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Judy's Magic Cast On in #lifeiscozy_tutorials ➰
This is a wonderful two-sided se...
Judy's Magic Cast On in #lifeiscozy_tutorials ➰ This is a wonderful two-sided seamless cast on technique which can be used whenever you need to knit in both directions from the cast on row, for ex., in toe-up socks. WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS 1. Make a slipknot leaving a tail 4 times the length of the planned cast on. Place it onto one tip of the circular needles and tighten. 2. Holding both needles in the left hand, position the needle with the knot on top. 3. Take both ends of yarn in the right hand and separate them, placing the working yarn on the pointer finger and the tail on the thumb. 4. Wrap the yarn from your pointer finger over the lower needle going from bottom up. Wrap the yarn from the thumb over the top needle going from top down. Repeat step 4 until you reach the required number of stitches. Stop after wrapping the bottom needle. 5. Bring the working yarn closer to the top needle. Pull out the bottom needle so that the stitches transfer to the wire. Start knitting the stitches from the top needle according to the pattern.
22.02.2018 15:56:15
Tenderness ✨
I'm adding the last details to this sweater pattern and getting it ...
Tenderness ✨ I'm adding the last details to this sweater pattern and getting it ready for the testknit (the call for testknitters is planned for tomorrow!). And there's still no name for it. Will be happy to hear your ideas and suggestions 💗 • • • • • #lifeiscozy#instaknit#oversizedsweater#knitwear#knitsweater#boucle#dropsboucle#yarnlove#knitting_inspiration#knitting#knittersofinstagram#ourmakerlife
21.02.2018 15:44:14
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As warm and cozy as it gets ☁️
We're having unusually cold days and nights right...
As warm and cozy as it gets ☁️ We're having unusually cold days and nights right now in SF. Seems like the nature just recalled it's actually February 😅 So today I'm happy to stay home cuddling in my #cozy_cloud_cardigan with some knitting and hot tea ☕️ The pattern for this coziness is currently in the testknitting, and I hope to share the polished version with you the coming Monday ☁️ • • • • • #lifeiscozy#igersf#instaknit#knittingaddict#knitwear#knitstagram#knittersofinstagram#wooleasethickandquick#bulkyyarn#bulkyknit#chunkyknit#knitcardigan
20.02.2018 15:27:27
Weekends are for beloved ones 💗
Planning lots of walks along the streets of San ...
Weekends are for beloved ones 💗 Planning lots of walks along the streets of San Francisco, slow and thoughtful brunches, a trip to the ocean with the dear friend, Chinese New Year-inspired feasts, and, of course, lots of knitting! Have an amazing weekend and don't forget to treat yourself ✨ • • • • • #lifeiscozy#thatsdarling#livethelittlethings#igersf#knitwear#igknitters#legwarmers#cableknit#knitting#babyknits#knittersofinstagram#ourmakerlife#knittersoftheworld#braidknit#lovelysquares
17.02.2018 12:22:01
Celebrating love 💗
Love to the sweet little moments I have with my favorite craf...
Celebrating love 💗 Love to the sweet little moments I have with my favorite craft; to the beautiful city I live in; to spring that's already in full bloom here; to my friends and family, both nearby and thousands miles away. It's in the air today, and even if you're not the largest fan of red and pink hearts everywhere - why not to take this day as a special reminder that you're loved, and you're lucky to love in return ✨
14.02.2018 12:01:35
Spring is in the air ✨
It's my favorite time of the year, when you can literally...
Spring is in the air ✨ It's my favorite time of the year, when you can literally feel new life bursting all around. We're so lucky here in San Francisco to already have all the spring vibes now, in February 💗 If you're still surrounded with cold, stay strong! And believe - she's coming ✨ • • • • • #lifeiscozy#thatsdarling#livethelittlethings#igersf#knittingaddict#knitstagram#yarnlove#knitting#knittersofinstagram#ourmakerlife#knittersoftheworld#dropsboucle#best_knitters#wipsandblooms
13.02.2018 11:52:24
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Arans for breakfast ➰
Happy weekend, and may it be full of little treats and mag...
Arans for breakfast ➰ Happy weekend, and may it be full of little treats and magic moments ✨ • • • • • #lifeiscozy#livesimple#livethelittlethings#instaknit#knittingaddict#cableknit#knitting_inspiration#knitting#aranknit#knittersofinstagram#ourmakerlife#knittersoftheworld
10.02.2018 12:43:26
Call for testknitters for Cozy Cloud Cardigan ➰
• Details •
- pattern is in Engl...
Call for testknitters for Cozy Cloud Cardigan ➰ • Details • - pattern is in English - cardigan is knitted from top down as a raglan without seams - due to the use of super bulky yarn this is a very fast knit. The yardage shows you’ll need approximately the time as if to knit 2.5 socks :) - no need to pick up stitches: both the collar and the edging are knitted at the same time with the body • Yarn • - 600-750yds/800-1000g of super bulky yarn, can be any brand and color - I used Woolzee from Loops&Threads (3.5oz/100g, 74yds/68m, 50% acrylic, 42% wool, 8% polyester; 8.5 skeins for size S) - yarn ideas: Cascade Lana Grande, Loops&Threads Cozy Wool, Berroco Peruvia Quick, Knit Picks Biggo, Nako Spaghetti, YarnArt Alpine, LionBrand WoolEase Thick&Quick, etc. • Needles and Gauge • US 11/8mm for the ribbing US 15/10mm for the body (or size needed to fit the gauge 10sts and 13 rows in 4”/10cm) • Finished Size S (M, L) • Bust, Hips: 36”/92cm (38.5”/98cm, 41”/104cm) Length: 33”/84cm, adjustable • Expectations • - I would like to get your feedback and comments on the pattern, as well as on possible mistakes/misprints. - my testers have to make a project page with a photo of a finished item on Ravelry and link it to the pattern once it is released - I’d love to see the photos of your process and a final photo on Instagram with hashtag #cozy_cloud_cardigan • Deadline • February 26th. By this time you have to go through the whole pattern, to finish at least 1/2 of your cardigan, and to create a project page on Ravelry. If you’re interested, please, comment below with the size you’d like to knit and PM me your email. I am looking for at least 2 testers a size. I’m happy to answer all the questions, just ask!
09.02.2018 13:09:35
Some final touches and they are ready to go 💗
During the next few days I'm going...
Some final touches and they are ready to go 💗 During the next few days I'm going to start three testknits: • chunky oversized cardigan, very quick and satisfying project right in time for the coming spring; seamless, top-down; • dk weight turtleneck with the straight silhouette and lots of interesting texture, perfect for speckled yarn (I used handdyed beauty from @biscotteyarns ); seamless, bottom-up; • cozy boucle sweater, oversized with balloon sleeves - a nice companion for still chilly spring evenings; seamless, top-down. Which one would you like to make? I'm finishing all the last-minute preparations (and the theme for #prep of @yarnlovechallenge is just in time!), and can't wait to share these beauties with you 🦄 • • • • • #lifeiscozy#chunkyknit#knitwear#oversizedsweater#knitsweater#knitting_inspiration#knitting#yarnlovechallenge#knittersofinstagram#ourmakerlife#yarnlovechallengefeb
08.02.2018 13:18:21
A bit of my backstage ➰
The topic of the day for the #yarnlovechallenge is Desig...
A bit of my backstage ➰ The topic of the day for the #yarnlovechallenge is Designer, and it rings a lot of bells inside me. I am still very bad at finding the balance between what I love to do (knitting, more knitting, even more knitting!) and what I have to do (pattern writing, sizing calculations, charts, videos). Every time I need to finish a pattern I think of a treat I'll get after that. And usually it's a possibility to knit 😅 Don't get me wrong - sharing with others is my strong passion, and I couldn't be more happy than when I see your own knitted versions of my designs. But I still have to learn to live in harmony with such different sides of designing knitwear 🖤 • • • • • #lifeiscozy#makersgonnamake#knittingaddict#knitstagram#yarnlovechallengefeb#igknitters#knitting#knittingpattern#knittersofinstagram
07.02.2018 15:51:05
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Day 6 of the #yarnlovechallenge is about the colorwork. And here is the piece I'...
Day 6 of the #yarnlovechallenge is about the colorwork. And here is the piece I'm extremely proud of - #blue_snowdrop_sweater 🐰 It was a lot about the first things for me: this was my first sweater, my first very own colorwork pattern, my first serious try to design something new 🦄 And it makes me so happy to know that now others can knit their own Blue Snowdrop and to see their beautiful projects! • • • • • #lifeiscozy#knittingpattern#freepattern#knittingaddict#knitwear#yarnlovechallengefeb#igknitters#colorwork#knitting_inspiration#knitting#lopapeysa#knittersofinstagram#knitsweater#knittersoftheworld
06.02.2018 12:22:37
Pattern Release ✨
Blossom Dance is a long lightweight scarf, delicate and modern...
Pattern Release ✨ Blossom Dance is a long lightweight scarf, delicate and modern. It is a pretty fast project that has just enough complexity to keep the knitting both interesting and easy to memorize 💗 The pattern calls for one 3.5oz/100g skein of lace weight yarn and is great both for interesting handdyed colorways and solids. Repeats of the lace stitch allow to adjust the desired length and width of a finished scarf. I'm very grateful to my testknitters @thewritingcardigan@mountaineerknitter@ok.knits@knitish3@happiness_ishandmade@mattiemaecrochet@designkatrina@mrsingauged@lilkiki67@ashpinion . Thank you for your help, ladies! Today the theme of @yarnlovechallenge is Style, and this scarf is exactly about it for me - simple, but intricate and interesting, able to add some spice to a usual outfit. The pattern is available for free on my site (link in bio). Enjoy! • • • • • #lifeiscozy#instaknit#lacescarf#laceknitting#knitting#texture#freepattern#knittingpattern#howtoknit#knittingtutorial#lifeiscozy_patterns#simplescarf#yarnlovechallengefeb#yarnlovechallenge
05.02.2018 15:42:45
The theme for the #yarnlovechallenge today is Soothing. And knitting is definite...
The theme for the #yarnlovechallenge today is Soothing. And knitting is definitely all about that for me. Except for the tiny moments when a mistake can cross two weeks of sleepless nights out - like it happened with this Alpaca sweater 🙈 If you don't remember the story, I've added the tag #fog_melody_sweater to the before-after photos of my largest knitting disaster 😅 • • • • • #lifeiscozy#livesimple#makersgonnamake#instaknit#knittingaddict#igknitters#yarnlove#dropsmelody#knittersofinstagram#yarnlovechallengefeb
03.02.2018 13:41:40
The new sweater is almost finished - and here comes my least favorite part 🙈 I h...
The new sweater is almost finished - and here comes my least favorite part 🙈 I have to change the bottom ribbing a bit, to weave in the ends and to wash this guy. I don't even want to start counting the number of sweaters stuck in the same stage that live in my closet 😅 But hopefully this one will go through it faster. I just really want to try it on after washing as it's so soft and cozy already 💗 And yes, that #volume - this is probably the most oversized sweater I've ever made! #yarnlovechallenge#yarnlovechallengefeb • • • • • #lifeiscozy#knitwear#oversizedsweater#knitsweater#dropsboucle#yarnlove#knitting#wipsandblooms#knittersofinstagram#ourmakerlife
02.02.2018 15:44:42
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One of my resolutions for this year is to try as many of the new things as possi...
One of my resolutions for this year is to try as many of the new things as possible. So this February I'm joining the @yarnlovechallenge and the first day is about the introduction 🙋🏻 Hi! My name is Ksenia, and I'm the person behind Life Is Cozy. Knitting has always been very special for me. I knit to relax & express my creativity. It makes me happy to know that my tutorials and patterns help people to discover new dimensions of knitting. This is my main source of motivation 💗 Experiments with colors, forms, and patterns don't allow my passion to fade. I find inspiration and ideas in travels, in movies, and in walks along the streets of San Francisco 🌁 I would love to hear something about you! Where are you from? What's your knitting story? What are your hobbies and favorite things? Can't wait to read your comments! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • P.S. Free pattern for the #blue_snowdrop_sweater is available on my site (link in bio) • • • • • #lifeiscozy#knittingpattern#yarnlovechallengefeb#yarnlovechallenge#thisisme#freepattern#colorwork#lopapeysa#knitsweater#knitting_inspiration#knitting
01.02.2018 15:32:43
• Moss Stitch Pattern •
Knits made with this stitch have an interesting texture,...
• Moss Stitch Pattern • Knits made with this stitch have an interesting texture, they are reversible and don’t curl on the edges. Moss stitch is often used for afghans, scarves and sweaters. The video tutorial can be found by the tag #lifeiscozy_tutorials FLAT KNITTING Cast On: even number of stitches. Row 1 (RS): (k1, p1) till the end of the row. Row 2 (WS): as Row 1: (k1, p1) till the end of the row. Row 3 (RS): (p1, k1) till the end of the row. Row 4 (WS): as Row 3: (p1, k1) till the end of the row. Repeat these four rows. KNITTING IN THE ROUND Cast On: even number of stitches. Row 1: (k1, p1) till the end of the row. Row 2: as Row 1: (k1, p1) till the end of the row. Row 3: (p1, k1) till the end of the row. Row 4: as Row 3: (p1, k1) till the end of the row. Repeat these four rows.
31.01.2018 15:56:50
If I had to pick only one kind of knits to make for all the time to come that wo...
If I had to pick only one kind of knits to make for all the time to come that would definitely be a scarf ➰ It can be so different - from a cozy bulky wrap to a light lace veil like my #blossom_dance_scarf . It may be keeping you warm or adding extra elegance to a simple outfit, and doing everything in between 💗 What would be your choice if you had to make one? • • • • • #lifeiscozy#knittingaddict#knitstagram#laceknitting#igknitters#lacescarf#knitting_inspiration#knitting#knitscarf
30.01.2018 15:40:18
Squishy cotton cables to start the day ➰
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29.01.2018 15:29:01
One of the ideas on how to use the k3 out of 3 stitch - my #blossom_dance_scarf ...
One of the ideas on how to use the k3 out of 3 stitch - my #blossom_dance_scarf ➰ The pattern here is a bit more complicated than the one I knitted for the sample swatch, as I adjusted it to look almost similar from both the RS and the WS. It's currently in the testing, and I hope to share it with you on February 5th. Happy Saturday 💗 • • • • • #lifeiscozy#instaknit#knittingaddict#knitscarf#knitstagram#simplelace#rowanyarn#knitting_inspiration#knitting#ourmakerlife#laceknitting#lacescarf
27.01.2018 12:23:40
Here comes the charted pattern for the swatch I showed in my latest video ➰
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Here comes the charted pattern for the swatch I showed in my latest video ➰ • Written instructions • Cast on the number of sts divisible by 4, +3sts. R1 (WS): purl all sts R2 (RS): (k3 out of 3, k1)x until 3 last sts, k3 out of 3 R3 (WS): purl all sts R4 (RS): k2, (k3 out of 3, k2)x until 1 last st, k1. • Knit 3sts out of 3sts • Check the latest video by the tag lifeiscozy_tutorials or: - slip 2sts together as if to knit, pass them back onto the left needle - knit 3sts together tbl but don't drop them off the left needle; make a yo; knit 3sts together tbl again - finally, drop the sts off the left needle. You might also add the slipped stitch edges if you'd like; don't forget to add 2sts to your Cast On stitch count in this case. • • • • • #lifeiscozy#tutorial#instaknit#knittingaddict#knitstagram#stitchpattern#knitting#knittingpattern#knittersofinstagram#howiknit#howtoknit#knittingtutorial
26.01.2018 15:21:12
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