Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon
Please do not reproduce images or content from this site without permission. Thank You!

Email the Editor

Archive for 'Ready-To-Wear'

A Living Crafts Wedding Story and Giveaway

We love to hear from our readers; your comments, ideas, questions, and especially stories about your finished Living Crafts projects.

I received an email from Marcia Kimpton recently, sharing her family’s wonderful story of making the Wedding Shawl from our Spring 2011 issue.

Jean and Dave: Wedding day photo by Lynn Poulin @ Lyndahkicks Photography

“When I saw the article in Living Crafts, I was inspired to create this for my son and (to-be) daughter-in-law’s wedding.  I contacted her family and her sister, who had never knit before, took on the task of doing one half.  A dear friend who is an expert knitter started the “bride’s” side  and sent it on the needles to the bride’s sister on the west coast.  She  had some help from a friend, but she knit this side almost entirely, tutoring herself with yarn store and internet help.

Hillary, the sister of the bride, knitting on the west coast

Maine relatives and friends of the groom worked on the other half.  I started the knitting and had many helpers here, several who had not knit before, including a brother, a dad and a stepdad.  I taught them to purl, and they each did some purl rows .

stepfather of the groom, Tim, purling on the east coast

There were nine of us who worked on the “groom’s” side.  For me, the pattern took intense concentration (for the first 10 inches at least) and I kept coming up with the wrong number of stitches, but corrected it in the next row, and it is a very forgiving pattern.

Before I left Maine for the wedding, I had “our” half and the center piece  ready to put together.   I sewed the pieces together on the train out to Seattle.

Catherine and Andy: Wedding day photo by Tim Matsui @ TuaLua Photography

This project brought us together so wonderfully as a combined family- for all of us, not just the bride and groom.  I got to know the bride’s sister a bit from our early correspondence about the shawl, and ended up staying at her peaceful apartment while we were there for the wedding.  During this time  I worked on the wedding shawl with my son’s stepmother and her daughters, and it was a wonderful bonding process for us.  I was so very happy that they wanted to participate with me!

Catherine and Andy- Wedding day photo by Tim Matsui @TuaLua Photography

I have also made a journal for all of us to record our thoughts and wishes in.

Thank you so much for this inspiration!”

Marcia Kimpton

The wedding shawl is already a heartwarming project for me, and to hear Marcia’s story just makes it all the more special.

This pattern makes a great all season wrap for everyday wear, as well as special occasions! Light and warm over a summer dress; as an extra layer over a fall sweater; with enough drape and softness to be worn wrapped as a scarf into the winter. Try making the pattern with fewer repeats to make a gorgeous Fall scarf.  Think ahead to holiday gift giving! Last Fall we made scarves using this pattern for each of the women in our family as secret handmade gifts. Everyone was knitting on scarves, but no-one knew they were also going to receive one! Such fun…and so connecting to share stitches with each other, across the country.


To celebrate these shared craft projects, Living Crafts and Kattikloo Fibre Studio are sharing in a giveaway! A fabulous package including three 100gram (3.5 ounce) skeins of Kattikloo Baby Alpaca yarn as used for the Living Crafts wedding shawl, a copy of Living Crafts Spring 2011 issue that features the wedding shawl story, plus a one year subscription to Living Crafts magazine (Total value $100.00) . Yarn color will be the winner’s choice. Please leave us a comment by midnight pacific time on Monday, August 15th.  Winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 16th.


We have a winner!

Submitted on 2011/08/15 at 4:16 pm
This shawl is beautiful!! Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

Kattikloo is offering 20% discount to Living Crafts readers, until September 1st. Visit the Kattikloo shop and use the Living Crafts reader appreciation code: LCSUMMER2011

Fiona Duthie

Fiona Duthie is a regular contributor to Living Crafts.

In her studio on Salt Spring Island, BC, she creates in a bountiful beauty of color, wool, and texture, inspired by the natural world. Fiona designs fine feltwork, felting and knitting patterns, gives workshops in natural craft, and runs her hand dyed, artisan fibre company, Kattikloo. You can read more about her fibers, projects and creative living at and on Facebook.

Posted by Fiona Duthie on Aug 11, 2011 10:44 AM | 445 Comments

Sewing Pattern: Breakfast at Tiffany’s Dress

Here are some really nice patterns for sewing garments from the Selfish Seamstress blog. Scroll down and you’ll find this classic Audrey pattern, inspired by the Breakfast at Tiffany’s dress.

Posted by Living Crafts on Jun 21, 2011 12:16 PM | No Comments

Wabi Sabi Flower Scarf

Making this double sided flower filled scarf is a great way to repurpose old t-shirts.  It is easy to make and does not require a sewing machine or experience in sewing.  This scarf is designed by Pardis Amirshahi, for the community.  Click here for the tutorial and a chance to win 5 years of Living Crafts.  To enter Mothering’s drawing leave a comment on the above link and say you like both Mothering and Living Crafts.  Enjoy!

Oh, and we have a Mother’s Day sale!  Subscribe by 8 a.m. Monday May 9th and receive a 1-year subscription for only $15.  Discounts are also given to international subscriptions and 2-year subscriptions.  Click here to go to the subscriptions page.

Posted by Living Crafts on May 7, 2011 06:17 AM | 9 Comments

Ozark Opulent Hat

by Jill McNeal

Ozark Opulent

This boho mother-daughter hat can be made with or without the pom-pom, and is soft, warm and luxurious. You and your daughter can start together and each knit your own!


Ladies S/M; Child’s M/L; Child’s S/M


1 Skein Ozark Opulent (by Ozark Handspun 50 yds) Name: Mystic
1 Skein Big Baby (by Alpaca with a Twist 82 yds) Color: 5004
(Colors shown are for model)

GAUGE: 12 stitches & 16 rows = 4 inch square

NEEDLES: Size 10 16″ circular, Size 10 double pointed

HELPFUL TOOLS: Ring Marker & Darning Needle

TO BEGIN: Cast-on 55 (51, 47) sts with Ozark

Important Note:

Before joining in the round, make sure all stitches are in a uniform circumference. Place ring marker on right needle (pass ring from round to round).

PART ONE: Brim of Hat
Round 1 thru 9 (8, 7): Moss Stitch All Rounds (knit 1, purl 1. The next round should place knits on top of purls and purls on top of knits)

PART TWO: Body of Hat (all sizes)
Round 1 thru 6: Change to Big Baby & Knit
Round 7 thru 11: Change to Ozark, knit 1st round and Moss Stitch remaining 4 rounds
Rounds 12 thru 15: Change to Big Baby and Knit
Rounds 16 thru 19: Change to Ozark, knit 1st round & Moss Stitch remaining 3 rounds

Next Round(s): Change to Big Baby and knit each round until the hat measures from cast-on round as follows:
Ladies S/M : 7.5 ins;
Child’s M/L: 7 ins;
Child’s S/M: 6.5 ins

PART THREE: Shaping Crown
Woman’s S/M:
Round 1: Knit 9, k 2tog (5 times), 50 sts.
Round 2: Knit 8, k 2tog (5 times), 45 sts.

Child’s M/L:
Round 1: Knit 9, knit 2tog, knit to end (50 sts)
Round 2: Knit 8, k 2tog (5 times), 45 sts.

Child’s S/M: Round 1: Knit 8 knit 2tog, knit 17, knit 2tog, knit to end (45 sts)
Decrease Rounds (All sizes)
Needle Note: When yarn becomes too tight to work on circ. needles, change to dbl pointed
Round 1: Knit 7, k 2tog (5 times) 40 sts.
Round 2: Knit 6, k 2tog (5 times) 35 sts.
Round 3: Knit 5, k 2tog (5 times) 30 sts
Round 4: Knit 4, k 2tog (5 times) 25 sts.
Round 5: Knit 3, k 2tog (5 times) 20 sts.
Round 6: Knit 2, k 2tog (5 times) 15 sts.
Round 7: Knit 1, k 2tog (5times) 10 sts
Cut yarn & run darning needle thru remaining 10 stitches.

Make Pompom:

Cut 4-5 inch length pieces with remaining Ozark yarn. Take 1/2 of pieces and stack together and tie in the middle with a piece of Ozark yarn. Stack remaining length together and lay criss-cross in middle of first stack. Tie stacks together, shake and attach pompom to top of hat. Weave in tails.

Posted by Living Crafts on Jan 3, 2011 12:32 PM | 1 Comment

Greta Garbo Hat

Greta Garbo Hats

This hat tutorial from annekata is so smart and easy to make. It’s a great project for recycling too.

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 20, 2010 10:12 PM | No Comments

Knitted Child’s Hat

by Fiona Duthie – photos by Nicole Spring

After knitting the doll’s blanket and working with this yarn, I simply could not help but design a hat that would allow a child to have constant contact with this lovely yarn! One skein is enough to knit two hats, and due to the variations in Noro’s colored striping, each hat will be completely different!

Child's Knitted Hat


1 skein Noro Kochoran yarn, Colorway No.53

size 8 (5mm) straight and double pointed needle sets

Gauge: 14 stitches and 22 rows equals 4″ square Note: You may need to take back your gauge square in order to have enough yarn to finish two hats from one skein of yarn.

Instructions given for two sizes: 1-3 years, measures 17″ at widest part of head (4-6 years, shown in parentheses), measures 19″ at widest part of head

Child's Knitted Hat


Using straight needles, cast on 36 (40 stitches).

Knit 16 rows garter stitch (knit every row).

At the end of last row, cast on 24 (26) stitches.

Evenly divide stitches while transferring onto dpn’s.

Turn knitting.

Place a marker to show beginning of round.

Purl one round, joining to work in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.

Knit one round.

Purl one round.

Knit every round until piece measures 4″ from hat front edge.

Child's Knitted Hat

Child's Hat

(Large size only: K9, K2together, repeat to end. Knit 1 round)

Both sizes:

K8, K2 together, repeat to end of round.

Knit one round.

K7, K2 together, repeat to end of round.

Knit one round.

K6, K2 together, repeat to end of round.

Knit one round.

Repeat these two rounds, knitting one less stitch before the K2 together, in each decrease round, up to and including: K1, K2 together, repeat to end of round.

Knit one round.

K2 together, repeat to end of round. (6 stitches remain)

Note: for a flat topped hat: break yarn, pass yarn end through remaining stitches, pull tight and sew in end yarns.

K2together, repeat to end of round. (3 stitches remain)

Pass stitches onto 1 dpn.

Knit 4 rounds I-cord.

Break yarn, pass through remaining stitches, and sew in end yarns.

Make two cords, each 12″ long, either by knitting 3 stitch I-cord, braiding, or fingerknitting.

Sew one end of each cord to corner of ear cover to make the under-chin tie.

Sew in all end yarns.

Child's Hat

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 12, 2010 08:07 AM | 18 Comments


© 2010-2011 Living Crafts Blog.
All original images and text on this website are copyright and the property of Living Crafts Inc. and