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Knit a Strawberry Pincushion!

Knit a strawberry pincushion.

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.

I hope you enjoy the Strawberry pincushion knitting pattern.


Fair-Isle Mittens Knitting Pattern from 1945

Today’s find on Trove (the online digital media collection from the Australian National Library), is a knitting pattern for these smart Fair-Isle mittens.

Free knitting pattern for Fair Isle mittens from 1945

Sized to fit a hand of 7 inches in circumference (a teen or women’s size small in today’s standards), these mittens can be knit with oddments of fingering weight wool in any choice of colours. They are knit flat on two needles for those who don’t like knitting in the round, but you could easily modify the pattern for in the round knitting without seams.

You’ll find the pattern in “The Land” newspaper, March 29th 1945.


How to Knock out a Few Jumpers (Sweaters) for Christmas

How can you knit everyone you know a jumper for Christmas?

Knit them on 10mm/US size 15 needles like this gorgeous number from 1967

Cabled sweater knit with several strands of yarn on extra large needles.

I have to admit, I don’t usually like garments knit with super bulky yarns, but the cable up the front of this jumper/sweater, is just enough to break up the extra bulkiness caused by using several strands of yarn together.

Check out the pattern: The Super Sonic Knit, from the Australian Women’s Weekly, December 13th 1967 and be on your way to filling your Christmas gift collection and emptying your stash at the same time!


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