Easy Knitted Bookmarks

I’ve been making a lot of cute little projects recently as a kind of treatment for my cabin fever, and as I was looking at the little stash I’ve collected, I realized, Hey, these would be really cool to share on my blog. The mind of a blogger works in strange ways.

Among my stash is a set of knit bookmarks made from a ball of tie-dyed yarn I found at the bottom of my yarn basket. One is in seed/moss stitch, one is done in a kind of lace stitch, and the last one has a cable running down the middle. All of them are easy, quick, and perfect to make as a last minute gift.

Easy Knitted Bookmarks-- Olivia Simone

Materials:

  • sport or lightweight worsted yarn
  • size 4 needles
  • cable needle (cn)
  • yarn needle

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SEED STITCH BOOKMARK

Finished Dimensions:

1 1/2″ by 8 1/2″

Gauge:

25 stitches to 4″

Seed Stitch Pattern:

k1, *p1, k1*

Bookmark Pattern:

  • Cast on 9 stitches
  • Work in seed stitch pattern until bookmark reaches desired length
  • Bind off in stitch pattern
  • Weave in loose ends

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LACE STITCH BOOKMARK

Finished Dimensions:

1 1/2″ by 8 1/2″

Gauge:

20 stitches to 4″

Lace Stitch Pattern:

Row 1: k1, *yo, k2tog*

Row 2: p2, *yo, p2tog*

Bookmark Pattern:

  • Cast on 8 stitches
  • Work in lace stitch until bookmark reaches desired length
  • Cast off in stitch pattern
  • Weave in loose ends

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CABLED BOOKMARK

Finished Dimensions:

1 1/2″ by 8 1/2″

Gauge:

26 stitches to 4″

Cable Stitch Pattern:

Row 1: k4, p1, k4

Row 2: k2, p2, k1, p2, k2

Row 3: k2, slip 2 sts to cn, k3, k2 off cn, k2

Row 4: repeat row 2

Bookmark Pattern:

  • Cast on 9 stitches
  • Work in cable stitch pattern until bookmark reaches desired length
  • Bind off in stitch pattern
  • Weave in yarn ends

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It’s finally started to get warmer here– I didn’t even have to wear a winter coat today! I’m really looking forward to being able to spend time outside without freezing to death, although the weather has brought me and Netflix very close. I hope wherever you are, it’s starting to get nicer out.

Keep watching for my next posts– I’ll see you on Tuesday.

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Seed Stitch Cowl

My absolute favorite things to knit are cowls. They take less yarn than scarves (usually), and they’re generally easier to wear. While thick knitted scarves are thick, bulky, and usually pretty weird-looking without a coat, cowls have this super cozy feel that makes you want to curl up with hot chocolate and a good book. They’re especially great at this point of the year when we’re halfway through January with nothing worth noting except the possibility of a few snow days. Today I wanted to share with you my newest cowl– it’s a pretty simple pattern and it’s made on chunky needles, so it knits up quickly.

Seed Stitch Cowl-- Olivia Simone

Finished Dimensions:

28″ circumference by 6″, unstretched

Gauge:

3 stitches to 4 inches

Materials:

  • worsted weight or bulky yarn (I used something kind of in between these)
  • size 15 circular needles (alternatively, you could use straight needles, but I find it easier to knit on circular for cowls)
  • stitch markers

Notes:

For this project, I used chunky yarn and big needles, because I liked the size and texture of the stitch. Of course, you can make the stitch pattern smaller, but make sure to adjust the number of stitches you cast on as well: for this pattern, any multiple of two will work.

Seed Stitch Pattern:

Row 1: *knit 1, purl 1* repeat to end

Row 2: knit the knit stitches, purl the purl stitches (so that the effect is like a really tiny version of basket-weave stitch)

Repeat rows 1 and 2

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Cowl Pattern:

  • Cast on 40 stitches, place stitch marker and join in the round
  • Repeat seed stitch pattern (see above) until cowl measures 6″ (or longer)
  • Bind off loosely

Didn’t I tell you it was easy? 😉

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I’ll be posting on Tuesday about using Pinterest as a writing tool, so stay tuned!

Twisted Rib Boot Cuffs

Hi everyone!

So today I wanted to share with you one of my more recent projects, Twisted Rib Boot Cuffs. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a crafter, and my primary concentration within that area is knitting, which I’ve been doing for about four years. I tend to stick with smaller, simpler projects (mostly because I hate following patterns and smaller projects are harder to mess up), so that’s what you’ll be seeing today (apologies for the horrible definition– my regular camera broke, so I had to use my phone instead).

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These boot cuffs were actually inspired by something I saw on Pinterest (you can follow me here), but unfortunately, there wasn’t any link to send me to the pattern. It wasn’t too tricky to figure out, though, and I made my own version of it that turned out pretty well.

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Finished dimensions (keep ease in mind while taking measurements):

Small: 4″ by 8″ (unstretched)

Medium (the size I made): 4″ by 10″ (unstretched)

Large: 5″ by 12″ (unstretched)

Gauge:

16 stitches to 4″ in 2 by 2 rib

Materials:

  • worsted weight yarn
  • US size 8 needles (either straight or circular– I used straight, since the project is so small and I hate double-pointed needles)
  • stitch markers, if you’ll be knitting in the round
  • tapestry needle, for weaving in the finished ends

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Notes:

The twisted rib stitch takes a little practice to get the hang of, but this pattern really is much easier than it looks. As long as you can read (and follow) directions, you’ll be all set.

Also, make sure that while casting on and off, you do so loosely. The knitted panel itself is very stretchy, since it’s a form of rib stitch, and it’s best if that stretchiness is maintained throughout the whole project.

Twisted Rib Stitch:

The twisted rib stitch is really only a combination of ‘knit 2 together’ and ‘knit’. As seen below, it produces a cable-like result.

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Step 1: Insert needle into front of first 2 stitches, wrap yarn, and pull needle and yarn back through, like you’re knitting 2 stitches together, but DON’T pull the first 2 stitches off the needle yet.

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Step 2: While keeping the first stitch on the right-hand needle, insert the needle into the first stitch, wrap yarn, and pull needle and yarn back through, making a simple knit stitch.

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Step 3: Now that you have two stitches on the right-hand needle, you can pull the original two stitches of the left-hand needle off, and TA-DA! You’ve officially made your first twisted rib stitch!

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Twisted Rib Stitch Pattern:

  • Row 1: *Knit 2, purl 2* to end
  • Row 2: *Knit 2, purl 2* to end
  • Row 3: *Twisted rib stitch, purl 2* to end
  • Row 4: *Knit 2, purl 2* to end

Boot Cuff Pattern (Make 2):

  • Cast on 32 (40, 48) stitches
  • Work in Twisted Rib Stitch Pattern until piece measures 4 (4, 5) inches long
  • Bind off in pattern
  • If knitting on straight needles, cut yarn, leaving a good size tail, and sew up the side so that the ribs are parallel to the seam
  • Weave in any remaining ends
  • Wear with tall boots and PRIDE– you did it!

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If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section below, and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible. I won’t be posting tomorrow, but watch out for a new post about my TBR (and current reading) list on Tuesday.