Today I’m posting a surprise knitting pattern for a pincushion I found in the Trove newspaper archives! I was fascinated by the technique used to make up the Hassock Pincushion from 1911. Since I couldn’t figure out how it could possibly work, I had to knit it. And since I knit it, I made a photo and video tutorial so it will never confuse anyone ever again!
Enjoy knitting the Hassock Pincushion. Updated with step by step photos and a video of the bit I couldn’t get my brain around.
Today’s knitting pattern is a sweet Victorian style pin cushion for your sewing box or embroidery bag.
Knit from scraps of size 5 crochet cotton or lace weight wool, this pin cushion will keep your pins and needles nice and sharp for years of use! You can choose to fill it with wool or toy filling for a light, fun pincushion, or use crushed walnut shells or emery powder to keep your pins forever razor sharp.
I have adapted the pattern slightly, making it easier to sew together when finished, and supplying a lot more detailed instructions for making up.
As always, I have included video or photo tutorials for every stitch and technique used, because I wanted to make the techniques and patterns in these leaflets accessible to as many people as possible!
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I have a fascinating little knitting pattern coming up this week, so keep an eye out!
This week’s “And So To Sew” leaflet will teach you how to sew blouses, including a full pattern for a cute drawstring blouse for girls. And So To Embroider will teach you to sew and embroider a felt purse and bonnet.
As always, I have included a selection of modern video or photo tutorials for each of the techniques presented in the bulletins for those of us who learn better with visual instructions.
And So To Sew Bulletin 5a includes all the information you need to make a simple blouse from a commercial pattern, plus a full pattern for the girl’s drawstring blouse.
This pattern would be a great one if you like to upcycle, or for someone who is learning to sew.
This is another great pattern for upcyclers. I can imagine these purses made from felted jumpers (sweaters) or hand made felt. You could even adapt the pattern for regular fabric by adding a seam allowance and sewing a lining to the out fabric before making it up.