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New Patterns, Ancient Friends

New Patterns, Ancient Friends

I have been busying away behind the scenes recently putting together a new pattern template for upcoming pattern releases as well as to allow me to start the process of re-formatting and re-writing some older patterns. The new pattern format is far cleaner and all […]

Favourite Things Projects 2015

Trilobites Wonderland Rainbows Narwhals Manatees Lighthouses Campervans Unicorns Oz Dinosaurs Toadstools

Tutorials

Tutorials

I love to make and share tutorials about crafting, and a few of these are presented below. Use the tabs below to move between various types of tutorial. If you have any suggestions as to what might make a good tutorial or a technique you’d like more information on, please visit Contact Mimi to get in touch!

Short Rows For Socks

Short Rows For The Sock Enthusiast

Two in-depth but easily understood articles on when and why short rows are useful for sock heels and toes, and how to make them.

Super Stretchy Alternating Cast On For Single Rib

Super Stretchy Alternating Cast On For Single Rib

This gorgeous cast on is perfect for socks and anything with a 1×1 ribbed edge. Commonly used in the textiles industry for machine-made knitwear, learn how to create this invisible and most stretchy of edges easily for your hand-knits!

Super Stretchy Alternating Cast Off For Single Rib

Super Stretchy Alternating Cast Off For Single Rib

This beautiful cast off perfectly matches the cast on above and is an absolute breeze to complete, plus it’s probably the stretchiest cast off you could ever use.

Simple Short Row Shaping

Simple Short Row Shaping

A visual guide to why short rows are fantastic and why they are so often used to bring dimension to your knitting.

Provisionally Cast On Using A Crochet Hook

Provisionally Cast On Using A Crochet Hook

A simple but clear tutorial demonstrating this fantastic provisional cast on technique.

Apply On-The-Fly wraparound iCord Edging

Apply On-The-Fly wraparound iCord Edging

An iCord edging that doesn’t simply sit on the surface of your knitted edge, but wraps fully and beautifully around and can be knit at a rate that keeps your knitting neat and supple. A video link is included.

Knitting With Both Ends Of A Centre-Pull Skein

Knitting With Both Ends Of A Centre-Pull Skein

Especially handy for colourwork and stripes with a gradual colour-change yarn such as Zauberball.

Make Your Own Custom-Fit Sock Blockers

Make Your Own Custom-Fit Sock Blockers

Part One of this tutorial gives detailed and easy-to-follow instructions on how to create a custom-fit sock blocker from your own foot measurements to ensure perfect fitting beautiful socks every time. Part Two explores further options for materials for your blockers: from laminated cardboard to plastic place mats.

How To Measure And make Your Own Mitten Blockers

How To Measure And make Your Own Mitten Blockers

A guide that explains how to make custom-fitting mitten blockers suitable for mittens with both afterthought/peasant thumbs and thumb gores/gussets.

Sturdy Yet Stretchy Hemmed Cuff Tutorial

Sturdy Yet Stretchy Hemmed Cuff Tutorial

This cuff is lovely and stretchy but more sturdy than the 1×1 stretchy rib cuff, for socks that don’t fall down and mitten cuffs that keep the chills out.


Modifying your T-shirts To Fit  Flatter

Flattering T-shirt Modification Tutorial

This two-part tutorial gives detailed instruction on how to cut the modified pieces to turn a shapeless t-shirt into a fitted and flattering fit. The second part of the tutorial gives great tips on assembling your perfect tee back together and covers many tips on sewing with jersey fabrics and knits.

Blind Hemming With A Sewing Machine

Blind Hemming With A Sewing Machine

How to achieve a subtle blind hem with your sewing machine. Perfect for finishing trouser hems, skirts and home wares such as curtains.

Three Simple Embroidery Stitches

Three Simple Embroidery Stitches

A fantastic introduction to embroidery, this tutorial gives full instructions on how to complete three different stitches regularly used for outline work with hints and tips on stitch varieties.

Inset Zipped Pocket Tutorial

Inset Zipped Pocket Tutorial

This easy-to-follow tutorial provides a great technique for making an inset pocket: Perfect for inserting a zippered pocket into the lining of a bag, for example, though this technique is so neat you may want to save it for the outside of your projects.

Foxy iPad And Kindle Cosy Pattern And Tutorial

Foxy iPad And Kindle Cosy Pattern And Tutorial

This free downloadable pattern and accompanying tutorial will allow you to make your very own soft and fleecy Fox iPad or Kindle cosy for your favourite device.

Four Part Quilted And Embroidered Custom Fit Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

Four-Part Quilted & Embroidered Custom-Fit Sewing Machine Cover Tutorial

Aimed at beginners, this tutorial provides a free downloadable embroidery template and gives full instructions on how to embroider and quilt the fabric pieces to make your very own custom-fitted sewing machine cover.


Sashiko Stitched Polymer Clay Necklace Tutorial

Sashiko Stitched Polymer Clay Necklace Tutorial

This tutorial includes free printable templates and full instructions to make your own jewellery by combining the traditional art of Sashiko embroidery with a very modern craft material: polymer clay!

Polymer Clay Shawl Pin Tutorial

Polymer Clay Shawl Pin Tutorial

Learn how to make your own shawl pins from polymer clay to perfectly co-ordinate with your hand knits.

Polymer Clay Trilobite Pendant Tutorial

Polymer Clay Trilobite Pendant Tutorial

Make your own stylised trilobite pendant with this simple to follow step by step guide.

Polymer Clay Forget-Me-Not Brooch Tutorial

Polymer Clay Forget-Me-Not Brooch Tutorial

A short tutorial on how to make your own polymr clay brooch of a posy of Forget-Me-Nots.

Polymer Clay And Pom Pom Sheep Tutorial

Polymer Clay And Pom Pom Sheep Tutorial

Combined with the Fork PpmPom tutorial make your own polymer clay and wool sheep to create your own key rings and hanging decorations.


White Background Photography Tutorial

White Background Photography Tutorial

A much-requested three-part tutorial concentrating on how I take pictures for use on this website and on Ravelry. A step-by-step guide on how to achieve a pure white unencumbered background.


How To Make PomPoms Using A Fork

How To Make PomPoms Using A Fork

How to quickly and easily make pompoms using only a fork and yarn: no fiddle cardboard circles and tiny scraps of yarn, yo can make pompoms in under 2 minutes using only your cutlery.

How To Make Tiny Bows Using A Fork

How To Make Perfect Little Bows Using A Fork

How to quickly and easily make small but perfectly formed bows using only a fork and ribbon. Perfect for making cards and all types of crafting, this technique gives easy, perfectly formed bows each time.

Polymer Clay And Pom Pom Sheep Tutorial

Polymer Clay And Pom Pom Sheep Tutorial

Combined with the Fork PpmPom tutorial make your own polymer clay and wool sheep to create your own key rings and hanging decorations.


Knitting Patterns

Knitting Patterns

Please find all available patterns sorted into the categories below. All patterns are available as instant downloads: simply add your chosen design(s) to the cart and then Check Out Here or select ‘Buy It Now’ for instant single downloads. Hats Socks Scarves & Shawls Mittens […]

Topics Announced for the 5th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, 2014.

Topics Announced for the 5th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, 2014.

These are the post topics for the 5th Annual Knitting And Crochet Blog Week. This year we will have a great time focusing on finding creative and inventive ways to enjoy writing fresh content for knitting And Crochet Blogs and also explore a few ways […]

Launch Of The 5th Annual Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2014!

Launch Of The 5th Annual Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2014!

5th Annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2014 launched on Eskimimi Makes

This post officially marks the launch of Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2014, the 5th outing of this annual celebration of fibre arts and the blogs that share the love of and promote them. Today is a brief but (hopefully) comprehensive overview of what Knitting And Crochet Blog Week is all about, and over the coming days the blogging topics will be announced.

What is Knitting and Crochet Blog Week?
Once a year knitters and crocheters that blog are invited from all over the world to take part in a community blog week in which they are presented with a number of topics to blog about over the period of seven days. The topics are very flexible and can be interpreted in many ways, so there is a good deal of variety in the posts that this inspires, which then provide wonderful reading for anyone who enjoys reading the blogs that it inspires.

What Do Bloggers Get Out Of It?
The blog week was originally intended as a week in which inspiration for new and interesting blog posts and ways of blogging could be shared by the fibre arts and blogging community to find new ideas and ways of keeping blogging fresh and interesting. The other benefits that participants soon saw were an increase in the number of visitors and comments that they received over the course of blog week and also the many new blogs that they discovered by taking part. It is also great fun and a good way of shaking of any writers’ cobwebs by inspiring a fresh approach to blogging.

How Do I Sign Up?
In order to keep blog week as simple as possible there are no official sign-ups – you simply take part. There are ways that you can help spread the word about blog week to help increase interest in the event in general as well as your own posts, but this is by no means compulsory. If possible it would be nice if bloggers could make a short post to say that they are taking part (for which a few graphics are provided at the end of this post) with a link back to this page so any other bloggers reading your blog can find out all about what is happening (the more people that take part in this event the better, both in terms of attracting readers to your posts and all the wonderful blogs you’ll likely visit and discover during the week), so if you have the time please do spread the word on your blog/Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest and any other social media sites you enjoy.

I’m On Holiday/Busy/Otherwise Engaged During Those Dates.
Oh darn. That’s always a shame, but unfortunately inevitable with the number of people that usually take part. On a positive note the rules here are pretty relaxed, so as the topics are posted a few weeks in advance you can still take part if you would like to. Simply write your posts ahead of time and schedule them to post on the specific days for each topic. And if you happen to miss a day or two, or even all seven, you can always post them a few days, weeks or month later. One of the main aims of this blog week is to provide inspiration for new posts, and if that is helpful at some point in the future, then please post away.

Can I Help In Some Way?
Mostly by promoting the event. As always, it gets better and better the more people that take part. Also, if you blog in another language or dual/multiple languages, then translations of this and the Blogging Topics are always very much appreciated.

So What Are We All Blogging About This Year?
You’re keen, and that’s great as you can begin planning now that the seven daily Knitting & Crochet Blog Week topics have been announced.

Is There A Twitter/Instagram/Facebook Social Media Hashtag I Can Use?
Why not? #KCBW5 is available for all your hashtagging needs.

Keep up to date with all of the news and details of Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2014 by joining the Eskimimi Makes Facebook Group and by following on Twitter!

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Talking Of Tags, Will Those Amazing Post Tags Be Back Again This Year?
Absolutely. They are summarised (for those who haven’t been introduced to the wonders of post tagging yet) and listed on the Knitting And Crochet Blog Week Tagging Guide page.


OK, Where Are Those Graphics?
You may have noticed at the very start of this post the official graphic for this year’s Blog Week. There are a few other graphics to choose from, in large and small formats, so hopefully you will find one to fit your post header, blog post or sidebar. All of these images can be used freely, and re-sized as needed.

Annual 2014 Knitting & Crochet Blog Week on Eskimimi Makes
5th Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week 2014 on Eskimimi Makes
2014 Annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week on Eskimimi Makes

I Like This Event, Thanks For Organising It. Can I Buy You A Coffee?
If you live locally, yeah, why not. Otherwise, you know what costs about the same as a cheap coffee? A wonderful knitting or crochet pattern. Who wouldn’t want a beautiful shawl or a knitted trilobite? And if my patterns don’t particularly appeal to you, why not treat someone else and gift one via Ravelry, or buy from another independent designer and support the wonderful talent in the knitting and crochet communities for less than a single drink at Starbucks.

Wait – Is That It? But I Have So Many Questions!
It is indeed likely that I have forgotten something or not foreseen a query/area of confusion. If it is something relating to the topics or post tags, those will both be explained in the next post, but if it is something else please leave a comment below as well as a way of contacting you (an email address or link to your Ravelry profile if you have one is a very handy way to get in touch, but otherwise a blog link or some other way of getting a reply to you…) Or keep checking back and join the Eskimimi Makes group on Facebook for all of the updates.