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KNIT: Free Basketweave Baby Blanket

April 4, 2010

I was recently contacted by Melissa who is associated with this website

She wanted to share an easy basketweave baby blanket pattern with you for free. She makes these blankets and sends them to Romania.

And if you know me, you know I’m a knitter that needs pretty, easy and quick patterns!

It is an easy basketweave pattern with an eyelet border that can be easily enlarged to make an afghan or larger blanket. Here is the link: http://www.forgive490.com/EasyBasketweaveBabyBlanket.php

Click here to get the Free Pattern!

Click here to get the Free Pattern!

You could totally use our banana fiber yarns to make a beautiful and colorful blanket!

Nicole's Recipe a la Banana Fiber Yarn in Tokyo Billboard

Nicole's Recipe a la Banana Fiber Yarn in Tokyo Billboard

Click here to get our solid colored Banana Fiber Yarn

Click here to get our solid colored Banana Fiber Yarn

All about Faith…. the designer!

November 4, 2009

So you might remember I asked Chriss (our great crocheter) what inspires her: you read about it by clicking here.

But I had to ask our great knitter Faith the same thing. Read what she has to say!

Click here for Faith's Slipper Pattern

Click here for Faith's Slipper Pattern

I’ve been knitting since I was in my early teens. I made myself sweaters and ponchos and the like. I earned some of my money for university knitting sweaters. I hadn’t been knitting much lately except out of necessity (I go through a lot of mittens), but I found Darn Good Yarn by accident this summer. I was entranced by the yarn and intrigued by the 80 ways to save the earth tote bag. I ordered some of the yarn. When I decided to make the tote smaller than the pattern called for, I had leftover yarn, so I decided to make mittens. Silk is supposed to be the warmest thing to wear in the winter. They turned out well, so I figured I’d try socks, something I hadn’t knit since I was about 14. This meant ordering more yarn. I was working on them while on vacation, and my daughter and I wandered into a fancy yarn shop in Charlottetown. She fell in love with thrummed mittens, so I figured out how to make those. Her sister needed a pair after seeing them, naturally. By this time I was totally in love with the silk. Nicole was looking for designers, and every time I looked at the silk I came up with another idea for how to use it. We started collaborating, and there you are.

I also design cross-stitch and blackwork patterns and write for various publications, including a review zine.

Click Here Tibet Sari Silk Poncho Knit Pattern By Faith!

Click Here Tibet Sari Silk Poncho Knit Pattern By Faith!

KNIT: Recycled Silk Pattern Wine Bottle Bag

November 2, 2009

Check out this video and please give it a second to load!

MMMMM it's wine time!

MMMMM it's wine time!

How to make the Darn Good Yarn Wine Bottle Bag

Get a pair of size 15 needles,
get 2- 100g balls of the yarn we call the blender

Click here to get me! The Blender

Click here to get me! The Blender

You can get a little bit of ribbon too (or you can use left over yarn) This will be used in the finished product.. I’ll explain in a little bit

So, this one is easy: Cast on 39 sts and work in moss stitch (k1, p1) until your rectangle measures 6.25 inches long. Now stitch up the side. Ok now measure 3 inches down. Remember that ribbon? Yes? Well weave it in and out of your project. When you slip the bottle of wine in, you’ll use this to tighten the bag around the neck of the bottle.

Don’t like wine? Find some olive oil and use the same mechanics to give a stunning gift!

Not only is the inside goodies great but this bag totally has a chance of being re-used and will make your present look like the best one under the tree or on the table!

close up!

close up!

KNIT: Save the landfills BOOT TRAY & WELCOME MAT

October 16, 2009

The mat in action!It’s getting to be that time of year again, especially if you live in a climate where you go through the slushly periods of snow and mud. So Faith put together this great simple welcome mat pattern that you can make out of plastic bags. It’s nice because you can just rinse it off! In case you’re not familiar with how to make plastic bag yarn, Click HERE, to view my other free pattern where I have a few videos on how to make it!

Materials: 12 mm (US 17) needles
1-2 100g balls Darn Good Yarn Hemp yarn

Click Here to Get the Hemp

Click Here to Get the Hemp


Cut up plastic shopping bags

(Note: the amount of yarn and number of plastic bags needed depends on how big you want the mat to be. The mat in the picture is 32 stitches or eight squares wide and 48 rows or 12 squares long and measures about 18 inches square. It took about 15 bags of assorted sizes and two half-balls of hemp.)

Using the cut-up plastic bags and two strands of the hemp, cast on a number of stitches that is divisible by eight.

Rows 1 to 4: Knit 4, purl 4 to the end of the row.

Rows 5 to 8: Purl 4, knit 4 to the end of the row.

Continue in a four by four checkerboard pattern until the mat is as big as you want it to be.

© 2009 Faith Cormier and Darn Good Yarn.

Sample Boot Tray/Welcome Mat

Sample Boot Tray/Welcome Mat

KNIT: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Purse

October 10, 2009

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Purse

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Purse

You know me, I love easy patterns…but you know what I love more? Easy patterns that kick major hiney! That’s why I love this purse!

This simple pattern was made when I was experimenting. I was actually sitting by the ocean when I casted on and thought wow… what I’m working on totally looks like seaweed, very colorful seaweed.

The handles are a “Nicole” creation. I made them out of wire. Wire? I like having fun with metal and wire so I whipped these puppies up–and I couldn’t find a pair I really liked in any stores so I made my own. If you want a set get in touch with me and I’ll make them for $10 a piece.

So, here’s what you need:
Size 13 needles
2 skeins of Darn Good Yarn Sari Ribbon Yarn

Purchase the Sari Ribbon Click Here

Purchase the Sari Ribbon Click Here

2 skeins of Darn Good Yarn Blender Live Wire Yarn (100g each)

Click Here to check out the Blender Yarn

Click Here to check out the Blender Yarn

1 cool button
2 purse handles: You can get ones handcrafted by me here: http://www.shop.darngoodyarn.com/product/handmade-wire-purse-handles
needle to finish it up

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Buy the handles here!

Here’s how you do it:
CO 11 sts, work in moss stitch for all two skeins of the DGY Sari Ribbon Yarn and BO.
Sew up the sides.
I turned it inside out (but that’s up to you). I then flipped the first half inch over and stitched it down to create a “lip” around the opening of the purse. I thought this looked nice for the overall shaping.
Next attach the handles.

Now onto some optional embellishments which I think look great. I sewed a big wood button from Darn Good Yarn and braided some left over blender yarn to make a loop/clasp at the opening.

Top of the bag

Top of the bag

I also made a tassel out of the leftover Blender Yarn.

Dress it up however you’d like.

This project is super easy and the whole thing took me 2 hours to create! So, it’s a quick easy gift that will get tons of ohh’s and ahhh’s!

Front of the Bag

Front of the Bag

KNIT: $12 Easy Wool Scarf

October 4, 2009

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to put this easy scarf up on the site. You will giggle because it’s so simple.

Click Here to Get the Yarn

Click Here to Get the Yarn

First you need 2 skeins of Darn Good Yarn’s Thick and Thin Wool Yarn (which I call the yo-yo diet). You’re going to use up both skeins in their entirety for this scarf but you will get an ample scarf that goes together quick!

The second thing you need are US size 13 needles.

Too much fun:)

Too much fun:)

Now, cast on 9 or 11 stitches. You can choose depending on the width of the scarf you’d like. Me, well I like a longer scarf so I can wrap it more or tie it around my head then around my neck if it’s super chilly.

Ok, so you’re then going to knit 1 and purl 1 to the end for every row (yes seed stitch…can you tell I’m addicted to it?) It’s great if you’re just learning because you can practice practice practice!

I love this yarn because while the stitch is easy and you can zone out you end up with a very interesting texture. It reminds me of pebbles.

What a great, cost-effective, beautiful gift you can make in a snap this holiday season!

KNIT: Recycled Silk Hat Experiment Free Pattern

August 24, 2009

Well, I’m sorry for the delay in getting this posted to everyone. I went on a vacation to Maine and NJ. I didn’t bring the ol laptop and I always forget how tough it is to do anything on someone else’s computer:)

PURCHASE YOUR KIT NOW, CLICK HERE!

PURCHASE YOUR KIT NOW, CLICK HERE!

So, here’s the pattern, some pictures and a quick video.
Also, don’t forget to wear big ol earrings with it.

OK, so here is the pattern..FINALLY!!! It’s easy peasy!
Materials: 1 Low Cost Kit which can be obtained here:Click Here!

A note about the kit… ” You’re going to get not only our premium recycled silk yarn but you’re also going to get some other great supplies to send you well on your way to making this easy peasy hat!

So, aside from our Premium Recycled Silk Yarn you’ll receive a needle for finishing too

An easy project!

Cast on 60 sts (If you have a smaller head CO 56)
Row 1: K2, P2, K2 across line, ending with P2.
Row 2 -- 6: Repeat Row 1.
Row 7: Knit across
Row 8: Purl across
Repeat these 2 rows (which is stockinette stitch) until hat is 8.75 or so (your preference) from start, ending with a purl row.

Then on the next knit row K2tog, K continue this pattern until the end of the row

Then purl across

Now when you get into the realm of having around 3rd “round” of decreasing there is a little “fudging” that’s going to happen but because the hat is slouchy you can’t tell. I don’t know if I wasn’t paying attention (which is a very good possibility) So don’t curse me and don’t fret!!! OK so on your knit rows, k2tog then knit 1 at the end of the row you might end up with 3 stitches (I did), just knit those. Just continue decreasing for a few more rows purling straight across the purl rows until you have 10 sts left

Take a big needle and pull the thread through the 10 stitches. Pull the thread so you close the top. Handsew the sides together, using the thread from top to bottom. Make sure you take your time!

I know I sometimes (very stupidly) rush the sewing and it looks like..well.. $%#$. You get a big ol clump of yarn..not pretty…so be sure to catch each stitch and finish it up nicely:)

Now throw on some big earrings and enjoy your creation!!!

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Or you can click me!

Or you can click me!

KNIT: Recycled Crafting Easy Quick Scarf

June 27, 2009

Quick Easy ScarfWe’re all in a money crunch these days. A Darn Good Accessory will solve your problems, at least for looking cute because it’s a 3 in 1 accessory! Wear it as a scarf, headband or belt.

I actaully had a recent request from client in Norway for me to knit her up this very pattern. Look at what she said, (thanks Carmen!)

I got the scarf in the mail today, it was really gorgeous! I got it earlier than expected, from the United States to Norway in 5 days! The service here is really great too! I absolutely recommend trying the recycled silk yarn to everyone! You’ll hear from me again :)
Thank you Nicole!

So, come on, let’s knit one up. I promise it won’t take long. It’s an easy easy pattern and if you check out the video I show you how I like to tie mine up in my hair..tres chic yes?

Quick Easy ScarfQuick Easy ScarfQuick Easy Scarf

Here’s what you need to make this:
The Darn Good Accessory Kit, click Here for more info.

And here’s the more than easy how-to:
CO 13 sts.
K1, P1 every row…woo hoo (I love mindless patterns sometimes because they’re great for newbies and they are medatative! Om!)
So how long are you going to make it? Well, this is totally up to you. I usually use 1 and 3/4 balls of yarn but I love a long skinny scarf. If you want even more drama keep going. Want shorter than shorten it up!
BO, weave in ends and style it up and look cute!

Look at you go!

How to flaunt it: See My Video

Quick Easy ScarfAs a scarf. This type of scarf is meant to be wrapped a couple of times around your neck. Here’s how to get the look as shown by moi. I take the end of my Darn Good Accessory and place it about in the top third of my torso and wrap around my neck like that then tie it off to the side (so it doesn’t look like a tie). I never start by hanging the scarf in the middle behind my neck because I think you don’t get to show off as much as the scarf and your ends can’t be uneven and you don’t get to make a cute tie in it.

As an awesome headband. Because this Darn Good Accessory is done in moss stitch it grips onto itself and doesn’t shift making it the perfect candidate for a headband. So, here’s how to do it. Put your hair up into a high ponytail and cover your part. It doesn’t even need to be neat because it will be covered by the DGA. Quick Easy Scarf So, depending on if you want part of the DGA to hang down your back or not depends on if you start the headband in the back or front of your head. So, choose the base of your head or just at the front of your hair line at your forehead. From there, find the center of your DGA and wrap symmetrically around your head with both hands, switching ends with your hands when it crosses over keeping the scarf tight. The trick to making it flat is to pyramid the wraps as if you were putting grip on a tennis racquet or tape on a road bike handle. The cool part about this DGA is that you don’t need to knot it for it to stay in place you simply need to tie it. You can take your hair out at that point of leave it up…whatev:-). Be prepared to get some compliments!! Pair with some mellow colors to wear so you highlight the scarf.

As a cool belt over a long shirt. You could have it go around once and let the ends hang or you could double it around and make it like a little corset look. I totally recommend a nice sold dark color with this option though… you don’t want too much going on in your outfit!

KNIT: 1 T-Shirt and Recycled Silk Case

June 27, 2009

Pencil Case Blender YarnThis is such a versatile case. First, I started making this with the intent to have it be a pencil case. But when I finished it up, it fit my cell, some bills, some plastic and my pens. And, oh yea, it’s made out of an old t-shirt (the one used here was so stained..yikes!) and then one kit for this pattern which  you can get here: Click Me

Get the Kit Now! ON SALE! 1 T-shirt Pencil Case Kit

Get the Kit Now! ON SALE! 1 T-shirt Pencil Case Kit

Here are the instructions to make the T-shirt yarn:

>How to make T shirt Yarn

So here is the pattern,
CO 8 sts with the recycled silk and your recycled T-Shirt

Work in garter for 13 inches.

So, a note, the knitting will be tight but that’s what it’s supposed to do so your pencils don’t fall out!

After you’ve knitted up the body, let’s work on the flap, we’ll do this row by row:
Row 1: K2tog, knit to end
Row 2: K2tog knit to end
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: K2tog, knit to end
Row 6: K2tog, knit to end
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: Knit
Row 9: K2tog, knit to end
Row 10: K2tog, knit to end

Now you have two stitches left. Go ahead and make 4.75 inches of i-cord.

Cool, almost done!

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Now BO and leave about a 6-10″ tail of yarn. You’re going to now use this tail to draw the i-cord into a loop and sew/weave that remaining yarn into the base of where the flap stopped and the i-cord started. This will create a button loop for you!

So now, fold the pencil case so it looks like the finished product pictured here. Can you see where the button should be? Good, sew the button there with the hemp.

OK, so take the hemp and sew up the edges! Oh yea, now you’re all done, and your friends will be green with envy!

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So you need to know how to make T-shirt yarn? Well it’s easy! For this example, I used a medium shirt, which due to my “incredible” laundry skills shrunk to a not so flattering belly shirt! And yea it was stained from hair dying experiments! So, that shirt was a perfect candidate…which one are you going to use?