7.31.2015

Free Knitting and Crochet Patterns

I’m always on the look out of free knitting and crochet patterns.

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There are so many talented designers that publish online for free! I’ve started linking to these on my Facebook page, I’ve tried to I include some daily, but if not daily then 2-3 times per week.I may accidently link to a pattern that is not free, but that would be an oversight on my part.

If you are interested in checking these patterns out I’ll leave my Facebook page link, not selling anything or capturing any info on anyone, just trying to share great patterns from Indy designers, and big name also!

https://www.facebook.com/knittingdragonflies main page

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Knitting-Patterns-and-Tutorial-Links/172573586122205

I actually am linking to patterns from both pages, different patterns, I was going to try to consolidate into one, but had people following both pages. Enjoy, and if you know of any great patterns, please share them with us!

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I also have a Pinterest page with free knitting patterns and one with free crochet patterns that I’m always adding to, feel free to take a look there, and please let me know of any great links!

https://www.pinterest.com/knitdragonflies/crochet-free-patterns/

https://www.pinterest.com/knitdragonflies/free-knitting-patterns/

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

7.25.2015

Sisal Mats

I like to knit with unexpected materials. I’ve knitted with wire before and made some fun birdhouses, which held up well and have had many generations of bird families in them. (See posts here)

I found some Sisal at my local Stuff Mart, and bought 4 balls. Ended up casting on with size 8 needle and about 20 stitches to test it out, and the result was two very nice mats to sit plants on in our sun porch. My original plan was to make a door mat, but I decided I would start small. In the meantime I’ve found some cheap trays and am making inserts for them to set plants etc.. on.

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The larger mat (above) is done on size US 13 needles and cast on 30 stitches and knit until it is long enough. The casting on it the hardest part of the process. Then I cast off and I did a row of single crochet all around to make it neater looking. I had though of crocheting an entire mat, but this proved to be too hard on my fingers.

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Before soaking above, all wavy & stiff                   Drying after the soak, outside in the sun, pull it even.

Oh Yeah, one of the most important parts of knitting with sisal! After you have the size you want. Fill the sink up with warm water, and soak your mat for about 20 min. Then put it out in the sun to dry flat. It will be ripple free and all nice and flat!

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These work out nice to set plants on, easy to wash and there is an air space between the pot and the surface. If it gets wet and moldy, no problem just scrub it out, and lay it out in the sun and your good as new.

Off to cast on with some jute now….and also knit a larger sisal door mat.

7.20.2015

Wouldn’t You Like to be Knitting Here….

My husband and I have spent much time in the Smokies. Good memories of hiking and knitting and great adventures.

I love this photo from Dave Allen Photography, Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Morning Haze at Oconaluftee

I couldn’t resist sharing it! I would love to be there looking out over the hills and casting on a new project. Where have you been knitting lately?

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May your knitting needles fly as fast as Dragonflies….