Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Technique Tuesday: Knitty Kitty Does Crochet

Debby Kratovil is back with another Technique Tuesday post! Today she's using the bright and super-fun prints from Kanvas' Knitty Kitty collection in some easy, almost no-sew projects. After you've checked out Debby's projects below, head over to her blog to enter a giveaway for 6 Knitty Kitty fat quarters.

Knitty Kitty Collection by Kanvas for Benartex Fabrics
Wait? Where's the KITTY? I thought you said Knitty KITTY? OK. Here they are:
A fat quarter of cute kitties dressed in knitted sweaters
Why am I working with kitty fabric and I'm a dog person? Shhh! don't tell my dog Belle, please.

My dog is chewing a bone and it's NOT a kitty bone
I actually didn't choose this collection; Benartex did it for me. I have no problem with cats, just with knitting. I don't know how! But I can crochet and that's why I am using this collection to feature some crochet items.
My husband and I go through this size oatmeal box several times a year
Yes, I save these wonderful cardboard boxes. They come in handy for a few things, such as this:

A little batting, a little main print and then a pocket print
Steps to the Box with Pockets
1. My oatmeal box measures at 10-1/2" high. I cut a piece of batting to fit all around, exactly to the height. Glued it in place.

2. I cut and hemmed the main light print so that it will completely cover the batting covered box. 

3. Next, I cut a piece of green print to a height that will work with my crochet hooks and rulers.

4. I layered the green print along the bottom raw edge of the light print and stitched it in place; added 3 pockets by stitching vertically through both layers. Now I can wrap this around the batting covered box and glue in place. Very simple; probably took less than 15 minutes.

But what about the kitty fabric?

Yes, I have a lot of crochet hooks. Love that Tunisian crochet hook, my favorite type of crochet
Steps to the Hook Holder: 

1. I took a 12" wooden hoop and measured enough of the kitty fabric to go inside the hoop with enough to tuck under in the back. I cut it out.

2.  I cut a piece of the pink hearts fabric TWICE the height of what I wanted my pocket to be. This way I don't have to hem the pocket. It is folded for a double layer. I made sure it was as wide as the main kitty print.

3. I stitched vertical narrow pockets 1" wide for slots for my hooks. You can see the stitching if you look real close.

4. Now I place this inside the underside hoop, carefully centering it. Added the outer hoop, tightened the top screw and she's done - almost.

5. I trimmed the back excess fabric and then used glue to adhere the fabrics to the wooden hoop underneath.
Yes, some yarn, some hooks, some markers.

Oh, I have a lot of crochet magazines. Mostly eye-candy, but some day . . .
I had just a tiny bit of the main kitty fabric left over (I only received a fat quarter) and I thought you might like to see what I'm making:

This kitty has the blues; these are 2" hexies, so this will become another placemat for my grandson
This pink kitty feels right at home surrounded by the knitted hearts fabric
Now for a giveaway! I have a fat quarter bundle for one happy kitty lover (or someone who loves kitty fabric). Just take a trip over to the Benartex Facebook page and like the page and/or sign up to follow the Benartex blog via a blog reader or email (both in the right hand sidebar). Then come over to my blog and tell me you did it.
6 fat quarters for you to win!

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  1. Adorable fabric, I especially liked the fussy cut hexies! Liked the FB page!

  2. thank you for the crochet things. As a crocheter too we all get lost to knitter.

  3. Beautiful! I follow Benartex via GFC.

  4. I love, love, love this Kitty fabric... so cute!! Thanks for the chance to win this sweet bundle!! I already Like Benartex on FB ;-)

  5. The kitties are such cuties! I follow Benartex via Facebook and get their blog via e-mail. Thanks for the give away!

  6. I've 'liked' Bernatex on FB for a while. Thanks for the chance to win - German Shorthairs are family favorites for us so thanks for sharing the pics.

  7. Love the recyled oat container. Nice way to displaying all the needles. I follow by email and Thanks for the chance to win Fat Quarters.

  8. Awwwwww...... that is the cutest fabric!!!! And I love the projects you made with them - very useful and fun! Thanks for sharing - and thanks for helping me find Benartex on FB!

  9. Very cute fabric. And I like Benartex.

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  10. I too like how you used the fabric to make cute hexies. I also 'liked' Benartex's page.

  11. I follow the Benartex blog by email

  12. Cute, cute, cute kitties! I'd best not let my 18 year old cat-loving daughter see this fabric or we'll have to buy a whole bolt! Four real live cats just aren't enough for her. So glad I follow your blog via e-mail. Maybe one of these days I'll break down and get a Facebook account and see what you're doing there as well.



  14. I follow Benartex on facebook and I subscribe to Sew in Love via email and enjoy it very much. And I love kitties. That fabric collection is sweet.

  15. This fabric is so cute! I'm following Benartex on FB and the blog. I think Belle already knows about the kitty fabric................grin.

  16. I love the kitty fabric as I have two kitties an also crochet, what great great ideas, so simple!

  17. Cute fabric! I follow Benartex by e-mail.


  18. JoannaOctober 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    I follow Benartex on facebook and I subscribe to Sew in Love via email and enjoy it very much. I've had my eye on Knitty Kitty for a while - I love kitties and knitting! Thanks!

  19. I really must learn to crochet, I have books, all I need is the time.

  20. I subscribe to Sew in Love by email and check it every day. Love to look at the new fabrics. Bev L

  21. Already a follower of the blog on FB and by email. Also a Preview Club member. Love their fabrics.

  22. I just have to try this project. What a cute idea

  23. I follow by email and love this 'kitty fabric"!!
    Bev L

  24. Obviously, I'm late to the party but I love this fabric line. Being a cat lover, I really must get my paws on some of this stuff. My cat, after 6 yrs of togetherness, has discovered quilting. I MUST make him a green quilt, I can't keep him off of the last two I've been working on. And then there was the Easter project I was working on tonight!

  25. I follow the Benartex blog via email. I admit, I am a cat lover.

  26. I follow the Bernartes blog via email, and I follow them on FB. Adorable fabric!

  27. I liked and am now following the Bernatex FB page. I'm a doggie person, but I love that quilt idea with the hexies!