Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Rustic Christmas Craft Projects

Posted on | November 26, 2012 | 6 Comments


Cinnamon Applesauce Hearts, read full instructions.

Hello! It’s me…the absentee blogger. I’m really hoping to start blogging again. We’ll see how well I do on my intentions with an almost 3-week old baby at home and me going back to work in just a few weeks. I’ll try my best even if I write shorter posts and please ignore the grammar errors and typos…

I thought I would start things off with a round-up of some of my favorite holiday crafts I’ve featured over the past few years. Simple rustic decorations and handmade gifts hold a special place in my heart. Partly because I adore the tradition of making things. I forever remember the moments creating my cinnamon hearts to hang on my christmas tree or knitting a scarf for a special friend. The thought and time that goes into handmade objects is truly special.

Above and below a few of my favorites…

Handmade Cinnamon Hearts Tied On Wrapped Gifts, read full instructions.

How To Make A Simple Winter Green Wreath, read full instructions.

Give Paperwhite Bulbs Decorated With Shells, read full instructions.

Wrap A Boxwood Wreath With Ribbon, read full instructions.

Macaroni Snowflakes created by Stephanie, read full instructions.

Salt Dough Ornaments made by Stephanie, read full instructions.

A pattern to make a Seed Stitch Scarf, read full instructions.

Make a simple Stripe Yarn Bracelets, read full instructions.

Make A Seed Stitch Leather Button Neckwarmer

Posted on | January 30, 2012 | 11 Comments

Inspired by a knit cowl designed by Knittles; I made a seed stitch version with five leather buttons. The neckwarmer is easy to knit and super cozy. Using the same seed stitch technique from my scarf project; I increased the width and shrunk the length. Five leather buttons ($0.79 each) I picked up at MJ Trim in New York secure the neckwarmer in place. The fitted style keeps my neck warm on bitter cold days without the bulkiness of a long scarf. Pull the neckwarmer up to cover your face or push down below your chin for a comfortable fit.

My Version
1 skein (100g/87yd) of Rowan Yarns Big Wool in Linen
US size 13 knitting needles (I could have used #15 but I have a loose purl stitch)

Cast on 21 stitches (odd numbers only)
Row 1: Slip 1 knitwise, *p1, k1; repeat till end. (you should end with a knit)
Repeat the pattern till you use up the skein.
Bind off and tuck in ends.

Secure five buttons on one side of the neckwarmer. I used leftover yarn and tied each button through onto the backside. I then positioned the button to poke through the overlapping top layer to the front side. I didn’t knit button holes but used the gaps between the purl and knit stitch. Below snapshots of the neckwarmer I made. Enjoy!

Handmade seed stitch (moss stitch) neckwarmer.

Front of neckwarmer.

Buttons attached to backside of neckwarmer.

Back of neckwarmer.

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Make A Seed Stitch Scarf
Knit & Crocheted Cowls
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