Monday, December 10, 2012

Glitter Christmas Stars







We made these purty little stars to add a little glitter to our great room. Here's how we did it!

First collect some cereal boxes, the bigger the better!:



I just searched online for a star template, make sure it's a "fat" looking star. Cut it out and trace it on your cardboard, then cut them out. 



Draw a straight line from one star point to the opposite side on two of the points, so you have a center to work from.


On all the other points work from the center out.




Then using a dull pair of scissors or a bone tool if you have one, score all the lines.


Where the lines go out to a point, bend the score marks up and the lines that go to the inside of the star, bend those down.


TADA!!


We used Modge Podge, but a little watered down white glue would work also. Paint all over with the glue and cover with sparkles!



Let them dry completely and we also gave them a coat of clear spray paint.



Hot glue some ribbons on the back and enjoy! :)




Monday, December 3, 2012

Pattern: Giant Knitted Christmas Stocking

A few years ago I wanted to make us all matching Christmas stockings. I couldn't find a large enough stocking for what I needed so I modified a pattern that I found to make my own! The measurements for this stocking are on the last pictures and you can download this pattern at the end also! 

Enjoy!









Download a printable Word doc version HERE!

Giant Knitted Christmas Stocking

Materials:
US # 10.5 12 inch circular needle
US # 10.5 DPN
Chunky weight yarn 2 colors
I recommend Lion Brand Jiffy, but other chunky weight yarns work.

Using circular needles CO 56 sts.

Join and work around in St st. for 12-inches, approximately 55 rows. Be sure to place your marker at the beginning of the row and leave it even when making the heel.

K across first 15 stitches, then changing to DPN:
Sl 1, K 26, turn
Sl 1, P to end of needle, turn
Rep last 2 rows (working back and forth on needle)
9 times more (10 total).

Still working back and forth on DPN:

1) Sl 1, K16, SSK, turn
2) Sl 1, P8, P2tog, turn
3) Sl 1, K to 1 st before gap, SSK, K1, turn
4) Sl 1, P to 1 st before gap, P2tog, P1, turn

Rep 3 & 4 until 10 sts remain.

Using circular needles, pic up 11 stitches
with each on either side of the 10 heel stiches.
Knit across 21 of the heel stitches, back to
where color 1 begins. Break color 2 and begin
knitting with color 1 back to the marker. 
This is now the beginning of round.

You should now have 60 stitches.
Next:
1)  K 1 round even
2)   K 13, SSK, K32, K2Tog, knit to end of row
3)  Decrease 8 stitches evenly aound
 (K6, K2tog, K5, K2tog around). 50 sts.
4)  K11, SSK, K24, K2tog, knit to end of row
5)  Knit 1 row
6)  K10, SSK, K24, K2tog, knit to end of row

48 sts rem.

K around even until 8-inches from beg of heel about 28 of color A and 1 row of color B.

Next:
1)  K11, SSK, K2, K2tog, K22, SSK, K2, K2tog,
knit to end of row
2)  Knit 1 round even

repeat last 2 rounds twice

Next:
1   1)    K4, K2tog* repeat around
2   2)     knit 1 round
3   3)    K3, K2tog* repeat around
4   4)    Knit 1 round
5   5)    K2, K2tog* repeat around
6   6)    Knit 1 round
7   7)    K1, K2tog * repeat around
8   8)    Knit 1 round.

16 sts remain.  Cut yarn leaving long tail,
run tail through rem sts. Weave in ends.

For the loop I just made an I-cord and
sewed it on. I also made a fabric liner by tracing the stocking on two layers of fabric, but out and sew. Turn down the top edge and hand stitch the lining into the stocking.