diy project: kate’s knitted twine dining set

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this month i am focusing on another room in the house which is not actually a room, nor is it in the house… it is your backyard! i know this is a sensitive subject, as the majority of us probably have little to no outdoor space. but these projects can fit outdoor areas of various sizes and shapes, and some of them (like this first project) can make your indoor dining area feel like you’re dining outside. i don’t normally knit in the summertime, but i love garden twine and one day i was staring at it and thought, why not? this project is also good for learning the ABCs of knitting, as the shapes are simple and twine is very easy to work with. have fun!! – kate

CLICK HERE for the full project instructions!

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Materials:
1. garden twine
2. knitting needles (size 10.5 straight and a circular size 10″ in a small length, like 7″)
3. colored yarn (optional)
4. scissors
5. old juice jar or straight sided glass pitcher

Instructions:

1. clean off your jar or pitcher and set aside.

NOTE: if you are just learning to knit, i found these videos with rachel ong to be really easy to follow:

http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-cast-on-2
http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-cast-off
http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-knit-the-knit-stitch
http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-knit-the-purl-stitch
http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-change-yarn

for the placemats:

1. cast on 40-50 stitches in the twine on to your straight needles, depending on how large you want your placemat to be knit 2 rows to give the mat a little raised edge.

2. after the first two rows, then begin to knit a row, then purl a row for 10 rows. after the 10th row, purl the 11th row (this will be two purled rows right next to each other) which will switch the texture of the stitches to the opposite. now continue to alternate knitting a row, purling a row for another 10 rows.

3. repeat step 2 three more times for a total of 52 rows (the 2 knit rows to begin with plus 5 alternating bands of 10 rows each). at the end of the last band, knit two more rows and cast off. trim the loose edges. finished!

for the pitcher cozy:

1. using the circular needle, cast on 35 stitches (this is for my juice jar, you may need more or less to fit around yours). you want the circular sleeve to be tight so that it has to stretch to fit over your jar or pitcher.

2. purl the first row and then knit all subsequent rows, adding in a colored yarn for a bit if you like. (when you knit circularly, you do not need to alternate knitting and purl to get the stockinette stitch, you just keep knitting all rows.) purl two rows at the end and cast off. snip all loose ends and tuck into the knitting.

NOTE: if you do not like knitting with circular needles, you can knit the pitcher sleeve on straight needles, wrap it around the jar, and sew together the seams to create a sleeve as well.

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  1. Krysten says:

    Oh gosh, super cute!

  2. Sarah says:

    Never would have thought to knit twine. Interesting! Also loving that glass jar as a pitcher. I have a (somewhat bad) habit of hoarding pretty jars.

  3. Teri says:

    I would never have thought of that either! I just happen to have some of that exact same twine sitting a few feet away from me right now… hmmm now where are those needles! Thank you for such an adorable idea!

  4. Julie says:

    The texture would be amazing–I love that placemats, especially!

  5. What a lovely tutorial for the summertime! Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. ooh i love the idea of twine placemats!

  7. Susan says:

    This is darling! I wish I could knit! May have to find a friend who does and see if I can’t do a trade…

  8. This just made me smile. A perfect touch!

  9. Jess LC says:

    Ah, my new favorite thing: cucumber in water! Love this idea.

  10. leni says:

    i love the texture of them. very cute idea!

  11. rebecca says:

    These are great. I’m on it!

  12. glurf says:

    Can you tell me the make of the flatware? I love it!

  13. margaux says:

    ha! very cool.

  14. These are so pretty! And they add an extra touch of homliness!

  15. Laura. says:

    i am totally in love.

  16. kate says:

    glurf – on the flatware, i do not know the style name, but it is by hampton and i got it a bed bath and beyond over five years ago. hope this helps!

  17. kat says:

    love it! I’m going to do it to a couple of small salsa bottles to use as vases! Thanks for the lovely idea!

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