Friday December 13, 2013
Since we've been talking about knitting Christmas ornaments and other things for the tree this week, I couldn't resist once again sharing with you the lovely book 55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne & Carlos. This fun book is really more than just the patterns -- though they're really great, mostly classic patterns inspired by ski sweaters, Scandinavian motifs and the like -- it's also a fun glimpse into the world of Arne & Carlos that's full of visual inspiration.
55 Christmas Balls to Knit
by Arne & Carlos. Trafalgar Square Books.
The pictures show some of the items they've collected and things that inspire them, and it's a world full of fun and color that most of us would be delighted to be transported to.
The patterns cover a wide range of motifs, from snowflakes to animals to hearts, trees and more. And I can attest that these patterns are great for more than just ornaments. I used a reindeer pattern from the book to decorate an ugly Christmas sweater bra for a charity event last year (no, I will not be sharing pictures!).
Have you knit anything out of this book? I'd love to hear what you chose!
Thursday December 12, 2013
Herringbone Stitch is a really fun and pretty easy stitch pattern that makes cool V-like shapes that lend a nice texture to a knit surface. It's made with an interesting increase in which you work into the stitch below the stitch on the needle and then work the stitch on the needle, which temporarily increases the number of stitches.
The Herringbone Stitch. © Sarah E. White.
I learned this one from a Barbara Walker treasury (it's in the first one) and she says it's a good pattern from suits and coats because it looks like the herringbone weave well known in the fabric world.
I thought it would be cute as a little gift bag, too. I used a kind of fancy yarn that adds a little of its own texture to the party, but you could use anything from a sort of novelty yarn to smooth wool or cotton that would really show off the stitch well.
Either way this is a fun knit and a great way to add a little extra gift to a gift (especially if you're not knitting what's inside).
Have you ever used Herringbone Stitch? I'd love to hear about it.
Wednesday December 11, 2013
Here's a sweet little TV project you can work on for the tree (or fireplace, or staircase, or wherever) and add to as you go. This chain link garland is made of little loops of knitting -- about 2 inches around and 10 inches long, but you can make them whatever size you like -- and it's completely a stash busting project.
The link garland on my tree. © Sarah E. White.
I literally went around my office, picking up part balls of yarn and knitting a loop here and there for a couple of weeks until I had enough to hang. It could of course be a lot longer and I could keep building on it through the season, over the course of a couple of years, even.
I love the idea of finishing up each project by knitting the leftover yarn into a strip that gets added to the chain. It's almost like a knit scrapbook you can use to decorate your house!
Tuesday December 10, 2013
I love the knitting genre of Christmas ornaments that look like little clothes. There are miniature knit stockings, of course, and long ago I knit a little vest for the tree, too.
This little sweater is great for the tree or a small doll. © Sarah E. White.
I thought that I had knit an ornament-sized sweater before at some point, but I guess I hadn't (or if I did I never wrote about it). So I decided to make one this year.
This is a super simple project you can make in an afternoon, and it's actually pretty good sized for something billed as mini. In the off season it will make a great little slouchy sweater for a fashion doll or another small doll, or you can slip it over a glass bottle for a cute little cozy.
Check out the project on Ravelry, and let me know if you have any tiny knits on your tree!