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we like it wild: knitted by choo

by Grace Bonney

Whether planning a luxurious gala or putting together an intimate surprise dinner party, it’s usually those special people around us that make the impossible possible. Taking the plunge and opening our own business this past year required not only a serious commitment from us, but we find that we rely on our family and friends on a weekly, if not daily, basis. We’ve been lucky to have the unending support of an amazing extended network at every turn. Right now we feel especially grateful to our support system as we are working (about twenty-five hours a day) to get our new shop open in San Francisco!

Our situation is not unique: all the small business owners we’ve spoken with lately, many for this column, all cite their friends and extended family as being an important part of their ability to make things work day-to-day. Lucky for us we have lots of talented people close by who have not only given us unending moral and real support, but who also have nurtured our skills and talents.

Like so many of us, Alethea’s knitting skills were inherited from the ladies in her life. One of her favorite childhood memories is of visiting her grandmother in Australia and being slightly amazed that two little plastic sticks and some colored yarn could make such fantastic things. Her grandmother’s hands moved lightning fast, delicately holding the needles as the yarn passed through her fingers. For Alethea’s 10th birthday she got the treat of picking out a pattern for a sweater that her mum and grandmother would knit together (a really hip one- gray wool background with 3 large turquoise blue diamonds across the front). Years later when she broke her ankle and was stuck in bed for six months, Alethea decided it was finally time to become a knitter too. Her mum came over with some metal needles and a large ball of practice yarn and she began to learn.

Thanks to the teachings of her mum Kay and Aunt Libby, Alethea’s knits have become a part of Studio Choo arrangements. The ladies got together on a recent afternoon to sip tea, swap skeins and make cozy knitted sleeves for some simple vases. Little wooly sleeves would do us all a bit of good through January and February as the storms kick up and the sun is scarce. Here’s a pattern for those wintery months when even the flowers need a Snuggie. These sleeves require elementary knitting skills are perfect for adding some texture and warmth to winter arrangements.

CLICK HERE for the stitch pattern (and more pictures!) after the jump!

Basketweave Stitch:

Multiple of 10

Row 1: Knit

Rows 2, 4 & 6: K6, P4

Rows 3 & 5: K4, P6

Row 7: Knit

Rows 8, 10 & 12: P4, K6

Rows 9 & 11: P6, K4

Repeat Rows 1-12.

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  • thanks for the knit basketweave pattern – I know winters nearly gone but im only just starting to feel knitty.

  • Can’t wait to try to make these! I have some experience in knitting so hopefully it won’t be too hard. Too cute! (Now, how do I find a green thumb so the plant I put it around doesn’t die… ;)

  • These look so cute – can you provide a little more information for determining the pattern based on the vase size?

  • Oh goodness, yes, thanks again for the basketweave stitch! No joke, I’ve dreamt of that stitch and now hopefully I can make it!

  • Very sweet. I would love to see those knitters with some lovely bamboo needles though. Plastic needles UGH!

  • I think this is such a sweet entry with equally sweet photos – how cool is it to capture three generations of knitters doing what they love together?! Thanks for making me smile at work!

  • Love it loooove it! I have a big useless yarn stash that would be perfect for this… Also it seems like a great short-term-gratification knitting project, and a good use for an empty coffee tin? Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Wow…that article really affected me. It started with the picture of the tea cup and balls of yarn, which made me stop and think about all the wonderful times I used to knit. Then the pictures of the ladies knitting brought back wonderful memories of my mom teaching me how to knit. She has been stricken with Alzheimer’s disease at a relatively young age and she can no longer knit or play the piano like she used to love to. I’m so glad I have wonderful memories of the things my mother taught me. I need to sit down with my daughter and start knitting with her. Thank you for reminding me about staying connected with traditions that are really important.

  • This is just what I needed today! I’m sick, had to cancel my knitting lesson for tonight, but I know enough to do this stitch and now I am working on a basketweave scarf for the little one the rest of the night!

    Only I don’t know how they made the edges looks so nice and like rope. Hmm.

  • Oh, I am so sorry but it’s that crocheted tp cover from my Aunt Sylvia’s bathroom – please put it away – pretty please.

  • Thank you for the great photos and nice idea. You have shown me how I can use up pretty yarn and odd buttons that I cannot throw away. All my valentines will receive flowers with sweaters!!!

  • New shop in San Francisco? Where?! When?!! I am SOOOO there! (Writing from Bernal Heights, of the hanging gardens)

  • Wow! These are so pretty! I’m adding them to my craft list… I have a bunch of yarn waiting around for something fun to be!

  • I really enjoyed this post, especially seeing all the family members working together. How awesome! It makes me nostalgic for the past when my mom, sister and I would do art projects together all day long.

    Beautiful work as well; I really like the idea of putting a little bit of color into a room by dressing up the plants!

  • Lovely covers there, but I was wondering what type of flowers/plants those in the first picture are? I love that they look like vegetables with such pretty flowers!

  • Hey!
    I love this idea, it really makes a more cosy feeling to the plants, and I would love to knit one as a birthdaypresent for my mother. However I am not familiar with the terms in english..I have figured out most of them but how do I start? Do I just cast on any number of stiches I want that are multiple of 10 or what does it mean? Thankful for an answer. Leave a comment on my blog or mail me at;
    Thank you!

  • Love this idea! Working on it now…this is only my second knitting project and love this pattern. Since this is only my second time, I have never dealt with button holes and buttons. Any tips on where the button holes should be placed and how to do it? Thanks!

  • could you please tell me how many stitches to cast on for the flower pot cover in basketweave stitch. it says in multiples of 10 do you work it out depending on the size of the flower pot. also the other flower pot cover picture in garter stitch. have you a pattern to follow for that. thank you