Tunisian Bracelet

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This morning I was looking for a quick and fun idea for scrap yarn. It’s been one of those mornings where I wanted instant gratification – not an easy thing to achieve with knitting or crochet! The above bracelet is the result of that!

The yarn is a bit fuzzy which is why the photo appears a little blurry. It was a fun and fast project!

I started with my Denise hooks, some pretty scrap yarn, my scissors and a yarn needle. I chained until it fit around my wrist loosely, for me, that was 30 chains using an F hook. My yarn is a sock weight so if you use a thicker yarn you’ll want to go up in hook size. I worked 3 rows of the Tunisian knit stitch and then fastened off. I then sewed the ends together and weaved in the ends! That’s it! Done!

You can do as many or few rows as you’d like. Whatever you do, don’t block it! This is the one time we want the curl! The curl is what gives it the lovely bangle shape.

These are perfect gifts or even stocking stuffers you can whip up in no time! What a great way to use up pretty bits of yarn you just can’t stand to part with!

Quick Tee Embellishment!

I love shopping! Not because I like buying things (unless it’s yarn!) ­čśë I just really enjoy the inspiration I find while out and about.

This tee was actually pretty ordinary until I noticed the crocheted pocket on it. What a delightful idea – and a fantastic way to use small swatches that are too pretty to throw away but hard to use in another project.

I have a drawerful of swatches and way too many tees, maybe it’s time to combine the two? What a fun and fast way to spruce up my wardrobe!

What fun and interesting ways have you seen crochet used while out shopping?

Lace Knitting Tip

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For years lace knitting has been my nemesis. I managed to tackle cables quickly when I first started knitting so it was a complete surprise that lace stumped me so easily.

The light bulb recently went off as to why it was hard for me — the yarn was so fine I couldn’t see my stitches to read them! Once I realized that was the issue I bumped up the weight from fingering to DK and guess what? I can knit lace!┬á When I have the repeats memorized using the DK weight I can start on my project in a fingering weight.

This swatch is made with Cascade Yarns Cherub DK in color 34.

I used my Knit Picks knitting needles that my sweet hubby gave me for Christmas.

The lace pattern I made my swatch with is the Double Eyelet Rib, which is a multiple of 7 stitches plus 2.

Row 1 (RS): P2, * k5, p2; repeat from * to end.

Row 2: K2, * p5, k2; repeat from * to end.

Row 3: P2, * k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, p2; repeat from * to end.

Row 4: Repeat Row 2.

Repeat Rows 1-4 for pattern.

If you struggle with lace knitting too, try going up a size in yarn. It just might work for you, as well!

 

Inspiration Wednesday!

Vivid color is always my biggest inspiration.┬á I will be that colorful little old lady who wears whatever she wants ­čÖé much to the embarrassment of my kids. It’s already starting to happen and I really don’t see it toning down anytime soon!

Isn’t this Tencel lovely? It’s a bold and beautiful one of kind hand painted yarn. The fiber artist is from the Eugene Textile Center. She had so many gorgeous┬áchoices – it was hard to pick just one! With 550 yards of silky softness, I’m going to have to come up with a design that really shows off the gentle color changes. The yardage is perfect for a shawlette or a pretty infinity scarf.

When working with a variegated yarn Ive found that light and lacy stitches work best. The color changes seem to be more natural and blend better. I know planned pooling is really hot right now but I love the simple beauty of subtle color changes, too!

For now, I am swatching with this beauty – hopefully, I’ll have a new self-published pattern using it soon!