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The Little eBook of Knitting Stitches

Don’t you love looking through books of stitch patterns for knitting inspiration? I often keep a few next to my bedside and flick through them before I fall asleep. Stitch patterns are a brilliant opportunity to practice, learn new techniques, and begin to solve the mystery of how stitches create different fabrics. They’re often a good starting point for designs too, especially if you don’t yet have the time or expertise to discover your own.

I’ve selected six stitch patterns to highlight knitted texture, lace, and ribbing, and because I wanted to make this booklet extra useful, each of the stitches is photographed on the right side and the wrong side (I haven’t seen this done before, but I wish more publications would adopt the practice), and I offer additional tips and advice to help you on your way.

Whether you’re a beginner or a bored expert, I think you’ll enjoy The Little eBook of Knitting Stitches. I’m offering it as a free gift to subscribers of the Laylock mailing list. I will send you occasional emails with knitting tips, but if you’d really rather not subscribe, write me an email & I’ll send you the PDF file anyway. Just because. :)

The eBook contains:

  • 6 stitch patterns

    • 2 texture
    • 2 lace
    • 2 rib stitches
  • photographed on both right & wrong sides
  • laid out with clear instructions & advice on usage.


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Post-Easter Excitement Post

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forsythia

I had a lovely Easter weekend, full of amazing food, flowers, fun, sunshine, boating & bunnies. I’ve loved seeing all the Chick Egg Cosies popping up on Ravelry during Easter. Eight-year-old Rose Red made a very sweet yellow chick, chia777 didn’t have any felt, so she beaded the beak, clockworkpurple made some with googly eyes (if I ever get my hands on some googly eyes, I’m going to make some that look like Pacman ghosts, with zig-zag edges!), smartcinderella made some cosies that are laced up corset-like, and theknittedcupcake knit some amazing multi-coloured chicklets. All so clever & crafty! If you haven’t knit any yet, remember, chicks and eggs aren’t just for Easter! :) Vetiverknits's Houses Slipover Also very lovely was seeing Vetiverknits’s finished Houses Slipover in gorgeous merino cashmere from The Knittery. Just nothing more exciting and satisfying than seeing people enjoying knitting from your patterns. Thank you all!

I’ve been knitting too, of course, and fiercely designing. I have too much inspiration for two hands, as always! But in addition to the knitting, I’m also very excited to be writing reviews for Cast On! I’m somewhat ashamed to say that I had never listened to Cast On until a few weeks ago; have I been living under a knitted rock? I remember last year a fellow knitter (Julia, who I met on Ravelry) and I were sitting in Aberystwyth Arts Centre drinking coffee and she told me I should really go listen to some knitting podcasts. She then whisked me off to a dance lesson and in between trying to remember the steps to the cha cha and the waltz I completely forgot about this excellent piece of advice. Well, I have now finished Series 5 of Cast On and I’m hooked on Brenda’s lovely voice, and in particular her weekly sweaters. My first review as a Knit Review Minion is for Simple Style, from the same series as Interweave’s Lace Style, Folk Style, and Wrap Style. I hope you have a read and let me know what you think, if only for my somewhat silly, rhyming bio!

Knit Love – Gift Tags with Garment Care Symbols

Free Knitting Gift Tags with Garment Care Symbols

I’ve also been playing around with knit “patterns” of another kind recently, and they developed into these gift tags. Small hearts and kisses in stitches & knitting needles. Like my birdy labels, and the labels that come with the Houses Slipover, they have empty care symbols that you can fill in according to the yarn you’ve used for your gift. The tags are now licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License, but I would like to ask that you link to this blog post rather than directly to the PDF. Thank you & I hope you enjoy them! :)

knitting tags


If you love these gift tags, collect them all!

Click Here to Get KnitLove Vol. 1

Knitting Gift Tags & Stationery

The full PDF includes:

  • Labels
  • Gift Tags
  • Writing paper
  • Notecards
  • Envelope
  • Stickers
  • Bookmarks
  • Bookplates
  • Wrappers
  • Sleeves
  • Small sleeves
  • Pillowboxes
  • Straight needle sheaths
  • DPN sheaths
  • Yarn bag
  • Tips & tricks for printing, cutting, and construction.

Knitting Gift Tags & Stationery


Click Here to Get KnitLove Vol. 2

& now also KnitLove Vol.2 with:

  • ‘Life without you is like a broken needle’ card
  • ‘I Love You This Much’ card
  • ‘Let’s stitch together, baby’ card
  • ‘You always have me in stitches’ card
  • ‘You’re my Knit Knight’ card
  • ‘You’re my #1′ card
  • Envelope
  • Envelope liner
  • ‘Sealed with a kiss’ stickers

Knitter's Valentines


A few tips:

  • Fold & glue the tags before cutting them out. Less cutting!
  • I find the tags are firm enough when printed on regular printer paper & then folded, however, you could also print them on card. Check your printer manual for help.
  • You could fold the tags, but leave them unglued & use the inside for extra space to write your message.
  • Punching holes in the right spot takes a bit of practice! ;)
  • You could also use these tags to label swatches!

The countryside is as beautiful and muddy as ever. I can hear my latest batch of neighbours being unloaded as I write. Baa-aa. I’ve been hanging out with the forsythia & the magnolia, and I’m terribly behind on everything, so if you’ve been waiting for a reply or a package from me, don’t give up hope!

forysythia

magnolia, you sweet thing

Also, I realised yesterday that my feed somehow broke, so you may have missed my last post. It should be fixed now, but if you didn’t subscribe through FeedBurner, you may have to resubscribe. Have a lovely long Easter weekend! Eat lots of chocolate & don’t forget to take your camera with you!


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