Category: Knitting

Loom Knit Spring Flower Headband {Tutorial}

This head band requires the knowledge of how to do a garter stitch on a loom (knit & purl) as well as a chain cast on, and how to bind off flat panel style.  There are some really helpful videos on how to do this on You Tube if you don’t know how. And if you still need a little help, I plan on posting how to do these basic loom knitting must knows on my blog soon!

Supplies Needed…

  • Knifty Knitter Blue Loom
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Pick Tool
  • Stitch Holder
  • Yarn of choice ( I am using Red Heart Classic)

Decide on the size you want to make…

15in  for 6 months – 1 year,
17in is good for 2T
18in for 3T

For other sizes, measure the circumference of the head and knit a band in that length.

The Process

Step 1. Chain cast on 6 pegs.

Step 2. Row 1. Skip the first peg and knit 5. (always drop the first stitch of every row.)

Step 3. Skip first peg and purl 5. Make sure you always bring the working thread to the middle of the starting peg and the next peg or you won’t have a nice matching edge on each side.

Step 4. Continue the process of Knit and Purl till desired length.  Make sure to always purl from the left to right and knit from the right to the left.

Step 5. Once desired length is reached, you’ll want to remove your stitches and carefully put them on a stitch holder.

Step 6. Turn the panel inside out/reverse it  and put back on the loom. So the side you wear out on your head is now facing inside the loom.

Step 7. Now that you have your headband back on the loom, bring up the first stitches like you would if you were making a brim of a hat.

Step 8. Knit the bottom loops over the top on each peg.

Step 9. Now it’s time to bind off just like you would do for a flat panel.

Step 10. Your headband is now finished! You can make it a little more fancy by adding a flower over the seam  like I did but it’s not required.

 

First Project with my Singer Sewing Machine!


I recently just took a stab at my very first sewing project on my brand new singer sewing machine.  I’ve been wanting to create some memorable keepsake gifts as well as some cute clothes for my children.

This week I put together a easy grab ball for my baby boy! I got the kit for the ball at the Etsy shop Little1Fun. It really wasn’t all to hard to make just a bit time consuming since I have two distractions (a.k.a My children). The kit basically included the pre-cut pieces of fabric and the pattern.  I had to use my own thread, needle, polyfil, and sewing machine.

Now since I have the pattern, I’d love to make another one or two. I’ve been keeping to an outer space theme for my son so I would love to put together a little rocket ship ball. I’m really looking forward to a fabric store run soon!

Handmade Pom Pom Ornaments

I have been happily filling my home with pom poms of all sort of sizes, patterns, and colors over the past week!

What started this crazy was a memory I had as a child of my mother’s handmade Christmas ornaments that hung from our tree every Christmas. I had been wanting to add a personal touch to my own family’s tree and voila, the craze started.

Yarn pom pom decorations are wonderful to decorate your home and tree with during the holidays as they prevent the potential risk of choking, cutting, or harming younger children.

I’d been doing my research on how to create pom-poms and found that their are several ways depending on your personal preference. I choose to purchase several size of pom pom maker tools made by Clover from my local craft provider and have been nothing but happy with my results. In fact, I can make a pom pom using the Clover makers in under five minutes compared to other methods I’ve used before that took much much longer.

There’s really no wrong yarn to use when making pom-poms. It’s all up to how you’d like them to look. If you want really fuzzy soft looking pom poms, I suggest going with a thicker heavy weight of yarn and if you’d like your pom poms thinner a lighter weight. I would say to experiment with whatever yarns you have on hand and to remember to have fun with it.

In the photo on this post you can see the process of creating a pom pom with a Clover pom pom maker. I wrapped three different color yarns of the same weight to create a fun and very festive patterned pom pom to add that special something to my Christmas tree.

You can do all sorts of things with pom poms like making wreaths, adorning gift bags & presents, making scarves, creating fun critters, making floral arrangements, topping off hats, hair clips, and so much more.  The sky is the limit! Don’t put a damper on creativity, just let your imagination take you and you’ll probably be surprised and over all thrilled with what you can come up with!