Pattern for a pillow

I love knitting but I do hate sewing up. This pattern for a cushion minimizes the sewing to one side of the pillow as it makes two sides of fabric in one without the use of four or five needles. It can also be used to make a bag. Have a look at the bag I made to compliment the poncho in a swap several years back. The material and size is not terribly crucial in this pattern but for a small cushion I used this pattern.

Double knitting on two needles. Notice the stitches pairing, on knitted right, on lifted with the thread in front of the needle.

Double knitting on two needles. Notice the stitches pairing, one knitted right, one lifted with the thread in front of the needle.

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One pair of needles #19 and yarn DMc 80 or thin wool (suppliers see links)

Cast on 42 stitches or a number that can be divided with 2.

Row 1: Knit 1, (knit 1, slip 1 stitch with yarn in front of the stitch) repeat until one stitch remains, knit last stitch.
Row 2 and all subsequent turns: Repeat Row 1. Cast off at the desired length. You can make it any size you want.

Stuff the pillow and sew the open end.

Can also be used to make a small bag. Cast on 32 stitches and knit as above.
Crochet a handle and attach fringes to the corners at the bottom.

Good luck!

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Trying to revive my knitting

I am trying to knit a new poncho by looking at my old one and writing down the pattern. I saw the tip in a knitting book from the 1970s that you could knit a full size poncho or a skirt by knitting from the neck or the waist down and adapted it to mini size. The lilac set was sent as part of a swap in the spring of 2005 and the green was the original I knitted when I tested the idea. But it seems I am knitting looser now than I did then but I have worked with heavy lifting for a few years now.

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Bugs

Knitting with wool means the risk of bugs eating the knitted item. I discovered a tiny hole in a merino wool dress on a miniature baby. Not happy at all but came upp with a solution. Put all things you don´t need to display in the freezer and store it there. This would be good for silk as well as it also is an animal fibre. Good luck!

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A simple shawl – heartwarmer

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I have finished a simple shawl inspired from a book on “big knits”. It can be tied in the back and should suit a peasant woman, a peddler or a modern doll. This shawl could be knitted as big as you like and with any yarn you like. You stop knitting when it is big enough for the doll you are making it for, so you can use it for 1/12, 1/24 or 1/6 dolls or bigger. It can be knitted in one colour or in stripes. My test piece is knitted in stripes in two blue-grey colors. Click on the thumbnails for bigger pictures.

Yarn: Thin wool

Needles: #19

Cast on 6 stitches.

1st row: Increase in the two first  stitches, knit 2, increase in two last stitches.  10 stitches.

2nd row: Knit

3rd row: Increase in first stitch, knit 2, increase in next stitch, knit 2, increase in next stitch, knit 2, increase in last stitch. 14 stitches.

4th row: Knit

5th row: Increase in first stitch, knit 4, increase in next stitch, knit 2, increase in next stitch, knit 4, increase in last stitch. 18 stitches.

6th row: Knit.

7th row: Increase in first stitch, knit 6, increase in next stitch, knit 2, increase in next stitch, knit 6, increase in last stitch. 22 stitches.

8th row: Knit.

9th row: Increase in first stitch, knit 8, increase in next stitch, knit 2, increase in next stitch, knit 8, increase in last stitch. 26 stitches.

10th row: Knit.

Continue to increase in this manner on every odd row and knit every even row. Every increase row adds 4 stitches. To keep the middle straight one could use stitch marker or a thread.

For a shawl in 1/12 using thin wool 64 rows  and 134 stitches should be enough, but better check against the doll you are knitting for.

Let me know if this pattern works out. Good luck!

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Heartwarmer

Hjärtevärmare / Heartwarmer

Hjärtevärmare / Heartwarmer

Yesterday I finished a heartwarmer, a shawl inspired by a “big knit” book. I will knit another to check the pattern and a pattern will come at a later date.

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Simple knitted lace shawl

Lace shawl on the needles.

Lace shawl on the needles.

I found a description to a very simple full size shawl in Martha Waterman’s Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls. I knitted a small shawl in DMC 40 with size 19 needles when I started mini knitting. As one can stop knitting the pattern when one wish it is easy to use another thread and do it any size. I am now making one in thin wool.

Cast on 4 sts. Knit one row.

Rows 1, 3 and 5 are the right side. Knit the stitch through the front loop, and then through the back loop of the stitch to increase one stitch (=kn 1f&b)., knit to last stitch, kn 1f&b.

Rows 2, 4, 6: Knit.

Rows 7 and 9: Kn 1f&b, k 1 *yo, k2tog; rep from* to last 2stitches , k1,kn 1f&b.

Rows 8 and 10: K3, * yo, p2tog; rep from* to last 3 stitches, k3.

Repeat row 1-10 to desired length and end with row 6. Bind off. I knitted five pattern repeats and got a small miniature shawl. I have an idea to use the lace pattern as curtain pattern. I think it will make nice and easily draped curtains.

Happy knitting!

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Another experiment

This dress is knitted in DMC 80 on #19 needles. I will try to make another and write down the pattern as well. Very well fitting little dress.

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