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“Help” sewing buttons on

I had a bit of help sewing buttons onto my knitted rib jacket…

Charlie has craft tendencies

Charlie was very helpful in handing stitch markers to me… and taking them away!

Charlie playing with stitch markers

Hmmm… More disruptive than helpful to be honest. Cute nonetheless. 😉

I did get real help somewhere else though. I found this great tutorial on Craftstylish – Sew Buttons Securely on Hand Knits – and it was extremely useful. All the buttons are now sewn on.

So what’s left to do?

Nothing! I’ve finished my jacket! Yayyy!

Photos coming soon… ish. Haha… Hope you’re having a good week!


Oops! Made a knitting mistake…

I was halfway through knitting the collar of my ribbed jacket when I tried it on. I turned to the left and right, adjusting and scrutinizing the collar. The garter stitch edges bugged me. It didn’t look right.

Ribbed jacket collar no 1

I re-read the pattern and there was an “Oh-oh…” moment. I had knitted twice as many stitches in garter stitch than what the pattern had asked for! Doh!

So I took a deep breath and dropped the stitches back one at a time, re-knitting them in the rib pattern using a crochet hook. I decided to omit the garter stitches altogether, except for the ones right on the edge.

Fixing collar

If you have not done this before, it can be quite intimidating and downright scary. So here are some time-saving tutorials that might help you fix common mistakes without having to rip back your knitting:

Video tutorials to fix common knitting mistakes:

Illustrated tutorial to pick up dropped stitch from several rows below:

Illustrated tutorial to fix errors at the side edges of your knitting:

Ribbed jacket collar no 2

I much prefer this version of the collar, even though the edges curl slightly. I’m close to finishing now. I bought buttons today and hope to sew them on soon. Maybe next week I can show you a finished jacket. 🙂

What’s on your crafting to-do list this week?


Picking, knitting & watching

I’ve picked up the stitches along the neckline of my ribbed jacket to knit the collar. I worked out a simple way to make sure I have the stitches evenly spaced out around the neck and managed to get it right the first go too! Yay!

This how I did it. I divided the neckline into sections using stitch markers. Firstly, I folded the neckline in half to work out the mid point. So now I have 2 sections. I folded again to work out the mid point of these sections. Marked them with stitch markers. Now I have 4 sections. I repeated this step again until I get 8 sections.

Sectioning neckline

A little bit of maths helped me work out how many stitches I needed to pick up for each section. I tried to divide the total number of stitches as evenly as possible between all the sections. Some sections had one more stitch than others. Generally, it’s much easier than trying to eyeball 116 stitches around the entire neckline!

A little knitting maths

Then I picked up right number of stitches for each section. That’s it! So much easier dealing with a small section at a time. Phew! Glad that’s over though. I’m happily knitting my collar now and it’s going quick. 🙂

Picked up stitches along neckline

Oh and while I was picking and knitting away, I had one eye on this…

Olly dreaming of Charlie

It’s a little hard to concentrate and count when at any moment, Olly might wake up from his feathery dream and make Charlie his midnight snack!


Need help sewing in sleeves onto your sweater?

I’ve got a cheap and easy solution to help you seam your knitted sweater pieces together. I’m very sure someone has thought of this idea before but I have not come across it in any book or blog recently. So I thought I’ll share it here.

Well, ever heard of Knit Klips? They are clips that help you align your items together before sewing up. Cool product but quite expensive for my minimalist budget. So I bought a pack of 8 small butterfly hair clips for $2 instead. Cheap as chips!

Seaming up tools

I aligned the sleeve opening to the armhole and used the butterfly clips to hold them in place. As you can see, using the butterfly clips makes realigning easy peasy. You can tweak to your heart’s content without having to undo any sewing.

Clip edges together

Then I just sew the edges into place, removing the clips as I get to them. For seaming the sleeves onto the jacket, you can’t go wrong with the mattress stitch. This Knitting Help video is excellent if you’re not familiar with this finishing method.

Seaming using mattress stitch

And that’s it! Here are my sleeves sewn onto my almost finished jacket. I have the collar to knit and buttons to sew on. The next step is to pick up stitches along the neckline. Does anyone have any tips to ensure my stitches are evenly spaced and I have the right number of stitches at the end?

Sleeves sewn on!

P.S. That’s right ladies. I’m wearing my pajama top underneath my half finished jacket! The sheepish face should give you a clue that it’s the end of the day and smiling is not feeling natural anymore. Zzzz…

P.P.S. If you like my happy green sewing-up needle, I have them at my shop here. Lots of new products recently added! Plus, free shipping worldwide. Yay!

P.P.P.S. Get those WIPS finished this weekend. You’d thank yourself for it later. Happy sewing! 🙂


Baby, it’s cold inside!

It’s cold! My house won’t warm up and neither will my fingers and toes. I had the heaters on during the day and wore fingerless gloves indoors! Outrageous! It’s the coldest winter in 3 years and boy, am I feeling it today. So much so that I have been seriously contemplating buying a snuggie!

Should I? Shouldn’t I? Hmmm…

I know I can make one. But seriously, why would I spend months crocheting this…

Image and free pattern from Coats and Clark

… or knitting this?

Image and free pattern from Bernat

Just because I can, doesn’t mean I should. Right? It will be warm again when I finish it! Although I must admit that the knitted snuggie does look pretty cozy. No no no… Must resist… must resist…

How about you?
Are you pro- or anti- snuggie?
What do you think of those handmade ones?

P.S. Knitting party went really well yesterday! But I forgot to take pics and was too busy chatting about fibre that I didn’t do much knitting. I’ll try to take pics next time though.

P.P.S. I compensated for loss knitting time yesterday and spent a good few hours knitting today. Happy to report that I’m halfway through my second sleeve. Yay! Hope you had a great weekend!


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