feel good projects
to make you smile
12 Homestyle smile
68 Accessorise with glee
14 Cosy coverings
24 Lovely lights
32 Fun fruit
70 Twinkle necklace
78 Feng Shui purses
86 Hug a mug cosy
94 Monster happy
42 Wear a hug
44 Cool head hat
52 Give a wave mitts
60 Toasty toes socks
126 Yarn information
I n t ro d u c t i o n
I have fun when I am knitt
ing – such a simple
thing to say, and so very tru
I love to create things; I su
nature, but when I am mak
ppose it’s in my
ing something from
yarn I feel so very positive
and content. Yarn is
warm and soft, yarn is colo
and the meditative proces
urful and textural,
and looping is very satisfa
s of interlacing
added to those feel-good
end up with something th
ctory indeed. Plus,
factors, you also
at brings pleasure to
s as gifts to share
you and –
ound you. How
happy with that?
could you not be
y creating someth
e very nature of th
happiness’ (all th
be completed in
tern book, where
eer and fun pervad
refully designed to
feeling of optimis
and joy. Each pro
from its bold, bri
, quickness, cosin
fun-loving or insp
a nte r n
tern with a beaded tassel tail.
You will need
1 x 1¾oz (50g) ball sport-weight (DK)
yarn – minimum 136yds (125m); this
amount makes two lanterns
Smooth cotton yarn shows stitch detail beautifully
and is perfect for this little, elegant project.
4 x size 2 (3mm) double-pointed
2 x 14oz (324ml) glass candle holders,
jam jars, confit jars or glass tumblers,
approx. 3in (8cm) diameter at the top
x 4in (10cm) high
Knitter’s sewing needle
4 x beads for the tie and
Card and spare yarn to make
22 rows and 30 sts to 4in (10cm) over
st st using size 2 (3mm) needles
Approx. 3½in (9cm) diameter at base
x 5in (13cm) high
Homestyle smile | Lovely lights
Experiment with really fine yarns for
these lanterns – a spider’s-web thin
yarn, such Rowan Kid Silk Haze, would
make a beautifully ethereal lantern. You
may need to knit with the yarn doubled
to make it strong enough to hold a
A group of different-sized lanterns,
knitted in different-weight yarns and in
different colours, would look stunning
when arranged together.
These lanterns also make simple,
quick-to-knit gifts for friends and family.
r a car quilt, the yarn trim
You will need
1 x 3½oz (100g) ball bulky-weight
(chunky) yarn – minimum 87yds (80m)
2 x size 15 (10mm) knitting needles
Knitter’s sewing needle
Top fabric measuring:
47½ x 38in (120 x 96cm)
Backing fabric measuring:
47½ x 38in (120 x 96cm)
Batting (wadding) measuring 46½ x
37in (118 x 94cm) (a blanket cut to
size or a cot duvet the right size)
Dressmakers’ pins and tacking
thread and needle
Sewing machine and sewing thread
Quilters’ pins, thread and needle
9 rows and 8½ sts to 4in (10cm) over
st st using size 15 (10mm) needles
Approx. 46½ x 37in (118 x 94cm)
Homestyle smile | Cosy coverings
This chunky yarn is lovely to handle AND it knits up
really quickly – an absolutely ideal combination!
Feng Shui purse
A happy medium
A pretty coin purse that wi
ll make the most of
your money, and its bigger
strike it rich. According to
sister for when you
Feng Shui, the colour
green represents growth an
d development, so a
green purse will help to co
your financial situation.
ribute positively to
Stitch ‘n’ smile
You could use a fluffy yarn or a novelty eyelash yarn to
turn this monster’s spikes into mad punky hair. You might
need to double the yarn again to make it thick enough.
Cast on 6 sts using double thickness yarn and size 3
Row 1 K6.
Work as i-cord as follows:
Slide sts to other end of needle without turning.
Pull working yarn across the back of the knitting.
Cont to work i-cord until the tie measures approx.
Next row [K2tog] 3 times. (3 sts)
Cut yarn and thread end through sts.
Pull up tight and secure.
Sew the eyes onto head front. Embroider a straight
stitch mouth and triangular teeth in black thread, fill
in teeth with white thread, or make up your own face.
Turn body out to WS. Slip the row of spikes in
between the head seam edges with the spikes
sandwiched between the front and back of head, the
straight edge aligning with the bound (cast) off edges
of head. Join head back to head front and row of
Join the bound (cast) off ends at hands, you may
need to work a few stitches to close any gaps at the
shoulders. Join feet. Turn out to RS.
Sew a button to the top of the tail at cast on end then
sew the tail to the middle body back,
just above the legs.
Stuff the arms, legs, body, head and
ears. Close the gap between the legs
using mattress stitch, working the seam
into the knitting about ¼in (6mm) up
from the cast on edges to compensate
for the ‘stepping’ caused by the cast
To complete and give shape to the feet,
pinch the back of the foot to create a
‘heel’ sew the ‘pinched’ bit of knitting in
place with a couple of stitches.
Accessorise with glee | Monster happy
Fig. 9:3 Advanced casting on - Knitting on 3
Fig. 9:4 Advanced casting on - Knitting on 4
backwards loop cast on
Place the new loop on the left-hand
Repeat this process until you have cast on
as many stitches as the project requires.
Backward loop cast on
This is the best cast-on method when adding
stitches in the middle of a row.
Hold the working yarn in your left hand with
the needle in your right. Extend your left index
finger parallel to the yarn, dip your finger under
the yarn and towards you. Slip the tip of the
needle from left to right under the yarn around
your finger, so that the needle is going through
the loop in the same direction as your finger.
Remove your finger, tighten the loop on the
needle. You can see here how the yarn is
twisted to make the loop lie on the needle in
the correct direction.
Techniques | Casting on
p2tog (purl two
Purl along the row until you reach the area
you want to decrease. Purl through the next
two stitches as though they were one stitch.
This decreases by one stitch.
You can also decrease by more than one stitch at a time. For example, some of the pattern
instructions ask you to k3tog or p3tog. Work these decreases as explained above; you will just
need to insert your working needle through three stitches and knit or purl them together as
though they were one stitch. K3tog and p3tog decrease by two stitches.
Increasing stitches is where you make a stitch.
kfb (knit into the front and
back of the stitch)
pfkb (purl into the front, knit
into the back of the stitch)
Knit along the row until you reach the stitch
where you want to increase. Knit into the front
of the next stitch on the left-hand needle.
Instead of removing it from the needle, knit
into it again through the back loop. Then slip
the original stitch off the left-hand needle.
Purl until you reach the stitch where you want to
increase. Purl into the front of the next stitch on
the left-hand needle. Instead of slipping it off
the needle, take the working yarn to the back
and knit into the stitch through the back loop.
Slip the original stitch off the left-hand needle.
Techniques | Shaping