Monday, April 29, 2013

Fire protection potion slippers knitting pattern.

knit slippers with embroidered fire motifTo warm up after this cool winterish weekend (or should I rather be happy it hasn't snowed?) I wrote up the final issue pattern for those Fire protection potion slippers.

The pattern includes:

- written instructions for shaping.
- charted duplicate stitch pattern.
- a photo tutorial for optional sole.

You can also find a free tutorial to add a sole to your slippers in this post.

knitter sock with fire embroidery
As for all patterns in the Potions! series there's a 20% off launching offer. It works if you buy it from Ravelry with coupon code POTIONS3. Offer expires on May 15, 2013.

No Ravelry account? 
You can still get your copy directly for $3.50:  

knit slippers with felt and latex soles
Now the technical info...

close up on embroidered campfire on green knitted slippersDifficulty level: intermediate.

Skills used: knit/purl in the round, short row heel, grafting, duplicate stitch.

Gauge: 30 stitches x 34 rows = 4" in stockinette.

Size: Woman medium (8” around foot, length totally adjustable). 
To modify size, check gauge then go down (smaller) or up (larger) a needle size.

Yarn: 200-250 yards of your favorite fingering weight sock yarn. 
Small leftovers of brown, yellow, orange and red.

Tools needed: Size US 2 1/2 / 3 mm (or size to get gauge) set of 5 DPNs, 2 circular needles or 1 long circular needle for magic loop; tapestry needle; scissors; 1 stitch marker.

Optional materials (it you want to add a sole): shoe sole, sewing thread, sewing needle, pins.

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Crochet snail amigurumi.

After a couple of warm sunny days, it's raining again. It's raining a lot. That kind of weather you can expect snails to be happy with. May Milton The Slowpoke Snail enjoy.

green and purple crochet snail amigurumi

It didn't want it to be 10x11". My space is limited and I have an addiction for that kind of cuties. So I used a E (3.5mm) hook and DK weight yarn (it's cheap acrylic, good enough for toys). Came out fine. Final size is 6x7", just perfect.

The pattern is from Crocheted Softies: 18 Adorable Animals from Around the World by Stacey Trock. I got this book for Christmas last year. Milton is the first of them I actually made, but all the patterns are adorable. One I especially like is Sherwin The Alpaca, sadly it supposes mastering loop stitch. My first attempt was an epic fail: more training needed. But Sherwin will happen one day, I promise.

crochet amigurumi toy book

Friday, April 26, 2013

Friday randomness #11.

And it's already Friday again!

april friendship square exchange parcel
1. Square swap #1. I got a fabulous package for the April round of Friendship Square Exchange from Vierma on Ravelry. The theme of the month was pocket squares (you can see the one I made for my partner here). Not only did a lovely pocket square with a cute butterfly pocket mirror inside make it to my mailbox but there were also a bonus square, a nice card, tea and chocolate for my sweet tooth included. Thank you so much for spoiling me!

peony square from jan eaton 200 crochet blocks
2. Square swap #2. I also crocheted the square I'll send for the May round. May is all about flowers. This is a very popular theme and many great patterns to choose from. I once again made a square from the 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton book. Amazon just told me I bought it almost exactly 2 years ago. I still love it and use it almost each month at least for inspiration. It's only drawback is that it uses British crochet terminology and I sometimes forget it when I start my square. This flowery white and hot pink square is "Peony". Want to join in the fun? You have a couple more days to sign up.

colorful acrylic and nylon sock yarn
3. Yarn. I wound a skein of colorful sock yarn the other day. I plan to knit some socks with it soon. It's this Vegan Sock Yarn I ordered not long ago. I don't have a ball winder. I don't plan to buy one either. I don't feel I need one. I'm used to the old way: racing around 2 chairs. Doesn't look too bad.

4. Soles. I got questions about "what soles do you use?" after I posted the non-slippery slippers post. Here's a picture of the wrapping. Of course mine were in a French/German language packaging. It should give you an idea. I'm sure the same kind is available in many countries. I get them at the supermarket. They are those soles that you usually slip inside your tennis shoes when running in winter to avoid cold feet.

I wish you all a great weekend (even if I hope to be back tomorrow with the cutest crochet project finished)!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dragon Tonic Top knitting pattern.

My second pattern in the "Potions!" series is available. Dragon Tonic Top is a light short sleeved sweater perfect for the warm Summer. Why Dragon Tonic you ask? Because the texture reminds you of a healthy dragon! An easy top down sweater you'll have fun to knit and love to wear.

sample of knit tee in brown cotton acrylic lammy yarns corrida
You can get your copy of the pattern in my Ravelry store. There's a launching offer until May 10, 2013 (Ravelry only). With coupon code POTIONS2 you'll get a 20% discount.

Or you can get it here for $5.50

Before listing the technical info, a few words about the sample knitting. It's made in Lammy Yarns Corrida, a super soft cotton/acrylic blend (you can use any fingering weight yarn, cotton or a cotton blend is a good choice for  summer). When it came to knitting the neckline I ran out of yarn. The LYS ran out of this color. So, I had to wait until the next delivery. My tech editor got worried about delays. However, I think I made it soon enough to let everyone time to knit it for the coming summer. Over here it's still pretty cool: I had planned an outdoors photo shooting, but 7°C was definitely too cold to pose.

Technical info:

Finished size bust: 26 (29, 33, 36, 39, 43) inches
To fit bust: 28 (31, 35, 38, 41, 45) inches
Total length (can easily be adjusted): 19 (19 1/2, 20 1/2, 21 1/2, 22 1/2, 23) inches

Skills used: knit/purl in the round, increase/decrease, provisional cast on, back loop cast on, picking up stitches.

Yarn: Fingering weight yarn (cotton or cotton blend suggested): 750 (800, 850, 900, 950, 1000) yards
A few yards of waste yarn (for provisional cast on and holding stitches)

Gauge: 24 stitches x 34 rows = 4" in stockinette on larger needles.

Tools: Size US 6 / 4 mm (or size to get gauge) and US 4 / 3.5 mm (or 0.5 mm smaller) DPNs and 24" circular (you may prefer to use a 32" circular for largest sizes); tapestry needle; scissors; 3 stitch markers (2 + 1 different).

Monday, April 22, 2013

How to avoid your knitted slippers being slippery.

Like knitted slippers but find them too slippery? Add a sole! Here's a photo tutorial about how to do that.

Finish knitting your slippers. Take a shoe sole. It must be one you can sew through. I'm taking felt/latex soles but you may use leather if you don't have moral issues with it. Make sure you have the right shoe size to fit your slippers.

step one of tutorial how to add a sole on a knitted slipper

Pin the shoe sole on the sole of the slipper. Start with the tip of the toe and the deepest part of the heel. When pinning the sides, make sure the sole of the knitted slipper is flat and without folds.

step two of how to add a sole to a knitted slipper

Starting at the middle of the heel, sew border of the sole to the slipper using backstitch. Hold sewing thread double. I suggest using a thread color as close as possible to the yarn color.

step three of how to add a sole to a knitted slipper

It can get a little tricky when you reach the toe. But if you've chosen a flexible sole you should't run into trouble. On the inside it looks like that.

sewing close up

Congratulations, you've made it!

finished knit slipper with rubber sole

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Etsy Treasuries of the week #9.

This week I've made a treasury that features fiber related items from my friends of the HPKCHC: after a hunt in Diagon Alley here's what I came up with.

Feel all witchy now? Look a this amazing collection from Jeanne of TheSandlapperShop! I love it...

'Just a Little Wicked' by TheSandlapperShop

The Spotlight Shop for today at the Treasury Island Team I hope you enjoy this treasury which is meant to be fanciful and not wicked. Read about the first photo and you will see where I got the name.

Nighttime Photograp...

Wicked Witch Death ...

Wicked Witch of the...

Primitive cross sti...

Needle Felted Troll...

Stormy Night, 8&quo...

Cement Gargoyle sta...

4ft X 3ft Rusted H...

Fairy Garden - Smal...

1940s dress / Poiso...

Green friendly drag...

Maleficent Sleeping...

Lightning Strikes W...

The Dominatrix'...

iSpells - "Har...

Extra Large Cauldro...