diy : knitted rosebud cord keeper

i’m always looking for a way to use up the scraps from my knitting projects, especially when i have a particularly nice yarn that i can’t bear to throw away the tiniest bit of. there are tons of projects like this on the internet but i wanted something that used a small amount of yarn & was useful. enter floral cord keepers !

these are very simple to make (even simpler if you decide to crochet the flower rather than knit it) & are perfect for gifts or to use as an organization tool. i’m using mine to keep my headphones from creating an untangle-able knot inside my purse.

keep reading to see the tutorial !

what you need :

– pipe cleaner
– dk or worsted weight scrap yarn in two colors (green & your choice for petals !)
– yarn needle
– size 6 US dpns

1. bend the pipe cleaner in half and twist until you reach the raw edges of wire, bend those like in the photo, and finish twisting.

2. co 5 sts with the green yarn & begin working an icord (knit all stitches, slip work to the other end of the needles without turning the work, knit & repeat) for 3 rows. place pipe cleaner behind work & trap it when you move yarn to other side, as pictured. continue until you reach the end of the pipe cleaner.

3. for leaves : kfb of every stitch, 5 sts on each dpn
  – starting on the right side of one leaf, knit one row
  – purl one row
  – ssk, k1, k2tog
  – purl
  – slip one, k2tog, psso
  – break yarn and pass through final stitch. repeat leaf on other side

4. petals :

center petal (1) : – co 5 stitches with your petal color, leaving a tail
                           – purl
                           – knit
                           – purl
                           – kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb
                           – work in stockinette for 11 rows
                           – ssk, k3, k2tog
                           – purl
                           – co 3 sts
                           – co remaining 2 sts and break yarn & pass through last stitch, leaving a tail

outer petals (3) : – co 2 sts, leaving a tail
                           – knit
                           – pfb, purl to last stitch, pfb
                           – kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb. repeat these two rows until you have 12 stitches
                           – kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb
                           – purl
                           – ssk, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog
                           – purl. . . repeat above two rows until you have 6 sts, end on rs row
                           – p3tog, p3
                           – k3tog, k1
                           – bo remaining sts, leaving a tail

5. roll up center petal & use ends to tack it into place

6. wrap petals around center & use ends to tack into place, then sew rosebud in between the leaves


pattern : cancun boxy lace top !


i’ve finished my cancun top that i wrote about in this previous post! i really love how it turned out & it was so simple i’ve decided to offer the pattern for free !

this top is knit in two lace & garter stitch rectangles & seamed at the sides & shoulders to create the boxy shape. it’s a really quick knit & perfect for warm weather !

(thanks to my sister for modeling !)

love folded-up knits!! this is the yarn i used, i absolutely love the pinky-tan colorway with little gold specks (impossible to photography correctly!)

if you’re interested in making your own, you can download the pattern now

update : this pattern was featured on the lucky ewe podcast !

update 2.0 : this pattern is now available in french thanks to the translation of Marjolaine of www.planete-laine.com , thank you !!
update 3.0 : this pattern is now available as a youtube tutorial thanks to ravelry user iknitsonyoutub !

how to: simple infinity scarf

577 by --erin kate
577, a photo by –erin kate on Flickr.

i’ve been making different versions of this super-simple infinity scarf knit in worsted weight yarn held double, great for holiday gifts. below is the pattern if you’re interested !

what you need
– two skeins of worsted weight yarn held together or a bulky yarn (I used caron simply soft here)
– size 13 24″ circular needles
– stitch marker.

– co 120 stitches, join in round being careful not to twist. place stitch marker at beginning of round.

1. * k1, p2 repeat from * to end of round
2. knit to end of round.

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until piece measures 8″ from the beginning. Bind off using the k2tog bind off or loosely using a needle a size or two larger.

That’s it !

how to : gossamer infinity scarf

1359 by --erin kate
1359, a photo by –erin kate on Flickr.

A quick & easy how to for these gorgeous, sparkly infinity scarves.

What you need:
~Size 13 U.S. 29″ circular needles
~Glittery, laceweight yarn (I used “Mohair Glitter”

1. CO anywhere from 100 to 150 stitches, join in the round. (Depending on what you like, you can leave some twists to create a mobius-like effect, or get all the twists out for a more traditional scarf.)
2. Work in Garter stitch (knit one round, purl one round) for two inches to prevent curling.
3. Work in stockinette stich (knit every round) until your scarf is two inches away from the width you want. (I do 6 to 8 inches)
3. Work Work in Garter stitch again for two inches to prevent curling on this side.
4. BO loosely! I like to use the K2tog bind off (because it’s fast!) or the Sewn Bind off (because it’s stretchy & pretty).

That’s all!


Wrap them in pretty tissue paper tied with a ribbon & they make great holiday gifts.

perfect drawstring bag

IMG_0616 by --erin kate
IMG_0616, a photo by –erin kate on Flickr.

something perfect !

This drawstring bag is made out of sugarcane yarn (100% sugarcane vicose) and lined in silk.

The bottom is knit in garter stitch with simple decreases. It was a really quick & satisfying knit.


(Click for a bigger size).

Here is a picture of my moleskine with the pattern written down if you’re interested. (Sorry if you can’t read my handwriting! Feel free to message me on ravelry if you have any questions.)