Friday, January 31, 2014

Amimi makes... A post about exciting new ideas!


Hello Dear reader!
As life flies by sometimes it's hard to create a new knitting pattern every week but I will tell of exciting things yet to come!
First of all I came home to a wonderful gift the other day! The good people at Plymouth Yarn sent me all this!!!
How wonderful! My husband just said " oh great more yarn" and I said "Yes isn't it the best ever!!!!!" I love yarn and this yarn is fantastic! It is so soft and wonderful! I have never been much of a yarn snob but this stuff is good, and no they are not paying me to say that. So look forward to some tutorials using this great yarn! You can look at what they have over at http://www.plymouthyarn.com/ 
So..."The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things!"
Many things it is! I am thinking my next pattern will again be of the headband nature. My good friend Katie asked me for one and I think that is what I shall make!
I am also embarking on a grander scale pattern that shall show off my love for Disney's Frozen!
So stay tuned to this blog and have great day!



Friday, January 24, 2014

Amimi Makes... A headband, in a broken down car, in the snow!

So this week it snowed in NJ… A LOT!!! So I had an “adventure”. In actuality I broke the car on a hill trying to get to work L. My car decided it was a sled, and it didn’t want to turn or stop going slow down a hill. I’m fine but the car is in the shop.

So I had to be rescued by my fiancĂ© and thus had time to kill. I had leftover yarn in my bag from my dads’ scarf and my knitting needles so I made this cute headband! (Tip: Always carry yarn a needles in your bag)
I have been experimenting with patterns so today I bring you a chevron pattern!

Chevron Headband

size 8 (5.0 mm) needles
4 Medium Worsted Weight Yarn

Step 1: Cast on 13 loops.
Step 2: K6, P1, K6
Step 3: P5, K1, P1, K1 P5
Step 4: K4, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K4
Step 5: P3, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P3
Step 6: K2, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K2
Step 7: P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1
Step 8: P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1
Step 7: P1, K1, P1, K1, P1, K3, P1, K1, P1, K1, P1
Step 9: P1, K1, P1, K1, P5, K1, P1, K1, P1
Step 10: P1, K1, P1, K7, P1, K1, P1
Step 11: P1, K1, P9, K1, P1
Step 12: P1, K11, P1
Step 13: P13

Repeat step 2-13 till you have the desired length.

I ended in a seed stich diamond by casting off each end of the line.

I left one stich on the needle to chain off a loop for the button.

To create a matching button I took the little bit of yarn I had left and covered a button I had on hand.

I found the knitting was a bit scrunched up in places so I took an Iron to it to flatten it.
Stay warm dear reader!!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Amimi Makes... Everyone Welcome!!!! (and a scarf!)

Hello and Welcome to Amimi Makes!!!
 I am super excited about this blog and hope to update it weekly with tutorials, art, and lots of nerdy crafts! My main focus her will most likely be on yarn and string based projects but who knows!
 So why not start with a bang!
Our first pattern will be for a simple basket weave scarf I made my Dad for Christmas. I live in New Jersey and it has been super cold here so this scarf was a welcome gift!

The thing I like about this pattern is it's simplicity with great basket weave like results that look nice on both sides. If you have Knit and Purling down you can make this! Also since it's a scarf you can translate it to any size needles or yarn weight.
So on to our tutorial!







Basket weave scarf

size 8 (5.0 mm) needles
4 Medium Worsted Weight Yarn

Step 1: Cast on 26 loops.

Step 2: Seed stitch (knit 1, Purl 1) for 3 rows.

For The following rows we will create a seed stitch boarder.

Step 3: Seed stitch the first 3 stitches. 
Follow this pattern across starting with knit:
K. 4, P. 4, K. 4, P. 4, K. 4
Seed stitch the final 3 stitches.

Step 4: Repeat step 3 for 3 lines.

Step 5: Seed stitch the first 3 stitches. 
Follow this pattern across starting with Purl:
P. 4, K. 4, P. 4, K. 4, P. 4
Seed stitch the final 3 stitches.

Step 6: Repeat steps 3-5 until your scarf is the desired length.

Step 7: Seed stitch for 3 rows.

Step 8: Cast off your scarf in seed stitch and weave in the ends.



See so simple! If you have never broken away from just normal knitting or purling this scarf is a good start. Seed stitch is super forgiving and you start to memorize the pattern after doing it so many times.