Sunday, 18 August 2013

Knit 1 Pearl 1

A cute knitted storage box with pearl detail

trinket box knitting pattern

Yarn: Rowan R2 Rag One ball = 25m/27yds

Needles: One set of 5 6.5mm/US 10.5 double pointed needles

Gauge: 12 stitches = 4” in stocking stitch using 6.5mm/US 10.5 needles. (exact gauge isn't crucial but your knitting should be pretty tight)

Dimensions: 4” x 3” x 2”

Extras: Crochet hook for weaving in ends, needle and thread, three freshwater pearl beads


k = knit

p = purl

dpn = double pointed needle

Stitch Patterns

Stocking Stitch

Row 1: knit

Row 2: purl

Repeat these two rows for pattern

Garter Stitch in the round:

Round 1: knit

Round 2: purl

Repeat these two rows for pattern


Pick Up and Knit

The edge stitches of a piece of knitted fabric look like a column of v shapes. To pick up and knit from the edge, put your needle under the v from front to back, bring your yarn round the needle and pull it through, this is one more stitch on your needle.

If working from a cast on edge, put your needle under each cast on stitch from front to back, bring yarn round the needle and pull it through. Work from left to right along the edge of the knitting picking up and knitting stitches as you go.


Cast on 10 stitches. Work in stocking stitch for 10 rows, starting with a knit row (it'll be ok to use dpns for this since you have so few stitches).

Next row: k10, with a second dpn, pick up and knit 10 stitches from the left hand side of your knitting, with third dpn, pick up and knit 10 stitches from cast on edge, with fourth dpn, pick up and knit 10 stitches from right hand side of your knitting. You should have 40 stitches on the needles and be ready to work in the round.

In the round (i.e. the next stitches you work will be from the first dpn), work in garter stitch for 8 rows, starting with a purl row. It may be easier for you to work with the box turned inside out.

Bind off all stitches tightly.


Weave in any loose ends. Sew the three pearl beads to the bottom of the box as shown.

beaded knitting pattern

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Caora Fibres

I've started a new Etsy shop, Caora Fibres, selling my own range of spinning fibre. It mainly sells batts, but also some handspun and knitted items from my own batts. 

Caora Fibres spinning fibre batts

We aim to carefully select and blend top quality fibres by hand to give you the best possible materials for your spinning and felting. We love producing beautiful semi-solid, jewel tones; subtle gradients and luxurious blends of natural, undyed fibres.

Please pay us a wee visit, or pass this link on to any friends who spin!