a bit of work and to say bye to the better half who went off on a business trip, and to cook dinner for myself. Working on the Cthulhu took, to my reckoning, about five hours.

The finished product created using a 5mm (US8) hook is about 13 cm high. The Cthulhu has curling tentacles, which were really fun to work with, and wings attached to its back.

For the eyes, I used black plastic buttons. I sewed them on while working on the head, so I could still easily reach the inside of the work.

I really like the way the Pink Cthulhu turned out. Though the color is a bit unconventional. I think it adds to the original design’s chubby cuteness.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my Pink Cthulhu!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

SneakPeaks and Mailing List News

It’s new year, and I truly hope yours got off to a better start than mine. We had a bit of a disaster with our website, had to resort to a backup which dated to last July, and lost all blog post from the past six months in the process. Things could be a lot worse, though, so I shall take this as an opportunity to grow and learn.

Learn to update backups every once and again, that is.

To kick-off the new year (a bit late), we are launching a newsletter. Starting on Feb 3rd, if the sky doesn’t fall on us, we’ll be sending out weekly notes including news on our current mishaps going-ons, and info and special offers on fresh products. Our blog will be following along the lines of our newsletter, but by joining our mailing list, you’ll have access to discount codes and other offers. In other words, by ordering our newsletter, you’ll be making yourself a VIP.

Upon joining, you’ll also receive a little present: a discount code to be used here at heatherwielding.com. The coupon will get you 20% off on one product of your choosing, and you can spend it anytime. The coupon won’t expire, so feel free to save it for later.

You can join up here, or by filling out the box on the sidebar.

During the next few weeks, I hope, we’ll be launching new products as well. A super-easy, super-cute jersey dress will probably be first. I’m thinking about creating more dress styles with viscose jersey, just because they’re so easy and comfy to wear. These will most likely become a part of our Pretty Basic styles.

We also have a knitting pattern on the way. The pattern needs proof-reading, and it will be sent out to be tested soon. Naming the pattern took a long, long time, and I only came up with the name three nights ago. These intricate gloves are called Lovelace. They will soon be followed by a sister-pattern called Purlace.

I’ve also been working on something a bit more challenging. I had a bit of red wool fabric stashed, and a bit of lace, and together, they wanted to be…

Well, I’ll tell you more about that later.

I hope you all have had a lovely beginning of the year.

Until next time!

Love,

Heather

Fishnet Top

Red, upcycled cotton wanted desperately to be a sweater, something light, airy, and darkly inclined. After a few moments of contemplation, I turned it into a mesh top. Naturally, the process resulted in the Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern.

Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern can be made with any yarn as long as the gauge matches

Following along the lines of our previously published Fishnet Gloves Knitting Pattern, this pattern is androgynous and completely beginner-friendly. In my opinion, the world lacks in basic knitting patterns suitable for those just starting with the wonderful craft. I like to offer simple patterns as well to help those still increasing their knitting skills. This pattern is worked in straight lines, in the round, and is made with easy, repetitive stitch patterns.

The Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern includes sizes XS-L along with an option for a version made with ribbed neckline, hem, and cuffs. The sweater has a low, scooped neckline which makes it both trendy and comfortable to wear. The hem can be knit to any length: it can be made long, or left at a cropped line. The sleeve length is also entirely optional. The model sweater is made with long sleeves, but a short sleeved version works as well.

The model sweater is knit with upcycled cotton. This yarn choice makes the style cool for the summer. The Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern can be worked with any yarn as long as the gauge matches. It can be made with cotton, wool blend, or even acrylic. Try self-striping or self-patterning yarns for an even funkier look!

Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern is worked without increases

Since the fishnet sweater is simple, it can be worn with many kinds of outfits which makes it quite versatile. I paired it with a pleated mini, but the sweater also works with jeans and long skirts. It can also be worn over a dress to bring extra warmth to cold nights.

I hope you’ll enjoy our Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Fishnet Top Knitting Pattern suits both him and her