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Kids love playing with Jumbo Fabric Letters!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Felt or fabric
Hand sewing needle and thread
Scissors or Rotary Cutter
Cutting mat if using rotary cutter and ruler
Pinking shears (if using fabric that can fray)
1.) Draw your letter on your felt or fabric
You can either sketch out your own letters or shapes OR you can print out templates. Either way, make certain they are large enough for you to be able to stuff them after sewing them together. I am going to show you the letter “V” and “B”. The “V” is pretty simple, but the “B” has more curves, so can be a little more challenging.
2.) Cut out your letter. Be sure to double up on your fabric so you have 2 letters. (Please be mindful of right and wrong sides if using fabric) Remember to cut out the smaller circles of letters that have them. These will get sewn, also.
3.) Place both of your letter or shape pieces on top of each other facing the correct way in preparation for sewing.
4.) Set your machine to a zig zag stitch
5.) Mark a 2-3” opening to allow for stuffing.
6.) Sew all around making sure to backstitch at each start and stop point. Also, remember to sew those little “d” shapes on the inside of the “B” shut.
7.) Start stuffing the letter, you may need to use something to get the stuffing into small and tight places. (I just used my fabric marker)
8.) Hand sew the small opening closed! And you’re done!
Kristen here, with a progress report on my shrug:
This is the swatch I tried first. It’s two different colors held together of Beaverslide worsted weight yarn (in colors Mule Deer and Mink Heather).
This is a shrug in progress using Native Twist from Imperial Stock Ranch in the colorway Teal Heather.
I began swatching for this project with two yarns I liked together, but quickly changed directions, as you can see. My swatch has 20 stitches cast on using one strand each of the Beaverslide worsted weight yarn (one of my all time favorites) on size 11 needles. I’m a pretty loose knitter, which I already knew, so I usually start out with a needle a size or two smaller than what is suggested by the designer. The two worsted yarns together should pretty closely replicate the final size and gauge of the yarn originally used by the designer. In fact, my gauge was pretty spot on with the Beaverslide.
However, the more I worked on the swatch, the less sure I was that I liked the way the fabric looks. So I dug around in my stash and found the Native Twist. It’s a nice fluffy, plump single-ply teal yarn with flecks of pinkish purple. The color is difficult to photograph and very vibrant. I quickly worked through about a skein and a half so far. I love this yarn, and it plays well with cables.
I had another look at the original swatch in Beaverslide today, and the combo may have grown on me, which won’t surprise anybody who knows me. Next time you hear from me, I may have changed my mind yet again.
Liz here! I’ve chosen my yarn for the main body of the forest & frill shrug. The crochet edges use a different yarn, we’ve decided to finish our knitting first. The main yarn I’ve chosen is a Beaverslide 100% Merino 3-Ply McTaggart Tweed in Mittens Lake color. I’m a big fan of wool in general, and as a new knitter I am really interested in how much control in color and texture is available. I’m in love with this yarn and I’m already thinking of other projects it would suit!
I’ve completed my first swatch and I’ve opted to use a single heavier yarn instead of a doubling. My swatch is pretty close to gauge and my cables actually look pretty darn good! Keep on the look out for a little cable tutorial we are putting together next. The only change to the pattern so far was Kristen suggested using 4 knit stitches at the beginning and end of each row instead of 2. This gives some added stability and a little more of an edge to work with when stitching to it.
Stay tuned & thanks for Stitching with us!!
A couple of us Lab Gals are going to make Tiny Owl Knits’ adorable shrug pattern forest & frill.
image Copyright tiny owl knits
This pattern calls for a yarn you can knit on US 13 needles (fast knitting!), and the designer uses two strands held together. You totally don’t have to do that. Use one really fat yarn or two strands of something skinnier, whichever you prefer.
Here are a few thoughts on the construction if you’re not sure about your skill level:
- Are you a cable novice? Good news, cables are super easy. I’m not just saying that either. They look impressive but are simple to execute. Cables are made when you cross some stitches over some other stitches before knitting them. I recommend a big U-shaped cable needle to help you do this.
- Which yarn should you use? Yarn with good drape is key here. It’s a bulky knit, so you don’t want it to be too stiff. However, you still want those cables to pop. Big cables look great in wool or other animal fibers. There are many yarns that blend plant and animal fibers for the best of both worlds.
- Does making a garment seem intimidating? This shrug is actually a rectangle. You just sew it together at each end to make arm holes.
- What about the crochet? The crochet is added around the edge after the ends are seamed together. You could do anything you want there, even a different crochet border or a knitted one if you’re more comfortable with that.