Knitted bow ring

knitted bow ring1

knitted bow ring 2

Remember my knitted bow I did a while ago? Meet its young sibling, the knitted bow ring – gifted this xmas to my BFF, Amy (who is also modelling it above). Nice huh? It’s basically a long thin (I think I cast on four or five stitches) strip of stocking stitch, folded over and with the yarn wound around the middle as usual. Then hot glue gun (or tie) onto a ring back and you’re done. Cute huh?

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Chain bag

Jazz up a plain bag with some hardware

Jazz up a plain bag with some hardware

Happy New Year! Are we still allowed to say that? A busy Chrimbletide season for the Monty household. Lots of Christmas crafting, then a certain someone’s birthday, plus new year, so I’ve only really got back into the swing of things now, plus the Mollie team have been busy busy on our latest issue, hence the net silence. But onward!

One thing that’s been keeping me busy but is such a pleasure has been crafting for our sister iPad magazine, Gathered by Mollie Makes. You’ve already seen a sneak peak of the bow necklace from issue 10 and now here’s my chain bag from issue 9.

Massively simple, the only tricky bit is cutting (or getting a locksmith to cut) the chain to the right size. Then it’s just some glue gun fun. So simple, **I** can do it.

Look out for more goodies from me coming to an iPad near you…

Tweed bow necklace

Gathered by Mollie Makes

Tweed bow

Tweed bow

Super excited about this latest project for Gathered by Mollie Makes (out 21/12 – what a good date!). I’ve always wanted to do a tweed bow necklace but a combination of not having enough confidence (and not getting my Singer skills on) meant it had been sitting in my head for a while, crying like a puppy left outside a shop. Nice image…

Anyway, it’s (again) an easy make. Took me all of ten minutes more or less. You can sew it if you like, but I made mine from hemming tape. Check it out coming to an iPad near you this Friday

Tweedy goodness

Tweedy goodness

Zip accessories

So… by now you’ll know that I’m a tad slapdash when it comes to crafting – and that is how I like it, thank you very much. I also really really like crafting with bits and bobs you can get from the hardware shop, or doing things you wouldn’t normally do to bits and bobs.

Zips, spikes and hardware in general are big this winter, and so I wanted to have a play with zips and see what I could do. Check out these earrings, and if you ant to know how to make them – or a ring version (or indeed,a brooch version), then check out this week’s Gathered on sale today!

Zippy zippy earring

Zip earring

Brooch bouquet

Finished brooch with portrait of Dad…

I had wanted to make a brooch bouquet for our wedding for a long time. But my mum pooh-poohed the idea, and so we had several meetings with a florist, many of which were spent with me going on and on about how flowers die, so technically it was a massive waste of money and so I didn’t want to have too many flowers. To a florist. I know.

Two or three weeks before the wedding, we started working on an extra wedding magazine at work to run alongside that issue. It’s probably the worst thing to be doing a few weeks before your bash – immersed in other people’s stunning, personal, highly individualised weddings. I started to get panicky that ours would be… not right. Not “us” anyway. And so “Fuck it, I’m having a bloody brooch bouquet!” It was very important for me to have a photo of my dad, so he could come down the aisle with me. Searching for a small frame that could dangle off the stems was tricky as they seemed to be sold only in bulk. Weirdly, a week before the wedding, I was going thru some of Dad’s things, and found a small frame in which he used to keep a photo of me. Perfect.

Obviously I didn’t have time to scour and collect meaningful bits and bobs slowly, like you’re ‘meant’ to, but it actually helped with costs to run into the high street shops for gems – and meant I didn’t feel too bad about tearing them apart. I did take two special bits for the bouquet. My dad gave me a gold-coloured rose brooch that belonged to me grandma (I collect Roses), and then I also used a butterfly brooch from Topshop that I’ve had pinned to my pin-board at work since I started and has followed me around all the magazines on which I’ve worked. It’s kept me company so far, so I thought it would be nice to take it with me down the aisle.

I love crafts that are a bit slapdash and don’t require specific, careful detail(which is why me a papercrafting will never be friends), so this was right up my street. I made enough flowers over the evenings on the run up to the wedding to use among real flowers in mine and my bridesmaids bouquets. Surprisingly fast (and addictive) to do. Every trinket is different, so it’s all about working out how you’re going to attach your wire. Then wrap green garden tape around each stem. Luckily, my florist took the flowers from me and incorporated them into my bouquet – so I didn’t have to worry about that side of things. But it seems pretty simple, and now it’s all dried, I might just take the trinket flowers and make them into a permanent posey.

Wind garden wire around your trinket…

Lovely cluster of brooch flowers

Knitted bow take two: moss stitch

So I think we’ll all agree that my first attempt at a knitted bow was a little… floppy? Yuh. OK, let’s pretend we never saw that (and we’ll quietly fume and blame the evil crochet anyway). While I’m a crocheter-in-training, let’s continue with another knitted bow, this time modified a little and in moss stitch, for extra sturdiness. Much better… Also, apologies for my chipped nails. Promise to be fully mani’d next time. Ahem.

Knit, purl, knit, purl… etc

I used aran yarn and size 6mm (UK 4, US 10) needles
Cast on 37 stitches (more if you want your bow to be wider, but this may make it floppier).
Row 1: Moss stitch (k1, p1) to end.
Row 2: Moss stitch (k1, p1) to end.
Continue for eight rows (again more if you want a bigger bow) then cast off, and sew in your ends. You should be left with a rectangle of moss stitch.

Moss stitched rectangle

Create a loop and sew.

Looped…

Looped. Again…

Now wind some yarn around the middle, pulling tightly to cinch in the bow. Knot at the back.

Yay, done! Easiest knitted bow ever

Attach a hair clip (or brooch pin) and you’re done 😀