Monday, 27 May 2013

Aztec Style Phone Case

The Aztec pattern is all the rage right now in the fashion world, skirts, tops, dresses, you name it. So why not  knitting? I've decided to contribute to the Aztec pattern trend by creating a phone case.

The 'Aztec Style Phone Case', modeled by my Samsung Galaxy

It's a fairly easy, fair isle style pattern. Feel no obligation to use the colours that I have suggested. Maybe try pinks, purples and oranges?

Please find the link to the pdf file below:
Aztec Style Phone Case

My Samsung phone is approximately 6cm x 11cm, although the case will fit phones smaller and larger.

Stay on trend, knit an Aztec Style Phone Case!

Monday, 20 May 2013

Free Knitting Charts!

As I have mentioned before in my 'Monsieur Pomme' post, I am currently in the process of knitting patches for a blanket I am making. I am still far from finishing it, and am dreading the sewing together stage.

I have recently knitted 3 more patches for my blanket, and have decided to share the patterns I created for them on here.

Clean Cut Tortoise
Well Dressed Flamingo
Handsome Hippo

I am pretty pleased with how they have turned out (My favourite is the Well Dressed Flamingo!), and am very happy to share them on Little Knittle. See below for the knitting charts.

Clean Cut Tortoise:

Well Dressed Flamingo:

Handsome Hippo:

When I knitted my patches I used DK wool and 4.5mm straight needles. Enjoy!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Mouse Mug Hug

I love a mug with a cosy. It keeps your tea warm, stops you from burning your hands, and makes that cup of tea that bit more enjoyable.

My Mouse Mug Hug is leaning slightly more towards fun than practical, it looks great on my shelf, and took very little time to knit.

You will need:
DK wool - I chose to do mine predominantly using grey wool, however, you might fancy making a yellow mouse with purple ears. You won't need an entire ball of wool, so this project is a great scrap buster.
5mm knitting needles
Darning needle - for sewing up and stitching face details
At least one button - for fastening the back of your cosy, you may also want to use buttons for eyes.
5mm crochet hook - for picking up stitches for the fastening. (If you don't know how to pick up and knit, or don't have a crochet hook, you can knit the fastening flap separately and sew it on)

This pattern is for a mug that has a circumference approximately 26.5cm and a height of 9cm

Cast on 18 stitches

The body is 60 rows long, I did the piece in stockinette stitch (Knitting one row, then purling one row), however, you could do it just using the knit stitch, or possibly using moss stitch.

After 60 rows, cast off.

Use your crochet hook to pick up 6 stitches from the middle of your last row of the body

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K2 Kfb K3     count 7 stitches

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: K3 YO K1 K2tog K1       (This will create a small button hole and leave you with 7 stitches)

Row 6: Purl

Cast off

Ears Make 2
Cast on 60 stitches

Rows 1-4: Knit

Row 5: [K2tog] repeat till end     count 30 stitches

Rows 6-10: Knit

Row 11: [K2tog] repeat till end     count 15 stitches

Rows 12-13: Knit

Row 14: [K2tog] repeat 7 times, K1     count 8 stitches

Cast off

Shape into circle, you will find you'll be able shape the ear to what size you want, the smaller you make the ear, the thicker it will be. I prefer my ears to have a little bit of thickness so that they can stick out from my cosy. Once your happy with your ear size, sew it up.

Cast on 2 stitches

Knit for 40 rows

Cast off

Making up
Firstly, I would suggest stitching the face details in place, using my design as a guide if you wish. Try and make these central to the body, so when it is around the mug, the face is opposite the handle.

Next, sew the ears into place on either side of the face. Try and make sure the ears are each the same distance away from their retrospective ends.

Now, stitch on the tail, starting at the back and bringing it to the front.

On the opposite end to your fastening flap, sew on an average sized button.

To finish, fold the body so that the short edges meet. Sew the tops and the bottoms together, making sure that the hole in between is big enough for the mug handle.

Place on mug and fasten up using the button. Your Mouse Mug Hug is complete.

Monday, 6 May 2013

10 Reasons You Should Knit

  1. It's super therapeutic. A lot of people are saying that knitting is the new yoga, and although it doesn't have the health and fitness benefits of yoga, knitting can be very calming (unless you're having to concentrate on all those yarn overs or when to increase/decrease!)
  2. Creating things feels good! It's the closest you'll get to feeling like God must have felt when he created Nutella. Epic.
  3. Avoid that Fancy Dress panic. Want to wear a costume that doesn't exist? Don't want to end up wearing paper maché and a bin liner? Knit it! With the internet, it's easy to find patterns for most things, (for example, look at this knitted wig: If it doesn't exist? You definitely have the creative ability to make up your own knitting pattern.
  4. Great gifts! This past year, my friends have been getting knitted gifts for their birthdays. I've found that the time and effort I've put into their presents is really appreciated!
  5. Portable, take your knitting anywhere! When you only really need two needles and a ball of wool,  you can take your knitting anywhere. It's great for passing the time on long train journeys.
  6. Wool hourding. I'm not entirely sure this is a positive, but building up a collection of different coloured wools is massively addictive. I'm not sure why...
  7. It's a personal challenge. Putting in the time and effort to complete a project is a challenge, but one that you will enjoy doing and give you reason to feel proud at the end.
  8. You'll build up major Granny Skills. I don't necessarily want to feed into the stereotype that only little old ladies knit, but, when you do become old and grey, being able to knit will ensure you are the ultimate granny.
  9. It's totally personal and unique. Even if you are following a pattern, you can choose the colour, or add your own little twists to your work. Knitting is a brilliant way of creating something suited specifically to a person, or yourself!
  10. It's cool. It really is. Knitting is becoming more and more popular. And even if it wasn't, it would still be cool, for all of the reasons above and more!