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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Win tickets to the Country Living Spring Fair!

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Hi everybody! Are you planning on going to the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair this month? I’ve got two tickets to give away for one lucky winner!!

The Spring Fair takes placeĀ 18-22nd March in the Business Design Centre in London. Pop over to their website and check out the great Things To Do that are offered during the fair this year.

If you want to get a chance of winning the two tickets, all you have to do isĀ leave a comment in the comment section below and let me know what your favourite “hidden gem” pattern is. I would love to get some recommendations for sewing patterns that might not be widely known but are awesome anyway!

Iā€™ll pick a winner at random and will mail them the tickets in time for the Fair. Deadline for leaving comments is midnight (GMT) Monday 9th March 2015. The winners will be notified via emailĀ the day after.

 

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Good luck everyone!

All images in this post are courtesy of TheĀ Country Living Magazine Spring Fair.


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Please note: I will randomly select one winner from all comments posted before midnight on 9th March 2015Ā and theyĀ 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 by Friday 13th March, I will randomly select another winner.

The Knitting & Stitching Show Giveaway Winners!

Win tickets to The Knitting and Stitching Show

Whoop, whoop! We have five lucky winners who will each get two complimentary tickets to The Knitting & Stitching Show!

In order to enter the giveaway I asked you guys to leave me a comment saying what you’d like to see on this blog in the future. My task was to pick my favourites from your suggestions – which was much harder than I thought it would be!

Thank you guys!! Your suggestions were all brilliant and I’ve made a long To Do list for the blog, trying to take as many of your ideas on board as possible! Anyway, I also had to narrow it down to my five favourites which took some time, hard thinking and two cups of coffee, but here they are:

Sabrina suggested sharing more in-process pieces and info on what going on “behind the scenes”. I’d love to do that! I often forget to take in-progress pics although I always enjoy seeing those on other people’s blogs. Good to know that you are nosy enough to be interested in the behind the scenes stuff. I sometimes feel silly writing about things like that, but as long as people are interested I’m happy to share bits and pieces šŸ™‚ (Do let me know when I need to stop!)

Jan’s fabulous idea was it to share more sewing bloomers – my fails and things that go wrong (happens all the time) and how it fixed them.Ā I think as bloggers we often only want to show a near-to-perfect end results and I know from my own experience that it can be really frustrating to see all those perfect garments on blogs when you yourself feel everything goes wrong whenever you try to make something. But thatā€™s just because we compare our behind-the-scenes messes with a picked handful of edited images from others. Sharing my fails and messes will be a challenge but probably a lot of fun as well!

Daniela had three suggestions which all are great ideas for future posts! She asked me to share my very first makes with you guys. I’d love to do that and I don’t even know why I haven’t done so yet. Most of my very first makes (pre-sewing machine times, folks!) are still alive and only need to be photographed. My sewing skills were ridiculous back then, but I’d love to show you anyway. Daniela also asked about sharing my inspiration for my Hepburn Dress pattern (will do!) and sewing more stuff from Tilly Walnes’ book, which I have promised a while ago (shame on me!), so I’ll better get started on those Mimi blouses!

LouĀ suggested to find some and review some hidden patternĀ gems that arenā€™t commonly posted about, instead of reviewing patterns that are all over the place. She also would love to have an insight into the pattern drafting process and what goes into producing a pattern for release. The last one’s quite a challenge, but I’d love to share some more info about that with you. There’s not much out there, so maybe I can share some insight into the pattern making process with you!

Annett‘s idea made me laugh! She suggested trying to refashion a skirt into a hat! Pretty awesome, no? It would be really exciting to try and make a hat out of a recycled skirt. I love the idea! Iā€™m gonna look into that and try to find out a bit more about hat-making first, though ;D

Well, congrats to you!
And thanks to everybody for their amazing ideas!

All winners will be contacted today, so check your email! I will need your address, so I can send the tickets your way! Please get back to me until Friday 3rd October, so that there’s enough time to get them posted to you!

Please note these tickets are only valid all day Wednesday, Thursday 3-7pm and all day Sunday.Ā The Knitting & Stitching ShowĀ takes place from 8thĀ ā€“ 12thĀ October in Alexandra Palace, London.

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