Vinyl Record Coasters by Knitti Politi

It’s been a while since I have updated my ‘Knit Diaries’ and let you know what I have been up to! So here we go…

Remember the 2014 checklist I posted earlier this year? One of my resolutions was to do more selfish knitting and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing – not just working on my own designs but having a go at other knitters’ patterns. I’ve recently started to become more active on Ravelry (feel free to add my as a friend!). I used to be confused by the many categories and unappealing design, but have to say it’s so handy to have everything in one place and feel part of a knitting community!

Anyway, going back to the selfish knitting, I was looking for an original coasters pattern for my coffee table on Ravelry and found this awesome knitted vinyl records pattern created by Ellen Kapusniak aka Knitti Politi. Aren’t these cool?

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These coasters are really easy to knit and make a perfect gift for music lovers – my vinyl collector friends absolutely love them so I will have to make some more :)

I probably should have used cotton or acrylic yarn rather than merino wool as they get a bit fuzzy after a while.

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That’s enough selfish knitting for now! Another item on my checklist was to publish my own patterns and that’s something I’m working hard at – I will be publishing a set of intarsia/fairisle patterns very soon!

Brittany’s Embroidered Hearts

While checking out my blog stats (boring) I noticed a lot of traffic coming from a blog called Just Be Crafty. Intrigued, I visited the site and found THIS!

Brittany used my free knitted heart pattern to create some lovely Valentine’s Day gifts. I love the fact that she adapted the pattern to her fit her taste and embroidered romantic little messages on them. This totally made my day!  

If you too have knitted some heart coasters, share your photos/links with me :)

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.

For more patterns, click here!

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

Kokoro Coasters

Hi!
It’s about time I post some pics of my newest collections on here! So here is my first collection, 3 sets of heart-shaped coasters in loads of pretty colours. If you’d like to buy one of these sets, simply click on the picture, it will take you to my Etsy shop. You might also have seen those cuties in the Ipad application Gathered for which I created a tutorial – if you have an Ipad and love crafts, get it, it’s amazing! If not, my tutorial is also now available on Mollie Makes’s website.
“Kokoro” means “heart” in Japanese (in case you didn’t know yet, I love Japan – giving my knits a Japanese name is a way of combining two things I love).
These cute coasters were knitted with chunky yarn 51% wool 49% acrylic .
The 4 coasters are wrapped together using red and white checked ribbon and make a perfect gift :)

Size approx. 12x14cm.
Machine Washable. Wool Wash. 30⁰c.