Articles for November 2016

Merry Christmas Banners Pattern

Merry Christmas Banners

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Merry Christmas Banners

These festive banners show off your holiday spirit. Bright and bold, they display a cheerful “Merry Christmas” greeting. The banners are constructed using double knitting, and feature a checkered pattern on the back. There is also an option to knit them using the more traditional double knitting technique, resulting in the reversed pattern on the back.

The finished size of the “Merry” banner is approximately 5.5” (13.97 cm) by 38” (96.52 cm). The finished size of the “Christmas” banner is approximately 5.5” (13.97 cm) by 51” (129.54 cm).

View more details about the pattern here or download it on Ravelry or Etsy.


Bridal Creations

Last month I got married, and of course I felt the need to hand make something for myself. I ended up settling on two things — a lace knit bolero to wear over my wedding dress, and a pair of crocheted bouquets (in lieu of real flowers) for myself and my maid of honor. I was super happy with how they both turned out, and felt that bit of pride showing off my creations as I walked down the aisle.

I made the lace knit bolero out of a 100% bamboo yarn. I had a hard time finding a lace weight yarn out of wool that was white enough not to look odd over my white dress. The bamboo came the closest.

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Photography by Maria Villano

Yarn: South West Trading Company – Xie (100% Bamboo)
Pattern: Matrimonio Bolero
Modifications: Knit sleeves in the round (modified chart to hide the “seam” a bit), added tiny light purple beads. See my Ravelry project for more details.

 

For the bouquets, I wanted something simple with roses. I found a crochet pattern for a child size rose bouquet, and made some modifications to enlarge it a bit. I found some great colors of yarn in various purples to match the wedding colors. I loved how the roses turned out so much that I ended up making boutonnieres and corsages for others in the wedding party as well!

Bridal Bouquets

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Photography by Maria Villano

Yarn: Berroco Vintage
Pattern: bouquet de mariée
Modifications: Larger flowers, longer stem, larger bouquet circumference, larger leaves, added own leaf pattern for boutonnieres and corsages. See my Ravelry project for more details.