Garter stitch mug cosy pattern

Insulate your brew and hug your mug!

 

I’d never even heard of a mug cosy before – so I Googled it! The internet was awash with them. It’ seems that I’m the only kid on the block not to have cottoned on to this woolly phenomenon.

 

Cupcake Mug Cosy

 

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So before you go out spending on a posh Starbucks thermally insulated wonder-beaker, why not try this super simple pattern and impress your friends with your knitting abilities!

Here’s our regular crafty blogger Charlie with the ‘How To …’

 

 

Over to you Charlie ……

 

Equipment:

1 pair of 4mm knitting needles.

Double knit yarn in a colour of your choice.

Needle for finishing.

 

Pattern:

Cast on 16 stitches.

Knit all rows until work reaches 18 cm in length.

Next row, cast off 4 stitches, then knit to the end of that row.

Following row, cast off 4 stitches and continue to knit the remaining 8 stitches, until this smaller section reaches 5cm in length.

Next row, knit 3 stitches, yarn forward and knit two stitches together. Knit to the end. This creates a button hole.

Knit 3 more rows.

Cast off.

 

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Using a suitable mug (either the one you intend to use, or a similar size), position a button that fits through your button hole on the wider section of the mug cosy, ensuring that the buttonhole strap fits comfortably through the mug handle for fastening.

Sew in all ends.

 

Once you’ve got the basic idea, you can try out all sorts of other designs!

 

Christmas mug cosy

 

 

Charlie x

 

Photographs: Charlie Hooson-Sykes, The Woolly Knitter on pinterest, Whipup on pinterest

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

Charlie writes her own personal blog – Gin Fuelled Blue Stocking and is also programme secretary for the newly formed Manchester WI.

 

Other articles by Charlie:

Yarnbombing

Craftivism

Woman’s Weekly Live

Film Review – Now is Good

Craft events this Autumn

Christmas Crating – top tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crochet Halloween pumpkin

Easy beginners pattern and tutorial

 

Halloween is almost with us. I can’t believe that Summer has ended and  Autumn is already here!

Our last crochet tutorial (cupcake) was so popular, we’re back with another. This time our resident knitting and crochet guest blogger Esra (aka Knitella) has turned her hand to a scary crochet Halloween pumpkin.

 

Scary Halloween crochet pumpkin

 

Whether it’s a child’s present, a handy pin cushion or just something to decorate the house – this simple tutorial will get you on your way.


Over to you Esra ……

Esra

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My nephew was VERY excited when he saw that I was making a scary Halloween pumpkin. All he wanted to do was attack the pumpkin and eat it, but I managed to rescue it and took few pictures for you to enjoy!

 

 

 

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Crochet Pattern

Level: Beginners

Supplies: Crochet hook size 6, two colors of DK yarn (orange & green), scissors, a piece of black felt for the eyes and teeth, a needle and a thread, and some stuffing.

Abbreviations:

  • Rnd: Round
  • Ch: Chain
  • SS: Slip stitch
  • DC: Double crochet

The crochet language: (UK crochet)

Start with the pumpkin body from top to bottom:

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Easy pumpkin crochet pattern

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  •  5 ch
  • Rnd1: ss from loop in hook to first loop in the ch to form a ring. (CHAIN: to make a chain put the yarn over the hook then pull it down into the loop)
  • Rnd2: 2 ch, then dc inside the ring to go all around (total 10 stitches). (DOUBLE CROCHET:  to make a double crochet stitch, enter the hook into the ring and pull the thread from the bottom of the ring to the top, then you will have two loops on the hook. Put the yarn over the hook and pull it into both loops )
  • Rnd3: 2ch, 2dc in each stitch (total 20 stitches)
  • Rnd4 & 5: repeat rnd 3 (the total of stitches will increase)
  • Rnd6: 2ch, 1dc in each stitch all around
  • Rnd7: repeat Rnd6

By this point the pumpkin will start looking a little funny like the stitches are squashed, but that’s the whole point to give it that pumpkin effect otherwise it will look like an orange, and we all know oranges are NOT scary!

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Easy pumpkin crochet pattern

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  • Rnd8: we will decrease at this step, so the above increase in stitches show on the top. 2ch, 1 dc, 1 dc, skip one, and do it all around that line. In other words you will crochet two stitches then jump over one to do another two and so on.
  • Rnd9-13: 2ch, 1dc in each stitch.
  • Rnd 14: we will decrease again, 2ch, 1 dc, 1 dc, skip one, and do it all around that line. In other words you will crochet two stitches then jump over one to do another two and so on. It will start getting a little smaller.
  • Rnd15-19: 2ch, 1dc in each stitch.
  • Rnd20: we will decrease again to get it ready to be stuffed and closed, so 2ch, 1 dc, 1 dc, skip one, and do it all around that line.

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Easy pumpkin crochet pattern

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Add the stuffing now. You can buy stuffing by kilos from Ebay or Fred Aldous, in Manchester city center.

  • Rnd 21: after stuffing the pumpkin well, dc one and skip 1, dc one and skip 1, until the circle becomes really small and close it.

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Hooray! Now you got most of the pumpkin done, you just need to add the green top.

It’s very simple: ch3, ss to form a ring, 1dc around the ring (total 6) then dc into each stitch 3 times, and it’s done!

Of course this is just a regular pumpkin, to scarify it you need to add the dark evil felt pieces. I just cut them into triangles.

Take the needle and thread, sew the green top, the eyes and the teeth.

Now be ready to be terrified.

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scary crochet pumpkin pattern

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You can play with the face as well if you want. Why not try adding red felt or red thread to make it like a vampire pumpkin.

For a full slide show and enlarged images of all the above photographs click here.

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Scary Halloween crochet pumpkin

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Have a very exciting Halloween!

Note: this pattern is for personal use only.

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Esra x

 

Photographs: Esra aka Knitella

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

Other articles by Esra:

Easy snowman pattern

Easy crochet cupcake pattern

An hour at the knitting group

Knit, Knit,Knit, Knit, Knitting ……

 

 

 

Easy crochet cupcake pattern

Beginners cupcake tutorial

 

Our appetite for cupcakes reaches beyond the baked kind these days.

Our resident knitting guest blogger Esra (aka Knitella) has turned her hand this time to crochet, to cook up a lovely tutorial so that you can make your own cupcakes.

Whether it’s a child’s present, a handy pin cushion or something altogether more functional – this simple tutorial will get you on your way.

 

Crochet cupcake

 

 

Over to you Esra ……

Esra

 

Crochet is an amazing craft where ANY shape and design can come to life.

I didn’t warm to crochet immediately – it seemed to involve a lot of counting! Since I space out while I’m crafting I didn’t think it was for me.

However, after seeing all the gorgeous crochet flowers on crafty web site Etsy, I decided to give it a go and signed up for a short class at Salford Art Gallery.

Turns out I was missing a lot. With crochet you can literally do anything, and the best thing is the counting is not nearly as complicated as it looks.

Let me show you what you can do with just a chain, slip stitch and a double crochet. Just three things and you will be able to make loads of goodies. You don’t have to learn any fancy stitches – these three simple techniques are all you need to make a crochet cupcake.

Once you’ve mastered a simple cupcake you can then downsize to a cupcake brooch or  hairclip, or upsize to a cupcake hat or bag.

 

Crochet Pattern

 

Level: total beginner,

Supplies: Double Knit yarn (3 colors= base color, top color and the cherry color), crochet hook # 6, thread and a needles to sew the three parts together

Abbreviations:

  • Rnd: round
  • Slip Stitch: SS
  • DC: double crochet

The crochet language: (UK crochet)

 

Starting with the cake base:

 

Crochet cupcake pattern

 

  • Make a loop.
  • Rnd 1: Make  3 ch (CHAIN: to make a chain put the yarn over the hook then pull it down into the loop). Make a ring by putting the hook in the first loop (making a ring) and pull the yarn inside it.
  • Rnd2: 1 ch, and do 5 DC into the ring: (DOUBLE CROCHET:  to make a double crochet stitch, enter the hook into the ring and pull the thread from the bottom of the ring to the top, then you will have two loops on the hook. Put the yarn over the hook and pull it into both loops ).
  • Rnd 3 Make 1 ch and 2 DC into each stitch. When you reach the end do a slip stitch SS to close off the circle. (SLIP STITCH: you do a slip stitch by entering the hook into the last stitch and pull the yarn from under it to the loop on the hook).

Note: if you think you will get confused about the beginning and the ending of your circle, you can put a stitch marker or a piece of thread with another color in the beginning and just move it as you finish each Rnd.

 

Crochet cupcake pattern

 

  • Rnd 4-6: repeat the above step 2 times.
  • Rnd 7: We still need to get the base a little bigger so do 1 DC in one stitch, another 1 DC and then 2 DC (1 DC, 1 DC, 2DC).
  • Rnd 8: Now, it will start growing upwards. 1 chain and 1 DC in each stitch all around.
  • Rnd 9- 17: (repeat the above step to the desirable height of the cupcake) – approx 8 times. End it by tying the end of the thread or just hiding it within the inside stitches.
  • Flip it to the other side.
  • Stuff it and leave it to be sewn later.

 

Making the creamy pink top:

It’s another circle, but flatter than the above, and with ruffles.

 

Crochet cupcake pattern

 

 

  • Make a Loop.
  • Rnd 1: 3 Ch, make a ring.
  • Rnd 2: 1 Ch and 6 DC into the ring.
  • Rnd 3- 5: 1 Ch and 2 CS into each stitch.
  • Rnd 6-11: 1 Ch and 1 DC in each.

 

Ruffles at the end of the creamy top:

Skip 1 ( 1 DC, 1 ch , 1 DC, 1 ch, & 1 DC = all into the same one), then repeat till you go around the whole thing.

 

The cherry on the top:

 

Crochet cupcake pattern

 

  • Rnd 1: 3 Ch, and make a ring.
  • Rnd 2: 5 DC into the ring.
  • Rnd 3- 4: 1 Ch, & 2 DC in each.
  • Close off with doing a slip stitch across.
  • Sew to the top.

 

Use more stuffing and then sew the cake and top together with a simple stitch.

 

For a full slide show and enlarged images of all the above photographs click here.

 

 

More crochet cupcake ideas:

 

 

I hope this tutorial helps you on your way to making your own crochet cupcake. In the mean time, I’ll be working on more ideas to help you with your crafting.

 

Esra x

 

Photographs: Esra aka Knitella

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

Other crochet patterns by Esra:

Scary Halloween pumpkin pattern

Easy snowman pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yarnbombing Manchester!

Guerilla knitting, graffiti knitting, yarnstorming, urban knitting.

 

It has many names.

Charlie Hooson-Sykes

 

We’re welcoming a new guest blogger to 4Manchester Women today.

Charlie Hooson-Sykes not only writes her own personal blog Gin Fuelled Bluestocking, she is also programme secretary for the newly formed Manchester WI.

Charlie is very crafty (and I say that in a good way) as she also runs their craft subgroup.

When it comes to craft – Charlie’s our gal!

Today she’s giving us a masterclass in the ins and outs (knit one pearl one) of yarnbombing! Although craft blogs fall within our Homey category – this is a seriously lively activity!

 

Over to you Charlie ……

Have you seen the trees covered in knitting/crochet in Chorlton and Didsbury? Bollards with coloured hats and the bike racks prettily covered in Urmston? Or the Big Knitted Art Project in Whitworth Park?

 

Yarnbombing

 

Yarnbombing

(please note these photos are stock photos of yarnbombing).

 

Graffiti with knitting and crochet is proving popular at the moment, partially thanks to the general resurgence in crafts, but also through the work of collectives like Knit the City; most recently seen in the BT Artbox Project.

Manchester is no different, aside from the smaller projects mentioned, there are one or two that will be coming to fruition over the next few months.

Kerry Howarth

 

Kerry Howarth is an artist working with Buddleia Arts to create a large yarnbomb as part of the Canal Festival 2012, taking place in Manchester from 18-26 August.

“Although I had previously incorporated threads into my work, I hadn’t created any street art until last year for Chorlton Arts Festival, when I bound a tree in thin strips of fabric.

“I found it exciting creating work that wasn’t intended for a white cube space, seeing reactions to the unexpected. And I enjoyed injecting colour into urban spaces.”

The yarnbomb will be on Brewer Street Bridge and involves tassels being attached to the Bridge, in a pattern inspired by traditional lace made by women working the waterways, the tassels reference those on the bonnets of horses working alongside the boats. Even the colours have significance – the blue and yellow representative of the livery of the Rochdale and Manchester Canals.

 

Tassels Brewer Street Bridge Manchester

 

Kerry has also created the Yarnbomb Consortium – bringing knitters and crocheters together to make a series of artworks.  Manchester is the site of the first project and Kerry is calling on crafters from across the world to donate squares to the Consortium for the installation.

“Next years yarnbomb will be installed in another city, in another country. I enjoy the fact Yarnbombing reinterprets traditonal craft methods previously used in the domain of the functional. I view all the squares that have been posted as individual as fingerprints, due to the tension of the stitches etc. Apart from the fact that I wanted people to post squares, I left it open to interpretation re size, colour, pattern, yarn choice. This adds to the work and adds interest to the yarnbomb as opposed to it being just one persons work.”

Every square has been labelled so that the donor can be credited on the final piece.

 

Knitted Squares

 

“The Facebook page is also integral to the project as I wanted to create a repository of images that I found inspiring and thought might inspire others too. Also a place where people from around the world could share photographs of the Yarnbombs they had created.”

 

Knitted Squares from Yarnbombing Consortium Manchester project

 

As mentioned above, the tassel artwork was installed on 19 August on Brewer Street Bridge and the Yarnbomb Consortium artwork is coming to a venue to be confirmed in October 2012.

Details on how to contrbute to the yarnbomb can be found via the facebook page: TheYarnbombingConsortium

Knitting needles out girls!

 

Charlie x 

 

Photographs: =mc2 photostream on Flickr, Wen Rou’s photostream on FlickrVitamin C9000’s photostream on FlickrYarnbombing Consortium, Charlie Hooson-Sykes

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

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Knit your own Olympic athlete

Make your own mini woolly Ennis!

 

When I typed this into Google, I thought it might be a challenge too far. Seems I was wrong.

 

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Knitlympics really does exist and even better, there is a free pattern to download so you can make your very own Golden Girl!

 

Knitlympics

 

There are free downloads here to knit:

Sir Steve Redgrave

Jessica Ennis

Or you can buy the whole Knitlympics book here.

Alternatively you can can try The Olympknits whose stars feature in this hilarious film – boxers, runners, cyclists, rowers, weight lifters, synchronised swimmers and even a knitted streaker!

 

 

So what are you waiting for? Let’s knit for Britain!

 

Alison x  (your 4Manchcester Women Editor)

 

Photographs: The Making Spot

This is not a sponsored blog post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An hour at the knitting group

It’s not all about the knitting!

 

Since we last clicked needles with our knitting blogger ‘Knitella‘ (aka Esra) she’s been busy knitting the world into a better place – with a little bit of help of her friends at ‘The Knitting Group’.

 

Knitting

 

 

But as we’re about to find out – it’s not all about the knitting!

 

Over to you Esra ……

Head shot of Esra

 

Before I go to my knitting group I always ask myself “which project should I take?”

Questions like “Is it complicated?” and “Will I be able to talk and knit at the same time?” are really important.

My knitting group is every Friday evening, in a cozy house in Old Trafford. I found the group by happy coincidence – knitting is always more fun when surrounded by fellow knitaholics!

 

Cup of coffee in china cups

Strawberry sponge cake

Knitella Knitted Kindle Case

 

Between the constant flow of yummy home baked cakes and gossip, my needles never stop clicking!

Although we are all ages and from all different backgrounds, our love of knitting brings us together. And while we are knitting we chatter about all sorts of things – from the weather to books, films, places to visit and of course – we yarn about knitting!

The group has a core of around 10 ladies who regularly attend, but it’s often more.

Knitters love to shop – buying yarn and new patterns is so hard to resist. Every week we look forward to hearing about everyone’s latest bargains. We particularly love Black Sheep in Warrington, for their amazing discounts.

While many of our members are very experienced knitters, each lady has a favourite thing that they like to knit:

 

Knitting montage

 

 

  • Janice has been knitting hot water bottle covers.
  • Michelle has taken up extreme knitting and makes funky pillow covers with her very big needles.
  • Pat is SO happy to see her first granddaughter that she’s only knitting gorgeous little girls clothes and toys.
  • Shirley loves knitting anything ‘cute’ – but she still likes the challenge of a super-hard Norwegian pattern!

 

Knitting montage

 

Each lady that comes to the knitting group has their own unique style. It’s wonderful seeing all their projects come to life!

The advice I get from other members of the group is priceless – from new techniques for casting off, to basic cable. Not to mention all the encouragement they gave me to start my own business.

Janice also introduced me to ravelry.com which is a great knitting & crocheting community where all sorts of great help and resources are available.

 

Knitting group

 

Blue knitted flower

 

I always feel very refreshed after one of our get togethers. Finding a knitting group, and being a part of it is fantastic. If you are a crafty person I’d really recommend finding a supportive group. The help and the advice you will get will really benefit you. Just being in a gathering with like-minded people is like food for the soul!

 

Esra x

 

Esra has her own blog – Knitella Blogspot

Photographs: Alison Staples, Knitella, Alices Vintage Pantry (Strawberry sponge cake) Jaydot on Flickr, Aine D on Flickr, Andie 721b on Flickr

Additional Information – The Elvis doll is from ‘Knitted Icons’ by Carol Meldrum. Hotwater bottle cover is a free pattern from Blueskyalpacas.

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