I really do love a pretty tin or jar to keep my bits and pieces in!
My final project was nice and simple, which made it particularly satisfying. All you need to do is to take a couple of jars, remove the lids and spray paint them.
Once the paint is dry, and using a glue gun, attach decorations to the lid. You can get creative and customise your decorations depending on what you wanted to keep in your jars. I used an old row counter for the little jar I’m going to keep my stitch markers in, and a crocheted flower for the jar I’m going to keep all my crocheted flowers in!!
What could be simpler!
I’ll bet lots of you had a go at French knitting when you were little? These little dolls are also known as knitting Nancies and they’re great fun. They produce a lovely knitted braid like an i-cord which you can use as embellishments for bags, hats, blankets etc or coil into mats of various sizes.
If you’d like to make something a little more advanced, there’s a lovely tutorial showing you how to make a knotted coaster from a long length of French knitting. A note of caution though – the tutorial mentions a braid of 1.8m but I’d be inclined to make 2m to be on the safe side.
Once you’ve made your braid, this incredible animated knot tying site will show you exactly how to turn your braid into a Carrick Bend Mat knot. Once you’ve made the knot, it’s simply a case of adding a felt back and you have your coaster. Of course, you could always pop a brooch fastening on the back if you fancied, as it really would make a rather splendid brooch!
I’ve seen so many posts recently about cotton dishcloths that I thought it was about time I made some myself!
There are dozens of patterns available, but basically you’re looking for a simple square. I thought I’d try 2 crocheted and 2 knitted dishcloths and the plan is to see which is the most efficient.
As far as the crocheted cloths went, I made the first one using the corner to corner pattern and the second was rows of half treble stitches with some different coloured stripes thrown in for added interest! Just use the hook size recommended for your yarn, and make the cloths as big or small as you like.
Once the squares were finished I put a border around them both to finish them off. On the half treble square I went all the way around the edges working a double crochet in each stitch (3 in each of the corner stitches). This is easy on the top and bottom of the square where you have individual stitches to work into, but the right and left sides are slightly trickier because here you’re working into the end of the rows. Basically you’re just looking to space your stitches out evenly so don’t worry too much about being really precise.
With the corner to corner square I worked a 2 round border. For the first round, I joined my yarn in one of the chain spaces produced in between each of the treble clusters. I then worked 2 chain stitches followed by a slip stitch into the next chain space and continued this all the way around the square. For the second round I worked one double crochet, one half treble and one double crochet into each of the chain links formed on the first round.
For the knitted dishcloths I followed free patterns I found on-line. You can find them here and here. They were both really enjoyable to knit and worked up nice and quickly.
Now all that remains is to give them all a try and see which one works best!