Recycled Denim Beanie (Free Pattern + Wool And the Gang Giveaway!)

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Recycled Denim Beanie by Thisblogisnotforyou.com
Recycled Denim Beanie by Thisblogisnotforyou.com

Recycled Denim Beanie by Thisblogisnotforyou.com

Ā  HELLO AUTUMN

It was the first day of autumn this week and although I wish for summer to last just a little bit longer, the colder season has undeniably arrived. I found myself wearing woollen socks, comfy cardigansĀ and sipping hot chocolate on the sofa the last couple of days. With the beginning of autumn the weather changed here in Germany. The air is crisper and the mornings are really foggy now. So I try my best to adapt to the changing seasons and find some joy in thinking up my autumn/winter wardrobe and digging out some of my warmer handmade clothes.

I finished my first knitting project last weekend! It was a super easy and simple project to dive back into my knitting, which is a hobbyĀ I only keep up during the colder seasons.

The lovely folks over at WOOL AND THE GANG sent me some of their very popular Billie Jean Yarn, which is now back in stock. They’re giving away two balls of Billie Jean Yarn for one of you lucky ones and I’ll share the knitting instructions in case you want to make a hat like mine. (All opinions are my own. Giveaway at the end of the post!)

Those of you following my blog know that I’m a big fan of recyling and upcycling, well, generally using secondhand products to create unique things while being a friend to nature. TheĀ Billie Jean Yarn is made using upcycled pre-consumer denim waste. This waste is ground back into fibre and then woven into beautiful yarn.Ā The process does not make use of chemicals and dyes and therefore is super eco-friendly. That’s pretty amazing, right?

But not only that, just look at how preeeeetty it is:

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photo credit: Wool And The Gang

Well, long story short – I’m very much in love with Billie Jean! I chose the “Dirty Denim” which is one of three different colour options on offer. The Dirty Denim isĀ 60% Upcycled Denim and 40% Upcycled Raw Cotton and super soft on the skin. No fear – it does not smell like jeans at all!

It gives your knitting project a unique look with its edgy and effortless cool look. For a hat or cardi it’s perfect to wear with actual jeans or a white shirt. The Dirty Denim really gives the effect of a lot of texture, so IĀ didn’t use a special pattern – it would’ve been hard to see. I knitted with metallic knitting needles as the yarnĀ is easily separable which was a bit tricky with my bamboo needles.

Now onto making your own cosy & warm Billie Jean hat!

Ā  KNITTING INSTRUCTIONS

You’ll need two balls of Billie Jean Yarn. I used roughly 150-180g to finish my beanie including the pompom. So two balls Ć” 100g should be enough even for larger sizes. The recommended needle size isĀ  US 8 / 5mm, but I found that smaller needles worked better for me. So I’ll stick with that in the instructions.

Size:
54cm head circumference. Adapt to your size and tension if necessary.

Beanie Pattern:
With 3.5mm cast on 80 sts.
Row 1 (right side): K1, *p1, k1, repeat from* to last stitch. So you’re basically justĀ alternating between a knit and a purl stitch.

Now work in rows (knit the knits and purl the purls), repatingĀ row 1 another 29Ā times. (Or less if you want the brim to be narrower!)

Change to 4.5mm needles.

Row 31 – 75: Knit all stitches.Ā Keep working in rows in a simple stockinette stitch for another 45 rows.

Row 76:Ā *k2tog, repeat from* to last stitch (40sts).

Row 77-78:Ā Knit all stitches.

Row 79:Ā *k2tog, repeat from* to last stitch (20sts).

Row 80:Ā Row 77-78:Ā Knit all stitches.

Row 81:Ā *k2tog, repeat from* to last stitch (10sts).

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail, and thread tail through remaining 10 stitches.

Pompom:
Cut two cardboard circles, 11cm in diameter. (Cardboard from a pizza box will do!)
Cut a 4 cm hole in the centre of each to create two rings.

Hold the two rings together and wind yarn evenly through the centre hole and around the edge until the centre hole is full with the wraps. SlipĀ the blade of your scissors between the two pieces of cardboard and carefully snip through all the loops of the wound yarn. I used to IKEA cork coasters hold it up with one hand while cutting with the other. It makes it a bit easier.

Thread a long length of yarn between the two card rings and around the centre of the pompom, then tie tightly in a firm knot to secure. Remove the cardboard and fluff up the pompom. You can then trim the pompom with scissors, if necessaryto get a more even shape.

Use a darning needle to sew the pompom onto your beanie and to hide any loose threads.

And you’re done!

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Recycled Denim Beanie by Thisblogisnotforyou.com

Recycled Denim Beanie by Thisblogisnotforyou.com
Recycled Denim Beanie by Thisblogisnotforyou.com

Recycled Denim Beanie by Thisblogisnotforyou.com

To have a chance at winning two balls of Billie Jean Yarn in your colour of choice, just head over to Woolandthegang.com, check out the color options and leave a comment below, letting me know which one you like best!

The giveaway closes on Friday 7 October 2016 at midnight (UTC) and I’ll annouce the winner shortly after on the blog.

GOOD LUCK!

xx

Charlie

Please note: A winner will be selected at randomĀ from all entries enteredĀ before midnight on 7 October 2016Ā and the winner will receive the prize described above. There is no cash alternative, and your prize is non-negotiable, and not refundable. If the prize isnā€™t claimed, another winner will be selected at random.


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WE ARE KNITTERS Giveaway Winner!

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You’ve won the WE ARE KNITTERS Huayna Tee kit in a colour of your choice. The lovely folks over at weareknitters.com got in touch with you, so make sure you check your email šŸ™‚

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xx

Charlie

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Win a WE ARE KNITTERS Huayna Tee! (+ 20% discount code)

we are knitters huayna tee giveaway by thisblogisnotforyoucomSo excited to bring you this giveaway!

I teamed up with the awesome folks of WE ARE KNITTERS who offered to sent me a knitting kit to test. I chose the HUAYNA TEE in Deep Blue as it’s a perfect summer knitting project (in my favourite colour!).

we are knitters huayna tee giveaway by thisblogisnotforyoucomThe kit contains:

* 3 BALLS OF 100% PIMA COTTON (100 GR.) *
* WOODEN KNITTING NEEDLES SIZE 8 *
* THE PATTERN *
* A SMALL KNITTER’S SEWING NEEDLE *
* EMBROIDERED LABEL *
* WAK PACKAGING *
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The Deep Blue wool included in this kit, is the colour you see in the pics. The wool is a dreamy high-quality 100% cotton wool from Peru. As it’s very light and super-soft on your skin it’s the perfect wool for a summer project. It’s lovely to knit with and the colour is simply gorgeous: A mix between a royal blue and a deep teal shade.

The HUAYNA TEE kit is intermediate level. I found the instructions very clear and the pattern is pretty straightforward. It’s not too complicated for beginners, andĀ the lace part with drawings keeps it interesting enough for more advanced knitters. The boxy cut is easy to fit. I haven’t finished mine yet, but I look forward to wearing it on those cool summer nights and colder rainy days.Ā we are knitters huayna tee giveaway by thisblogisnotforyoucom

YOUR FRIENDS ARE GOING TO BE ASKING TO BORROW THE KNIT SHIRT HUAYNA TEE THIS SUMMER. YOU CAN BE A GOOD FRIEND AND SHARE IT, OR YOU CAN BE THE BEST FRIEND EVER AND KNIT IT FOR THEM TO ENJOY.

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WE ARE KNITTERS are giving away one HUAYNA TEE kit in Deep Blue!

For a chance to win simply subscribe to their newletter here:

ENTER GIVEAWAY

The giveaway is open to everyone from theĀ US, Canada and Europe. It ends on Friday, 1 July, at midnight (UTC) and I will annouce the winner on my blog on Saturday, 2 July.

If you don’t want to bet on your luck or found something else on their website you like, you can use the discount codeĀ THISBLOG4WAK to getĀ 20% off on all WAK stuff! The code will also expire on 1st of July.

Let me know what you think and share your experience with WAK kits! Have you used one of their kits or yarns before? What’s your favourite summer knitting project?

xx

Charlie

Please note: A winner will be selected at randomĀ from all subscriptions enteredĀ before midnight on 1 July 2016Ā and the winner will receive the prize described above. There is no cash alternative, and your prize is non-negotiable, and not refundable. If the prize isnā€™t claimed, another winner will be selected at random.


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Knitting and Sewing Souvenirs from Iceland and the Faroe Islands

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Honestly, after a couple of weeks of vacation and laziness, it’s hard to get back into crafting, photo-editing and blogging mode.

So as not to overwork myself I’ll start by sharing some of my souvenirs from Iceland and the Faroe Islands with you! Apart from two books these were all sewing or knitting related (of course!)

Icelandic and Faroe WoolFirst of all, the wool! You won’t find many craft shops on the Faroe Islands, but when you find one it’s a knitter’s dream! Most people live on sheep farming and as you can imagine, Faroe wool is pretty awesome. I bought a 100g ball of 100% sheep’s wool in a natural colour in a little shop call Igloo, in Torshavn, the capitol of the Faroe Islands.

In this shop I also got these super cute knitting needles, Russian doll scissors and crayon buttons. Don’t ask me what I’ll make with these, I just couldn’t leave without them. But I’m pretty sure they’ll be put to good use.

I got the blue 100% wool in a supermarket in Iceland. If you’re planning a trip to Iceland, I can really recommend supermarkets for wool-shopping. Generally, I found Iceland super expensive, but the wool in the supermarkets was the same as in the craft shops and even cheeper than what I’d pay here.

Iceland Souvenirs by thisblogisnotforyou.comIceland Souvenirs by thisblogisnotforyou.comIceland Souvenirs by thisblogisnotforyou.comIceland Souvenirs by thisblogisnotforyou.comI was really looking forward to my trip to Virka, Reykjavik. It’s one of the larger fabric stores in Europe (or so they say on their website). Once we arrived in Iceland and were shocked by prices, I knew I wouldn’t leave with a massive pile of fabrics. But when we actually got there I was even more disappointed. The shop was absolutely wonderful and a seamstress’ dream, but pretty much everything was entirely unaffordable. They had really nice fabric, but most of their range I could’ve bought online or in London for at least a tenth of their price. I guess it’s due to Iceland being an expensive country and having to import everything overseas.

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I couldn’t leave without getting a little something and after rummaging through the remnant piles, I found a nice piece of stretchy lace; enough to make underwear. The Burda patterns were actually quite cheap. I got this super cool jumpsuit pattern, which really is two patterns for separate trousers and a top.

Iceland Souvenirs by thisblogisnotforyou.comThey also these super cute hooks and eyes in different colours. I haven’t seen anything like these before. They’ll be nice on a keyhole closure or dress.Iceland Souvenirs by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Since coming back I made a couple of things, including handsewn leather baby mocassins!

xx

Charlie


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Awww, these precious 80s & 90s knitting magazines!

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I got a pile of 80s & 90s knitting magazines from Mr Thisblogisnotforyou’s grandma last year and thought I might share some of the gems I found in there with you guys.Ā That time when magazines were named after woman’s names… “Diana”, “Ingrid”, “Constanze” and “Anna”, hehe!

I was actually surprised to find quite a few sweaters that would still (or rather, again) be considered as ‘pretty cool’ today. I would love to wear these:

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Well, and then I found these….

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Black is sexy. Yes. But a knitted top with contrasting bow for the little black dress look? Very sexy, indeed!

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Send in the clowns! Are they wearing hoodies in the front? Are these bibs? Can someone please explain this to me?

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… 2 in 1 rouge and lipstick? Ā Matching the sweater, of course! šŸ™‚Ā (Why is she wearing it on her forehead?)

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Hair glitter! I had hair mascara in different colours (eg. green!) when I was little. But what is this? Glitter hair tattoos?

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Would you knit & wear any of these?

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