Easy Mittens

Mollie Makes Knitted Mittens

Happy New Year everyone! I’m very happy to kick off 2016 with a free pattern – mittens! They’re very cute and very easy to make, the hardest part being picking your yarn colours :)

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You can find this free pattern on molliemakes.com.

If these mittens look familiar, it’s because they first appeared in their e-zine a couple of years ago. Let me know in the comments if you give this pattern a go!

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How To Knit by Mollie Makes + Giveaway!

How to Knit By Mollie Makes

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The world of knitting can be a little overwhelming if you’re looking to take it up as a hobby. Choosing from a huge amount of patterns, figuring out the weird abbreviations, shopping for the right supplies… where do you start???

Well, if you love cute, quirky and modern knits (if you read this blog, chances are you do), Mollie Makes’ new craft book, How To Knit, is just what you need – read on to find out how you can get your hands on a free copy! The team from Mollie Makes magazine have brought together their favourite knit designers to share their tips, stories and projects – and I feel very privileged to be one of them! All the projects are brand new, including my Christmas tree decorations – you will find instructions to knit all 6 of them.

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Mollie Makes: How To Knit also features projects by some of my favourite knitters out there such as Sincerely Louise ( I mean, a burger cat!), Katty Huertas and more!

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You got it. Bright colours, cute stuff and animals. Plus all you need to know, from learning the best way to hold your needles to making your first fair isle project! You can find more details about the book here.

WANT TO WIN A FREE COPY? Leave a comment on this post by 31st October and Mollie Makes: How to Knit could be yours soon! The winner will be picked at random early November.

*This giveaway is now closed. The winner of Mollie Makes: How to Knit, picked at random using the good old method, is @Nicola, congrats!*

  

A Book Cover

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Just a quick post to let you all know that my Book Cover pattern is now available for free on molliemakes.com!

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You may have seen this book cover before – it was first published in Mollie Makes’ e-zine Gathered a couple of years ago. If, like me, you love pretty stationery, then this is the perfect project for you! Happy knitting :)

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My Knitted Bauble Cosies are the cover stars of Mollie Makes 46!

Well, it’s been really REALLY hard to keep this to myself. Back in August, the lovely Mollie Makes team asked me to create a tutorial for one of their Christmas issues. The brief: 4 gem-themed bauble cosies knitted using a variety of simple techniques and some sparkle! I have to say this was one of the most original and fun projects I have worked on. Now it also instantly became my favourite creation when I saw the cover of Mollie Makes a few days ago!!!!

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It’s time for you to give your plain baubles a glitzy Christmas makeover! Forget about double pointed needles, all you need to knit these cosies is a pair of straight needles, colourful yarn and a few sequins. I never used sequins before but they are so easy and fun to work with! Whether you’re a beginner or advanced knitter, enjoy good old Fair Isle or prefer intarsia, I hope you enjoy these patterns.

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Mollie Makes issue 46 is out today (20th October) – it’s packed with amazing DIY projects as well as freebies (stickers yay!). I’d love to know which cosy is your favourite!

My Tea Cosy Knitting Pattern in Mollie Makes 45!

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you already know that I am a regular contributor for Mollie Makes (one of my proudest life achievements!). I’ve designed various projects for their app Gathered in the past, but this time I am lucky enough to have made it to print!!! Seeing my work published in a magazine for the first time is just an incredible feeling and I have to thank the lovely Mollie Makes team for making this happen. Lara, Charlie, Nina & co. are an amazing bunch of ladies to work with, and I can only hope there will be many more moments like this one <3

You will find my project – a pretty tea cosy – in the subscriber issue of Mollie Makes (45), out now with a brand new-look cover! It’s a super easy pattern so if you’re a beginner, this is an ideal one to start with!

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I’m planning on getting my brother and his girlfriend a tea set for Christmas (can you believe that French people don’t really own tea sets these days?) so I will definitely be knitting one of these again to dress up the teapot – i will have to go for sober colours though as, unlike myself, not everyone wants their house to look like a rainbow. WHY NOT?!

If you are a Mollie Makes subscriber, I hope you like my tea cosy pattern (if you’re not a subscriber, you’re obviously missing out so subscribe here)! And if you give it a go, I would love to see pictures!

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Macramé plant hanger

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I’ve not only been having issues with WordPress but am also working on a top secret project which has been taking up a lot of my knitting time. Hopefully I’ll be able to tell you all about it soon!

Do you remember the macramé tutorial I did a while ago for Mollie Makes’ Ipad app Gathered (RIP)? Well I have great news! This tutorial is now available for free on molliemakes.com!

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My macramé plant hanger tutorial includes step-by-step images and is the perfect project to decorate your home this summer. Share your pics if you give it a try!

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Simple Mittens in Gathered for Mollie Makes

UPDATE: This pattern is now available for FREE on the Mollie Makes website!

I hope you’re all having a lovely Christmas! This is just a quick post to let you know that my latest tutorial is now out in Gathered! It even made it on the cover again – what a great way to end this already amazing year, thanks Mollie Makes :)

This week, you can learn to knit cute mittens in a few easy steps. Issue 63 of craft magazine Gathered is available for Ipad and Iphone.
 
If you have the next few days off, this is the perfect project for you! As usual, let me know if you give it a go – tag me on Instagram (julieandtheknits), Twitter (@julie_theknits) or post a pic on my Facebook page. I’m looking forward to seeing your pics!

Mustard Yellow Scarf in Gathered for Mollie Makes

The new issue of Gathered is out! As usual it is packed with crafty inspiration, beautiful pictures and tutorials – one of them being my simple mustard scarf tutorial, yay!

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If you’re a beginner knitter and bored with garter stitch, you’ve got to try this pattern. The stitch might look tricky but it’s actually super quick and simple.  

Download issue 59 of Gathered on your Ipad or Iphone now! And let me know if you give it a try :)

Macramé Plant Hanger in Gathered for Mollie Makes

Another week, another tutorial! This time Gathered asked me not to knit but to “knot”. When the cover popped up in my Facebook feed this afternoon I was beyond excited that my macramé plant hanger made it to the cover!

This is a super retro project with a modern twist – neon pink yarn! Macramé is a method of tying knots to make decorative items like plant hangers, wall hangings, jewellery and more. The possibilities are endless.

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Download issue 51 now on your Ipod or Ipad for only £1.49 or get 5 free issue when you subscribe for a month/year. Click here for more details.

As usual, if you try this tutorial make sure you send me a pic at julietheknits@gmail.com or tag me on Instagram or Facebook :)