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Knitting names is best worked on a background with charts. Some letters are very difficult to knit properly, so using the intarsia method of knitting works best. Pick a background color and a color for the letters. Decide on the size of the piece first, and check your gauge to determine the number of stitches per inch before beginning to graph the letters. Knit names flat, and put the piece in a frame as a great gift for a child's room.
The braid used to tie up lengths of paracord is known as the daisy chain braid. This style of chain braiding is uncomplicated and does not require any special knowledge of knot tying. The advantage of the daisy chain braid is that you can quickly untie the cord into the full length within seconds, but still keep it braided when not in use. The braid will not untie on its own.
Blankets keep us warm and cozy whether drifting off to sleep, enjoying a good book or recovering from a cold. Many children become attached to them, carrying them around wherever they go. Create a special gift for a child or adult you love by sewing a personalized name blanket for her. The soft blanket will keep will remind her of how much you love her each time she snuggles up with it. And because her name is spelled out across the front, no one will mistake it for their own.
Take your afghan pattern and transform it into a matching pillow for your couch. Decide on the desired dimensions for the pillow before resizing the knitted afghan pattern. Use the same yarn that you used for the afghan or, if you are only making a pillow and not an afghan, choose a soft, plied yarn for the pillow. Stuff and seal the pillow completely or use a pillow form and zipper so that the cover can be removed and washed.
A whip stitch is used to sew or join crocheted rows or the loops of the crochet stitches of two pieces of crocheting together and make a seam. Whip-stitching yarn can make a decorative seam when a different colored yarn is used to sew them together. The whip stitch makes a raised ridge on the right side of the sewn together crocheted pieces. Start a whip-stitch in your crocheting to sew a garment or blanket together.
Knit counters, also called row counters, feature movable numbers that you advance to keep track of completed rows in a knitting project. While you might not need a row counter for simple projects, it can be helpful when you need to change stitches or yarn colors after knitting a certain number of rows. The devices come in manual and electronic versions, all of which require the user to count rows by tapping the device or using a dial to advance the counter.
Crocheted flowers are a soft, colorful embellishment for clothing, purses and home decor. Make fiber flowers if you are able to crochet a single, double, half double, slip and chain stitch. The small leaf highlights the flower, giving it more dimension for your projects. Make the flowers using crochet cotton, baby yarn or 3-ply yarn. The cotton thread will form a delicate, lacy flower while the yarn will add texture and stability to everyday items.
Crocheting a bath puff for personal use will provide a luxurious experience while you shower. Using soft, thick yarn, your crocheted bath puff will be full and thick. Add in your favorite bath soap for a full, smooth lather. Make a bath puff for every member of your family using their favorite colors or include them in a gift basket for a friend.
Blankets, hats, scarves and socks are just a few of the items that are easy to make on a knitting loom. Knitting looms are available in round, oblong, rectangular and organic shapes. A straight loom is rectangular. Two sides of the looms have vertical pegs, and a horizontal peg portrudes from one end. The long loom is versatile and can make either knitted tubes or solid panels of knitted yarn. Follow simple steps to create a knitted tube on a straight loom.
Sweater interfacing is a type of material that may not seem useful for a project other than heavy knits. However, you can craft a pillow from the interfacing that can be used for a couch, chair or bed. Because sweater interfacing is lightweight, you will need to compensate for that fact so that you can make a more durable pillow.
Making a fabric wall hanging uses the same principles and procedure as stretching canvas on a frame for painting. The difference is, the fabric on a wall hanging is already painted and typically contains a bold pattern that coordinates with the home décor. You can create fabric wall hangings inexpensively using craft supplies from a hobby store and fabric from a fabric store. Make the hangings any size to match any space in a room.
Needle hitching is a type of stitch that looks similar to a fishing net. Bottles, needle cases, knife holders, oar locks and tool handles are just a few of the items seen with needle hitching. The process consists of loops interlocked with one another to hold them in place. Thin cord, yarn or thick fishing line are used in the needle hitching process. Cover a bottle with needle hitching in less than 30 minutes.
A shoulder shrug is a style of cropped cardigan that is worn by women. Ideal for providing extra warmth in spring and summer, a shoulder shrug is made from a long knitted rectangle that is sewn together to form the back and arms. Suitable for even the most novice knitter, this basic shrug can be customized to suit your individual style and knitting skill.
Running a home can be hectic, what with trying to keep track of everything that each family member is responsible for. Lists and daily planners can help, but oftentimes they are not read by each family member. A simple solution to this dilemma is to make a home organization board that is displayed in a location where every family member is sure to see and know his responsibilities for the day and week. A fabric home organization board is an easy craft to get your home in order.
Embroidery is a tradition that extends back thousands of years, but the process is still relevant today. Add flair or a decorative touch to almost any object through embroidery. Embroider nearly any shape by hand through a combination of common stitches like the back, running or seed stitches. An apple is a relatively simple shape that does not require a vast knowledge or skill with embroidery. Add your apple embroidery to a shirt, napkin, cloth card or gift tag, purse or towel.
An attached ruffle is a frilly gathering of yarn that is added to the edge of knitting projects. Ruffles can be worked into almost any stitch pattern, making them a versatile technique for adding a feminine touch to your knitting or for the practical reason of adding length. Knit an attached ruffle to garments, such as a scarf, socks, skirt or cardigan, or to a blanket or curtains.
A cobra stitch is made by weaving two different colored plastic laces together. The cobra stitch pattern is created by alternating between tying two different stitches with the plastic lace. The first stitch is made with the left lace and the second stitch is made with the right lace. The two different stitches create a top and bottom color in the weave that looks like the color pattern of a snake. Make a cobra stitch with plastic laces in your favorite colors and attach it to a key chain or zipper pull.
Knowing how to start a knitting line is one of the first things a novice knitter learns, along with the correct way to hold the yarn. Start a knitting line by tying the tail end of the yarn onto the left needle in a slip knot and then make a series of interlocking loops, called stitches. A knitting line is used to anchor pieces of knitting while you work and stitch them together.
A picot edging on your hand knits adds a bit of flair to what otherwise might be a boring knit. Adorable on baby garments or as an edging on sock cuffs, the picot edging keeps the piece from curling. Worked as a hem, the piece is folded up and sewn into place with eyelets, creating the texture of the picot edge.
Hovercrafts are vehicles that ride just above the ground on a cushion of air. To make this work, most employ some sort of skirt to raise the air pressure under the hovercraft. Many hobbyists have learned to create simple hovercrafts at home using plywood, leaf blowers and other basic materials. The key to making your hovercraft project work, though, is building a functioning skirt.