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DIY Arm Knitted Chunky Vase with Anne Weil

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We are back with yet another arm knitting DIY from craft expert, Anne Weil of Flax and Twine! If you haven't dabbled into arm knitting, this tutorial will convince you how fast you can create a beautiful piece without landing your hands on those needles. Anne amazes us again with a chunky vase DIY that is sure to be the centre piece of your living room! Read on for full tutorial.

KOEL Stories | DIY Arm Knitted Chunky Vase with Anne Weil

For a incredible statement piece, arm knit this stunning vase in less than 30 minutes! The plush texture of the knit stands in vivid contrast to the flowers, foliage and surrounding decor. Learning to arm knit takes little time, and there's so much fabulous fun to have with this technique. Drop those enormous needles and simplify your chunky knits. I promise you’ll thank me (: Go big with this one, too! Imagine your next event surrounded by these striking vases – they are sure to wow!

Materials 1. 10” height x 5” diameter vase 2. 35-40 yards of jumbo specialty yarn held double (use a jumbo specialty yarn that gets approximately 1/2 to 1 stitch to the inch on traditional needles)

Yarn Used
1. A ball of LoveFest Fibers Tough Love, 50 yards, 100% New Zealand Wool in Bright Buttercup
Note: This project can be done with less expensive yarn. If the jumbo specialty yarn is out of your budget, simply replace EACH strand of jumbo yarn with 2-3 strands of a super bulky yarn that you buy in your craft or local yarn store.

Techniques *This pattern assumes that you know the basics of Arm Knitting 1. Arm Knitting How To (Instruction Sheet Downloadable here) 2. How to Purl in Arm Knitting (Instruction Sheet Downloadable here)

A purl stitch is the reverse side of a knit stitch. When you purl, you create a knit stitch on the opposite side of the fabric. In arm knitting, to create a garter stitch, you need to purl one row and knit one row, because you never turn the work around!

To create a purl stitch, moving from the left arm to the right (1), bring the working yarn right behind the first stitch on your arm (2). Let it rest there. Reach through the first stitch and grab the working yarn (3). Bring that loop of working yarn through the stitch, while pulling the stitch off your hand. Insert your hand through the loop, moving your hand away from your body (4). The working yarn should extend from the front of your arm (5) (even though the working yarn hangs at the back of the work). Tighten stitch and repeat process for each stitch in row.

KOEL Stories | DIY Arm Knitted Chunky Vase with Anne Weil
Instructions Begin:  Cast On 6 stitchesContinue:  Row 1: Knit. Row 2: Purl. Repeat Rows 1 & 2, four more times. Knit one row. Bind off while purling. Cut end with 1.5 yards remaining. Pull cut end through the last loop (A).

Finishing: Place piece with bound of edge to your left, and cast on edge to the right (B).

Fold ends towards one another. Using the remaining length allowed for seaming, go back and forth from side to side bringing the seaming yarn under the outer most loop/leg of the left side, then under the stitch on the right (C).  At the end of the seam, weave all ends into the vase cover, and tuck to the inside. Insert the vase into the knit cylinder (D).

KOEL Stories | DIY Arm Knitted Chunky Vase with Anne Weil

A Little About Anne Anne Weil is the creative voice behind Flax and Twine. A lover of beautiful things, she’s never met a craft she doesn’t like. Anne designs charming knit, crochet and embroidery patterns, as well as simple DIY crafts for the modern maker. Her signature style is bright and clean, with gorgeous photography and step-by-step instructions that can be followed with ease.

Find Anne’s book, “Knitting Without Needles,” a Potter Craft title, to immerse yourself in chunky, stylish arm and  finger knit patterns. Find Anne in her Denver studio relishing joyful making moments that really make her heart sing!

Follow Anne: Facebook Twitter Instagram

DIY Finger Knitting Trimmed Pillows with Anne Weil

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At KOEL, we want to encourage a lifestyle of making and crafting. We want you to get your hands dirty with projects, and for you to produce works you love and have lovingly made. Dabbling into a life filled with creativity hones in on your skills and talent, and truthfully, it’s an awesome form of escape! Don’t you agree? Our new DIY column, Knit A Therapy, will do just that for you. We’re inviting talented crafters to share the joy of a handmade life with you!

It was a unanimous decision to have Anne Weil, of Flax and Twine, kick things off for us! Flax and Twine is best known for her friendly DIY tutorials, and we absolutely love her finger knit and arm knit projects! We are super thrilled to have Flax and Twine join the KOEL club. Presenting to you, a Finger Knitting Trimmed Pillows tutorial — just what you need to introduce small changes to the home! We shall now hand it over to Anne to talk you through this project. Over to you Anne!

KOEL Stories | Knit A Therapy: DIY Finger Knitting Trimmed Pillows with Anne Weil

I’m in love with this simple and easy finger knitting pillow trim. What a pretty and clean way to bring a handmade touch and a chunky knit feel to your decor. Finger knitting is fun and uncomplicated – great for folks who have never knit before and a nice change for experienced knitters.  Finger knitting is effortless to learn and very addictive. It is a a great way to make something beautiful with your children as well. Kids pick up finger knitting with ease. You’ll be clamoring for more projects before you know it!  I’ve included a pillow with finger knitting trim done on two fingers, and one with it done on four fingers. One is made with t-shirt yarn, and the other with a wool blend yarn. Try  different combinations of materials and pillow sizes and types for lots of knitting enjoyment.

Materials 1.. How To Finger Knit – Four Fingers and Two Fingers Instruction Sheet (Downloadable here) 2. Pillow of any size (I find it easier to buy pillows in a desired color already finished at a home goods store, but you can always buy fabric and an insert and make your own custom cover.) 3. Approximately 20 to 40 yards of worsted weight yarn (size 4 in craft stores), depending on pillow size. (For pink pillow, I used  HiKoo’s Tee Cakes in pink. For green pillow, I used Fiber & Co’s Terra in Mint) 4. Needle 5. Thread 6. Scissors 7. Pins

Instructions 1. Finger knit either a four-finger width (green) or two-finger width (pink) finger knitting strand long enough to go around all the edges of your pillow. Don’t finish your strand yet, as you may have excess after you attach the strand to your pillow. Stick a pencil or large safety pin in the open stitches to keep the strand from unraveling.

2. Pin the finger knitting strand all the way around pillow, making an effort to keep the strand untwisted.

3. Using needle and thread doubled up, stitch down finger knit strand to pillow along the seam.  Catch only one edge stitch of the strand at a time, making an effort to keep the stitch you are catching all in the same line of stitches.  Doing this will keep the strand from twisting.

4. When you bet back to the beginning of your pillow, unravel the remaining finger knitting strand until it will meet at the corner of the pillow.

5. You will have the loops or stitches of the strand free.  Cut the length of yarn with about 8” to spare.

6. Feed this tail through all the open loops of the finger knitting and tighten.  Tack down the final bit of strand with needle and thread and trim and weave all yarn tails to hide them in the border.  Fluff and arrange the strand for a nice border around the pillow.

And that’s it! You’ve got finger knitted trimmings around your pillow. We think this would also make a super lovely project as Autumn approaches — change up the colors of your thread to suit the season! Take a picture and tag us @koelmagazine #KnitATherapy when you upload it onto Instagram!

KOEL Stories | Knit A Therapy: DIY Finger Knitting Trimmed Pillows with Anne Weil

A Little About Anne Anne Weil is the creative voice behind Flax and Twine. A lover of beautiful things, she’s never met a craft she doesn’t like. Anne designs charming knit, crochet and embroidery patterns, as well as simple DIY crafts for the modern maker. Her signature style is bright and clean, with gorgeous photography and step-by-step instructions that can be followed with ease.

Find Anne’s book, “Knitting Without Needles,” a Potter Craft title, to immerse yourself in chunky, stylish arm and  finger knit patterns. Find Anne in her Denver studio relishing joyful making moments that really make her heart sing!

Follow Anne: Facebook Twitter Instagram