Knitting Patterns

Knitting Pattern: The Aamu Coaster Set

aamu coaster set

Grab your copy of the Aamu Coaster Set knitting pattern here!

Hi friends! If you’ve been looking for a project that ticks the following boxes: stash buster, fun way to try new stitches, instant gratification project, perfect for the house or as a gift, I have the answer for you! Meet the Aamu Coaster Set knitting pattern – 6 stitch designs, written instructions & charts, a knitting support and a guaranteed good time!

aamu coaster set

Aamu is the Finnish word for morning, and my inspiration for these coasters came from those cozy and slow mornings with lots of time for knitting and coffee.

aamu coaster set

The Aamu Coaster Set knitting pattern calls for bulky yarn, 6mm/US 10 needles (circular or single pointed) and one coaster knits up in no time (we’re talking about an hour of your time per coaster). I knit mine double stranded using The Pima Cotton from We Are Knitters to get that bulky texture that allows the coasters to hold their shape better and makes them a suuuper quick knit.

Aside from being the perfect stash buster project, the Aamu Coaster Set is also a fun way to try new stitch combinations and even learn a few new stitches! The i-cord edges on the sides make sure your edges come out looking spectacular, and you can also top off your coasters with leather tags if you feel like it – if not, the coasters will look totally fabulous without!

Should you have any questions about the pattern, you can always reach me on Etsy, on Instagram @katimaariaknits or by email at kati@katimaaria.com – I’m always happy to help!

If you share a picture of your coasters on Instagram, please tag me @katimaariaknits and use the hashtag #aamucoasterset – this way I won’t miss them!

I hope you’ll enjoy this knitting pattern like I enjoyed writing it up – I can’t wait to see you try this pattern!

Knitting

40 Blog Post Ideas for Makers

blog post ideas for makers

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Hi friends! If you’re anything like me, you’ll often find yourself in front of your laptop actively thinking about writing a new blog post but seem to have lost all your inspiration, motivation and ability to say anything remotely interesting. But not to worry, I’m here to the rescue (both yours and mine)! In this blog post, I’ll be sharing with you my 40 blog post ideas for makers – I hope these will inspire you and maybe even encourage you to start your own blog if you don’t have one yet!

(X) = Insert your craft here!

1. (X) 101: How to Get Started
2. Where to Buy Materials
3. My Top 5 Fibers to Work with
4. Knitting Needles: Circulars vs Single Pointed
5. My Favorite Yarn Weights
6. Basic (X) Stitches
7. My Favorite Free Patterns
8. My Favorite Patterns for Beginners
9. Basic (X) Abbreviations
10. My Favorite Reversible Stitches
11. How I Started (X)
12. Pattern Writing 101
13. Designing 101
14. How to Turn Your Hobby into a Small Business
15. Small Business 101
16. Why You Should Have a Mailing List
17. How to Buy Yarn in Bulks
18. Where to Sell Your Patterns
19. Where to Sell Your Physical Items
20. My Packaging & Delivery Tips
21. How to Make Your Brand Stand out
22. Why a Brand Identity Is Important
23. How to Make the Most out of Instagram
24. Photography 101
25. How to Take Eye Catching Product Pictures
26. Flat Lays 101
27. Picture Editing 101
28. My Favorite Apps & Websites
29. How to Use Canva as a Small Business Tool
30. My Favorite Designers
31. How to Stay Creative & Productive While Working from Home
32. How to Believe in Yourself & Your Small Business
33. My Top 5 Stretches for Makers
34. How (X) Can Make You Feel Better
35. How to Use Pinterest Like a Pro
36. How to Connect with Other Makers
37. How To: Brand Collaborations
38. How to Price Your Work
39. What’s Gauge & How to Check It
40. My Top 5 Handmade Pieces

And voilà, there you have it – I hope these 40 blog post ideas for makers will give you inspiration for your future posts!

blog post ideas for makers

Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern: The Linzer Throw

linzer throw

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Hi friends! When I say this design has been in the making for the past forever, forever being exactly one year, I’m definitely not joking. So after one year of originally writing and even having the pattern tested, I’d like you to finally meet the Linzer Throw Pillow!

linzer throw

This bohemian pillow is knit with bulky weight (category 5) yarn, 8mm/US 11 circular needles and it’s worked in the round which means you’ll be knitting stockinette stitch throughout the work and only seaming two openings (a big yes to this right)! The pattern also comes with two alternatives: a fair isle version with 2 colors, and a textured version with 1 color!

linzer throw

Should you have any questions about the pattern, you can always send me a message on Instagram or an email at kati@katimaaria.com

Use the hashtag #linzerthrow and tag me @katimaariaknits if you share a picture of the design on Instagram – this way I won’t miss it!

So without further ado, get your needles & yarn ready and happy knitting!

MEASUREMENTS
One size: 40x40cm / 16×16 inches

MATERIALS

  • 8mm/US 11 circular needles (60cm/24″) OR any needles to obtain the gauge
  • Approximately 163m/178 yards (main color) and 98m/107 yards (contrast color) of bulky weight (category 5) yarn
  • Yarn recommendations:
  • Gauge: 10x10cm/4×4″ of stockinette stitch in fair isle with 8mm/US 11 needles = 14 stitches, 14 rounds
  • Tapestry needle
  • 40x40cm/16×16″ pillow
  • Optional: extra yarn for tassels

ABOUT THE PATTERN
This pillow is knit in the round and only consists of stockinette stitch (all stitches are knit). Knitting in the round makes the seaming a breeze – you’ll only need to seam together the cast-on edge and the bind-off edge!

The fair isle pattern is a 14-stitch, 14-round repeat. The 14-stitch chart is knit 8 times per round, adding up to a total of 112 stitches in the pillow. The 14 rounds are knit for a total of 4 times, which means you’ll be knitting 56 rounds.

The longest floats in the pattern are 8 stitches so make sure you catch them and don’t make floats longer than 5 stitches! Personally, I catch floats already every 3rd stitch – I’ve found it to be a good “rhythm” for my tension while working with two different colors.

Pattern alternative: you can also make this throw pillow using only one color and, instead of working the chart with two colors, purling all the contrast color stitches. This version of the pattern was created by one of my amazing testers, Tara from Knits by Tara, and it’s absolutely brilliant!

Image credit: Knits by Tara

CHART OVERVIEW
Here’s a 56-stitch x 56-round overview of the pattern – I think it gives a better overall idea of how the fair isle is going to look like once the pillow is finished! The stitch count in this chart is half the stitches of the work and the round count is complete, including all 56 rounds.

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INSTRUCTIONS
Cast on 112 stitches on your 8mm / US 11 circular needles (60cm/24”) using the main color. Make sure you leave a long tail; you’ll be using it to close the opening.

Join the work in the round and knit 1 round in stockinette stitch with the main color before starting the fair isle pattern.

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Follow the 14-stitch knitting chart (the chart is knit 8 times per round, 8 x 14 sts = 112 sts), and knit rounds 1-14.

Repeat the chart rounds 1-14 another 3 times, knitting them a total of 4 times for the pillow (56 rounds).

Finish by knitting 1 round of stockinette stitch using the main color before binding off.

BINDING OFF
Step 1: Knit 2 stitches
Step 2: Using your left needle, lift the first stitch on your right needle over the second stitch and drop it off the needle
Step 3: Knit 1 stitch

Keep repeating steps 2-3 until 1 stitch remains.

Cut the yarn leaving a long tail (you’ll use this tail to seam together the bind-off edge), pull the tail through the remaining stitch, thread through the very first stitch that was bound off in the beginning to close the round and pull gently to secure the work.

In these tutorials, I’m using a small test piece just to show you the techniques!

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SEAMING
To seam your pillow, you’ll be using the mattress stitch that creates an invisible horizontal seam.

Before starting, make sure the right side of your pillow is facing up (and that it’s not inside out).

The part where your round changed should be on the side of the pillow: this way, it’ll be less visible and you’ll be able to seam with the long tails that were left after casting on and binding off.

Align the pillow so that the fair isle pattern matches on both sides.

You can start either at the cast-on or bind-off edge.

The mattress stitch: thread the yarn under the horizontal stitches that you’ll find at the stem of the cast-on/bind-off edges. Pick up one stitch per edge at a time and move between the edges, always threading under matching stitches. Continue until you have seamed the opening and secure the tail by weaving in on the wrong side.

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If you want to add tassels, attach them at this point before inserting the pillow (this way you can still secure the tassels by weaving in the ends on the wrong side).

Find a tutorial for making tassels here!

Insert a 40x40cm / 16×16” pillow and seam together the second opening using the mattress stitch.

And voilà, your new throw pillow is now ready to make your home even cozier! I hope you enjoyed this pattern and will be returning to it in the future as well!

linzer throw

Knitting Patterns

Knitting Pattern: Tuomi Socks

tuomi socks

Want to make your own Tuomi Socks? Grab the pattern here!

Hi friends! I’ve been keeping busy with patterns this week and it’s actually the first time I’m publishing two patterns in one week! On Wednesday, I launched the Tuomi Beanie pattern, and now it’s time for the matching socks: meet the Tuomi Socks!

tuomi socks

These cable & lace socks call for medium weight (category 4) yarn, 4mm/US 6 needles and a few hours of your favorite show/podcast/movie/you name it!

tuomi socks

Like the Kielo Socks, this sock pattern also comes with a 16-page knitting support full of tutorial pictures to guide you through every step of the socks. So if you’ve never knit socks before, maybe now’s the perfect time? (writer’s note: it’s always the perfect time for a new pair of socks!)

Ever since my grandma taught me how to knit socks, I’ve loved making them. Before publishing my first sock pattern, I went through hours and hours of creating the perfect formula for a hole-free sock that made sense both in writing and in pictures (trust me, this is often way more complicated than it sounds). Personally my first pairs of socks were total disasters full of holes (+ like sweat and tears) so every time I see someone make their very first pair of socks using my patterns and knitting supports my heart melts juuuust a little. I know the heel can be a little intimidating, which is exactly why I totally got you covered with tutorial pictures + emotional support, if needed!

In other news, it’s day 6 of staying home and our snack cabinet is still full, the mouse in our kitchen seems to have changed locations and I went live on Instagram with a maker friend yesterday for the first time ever! And I also made a giant AlpaWAK to whom I’ll be dedicating an entire post.

Happy Saturday, stay healthy & take care of yourselves and your loved ones!

Knitting Patterns

Knitting Pattern: Tuomi Beanie

tuomi beanie

Grab your copy of the Tuomi Beanie here!

Hi friends! Another day, another cable beanie pattern: meet the Tuomi Beanie! But I mean can you blame me when cables are like the best knitting technique out there? And then it’s lace. And stockinette stitch. You get the point!

tuomi beanie

But back to this particular pattern. The Tuomi Beanie calls for a light-ish bulky yarn, 6mm/US 10 circular needles and a few hours of your time. Once you’re done with the folded brim (which let’s face it is always the looooongest part), it’s a blink of an eye and your beanie is ready to be worn!

I remember posting the St.John’s Wort lace tutorial here on the blog and saying “you’ll probably be seeing a lot of this lace” and in retrospect, I was definitely not wrong about that. It’s a simple & fun stitch that looks like cables but is not really a cable…perfect for whenever you want to have less of that cable needle action.

I hope you’ll love this pattern as much as I loved creating it, and make sure to check back on my Etsy on Saturday when I release the matching sock pattern eeeeeek!

In other, non-knitting news, it’s day 3 of staying at home and I’ve already spent 9187871 hours on TikTok, eaten all the snacks and completely ruined my sleep rhythm. My class notes have yet remained unopened, I’ve scrolled through every Netflix category and I’m waiting for Disney+ like I wait for Christmas. None of the remaining moving boxes have been emptied but I did dig out my running shoes and go out for a little walk as it’s still allowed (as long as you do it alone and not too far from where you live). I’m also planning on doing my first Instagram live this week, so that should be fun!

Take care of yourselves & your loved ones, bisous!