Monday, July 28, 2014

Free Pattern: Crutch Carryall


I've been learning to ride a bike as an adult, well the universe decided it didn't like me improving myself and learning new skills and tipped me off my bike.  I dislocated and broke my ankle because I don't do things by halves.

Like any good crafter the first thing I decided to do was make a bag to attach to my crutches, partly to carry things and partly to make them look pretty.

Crutch Carryall



This pattern is very very simple, the bag is pretty small but it holds a water bottle without getting in the way of my legs.  I used half doubles, I found it gave me the best mix of close weave of fabric but not taking forever.  It also meant that I could get my buttons through the stitches without having to make button holes.


You will need:
US J crochet hook
.5 skein of aran weight yarn (I used lion brand, wool-ease)
Scrap yarn for granny square pocket
two buttons

Granny Square Pocket:

Make a 4 round granny square, I used 4 different yarns but you can do whatever suits your bag.  If you don't know how to make a granny square Purl Bee has a good description (http://www.purlbee.com/crochet-tutorials/granny-squares.html).
Weave in ends, except for the last round, leave a long enough tail on this one to sew pocket to bag.

Main Bag:
Ch 31, leaving tail long enough to sew up bag afterwards
Row 1: work 1 sc into second ch from hook, continue sc into each chain until the end. Join with sl st into 1st sc. You will now be working in rounds.
Rnd 1 - ?: hdc in all sts around. Continue around until bag measures 6". Don't cut yarn.

Straps:
The straps are designed to wrap around the outside of the crutch and hook over the hand pads but leaving the grips clear.
Row 1: continuing on from bag, hdc in 5 sts, ch1, turn.
Repeat like this until strap is 9.5".
My buttons fit through the weave of the fabric, if yours don't you'll need to add a button hole a couple of rows away from the end.

For the second strap, lay the bag flat so your first strap is on the edge.  Attach yarn at the other edge, work hdc 5 times working towards the inside. Continue as for the first strap.



Finishing:
With tail of your granny square sew pocket onto the front of the bag (the straps are on the back). Make sure to sew only the sides and bottom.
Sew up the bottom of the bag.
Attach buttons to the base of the straps.
Attach two 6" long pieces of yarn to the bottom corners of the bag. You'll tie these to the crutch to steady the bag and stop it from swinging around.

This is a free pattern, please don't reprint without permission. And please don't sell the end product.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Free Pattern: Chunky Baby Mitts


I've copied this pattern over from my old blog which I've decided to set to private.




We're waiting on a new addition to the family. My cousin & his wife are having a baby and I put off knitting until the point where the baby was threatening to arrive before the gift so this weekend I whipped up a hat and mitts. The hat I used the Fixation Newborn Hat pattern but the mitt pattern I wrote myself and I thought I'd share it.  This pattern is for personal or charity use only.

Chunky Baby Mitts


Gauge: 4.5sts per inch
Materials: 
A small amount of bulky yarn I used KnitPicks Brava Bulk.
Size 6 DPNs (or size needed to obtain gauge).
Tapestry needle. 
Stitch marker if wanted.

CO 18sts, join in the round being careful not to twist. Place marker if desired.
Work in K1, P1 for 2 inches.

K1, m1, K4, m1, K1 three times until all stitches are worked (24sts).
Knit 15 rounds.
K1, ssk, K6, k2tog, K1 x2.
K1, ssk, K4, k2tog, K1 x2.
K1, ssk, K2, k2tog, K1 x2.
K1, ssk, k2tog, K1 x2.
Graft remaining stitches.
Weave in ends.

Repeat for second mitt.


A note on yarn choices for new babies. Use yarns that are machine washable and dryable.  Babies are messy and parents are tired, if the people you are knitting for aren't knitters they may not realise some yarns need to be treated with care. If they are knitters they'll still be exhausted and doing a lot of washing, give them a break and don't make them something they need to delicately hand wash and dry flat.

Tutorial: Mini Sock Lavender Sachet

I've copied this tutorial over from my old blog which I've decided to set to private.



The full tutorial is under the picture. If you don't want to make them I have some for sale on my Etsy store or come to the fair on July 8th.




You Will Need:
  • A small amount of sock yarn
  • US size 2 DPNs 
  • Some dried lavender, about half a tablespoon per sock
  • Tulle or netting 
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stuffing, I used some left over quilt batting but you can use anything 
You are going to make a mini sock, and stuff it with batting and a little pouch you've made out of the tulle and lavender then use the cast on tail to sew it closed.  You can then use it as a gift, or to freshen up your drawers, or put it in your pillowcase or anywhere else you want the scent of lavender.

Mini Sock:

Gauge:
Gauge isn't important, bigger yarn and/or bigger needles will give you a bigger sock. Make sure whatever size needles or yarn your weave is tight enough that you're stuffing won't come out.


CO 24sts, arrange on 3 needles so there are 6,12,6 stitches (this allows your tail to be in the right position when you want to sew it closed).
Join being careful not to twist

Rounds 1-4: Work in a K1, P1 rib pattern
Rounds 5-15: Knit all stitches

Heel flap:
Work on needle with 12sts, you will probably need to knit the stitches on one of the needles to get to the right spot.

Row 1: knit across 12sts, turn
Row 2: purl across, turn
(Repeat two more times for a total of 6 rows)

Turning the heel:
Row 1: K6, K2tog, K1, turn
Row 2: P2, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 3: K3, K2tog, K1, turn
Row 4: P4, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 5: K5 K2tog, turn
Row 6: P5 P2tog, turn (6sts remaining)
Row 7: knit across


Gusset:
Pick up 6 sts from side of heel flap
Slip Stitches from the next two needles onto one needle. Then knit these 12 sts.
Pick up 6sts from the other side of the flap
Knit 3 of the 6 stitches from the next needle onto the one you've just picked up the stitches with (there'll be 9sts on this needle now)
Slip the remaining 3sts onto needle you picked up other side's sts on so there are 9 on this needle as well.

You should now have 3 needles
Needle 1: 9sts
Needle 2: 12sts
Needle 3: 9sts
Your working yarn should be between needles 1&3

Foot:
Round 1:
    Needle 1: knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
    Needle 2: knit across
    Needle 3: k1, k2tog, knit remaining stitches
Round 2: Knit all stitches.
    (Repeat these rounds until you have 6sts on needles 1&3)
Knit 4 rounds knitting all stitches.

Toes:
Round 1:
     Needle1: k until last 3, k2tog, k1
     Needle2: k1, k2tog, k until last 3, k2tog, k1
     Needle3: k1, k2tog knit remaining
Round 2: knit all stitches
     (Continue until you have 12sts total (3,6,3))
Knit stitches from needle 1 onto needle 3

Graft toes

Weave in this end (NOT the cast on end). If you want to be lazy just tie a knot and pull it through to the inside, no one will be wearing it so it doesn't have to be perfect.

Lavender Pouch:

This is fiddly because tulle sucks to sew and the pouches are about an inch square.  I'm going to show you how to make more than one pouch at a time. It is much, much easier to do that way.

Cut a strip of tulle about 10 inches long and 2 inches wide, it can be as long as you like, too short and it'll be hard to hold, too long and it'll slip a lot.

Fold your strip in half lengthwise so it's 10x1.

Sew one end of your rectangle closed.
Sew another line about 3/4 and inch along your rectangle.

Leave a small gap then sew another line. This is so when you're done you will be able to cut out each individual pouch.

Repeat this along your rectangle of fabric, dividing it up into 3/4 inch sections a scissor width gap in between.

Take about a teaspoon or half of your dried lavender and put it in your tulle pockets through the open end.  I made a little funnel from some card and used that. It can be a bit messy but it's lavender so if it spills at least it'll smell nice.

Pin the pocket closed, you will need to pin it pretty securely since tulle is slipperier than a politician in an election year.  Repeat this for all your pockets.

Sew along the remaining side of your rectangle closing all the pockets at once. It doesn't have to look pretty since it'll be inside your sock.

Finishing

Cut your lavender pockets from the tulle rectangle. (Tip: cut each pocket off as needed so you don't lose the little things)

Stuff the lavender pouch into the toe of your sock, then add in your stuffing.

Using the cast on tail sew the top of your sock closed.

And that's it! These are pretty easy to make and don't take too long.

Feel free to use this pattern for your own personal use or for gifts or charity but please don't sell them.  Don't sell this pattern and provide credit of you are posting about it online.  Can't be bothered making one? Buy it here.

This is the first pattern I've written, if you find any mistakes let me know. If anything doesn't make sense let me know.

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Welcome to Fourteen Million Yards!

I'm Carolyn, I've had a personal blog since 2005 but I've been on and off with it. Lately I've been wanting to focus just on a crafting blog but I didn't want to just transform the old one. I wanted to start fresh.

So I thought I'd start over.  Why the name? Well in 2009 I moved from Adelaide, South Australia to Oakland, California. That's just over 8,000 miles. And according to google 8,000 miles is 14 million yards of yarn.

My plan for this blog is to have tutorials, patterns, reviews of yarns and patterns and general chatting.
I knit, crochet, sew and cross stitch.