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Stripy Wrist Warmers

In the world of crafting, left-over yarn is a rule. It’s always around, and sometimes, it’s difficult to find a use for little balls and skeins. As I was given an opportunity to write a guest post for Craftic, I chose to create these cute, stripy wrist warmers to share. The wrist warmers require basic skills in both knitting and crocheting. Stitches used are very simple, so I would label this as a beginner level project. 

stripy wrist warmers worked in black and purple

Materials

  • sport weight yarn in two tones. The amount of yarn needed depends on how long you wish to make the wrist warmers. For the black and purple ones, I worked 10 contrast colored stripes and used 50 grams (142 yards) of yarn in total.

  • double-pointed needles size 3,5mm/US 4

  • crochet hook size 3,5mm/US 4 and 4mm/US 6

  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Notes

The wristwarmers come in three sizes, S (M), and L. Size S suits an arm of 20 cm/ 7.8 inches in diameter, size M 22 cm/ 8.6 inches, and size L 24 cm/ 9.45 inches. Gauge (taken from a wristwarmer while it’s worn) is 8 stitches and 24 rows in a 5 cm x 5 cm / 2” x 2” square.

Abbreviations

K – knit

P – purl

DC – double crochet

* * – repeat

Pattern

Cast on 40 (44) 48 stitches on DPNs with black yarn, divide them eavenly, and join to knit in the round. The wristwarmers are worked in *K2, P2* -rib up until the crochet cuff.

Counting in the foundation row, work four rows of rib with black yarn. Switch to purple, and work two rows. Alternating the stripe pattern of *four rows in black, two rows in purple*, work in the round until the wristwarmer is approx 15cm/ 6 inches long. Finish with a black stripe.

Switch to the smaller crochet hook. From the beginning of the first row, pick up two stitches onto your hook. Crochet them together with a slip stitch, and chain four. In between of the two stitches you just crocheted together, double crochet.

DC the next two stitches together, chain two, and DC in between the two stitches crocheted together. Continue like this through the row.

Switch to hook size 4mm/ US 6.

Row 1: Into each arch formed by two chain stitches, DC three times.

Row 2-5: Using slip stitches, move to the middle DC of the first group. Chain two, and DC twice. *DC three times into the middle stitch of the next group.* Slip stitch to close the round.

Row 6: Using slip stitches, move to the middle DC of the first group. Chain two, and DC four times. Single crochet in between groups. *DC five times into the middle stitch of the next group, single crochet in between groups.* Slip stitch to close the round.

Cast off, and weave in ends.

stripy wrist warmers worked in double rib and crochet lace

 I hope you’ll enjoy The Stripy Wrist Warmers Knit/Crochet Pattern!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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

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

Heather’s Basic Blazer

Filet crochet is one of my favourite crochet techniques. It’s easy, quick to master, and lovely to look at. Its versatility never ceases to amaze me. Filet crochet can be used for curtains, table runners, accessories, and many kinds of garments. I chose it to feature in my crochet cardigan called Heather’s Basic Blazer.

FiletCrochetCardigan-blue2

I like pieces of clothing that are easy to mix and match. Especially cardigans should work with everything in your closet. This basic style works wonders with skirts and dresses, and compliments looks built around trousers. The only thing that can clash with this cardigan is its colour. I’ve sorted out that problem by making two: one in basic black, and one in petrol blue. The blue version is actually made with a combination of two yarns. A light, upcycled acrylic in petrol blue, and a satin finished black yarn also upcycled. The combo of two textures and colours left a unique finish, and made the blue cardigan decadently heavy. I’ve often heard that one shouldn’t mix different weights and finishes, but I think it’s a way to add detail to a basic garment. I recommend playing around with yarns. After all, crocheting should be fun and rewarding.

FiletCrochetCardigan -blue

The black version is made with basic cotton. I chose to use upcycled materials for both black and blue crochet cardigan. You can find a short tute on how to salvage yarn here, but feel free to use freshly bought yarn or something from your stash instead. This crochet cardigan works with any kind of sport weight yarn. As long as the gauge matches, you’re good to go!

Both these cardigans have quickly become my absolute favourites. They’re easy to pair, comfy to wear, and offer the right amount of warmth to casual outfits. With a sleek shape, they’re even nice to wear under winter coats!

FiletCrochetCardigan-black

I hope you’ll enjoy the Heather’s Basic Blazer crochet pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Sneak Peaks

I’ve been working on quite a few new designs during the fall. Now, some of them are ready for sneak peaks!

A you may know, I like to create knit and crochet items along with sewn garments. Knitting and crocheting takes a longer time than sewing, so a lot of patience is needed when making patterns. Even a fast knitter takes more than a week to knit up a set of hat and wristlets, and a knit cardigan may take even longer to finish. Rewards are wonderful, though, and I’ve found that knitting and crocheting is a great way to unwind and relax.

A year ago, I finished a cardigan made with two light yarns, both upcycled. The cardigan quickly grew to be my favourite one, and as the nights grew dark again, I decided to turn it into a pattern. The blue cardigan was crocheted using a 5mm hook.

filet crochet cardigan made with two light yarns

The shape and feel of the cardigan appealed to me. As I’d chosen two yarns, it turned out decadently heavy.

For a fresh version to be written out as a pattern, I chose an upcycled cotton yarn, and a size 4mm hook. The cardigan is quick to make, but I lost interest in it five times in the process. As photoshoot-day crept closer, I decided to push the cardigan out. I finished it just three hours before it was time to take pictures! Trying it on for the first time after fully finishing it was nerve-wrecking, but the black cardigan proved pretty much perfect.

black filet crochet cardigan made with upcycled cotton yarn

Last for today, is a versatile set of hat and fingerless gloves. The hat and mitts are both knit with a glittery yarn, and feature seed stitch and cables. They both can be worn in two ways. Though I finished the set more than a year ago, it’s taken long to finish the process. I’m happy to let you know that the NightSky Set will be published just as soon as I put some finishing touches into the pattern.

I hope you’ll enjoy these upcoming designs!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Set of hat and fingerless gloves featuring seed stitch and cables

How To Scavenge a Sweater for Yarn

Once upon a time, I promised a tutorial on how to unravel a discarded sweater for yarn. As I happened upon an untouched knit when looking for something in my stash, I decided today is the day.

Ooh, pink and pretty!
The first thing you need to do is to go shopping. It’s my favourite past-time, and I know most ladies love it. Hit the flea markets, and dig up anything that’s been knit. It can be hand-made or factory-born, doesn’t matter. Yarn is always yarn, and can be used in many ways.
Your main focus is the seams. Turn the sweater you find inside out, and take a good look at the seaming.
Some store-bought knits are sewn with a serger. If you try to unravel these, you’ll end up with pieces of yarn. You can of course use that to make pompoms or tassels, but we’re now looking for yarn that can be knit. You can only knit with yarn that’s intact and uncut.
You’ll want to find a garment that’s been made with pieces knit to shape, and then sewn together using a straight-stitch machine. It’s pretty easy to tell the difference between the two kinds of seams. You can easily see the edges of knit pieces when you open the seam. This is the main thing you’ll need to focus on: to find a knit that doesn’t have serged seams.
Serged seam.
On the shoulder, OK.
On the sides, never.

Buy it, take it home, toss it in the washing machine, and take it outside. Outside because unravelling is dusty work. Taking the knit out of the house saves you a whole lot of hoovering.

Straight stitched seam.
See the edges of the pieces?
Look for this.

The industrial straight-stitch machine leaves a crochet-like chain of stitches. The easiest way to undo this is to find a long end inside a seam, cut it, and pull at everything to find the end that unravels the whole seam. Once you find it, you can just pull, and watch the whole seam come undone.

 Another way is to pull the seam open, and carefully cut it. Not the pieces themselves, but the yarn between holding them together.
Undo all of the seams, pull off collars and buttons, and you should end up with pieces that have at least three intact edges.
Taking the collar off can seem intimidating.
Collars are often sewn to place with a straight stitch, and they come off relatively easily. See the crochet chain at the bottom of the collar? That’s the seam to rip.
 Once the collar comes off, you’ll often find a cut neckline and serged shoulder seams.
Take your scissors, and straighten the top of the front and back pieces. It doesn’t matter all that much if the line isn’t entirely straight, but try to get it as direct as possible.
 Finding both kinds of seams, straight stitched and serged, on an industrial knit isn’t all that uncommon. Sleeves and shoulder are often sewn with a serger. If you find this, it’s OK. A vertical serged seam is fine: you’ll lose a bit of yarn straightening the top of a shaped sleeve, but there will be much to save. Serged side seams, though, mean that the knit can never again be yarn.
 Pull off any excess yarn. It comes off in small pieces, but you should soon find intact yarn. Once you do, wind it up.
  Now comes the boring part, which I usually skip.

Find the end of yarn in the cast off edge, and start unravelling. Wind the yarn as you go along, since it will get tangled up in no time. I usually frog as I knit, but winding the yarn and letting it sit for a day or two will ease the curl.

 I know this sounds a bit silly, buying a sweater and frogging it just to knit it again, but when you knit a lot, this trick of making upcycled yarn can save you a pretty penny.
On average, a sweater costs 0,50€ to 5€ at a flea market. It will give you at least 400 grams of yarn.
A 50 gram ball of cotton yarn can cost up to 5€. You’ll need eight of those to match the amount a frogged sweater can offer. That’s 40€.
Knitting and crocheting ease stress and are a great way of expressing oneself. If you’re looking to knit cotton or mixed fiber, flea markets are an affordable option. Let me know if you’ve scavenged yarn, and leave a link to your creations!
Until next Wednesday.
Love,
Heather

Elise Shawl

Once upon a time, I found a violet cotton cardigan from a flea market. I liked the colour, and I liked the feel of the knit, so I bought it and took it home.
I do this a lot, buy a knit from wherever, give it a good wash, and unravel it for yarn. It’s a cheap way to get loads of yarn, but it does take a bit of effort. I’m going to write a tutorial on how to upcycle sweaters for yarn, but today, I’m just going to flaunt something I made.
Two years ago I got a bit of a Christmas-panic. I had five nights to go, and no present for Mom. So I got some red wool blend, and rummaged through Ravelry for something quick and lovely.
What I happened upon was Evan Plevinski’s Elise Shawl. It’s a beautiful, airy shawl which can be made in any size. Mom’s shawl ate 200 grams of yarn, and took three nights to make.
Later, I decided to want one for myself. So I took my violet cotton, and set to work.
The lace pattern is easy and consists of just two rows. It’s quick to memorize, so this shawl is a pretty perfect watching TV -project.
I had an entire cardigan’s worth of yarn, and I used it all for my Elise. It turned out pretty big, and a good blocking would increase it size even further. It’s just that I tend to wear this a lot, and can’t be bothered to block it after each wash…
Shawls are lovely, but they tend to be a bit tricky to wear. To force mine stay put, I crocheted a flower from the little yarn I had left over.
Behind the flower, I sewed a button. I use this to close my Elise so it won’t fall off when I see something shiny and get all exited.
 Made from cotton, this is a perfect summer shawl. It’s light, it breathes, and it still provides warmth when I need it.
 And it’s big! Of course, I’m tiny, but still that’s a lot of shawl.
 I’m very happy about the way the finished shawl came out, and I really like the Elise pattern.
A shawl can be worn in many ways, but we often forget that it can work as a skirt. It complements gypsy-inspired outfits, and doubles as a hip scarf for belly dancing. Scarves and shawls are very versatile, so don’t forget to take advantage of their full potential.
Until next Wednesday.
Love,
Heather

Let’s Make… Granny Square to Cardigan

Once upon a time I found a black cotton sweater from a flea market. I made sure it wasn’t serged together, bought it, and asked it what it wanted to be.
It proudly claimed to want to be a granny square.
I hardly ever say no to fabrics and yarn, so I started a granny square.
 By the time I’d reached row six, the former sweater said it actually really wanted to be a cardigan.
Fine, I said, and added armholes on row nine.
The yarn was happy, and I crocheted along for seven evenings.
The process turned into a free pattern, and…
 … a humongous cardigan.
 This is pretty much a square with sleeves you can wrap around yourself any way you like.
 I added a shell edge to my black version a while back to give it a more decadent look.
 With a tall enough collar, the edge doubles as a hood. Which is really nice during the winter when it’s cold-cold-cold.
Naturally, I wanted another one. This time, I found a red sweater that wanted to be something else. The yarn was a bit thicker, and the finished cardigan is stiffer and less flowing than the black one. Also, it came out a bit small.
 It works well with the collar down, and it nice and warm.
But if I flip it upside down…
 … I get a shorter hem and a large hood!
These cardigans are versatile, comfortable, and warm. They’re like a portable safety blanket with a purpose.
 The pattern is available for free on Ravelry, Craftsy, and heatherwielding.com. I hope you enjoy it!
Until next Wednesday.
Love,
Heather