Knitting Patterns, projects and techniques 2014-09-02T14:48:34Z http://knitting.craftgossip.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Learn How to Measure Yourself for Knits]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15175 2014-09-01T01:55:37Z 2014-09-02T14:48:34Z tips for measuring a comfort garment to determine your ideal fitA lot of knitters embark on their first sweater with some fear related to knitting the right size that will actually fit them and look good on their bodies.

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tips for measuring a comfort garment to determine your ideal fitA lot of knitters embark on their first sweater with some fear related to knitting the right size that will actually fit them and look good on their bodies.

Knitting Daily is helping to take some of the guesswork out of choosing a size with its guide to knitting measurements and how to measure yourself.

This web page will show you how to measure yourself and a favorite garment so you’ll know not only your own size but your preferred size of a garment (and the difference between the two, known as ease).

It talks about the “standard” measurements that many knitting patterns use, how to read a schematic and what that diagram tells you, and how to use all that information to determine what size of a garment to knit.

There are also a few great sweater projects shown, all of which are part of free downloads you can access with a free membership to the Knitting Daily community. They have such great resources it’s really worth it for all the emails you’ll get.

Ready to take on your first sweater project? Here are some tips from me on how to knit a sweater.

[Photo via Knitting Daily.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Knit a Sweater Out of T-Shirt Yarn]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15172 2014-09-01T01:45:59Z 2014-09-01T13:31:55Z Knit a sweater out of tshirt yarn!I love making and using T-shirt yarn, but sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do with it. The always fabulous Donatella from Inspiration and Realisation was inspired by a chunky elongated stitch top from the Richard … Read More ...

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Knit a sweater out of tshirt yarn!I love making and using T-shirt yarn, but sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do with it. The always fabulous Donatella from Inspiration and Realisation was inspired by a chunky elongated stitch top from the Richard Nicoll Resort 2015 collection to make her own long-sleeved tunic out of old T-shirts.

It’s a really great project and perfect for this time of year when it’s still a little warm for a sweater but you might need a little extra something to keep you a bit warmer.

She worked her version from the bottom up on the body and the top down on the sleeves, and though the project is only shown in one size it would be pretty easy to alter if you wanted to.

What a great idea. I may just have to make a sweater out of shirts sometime.

[Photo via Inspiration and Realisation.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[(Mostly) Gross Knitwear from Movies]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15167 2014-08-28T18:08:58Z 2014-08-28T18:06:29Z Knitwear of the apocalypseSpeaking of knitting as it relates to popular culture, I recently came across this slideshow from Vulture called “Great Moments in Dystopian Knitwear.” Because every post-apocalyptic movie (and probably the TV shows, too, though we haven’t seen a lot of … Read More ...

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Knitwear of the apocalypseSpeaking of knitting as it relates to popular culture, I recently came across this slideshow from Vulture called “Great Moments in Dystopian Knitwear.” Because every post-apocalyptic movie (and probably the TV shows, too, though we haven’t seen a lot of winter in “The Walking Dead”) seems to have characters decked out in ratty, torn, dirty knits of one kind or another.

As the writer, Margaret Lyons, says, “knit hats will be the most treasured of all hats when the decay begins.” Indeed. Better start knitting, just in case.

By the way, one of the knits mentioned is of course the funky cowl thing Katniss wears in “The Hunger Games.” You can knit your own with patterns from Lion Brand (free registration required), Woolf’s Clothing ($5), Lolly Knits and Red Heart, no doubt among others.

Do you watch the knitwear as much as you watch the movie? I know I do!

[Photo courtesy of Lionsgate, via Vulture.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Dr. Who Knitting Projects]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15164 2014-08-28T16:28:10Z 2014-08-28T16:28:10Z To celebrate 12 doctors, check out a dozen Doctor Who knitting projects.I finally got to watch the new Doctor Who last night, and while I’m not quite sold on the new guy (it always takes me a few episodes) it was still a lot of fun.

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To celebrate 12 doctors, check out a dozen Doctor Who knitting projects.I finally got to watch the new Doctor Who last night, and while I’m not quite sold on the new guy (it always takes me a few episodes) it was still a lot of fun.

Of course I always knit while I’m watching TV, but so far I haven’t ventured into actually knitting something Doctor Who-related yet. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a ton of great options out there for people who would like to do such a thing; here are a few great ones.

You have to start with the classic Doctor Who scarf made famous by Tom Baker, of course. But there’s also a great sock kit from Lorna’s Laces (made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show last year, but it’s still available) inspired by the same voluminous scarf. Or you can knit a Tom Baker maxi dress. That’s pretty darn cool.

You can also knit a shawl covered with TARDISes, designed by Kate Atherley, or, if you’re OK with buying patterns, a police box slouchy hat designed by CiD Hanscom.

R. J. Daae has a great knit sonic screwdriver, while Raverly user Penwiper, who blogs at Entropy House, has a great Doctor Who collection that includes a stuffed TARDIS plushie, a police box scarf, a Dalek washcloth (Exfoliate!) and a stuffed Dalek. Awesome!

A Bitter Knitter has a pattern for a baby girl’s Dalek dress, and Love Knitting has a great blue but also Dalek-inspired French press coffee cozy. Unfortunately the link to the pattern for all the doctors doesn’t seem to work anymore.

And while that’s 12 patterns for 12 doctors, I do have one more link to share. Misty from the Handmade Podcast is making Doctor Who kits that include TARDIS-colored yarn, a project bag made with celestial TARDIS fabric and a set of Doctor Who inspired stitch markers with designs like a scarf, a bow tie, Big Ben and a gas mask. Scroll down or watch the podcast for more information.

Have you ever made a Doctor Who craft? (I’m never knit anything, but I did once make a TARDIS out of perler beads, and that’s got to count for something.) I’d love to hear about it!

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Yes, Men Knit, and It’s Not Even Shocking]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15161 2014-08-26T19:37:31Z 2014-08-26T19:37:31Z The Wall Street Journal gets it right in story about men knitting.This may be the first time ever I’ve seen a story about men knitting in a major publication that didn’t have the tone of “What? Men can knit?”

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The Wall Street Journal gets it right in story about men knitting.This may be the first time ever I’ve seen a story about men knitting in a major publication that didn’t have the tone of “What? Men can knit?”

This piece from the Wall Street Journal is about a men’s knitting group formed as part of the summer knitting group at Bryant Park in New York City (there’s been a knitting meetup there every Tuesday through the summer, and today is the last one). It’s sponsored by Knitty City, and owner Pearl Chin said she thought it was important to reach out to male knitters because women knit everywhere and often in groups while the guys tend to knit solo.

It’s a really lovely story, and the video shows several of the men sharing their knitting stories and what they get out of it. One knit his child booties for years, while another picked it up as a creative outlet at the side of his mother, a seamstress.

The story but not the video includes Jared Flood, aka Brooklyn Tweed, who says he’s still a relatively solitary knitter because “I think for men who are knitting, there’s such a stigma with it still,” he said.

I hope more nice stories like this will remind people who don’t knit that it’s perfectly normal and a wonderful use of your time, no matter who you are.

[Photo by Natalie Keyssar for the Wall Street Journal.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Giveaway: 3-Month EduKnit Memberships]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15155 2014-08-25T16:08:52Z 2014-08-25T16:08:52Z win a three-month subscription to eduknitMembership-based websites are really popular these days as a way to continue your education in a subject over a long period of time, whether you want to learn more about writing, marketing or even different crafts.

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win a three-month subscription to eduknitMembership-based websites are really popular these days as a way to continue your education in a subject over a long period of time, whether you want to learn more about writing, marketing or even different crafts.

Knitting pros Gwen Bortner and Kellie Nuss brought this idea to the knitting world earlier this year when they launched EduKnit, a subscription site that offers videos, interviews, reviews and tutorials, all related to one aspect of the knitting life each month.

You can read more about how the site came together and what knitters can find there in my interview with them over at About.

If this sort of deep education about the how and the why of knitting interests you, this week I’ve got a great giveaway: two free three-month memberships to the site. eduknit

You’ll get access to all previous content (which as of now is more than 250 minutes of video and 20 in-depth blog posts) as well as all new content produced during the three months. At the end of the membership you’ll be given the option to continue at the regular price of $10 a month.

This sounds like a really great program so I’d love to hear what the winners think of it.

For a chance to win a membership, comment on this post before the end of the day Sunday, August 31. Why don’t you tell me what your biggest problem spot is when it comes to knitting or what you’d really like to learn next. (I may write future posts based on this information.)

Thanks for visiting, commenting and sharing, and good luck!

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Get Ready for the Holidays with These Fun Ornament Patterns]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15152 2014-08-20T18:31:42Z 2014-08-22T13:27:13Z christmas ornaments millamia yarnI do not even want to think about how quickly Christmas and the other winter holidays are going to be here, but the fact is, if you want to craft something for your tree or for holiday gifts you should … Read More ...

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christmas ornaments millamia yarnI do not even want to think about how quickly Christmas and the other winter holidays are going to be here, but the fact is, if you want to craft something for your tree or for holiday gifts you should probably be getting started.

Classic Elite and MillaMia yarns have got you covered, with a cute set of holiday ornaments. The square ornament shown here is a free pattern, while the others are currently available as part of an ornament knitting kit but will also be released as free patterns later in the season.

Do you have any knit holiday ornaments? I’d love to hear about them!

[Photo via Classic Elite Yarns.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[More Fun Washcloth Patterns to Try]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15149 2014-08-20T18:26:19Z 2014-08-21T14:21:15Z legato washcloth knitpicksKnit Picks has been releasing a new washcloth knitting (or crochet) pattern every week this year, and it’s been a while since we checked in, so I thought I would highlight a couple of recent ones that caught my eye.… Read More ...

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legato washcloth knitpicksKnit Picks has been releasing a new washcloth knitting (or crochet) pattern every week this year, and it’s been a while since we checked in, so I thought I would highlight a couple of recent ones that caught my eye.

The Legato Dishcloth is a fun one, where sometimes you turn the work after a row and other times you slide the stitches to the other end of the needle and work back that way in a different color. It’s sure to keep you on your toes and knit up fast because of the intriguing technique.

The Dreamy Spa Cloth is another nice one, worked in bumpy seed stitch for extra scrubbing power.

I love washcloths because you can play with different colors, textures and techniques on a small scale. I might just be knitting up some of these soon.

[Photo via Knit Picks.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Fun Tops to Knit for Summer and Fall]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15145 2014-08-20T18:21:05Z 2014-08-20T18:08:40Z cool knits to get you through summerEven though I’m starting to get in a fall mood, the weather is hardly cooperating with that feeling. We’re actually having the hottest week we’ve had all summer, and while I’m certainly not complaining, I’m not exactly in the mood … Read More ...

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cool knits to get you through summerEven though I’m starting to get in a fall mood, the weather is hardly cooperating with that feeling. We’re actually having the hottest week we’ve had all summer, and while I’m certainly not complaining, I’m not exactly in the mood for knitting a warm wooly sweater, either.

That’s why I love this little roundup from Loop Knits featuring four tops — two tank tops and two cool sweaters — that you can knit and wear right now and still use as the seasons change.

Any of these would be great knit in cotton now or even in wool for a garment that will take you through the end of summer into fall.

Are you still knitting for summer or have you moved on to fall pieces? I’d love to hear what’s on your needles.

[Photo "Otherside" by Melanie Berg, via Loop Knits.]

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Kym Terranova <![CDATA[10 Knitted Wreaths]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15123 2014-08-20T04:19:23Z 2014-08-20T14:55:36Z 10 knitted wreaths - CraftGossip

 

Summer is almost over, so don’t fight it!  Instead, celebrate the coming of fall by making one of these adorable knitted wreaths.   There’s something for everyone here, from beginner finger knitting, to a wreath covered in tiny sweaters … Read More ...

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10 knitted wreaths - CraftGossip

 

Summer is almost over, so don’t fight it!  Instead, celebrate the coming of fall by making one of these adorable knitted wreaths.   There’s something for everyone here, from beginner finger knitting, to a wreath covered in tiny sweaters to yarn balls (which aren’t technically knitting, but knitters, you know those two wreaths are especially for you!)  None of these wreaths will take you very long to make, so you can easily make a few of them for this season and add cozy character to your front door.  Plus, you may want to give one as a gift for your favorite knitter!

 

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Snowball Wreath – FlorrieMarie

 

 

 

 

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Cable Vision Wreath – Purls of Wisdom

 

 

 

 

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Yarn Ball Wreath – Dottie Angel

 

 

 

 

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Knitted Wreath – Mirror Mirror

 

 

 

 

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Vintage Inspired Knit Fall Wreath – The Silly Pearl Handmade

 

 

 

 

 

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Knitted Wreath – Coco Knits

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Sweater Wreath – All Free Knitting

 

 

 

 

 

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Finger Knit Wreath – Flax & Twine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter Wreath – Style Blueprint

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Knit a Sweet Swing Coat for Little Ones]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15120 2014-08-19T17:39:36Z 2014-08-19T19:00:39Z knit a simple swing coat for the little one in your lifeYou know that I love knitting for babies and little kids (I’ve even written a book on the subject of knitting for babies!) and I can’t resist this little garter stitch cardigan from Berroco.

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knit a simple swing coat for the little one in your lifeYou know that I love knitting for babies and little kids (I’ve even written a book on the subject of knitting for babies!) and I can’t resist this little garter stitch cardigan from Berroco.

Called Kelcema, it’s worked in pieces with simple shaping and button closures just at top so it’s easy to get your kid inside.

The yarn, Berroco Vintage, is a great one for kids because it’s washable and durable. I used it for a couple of projects in my book and really liked working with it and the look of the finished results.

The pattern is sized for kids ages 2 to 12, and it’s sure to be a favorite no matter the size of the kid you knit it for.

[Photo via Berroco.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Free Mobius Pattern Through Aug. 31, 2014]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15115 2014-08-19T17:33:13Z 2014-08-19T17:33:13Z free pattern this month from the sweater babeThe free pattern this month from the Sweater Babe is a pretty mobius cowl worked in mohair and lace.

It’s the perfect thing for fall knitting or getting a jump on your gift giving. It’s sure to be nice and … Read More ...

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free pattern this month from the sweater babeThe free pattern this month from the Sweater Babe is a pretty mobius cowl worked in mohair and lace.

It’s the perfect thing for fall knitting or getting a jump on your gift giving. It’s sure to be nice and warm but also lightweight and easy to carry around for whenever you feel a chill.

The pattern regularly sells for $4.50 and you can download it for free through the end of August.

Looks pretty great to me. You’ll want to grab this one while you can!

[Photo via the Sweater Babe.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Giveaway: Inspired Cable Knits]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15110 2014-08-18T17:40:26Z 2014-08-18T18:30:40Z wina  copy of inspired cable knits (through aug 24)This is an older book, but it’s a good one if you like cable knitting. I always think of cables as being the perfect thing to knit in the fall or for the fall. I guess that’s because the twisty … Read More ...

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wina  copy of inspired cable knits (through aug 24)This is an older book, but it’s a good one if you like cable knitting. I always think of cables as being the perfect thing to knit in the fall or for the fall. I guess that’s because the twisty cables remind me of bare trees and gnarled branches, or maybe because there are so many great warm sweaters decorated with cables.

Either way, this book, Inspired Cable Knits by Fiona Ellis, is probably better for knitters with a few cable projects under their belts, since the allover patterns do take some concentration.

This book is fun, too, because it shares the inspiration behind the patterns and includes mindfulness pointers, which sometimes have something to do with knitting but even when they don’t are probably ideas we could all use in our busy lives.

If you’d like a chance to win this book, leave a comment on this post before the end of the day Sunday, August 24. Let me know what your favorite thing about fall is, or why you love knitting cables, or whatever is on your mind this week.

Thanks for visiting, commenting and sharing, and good luck!

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Stevie Nicks is Looking for an Awesome New Shawl]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15107 2014-08-18T17:40:49Z 2014-08-18T17:18:01Z Stevie Nicks is looking for a new shawlStevie Nicks is well known for her bohemian style, flowing clothes and shawls that accentuate her movement on stage, and now she’s looking for a new, handcrafted shawl to use in a photography shoot.

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Stevie Nicks is looking for a new shawlStevie Nicks is well known for her bohemian style, flowing clothes and shawls that accentuate her movement on stage, and now she’s looking for a new, handcrafted shawl to use in a photography shoot.

The singer has taken to Talenthouse, a sort of job board for artists, to put out her call for submissions. Interested designers can submit a sketch or a finished shawl as well as a description of why this is the perfect shawl for her.

The winner, who will be chosen by Nicks, will receive $2,000 to help them produce their final shawl, which Nicks will wear in photographs that will be posted on her website and on social media. The shawl will then be returned to the designer.

In her brief for the contest, which was also shared on Rolling Stone, Nicks said she started wearing shawls on stage in the late 1960s.

In 1968, a very handsome boy brought me a poncho from South America. I knew it was magic and that someday I would copy it in chiffon or leather or beaded material. I realized that wearing a poncho or a long shawl gave me something to work with up on the stage. Big movements, big twirls, you need to be seen from far away. So I made that a big part of my stage clothes. It became totally intertwined in my fashion style.

The competition is open through Sept. 22. Participants will also be eligible for a $500 prize based on the community’s choice of favorite shawl. Voting for that honor will take place between Sept. 22 and 29, and the winners will be announced Oct. 14.

[Photo via Talenthouse.]

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Sarah White http://knitting.craftgossip.com <![CDATA[Embellish Your Knits Easily with Mr. Micknit]]> http://knitting.craftgossip.com/?p=15098 2014-08-18T17:42:00Z 2014-08-15T19:10:16Z Have you ever knit something, maybe for a gift or for the holidays, and wanted to give it a little extra special something without a whole lot of work on your part?

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Have you ever knit something, maybe for a gift or for the holidays, and wanted to give it a little extra special something without a whole lot of work on your part?

I got the chance to play with a fun new product, Mr. Micknit, a DIY patch kit that’s great for adding embellishments to knitting, sewn projects, purchased items or anything else that needs a little something special. (The government would like you to know that I received a free kit but was not otherwise compensated for this review.)

The kit was designed for Michael Simon, the New York designer who began his career with loom-knit, neon-colored, slouchy sweaters and other knitwear and went on to become a CDFA recognized designer, who also claims to have “created the Christmas sweater” craze in the 1980s.

This kit certainly has all the makings for a kitschy sweater, a funky hat or even an embellished laptop.Check out the Mr. Micknit holiday patch kit

What’s in the Kit

I got to sample “box #4,” which includes

  • 3 stick-on felt patches (a nutcracker-style patch, red snowflake and reindeer)
  • 2 sheets of self-adhesive felt (red and green)
  • 2 lengths of holiday ribbon
  • 2 balls of thread (red and green) for attaching embellishments
  • assorted rhinestones, sequins, beads and buttons

There are no instructions with the kit, but you don’t really need them. The patches are all adhesive-backed, so there’s no sewing involved, and other embellishments can be hand-sewn or glued to the item you’re embellishing. (Possibly TMI, but I really could have used this kit a couple of years ago when I made a Christmas sweater bra for a charity event).

Playing with the Kit

I tried to get my daughter (almost 5) interested in the kit, and while she liked all the sparkly stuff she insisted I stole the pom-poms from her stash and would have no more to do with me. Kids.

I had a lot of fun looking at the options and thinking about how they might be used on projects. embellish your knits with stick on patches

I decided the nutcracker decal would be perfect for the side of a wine bottle cozy. I happened to have this pom-pom covered cozy that I thought would fit right in with the nutcracker vibe, so I grabbed it and stuck it on. I used one of the Christmas ribbons to tie it closed. Festive, easy, fun. And because I know you want to know, it seems to be a pretty firm adhesive but at least on this project I can peel it off and it didn’t do any damage to the knitting below.

Another idea I had was to add the snowflake and some rhinestones to this striped stocking cap. I didn’t actually stick them down, but it’s cute, right? easy hat embellishment with mr micknit

I want to do a little Christmas tree ornament with some of the felt sheets and other goodies, but I just don’t have time this month. So stay tuned for that.

I think this would be a great gift for the crafter with a sense of humor or who loves her projects embellished to the nth degree. It’s an easy way to add some holiday sparkle to gifts, to make festive gear for a party, or in any other way you can imagine.

Mr. Micknit offers four different holiday kits that are available through a Kickstarter going on through Sept. 15. If you pledge $29 or more you can choose a kit as your reward. Other kits include snowmen, angels and Christmas trees, among other patches. The aim of the Kickstarter is to raise $15,000 so they can develop kits for other holidays including Halloween and Valentine’s Day. What fun!

Would you ever embellish your projects like this? Or if not on knitting, how might you use this stuff? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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