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Sunday Morning Knitting Project

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knitted earring holder

Well, none of us are in heaven… and it’s Sunday. But don’t worry, I have a project that’s sooo quick & simple, it’s sure to cheer you up. :)

Here’s what you need:

  • an old wooden frame. You won’t need the glass, but you can brighten it up with a lick of paint, if you like.
  • a few thumbtacks. I used 18.
  • small amount of lace-weight yarn, and suitable needles. I used some undyed cotton, and 3.5mm (US 4) needles.
  • (optional) s-hooks

Knitting
If you already have a nice swatch lying around, and it fits your frame, perfect! But if you’d like to make one just like mine, here’s the stitch pattern I used. You’ll need to make it about an inch shorter than the outside of your frame (or wherever you’ll be pinning it) on the long side & the short side, so that you can stretch your lace out to look nice. My frame is 18.5cm x 13.5cm on the outside edges. I cast on 30 sts, and worked 4 pattern repeats.

Lattice Lace Chart LATTICE LACE
Cast on a multiple of 7 sts + 2.

ROW 1: K3, *k2tog, yo, k5, rep. from * to last 6 sts, k2tog, yo, k4.
ROW 2: P2, *p2tog tbl, yo, p1, yo, p2tog, p2, rep. from * to end.
ROW 3: K1, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, rep. from * to last st, k1.
ROW 4: P across.
ROW 5: K1, *yo, ssk, k5, rep. from * to last st, k1.
ROW 6: *P1, yo, p2tog, p2, p2tog tbl, yo, rep. from * to last 2 sts, p2.
ROW 7: *K3, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, rep. from * to last 2 sts, k2.
ROW 8: P across.

Rep. these 8 rows until swatch is desired length. Bind off loosely. No need to weave in ends.

Note: Check KnittingHelp if you need help with abbreviations, or working stitches.

Tacking

Secure each corner of the swatch with a thumbtack to the corners of the frame (make sure the wrong side is facing you!).

Then push a thumbtack into the centre of each side.

Secure with more thumbtacks as necessary.

Make sure it looks good on the right side…

Wind the yarn ends around one or two thumbtacks so that they’re secure. Trim off short, so that they can’t be seen from the right side.

You’re done!

Hang up your earrings. If you have some s-hooks handy (you can buy them at hardware stores), you can use them to hang rings and necklaces up too.

You can also use your swatch as a pretty key holder.

knitted key holder

Or just hang it up as a piece of art. ;) Have a great week!

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22nd May, 2011  // Balay, Home // tags: , , , , , , , .

21 Comments

  1. Andi says:

    I love this idea! It’s good motivation for me to knit bigger swatches.

  2. circé says:

    a wonderful idea!!!!!!

  3. Erin Kate says:

    Great idea! Yours is beautiful and I’ll definitely do this.

  4. Audry says:

    Oh gosh! You could have a whole wall dedicated to different stitch patterns. A sampler wall!

  5. Sarah says:

    You’ve just given me the intriguing idea of knitting lace samplers containing the letters of my daughter’s name to decorate her room when she’s big enough to have one of her own. It’ll be Laylock Meets Charlotte’s Web!

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  8. Gabriele says:

    Wow, thank you so much for this wonderful idea! Can’t wait to make that for our daughter, although her birthday is in October only ;)

    Ok, there are always opportunities to give a present to somebody else… *think*

    Thanks a lot!

  9. LDSVenus says:

    Oh my gosh, this is such a cute idea!! So glad someone found it on stumbleupon and gave the link in Ravelry!!!! I love your website. :)

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  11. Judi says:

    That is beautiful. Problem is I don’t knit. Will search some of my patterns and see if I can find something crocheted and maybe do that. It is great idea.

  12. Diana Pulido-Johnson says:

    I have wanted to frame my Moms swatches. She loved to knit and taught me when I was five, I miss her so much but now I can have a beautiful display of her work all over the house. Thank you.

  13. FMMama says:

    This is a great idea for holiday gifts. Even a young person can stitch something and get help putting it on a frame for a relative! I would have done this for someone as a kid with my mom for sure! Moms get your kids into crafts, we need to keep them in going down the generations! Too few are still doing it and not enough home ec classes if any are in the schools. Remember learning to sew in school? I do!

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