Free Pattern: Knit Lamp Shades

lamp, glas bord, ikea, knit, knittingI’ve had this set of two lamps from IKEA for a few years now, and while they’re pretty they were a bit plain. Enter- Knitting! I saw that someone had knit a nice cabled cover for their lamps and I knew I could come up with something pretty for mine. After a bit of playing around this is what I came up with and I thought I’d share it with you. I’m not sure IKEA still sells this particular lamp, but it would work with any lamp of approximately the same dimensions. Small lamp: 11″ high and 4.5″ square. Large lamp: 14″ high and 5.5″ square.

Download for FREE on Ravelry!

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Quick & Easy Counting

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Hey there friends. I wanted to share a little technique that I invented for myself to count stitches. This technique works just as well if you are casting on stitches or if you need to make sure your stitch count is correct mid knit.

I’ve always been much more of a word girl, than a numbers girl. Even the seemingly easy 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 by two’s method, is clumsy and slow for me, especially if you’re counting higher than 25 or 30. I was knitting my first bigger garment and I had 250 stitches to cast on, and I counted, and recounted, and miscounted and eventually got fed up. So I regrouped and thought, “There has to be an easier way.” Counting by tens was super quick and easy, but making sure you had exactly ten stitches at a time was tricky and time consuming.

So I started counting by three’s.  I counted, 3, 6, 9 and the tenth stitch was there by its self. So I continued- 3, 6, 9, 10– 3, 6, 9, 20-, 3, 6, 9, 30. My speed picked up, I switched from saying the threes to just repeating the last ten count as I scooted over those three stitches at a time.

My little counting mantra became:  “Three, six, nine, ten, ten, ten ,ten, twenty– twenty, twenty, twenty, thirty– thirty, thirty, thirty, forty- forty, forty, forty, fifty.

When I got to fifty I placed a stitch marker, and placed one every 50 stitches (so if you mess up you don’t have to start back at the beginning again). No more pokey, slow, what comes next, counting by two’s.  It was a revelation. It was fast.  As a result, I no longer dread having to count my stitches. I know there are a ton of different ways out there, and some probably easier. But this is the way I like to do it, and it works very well for me. Perhaps if our brains are similarly wired this will help you out, too. But if this sounds like utter rubbish to you, then I apologize! LOL 😀

Here’s a visual, for what it’s worth…

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Free Pattern: Wren Revisited

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Hello knitters and a happy start to autumn to you all! I for one am glad to see the end of summer, and I am looking forward with much anticipation to the cooler season ahead. Florrie and I have loads of ideas, as usual, and we are finding ourselves pulled in so many creative directions. We’re so lucky to have each other to bounce ideas off of, and it’s so much fun and filled with manic panic as we feed off each other’s creative insanity. Our To-Do list is forever growing. We have an inside joke that we have a personal assistant named Brenda that should be test knitting our patterns, getting us coffee, testing our recipes and editing our posts… but we’re never getting it all done because we can never find her! BRENDA!? Where are you! lol

I was looking through my early knitting patterns a little while back and decided to (finally) update the Wren Cowl. Wren is a family name on my sister in law’s side. It has history and it conjures up images for me of the fleet little brown birds, darting through the air. I had just learned the star stitch and I was eager to make it into an accessory, and the simple yet pretty Wren Cowl was born. With a little tinkering I figured out how to make the pattern seamless. But the original pattern was missing some crucial information, I was so new to writing patterns that I didn’t realize how important things like weight and size conversions were. Oops. 🙂  I also neatened up some of the directions, hopefully making things even more clear.

I love the star stitch, but it’s one of those stitches that does tend to get a little bit monotonous, it’s like the moss stitch. I love love love the texture, but it makes me a little bit batty to k1, p1 over a large piece of knitting. I think the results are worth it in the end though. The Wren Cowl is a nice little accessory, so you (hopefully) won’t feel like you’re star stitching into eternity.  Once you get the hang of the purl three together technique, you get into a little rhythm.  If you use a wool with enough yardage it also makes a great single skein project. We all have those impulse buy, single skeins of something luscious. The star stitch is a good choice for solids, as well as a pretty variegated wool.

You can download the FREE PATTERN on RAVELRY.

I’m jumping into deep end of official knitting season with both feet. How about you?

-Marie