Yo-Yo!

Yo-yo decoration on a baby headband with button detail.

You know yo-yo’s right?  Those little round puckered decorative details that are all over the place.  Well it turns out they are a great stash buster for all the little scraps of cute fabric you have lying around gathering dust.  So I thought I would share with you some pics of the process of making up some of these little guys.

First consider the size you are wanting the end result to be.  I find cutting the material to about the size of a cd makes about the size of a 20 cent piece after stitching and pulling in the puckers.  Generally I like this size for most things.  However, it is also fun to make different sizes and layer them up to make flower like details.

 

Stitching on the wrong side of the yo-yo. I use big running stitch on the wrong side and little less visible ones on the right side. Do this all the way around with a nice strong thick thread and a large eyed needle.

Here you can see that I am gently pulling in the thread as I stitch around the edges. You don't want to snap your thread so take care. Nobody wants to have to start again. See how the edges fold in on themselves and meet up in the middle? The colour of your thread will be barely visible so its not a big deal that I used rather obvious white thread.

So here is my little stash of new yo-yo's ready to add to craft projects. Consider adding a button or ribbon detail to the center for maximum cuteness or layer different sizes and fabrics and really get creative.

 

I personally don’t worry too much if the middles look a little bit rough.  I usually intend to add something over the top of them anyway so don’t waste my time fussing.  I just join them up nice and tight like a little dumpling and stitch them together so they will not come loose.

These little guys really are so useful and a quick and easy project and stash buster.  Imagine all of the cute fabric you could use, or how well you could use up every little bit of re-purposed clothing etc.  I love these things!

 

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Feature Pattern – Lambert Beret

I finished my hat today, mother’s day conveniently enough.  Go me!  I absolutely love it.  I got to use up half of my op-shop yarn and now have enough left over to make another.  It is an angora look yarn that is so soft and fluffy.   I haven’t used anything like it before actually.

I began with the intention of making this Lambert Beret Pattern but along the way decided to make it more of a baggy cap then a beret.  I stuffed up the lace at one stage and just couldn’t bring myself to start again so went with it and am so glad I did.  It’s not so rigid and organised, but still close enough to not look like a random mess.  I think it suits the fluffy yarn.  It was very forgiving.  I added a little cord to the top of the hat to finish it off.  Very vintage imo.  Very happy with it indeed.

Again, if you are into yarn crafts check out Ravelry.  So many awesome patterns and a very friendly community.


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Technique – Knitting in the round with the magic loop method.

I was describing this method to a friend of mine and decided I should pop up a post with some links on how to do it.  I like this method as double pointed needles and I have not really made friends.  I am lucky enough to have myself a set of interchangeable needles so this is rather convenient for me.  The magic loop method requires you have one really long circular needle in your required size/sizes.  Something like 80cm+ is good for very small projects.

It is suitable for items that are smaller then the usual circular needle sizes particularly like when you are making a ladies beanie and the decreases get to a point where it becomes too small for your circular needle and would usually change over to your dpns to finish off.  I just click together the longest cords in my interchangeable set, choose the right sized needle tips and off I go.  Very handy to not have to run out and get a missing size or length needle.

I just yesterday received a new set of interchangeable needles that are highly recommended for this method as the cords are thin and flexible and the joins very smooth.  I’ll get back to you with my opinion on the Denise interchangeable needles vs the knit pro once I have had a chance to give them a run for their money.  For now my pics are just of the Denise needles.  I find they do the job!

As you can see the stitches are worked on one continuous loop instead of separate little needles.  Knitty had a nice post on using dpns if you are curious to compare.

I like that you don’t have to worry about stitches dropping of the ends of the separate needles.   It is rather portable as there are only two tips you could lose stitches from int transport and there is plenty of extra cord for you to slide the stitches down along to prevent this.  Good for people like me with little kiddies with grabby little hands!  I’ve  included some useful how-to links below as I am sure people have explained it better then I ever could.

The magic loop method.

Double Pointed needles.

Knitting in the round.

Give it a go!

Or give it all a miss and just go do some crochet!  Heh.

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