Description: Turn old sheets into a rug using this tutorial. The sheets are cut into strips and then knit into a beautiful new accessory. If you would rather use new fabrics, just make sure your purchases are similar in weight to sheets.
Craft Link: Old Sheets Become A New Rug
Craft Link : Knit Neck Scarf
Craft Link : Knit Owl Tutorial
Craft Link: DIY Knit Wall Clock (Retrobaby)
Description : Make a stylish pocketbook with this Free Knit Purse Pattern.
Craft Link : Free Knit Purse Pattern
Description : This Free Thigh High Footless Sock Pattern is much easier to master than a regular sock pattern.
Craft Link : Free Thigh High Footless Socks Pattern
As the world is still reeling from the tragedy that struck Japan, crafters are gearing up to raise money to benefit the people of that country.
The generous staff over at Mason-Dixon Knitting has done their part by designing a wonderful new knit blanket pattern, the proceeds of which will be donated to help out Japan Relief.
The pattern is called The Mitered Crossed Blanket and sections of it are pictured above and below. Because the blanket was designed in response to the crisis and not preplanned, there is no completed photo to post. Additional photos will be added to the website as more sections are completed.
If knitting is your thing, please click right over to Ravelry and go make your purchase right away. The cost is $5.00 and your contribution will help, in a small way, to normalize the lives of the Japanese people.
If we, as craftsman, each do what we can, we can begin to make the lives of the Japanese people a little easier to bear.
Ready to shake things up a little? Take your next project to a whole new level by experimenting with fun alternatives to store bought yarn. Each of the fibers I list can be used for both knit and crochet projects, and as an accent or for the entire piece.
Here are some of my favorites
1. Plarn – Popular for the last few years, Plarn is an acronym for plastic yarn. Grocery bags and trash bags are recycled into placemats, tote bags and wash clothes.
2. Pet Hair Yarn – Spin yarn from cat hair, dog hair and even rabbit fur. The resulting fiber makes sweaters and hats with a novel story to tell.
3. Recycled Newspaper Yarn - At 20 yards of yarn from a single sheet, newspaper yarn enables you to do a lot, with little. Turn recycled newspapers into floor mats, wall hangings and other decorative objects.
4. T-Shirt Yarn – Since t-shirt yarn is both durable and bulky, it makes great trivets, rugs, washcloths. If “country” is not your style you may want to dye the t-shirts before using them.
5. Wire – Working with wire is not too different than working with yarn….just a bit harder on your hands. Combine the wire with beads for some seriously wonderful jewelry designs.
6. Raffia – These fibers will all be a lot more difficult to use than yarn, but the interesting texture will make the extra effort worthwhile.
7. Denim – Denim is extremely hardy, so it’s perfect for rug making, shopping bags, trivets and pot holders.
8. VCR VHF Tapes – When I first heard about crafters using VCR VHF tapes for knitting and crocheting, I thought the results would appear juvenile and unattractive. Not any more. You’ll be surprised at how nice tape projects turn out.
10. Repurposed Sweaters – With today’s emphasis on economy and reuse, it’s not surprising if we look back to our frugal ancestors for some “new” ways of recycling. Unravel your own out-of-style garments or thrift store garments when your yarn collection gets low.
How about string, thread, ribbon, discarded silk clothes, sheets, narrow rope, curtains and pantyhose. Virtually anything goes.
Just remember the saying…. If you can think it, you can do it!
Description: It’s not too late to start this Free Knitting Pattern. A Mandarin Jacket is perfect alone or layered with a shirt underneath.
Craft Link : Knit Mandarin Jacket
Description : I love everything about these bowls; I love the shape, the color, the texture, and even the size!
Craft Link : Felted Nesting Bowls
Searching for Free Shrug Patterns? You’ve hit the jackpot!
Here are over 35 Free Shrug Patterns for you to enjoy. It doesn’t matter if you enjoy sewing, knitting or crochet. Everyone will find at least a couple of projects to try.
- Shrug by Homespun Threads
- Weekend Designer Shrug
- Sweatshirt Shrugs (girl’s)
- Denim Jacket To Shrug Redo
- Plaid Blanket Shrug
- Free Shrug From Fitzpatterns
- Shrug From A T-Shirt
- Quick Free Shrug Pattern (girl’s)
- Sew A Fur Shrug Pattern
- No-Sew Shrug From A T-Shirt
- How To Make A Shrug (video)
- Crafterella Simple Little Shrug
- Cascade-Cozy Shrug Pattern
- Shrug With Pretty Border
- Shrug With Tie-Front
- Maui Shrug Pattern
- Smokey Sleeves Shrug
- Free Crochet Shrug Pattern
- Betty Crocheted Shrug
- Pink Fringe Shrug Pattern
- Beatrice Shrug Pattern
- Crochet A Ripple Shrug
- Ruffled Crocheted Shrug
- Crochet A Sassy Shrug
- Basic Free Crochet Shrug
- Madison Shrug Pattern
- Atlas Shrug Pattern
- Evonne Shrug Pattern
- Melody Shrug To Knit
- Tzara Shrug Pattern
- Venus Knit Shrug
- Rena Knit Shrug Pattern
- Free Shrug Pattern – Amy
- Ruffled Lacy Shrug
- Free Camille Knit Shrug
- Side To Side Shrug
- AnnMarie Shrug Pattern
- CYC Knit Shrug Pattern
- Long-Sleeved Shrug
- Quick-to-Stitch Shrugs
- Crochet Shrugs (Leisure Arts #4357)
- Knit & Crochet Ponchos, Wraps, Capes & Shrugs!
Description : The Free Knit Jacket Pattern is available in sizes small to x-large.
Craft Link : Free Knit Jacket Pattern
Description : This sophisticated Pom Pom Scarf takes only a few hours to complete.
Craft Link : Pom Pom Scarf
Description : To make the French Knitted Necklace especially nice, use a textured yarn for the chain.
Craft Link : French Knitted Necklace
Description: This Free Knit Cap Pattern seems to make a traditional cap with a hint of the newsboy look.
Craft Link : Free Knit Cap Pattern
Description : Tons of free projects from the archives of Let’s Knit Magazine. Must fill out free registration to access project instructions.
Craft Link : Free Projects From Let’s Knit Magazine
Description : I love this easy design, but I think I’d prefer making the Knit Poncho Pattern without the rosette.
Craft Link : Knit Poncho Pattern
Craft Link : Knit V-Neck Jumper Pattern
Description : This Knit Dress Pattern is for a classic style, that will stay in fashion for years.
Craft Link : Knit Dress Pattern
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