Kaja Marie says “My hope is that you will use this pattern, tweak it as you wish, and make hearts, loads of them: To remember what happened in Oslo and on Utøya or anywhere else where a little bit of love is needed. Pin it close to your heart, give to a friend or a stranger, let it out in the wild, as my graffiti knitting friend Deadly Knitshade would do, so that the heart can find whoever needs it. Knit it in any colour, with or without words, knit them and share them.”
Once the clean up is over and the knitting starts again I hope to see these little Lovedon hearts spreading the love.
If you have any tips on how to help London then please post them in the comments for others to see.
Keep calm, carry yarn and let’s get on with sorting out our city.
Worldwide Knit in Public Day comes but once a year and this year it’s the 11th of June. The Stitch London Stitch Crawl rises from the depths of the Thames to stomp across the city once more.
What on earth is a Stitch Crawl? The Stitch Crawl (previously the Knit Crawl but we’re going multi-craft – crochet, sewing, crossstitch. All are welcome) is a day when you and your crafting proudly go out into the city and show yourself off. There’s sunshine, there’s cake, there’s hayfever-based sneezing, there are curious passers by, there’s graffiti knitting, and there are some of London’s loveliest sites. You can see last year’s Knit Crawl here. It rocked the London’s outdoor areas.
Cancer is utterly rubbish. It is a fiendish foe that deserves jabbing with our DPNs until it gives up and goes away. Fancy helping us vanquish cancer by supporting those fine folks fighting it and treating yourself to one of three fabulous knitting patterns?
Team Raging Wool are a six-person team of knitters (and those sympathetic to the woolly cause) whose mission is to kick the tar out of Cancer by trekking 20 miles across London in one night for Maggie’s Centre Night Hike on 17 September.
To help team Raging Wool reach their target of £1200 they’re offering three patterns for which they invite you to donate and download.
Another reason to donate: Stitch London are also going to teach a ‘Stitch a Squid’ workshop at Maggie’s Centre later in the month. Knitting is the perfect way to fill hospital time and time spent in waiting rooms, as well as being hugely therapeutic (as you all know). Help us to help them.
Gerty and is made better by the cushion (and some gin)
Fancy helping us raise a bit of Race for Life cash and stitching yourself something comfy and cake-themed? Well, the crafty Bluestocking Stitcher has created a fabulous pattern to stitch your own cake-flavoured cushion cover (You knew we’d get cake into the race somehow – right?).
This batternburg-style cake cushion is an easy peasy knit and fits any size cushion. There’s really no excuse not to start stitching it.
Stand by for a huge helping of squeeeeeeeeeeeee! Stitch London are all kinds of excited to be welcoming one of our favourite inspiring stitchers to the UK this month and to celebrate she’s designed a pattern just for us.
Ladies and gentleman, raise your magnifying glasses to spy the tiny, the teeny, the cute enough to make you implode Tiny Perching Pigeon!
This small and perfectly formed feathered fibre fellow is the latest work of Anna Hrachovec of Mochimochi Land, a Brooklyn-based knitter with a penchant for the tiny, the fantastically cute and the kooky.
To celebrate her and her tiny knits arriving in the UK she’s conjured up the Tiny Perching Pigeon pattern for you lovely Stitch Londoners to cast on and create.
EXCLUSIVE EVENT:The Tiny Perching Pigeon Party
Anna will join us for our Stitch London meeting on the 21st of June for cake, sunshine (hopefully) and a bit of parkside pigeon stitching.
We’ll flock to Trafalgar Square with our purled pigeons for a Tiny Perching Pigeon Party.
We’ll place the pigeons in the shadow of those lovely lions and replace the sadly departed real life pigeons with a tiny knitted flock of our own. Putting pigeons back where they belong with a bit of proud purling.
Knit your Tiny Perching Pigeon at home or on the day
Bring him/her along to our meeting on the 21st
Join us on our expedition to return pigeon life to Trafalgar Square
Place your pigeon
Get snapping pigeon pictures
MONDAY 21st June
Time: From 6pm Venue: St. James’ Park On the grass by the café called ‘Inn the Park’ (or inside if it’s raining)
SW1A 2BJ MapMore info
Feel free to try to make your pigeon slightly manky to be London authentic. It won’t work. Your pigeon will be cute no matter what. Cuteness abounds! Yay!
Keep your peepers peeled for an exclusive interview with Mochimochi Anna in our next newsletter to discover the story behind her tiny knitted genius.
Stitch London are teaming up with London’s shiny Science Museum to bring you possibly the greatest knitting + science experiment the world has ever witnessed: the Stitch Yourself project.
We’re inviting you to to contribute a tiny Stitched Self and take part in scientific stitching history.
Your Stitching + Creativity = A Stitched Self
All you need to do is knit, crochet or sew a tiny version of you. Then just send it in to us.
Every Stitched Self sent in will be part of an exhibit for the London’s Science Museum‘s re-opening of their Who Am I? gallery in June 2010.
You can send in your contributions from anywhere in the world. Every one will be blogged here for the online world to see too.
We’ve spent hours in the dank shadows of the Stitch London lab conducting all manner of crafty stitching experiments to produce three ‘blank body’ patterns. These are the humble beginnings of your handmade ‘Stitched Self’.
I’d like to thank my agent, my mum and all my adoring fans for this amazing award… oh wait, that’s another piece I have to write…
The awards season is with us and what better way to embrace the Oscars, BAFTAs and a whole heap of other filmic awards than with the perfect filmic pattern to go with your favourite contender or simply your favourite film? I’ve scoured the net and found some brilliant patterns that will quench even the most hard-core film nerds thirst.
From one of the Daddies of the sci-fi genre – Star Wars. Who doesn’t want to own their own lightsaber – and a knitted one? Even better. Use the fibre force with a Knitted Lightsaber*, Luke!
“That’s no light sabre. THIS is a light sabre."
Star Wars too old school for you? How about the newest Sci-Fi film to hit the big screeen, and one to have already scooped quite a few awards – Avatar? You too can make yourself look like a character from the movie! Avatar headband*.
"To become 'taronyu', hunter, you must choose your own Ikran and he must also choose you. And you must wear this silly hat."
And if neither of these rock your boat, you could create a direct copy of Coraline’s jumper. Not only is this cool, but it also echoes the fact that the whole of the film is handmade stop motion, even the tiny knitted jumpers! Set your button eyed sights on a Coraline Jumper.
"I'm your Other Jumper."
If you just can’t decide which film to create in knitted form, why not make a snack to go with your film viewing? Knitted Popcorn and Pretzel.
Let's all go to the lobby. To eat knitted snacks. Mmm woolly.
Here are some more film related patterns that I just had to share with you all:
MWA! If you really do insist on mushy love stuff and wish to give a huge stitched smooch to some one you adore, and haven’t got your fill of love hearts from all the cutesy Valentine’s window displays about London town, we thought we’d give you another reason to go all mushy and loved up.
Crafty Stitchette, The Fastener has created an exclusive S&B London free pattern to give help you wear your woolly hearts on your sleeves this Valentine’s Day.
Say it with wool
Join in on the fluffyness by making your own vintage-style Stitched Heart on Your Sleeve brooch from our free pattern.
You will need:
2.75 mm needles (or size needed for yarn weight)
Red wool (I used DK weight)
Beads, buttons, felt and lace (optional)
Brooch back or safety pin
M1 = make one (knit into the front and the back of the same stitch)
K2tog = knit two together
Sts = stitches
Turn = turn work to knit in opposite direction
Cast on 2 sts
Row 1: M1, M1 (4 sts)
Row 2: Purl across
Row 3: M1, K to last st, M1 (6 sts)
Row 4: Purl across
Rows 5 tand 6: Repeat rows 3 and 4 (8 sts)
Rows 7 tand 8: Repeat rows 3 and 4 (10 sts)
Row 9 tand 10: Repeat rows 3 and 4 (12 sts)
Row 11: K6 sts, turn (leave the other 6 sts to be worked later)
Row 12: Purl 6, turn
Row 13: K2 tog, K4, turn (5 sts)
Row 14: Purl 5, turn
Row 15: K2 tog, K1, K2 tog, turn (3 sts)
Row 16: cast off these 3 sts purlwise
Go back to the 6 sts you left earlier:
Row 17: K6 sts
Row 18: Purl across
Row 19: K4, K2 tog (5 sts)
Row 20: Purl across
Row 21: K2 tog, K1, K2 tog (3 sts)
Row 22: Cast off the last 3 sts purlwise
Repeat the above
Weave in all of the yarn ends, and stitch the two hearts together.
Optional: To finish off my brooch I stitched vintage lace, seed beads and vintage buttons to the heart. Finally I stitched on a small felt circle to cover all of stitching on the back and attaching a brooch pin (but you could use a safety pin).
Now all you have to do is pin your brooch to your favourite knitted jumper and sing love songs as you skip along the street. Awwwwwww.
We’ve got a bit of a thing for vampires here at S&B London HQ (“No?! Really?!” we hear you cry). So what with it being Halloween and all that, we thought it high time to feature some Undead (or should that be Life Challenged?) inspired craftiness.
We took our shovel and dug through Ravelry for some vampire find to get your fangs into. If you’re not a member of Ravelryclick here to join and see the patterns.
Here’s S&B London’s rundown of the top five bloodsucker-themed patterns. The stakes couldn’t be higher (sorry!). We’re going to stick our necks out and say that none of these suck! (OK we’ll stop trying now!) Just don’t bite off more than you can chew (we really will stop now!). If you crave the undead True Blood charms of Eric Northman and Bill Compton, pine after sulky Edward Cullen, or if you’re a purist and just want Dracula, then there’s something for you…
In at Number Five: he was where it all began. The somewhat blood-curdling Dracula or Vlad. We thought both these patterns were worthy of a mention.
At Number Four, and only recognisable to you Twilight fans out there, are Julie P. Miller’s Eclipse Socks. Simple and understated, but to those in the know, so Team Edward!
This year’s Number Three is Edward. Yes, you can possess the most sought-after 17-year-old dead guy in the world. He’s our own brand of heroin…
At Number Two: wear your fang marks with pride with Krysten Lewelling’s Love Bites scarf. Inspired by True Blood, and Sookie’s vampire-loving! You’ll be fangtasising (oops!) about Bill or Eric…
And at Number One, the bloody fangtastic (sorry – couldn’t resist!) Twilight Finger Puppet Pattern. Not only could you have your own Edward, but a Jasper, Alice, Carlisle, Rosalie etc at your fingertips.
Join us next year for the freshest patterns from the coffin!
Stitch and Bitch London would like to apologise for the awful puns in this article. We’ll get our cloaks!