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Make your own Needle Point Protectors or Stoppers!

We just shifted to our own place and its been real time-consuming and energy-draining just getting the place set up. If I could knit up a bed, I’d do it in a jiffy.. But since I cant, we just have to stick to sleeping on the floor. Oh and crafting some more possible things.

I didnt have time to get back to blogging and crafting till a few days back. The first order of things was to get a head start on a knitted table runner for the coffee table. And frankly working with it has not been a piece of cake.. Because I noticed that whenever I had to run to the kitchen to attend to something I had left on the stove/oven/sink(with the water running).. which I shouldnt have left unattended in the first place, ahem.. My stitches just magically fall off the needle and I have a hard time getting them back in order.

I googled the solution for this, as usual and found out there was something called Point Protectors. I didnt know they existed till then.

Then I looked for ways I could make them myself instead of spending on it (Domestic life, Chapter 1: Budgeting :/).

1.There were a lot of Ideas like the one with the fabric/leather with an elastic strap.

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It looked great and though I wanted to try it, I was just far too lazy. I wanted something with Instant Gratification. (Bad trait, I admit)

2.There was this other one made with Sugru (Self-setting Rubber)

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The Instructions are here, if youre interested: http://www.instructables.com/id/Sugru-Knitting-Needle-Stoppers/?ALLSTEPS

I didnt think I could find Sugru anywhere. (Translation: I was too lazy to go hunting for it :P)

3.Then  there was the amazing cork idea.

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It was so simple and all my troubles would be over. Except… I had no access to corks, I didnt drink neither did I know anyone who drinks and would happen to have a few dozen corks lying around.. So that idea was out as well.

Anyway I just let it rest and the idea seemed to go away, I was destined to keep losing my stitches and spending an hour gettting it back in order by which time I got fed up of knitting it and stowed it away for another day.

A few days later, out of the blue I had this Idea I could, you know crochet one. But there was the obvious problem of large spaces and the needle jutting out of them (which defeats the whole purpose). Then it hit me I could make the stitches really tight and so there would be no spaces and it would hold its shape as well.

One problem down one more to go.

There was the matter of the Stoppers itself not slipping off the needle. It had to stay on the needle and not fall off with the slightest touch.

I thought of adding an elastic, and since I didnt have an elastic band, what better way to substitute it than with a rubber band. 😀

The first mistake I did was crocheting it top down! I had no way to attach the rubber band to it except cut it then thread it through. Let me tell you, it did not look at all appealing and I was horrified. But since I was at a block and couldnt think of anymore ideas, I used it as it was.

Until today morning. I had an eureka moment and thought, “Why not crochet around the rubber band (which will disguise it) and start from bottom up?”

It worked out wonderfully fine! It took me just 15 mins max and a new stash buster idea was born!

Heres a pic of the finished stopper.

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THINGS YOU WILL NEED: 

  • Rubber bands

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Any size is fine..

  • Crochet hook- small size ( compared to the yarn anyway, like a lace hook or slightly bigger)

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  • Yarn (bigger size than the lace yarn)

STEPS:

Step 1: If its a small rubber band just wrap it around your finger twice (or atleast till its really tight). Since I used the big one, I wrapped it around my finger multiple times.

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Step 2: Gently slip it off your finger, treat it like a magic circle. Slip the yarn into the centre of the ring and make a slip knot. Start crocheting around the rubber band, like you would around a magic circle.

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Step 3: Continue crocheting around tightly. You can go by rounds or just crochet around continuously in a spiral. After you’ve reached a certain height (place your needle in and check) decrease for one round (skip alternate stitches and crochet= decrease). Do a few more rounds and decrease periodically or continue without decreasing. It really doesnt matter, you can shape it however you want.

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Step 4: After you’ve reached the desire height (place in your needles and keep checking for a snug fit) decrease till only 2 stitches are left and bind off.

You can go ahead and make 2 separate ones for both the needles or if you’re like me (Suuuper Lazy :D), just make one for both the needles!

Here is my needle with the work. In case youre wondering what Im working on.. Its a entrelac table runner. I adapted it from a Scarf pattern. 🙂 As you can see, its far from complete… Hopefully it’ll be over soon!

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You know, now that I think about it.. My Needle stopper kinda looks like the one from clovers, the shape and all.. Oh and the colour! What a coincidence 😀

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And as always appreciate your comments and thoughts, do drop in if there are any queries.

Ciao,

Until next time.

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The Braid Complex

Hey y’all!!

 

I’M SO LOOOOOVING CHARTS!!! I didn’t know charts could be so eaaaaasy and practical..

A couple a days back.. I was so bored I wanted to do some really challenging knitting..

And so I came across this really complicated set of braids.. its such a beautiful intricate pattern.. many of us must’ve come across it..

Its called a saxon braid or the celtic braid! It looks something like this:

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Yes, I did this myself!!! AND IM SO PROUD OF IT!!

Well this pattern is not at all that hard once you start it.. It just looks complicated and doing it from the chart is the best thing!

 

Here is the pattern taken from this website: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTsamus.html

 

THe chart

(click on the pic, it will show a bigger image)

Just follow the chart  and you won’t go wrong!!

Somewhere I read the saxon braid looks perfect on a reverse stockinette.. but I went ahead and ignored it and did it on front stockinette..

It looked so bleh.. so I did it in reverse stockinette again and it turned out so beautiful!

So please try it out and let me know how it went!

 

Ciao

 

P.S: Because of no written instructions the post seems so small!! Another huge perk of charts- space saving!!! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

My Knitting Revelations

Hey guys!!

For quite a few days now.. I’ve been meaning to let you guys know the certain knitting revelations I discovered very recently.. its very sad and hopeless that I got to know them now.. because of the fact that I’ve been knitting for about the 3 years now!! :O

Anyway,  as its said better late then never..

Okay here goes..

The first revelation:  Pushing me to the edge! 

My edges always turn out very messy when I’m doing a stockinette.. I used to be so frustrated and I almost never wanted to knit again..

But then knitting is really addictive.. granted crochet is easy.. but knitting is like.. Uh, I don’t know.. an old song which you’ll never get tired of.. a song which when you hear even after many many years, you’ll still know every word!

So well a couple of days back I picked up my knitting again.. and I was brushing up on it.. by watching some videos on youtube.. and Knitpurlhunter.com (This site is great!)

That’s when I noticed when people did a Stockinette, most of them just slipped the first stitch on to the right hand needle without knitting it!! (on the right side).

The same was done with the last stitch.

And these stitches were only purled at the wrong side!!

When I did that, my edges were so neat and all was right with the world again!! 😛

 

The second revelation (cue choir music): The BERMUDA CURVE

See this bag here?

Knitted bag

 

Well It’s a knitted bag.. and from all the neat work its so obvious I didn’t do it.. I bought this one a few months ago..

And since then I was obsessed with finding out how the curve was done..

And it didn’t click me.. until a few weeks ago.. its just like how you do round necklines in pull-overs.. So I started hunting out neckline instructions.. but I did not find any explicit instructions..

I found a video on youtube about round neck.. A Ms. Paula Wards Video.. She was really helpful and even answered a query I posted!

But then it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.. The round neck is achieved only when you complete a separate line of ribbing..

If you look at this bag closely.. it just ends the way it started.. a 2×2 ribbing throughout..

So I went into a frenzy and started posting the questions on forums!!! At midnight.. Its not like it couldn’t wait..

But I really just had to find it out, or I would have gone mad!!!

The first video which gave me a clue as to where to get started was this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9m9ev89rTM

It was by a channel called Wool and the Gang (after checking out that video.. I ended up browsing through their entire list.. and I liked it.. So now they’re my new favourite go-to option when I have a knitting doubt!)

But the necklines they show are just rectangular.. they did say decrease occasionally to get a curve neckline..

So armed with that tid-bit of info I started.. with a small piece(I cast on 20 sts).. but no matter how hard I tried.. I decreased at the start as well as the end in each “strap”.. it didn’t work.. I decreased alternative rows.. nope, no luck..

I decreased at both knit and purl rows.. still no luck…

The curve just ended up being so wide open it was anything but circular or round.. Or it’ll be too steep that It was more like a “V” shape.. it was terrible..

Then I finally got my answer in RAVELRY!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS AT RAVELRY!! The members were so prompt and I got a reply the next morning itself!! (I posted at midnight and slept off in frustration..)

One member had suggested I should start with a particular number, then start decreasing the decreases successively.

For example, in the first row I take 3 stitches and knit them into 1 (decrease). In the next row I do the same..

But in the next row I shiuld take 2 stitches and knit them into one.. this way I should reduce the number of deacreases as I go up..

AND IT WORKED!!! TA-DAAAAH!!

the curve

 

The first one is in stockinette.. the second one (brown) is in ribbing.. I wanted to see if it works for ribbing… and the result is right there!

Hence the mystery of the unachievable curve was solved!! Thank you members of ravelry!! XOXOXO

Among the many suggestions.. one member suggested I use a Knitting graph.. And that’s my 3rd revelation

 

The third revelation: Graphology

I had never heard of knitting graphs before and it was a totally new concept!! So I started researching it (ahem, read googling it) and I opened the door to a completely new world!!

I found this really cool website which helps you do online graphs..

Check it out: http://www.tricksyknitter.com/

 

Then I found pages on how to do your own Knitting graphs using excel which was super cool!!

Check this if youre interested! I found this one really helpful: http://crochetparfait.blogspot.ae/2013/06/making-your-own-crochet-or-knitting.html?showComment=1385493766695#c1512045237651664388

 

My fourth revelation: All hail the charts!

I was one of those people.. who when they  see a chart with complicated slashes and dots and stuff, hikes their jean and runs for their dear life!!

Im  absolutely terrified of  charts and keys..

But browsing for graphs, I came across charts.. and found that they aren’t so complicated.. and its actually very very simple!

So steeling my resolve I started with a really nice looking pattern on: http://freeknitstitches.com/

They have a nice collection of patterns and most are very simple!

I started with this pattern: http://freeknitstitches.com/pattern.php?num=35&menu=6

Its called a salute? But I like to call it shell.. Because that’s what it looks like..

And after getting it wrong for the first time (also I did it in a darker colour, the pattern wasn’t all that visible!! Dumb me), I tried it again in a lighter colour and it turned out so pretty!!

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Im not afraid of charts anymore 😀 WOOOHOOOO!!

So I attempted this one as well from the same website.. and I guess I was knitting too loose, so it turned out like this..

Leaf

The leaf pattern is visible but not as pretty as they showed.. Im gonna give it another shot!

 

My 5th and final revelation: CABLE ALL THE WAY!!

I love cables and twist stitches.. They’re so decorative and pretty.. as a pretty strong disliker of embellishments, I like patterns which have built in decorative purpose..  so its no surprise I luuuurve cables..

But then a few days ago I discovered theres actually different kind of cables!

See this here?

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It’s a twist stitch.. basically its like a 1×1 cable and you have to carry it on every row..

 

Where as this one here?

cable

It’s a cable, in which 2 or more stitches are used and its not carried on every row! You just have to carry it when the cables have to be twisted..

If you want to know more and become clear about cabling, check her out:http://www.mariegracedesigns.com/marie_grace/2008/10/ditch-that-3rd.html

She makes it so clear, you’ll never ever hate  cable again!

So well after becoming a bit confident about cables, I finally attempted a full fledged (albeit a small) project and it turned out fantastic..

My dad wanted a pouch to protect his shades.. and well here it is!!

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I finished it pretty quickly… took about 5 hours I guess.. Give and take..

I may have finished it earlier if I wasn’t distracted by the TV!  O:)

The pattern is from here: http://www.craftcookie.com/knitting-stitches/cable-twist-stitches/176-xoxo-stitch

But I made a slight modification.. I did not like the fact that the “honeycombs” weren’t aligned properly..

So instead of repeating between the arrows (pic, below) as mentioned..

Honeycomb

I just kept repeating the pattern between the red lines and it gave a nice aligned pattern..

After making a square piece, I just sewed up the sides  and the bottom!

Here it is with the shades!

Shades with thecover

 

Well, these are all the revelations that dawned on me! (Pretty late I may add!)

If there are any doubts about the patterns posted here.. please let me know, I’ll simplify it!! 🙂

Ciao