Chocololic Knits and Crochet Blog

As part of a swap-bot swap where we are promoting our partner’s etsy shop, this is a look at the Canada-based Etsy shop Goodness Bakeshop and the delicious, healthy treats available there. The baked goods at Goodness Bakeshop are vegan, cholesterol-free, lactose-free, and preservative-free. Orders placed at the etsy shop (linked above) can be delivered to the U.S. or, in the Canadian areas local to the seller (London, Stratford and St. Marys), delivered fresh personally.

There are some uniquely flavorred desserts such as these blueberry ginger cookies shown above!

I would love to try this peanut butter banana cake (unfortunately but understandably this one is only available for fresh delivery in Canada).

This cinnamon roll look delicious, and would be a guilt-free treat since they are made with all organic, healthy ingredients :).

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I haven’t had time to take nice pictures of the new projects yet, especially since it’s been pretty cloudy and the lighting inside is pretty bad, but here are some teaser pics of what I’ve been knitting and crocheting and am almost ready to post on etsy!

pink knitted quilted scarf

This is the comfy, cozy pink “quilted” scarf I mentioned in an earlier post. The stitch features a lot of slipping stitches over other stitches, hence the puffy, quilted stitch appearance which is so nice. It was fun to make but took so much longer than I thought it would!

knitted giraffe

Another project has been this cute giraffe amigurumi! I actually first designed this for a swap-bot swap where my partner really liked giraffes. (Swap-bot name is turtlegirl11, although I am probably going to change my name to chocololic to match the etsy shop name.)

So those 2 projects are done and just need “photoshoots” to look all pretty, and next up I am working on a lacy elegant wristlet purse! I had orderedsome beautiful yarn from another etsy seller, quovadishhandspun, and I had to think a lot about what to make with it. It was so pretty I wanted to make sure whatever I knitted with it would be something worthwhile. Then from taking pictures of the ipod case, and using the Coach wristlet purse as an accessory, ta-dah! I should make my own “designer” wristlet purse with that gorgeous yarn. Check back later for the results!

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Mmmm ❤ ❤ ❤ yarn…

ipod case-pink and grey-1

I’ve finished a dark-grey and dark-pink patterned ipod case which I think came out well :). It’s a simple design, so I’m posting the general pattern on my blog and selling the finished ipod case in my etsy shop. The knitted stitch pattern I used is based on the Slipped Rib 11 stitch in the book Knitting on the Edge by Nicky Epstein (modified for using 2 colors instead of 3, and added an extra stitch for the pattern to look better in the round).

Materials:

25 g yarn, I used 100% Peruvian highland Wool (50g/109 yds skein) from elann.com

Four Size 6 double-pointed needles

Button

Knitting Pattern:

You will have to check your gauge carefully for your case to fit the ipod.

Cast on 33 stitches (this was to make the pattern I chose look better in the round, and fitted for the ipod classic which is 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.41 inches).

Distribute the stitches evenly among three needles.

Knit 2 rows in the round of straight stockinette stitch.

Continue knitting in the round using your pattern of choice. Check out KnittingFool.com which has a large number of different patterns with illustrations and instructions to create a custom ipod case.

Once your knitting has reached a few rows past 4.1 inches, or the length of your ipod, bind off half of the stitches.

Continue knitting in pattern on the half of stitches remaining, using two needles and turning the work after each row, for 1.25 inches.

Knit in pattern (half-5) of the remaining stitches, bind off 5 stitches for a buttonhole, knit in pattern to the end of the row.

Purl in pattern to the beginning of the bound-off stitches, cast on 5 stitches, purl in pattern to end of the row.

Continue knitting in pattern for 1.25 inches.

Bind off.

Finishing:

To prevent the bind-off edges from turning up, join yarn at edge and do a Single Crochet border all the way around the flap and opening.

Turn the ipod case inside out, and crochet along the cast-on edge to make a seam that will be hidden when turned right side out.

Weave in all ends.

Place ipod in case and determine where button should be located under the buttonhole.

Sew button underneath where the buttonhole closes.

Hope you make good use of the pattern, or if you’d be interested in my etsy listing for the finished ipod case please check it out!

If you’d like to share any of your creations please send me pictures! chocololic.knits[at]gmail.com

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Here it is, the first thing I’m going to post for sale in my etsy shop!

I was kind of inspired to design this cute amigurumi from a recent trip to Hawaii, after eating lots of yummy yummy sushi (the creme sauce marinated salmon sashimi (or poke really?) at Poke Stop was amaaaaazing), and also partly just because I love sushi and remember a friend had a plushie sushi pillow that I thought was the coolest thing. I’m actually a pretty picky eater, and use to only eat the sushi rolls with vegetables not raw fish, but I finally tried nigiri sushi (the kind with the slice of raw fish on top) a few years ago and at first it took getting used to but now I love love love it ^_^. Favorites are tamago (egg omelet), spicy tuna, and salmon.

Crochet sushi amigurumi

Oh but anyway back to the knitting…the crochet sushi amigurumi uses basic beginner crochet stitches, mostly single crochets, and the pattern has full detailed instructions for each piece and how to assemble it (including notes about how I like to sew the pieces together and weave in the yarn tails). I’m listing the one sushi ami I crocheted while designing the pattern, but I think I will only resell the pattern not make more amis to sell since the actual ami takes longer than it looks to make (~4.5 hours just straight crochet+assembly) so I’m not sure I’d be able to sell it at a good price.

Crochet Sushi amigurumi Chocololic Knits Mascot

Lots of work to do setting up my Chocololic Knits Etsy shop. With a little help, I got some really nice pictures of the crochet sushi amigurumi that I designed, so I’ll use that for my avatar pictures and in the shop banner. When I take pictures of some of my other creations I’ll add them to the banner as well :).

Things to do:

  • Finish designing/knitting a few more pieces for the store:
    • Still knitting a nice cushy pink scarf, the pattern looks awesome (stitch pattern here) but takes a lot longer than I realized (I watched like half a season of Desperate Housewives while knitting and still haven’t finished the scarf, and it’s not even a full scarf it’s more of a neckwarmer/scarflette!)
    • Ipod cases- designed/knit one, will probably post the pattern for free on this blog since it was a pretty simple pattern, and I have a bunch of ideas for a more complicated ipod case that has open windows so you can change songs/see the screen while in the case.
    • Maybe a bulky scarf (I got bulky yarn in really pretty colorworks but am not sure what to use it for yet) or another amigurumi design
  • Need to take photos of the ipod case and scarf
  • Figure out shipping costs, decide whether to accept personal checks, currently leaning towards only accepting paypal for simplicity. Not sure how many people would only want to pay with a check?
  • Write more blog posts about the products, and post the free pattern to get some google search traffic :).

So now that you know how to do the two basic knitting stitches, knit and purl, these two stitches can be combined to create infinite different textures and effects. You can make patterns out of knit stitches on a background of purl stitches, or vice versa.

Here is what the knitted piece looks like when you simply knit every stitch of every row. It has a row of v’s, then a row of horizontal bars, etc. This is called the garter stitch.

knit_all_rows

Here is what it looks like when you knit one row, purl the next, etc. Most people think the all-v’s look better than the garter stitch, so this is used for the right-side in many clothing patterns. It is called the stockinette stitch (abreviated st st). But the back however will be the opposite, all horizontal bars.

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If you want both sides to look like nice v’s, you can use the ribbing stitch of knit 1, purl 1 for every row. You have to make sure you have an even number of stitches though, so that they line up (each stitch should be knit on one side and purl on the other). This stitch looks like knit on both sides because the purl stitches get bunched up in between the knit stitches.

knit_both_sides

The second basic stitch used in knitting is called purling. It is basically the “opposite” of knitting: knitting is just pulling a row of loops through the previous row of loops, and whether you pull them through the front or the back of the row makes it “knitting” or “purling.”

Purling is not that different from knitting. After you have cast on and have your stitches ready to purl, you insert your second knitting needle through the first stitch from top to bottom instead of bottom to top. Like this:

learn to purl 1

Compared with knitting:

knitting_not_purling

Then (just like the knit stitch) wrap the yarn around the needle.

learn to purl 2

And use the right-side needle pull the wrapped loop through the stitch on the left needle.

learn to purl 3

Then to finish the stitch, slide the stitch on the left needle up…

learn to purl 4

…and slide it off the end of the left needle.

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Ta-dah! It doesn’t look like much yet, but after a few rows of purling it starts looking like a scarf ^_^.

What do you do next? You can read about how you can combine the basic knit and purl stitches.