2021

We got through 2020, and here we are almost a month into 2021.
Here in Ontario we have been under our second lock down since Dec. 26, and it looks like it’s going until about mid February.
This just means that I have an excuse not to leave home and spend more time crafting.

Please enjoy this free pattern and I hope 2021 is a better year for everyone.

Wear a mask and stay safe.

2021 knit dishcloth
Copyright (C) 2021 GW Creations Handmade

Materials:
100% cotton yarn such as Bernat Handicrafter, Lily’s Sugar ‘N Cream etc.
4.5mm needles
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Abbreviations used:
k – knit
p – purl
Gauge is not important.
Finished size is approx. 8.5in x 8in

Cast on 35 stitches
Rows 1 – 5 – knit
Row 6 – k3, p29, k3
Row 7 – knit
Row 8 – k3, p29, k3
Row 9 – knit
Row 10 – k3, p29, k3
Row 11 – knit
Row 12 – k3, p29, k3
Row 13 – knit
Row 14 – k3, p29, k3
Row 15 – knit
Row 16 – k3, p29, k3
Row 17 – k6, p2, k1, p6, k2, p4, k2, p6, k6
Row 18 – k3, p29, k3
Row 19 – k6, p2, k1, p6, k1, p6, k1, p6, k6
Row 20 – k3, p29, k3
Row 21 – k6, p2, k5, p2, k1, p2, k2, p2, k5, p2, k6
Row 22 – k3, p29, k3
Row 23 – k6, p2, k5, p2, k1, p2, k2, p2, k5, p2, k6
Row 24 – k3, p29, k3
Row 25 – k6, p2, k3, p3, k2, p2, k2, p2, k3, p3, k7
Row 26 – k3, p29, k3
Row 27 – k6, p2, k2, p3, k3, p2, k2, p2, k2, p3, k8
Row 28 – k3, p29, k3
Row 29 – k6, p2, k1, p2, k5, p2, k2, p2, k1, p2, k10
Row 30 – k3, p29, k3
Row 31 – k6, p2, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p2, k2, p2, k6
Row 32 – k3, p29, k3
Row 33 – k6, p2, k1, p6, k1, p6, k1, p6, k6
Row 34 – k3, p29, k3
Row 35 – k6, p2, k2, p4, k3, p4, k3, p4, k7
Row 36 – k3, p29, k3
Row 37 – knit
Row 38 – k3, p29, k3
Row 39 – knit
Row 40 – k3, p29, k3
Row 41 – knit
Row 42 – k3, p29, k3
Row 43 – knit
Row 44 – k3, p29, k3
Rows 45 – 49 knit
Cast off, weave in ends.

Happy crafting
A

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Friday the 13th

Happy Friday the 13th!
I think a lot of people are a little on edge wondering what will happen today, as for a lot of people the last Friday the 13th was pretty terrible.
So today I wanted to offer some more knitting therapy.

Wear a mask and stay safe.

Please enjoy!

Friday the 13th knit dishcloth
Copyright (C) 2020 GW Creations Handmade

Materials:
100% cotton yarn such as Bernat Handicrafter, Lily’s Sugar ‘N Cream etc.
4.5mm needles
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Abbreviations used:
k – knit
p – purl
Gauge is not important.
Finished size is approx. 8.5in x 8in

Cast on 36 stitches
Rows 1 – 5 – knit
Row 6 – k3, p30, k3
Row 7 – knit
Row 8 – k3, p30, k3
Row 9 – knit
Row 10 – k3, p30, k3
Row 11 – knit
Row 12 – k3, p30, k3
Row 13 – knit
Row 14 – k3, p30, k3
Row 15 – knit
Row 16 – k3, p30, k3
Row 17 – k14, p5, k2, p2, k13
Row 18 – k3, p30, k3
Row 19 – k13, p7, k1, p2, k13
Row 20 – k3, p30, k3
Row 21 – k13, p2, k3, p2, k1, p2, k13
Row 22 – k3, p30, k3
Row 23 – k13, p2, k6, p2, k13
Row 24 – k3, p30, k3
Row 25 – k14, p4, k3, p2, k13
Row 26 – k3, p30, k3
Row 27 – k14, p4, k3, p2, k13
Row 28 – k3, p30, k3
Row 29 – k13, p2, k6, p2, k13
Row 30 – k3, p30, k3
Row 31 – k13, p2, k3, p2, k1, p2, k13
Row 32 – k3, p30, k3
Row 33 – k13, p7, k1, p2, k13
Row 34 – k3, p30, k3
Row 35 – k14, p5, k2, p2, k13
Row 36 – k3, p30, k3
Row 37 – knit
Row 38 – k3, p30, k3
Row 39 – knit
Row 40 – k3, p30, k3
Row 41 – knit
Row 42 – k3, p30, k3
Row 43 – knit
Row 44 – k3, p30, k3
Rows 45 – 49 – knit
Cast off, weave in ends.

Happy crafting
A

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Ice Dyed

I just finished dyeing my favourite piece of fabric yet!
I am using aida for cross stitching, for this tutorial I would recommend using 100% cotton fabric for best results.
I thought I would share how I did it.
materials:  a piece of aida in the size needed ( my design size for this is 8inx6in so I cut my fabric 14inx12in this allows 3in allowance around each edge and it gives me extra fabric as your fabric will tend to shrink during this process)
powder dye such as tulip, rit, dylon etc.
I recommend using plastic gloves to save your hands.
a lot of ice.
spoon
dish rack (sometime to keep the fabric elevated out of the water, I found mine at dollarama)
plastic bin/container that will fit the above rack
sewing machine – optional but doing a zigzag stitch around the edges will help stop the fraying.

If you have ice dyed before you may have pre-washed your fabric and used the soda ash soak.  I skipped this since I used 100% cotton fabric.
Tip: I found that the fabric took the dye better not using the soda ash soak – if you are using a linen or evenweave you may still wish to use the soda ash soak.

To get started:
cut your fabric to the desired size.
sew a zigzag or straight stitch around the edges.
Wet the fabric and twist it and wrap into a ball.
Cover with a lot of ice, more ice the better.
Sprinkle power dye over ice (the more you use the darker the fabric will turnout)
you may choose to cover to keep pets or kids out.

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Let it sit for 24hours then rinse/wash until water is clear.
Let dry then iron and it’s ready to use.

Ice dyeing is really that easy.
I love it because no two pieces will be the same, it also give a very wonderful background for your stitching.
Below is my finished result!
I used only grey rit dye and there is a bit of red,purple and blue.

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Happy crafting!
A

granny is finished!

I very recently finished working on my large granny square throw.
This was very simple to do, just make a continuous granny square.
I used Bernat Pop in colour planetary and a 5.5mm hook.  I turned each round that’s why there is a funky line up the middle (personally I love it!)
This throw used 6 balls of yarn and is approx a 58in square.
This was intended to be a rectangular throw until I started with that tiny bit of purple in the center.  It just wasn’t going to work out.  So scrap the rectangle and work a square.  (I have other plans for a rectangle granny throw!)

I am absolutely thrilled with the turnout and I’ve already had a snuggle with it.

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I adore how this corner turned out, no purple just my favourite shade of green and greys and cream.

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I was so excited to finish that I still have ends to weave in!

Happy crafting
A

crochet troubles

The good news is I don’t have to pull out too many stitches.
I am 1 stitch short so I need to pull back to the marker.
I’m using bernat pop yarn in planetary in a simple ripple pattern.  (I’ll share my pattern in another post.)
I am or was a pretty strict granny square gal.  I would make everything from granny squares if I could.
But I love the ripple pattern, almost as much as I love granny squares.  There will be more afghans in this pattern, but first I need to finish this!
I’ve done a throw in this same yarn, yep a large granny square!  I had a friend ask for one and since I found more bernat pop yarn I had to make a second throw for her.
I wanted to do a different pattern than a large square, enter ripple pattern.  I love how stripey this is.

Happy crafting!
A

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My name is April and this is where I want to share my love for crafts.
I cross stitch, crochet, knit and I am slowly learning some embroidery.

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