Misc The Knitting, Crochet, Quilting, Weaving and Sewing Pattern Thread 2019

Melodi

Disaster Cat
This thread is for sharing patterns and links to patterns that we have found useful or look like fun for 2019 - I think we should do these by the year (for a start) and see how that works.

Other craft patterns are fine to post too (as are links) I just ran out of title room lol
 

Melodi

Disaster Cat
The Dead Easy Hat Pattern (flat version)

You can knit this in the round too and I do but the top will be slightly different.

Cast on a multiple of 4 stitches - the hat in the photo is 96 stitches in Aran weight yarn (slightly thinner than worsted) and I think a number 6 needle (I knit loosely) so you might want anything from a 5 to a 7.

Basic Adult Hat

Cast on 96 stitches (or any multiple of 4)

Work in K2 P2 Rib (I slip the first stitch of each row but that is optional)

Work for as long as you want - 5 inches for a "Beenie" type cap, 11 to 12 inches for very wide brim (this hat is 11.5 inches before decreases)

Decrease Rows (REVISED from the other thread) Flat Hat

Row 1: K2 P2 Tog

Row 2: K1 p2

Row 3 K2 P1

Row 4 K1 P1

Row 5 K2 tog

Row 6 K2 tog - you can stop here and have 12 stitches

Row 7 K2 tog - 6 stitches remain (I did this on this hat).

Cut your yarn at about 12 inches (it isn't exact don't worry)

Thread the yarn back through the 6 (or 12) stitches and then pin the hat together with what will be the inside out (this only matters if you have other yarns to thread back i
Sew the seam (yes it will show a bit but not too much)

Thread in any other lose bit of yarn and your starting yarn, be careful at the bottom if you are using a brim because the "wrong" side will show as the "right side" when folded.

Turn the hat right side out and fold brim as much as you like and put on the head of the intended victim er all recipient.

Possibly easy variations of this hat are any simple cable (including mock cable) you like to use - but if you want to do the classic stockinette version you may need to increase your stitches after the ribbing to at least 2 inches (in this yarn I'd go to about 110 stitches) because the fabric won't stretch and knit flat you would K one row, P one row (that one is easier knit in the round).

Turn hat right side out, fold brim to as much as you like, place on the head of the intended victim er...a recipient

Here's Mine (or what it looks like on a human head)
 
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summerthyme

Administrator
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Melodi... not to drift the thread, but this pattern is super simple as a first project on the Passap knitting machine. It can either be made with a ribbed cuff (I always made the ribbing double length, so it could be folded up as an extra "ear warmer" layer), and then switched to knit the rest as stockinette in the round, or as ribbing the entire length (knitted flat) and then sewn together in a back center seam.

Summerthyme
 

Melodi

Disaster Cat
Thanks to that that isn't "thread drift" that's instructions (aka a pattern for a pattern) using the machine - as soon as we get the needle problem sorted (and hopefully I pick up my motor) I will try that.

The knitting machine ones that our supplier makes don't decrease at the top, they just pull through all the live stitches and put a pompom on, which is perfect for mass selling at Christmas fairs but my husband hates pompoms.

I have seen instructions for decreases though so that shouldn't be too hard to figure out if I want to try it.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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Yeah, decreases are really simple using the tools that go with the machine. I've made the other type, (and I'm not fond of pompoms, either), and they're very fast and simple to make. But the ones with decreases definitely fit nicer,nand I prefer them.

Summerthyme
 

marsh

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Sparrow Quilt Co. has a 50 quilt blocks in 50 weeks challenge with a free pattern for each block and a video where Brady shows you how to do it https://sparrowquiltco.com/blogs/50-blocks-in-50-weeks/block-37

The AQS blog has quilt alongs with free downloadable patterns and instructions http://www.aqsblog.com/

Missouri Star Quilt Co also has tutorials on blocks. https://www.youtube.com/user/MissouriQuiltCo

I bought the Creative Grids pineapple ruler and fabric and plan to make one someday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujsTghzute0
It looks easy with the ruler

National Quilter's Circle also has a bunch of free tutorial videos https://www.nationalquilterscircle.com/videos/all/
 

Faroe

Veteran Member
Thanks to that that isn't "thread drift" that's instructions (aka a pattern for a pattern) using the machine - as soon as we get the needle problem sorted (and hopefully I pick up my motor) I will try that.

The knitting machine ones that our supplier makes don't decrease at the top, they just pull through all the live stitches and put a pompom on, which is perfect for mass selling at Christmas fairs but my husband hates pompoms.

I have seen instructions for decreases though so that shouldn't be too hard to figure out if I want to try it.
Not a pompom fan either. They look cute on toddlers. Can you put a machine knitted hat onto needles, and do the decreases by hand?
 

marsh

Has No Life - Lives on TB
Thought this might be a good project for dolls to be handed out to kids in trauma situations like social service pickups in DV cases, first responder incidents, disasters etc.

**Attention Knitters and crocheters**

Are you looking for a quick, easy project to use up scrap yarn AND make a child happy? Allow me to present to you "The Izzy Doll".

The dolls, which cannot be bought or sold for profit, were inspired and named after Master Cpl. Mark Isfield of No. 1 Combat Engineering Regiment, who was on a Canadian peacekeeping mission in Kuwait and Croatia in the early 1990's. He often came across children with no personal possessions or toys - so his mother, Carol Isfield, knitted little woolen dollies that he could give away to the kids that he would meet.

Fast forward thirty years, and volunteers are still making the dolls and soldiers are still handing them out to children in over 100 countries.

Since the dolls are distributed all over the world, all skin tones are appreciated. They can be boy or girl dolls. They are no bigger then 5 inches tall and are quick to make. With Christmas and the holiday season right around the corner...it would be wonderful to have extra dolls to hand out. Please help keep the legacy of the Izzy Doll alive.?

http://www.hpicanada.ca/izzy-dolls/

http://www.hpicanada.ca/izzy-dolls/knitting-pattern/
 

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marsh

Has No Life - Lives on TB
https://handyfinch.com/create/zero-waste-kitchen-crochet-produce-bag-free-pattern?utm_source=Georgian+Bay+Biosphere+Reserve+List&utm_campaign=d1673c1368-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_07_08_05_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e570ffd185-d1673c1368-1210418285&mc_cid=d1673c1368&mc_eid=13f44a8fad&fbclid=IwAR1mQbdy-eQU_F5VbuxTBQxXft0sXXP7FLrblT2BHMliTrH_6nFYtTC4JR4

Zero Waste Kitchen: Crochet Produce Bag – Updated Free Pattern

Crochet Chart and Instructional Video

"This pattern has become very popular since I first published it in October of 2017, and since that time I’m made several updates. The latest is adding this crochet chart. My hope is it reduces the confusion from my written instructions."
 

Faroe

Veteran Member
So, some materials have been arriving bit by bit over the past several days. I ordered YLI 100# silk thread in an assortment of colors (yes, I feel guilty about the boiled silk worms). Also, Aurifil 80# in cotton, in assorted neutrals. This stuff makes regular sewing thread look like string you would stitch a feed bag with. My favorite needle for applique and piecing is a John James size 11 milliners. The silk is very easy to thread into that small eye, and you can just tie a knot at the needle head to keep the slippery thread from slipping out of the eye. Makes everything easier. I work under high magnification, and can barely see the silk thread on the applique piece, even when the thread color is more of a contrast than a match.

I embellished some more hexies based on smaller versions of Kemball's imaginative flowers. Absurdly tiny bits of fabric... a hobby for a crazy person, but they look pretty.
 

packyderms_wife

Neither here nor there.
So, some materials have been arriving bit by bit over the past several days. I ordered YLI 100# silk thread in an assortment of colors (yes, I feel guilty about the boiled silk worms). Also, Aurifil 80# in cotton, in assorted neutrals. This stuff makes regular sewing thread look like string you would stitch a feed bag with. My favorite needle for applique and piecing is a John James size 11 milliners. The silk is very easy to thread into that small eye, and you can just tie a knot at the needle head to keep the slippery thread from slipping out of the eye. Makes everything easier. I work under high magnification, and can barely see the silk thread on the applique piece, even when the thread color is more of a contrast than a match.

I embellished some more hexies based on smaller versions of Kemball's imaginative flowers. Absurdly tiny bits of fabric... a hobby for a crazy person, but they look pretty.
Don't feel guilty about the boiled worms, they take them out and deep fat fry them and sell them as snacks. I kid you not. I have tons of that thread on hand in over a fifty colors, love working with it on various projects. And I have almost every color of Aurifil thread now in two different weights plus a few of the embroidery thread colors. Follow that Thread is my place to get my aurifil and she's a conservative! https://www.followthatthread.com/ Love those millners needles I have a nice supply on hand.
 

Faroe

Veteran Member
There was some fun money left in August's budget, so I ordered a few half-yards of muted green fabrics. I need leaves.

Have been doing all the applique as just straight needle-turn after a quick thread baste. No ironing, starching, or glueing over templates first. No back-basting either; even that was unnecessarily complicated. The shapes have been turning out fine, with smooth curves. I added a few embroidery highlights to brighten things up a bit.

Simple needle turn cuts the shopping cart considerably. No need for a mini iron, or press board, I took off the needle tip glue baste, the 8 1/2 X 11 copier compatible freezer paper sheets, heat resistant mylar for templates, etc. I might get some of those things piecemeal later, but not missing them now.
 

Faroe

Veteran Member
The Framed Hexi:

YT has a few videos on this topic, it is a quilt as you go method, and the crazy quilters make them. The linked blogspot gives the idea at a glance, so I used that source. Also, this lady has some really beautiful blocks in her archives, I'm going to look at her site more in-depth.

http://happyappliquer.blogspot.com/2015/10/quilt-as-you-go-hexagon-tutorial.html

I sewed up a couple of crazy (w/o the embroidery) kitchen table coasters yesterday, and cut seven hexies for a mat today. I've found that to make the hexies precise, the fold clipping and pressing is tedious. Not my favorite part. (No symmetrical miters on these - the angle is obtuse, and produces more bulk on one side, so pick one direction for all the folds. The rest of the process is much easier. The inner hexi and batting should be trimmed smaller by about 1/8" per edge for a smooth fit. I didn't bother making a separate template for that - doesn't have to be precise, as the folded over backing covers it fully. NOT the fastest way to make a quilted project of any size, but I do really like the framed effect.

Packy, thanks for that thread link. I'll need more good thread soon.
 
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Faroe

Veteran Member
The seven are done, and sewn into a small table mat. Glad THAT's over! Tedious, and hard to make the borders consistently wide at the same time as getting the fold-over angle correct. Just a PITA. Looks good, however.

Back to blue and off-white nine patch. I'm nearly out of fabric for them. Fingers crossed that the fabric wanted is still available tomorrow, for the Sept. budget. I've noticed that stuff moves at MSQC, esp., and things I tentatively place in the shopping cart early are unavailable later on. Had to go to Hancock's of Paduca (spell?) for my favorite blue and white floral, which I can't find anywhere else.

Been watching Linda Franz videos. She has a program called Inklingo which prints cutting/stitching lines patchwork onto fabric that has been ironed onto freezer paper sheets. Would like to try it, but don't have a printer, and am ABSOLUTELY and COMPLETELY tech illiterate. I can barely operate our land line phone since we had to replace the old with a new one. Don't want to spend a bunch of money to have the equipment sit there (happened with a little note book thing, and a replacement music player).
 
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