Archive for Hand Knitted

Knitted Scrubbie



Once in awhile I like to hand knit. I especially like dish cloths since I use a new one each day. I found this knitted scrubbie tutorial and decided to add scrubbie yarn instead of the tulle she uses. I just cast on 15 stitches like she did and knitted until I liked the size I had. It is my favorite now. I used white, orange and lime green cottons and the scrubbie   yarn was called citrus that is  in lime , orange and white. I like the white with the citrus scrubbie the best.

You could do this on the bulky knitting machine but I think it would take much too long turning with a garter bar for each row knitted. It took me less than an hour to knit one. These would make nice stocking stuffers or a little gift for a friend.

I just bought the scrubbie yarn for 2 for 5 but the sale is off now at Joanne’s. I think I will be able to get about 4 or five from one ball of scrubbie yarn.

Here is where I got the idea.

Watercolors Felted Bag





My friend Sheila was getting rid of three bags of yarn and asked me if I wanted it. I would be glad to take it off your hands Sheila,  🙂 Inside one of the bags was a hand knitted pattern kit for this felted purse. It is called Watercolors Felted Bags by Annie’s Hook & Needle Kit Club. (Annie’s Attic) 2008. The toggle button was included. It gives both versions of  knit or crochet.  Of course, I converted  to machine knit and I love how it turned out. The pattern calls for three rows of garter stitch at the top and for the 22 bottom rows. I have a chunky garter bar but decided it is faster to knit on needles. So I knitted three rows of garter stitch on size 11 needles and then transferred them to the machine. You start on one side and increase from the top down, knit 22 rows of garter stitch (I used garter bar for the bottom) and continue up the other side and decrease  and end with three rows of garter stitch and then bind off. The first time I ever came across this and I think it is unique is that the handle and the tab are knitted sideways. For the strap you just cast on 88 stitches and knit five rows and bind off. I believe the reason this is done is because you get more shrinkage in length instead of width. I wish I would have measured the strap before felting. The finished size of this is 9 inches in width and 8 inches in height . The handle is 24 inches. The yarn is size 5 chunky. It did not take the whole ball of yarn but I did not weigh the ball of yarn before I started. lol

Here is my converted pattern.


Knitted Orange, Lemon And Lime Slice Drink Coasters

knitted slicecoastersorhotpadsdishcloth 


I do not like short rows. Repeat,  I DO NOT LIKE SHORT ROWS!

I don’t like shoulders that are short rowed, skirts that are short rowed(well…some I do)  I like short rows in socks but don’t particularly care for them anywhere else.

So why did I try this?

I went to a hand knitting seminar and there were a ton of free books and patterns. I saw this pattern for the orange, lemon and lime slice.  I thought it was cute. I also like the lime and orange colors together.  I do like to hand knit once in awhile especially while sitting on the patio on a warm day. And since we have had a break in the weather, I was sitting outside and needed a hand knitting project.. (back to the 40’s now!) .

I never did  short rowing by hand so thought I would give it a try. It was fun to make and I like it since it is the garter stitch.  So just for the heck of it I tried the same pattern on the machine only it is stockinette.  Well, I stopped after three sections because it is not as cute, the white rows I turned for a purl row and that would upset a drink with the ridges and you would have to crochet an edge around it. So , IF I did it on the machine, I would just knit the white rows . The patterns is a free handout from Jo-Ann fabric stores from 2012. It says these are dish cloths but I like them as drink coasters or hot pads. They are a nice size for a glass or a dish. I love the festive colors in the summer. I did not put hangers on them since I am not using them as dish cloths.

Okay, back to my machines. 🙂

If you are up to a hand knitting project for the summer, here is the pattern in my drop box.

Finished Bunny, Lamb and Bear Blankies


About a week and a half ago I fell on the ice on my right shoulder and could not machine knit for awhile. At the time I had just bought this pattern. So for a couple of days I sat and hand knitted the little characters. I assembled them yesterday to get them ready to put in my store. I especially love the bunny and just in time for Easter. 🙂

Love My Meeces to Pieces

My Little "Meeces"

My Little “Meeces”

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled onto the cutest mouse pattern by Lorraine Pistorio. The pattern is called Christmas & Hanukkah Mice.–hanukkah-mice
It is a hand knitting pattern but I figured I would try to convert to machine knitting. Great pattern, pictures, and detail!  What I found out is that I was able to knit the body on the machine after hand knitting to row 12. I was able to knit the arms on the machine. The head I was able to do after row 10 and the ears after a couple of rows. The feet had to be done by hand. The time it took on the machine was about 3 hours whereas by hand was about 2 days of knitting off and on. The first one I made by hand, I overstuffed and it would not felt down well. So, the second one that I made, I lightly stuffed so the piece would not felt together. I left an opening in the body, head and feet to add stuffing afterwards and this is what I have. I knitted a little scarf and felted it. I even felted the candy cane. He is supposed to have a Christmas Santa hat but I love his ears so much I hate to cover one!  I may needle felt the inside of his ears with a light pink. The other felted mouse is the one made from the MKN pattern insert and it is in machine knitting instructions.

I love Lorraine Pistorio’s pattern just as it is knitted but you know me and felting! 🙂

Hand Knit and Machine Knit Helpful Tip


I am in the process of hand knitting a scarf. I will tell you that I am not an experienced hand knitter. I got stuck in the pattern and I emailed a wonderful lady I met who is very intelligent and she tried to explain it to me. I still wasn’t getting it so she made a video of her knitting it and sent it to me! WOW, my very own private knitting lesson!

So I was able to get the pattern down pat but row five of the pattern is where I would have trouble. She emailed me a link showing the technique of a “life line” so if you make a mistake, when you rip back you won’t lose all of your work. Especially while knitting lace. This would definitely work on the knitting machine also. Just apply the same principle. Just take a piece of yarn, cord or whatever and use your double eye needle to thread through the stitches in the row that you want to put it in. I have done fine lace on my knitting machine and if there is a dropped stitch I always start again but this is a perfect solution. I wish I could take credit for it.

Double Click on the picture and you can see it close up.

In the picture I have two lines. The lower one is brown so I changed to red to show up better. When you are finished, you just pull them out.

My knitting life just gets easier and easier. 🙂

Hand Knitted Scarf using Palette Yarn

My husband was just hospitalized for the last four days.He is fine but  OMG, they almost had to keep me there to treat me for withdrawal(not sure if I spelled that right) symptoms from being away from my knitting machines!! I had to grab my stash of hand yarn and at least hand knit to keep my symptoms from getting worse. Whew. It worked. Don’t want to go through that ordeal again. 🙂

My sister gave me this yarn(about 20 balls of it!) and it is called Palette collection. The color is purple passion. It is on 50 gram balls but it took almost four to get the length of 68 stitches and width of 4 inches.This was the first yarn I tried on the Bulky machine and you can see why it would not knit. It was not easy doing by hand because there are two strands wrapped together and had to be careful not to knit each strand and do increases that were not supposed to be there. Had to recount stitches quite often.  It is nylon, acrylic and polyester. It is hand wash only. Now, back to the machines. lol

My Hand Knitted Huggable Bear

I never wanted to make a stuffed animal until I saw the pattern for this one .  It is called the Huggable Bear by Gypscream at link above. It is hand knitted , something I don’t do very often. I found the yarn on ebay and it cost me 20 dollars for three skeins. He takes two skeins. The yarn is Sirdar Funky Chunky Eyelash. It is so soft and silky but hard to see the stitches while knitting.

These bears take on their own personality as you are putting them together. As a matter of fact this guy was complaining that he looked like a gorilla until I sewed his ears on. He also complained about the bow around his neck choking him. He also said that he thought his head was smaller than his body. I told him to live with it-I do!   …. lol.

I knitted a little at night for about one or two weeks. Then assembly time came. Whew!! That was the most time consuming though the directions are very good . He comes with a little free sweater pattern but I think he is too cute to cover up. After all of the work I put into this little guy, it is hard to part with him. 🙂