Freebie Friday, the next crochet flower for your sneaker makeover – Viola

Hi my yarn loving friends, how are you?

What have you been making to keep you out of the sun and excuse you from the gardening?  Need another excuse to make pretty things?  Well……………… today is Friday and what better way to celebrate than with a new pair of shoes?  Almost!

Meet Viola, she is a little bolder than her little sister Vi, but not quite as loud as her big sis Violet!

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To make Viola, you will need:

3mm crochet hook, 4ply cotton yarn and two 2.5cm buttons, sewing needle and thread.

Finished measurement – 7cm diameter

Start hookin’ here….

Using 3mm hook and 4ply yarn, Ch12, join into a ring with a sl st into first ch

Round 1: Ch2, 23dc into ring, close with a sl st into top of beg ch2.

Round 2: Ch5, (counts as 1tr, 2ch) 1tr into next dc, ch1, (skip next 2dc, 1tr, ch2, 1tr, ch1 into next dc) seven times in total, close with a sl st into third ch of beg ch5.

Round 3: Ch3, 1tr, ch2, 2tr into the ch-2 space below, 1dc into ch-1 space below. (2tr, ch2, 2tr, ch1 into next ch-2 space below, 1dc into 1ch space below) repeat seven times in total, close with a sl st into third chain of beg ch3.

Fasten off, darn in ends and block if desired.  Simply pop over the button to secure onto the shoe.

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The pattern is written in UK crochet terms.

You can find the step by step photo tutorial for Vi here..

As always I would LOVE to see your finished projects on my Facebook page

A new crochet pattern for your sneaker makeover – Poppy

Hello :)

I hope you have been enjoying the weather and that some of you have had the chance to crochet yourself some flowers for your hi top shoes.  As promised I have another freebie for you this week.

Poppy

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converse-style-crochet-flower-tutorial poppy finished.fw jane burns

To make Poppy, you will need:

3mm crochet hook, 4ply cotton yarn and two 2.5cm buttons, sewing needle and thread.

Finished measurement – 5.5cm diameter

Start hookin’ here….

Using 3mm hook and 4ply yarn, Ch10, join into a ring with a sl st into first ch.

Round 1: Ch1, 15dc into ring, close with a sl st to beg ch1

Round 2: Ch4, *1tr into next dc, ch1; rep from * 15 times, sl st into fourth ch of beg ch4

Round 3: Ch1, *1dc into ch1 space, 1dc into top of tr; rep from * 15 times, ch1, sl st into top of beg ch1.

Fasten off, darn in ends and block if desired.  Simply pop over the button to secure onto the shoe.

converse-style-crochet-flower-tutorial poppy.fw jane burns

The pattern is written in UK crochet terms.

You can find the step by step photo tutorial for Vi here..

As always I would LOVE to see your finished projects on my Facebook page.

Where the heart is

Another summer weekend, another summer festival, and as Jane and I enjoy watching ‘The Pixies’ live at T in the Park, we both have a sense of achievement.

Starburst Bracelet

Starburst Bracelet Advanced Loom skillz!

Firstly, I have completed my second loom band. The first basic, the second an ‘advanced’ Starburst Bracelet! Katie was relieved, I think I may have annoyed her with my failed attempts, but the final result was somewhat fantastic (I say so myself, and that’s all!).

Perhaps more importantly, Jane has responded to her fans and published one of her own patterns for sale.

Home is ‘Where the heart is‘, and so this lovely faux fair isle cushion cover will make a charming addition to anyone’s home

You can view it, along with a selection of other patterns in the shop which has links to Ravelry for purchasing.

Please have a ‘mooch’, and let us know if there are any other patterns Jane has created that you’d like to see available to buy.

As always, please also share your creations on her Facebook page, or via Twitter!

How to make cute ‘Converse’ style crochet flowers for your sneakers – tutorial

So you have a pair of hi top shoes that are in need of a little personality.  If you have a spare 30 minutes you can make yourself some interchangeable embellishments for your shoes.  These lovelies simply button onto your existing shoes, so when you fancy a change of style you simply button on another crochet cutie.

Converse-style Crochet Flower Tutorial

These little flowers are quick and simple to make and the tutorial will guide you through the steps with a few pointers.  Need a closer look at the action?  Click in the image for a close up view.  By the way, this tutorial is written in UK Crochet Terms.

For those of you just looking for the concise pattern,  it is at the bottom of the post.

You will need

How to create cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers - Tutorial by Jane Burns

 

How to create cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers - Tutorial by Jane Burns

Ok,  I will be honest this was the trickiest part and as always I stabbed myself and bleed!  You need a really sharp needle to get through the canvas and some good strong thread.  Sew the button firmly against the shoe.  The button holds the flower tight against the shoe, so tighter the better.

Let’s get hookin’

Step one:

Chain 12, join into a ring with a slip stitch into the first ch.

How to create cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers - Tutorial by Jane Burns

 

How to create cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers - Tutorial by Jane Burns

Round 1:

Chain 2, work 23 double crochet into the ring, close the with a slip stitch into top of beginning chain 2.

How to create cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers - Tutorial by Jane Burns

 

How to create cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers - Tutorial by Jane Burns

 

How to create cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers - Tutorial by Jane Burns

Round 2:

Chain 4 (this counts as 1hdc and 2ch), 1hdc into next dc, ch1, (skip next 2dc, then work 1hdc, ch2, 1hdc, ch1 into the next dc) repeat seven times in total, close with a slip stitch into second chain of beg ch4.

How to create cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers - Tutorial by Jane Burns

How to create cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers - Tutorial by Jane Burns

Round 3:

Ch2, 1hdc, ch2, 2hdc into the ch2 space below, 1dc into 1ch space below. (2hdc, ch2, 2hdc into next ch2 space below, ch1, 1dc into 1ch space below) repeat seven times in total, close with a sl st into second chain of beg ch2.

How to create cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers - Tutorial by Jane Burns

 

How to create cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers - Tutorial by Jane Burns

Fasten off and darn in your ends, block if desired and simply pop over the button to secure onto the shoe. Make a second one for the other shoe ;)

How to create cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers - Tutorial by Jane Burns

This tutorial was for ‘Vi’, I will be publishing the other designs here on the blog over the next couple of weeks, check back for a new look for your shoes each week.

  Follow my blog and I will email you when new patterns are available.

How to create cute 'Converse' style crochet flowers for your sneakers - Tutorial by Jane Burns

 

Vi – Interchangeable crochet flowers

Finished Size: 6cm diameter

You will need:

3mm crochet hook, 4ply cotton yarn and two 2.5cm buttons, sewing needle and thread.

Using 3mm hook and 4ply yarn, Ch12, join into a ring with a sl st into first ch

Round 1: Ch2 23dc in ring, close with a sl st into top of beg ch2.

Round 2: Ch4, (counts as 1hdc, 2ch) 1hdc into next dc, ch1, (skip next 2dc, 1hdc, ch2, 1hdc, ch1 into next dc) seven times in total, close with a sl st in to second ch of beg ch4.

Round 3: Ch2, 1hdc, ch2, 2hdc into the ch2 space below, ch1, 1dc into 1ch space below. (2hdc, ch2, 2hdc into next ch-2 space below, ch1, 1dc into ch-1 space below) repeat seven times in total, close with a sl st into second chain of beg ch2.

Fasten off, darn in ends and block if desired.  Simply pop over the button to secure onto the shoe.

 

 

Flanders Fields, Get Knitting and support The Royal British Legion

In this months issue, Let’s Knit magazine is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of World War I by supporting The Royal British Legion. The cover mounted kit comes with two exclusive patterns created by Jane.

‘Flanders Fields’ is a vintage style tea cosy with a poppy motif. The pattern includes instructions for both intarsia or swiss-darning the motif.

Flanders Fields

Flanders Fields and Poppy Brooches

The second pattern uses the remaining yarn to create two poppies with which to make commemorative brooches.

With the hot weather it seems like November is far away, but it’s not too early to get prepared. Please do knit the patterns and perhaps sell them in support of The Royal British Legion.

Mother’s Love, and other feelings

It seems that I’m not the only one impressed by Jane’s creative talents. This month’s Let’s Knit Magazine features three of Janes patterns, and one in particular has taken the fancy of  its editor, Sarah Neal!

“Mother’s Love” is an easy to knit headband, and Sarah has been so taken with it that further to modelling it with her own daughter, she’s made three of her own since :)

I don’t really need to say much more about it, other than to thank Sarah and her daughter for being such wonderful models. You can also read Sarah’s blog to find out how she got on with alternative yarns. Spoiler alert – one of her uses for the headband is for ‘bad hair days’. I have shoulder length hair so I experience this myself. However, I’ve been confused for a lady too often and I’m not sure wearing a headband would do much to disprove such first impressions. Although I do have a man-bag, but that’s not helping my cause is it?

Talking of bags (smoooooth!) Jane has another pattern in the same issue. “Felt Fantastic” uses Rico Creativ Filz and is machine-washed to transform your knitting into a sturdy, stylish fabric.

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Felt Fantastic

The science nerd in me loves the felting effect, and trying to make sure your design comes out to the right size involves some fun maths. The beauty of buying the magazine is you don’t have to worry about this so long as you check your tension gauge, something I’m absolutely certain every knitter does before every project with new yarn. Am I right? ;)

Issue 82 of Let’s Knit Magazine August 2014 is available to download here and please do remember to share your creations with us in the comments, on Twitter or Facebook

Hello from the Little Monster in my Pocket Pal Sweater

It has been both busy and exciting times here at Knitting Image headquarters (okay, in my studio).  There have been lots of exciting commissions, and new companies to work with. I find it such a challenge to keep quiet about my projects as I am working on them.  I cast off and immediately want to write a blog ‘show & tell’.

A while back the folks at Simply Knitting Magazine asked me to apply my quirky style to some children’s garments.  This is the first in a series of designs, allow me to introduce you to ‘Pocket Pal’

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A special thank you to this very handsome model

This adorable (even if I do say so myself) sweater has it’s very own baby monster which fits snuggly into the Mummy (or Daddy) monsters pouch.  Knit in Sublime Extra Fine Merino DK, it is beautifully soft against delicate skin.  The pattern is written for ages 0-6 months to 5 years and would look equally cute worked in a more feminine palette.

The sweater uses the Elizabeth Zimmermann sewn bind off for the neck.  This particular casting off method produces a very stretchy neckband, great for children’s garments.  This method developed by EZ of sewing the tail of yarn through the stitches creates a finished edge that perfectly mirrors the long tail cast on.

This is how you do it….

Leave a tail of yarn approx. three times the circumference of the neckband, thread this through a tapestry needle

  1. Insert tapestry needle into first two stitches on left hand needle as if to p2tog, draw yarn through (do not slip off the needle)
  2. Reinsert the tapestry needle into the first stitch on the left-hand needle as if to knit, draw yarn through and slip stitch off the needle

Repeat steps 1 & 2 until all stitches are cast off.  You can find a great video demonstration here

pocket pal monster sweater jane burns

Issue 122 of Simply Knitting is available now, or you can download it from the App store and get knitting straight away.

As always I would love to see your finished projects on my Facebook page.

 

Happy Days

Typical – I post about the sun turning up, and I jinx the weather! We’ve been educating Katie in the joys of ‘Only Fools and Horses’, and I’ve been made to look like a right ‘Uncle Albert’, albeit a (much younger!) non-seafaring version.

So hopefully, some lovely bunting can brighten up your day indoors?

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Happy Days

Since each flag only requires a small amount of yarn, this could be a great stash buster. It’s also a great project to try out intarsia colour-work for the first time. Varying stripes, plain and garter stitch adds some interesting texture that’s great for practicing your technique.

This pattern features in Issue 81 of Let’s Knit magazine, along with Frill Seeker and Seaside Special, and is available to download straight away.

As always I would love to see your finished items on my Facebook Page!

Seaside Special

Since the sun has decided to make a decent show of it this year, what better to protect a little-ones head than a cute nautical-style hat? It certainly wasn’t such appropriate weather when this knit was in the making.

Seaside Special

Seaside Special

“Seaside Special” was photographed at the same shoot as Katie’s debut, and also features in issue 81 of Let’s Knit Magazine [iTunes download]. Unfortunately we arrived too late to enjoy the company of this wonderful young lady. Of course, leave out the bow for those of a more masculine disposition ;)

Knitted in Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, the natural fibres feel lovely, and being machine washable its practical too, with a beautiful range of shades to suit your child’s wardrobe.

Jane has also been enjoying mixing her needle crafts (I hear those gasps at the back!) and this hat starts with a… crochet chain! Honestly, I’m not even sure what I’m saying, I just have a vague understanding that crochet and knitting is like… erm… gamers and sunshine; you don’t often find them together, and lovers of one are not usually lovers of the other.

And on that note, back to my cave I go. I’ve saved up from my birthday and Father’s Day so I can be ready for what we call ‘the Steam Summer Sale’, which is a bit like a Craftsy sale but less frequent.

And please – do post images of your knits to Jane’s Facebook page, or share links in the comments or on Twitter!

Dear Point Protectors

Dear Point Protectors

Just because you are a rarely used item of my extensive knitting paraphernalia stash it does not give you the right vanish when I NEED you!

You lay around in the draw looking aloof, making suggestions that you might be better off being re-homed, perhaps, placed in the loving care of a knitter who uses point protectors.  I have told you that the life of a point protector is not all that.  Sometimes you are separated from your significant other for years, one of you left on an abandoned WIP.  Sometimes never being reunited with your mate.  But still you sigh when I open the draw.

I think it was a cruel and dangerous game you played today, hiding from me in plain sight.  You think you are smart,  but smart point protectors would know that playing such games whilst I am premenstrual was a truly silly move.

If you are not a perfect fit for the double pointed needle I wish to turn into a straight needle, you will find yourselves keeping the bamboo dpn’s company in the garage!

Yours, miffed!

point protectors

Time for one of my top tips

I often find myself knitting very small pieces of fabric.  I love my Hiya Hiya steel needles, but sadly they do not make a ‘straight’ version.  Usually I knit using the dpn’s as a pair of straights, but sometimes you need to stop the fabric sliding off the other end.  If you can find them I suggest slipping a point protector on one end. If like me you can’t find them, try blu- tac or snug fitting beads.  If you are feeling creative you can make your own pretty stoppers using polymer clay such as Fimo or Sculpey.  There is a tutorial here if you fancy checking it out.

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Frill Seeker – Katie’s first photoshoot

Do you remember way back in March, when I was telling you all about the fantastic time Katie and I had at the Let’s Knit Magazine photoshoot?

Finally after what seems like forever I can share the pictures with you uncensored (if you know what I mean?)

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You can read all about the fun we had here…..

Issue 81 of Let’s Knit Magazine is available to download straight away.

As always I would love to see your finished socks on my Facebook Page!

Happy Knitting,

Jane & Katie X