I Bet You Have Not Seen Something Like This - Little Dandelion K1S1

13 05 2015

Have you yet seen the wool work of Jacqui Fink from Little Dandelion?

It's SO amazing and inspiring!

Extremely large scale and oh so creative.

She just came out with her own yarn called K1S1 - "knit one/share one" and I brought it over to Germany to have it available for European customers here in my DaWanda Shop.

As I said it in this post, importing yarn from the US or now from Australia is a giant hassle with lots of 'stones', paperwork, high fees and costs in the way but I do it anyway because I love those special products and I love to make new experiences.

And it is definitely a fun new experience to knit with large needles and yarn like this! 

K1S1 comes in 5kg(!) bumps and it's an extra thick, felted 100% natural white Merino yarn.

Because it's felted the finished project is quite durable and less prone to pilling.

It also allows really airy and large stitches.

Wonderful for throws or wall-hangings.

With one 5kg bump you can make a throw in the approximate size of 120cmx160cm with no need of yarn joins.

Available are also the original giant knitting needles. 50(!)mm in diameter and with a length of 1.10m.

The needle endings are handcrafted from wood and one stick approximately weights 550gr.

So, no need to hit the gym anymore because you will work out while you knit... ;) 

Please see Little Dandelion for much more information and pictures and project ideas.

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Happy Day,

Anette 


How To Braid A Necklace From A Single Knitted I-Cord

01 05 2015

If you know and like my tutorial on how to knit an I-Cord you maybe want to know how to braid the necklace shown in the tutorial.

Here we go:

Depending on the length you wish for your braided necklace knit one single cord that is between 4m(13 foot) and 5m(16,5 foot) long.

This pale pink one I am showing on these pictures was 4,30meter(14foot) long and the finished, braided necklace has a hanging length of about 55cm(22inch).

Measured all the way around about 110cm(44inch) 

How to knit a cord and braid a necklace with it

OK - lay out your long strand exactly like shown in the picture (of course you don't need to lay it into a s-shape - I just needed to do that to fit the picture )

But it's important that you have a longer end at the bottom! 

Now just start braiding - not too loose and not too tight.

Yes, it's starts to tangle but you have one open end so you can carefully detangle it after every few braiding moves.  

Always hold and secure your already braided part and detangle just with one hand or ask another person to untangle it.

Keep going until it's all braided. 

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Ideally it will look like this finished (following picture).

Now you have different options to close the necklace.

You could just fasten each ending with the help of the yarn endings onto the curved part on each side to secure each ending of the necklace and if your yarn is still long enough you can make a knot and a bow with the yarn endings to close the necklace.

If your yarn endings are long enough to secure the endings but not to make a bow, you could just do a simple braid with some extra yarn, fix that onto your endings and have that as a closure.

Or you could take a nice band of fabric (small or wider) and thread that through the braids and tie a pretty looking bow - it's so easy to do it because of the larger scale of this project. No needles needed - just your fingers!

Sorry for not showing these different options in pictures but I am sure you get the ideas or come up with your own.

How to knit a cord and braid a necklace with it

I decided to close the necklace as less visible as possible. 

To do that, you have to be a little creative and see, how it could work best and maybe just try a bit around.

I hope, the pictures show, how I did it, because its's a bit difficult to explain with words. 

First I put the round parts onto each other. 

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After I put the round parts onto each other I took the left ending and thread it over the top round part through the middle hole all the way to the backside.

And then the right ending coming from the back all way through the same middle hole to the front. 

Then - with the help of the yarn endings - I knotted each ending tight to a random stitch, cut the yarn shorter and weaved it in with my fingers.

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That's it!

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Happy Day,

Anette 


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Crochet - Bangle

22 07 2014 DIY

I have shown this crochet bangle before but haven't done a full tutorial for it yet - so, here it is!

It's such an easy and fun little project - perfect for summer.

I like to crochet my bangles from fabric yarn because it's thick and gives the bangle a nice stability but it's still cotton and therefore feels cool to the skin. 

You could try to make it with several strands of regular cotton yarn - I think that would also be really pretty.

Just make sure your hook has the right size to create that extra chunky look.

Mine is size 12.75mm and you need about 10 meter of fabric yarn. 

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Depending on your hand and wrist size chain about +/- 20.

This crochet bangle shouldn't fit too loose nor too tight.

Making a bangle just takes minutes so you might need to redo it until you find the perfect chain amount for your hand. 

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After you did your chain simply join into a circle by placing a sc in the 1st chain.

Row 1

sc in each chain.

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Row 2:

sc but thru the back loop only. That creates a running ridge. 

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Row 3:

sc thru the back loop - skip two stitches in that last round to create a nice arch. (For example sc 7, than skip 1, sc 7, then skip 1 and finish the round)

Cut the yarn.

Now with your fingers or a needle weave the endings around and through the border stitches to create a smooth line.

Weave the endings further inside the bangle and finish with a little knot. Pull really tight and cut the endings.

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That's it!

Easy, right?

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Happy Creadienstag,

Anette 




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Loopy Mango Big Loop Yarn Now Available In My Shop

06 05 2014

I already told you a few weeks ago that I really love the "Big Knits".

And I still do! A lot! 

The big grey blanket is finished and once I have photographed it, I will show it here on the blog.

Meanwhile I placed an order with Loopy Mango from New York because I had an eye on their Big Loop Merino Yarn for a while now.

It finally arrived here in Germany and the yarn is just gorgeous!!! 

So soft and the colors are beyond my expectation. It was such a joy to unpack the parcel.

I ordered a few more of these gigantic skeins and though I actually would love to keep them all to myself I am trying to be brave here and put some in my DaWanda Shop.

One skein is 40 oz with approximately 120 yards and you knit or crochet this yarn with needle or hook size 25mm.

The skein comes with instructions for a beautiful little blanket called the “Nantucket Throw".

My family is crazy about this throw and everyone wants it to get cozy on the sofa or balcony. It has the perfect size to cover and warm your legs or to wrap it around the shoulders.

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If you are interested in different colors from the Big Loop Merino collection  than the ones I picked just let me know and I can order them.

This yarn is hard to obtain in Germany.

Also please let me know if you want to be put on the e-mail list for future "Big Knits Workshops" in my studio. 

Happy Day,

Anette