Posts Tagged ‘cable chains’

Even though most us today store our treasured photos on CD’s, there is still nothing like sitting down with the old  album and flipping through the family photos and tin types.  With that in mind, I  designed a knitted cover for my daughter’s family album.   It was personalized with her initials, and created in her color scheme.  Now, image your initials and color scheme-  from there the possiblities are endless. 

 I just finished it, and thought I would give you a sneak peak.  I will be offering the pattern sometime in December at my Etsy shop.

For a small additional fee, I will be happy to chart your letters for you. * I have created these initials with Cable Chains, but you can also do them with a crochet hook. 

This pattern is designed to fit over a 12 by 12 post bound album.  Actually measurements are 12 3/4 by 13 1/2 inches.

This photo cover was knitted with Palette yarns from Knit Picks.   It’s construction incorporates Intarsia, and Cable Chains (which are demonstrated in my free tutorial offered on this site).

Below is a peak at the center detail-

 The back construction that holds it in place, provides an extra pocket for pictures that can be placed later.

You can construct the photo album yourself, pad it up, then knit the cover, and you have created an heirloom for your family to share for years.  

Think about it!


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I have just completed my first two Needlepoint Knitting pillow designs.  Tropicana Rose is available as a PDF download on my new page, entitled ” Free Pattern Catalogue.”

  Tropicana Rose Pillow


This pattern offers the experienced knitter a few challenges, yet provides great fun at the same time-at least it did for me.

In the photo above you get a peak at the back of the pillow, without the fringe. This is just one of the options of this design.

Here it is fresh off the needles.

Just click on “The Design Gallery” at the top of the page.



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As I promised a while back, I have been working on a tutorial that gives you the process of how to work with the Cable Chains to make a diamond pattern on a flat surface.  Why?  This great little stitch opens a world of possiblities for design.  Once learned, this particular pattern can be applied to sweaters, scarves, socks-  you name it. 

 I am in the process of developing a line of 16 inch  pillow designs using these and various other unusual stitches.  When I am ready, which I hope will be soon,  I will add a page entitled “The Design Gallery.”  If you are interested, you will be able to check there for the available patterns and contact me directly if  you wish to purchase one.   All the tutorials for these designs will be free.

This offering is a practice piece, similar to the Wandering Chains tutorial,  accept that it is a little more complex, and it is more geared toward the other designs I have in mind. 

 I don’t know if you checked out my post on ” Painting with Yarn,” but if you have, you saw the Iris Motif I designed.  That particular piece is one that will be included in my pillow collection. 


Also, included in this collection, will be my Tropicana Rose design, pictured on the left.

For now, we will call this offering an introductory sample.  or….., perhaps, something to peak your creative juices.   Or….. , well….. something like that!

I hope you like it.  One more thing-you don’t have to do the letter in the middle, you could put whatever you like in it’s place.

 I have included a chart  in the tutorial, that will give you a visual layout, and have tried my best to walk you through the process with pictures and illustrations, along with written  instructions, row by row.   Fell free to download and print it off.

Cable Chain Tutorial and Chart 

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