30 Animal Squares

It all started on Instagram on a cold December evening. As I was going through my feed, I came across one of these ‘one photo a day’-type challenges, something I never take part in, but this one was different. The wonderful Lindsay from Em & Sprout (who I interviewed before, read the post here) came up with a fun challenge to draw one different animal a day throughout the month of January. I LOVE animals, but I can’t draw, so instead I thought this project would be a great way to develop my chart design skills. For those of you who are not familiar with chart design, this is what we knitters use to create a pattern. This was also a great opportunity to discipline myself in a month where I would probably get a bit lazy.

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So every day, I ‘doodled’ the animal on graph paper, then knitted it as a square and posted the image on IG. Not only was I amazed at how much people liked them, but I discovered many talented drawers/illustrators. You can see all the photos from the challenge by searching for the hashtag #animaldoodleaday on Instagram.

Here are my animal squares:

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whale

tiger

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This challenge turned into something much bigger than I expected! Due to the huge interest my animals received, I decided to make the patterns available as an ebook so anyone can use them to make their own cute animal squares.

You can buy the the pattern for my 30 animal squares in my Etsy shop, on Ravelry and Craftsy. If you’re only interested in one or a few animals, just contact me by email at julietheknits@gmail.com and we’ll work something out :)

A lot of you have also been asking what will become of my squares. I have sewn them together and framed them. As there were only prototypes I didn’t want to make a blanket as it would be of no use. This framed knit would look lovely in a child’s bedroom, but this one will stay in my knitting room for now :)

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Don’t forget to share your pics with me if you have knitted your own animal squares!

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UPDATE: You can now buy individual patterns of my animal squares on Etsy!

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Cute & Easy Bow Headband

Following the huge interest the Heart Coasters Pattern received a few months ago, I felt it was time I share a new free pattern with you – a cute bow headband! You might recognise this project as it was first published in issue 14 of Gathered by Mollie Makes – it was actually my first ever published project! These headbands are also available in my Etsy Shop :)

Knitted Bow Headband Pattern

Please do not sell any finished items made from this pattern, thank you! However, I’d love to see your knitted headbands, so do share pictures – Leave a link in the comments, find me on Instagram or Ravelry. Happy Knitting!

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Material

– DK Yarn in 2 different colours – I used King Cole Merino Blend DK in 855 Mustard and 926 Petrol
– Size 4mm double pointed knitting needles (DPNs)
– Tapestry needle
– Scissors
– Tape measure

Instructions

Make the bow
Cast on 12 stitches using King Cole Merino Blend DK in Mustard. Work in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row) until the bow measures 13 cm. Cast off.

Step 1 (2)

Make the bow gathering
Cast on 6 stitches using the mustard yarn and work in stocking stitch until the gathering measures 5 cm. Cast off.

Step 2 (3)
Assemble the bow
Fold the big rectangle in half with the right sides facing each other and, using the tapestry needle, sew up the seams and weave in the ends.

Step 3 (1)

Repeat the same process with the bow gathering. Turn the work inside out, take the bow through the gathering and shape it until you get a pretty bow!

Step 3 (5)

Make the I-cord
Cast on 4 stitches using the shade Petrol. Knit one row then slide the stitches to the other end of the double pointed needle. Pull the yarn along the back of the work and knit the next row. Repeat until the I-cord measures 50 cm. Cast off.

Step 4 (1)

Assemble the headband
Take the I-cord through the back of the bow, make a knot and weave in the ends. Place the knot of the I-cord behind the bow gathering so there is no visible seam.

Step 5 (2)

If you wish to set your bow into place rather than have it move freely around the I-cord, use a little bit of yarn and the tapestry needle to sew the bow and bow gathering to the I-cord.

Step 6 (1)

 

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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!

How to knit a heart

Many of you must be looking for Christmas gift ideas right now, so I thought it was the perfect time to share a pattern with you all! You might have seen these knitted hearts before. My pattern first appeared in Gathered (Issue 16) and was then published on the Mollie Makes website.

I initially made these hearts to use as coasters and knitted a few sets, but they actually have many other uses! They’re perfect to add a personalised touch to a gift. Or what about using them to embellish a garment, like Gathered reader Wendy did with her knitted scarf?

This is a great project for beginners – it uses simple knitting techniques (garter stutch, kfb, k2tog). Have fun!

Material

  • Super chunky yarn (I used Sirdar Big Softie)
  • Size 8mm needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Instructions
Start by knitting the top of the heart – cast on 5 stitches. 

Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Increase the first first stitch by knitting in the front and back (kfb) of the stitch, then knit to the end of the row. 
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: Knit to the last stitch, increase (kfb). 
Row 5: Knit.
Row 6: Increase the first first stitch (kfb), knit to the end of the row.
Rows 7-10: Knit.
Cut the yarn and push your work to the bottom of the needle. 

Now make the other top half of the heart – cast on 5 stitches on the same needle where your work is.
Repeat rows 1-10.
Once completed, the 2 pieces should be on the same needle.


Join the two pieces by knitting across them.
Knit 4 more rows.
On the next row, decrease first and last stitch by knitting 2 stitches together (k2tog).
Knit the next row.
Repeat the last 2 steps until you have 2 stitches left.
Cut the yarn off, take your tapestry needle with the yarn through the remaining 2 stitches and weave in all the ends.

That’s it! Now block your work and start again :)  

Let me know if you give this pattern a try! I’d LOVE to see your pictures – you can post them on my Facebook page or tweet me @Julie_TheKnits.

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And if you can’t knit, you can find sets of 4 hearts for sale in my Etsy shop.

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Translations available: Russian

Knitted Book Jacket in Gathered by Mollie Makes

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

As I keep going on about it, many of you will know that I have been working with the best craft magazine out there Mollie Makes over the last few months. They asked me to create tutorials for some of my knits for their equally amazing Ipad App Gathered. So far I have made a bow headband, heart shaped coasters and a knitted book jacket… and there’s more to come!

I love the whole creation process for these tutorials, from picking the right colour of yarn to taking some pretty pictures of the finished project. But what got me really excited last Friday is THIS:

My knitted book jacket features on their latest issue of Gathered! Their pictures always look so amazing, that’s one of the reasons why I love their magazine so much. 

My tutorial shows you how to knit an A5 book jacket and its super cute pocket in 3 steps. It’s a very easy project so let me know if you give it a try!

Issue 27 of Gathered by Mollie Makes is now available to download now.

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Bow Headband

 I’m very excited to share with you my first ever published knitting tutorial! I was asked by Gathered to create a step-by-step guide for one of my bow headbands. I really enjoyed doing this, and there are more on the way! Hope you like it, please let me know if you give it a try :)Make sure you download the issue 14 of Gathered for the full tutorial including step-by-step pics!To buy this lovely headband in different colour combos, visit my Etsy shop.

 

UPDATE: You can now get this pattern for free HERE! Happy Knitting :)

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