free pattern, knitting

Quick Update and Free Coaster Pattern

Hello friends! It has been quite awhile since I last wrote. My very active 10 month old baby boy has been keeping me busy! He’s a handful, but such a joy (except for during diaper changes…. But we won’t go into that.) During my limited freetime, I have done a little dabbling in pattern design. So far I’ve only designed very simple items like dishcloths and coasters, but I would love to be designing sock patterns and perhaps even sweaters someday. As the title of this post suggests, I have decided to share a free, very beginner-friendly coaster pattern for you all. My sister asked me to make some coasters for her a few months ago and these little guys were born. Enjoy the pattern!

Materials:

Worsted weight cotton (I used Knitpicks Dishie)

Size US 6 needles

Gauge:

18 stitches x 28 rows per 4″ (Gauge isn’t very important for this pattern)

Instructions:

Cast on 20 stitches.

Knit 4 rows.

Row 1: K2 P16 K2

Row 2: K across row

Repeat these 2 rows 9 more times.

Knit 3 rows.

Bind off and weave in ends. Block if desired.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read! I would love to become more active on here, but between chasing baby boy around, keeping house, and, well, knitting, my time is limited. That being said, I would be delighted if you subscribed to my blog. I will try to put more content out in the future. If you would like to be more up to date on my knitting journey, you can find me on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bumblebriknits/. I’m much more active there. Thanks again!

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Yarn Review: Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Cotton”

I Love This Cotton in the colorway Rosy.

Good afternoon, readers! It’s a somewhat blustery and rainy day in Western Washington. Last week we were blessed with warm, beautiful weather. I am thankful for both the sun and the rain. We need a little of both to thrive! I hope you all are staying safe and healthy during these crazy times. I am so thankful that no one that I know personally has been diagnosed with covid-19. We’ve been in quarantine for over two months now. I haven’t posted since before this all began! I have certainly had the time to write, but the motivation has not been there. Well, I am finally back and I hope to be better about blogging more regularly in the future. Maybe I’ll try for at least one post a month. Surely, I can handle that, right? :/

Today I want to share a review of “I Love This Cotton” from Hobby Lobby. I recently bought it to make some dishcloths for my lovely mother in law. I’ll share some pictures of those at the end. Please bear with my yarn reviewing inexperience. This is a first for me, but I hope you all will find it helpful nonetheless!

Yarn Specifications:

Brand: I Love This Cotton

Yarn Weight: Medium 4

Fiber: 100% cotton

Recommended Knitting Needle Size: 5mm or US 8

Recommended Crochet Hook Size: 5.5 mm or US I-9

Care Instructions: Machine wash warm and tumble dry normal

Price: $3.79 (I bought it on sale for $2.65)

My Thoughts:

Pros: Overall, I was very happy with this yarn. I ordered it online, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I’ve worked with other cotton yarns before such as Lily Sugar ‘N Cream and Bernat Handicrafter, both being not especially soft. When I first touched this yarn, however, I was pleasantly surprised. It is incredibly soft! I could see it working well for wearable accessories and baby items. Another great thing about this yarn is that it comes in so many pretty colors. I counted 75 colorways on the Hobby Lobby website! Let’s talk about yardage and price. I was able to make 2 roughly 9×9 inch dishcloths out of one skein with a little bit of yarn leftover. The regular price of this yarn is $3.79 and there are 180 yards in each skein. That comes out to about $0.02/yard. Joann fabrics sells 200 yard skeins of Lily Sugar ‘N Cream yarn for $3.99. That comes out to $0.01995/yarn or rounded up to $0.02. Although, the price is pretty much the same, “I Love This Cotton” is so much softer and nicer to work with!

Cons: As much as I love this yarn, there are a couple negatives that I should mention. First of all, this yarn is a bit splitty. That doesn’t bother me too much, but I know a lot of people hate working with splitty yarn. Complaint number 2: Cotton fluff! While working with this yarn, I was continually confronted with little detached tufts of cotton that would fly up and tickle my nose or get stuck to my clothes. That was unfortunate. 😦

Conclusion: Despite the minor annoying tendencies of “I Love This Cotton”, I find it to be a quality and affordable yarn! If you are interested in purchasing this yarn, you can find it in store at Hobby Lobby or Online at https://www.hobbylobby.com/Yarn-Needle-Art/Yarn/White-I-Love-This-Cotton-Yarn/p/36171. (I am not an affiliate.) By the way, every other week Hobby Lobby does a 30% off sale on all their yarn. At the time of writing this, May 12th, 2020, it just happens to be a sale week! You can purchase this fantastic cotton yarn for just $2.65. What a great deal! Thank you all for reading. Let me know if you found this review helpful and if you’d like to see more in the future. Of course I’d also greatly appreciate it if you would like and share this post and subscribe to my blog. πŸ™‚ ❀

As promised here is some pictures of the dishcloths that I made. Unfortunately, I neglected to take a picture of the 4th dishcloth before gifting it. All these patterns can be found in this book https://www.hobbylobby.com/Yarn-Needle-Art/Knitting/Knitting-Books/More-Than-a-Dozen-Dishcloths-Book/p/37458.

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New Year Ramblings: Goals and Stash Additions

Hi everyone, I’m still alive! I’m sorry I haven’t written in awhile. Now that the holidays are over and a new year has begun, I hope to devote more time to blogging. And of course I intend to keep up with my knitting as well. Perhaps I’ll even get an earlier start on Christmas gifts this year! I would like to share a few of my 2020 knitting resolutions. My #1 knitting goal is to knit socks. I’ve acquired some sock yarn this year that I’m really looking forward to knitting with. I’ve always been scared of sock knitting, but after doing some research, I’m starting to think it won’t be that difficult. Wish me luck! I’d also like to develop my sweater knitting skills. So far the only adult size sweater that I have knitted is the flax sweater by tincanknits. http://www.tincanknits.com/pattern-SC-flax.html It’s a seamless, top down pullover that is perfect for an introduction into sweater knitting. I loved knitting it and I am even knitting another one right now as a little treat for myself. That being said, I would like to try out some more complex sweater patterns in the near future. I’d especially love to incorporate some cables or lace. One other skill I would like to learn is yarn dying! However, this is my least priority and I probably won’t attempt it until we buy a house.

Now that I’ve stated some of my 2020 knitting goals, I’d like to move on and show you all some of the new yarn that I’ve acquired in the past month. If you read my Black Friday post, you know that I ordered some yarn from https://hobbii.com/. Hobbii is an online yarn store in Denmark. They charge a flat rate of $7.50 to ship to the US, but if you spend over $74, shipping is free! It would’ve been very easy to spend over $74, but I showed restraint and only spent a little over $40. Unfortunately, my order took a couple weeks to get to me, but overall I was pleased with my first experience with Hobbii Yarns.

I got the cable needles and the row counter as a free gift!

I gave the two skeins of purple yarn and the pom pom to my mother-in-law for Christmas. She wanted supplies to knit a small project like a hat for herself. The brown Viking Garn yarn was knit into a hat for my husband’s grandma, A.K.A Nana. I’ll post a picture below. I was hoping that the yarn would be a bit softer, but Nana loves it anyways. πŸ™‚ As for the giant skein of dusty rose yarn, it is currently being used in my second flax sweater. It is a %100 acrylic yarn. I know acrylic isn’t ideal for sweaters, but it’s just for me so I’m not too worried about it. At least it will be easy to wash!

Nana’s hat

In addition to my hobbii order, I also received two identical knitcrates. One was a gift from my in-laws and the other was from my monthly subscription. This was going to be my last month, but my in-laws gifted me a 3 month subcription which will go through February. This yarn is Vidalana Lofti DK which is 48% merino wool, 20% baby alpaca, and 32% organic cotton. Should I attempt a sweater with this beautiful yarn or make some matching accessories? Please share your thoughts!

My sister-in-law gifted me some gorgeous 100% wool yarn for my birthday. It’s a lovely deep burgundy. I’m thinking I’ll either make a scarf or a hat. If I make a hat, I might make some matching fingerless gloves if there is enough yarn leftover.

Scout from Kelbourne Woolens

The last thing I would like to share with you today is a couple photos of my sock yarn stash. The first photo is a mix of yarns from Hobbii, Hobby Lobby, and the knitcrate store. The lovely yarn in the second picture is part of sock knitting kit that I bought from a small yarn shop in Port Townsend, Washington. It is an 100% merino wool yarn and it is so soft! In addition to the yarn, the kit came with a pattern for a pair of socks with some simple colorwork. I probably will try a more basic sock pattern before I tackle these ones, but I’m super excited to work with this yarn.

Top Four: knitcrate store Bottom Left: Hobbii Bottom Right: Hobby Lobby
Jorstad Creek Orcas purchased from Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop in Port Townsend, Washington

Thanks for taking the time to read this long post. Hopefully I’ll be able to prevent having to pack so much into one post by being more on top of blogging in the future. If I didn’t bore you to death with my ramblings, please follow me. Thanks again!

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Christmas knitting WIP

Christmas music plays on my google-home. A mug of chai tea rests on the bookshelf next to me. A couple Christmas candles and a snow globe are distributed around the room. (I need to collect more Christmas decorations!!) I can’t believe Christmas is only 21 days away! I absolutely love this time of year. The music, the lights, the baked goods, the gift exchanges.. I love it all! This year I’m hoping to mostly gift hand knitted items. I enjoy knitting Christmas gifts, but I am definitely starting to feel the pressure to get my projects done on time. Unfortunately, this year both Lars’s family and mine won’t be able to all be together on Christmas day, but thankfully that means I have a little extra time for some gifts. I am thankful that my current situation in life allows me a lot of time to knit. I don’t think I would be where I am today in my knitting skills, if it weren’t for Lars’s good, stable job and his support of me being a stay at home wife. I certainly would’t be able to knit as many Christmas presents.

I have two active WIPs at the moment. The one I’m most excited about is a blanket for my 1 1/2 year old niece. I was going to make her a hat or some little finger-less gloves, but I was worried she wouldn’t keep those things on. She’d probably grow out of them pretty quickly as well. I’d been eyeing some adorable, soft yarn cakes at Hobby lobby called Cozy Cutesy. It’s a self striping baby yarn that comes in the cutest color combos. Here’s a link so you can check out all the different colorways https://www.hobbylobby.com/Yarn-Needle-Art/Yarn/Sugarplum-Baby-Bee-Cozy-Cutesy-Yarn/p/80953379. I had a hard time finding any patterns that were made especially for this yarn, but after some digging, I discovered this one https://www.ravelry.com/projects/Lilbit/first-baby-blanket-for-brittany–paul. I’m hoping my niece will enjoy this soft, cozy blanket. πŸ™‚

Self striping yarn is the best! I love that I don’t have to keep attaching new colors and there are no extra ends to weave in. πŸ˜€ That’s all for now. Just in case I don’t get the chance to write again before Christmas, I hope you all will have a very merry Christmas! As always, thanks for reading.

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About Me Q&A: Knitting Edition

NothingButKnit shared this quiz. I know I’ve done a lot of these lately, but I liked how this one focuses on my craft rather than just random facts about me. πŸ˜€ Enjoy!

1. Share an image of a knitting pattern you love but would probably never knit. undefined The Aidez Fitted Cardigan by Cirilia Rose. Never say never… But yeah, this looks like it would take FOREVER! It’s gorgeous though. ❀ https://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit-Cardigans/aidez-fitted-cardigan

2. What is your favorite knitting technique? Hmm.. Probably entrelac. I love that it’s much easier than it looks. I love the look of cables, but they are a bit more annoying to work.

3. Yarn: wool, alpaca, cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or acrylic? I love how easy it is to care for acrylic. It’s my go to especially for baby gifts. I only just started working with luxury natural fibers. My favorite so far is a merino, silk, and alpaca blend.

4. Needles: wood, bamboo, metal, plastic, or casein? Metal.

5. Would you go on a knitting vacation? If yes, which country’s yarn shops would you like to visit? Sounds like fun! I haven’t given it much thought, I have worked with some Peruvian yarns though. So maybe Peru?

6. Lace, fingering, sport, DK, worsted, or bulky? (If you had to choose just one) Worsted. It’s pretty versatile and works up fairly quickly.

7. Do you eat while knitting? If so, what? Sometimes. Nothing too messy!

8. Speckled yarn: yes or no? Eh.. Not my favorite, but maybe with just the right pattern.

9. Favorite knitting slang word? Hmm… don’t have one.

10. Can you do anything else while knitting? Watching or listening to something doesn’t count. Does having a conversation count?

11. Favorite knitting pattern designer? I need to pay more attention to designers…..

12. Favorite yarn brand? Yarn Bee from Hobby Lobby is a nice affordable option. Lion brand has some good stuff. I’ve loved everything I’ve gotten from knitcrate. πŸ˜€ (Check out my recent blog post about knitcrate https://briasknits.home.blog/2019/11/15/good-things-come-in-small-packages-nov-2019-knitcrate/ ) πŸ™‚

13. Intentional felting: yes or no? I’ve never done it. It works for some things, but it’s not my favorite look.

14. Who taught you to knit? My cousin-in-law/my older sister’s bestfriend. You can read more about that here: https://briasknits.home.blog/2019/11/09/introductions-knitting-story/

15. What’s your next knit? Either a hat for my youngest niece or a scarf for one of my sisters in law.

As always, thanks for reading! Please subscribe if you want to join me in my knitting adventure. πŸ™‚

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Good Things Come in Small Packages: Nov. 2019 Knitcrate

As the old saying goes, good things come in small packages! I received my third knitcrate earlier this week and it is the best yet! The yarn is Knitologie Glowing Worsted in the Betta colorway. It is a blend of 40% superwash merino, 30% silk, and 30% alpaca which results in a gloriously soft yarn. The color is a beautiful deep purple as you will see in the pictures below. Not only do I adore the yarn this month, but the patterns are gorgeous as well! There is a matching cabled hat and fingerless gloves pattern and a pretty crocheted cowl. My previous two knitcrates were great as far the yarns goes, but I wasn’t as impressed with the patterns.

If you are unfamiliar with knitcrate, it is a yarn subscription box that comes with 2 skeins of premium yarn, a pattern booklet with at least one knitting pattern and one crochet pattern, and one small bonus item. This month it was three tea samples. ❀ Last month a received a pretty stitch marker and the month before I got 4 cute buttons that said handmade. It costs $25 a month. If you buy just a single skein from their shop, they cost about the same price! So it’s really a great deal to go with the subscription box. If you want an even better deal, you can get your first knitcrate for just $5 if you use my referral link HTTP://RWRD.IO/EGL0KE5 plus it’s free shipping! You’ll also be doing me a huge favor by earning me a free month. πŸ˜‰ Go ahead click that link and get yourself some quality yarn for just $5.

Look at that beautiful shine!
Pardon my nails. They’re due for a makeover.

Despite having a few projects on the needles already, I had to start knitting the cabled hat right away. I’ll post a picture of the finished project on my instagram page when it’s finished. πŸ™‚ https://www.instagram.com/briasknits/

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