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Kniterator Raglan

closeup of a purple hand knit sweater

Pattern: Kniterator Raglan by Tineke Corin

Yarn: Dreamcloud on Classic DK
Amount: 5 skeins (56g left of my 5th skein)

Needle: US 6 (4 mm)
Gauge: 4.5 stitches and 8 rows over 1 inch

Started: November 6, 2019
Completed: January 15, 2020

Notes:
What I love about this pattern is that it is completely customizable! You get to input the measurements you want for your final garment and chosen gauge (with whatever yarn and needles you want)… and like magic, Kniterator churns out a pattern just for you! Including estimated yardage needed! Since I’m tall, this was such a nice change. I usually have to add a bit of length to the body and sleeves, so I’m never quite sure how much more yarn I’ll need. Plus, I have a pretty large head and I could even change the neck measurement! I know a lot of experienced knitters have learned how to adjust a pattern, but other that’s not something I’m super comfortable with yet. The fact that I was able to knit a sweater that fit exactly the way I like was just amazing!

Ravelry: I also have a Ravelry Project Page for this knit. However, many people (myself included) have had issues with the new Ravlery. It is known to cause eye strain, headaches, migraines, and seizures. Please be careful when proceeding to Ravelry!

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Hi, y’all! Happy Friday! I thought today would be a great day to share my finished test knit for @kniterator! I still can’t believe how well it ended up fitting! In case you don’t know, Kniterator is this super awesome site where you can put in the measurements that you want your sweater to be (ease included) and it calculates a pattern for you! I’ve never had a store-bought sweater fit me correctly, so knitting one that actually fits is kinda mind blowing. I highly recommend this pattern.⁣ ⁣ I also wanted to share that I’m starting a newsletter! My newsletter will be the first place to hear about new products, upcoming events, special offers, and so much more! I have lots of awesome stuff planned for 2020, so you definitely want to sign up to hear about it all first. In fact, there might even be a little goodie just for signing up for the emails! 😉 Sign up with the link in my bio!⁣ ⁣ #knittersofinstagram #knitting #kniterator #customfitsweater #instaknit ⁣ #knitwear #testknittersofinstagram #testknit #knittersofig #knit ⁣ #sweaterknitting #knittersoftheworld #finishedobject ⁣ #finishedobjectfriday #igknitters #newsletter #makersofinstagram

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Crochet Bedside Basket

featured image for the crochet bedside basket blog post. light grey basket filled with jewlery surrounded by scissors, yarn, needle, and crochet hook.

Oh goodness! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve published a blog post. Since my last post I’ve moved into a new house! And with a new house, comes new organizational issues.

Case in point, my bedside table. It’s a disaster pretty much all the time. Frankly, I’ve lost things on it. It’s also an old family piece that I painted several years ago, so I’d really like to show it off, not bury it under junk! And unfortunately, my watch and ring have made a few chips in the paint on the surface. That’s no good!

Enter my solution: a crochet bedside basket! I looked around a bit for patterns that already existed, but I couldn’t find anything that really suited my needs. There are some beautiful crochet basket patterns out there, but I simply didn’t need anything fancy or large. Ideally I wanted something about as wide as a standard bowl, only a few inches deep, and cushioned enough to prevent any more dings in my piece of furniture!

After not finding anything to suit my fancy, I decided I would just design one myself! After all, I’d already decided I didn’t need anything fancy or large… how hard could it be? So I went to my craft room, pulled out yarn from my stash, a hook, and went to work!

I’ll be honest, what I came up with is extremely simple – and it’s exactly what I needed! It’s the perfect size to hold all my jewelry, soft enough to prevent dings in the paint on my piece of furniture, and I already had the yarn in my stash! Plus: it hardly took any time at all to make!

Enough of my jabbering! On to the pattern!

All you need to know to make this basket is how to single crochet, crochet in the round, and crochet in the back loop!

Materials:
P (mm) crochet hook
Lion Brand Fettuccini (Fabric) Yarn (also known as Zpagetti. Unfortunately this yarn was discontinued, but another super bulky yarn should work just fine)
Tapestry needle
Scissors

Abbreviations:
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
inc: 2 single crochet in the same stitch
flo: stitch in the front loop only

Pattern notes:
Worked in continuous rounds. If that bothers you, you’re welcome to join with a slip stitch after each round and chain one to begin the next row.

Pattern:

Round 1: ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)
Round 2: inc around (16)
Round 3: *sc, inc* around (24)
Round 4: *sc, sc, inc* around, sl st into first stitch (32)
Round 5: sc in flo around (32)
Round 6-7: sc around (32)
Round 8: sc around, sl st into first stitch (32)
Break yarn & weave in ends.

Optional: turn basket inside-out. It all depends on your preference here; I turned mine inside-out because I preferred the look.

And that’s it! You have a finished crochet bedside basket! This is also super easy to modify. If you want a wider basket, add more rows of increases before Round 5. If you want a taller basket, add more repeats of Round 6. Smaller basket? Remove some of the increase rounds. I’m considering making a smaller one myself to hold some coasters on my coffee table!

Let me know what you think! If you make a bedside basket, I’d love to see your finished product! Feel free to tag me (@heatheredhandmades) in any posts on Facebook or Instagram!

Don’t want to make one yourself? You’re welcome to contact me and request a custom crochet bedside basket!

I’d also really appreciate it if you pinned this post on Pinterest! Feel free to use the image below!

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Crafting for a Cause: Special Olympics

Special Olympics Texas Scarf

I started knitting about 3 years ago and crocheting 2 years ago. I had no idea it would happen, but knitting and crocheting has become a part of my everyday life. I carry yarn and hooks/needles everywhere I go. Seriously… everywhere.

However, I quickly ran out of things to make for myself! Thankfully, that didn’t mean my yarn crafting days were over! My friend Julie introduced me to charity crafting. I still get all the joy of knitting and crocheting with the added bonus that I’m crafting for a cause. I’ve made things for several different charities, but today I want to share one project in particular with you: Special Olympics scarves.  Continue reading Crafting for a Cause: Special Olympics