Close your eyes and imagine lying on a soft, sandy beach while lilting waves lap along the shore. Feel the cares of the day slip away, replaced by a sense of tranquility and peace. Now, imagine you could take this bit of paradise and wrap it up into an armful of comfort, within arm’s reach whenever you needed it. This lovely cushion cover is meant to evoke the serenity of surf and sand, blue skies and caressing breezes. It is a soft, cuddly bundle of therapy – plus, the cover is designed to be easily removed in case it ever needs cleaning. Bliss!
Knitting Loom: 2 KB Zippy Looms, linked together (total of 8 pegs)
Yarn: Lion Brand Hometown USA – 2 skeins of Washington Denim (81 yards each) and 1 skein of Aspen Tweed (64 yards)
Notions: Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, 16” pillow form, needle and thread, 3 large buttons (1 ¼ “ diameter used on sample)
Finished Size: Approximately 16” x 16”
Gauge: Not essential for this project
Panels: (make 3)
Cast on 8 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method.
Rows 1-2: Sl 1, P6, K1.
Rows 3-8: Sl 1, K7.
Work rows 1-8 a total of 14 times. Repeat rows 1-2 once more. Bind off using the basic bind off method. Weave in all yarn ends.
Cut a length of yarn measuring approximately 60”. Thread the yarn into the yarn needle. Sew one panel to another, matching up the purl sections as you work.
Cut a new length of yarn measuring 60”. Thread the yarn into the yarn needle. Sew the remaining panel to the side of the joined panels.
Once all 3 panels have been joined together, fold the lower end of the knitted piece up, leaving a 2” flap at the top of the piece. Note: wrong side of work will be facing outward temporarily.
Cut a new length of yarn measuring 35”. Thread the yarn into the yarn needle. Seam one side of the cushion cover closed, matching up the purl sections as you work.
Cut a new length of yarn measuring 35”. Thread the yarn into the yarn needle. Seam the other side of the cushion cover closed, matching up the purl sections as you work. This will create a pouch with a flap closure.
Turn the pouch inside out. Using the needle and thread, sew a button in the center of each panel, on the front of the pouch, near the rim.
Weave in all remaining yarn ends. Insert the pillow form into the knitted pouch. Fold the flap over the pillow and button the pouch closed. (Simply button directly into the knitting).
“May your joys be as deep as the ocean, your sorrows as light as its foam.” Anonymous
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It seems like glass jars have become more and more popular. No longer only lurking in the canning section, glass jars are showing up everywhere – from restaurant tables, to craft boutiques, to garden centers. And a quick search on the internet can bring up hundreds of ideas for re-purposing them. Liberate a few jars that have been stashed away in your cupboards, or purchase a few and make these pretty little luminaries.
Knitting Loom: KB Small 32 peg Loom
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Ivory and in Peony was used for the samples.
Notions: Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, pint sized glass jar, tea light, 24” length of twine, any desired embellishments (buttons, flowers, charms, etc)
Finished Size: 3.5” in height by 10.5” in circumference
Gauge: Not essential for this project.
K2tog: Knit two together
YO: yarn over
[K2, YO, K2tog] – Worked over 4 pegs: Knit the first two pegs. Move the stitch from the third peg over to the fourth peg. Wrap the third peg. Knit both stitches on the fourth peg together as one.
Cast on 32 stitches using the double e-wrap cast on method. Prepare to work in the round.
Rounds 1-4: K2, P2.
Rounds 5-6: Knit all stitches.
Round 7: [K2, YO, K2tog] 8 times.
Repeat rounds 5-7 five times. Repeat rounds 5-6 once. Repeat rounds 1-4 once. Bind off using the basic bind off method. Weave in all ends.
Add any desired embellishments to the knitted sleeve. Slip the sleeve onto the glass jar. Tie the length of twine around the rim of the jar. Place the tea light inside the jar.
Light the tea candle using a long fireplace match, a lit wooden skewer, or even a lit spaghetti noodle. Enjoy the ambience as the light flickers through the knitted lace.