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!*

  

My Knitted Pictures

As you know, this year I decided to start publishing my own patterns as well as working on commissions. My first pattern was 30 Animal Squares and I still can’t believe the response – thank you to everyone who has purchased it on Craftsy, Ravelry and Etsy! So naturally this made me want to look through my pattern notebook and pick my next project.

I am super excited to introduce you to the new collection of patterns – The Framed Knits!

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The idea of ‘knitted pictures’ came to me after I saw all these cool cross stitch framed pictures online. I thought ‘yarn should be up on our walls too’! And the Framed Knits were born. They are really fun and quick projects and make a cute addition to your home decor.

The Framed Knits collection includes 3 patterns: Under The Sea, Dream Big and Phone Home. Each piece was knitted using the Intarsia technique (and a little bit of fairisle).

One for nautical lovers!
One for nautical lovers!
Who doesn't love unicorns?
Who doesn’t love unicorns?
The coolest little extra terrestrial!
The coolest little extra terrestrial!

These Framed Knits patterns are sold as PDFs and are now available on Ravelry and Etsy. You can purchase each pattern separately or as a set at a special price here! I hope you like them :)

Click here for more patterns.

Happy Knitting!

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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!

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!

Click here for more patterns

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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 :)