This weeks Knitting In The New Year post is focused on things that beginner knitters can make to brighten up their homes and interior spaces. Who doesn’t love a little bit of DIY home decor? I have been thinking about this a lot lately since I just moved in to a new apartment with our master knitter here at Wild Fibre. While Paige is pretty amazing at working those knitting needles, my specialties lie in other areas. However, now that we are roommates she has me learning how to be just as good as she is! I thought it would be great to focus that knitting energy on projects that would enhance our new apartment, and help to make it a unique space that suites the ladies who inhabit it.
First up is a super easy dishcloth to jazz up those kitchen counter tops. We featured the leafy dishcloth in last weeks post, and although this diagonal knit dishcloth is simpler in shape, I just love the variety of texture that it showcases.
These are so so so super easy to make and are a great way to add a handmade touch to either your kitchen or bathroom counter top, or draped over a small towel bar! The pattern for this dishcloth is free on Ravelry!
Next up is this amazingly simple and adorable striped blanket from Purl Soho.
The Hudson Bay Inspired Crib Blanket has that sort of simple sophistication that makes it work in the bedroom, cuddled up on the couch, or poring over the paper at the kitchen table.
I really like the bold colors that they used in these pictures, but I would also love to see a more monochromatic stripe pallet! Maybe a couple different shades of coral or sea-foam greens? Any way you make it, this blanket is sure to add a personal and colorful touch to your home. You can get the pattern on Purl Soho’s ABSOLUTELY AMAZING blog, The Purl Bee.
Our last project to share also comes from the Purl Bee. If you couldn’t tell, we are huge Purl Soho fans. They sell a wide variety of knitting, crochet, weaving and stitching supplies and accoutrements, and they have fabulous taste. Their blog is a plethora of ideas and inspiration that makes me drool on the daily. I aspire to be more like them every day, and I say that without shame. This next project is one that I will most definitely be trying out, the Big Stitch Knit Rug.
Seriously though, how cute is this?? I can feel my little toes sinking in to this rug just looking at this picture.
This simple slip stitch pattern will baffle you with how easy it is to achieve, and all your friends will be amazed at your abilities. Making an, often times, large item like a rug will always impress people. The yarn used for this rug is Bag Smith’s Big Stitch Alpaca. It is a great mix of natural alpaca, wool and nylon which gives it a really rustic and homey appeal. The cream color that is shown here lends to a really modern look, but the yarn is also available in some beautiful earthy colors. So get knitting and sink your toes in to this!