Monday, 25 March 2013

Finger Knitting (It's Great!)

Recently, a friend and I taught ourselves to finger knit using this video:

I managed to pick it up after watching it just the once, and I LOVE IT.

Why finger knitting is amazeballs:
  • It's really easy - I would recommend this to anyone, even children. Lots of people online are saying it keeps their children occupied for ages, and it encourages creativity! I am considering teaching it to my Guides.
  • It's really quick - Significantly quicker than actual knitting. If you are planning to knit something long and thin, I would definitely recommend considering finger knitting it instead. It's at least ten times as fast.
  • It looks good - The end effect is really pretty, it looks as if it was harder and took longer than it actually did.
Ahhh. Pretty!
My friend and I are planning to finger knit as many metre long strands as we can between now and the summer, and then weave them together to make a rug/blanket. Not quite sure how it will turn out!

Here are some finger knitting project ideas:
  • A skipping rope - Children will love making something that they can actually play with and use.
  • A hair tie or headband - Would look cute tied in a little girl's hair, maybe there are some grown women who could pull it off too!
  • Bracelet/ Necklace - I personally think a bracelet would be more effective, but both would be very pretty!
  • Party Decorations - Imagine these hung around a room like streamers, and they're re-usable!
  • Project decorations - Arrange on a knitted project and sew in place. For example, on a cushion or a bag! 
  • Scarves - Very thin and fashionable ones. Or alternatively, scarves for dolls or toys.


Friday, 22 March 2013

Super Simple Knitted Bow

Let's face it, bows are cute. And what better to accessorise your knitted creations with? (Apart from buttons, ribbons, hearts, beads, flowers etc..)

Not only are bows super mega adorable, they are extremely easy to knit!

Finished Bow


The beauty with these are that you can use any size needle and any thickness of wool you want! The bow above is knitted on 4.5mm needles with double knit wool.

All you need to do to make a bow is knit two rectangles. My first rectangle is 8 stitches across and measures 10cm in length, if you want a bigger bow, just make it wider and longer!
The second rectangle should be slightly less wide than your first, with the length being about one and a half widths of your first. For example, mine is 6 stitches wide and around 4.5cm long.


Once you've knitted both rectangles, sew the short ends of your second rectangle together, creating a short tube. Pull your first rectangle through your tube and adjust to look like a bow. Done!

 To create different effects, you could try knitting the bow using stockinette, ribbed or moss/seed stitch. Experiment with sizes and colours!

I added bows to these slipper socks I knitted and think they look pretty darn cute.

You could add these bows to bags, headbands, hats, gloves, or little girls dresses!


Thursday, 21 March 2013

Finger Puppets

Easy Peasy!

Knitting your own finger puppets is the perfect beginners project, and are easy to personalise to your own taste. They are also a great way to use up scraps of wool and won't take up too much of your time!

In October 2012, I decided that for one of my friends birthday's in December, I would knit her a set of Harry Potter finger puppets. So, for the next two months, in between other projects, I made around 20 of the characters from the Harry Potter books!

The following pattern is for the general shape of a finger puppet. It is up to you to add any details you want afterwards!

I tend to use 4.5mm knitting needles when making finger puppets, but feel free to use 4mm or 5mm depending on what size you want.

Cast on 6 stitches

Row 1        Knit all
Row 2        Purl all
Continue in stockinette stitch up to and including row 17
(If you were to use a different colour for the head of your finger puppet, I would suggest swapping to it at Row 13)
Row 18      P2tog   P2    P2tog      count 4 stitches
Row 19      Knit all
Row 20      P1 M1 P2 M1 P1       count 6 stitches
Continue to stockinette stitch until row 36
(If you are using two colours, switch back to your body colour at row 25)
Cast Off

I would suggest adding any details you want to the face or the body of your finger puppet before sewing up the sides, it's a lot easier! (Hair usually has to be added after you've sewn up your puppet)

Once you've added any details you want to your finger puppet, fold it in half and sew up the edges!
Hermione, Harry, and Ron!

Adding hair to your puppets isn't too hard. For short hair, it's a case of just stitching it on through the finger puppet (Careful! It's very easy to get big knots of wool inside your puppet, leaving no room for your finger!) For longer hair, cut lots of strands of wool approximately double the length you want your puppet's hair to be. To attach a piece, thread a strand half way through a stitch on your puppets head, and then knot it, easy!

If you want to make scarves for your puppets like I have above, cast on 25 stitches, and then cast off on the next row.

Here are some of my other Harry Potter finger puppet creations:
Lucius Malfoy

Hagrid                                                                          

 Dobby!

Thank you for reading my Finger Puppet tutorial!

My First Post

My first post on my new knitting blog! I've been wanting to start one of these for a while, but until now have chickened out!

My name is Lori, and I'm a 19 year old female living in Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom. I'm currently on a gap year before heading off to York University in September. I enjoy reading, netball and knitting!
I started knitting last year whilst at Rangers and persisted with it until I had finished a straight garter stitch scarf for my best friends birthday.
It's a bit holey, but it's beautiful!

Soon I was knitting phone and ipod cases and other exciting things, but it wasn't until my 19th birthday when I received 'Knitty Gritty - Knitting for Absolute Beginners' by Aneeta Patel (link at the end), that my knitting really took off.

My first pair of mittens were a massive success for me (even though the wool was a bit thin and I didn't weave the ends in properly), I was then a real knitter! 


Check out www.knittingsos.co.uk to discover Aneeta Patel's amazing knitting books for beginners, as well as general knitting hints and tips.