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A Knitting & Crochet Blog: Dyeing and Hand-Painting Cotton Yarn Patty asked: Hi, Your yarn looks great on your dishcloth. Can you share with me what kind of cotton yarn you used and what kind of dye you used? I have a hard time finding colors for my kitchen and would love to try to dye my own.Thank you so much. Thanks for the compliments! I use Peaches-n-Creme, Sugar-n-Cream, or Lion Cotton in white, ecru, or natural. I use Rainbow Rock tie-dye kits from the crafts store, since the dyes are pre-measured and come with squirt bottles. The colors are mixable, either in power or liquid form. The "Classic Colors" kit contains the primary colors of dye: fuchsia, turquoise, and bright yellow. To prepare the yarn, it must be wound into a hank. Yarn is coated with spinning oils or waxes, so it must be washed for the dye to absorb thoroughly. Keep a roll of paper towels on hand to soak up dripping dye. Cover your worktable with plastic trash bags or sheets. After setting, rinse the yarn several times to remove the excess dye, then just hang dry.

Knotted Headband Back in October, I was perusing Facebook when I noticed a picture that my fashionable friend Erika posted of herself wearing a crocheted earwarmer/headband. She is studying overseas in the UK, and she told me that she purchased this headband from Topshop for 10 British pounds, or about $15. I thought her headband was so cute and chic, and I immediately wanted to try making one, especially since hers was crocheted and looked so simple to make! I had seen some other knitted and crocheted headbands on-line through Craftgawker and on Etsy, and they were definitely very popular as stores such as Aldo and Urban Outfitters were also selling them. Below is my friend Erika wearing her Topshop earwarmer, and below her is a similar headband I found from ASOS. What I loved about these headbands in particular were the horizontal rows vs. the vertical rows. I started off by crocheting a series of 70 chain stitches. Once I finished six rows of double crochets, I was done the headband portion! Knot:

Newborn Ballcap Pattern I've made many ballcaps using a light weight baby yarn, however I wanted to use a worsted weight yarn. I adapted the pattern to compensate for the different yarn and wanted to share the end result. I haven't had this pattern tested, hopefully it is clear and error-free. Please contact me if you find any problems with it or have difficulties understanding the directions. Enjoy Newborn Ballcap Create this adorable ball cap for the littlest player in your life. DESIGNED BYHelen Heaverin SKILL LEVELEasy FINISHED SIZENewborn GAUGE8 dc and 5 rows = 2” MATERIALS· Caron Simply Soft 3 oz. (85 g) skein1 skein Soft Blue (makes approx. 2 caps)· Size F/5/3.75 mm crochet hook or size to obtain gauge· Tapestry needle · Stitch markers SPECIAL STITCHES Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc): YO, insert hook from front to back around post of dc on previous rnd. PATTERN NOTESBeg Ch-3 counts as dc. Starting at the top of cap, Ch 5, sl st to form ring. Rnd 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in ring, join: 12 dc.

How to Crochet a Cowl Scarf share: Fall means chilly weather in the Midwest, so I love accessorizing my wardrobe with handmade cowls. Ever wanted to know how to crochet a cowl scarf? If you already know how to crochet, this is a very simple pattern to make that only takes a few hours. It is also a very easy pattern to modify so that you can customize your cowl. I twisted mine, but you can leave yours straight if you would like to be able to pull it up over your face and keep your nose warm. This pattern assumes that you have basic crochet skills. Crochet cowl supplies: Crochet Hook, Size N1 Skein Yarn (I used Vanna’s Choice)ScissorsYarn Needle Instructions: Chain 60. Row 1: Chain 1. Row 2: Chain 1. Row 3: Chain 2. Rows 4 & 5: Repeat Row 3 Row 6: Repeat Row 2 Row 7: Repeat Row 1 Rows 8-16: Repeat Rows 2-7. Fasten off by knotting your last stitch and trimming the yarn. Weave in excess yarn tails with your yarn needle. So, that’s how to crochet a cowl scarf! Do you crochet?

GREEN challenge T-shirt yarn rug As we were packing for our move, we were also getting rid of stuff. My husband and I piled together a few large boxes for donating or to toss out. There was a pile of T-shirts. Too worn and stained for donating, but not raggedy enough for the trash. What is amazing about T-shirt yarn is that after you cut the strips and you tug on it, you can watch it curl up and hide those ugly baby spit up or paint stains. I picked coordinating colors to make a small rug to go in front of the back door. Unfortunately, after I started knitting I discovered I do not have enough blacks, greys and blues. Great links on how to make T-shirt yarn: There are many more, but this last one was my favorite. linked up to

Koala Bear Amigurumi I found a Koala Amigurumi Pattern in the Woman’s Day website and I have some off-white and gray organic cotton yarns on hand, so I made a pair of these small little stuffed koalas for my kids in reverse color. Some ideas to make it differently: 1. This adorable little koala is about 3-5″ tall only (depend on your yarn and the matching hook size), install a key ring on it’s head and turn it into a key chain, hang it to the bag’s zipper. 2. If we sew the limbs closer to the center of the body and insert 4 small strong magnets to the tip of each limb, you can make it “huggy” and hug on a tree branch or at the edge of your curtain or your pencil, ruler etc… 3. And, and…. instead of poly-fills, stuff beads into the body to weight it down and with the magnets of it limbs, it can be a cute memo holder on your desk too 4. Find the appropriate positions for the ears, approx at the center of the vertical cross section of the head, middle of the height. Lastly, stuff and sew the limbs to the body.

Basic Shell Edging Crocheted edgings are very pretty, whether they are on blankets, skirts, bags, or anything you can thing of! The item you add a crocheted edging to doesn’t even have to be crocheted. In fact, here is a very simple edging pattern that you can sew onto the border of your items. Sometimes it’s difficult for beginners to crochet evenly around an item, so this method of creating an edging and sewing it on, can simplify the process. Note: it may be tricky for beginners to keep track of all the stitches if your foundation chain is long. Be careful counting your stitches! Finished Size: each shell is 3/4″ (2 cm) tall, but edging can be as long as you want it to be Use the instructions at the beginning of the pattern to make the edging fit your item. Gauge: not that important for this pattern. Need help understanding the abbreviations? Crochet Pattern: Basic Shell Edging Start by making a foundation chain as long as you want your edging. When you’re done your edging, sew it onto your item.

Tutorial--T-Shirt Yarn **This tutorial is intended for personal use only.** About 5 years ago, I prepared a tutorial with pictures showing how to create yarn from cotton t-shirts. T-shirt yarn is a very durable yarn. Okay, I will start off by saying that I have had these t-shirts sitting around my house for over 3 months just taking up space. Luckily the t-shirts that I have to work with are in a good array of colors so eventually it will give me a nice variety to work with. **Please note that only the unprinted, plain portions of the t-shirts are suitable to make into yarn. Start by placing a t-shirt onto a flat work surface. Using a sharp scissor or rotary cutter and ruler, cut away the bottom hem. Take the bottom of the tube (closed end) and fold it upward, leaving a 1-inch margin at the top. Fold it once more, making sure that you keep the 1-inch margin at the top. Start cutting your t-shirt into strips, leaving the upper 1-inch margin intact. Unfold the strips. Now go ahead and have fun with t-shirt yarn.

Sunset Crochet Button Flap Fingerless Mitts pattern by Missy Angus ** Feel free to contact me with any issues or goofs I have made on the pattern and I’ll get her fixed up asap. :) - MyJewelThief These fingerless gloves have a classic, yet modern design that is super easy and quick. The button flap gives it a finished look and the “No Thumb” thumb opening makes it a breeze to knit. No button holes needed! Great for gift giving - your friends never need know how easy these really are! These gloves are worked from the cuff up. Originally knit in Lion Brand Wool-Ease for it’s cost effective nature and ease of washing, but any worsted yarn will work great. Use any buttons that look great - no specific size needed, and since they are sewn on directly, there are no pesky button holes to match up to your cool buttons.