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Cotton-Ease Baby Blanket This past summer, I wanted to make something special for a friend who was having ababy. I was kind of itching to make a blanket, but I wanted something classic looking and gender neutral, with no pastels or frills. I was having an amazingly difficult time finding what I wanted, so I cobbled together some ideas and made a go of it on my own. It's nothing revolutionary- just mitered squares- but I posted the result on the Lion Brand website and have gotten quite a few requests for the pattern, so I thought I'd post it here for reference. Color Block Baby Blanket Materials:2 balls each Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in Maize, Lime, Violet, Berry, & LakeSize 6 and size 8 needles Gauge: 17 stitches = 4 inches using size 8 needles Notes:· Instead of purling, I used backward knitting for quite a bit of this blanket and I think it was a real time saver. Stitch Guide: DD (double decrease): Slip 2 stitches together as if to k2tog, then knit next st; pass 2 slipped sts over last knit st. Let's begin! Square 1:

Katamari Hat Pattern « deathlyart's blog Finally got around to writing the pattern down for the Katamari hats~ Have been making these for a few years. They work well with solid colours, contrasting, and even varigated yarns. Also uses up a lot of scraps (and maybe colours you don’t want) hanging around. I like them especially for the Canadian Winter (yes..that’s a capital W) it feels like having protective earwarmers. CLICK HERE: —–>Katamari Hat Crochet V2 Inspired by the video game “Katamari Damacy” These are relatively easy to make, take about 3-6 hours depending on your speed/skill, and earn A LOT of compliments! …not to mention a few odd looks.. The first spike! Like this: Like Loading...

Stocking Stuffers Re-make & Re-use: Napkins to Go from Dad's Old Shirts This very unique Re-make & Re-use project comes to us from Julia Chapman, a new member of our Sew4Home seamstress team. She developed the idea for a benefit in which all the items for sale had to be an ‘upcycle' product of one kind or another. We love cloth napkins here at S4H, but had never seen any made from old shirts, let alone with their own handy carrying case. Men's shirts are recommended because you don't have to work around any darts, but women's shirts or even larger kid's shirts would do the trick as well. For other ‘upcycling' projects, take a look at our Re-make & Re-use category . Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Jem Gold 3 ) 1 large, short-sleeve 100% cotton men's shirt 1 yard of ¼" ribbon or cotton cord All purpose thread to match fabric Scissors or rotary cutter and mat Large safety pin Iron and ironing board Straight pins Launder the shirt and lightly press. Cut the sleeves off the shirt just below the seams that attach them to the body of of the shirt. Napkin bag

simple mary jane style booties! update 12/13/08: hello to everyone stumbling upon this page or linking over from somewhere else! this is the original post for this slippers pattern, but i’ve since redesigned the pattern and made a free pdf download! see the blog post with the full updated pattern here, download the pdf directly here, or check out my patterns page with all of my patterns (including several free ones!). enjoy!! yay free pattern! these are super quick and easy to make, a one night in front of the tv kind of project. basic mary jane style slippers, knit flat in garter stitch up to the toe, then knit around on double points. great gift knits, since the sizing is very flexible, nice and stretchy. i made a pair for my mom back when i first designed them (with monkey buttons!) pattern notes: everything is the same on the left and right booties except for the strap, so when you get to that part just follow the pattern for whichever side you’re knitting. pattern:

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Plastic bag Yarn - gooseflesh Since I posted my crochet Sea Creatures on Flickr in November, 2006, many people have asked me how I make the plastic bag yarn. So here is a How to lesson. There are many different techniques, but I found this one worked best for me. Be warned..... it's very time consuming, but strangely cathartic. ** I have added an alternative technique tutorial at the end. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. This technique has been around for decades. Mmmmmm....... Method 2: