An ode to Canada…

Hello everyone!

I’ve finally finished my next pattern and it’s now available to purchase on loveknitting.com, in my Etsy shop and on Craftsy.com.

It’s the “Hooded Hudson Bay Inspired Bunting Bag” for babies ages newborn to 3 months old.

I had a TON of fun creating this pattern and I really hope you love it as much as I do.  It’s knit in one piece and then seamed up one side with snaps on the other making it super easy to get a squiggly little baby in and out!

And if anyone is looking for a gift for a baby to be, this one’s for sale.  Just shoot me a message at diana.poirier@yahoo.ca.

Happy knitting!

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A little tip…

Hello there!

Just stopping by to share a quick little tip when working with the “garter stitch”.

When you’re working with a pattern and you have to keep track of how many rows you have knitted, counting your “ridges” is much easier.  Each ridge is 2 rows.

In the example above, you have 8 ridges of yellow with the 9th ridge started on your needle. So, you have knitted 17 rows!

Now you know more easily when knitting the garter stitch (knitting every row) exactly how many rows you have knitted.

This tip will come in handy with my new pattern I have coming out soon! 😉

Happy knitting!

 

Christmas presents???

Hi everyone!

September is right around the corner and this is when most knitters (including myself) start thinking about Christmas presents!

I have quite a few people I like to make presents for, so the sooner I start, the better.  I try to pick projects I know I can complete in a couple of days – scarves, hats, gloves, dish cloths, etc.

So, if you’re looking for a quick and easy project that would make a great Christmas gift, here’s a FREE pattern for a Chunky Knit Scarf.  You can click here for the pattern.

I used King Cole Super Chunky yarn I purchased from loveknitting.com.

And stay tuned because I’ll be sharing a new pattern soon! 😀

Happy knitting!

Sweet Pea…

Good afternoon everyone!

I have a new pattern up for sale over in my Etsy shop!

This blanket is double knit making it super soft and cushy!!

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The physical blanket is also for sale, so let me know if there’s anyone in your life who is in need of some seriously soft snuggles!

Happy knitting!

A request for patterns…

Hi there everyone!

I had a request from a follower to write the patterns for the “Pretty in Pink” and “Mr. Fox” blankets I made.

So, the patterns are now finished and up for sale over at loveknitting.com and also in my Etsy store!

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Head on over and download yours today! They are great projects for the beginner knitter as both blankets only use the knit an purl stitches.

Happy knitting!

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The I-cord edge…

Hi there!

Today I’m going to share with you how to create an “I-cord edge”.

This technique gives a blanket a nice finished edge.  I use it a lot when I’m creating a project with just the garter stitch (knitting every row).

Cast on your stitches for your project.

Slip your first stitch purl-wise onto your right needle.

Then knit your next stitch and the rest of the row until you get to your last stitch.

The last stitch you are going to purl.

Continue this pattern for every row – slip the first stitch purl-wise, knit the entire row, purl your last stitch – and you will create a lovely I-cord edge.

Happy knitting!

Hello Mr. Fox…

Hi there!

I now have my second baby blanket up in my Etsy shop!

I call it “Mr. Fox”.

The stitch I used on this blanket is the “Nubby Sand Stitch”.  A very easy stitch that gives you a wonderfully cushy texture.

Here’s the pattern:

Cast on an odd number of stitches
Row 1 – knit every stitch across the row
Row 2 – K1, P1 across the row
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for the pattern

If you give it a try, I’d love to see it.  Feel free to share it on my Facebook page.

Happy knitting!

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Classic Baby Blanket…

Hello there!

It’s free pattern Friday today and I’m sharing with you my Classic 2-Tone Baby Blanket. Click here for the pattern.

This is my most popular pattern over at loveknitting.com being downloaded 575 TIMES in the last year! Isn’t that crazy??!!

I hope you give it a try! If you do, please share it on my Facebook page!

Happy knitting!

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A little tip…

Hello there!

I don’t know about you, but weaving in ends when I’m finished a project is probably my least favourite part about knitting.

So, when I’m using multiple balls of the same colour of yarn and know I’ll have a lot of ends when I’m finished, I knit my ends in instead! This saves SO MUCH time when my project is finished!

Here’s what I do:

When you’re coming close to the end of one ball of yarn, take a long piece and tie it to your new ball of yarn.

Continue to knit in pattern and as you come up to where your yarn is joined, pick up all 3 strands of yarn, (your 2 strands from where you tied the yarn together and the 1 strand from the new ball) and continue to knit in pattern.

Every piece of work has a right side and a wrong side, so as you come close to the end of your 3 strands, make sure you leave the ends on the wrong side of your work and then continue to knit in pattern using the 1 strand of yarn from you new ball.

Now all you have to do when you are finished your project is tie a little knot with the 2 strands of yarn that are sticking out and trim it!

If you have any questions about this technique, I’d be happy to answer them!

You can reach me at diana.poirier@yahoo.ca

Happy knitting!

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A customers cushions…

Hello!

I just wanted to share with you some cushions that were made by a customer using my “Horizon” cushion cover pattern and my “Sunset” cushion cover pattern.

She changed the colours up to co-ordinate with her decor and they turned out absolutely amazing!

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Sunset cushion cover

Thank you for sharing “S”!!

You can get these patterns over at loveknitting.com.  Click here for the “Horizon” cushion cover pattern and here  for the “Sunset” cushion cover pattern (this one is FREE!). 😉

Happy knitting!

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