Watermelon Cushion Cover

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Whilst looking at the red yarn one day, it suddenly occurred to me that it reminds me of watermelon!  That’s how I came up with the idea of a watermelon cushion cover.  Using the same pattern as this Knitted Pillow Case , after 65 rows in red, change to white yarn and knit for about 6 rows, then change yarn color to green. Knit for another 22 rows, then cast off.  Sew up the bottom.  Using black yarn, sew on the “seeds”.  Use black buttons as ultra big “seeds”.

Don’t you just love the watermelon colors?

 

 

Knitted Pillow Case

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This is such a simple knitted pillow and yet it had me stumped for quite a while.  What I couldn’t figure out was how to make it into a removable case.  It’s gonna need buttons and I don’t know why I just couldn’t figure out the button part.  Like how?  Should I make a flap like envelope style? Should I line it? Install zip, velcro instead of buttons?  The answer was so easy but I didn’t get it.  I probably wasn’t thinking hard enough.  I was only just thinking about it on and off, thus the answer only hit me in the face months later. duh.

It’s simple.  Forget about envelop flaps.  It’s not necessary and the finish is not as nice. Just knit a burrito pocket and sew on 3-4 buttons at the top on the WS.  Coz it’s knitted with a size 4.5mm needle, the holes are big enough and stretchy enough to stretch to fit in the buttons! Viola! That’s it! Button-holes not even needed, unless you are looking at mega sized buttons (not advised).

Knitted Pillowcase

4.5mm circular needle

8 ply acrylic yarn (about 100g)

3-4 buttons

14″ square pillow

*This pattern will be knitted in a circle to minimize sewing.

*Gauge for 10 cm square is about 17 st by 26 rows.

Cast on 110 stitches. Knit 3, purl 2 for about 20 rows.  Then change stitches to all knit.  This will give you stockinette stitch.  Continue this for about 75 rows.  Cast off loosely, leaving a long tail (about 1 m).  This tail is for sewing up the bottom of the pillow case.

Now all that’s left is to sew on the buttons. Make sure that the buttons can go through the stitches first.

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Position the buttons on the inside of the case and sew.

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Just squeeze the button through the gap in the stitch.

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Easy! Done! And they close up nicely and neatly. Unlike the following, which were made using envelope style.  The flap is a waste of time and yarn.  What an eye-sore.  I think I’m gonna *frog the flap.

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Happy knitting!

*Frog goes ribbit.  Sounds like rip it!

 

Busting My Yarn Stash

Over the past 6-7 years since I started knitting/crocheting, I have accumulated so much yarn that I am running out of space to store them.  My drawers and cupboards so over runneth that now I have started stashing them under my bed. I think I have enough yarn to open up a little yarn store.  The only problem is that I don’t think I could have borne parting with my precious yarn.  Not that they are anything special.  Most of them are just cheap acrylic yarn. Cheap acrylic yarn they might be, but each one of them represent such great potential to me.  I have churned out so many knitted/crocheted bags/dolls/softies etc from them.  They also provide therapy for me and my mom (a dementia patient).

 

 

I find it hard to part with my yarn.  Up to the very last bit.  In the past year, I have been taking all the bits and pieces and tying them up together and I am proud to show you my skein of Stash Buster Yarn!

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We are knitting a keyboard cover out of it.  My yarn is mostly 8 ply.  We cast on 60 stitches using 3.75mm knitting needles.  I chose this needle size because I wanted a closer knit to keep the dust off my keyboard.  Then just knit till it’s long enough.  I’m not sure how long that is going to take.  But that’s ok.  People who knit/crochet will understand that it’s the knitting/crocheting and not the end product that is all the fun.

Beanie

Cat ear Beanie is all the rage. At least I think so. I am not a very trendy person, mostly preferring simple designs. But I realised that simple designs are not easy to find. I usually have a hard time looking for things that are plain and simple. And I understand why. As a crafter, it’s more fun to craft things that have complicated designs. More fun, interesting, challenging.

Recently, my friend Yasmin needed a cat ear beanie. I tried to tempt her with my regular beanie but she was insistent that she needed ears.

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That forced me out of my comfort zone. I had to think and figure out how I would have to go about doing it.  Then it finally dawned on me how much easier it is to make than my previous design!Duh! It’s unbelievable that I never thought of it. Me, the queen of short cuts and easy-to-do-things!  You just knit a rectangle and sew up one end.  The cat ear will just magically appear!  So cool!  No more 4 dpns! Just a circular needle all the way.

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Cat Ear Beanie (fits an average adult)

Things needed: circular knitting needles 4.5mm, 40 cm; 105m wool or mixed wool yarn, 8 ply; 1 yarn needle.

Approximate gauge: (10cm x 10cm sq) 18 stitches x 25 rows.

Instructions: Cast on between 85 stitches, using long tail cast-on. Knit 3, purl 2. Continue in this rib pattern  for about 58 rows. Then cast off, leaving a long tail for sewing.  Sew up the top opening loosely with a yarn needle. Weave loose ends into the stitches to conceal.  When you wear it, pinch the corners to achieve the cat ears. Viola!

Sometimes I really wish Singapore gets cold enough for me to justify all the yarn that I buy.

*If you would like a ready-made one, please visit my Carousell.  https://sg.carousell.com/sewcraftyknits/