Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Men's Fall Knitting Retreat 2008

Another great project from this retreat. Nice work!

Photo note:

"The Men's Fall Knitting Retreat was held at the Point Bonita YMCA Conference Center in the Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA.

Brian's show & tell. Handknitted shawl/sarong."

Men's Fall Knitting Retreat 2008

I realise this was from last year, but I love this image.


"The Men's Fall Knitting Retreat was held at the Point Bonita YMCA Conference Center in the Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA.

Kyle's show & tell. Freeform Crochet and knitting."

Olive wrist cuff

Olive wrist cuff, originally uploaded by thelulubean.

This is great!

Photo ntoe:

"Cable knit, suckas!

Olive green yarn made of 50% superfine acrylic and 50% superfine nylon.

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, and soft as hell."

Works for me. . .

Knitted Hoodie

DSCN1135, originally uploaded by impostinator.

I love the look of this hoodie, and the photographer says "Hurrah for flattering hoodies!"

Now, to find a pattern!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

thrummed mitten

thrummed mitten, originally uploaded by rosemarie_snow.

And, just one more:

"thumb-side of mitten"

Inside of Thrummed mittens

This knitter says:

"This is what the thrummed mitten looks like inside. I've combed all the thrums up to the tip, so it is easier to get the hand inside."

thrummed mitten insideout.jpg

thrummed mitten insideout.jpg, originally uploaded by yarnbee.

This is cool, just to look at! Here is the same thrummed mitten, inside out.


"all ready for Christmas!
Here is one inside out with all of its thrums sticking out"

thrummed mittens

thrummed mittens, originally uploaded by yarnbee.

I'm telling you, this could be addicting! Just the like the year I made lots of socks for people for Christmas!

This knitter/photographer says:

"all ready for Christmas!
fat and plumpy and full of soft wool"

Thrum Mitten Indian Summer

Thrum Mitten Indian Summer, originally uploaded by Killer.Bunny.

Here is another one in Autumn colors.

Photo note:

"Thrum Mitten in Adult Large size. From Fleece Artist, using a modified version of the pattern on the label."

Marisa's Thrummed Mittens


"This is my version, modified slightly from the Yarn Harlot.

Note: When I work a pattern, rather than counting rows, I count cycles and row patterns, so I always know what row of the pattern I'm on. So, for this 8-row pattern, when I get to row 9, I count it as 2-1, i.e., cycle 2, row 1.

Yarn Harlot thrum pattern/story, over several pages:

How to thrum:


One skein Cascade 220 Superwash [purple]
some waste yarn [green]
60 grams carded fleece or roving [red]
dpns in sizes US 9 and 7 (or whatever you usually use for worsted)
Using roving, make a bunch of thrums. I started each thrum with a tuft about the length of my hand, folded both ends into the middle (overlapping a little), then twisted together in the middle. I found they worked best when I twisted them some more as I was knitting them in.

Using waste yarn and larger needles, stitches, cast on 36 sts. Join in the round. Work in stockinette for a few rows.

Switch to main color and start thrum pattern.
Thrum pattern:
Row 1: *K3, thrum 1* to end.
Row 2: K around. When you get to a thrummed stitch, K into the back of it, catching the yarn and the thrum together.
Row 3, setting row: K. After row , go around and give each thrum a gentle tug on the inside, to secure it.
Row 2: K.
Row 5: K1, thrum 1, *K3, thrum 1* to end, K2.
Row 6: K around. When you get to a thrummed stitch, K into the back of it, catching the yarn and the thrum together.
Row 7, setting row: K. After row , go around and give each thrum a gentle tug on the inside, to secure it.
Row 8: K.

Knit up to where you estimate the base of the thumb should start, ending on a 2 or 6 row. [cycle 2, row 6]
On a row 3, or 7: [2-7] Knit 2 stitches, then using waste yarn Knit 9, then start new main yarn and K to end. The waste yarn will be removed when we are ready for the thumb, and lo and behold, there will be live stitches, ready to pick up.
Continue knitting (maintaining the thrum pattern) until you think the mitten is almost as long as the recipient's hand. When you think your mitten is almost tall enough (needs about 1 more inch), end with a row 2 or 6. [6-2]
[6-3] Next round - *K1, K2tog, repeat from * around.
[6-4] Knit one round.
[6-5] (thrum round)
[6-6] Knit one round.
[6-7, 6-8] K2 tog all around.
Break the yarn, thread through the remaining stitches, and fasten off.
Carefully pick out the waste yarn, picking up the “live” stitches as they are released. When you have all the stitches picked up, divide on three needles, and pick up 2 more stitches, one at each “side” of the thumb.
[0-7] Work around your first round. Continue to work the thumb, working the thrum pattern as established until the thumb is almost long enough. End with a row 3 or 7. [2-3]
[2-4] Next row: *K1, K2tog* to end.
[2-5] Next row: Thrum row.
[2-6] Next row: Setting row.
[2-7] Last round: K2tog all the way around, break yarn, thread through remaining stitches, draw tight and fasten off.

Now unravel the waste yarn at the very beginning and pick up the original 36 sts. Using smaller needles, do K1, P1 rib for as long as you want. I made my cuffs extra long because I hate when they ride up or escape from my sleeves. Cast off loosely with bigger needles.
Make the second mitten the same. Secure all loose ends and hope for snow!"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Entrelac ideas

100_4743, originally uploaded by queenmaxine.


Photo note:

"I really love the Lady Eleanor stole pattern from Scarf style. I have used it to make a felted laptop/knitting bag, and I am now using it to make a felted steering wheel cover for eb's art car. This is still on the needles. The yarncolor #102"

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tyrolean Stockings in Kipuapusilkkivilla

Photo note:

"Tyrolean Stockings in KIPUAPUsilkkivilla. Pattern is by Ann Budd, from Interweave Knits, Fall 2007."

A Stocking in Rhyme

To knit a stocking, needles four,
Cast on the needles and no more;
Each needled stitches eight and twenty,
Then one for seam stitch will be plenty.
Four twenty rounds your stitch must be
Two plain, two purl alternately,
Except the seam stitch which you do
Once purl, once plain, the whole way through.
A finger plain you next must knit,
Ere you begin to narrow it;
But if you like the stocking long,
Two fingers’ length will not be wrong.
And then the narrowings to make,
Two stitches you together take
Each side the seam; then eight rounds plain,
Before you narrow it again.
Ten narrowings you’ll surely find
Will shape the stocking to your mind;
Then twenty rounds knit plain must be,
And stitches sixty-five you’ll see.
These just in half you must divide,
With thirty-two on either side;
But on one needle there must be
Seam stitch in middle, thirty-three.
One half on needles two you place,
And leave alone a little space;
The other with the seam in middle,
To manage right is now my riddle.
Backward and forward you must knit,
And always purl the backward bit;
But seam stitch, purl and plain, you know,
And slip the first stitch every row.
When thirty rows you thus have done,
Each side the seam knit two in one
Each third row, until sure you feel
That forty rows are in your heel.
You then begin the hell to close;
For this, choose one of the plain rows;
Knit plain to seam, then two in one,
One plain stitch more must still be done.
Then turn your work, purl as before
The seam stitch � two in one, one more;
Then turn again, knit till you see
Where first you turned, a gap will be.
Across it knit together two,
And don’t forget one plain to do;
Then turn again, purl as before,
And sew till there’s a gap no more.
The seam stitch you no longer mind,
That, with the hell, I s left behind.
When all the heel is quite closed in,
To knit a plain row you begin,
And at the end you turn no more,
But round and round knit as before.
For this, on a side needle take
The loops the first slip-stitches make;
With your heel needle � knit them plain,
To meet the old front half again.
This on one needle knit should be,
And then you’ll have a needle free
To take up loops the other side,
And knit round plain, and to divide
The back parts evenly in two;
Off the heel needle some are due;
Be careful that you count the same.
On each back needle, knit round plain;
But as the foot is much too wide,
Take two together at each side,
On the back needle where they meet
The front to make a seam quite neat.
Each time between knit one plain round,
Till stitches sixty- four are found;
And the front needle does not lack
As many as on both the back.
You next knit fifty-six rounds plain,
But do not narrow it again;
‘Twill then be long enough, and so
Begin to narrow for the toe.
Your long front row knit plainly through,
But at its end knit stitches two;
Together and together catch
Two first in the next row to match;
Then to the other side knit plain
Half round, and do the same again;
That is, two last together catch,
Two first in the front row to match.
At first knit four plain rounds between,
Then two, ten one, until ’tis seen
You’ve knit enough to close the toe;
And then decrease in every row,
Until to stitches eight you’re brought,
Then break the thread off � not too short �
And as these stitches eight you do,
Each time your end of thread pull through;
Then draw up all to close it tight,
And with a darning needle bright,
Your end of thread securely run,
And then, hurrah! The stocking’s done!



Giant knitted poem takes shape

More than 800 volunteers busy creating the letters for woollen verse to be unveiled in October to mark Poetry Society centenary

Knitted poem

Working line by line ... letters for the Poetry Society's knitted poem made by Prick Your Finger

When the former national poet of Wales Gwyneth Lewis wrote How to Knit a Poem, she probably wasn't expecting that two years later, knitters around the world would be taking her at her word.

But more than 800 knitting enthusiasts are currently involved in knitting and crocheting individual letters to create the world's first giant knitted poem as part of the centenary celebrations for the Poetry Society, with the as-yet secret poem set to be unveiled at the beginning of October. Poetry Society director Judith Palmer said she had been inundated by knitters keen to get involved. "It hasn't been a matter of trying to persuade people to join in – we're just trying to manage the huge number who are calling up all the time," she said. "It's just spread and spread: there must be 90 knitting blogs writing about it around the world."

The level of interest in the project meant, she said, that she had considered doing a longer poem – The Prelude, or Paradise Lost – but she has so far stuck to her original choice, a mystery to all but a few people at the moment but likely to become less of a secret when the letters start to be sewn into words in September. "People are guessing all the time," said Palmer, a keen knitter herself. "They guess Yeats's He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven most often, and it is one I thought about doing." Her choice, though, is "not an obvious one", although she did admit that the poem had "a significance in the history of the Poetry Society".

With letters – average size 12 inches square, although "W" takes up more room than "I" – flooding in to the Poetry Society's post room daily, the finished product is likely to take up a fair bit of space. Knitters are sending in their own favourite poems on the back of each letter, with choices ranging from Auden to Eliot, and Verlaine to Betjeman, and Palmer is also planning to create an anthology of these once the project is done.

"A poem is often a small thing that packs a larger punch than its scale suggests – it's not big and shouty. The idea of a poem with scale is interesting – it's saying look how big, how important this poem is, and how many people's lives it's reached," Palmer said.

Knitting and poetry are more similar than they might first appear, she added, with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy partial to an occasional knit, and the Society's president Jo Shapcott, Seamus Heaney and Emily Dickinson all authors of poems featuring knitting. "With poetry and with knitting, you work line by line, and if something goes wrong you have to unravel it," Palmer said. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2009

Wishbone Cabled Handbag

Wishbone Cabled Handbag, originally uploaded by AmbjerKnits.

Photo note:

"This pattern is the Wishbone Cabled Handbag. I made it in Manos Wool Clasica.

I love this bag! The flex frame inside is awesome and I love the color. I still have to make the lining for it though.

This photo is of the "front" of the bag."

Vintage Knitting / Crochet Pattern

I love this photo!!! Click on the image to see others. Nice!


"New Fashion in Bags, circa 1940"

Felted hat with needle felting

Felted hat with needle felting, originally uploaded by iweavetoo.

Okay, just one more!

Photo note:

"Fibertrends pattern, Brown Sheep worsted, knitted felted with needlefelted accents."

Felted hat - Demin/vintage buttons

Photo note:

"Hand knit from Paton's merino wool in denim, then machine felted. I used a piece of old blue jeans for the band, and sewed on vintage red buttons."

Beautiful blues, and the red buttons are a perfect contrast.

Felted hat - teal/lime green

Wow! This one is just terrific!

Photo note:

"Hand knit from Paton's merino wool, then machine felted. I used needle felting to add the lime green squiggles, then sewed on the three felted flowers."

Awesome job!

Felted hat - Navy Sunrise

Fun! Nicely made~

Photo note:

"Hand knit from navy blue wool, then machine felted. The yellow and orange sun design was needle felted on."


Photo note:

"Unfortunately I make a terrible model!
But the hat should be worn, perched on your crown and secured with a hat pin."
Listed at the Etsy site:

The Hat Before Felting!

The Hat Before Felting!, originally uploaded by .:AreolaMay:..

The same had, before felting.

Photo note:

"My new passion!"

Believe me, I totally understand! Felting is very addicting.

My First Felted Hat!

My First Felted Hat!, originally uploaded by .:AreolaMay:..

Great! I *so* remember the days I had hats drying all over the house. Hardly a hat form was bare during show season. . .

This felter says:

"My First Felted Hat!

Crocheted with Highland bulky and Highland Donegal from
Machine Felted."

felted hat

felted hat, originally uploaded by zumbida.

Pretty. Wonderful rose color, and I like the velvet band and flower detail.


"felted hat

much better, felted."

1920's style Needle felted hat

Another nifty felt hat.

Photo note:

"100% llama wool Hand Felted
This Burgundy and green checker board patern hat has a felted rose and leaf on the side."

Wet felted hat

Wet felted hat, originally uploaded by janrocrochet.

Great colors and texture!

Photo note:

"This is my first attempt at creating a wet felted hat. An ambitious project for a beginner but I think it is kind of cute.

My own design."

Nice job, indeed.

Felted hat for sauna / Шапка для бани

Great details, and super colors~

Photo note:

"This is felted hat for sauna, but I'll try this design for usual hat, I liked it"

Felted Hat

Felted Hat, originally uploaded by snowglower.

Looks like this yarn felts well.

This knitter/felter says:

"This hat is felted in the washing machine. The pattern bears the name Sauna Hat and is made in Huopanen yarn from Novita."

needle felted hat

Oh my - this is simply gorgeous.

The Photo note:

"Hat with needle felted hat manniquin. 4 inches tall."

Felted hat-flower for girl

Felted hat-flower for girl, originally uploaded by Jane Bo.

Beautiful! Very nicely done, I must say. This gets my stamp of appreciation.

Photo note:

"One more felted flower-hat for girl. Merino wool, silk fiber."

Felted Hat "Taffy and Gumballs"

Having once been in the business, I love a good felt hat.

Here's what this photographer/felter has to say:

"This hat is wet felted from wool roving on a hat form. The variegated red, orange, and yellow roving that forms the actual hat reminds me of stretchy taffy. I've decorated the hat with wet felted "gumballs" in pink, blue, green, white, purple, and orange. This is a great hat for chilly fall evenings.

Don't wear hats? No problem! Use it as a bowl to showcase the patterning on the inside."

Fickle Fingers

Fickle Fingers, originally uploaded by looseends.

Photo note:

"Here's a Fickle Fingers scarf made from some worsted weight Lorna's Laces yarn that I had in my stash.

This pattern is a freebie at the Interweave Knits site. It's a great pattern for handspun yarn and is the perfect knitting for watching The Wire."

Finger Knitting

Finger Knitting, originally uploaded by Tricotin.

Photo note:

Find more finger knitting on !
Visitez pour découvrir le trico'doigt.

Find more hanspun wild things on !
Visitez pour découvrir le filage
du XXIe siècle !

Yellow and Black Finger Knit Scarf

Photo note:

"A finger knit scarf in yellow and black yarn with puff balls on the ends. Measures about 11 feet long."

Available for purchase at

Finger Knit Noose Cynch

Finger Knit Noose Cynch, originally uploaded by gascoynebowman.

Finger knitting seems to capture a lot of fascination, and this photo intrigues me~

Photo note:

"Knit using chunky weight Lambs Pride"

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

guerilla knit up, Newtown Sydney

Photo note:

"guerilla knit up on guerilla gardening project in Newtown, Sydney. For more knits see my blog;

Guerilla knitting

Guerilla knitting, originally uploaded by ~Bob~West~.

The plot thickens!

Photo note:

"Guerilla knitting by grrl+dog on telephone pillars at the University of Sydney."

guerilla knit newtown

guerilla knit newtown, originally uploaded by grrl+dog.

Photo note:

"Notice hound helping in the background.
This is in Newton Square, near the Hub.

for more guerilla knit see my blog;

Guerilla knitted bow tie

Guerilla knitted bow tie, originally uploaded by kittypinkstars.

The photographer/knitter says:

"I knitted this for him as a present! Sunshine keeps a lookout!"

Guerrilla Knitting

Guerrilla Knitting, originally uploaded by Design Dyke.

"Guerrilla knitting found in Newtown"

Guerilla knit up

Guerilla knit up, originally uploaded by Toronto Craft Alert.

This is crazy cool~

Photo note:

"A Craft Toronto Pic

originally uploaded by miss.print

blogged: "

Guerilla Knitting

Guerilla Knitting, originally uploaded by artkid77.


This photographer says:

"I can only assume that the ladies at the yarn shop in Greenwood are responsible for this. I love it. There has also been a knitted fire hydrant in front of the fire station. And there used to be a knit crosswalk flag that was really funny but I think it got too soggy and they yanked it. Or some jerk stole it."

Knitted car

Knitted car, originally uploaded by Aunty Marion.

And here, we have the whole car, knitted in stylish red.

Photo note:

"This was at the Knitting and Stitching show last month at Alexandra Palace. An E-type Jag (or something similar), completely knitted. No, I don't think there was a real car underneath it!"

Steering Wheel Cover, Knitted

IM000130, originally uploaded by emeraldwytch.

Photo note:

"Knitted steering wheel cover for the Mustang"

I think each car, having it's own distinct personality, must be accessorized with appropriate yarns. Good choice, imho.

Knitted Steering Wheel Cover

IM000129, originally uploaded by emeraldwytch.

This is good too, and probably fun while driving.

"Knitted steering wheel cover for the Kia."

Knit with eyelash yarn, this is a steering wheel cover like no other!

knit volvo cover

knit volvo cover, originally uploaded by secretagentmartens.

Yes! I went looking for a knitted car cover, and lo and behold, here is such a thing:

"biked by this in-progress art car in lincoln square. she said she'll be exhibiting the car as part of columbia's manifest ( art festival may 16th! check it out!"

This festival is already past, but the photo is fun to see!


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