Jogless Stripe

I love Stripes! The more colors the better. You can really make a project your own with fun stripes. When you are doing stripes in a round you will get a little jog or jump in the color and color change isn’t really smooth. Using the jogless stripe technique will get rid of that and your project will look perfect.

  • Change colors by knitting the first stitch of the new color as normal and  knit the rest of the stitches to the end of the round
  • Before you start the next round grab the first stitch of the old color (or in other words the stitch below) purl wise and slip it onto the left hand needle
  • Continue to knit every stitch as usual

Videos always help me!

 

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Entrelac Square

When I first started knitting (September of 2010) all the girls decided we would do squares to contribute to a large blanket.  I have talked about this here.  When I was a beginner even the easiest of patterns were a little challenging.  As I have gotten better and better I enjoy trying different techniques through my squares.  I saw some entrelac patterns on Ravelry and thought it was unique.  It wasn’t too difficult once I got the hang of it, but it did take some getting used to.  I watched planet purls videos for entrelac knitting and just followed her pattern starting off with 6 triangles on size 7 needles. This got me a 7″ square. If you are like me this looked pretty intimidating, but I am so happy I tried it! Here is the first video to get you started. Happy knitting!

Florida Knit Wrap

I live in a warm place but that doesn’t mean I don’t get cold. I love having something warm to take with me with I go inside. It’s always to cold in restaurants or stores!  This wrap was easy and so cute! I did this one with sugar’n cream yarn but I making one with Bernat handicrafter cotton and loving it! It’s so soft and beautiful. It doubles as a blanket when your little ones just need something soft to hold.

 

 

Button Holes

A button hole doesn’t have to be scary. I find that this button hole was really fun to make.  The first thing you have to know is how big you want to make it. Take your button and place in  on your work and find out of many stitches it is wide. If the button you’re using is 4 stitches wide, make a 3-stitch buttonhole. Also remember the hole is done all in one row.

I wrote out the instructions if that is the best for you, but this video was really helpful! Good luck.

Button hole:

(all done in one row)

Bring yarn to the front, Slip the first stitch on the left needle purl wise, bring yarn to the back

Simple bind off: Slip the next stitch from the left needle to the right needle. Pass the first slipped stitch over the second slipped stitch and off the needle. Repeat until 3 times.

Replace the last sticht onto the left needle and turn the work.

Bring the yarn to the back.  Cast on 4 stitches with a cable cast one.

Insert right needle between the stitches on the left needle. Pull the yarn through and place it on the left needle. Repeat 4 times.

Turn work and move yarn to the back

Slip the stitches on the left needle to the right and pass over the cast on over the slip stitch.

 

Take Along Blankey

I love that my children are attached to blankets!  Especially when they are attached to the blanket their Grandma knit for them!  I knew that my little baby would be the same way with her blanket and I thought that it would be fun to have a little take along blankey that matched her full size one so that we could preserve the large one longer!  My 3rd child absolutely loves her blanket and it has taken a beating!  She brings that thing everywhere and whenever she gets hurt or feels sad, her blanket is always there to cheer her up.  Her blanket has held up amazingly well, but I thought it would be nice to have a small blanket for my last baby that we can just grab and go.  It wasn’t too much work so if I forget it or lose it, I would be sad, but it would not be as awful as losing her big one.

These make great gifts too.  I wish that mine was just a little bigger, mine measures about a 13″ square.  Also, I ironed mine after I was finished and it gave it a nice sheen, I don’t normally iron my knitting, but in this case I loved how it turned out. Happy knitting!

Rainbow Paci Keeper

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You can use any pacifier clip but I really like Mam. One reason I like them so much is it fits any Mam pacifier or any of the ring pacifier. This way the moms can just use the pacifier there baby likes and I don’t have to worry about the clip not working. I found mine at Babies R Us.

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