Sunday, March 11

Convo Hearts to knit

Share the love and knit Convo Hearts. This is quick and easy to cast on and knit from the top down. Two sizes are included in the pattern -- a dishcloth size (35 yards) and a coaster size (12 yards). Knit them in cotton worsted weight yarn with size 8 knitting needles. The dishcloth finishes at 8" wide x 7.5" tall. The coaster measures 4.75" wide x 4" tall.

I was able to get 1 dishcloth and 5 coasters from a 2 ounce ball of Sugar 'n Cream in strawberry. I had 1 yard leftover when I was done! LOL!

Variations included in the pattern are a felted hot pad knit with 2 strands of feltable worsted weight wool yarn with size 11 needles and a felted coaster knit with 1 strand of feltable wool yarn on size 8 needles. The felted hot pad is 10" wide x 9" tall after felting and the felted coasters are 3.75" x 3" wide. I used Hobby Lobby's I Love This Wool in Dahlia Pink for the hot pad. The felted coasters were knit with scraps of worsted weight wool.

Create a cute heart swag with the felted coasters by embroidering conversation heart sayings on them and attaching them to a crocheted cord or a length of ribbon or rope. This is sure to bring a smile to the face of whoever is lucky enough to receive it. :-)

The three page pattern is available in my Ravelry pattern store.y

All proceeds from this pattern will be donated to the Mercy Corp.

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Sunday, March 4

Felted Netbook Bag to knit

Hubby needed a carry bag for our netbook computer so I designed and knit this one for him. The finished bag holds a Toshiba netbook NB205 (about 22.5" x 18") plus the power cord. If your netbook computer is a different size, you will need to adjust the bag size.

The bag is knit flat in one piece in garter stitch before being sewing together along the sides. Then the bag is felted. The strap is knit and sewn on after the bag has been felted. I used a 1" black metal snap as a closure on the front.

I used 3 skeins of Noro Kureyon with a pair of size 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles. About 300 yards of heavy worsted weight yarn.

It's very easy to adjust the size of the bag. To make it wider, cast on more stitches. To make it narrower, cast on fewer stitches. For a deeper bag, knit more rows.

This would also make a cute shoulder purse.

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