I recently switched to a short natural ‘do and hair accessories have become my best friend. I whipped up this floppy bow headband and I’m really loving it.
This is a quick project (2-3 hours) for children through adults. Sizing can be altered by knitting fewer inches starting after row 24.
Cast on 24 sts. Knit 4 rows in garter stitch.
Row 5 and all odd rows: Purl all sts
Row 6,8,10,12: Knit all sts
Row 14: K1, K2tog, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
Row 16,18,20,22: Complete the same as row 14.
Row 24: Knit all 14 sts.
Work in stockinette for 21 inches or desired length.
Shaping the right bow: (you will be increasing)
Right side rows: K1, inc 1 in next stitch,knit to the last 2 sts, inc 1 in next stitch, K1. (Total: 16 sts on needle)
Wrong side rows: Purl all sts.
Repeat 5 times. You should end up with 24 sts.
Once increases are completed knit 5 rows in stockinette. Then knit 5 rows in garter stitch.
Bind off 24 sts. Sew in ends using a tapestry needle.
Happy Monday everyone! This weekend I was visiting LA. Not the first time I have been, but made my boyfriend do a little bit of the tourist thing with me.
The struggle to jazz up my apartment continues. As I was sifting through old blog posts on apartmenttherapy.com I found a cool post about string art. It was then that I started to chuckle a little bit. I couldn’t imagine trying to justify to my roommate the need to have yarn not only stacked up in the living room, but on the walls too.
I decided that this past weekend I was going to take it easy and craft! I took the time to finish up some knitting projects as well as design some items to decorate my bare apartment walls.
The first item on the list was card holders. A lot of kids at my school have a really hard time holding several cards while playing games like Go Fish. So here is my solution: Ruler Card Holders! Quick and easy to make while also being super affordable. (Total cost: $2.37)
Next I wanted to create some wall art. I moved into my apartment in February, but the wall are still pretty bare. After lots of google and pintrest searches I really fell in love with melted crayon art.
I designed some simple graphics on the canvas. Then, I hot glued the crayons in a rainbow pattern along the top edge. Using a blow dryer I melted the tops of the crayons. This part was super fun as you can manipulate the path of the melted wax with the blow dryer. I think the project came out pretty well.
I also finished up and started another square on my Dogwood baby blanket. It is looking good so far.
Last but not least, I finished the sleeves on my Lemon Yellow sweater. I have to say thay this project has been a little neglected. Fall is coming so I better finish soon.
I HEART drop stitches! Check out Interweave Knits fall 2013 magazine if you love them too. The article features great designs with unexpected drop stitches. Some of the sweaters are knit in funky colors, but one can learn to over look that.
I was walking down lovely Valencia St in San Francisco when I stumbled upon Serendipity. I saw skeins of beautiful yarn in the window …I went to just take a peek… I met Kathy, the purveyor of the yarns… she showed me the wonders that were for sale…and well you know the rest. I ended up walking out with a new pattern book: 9 months of Knitting by the gals at Tin Can Knits http://www.tincanknits.com/collection-9months.html and 4 skeins of Cascade Superwash Wool. Looking through the book, I fell in love with the Dogwood pattern (seen below). I did my “new project happy dance” and skipped home to begin.
Cut to 3 weeks later:
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! This is how I feel when knitting this project. I consider myself a pretty advanced knitter, but is blanket is beyond me? The design of the blanket is to knit the pattern in the round and eventually you end up with 4 large squares that you sew together. As of today, I have finished just 1 square!!! This makes me sad/frustrated/annoyed and oddly more determined to complete this project. I mean I have worked on this project pretty much everyday, for at least an hour, so I should have more progress right? Well not really as I had to start the whole piece over 3 times and then had to rip out sections at least 4 times. Ugh!
But I am determined to conquer this beast! Hopefully the tricks I picked up completing the first square will help with squares 2-4. Pray for me folks, because I think this baby is going to be going to Kindergarten before this blanket is complete.