Autumn’s colors have arrived and it is time to honor them with our seasonal decorations. My kitchen table was in dire need of some color, but the stores did not have what I had envisioned for my centerpiece. I searched and searched, but never found what I really wanted. Then I remembered the beautiful yarn I had purchased last season. It had such lovely colors that I decided it would become my new fall table decoration. This is a super simple project that almost any age can do. Kids can even do it with some adult supervision.
The supplies I used for this quick and easy craft are:
– 1 skein autumn colored variegated yarn
– 1 Clover Wonder Knitter (with the 3-prong spool attachment)*
– 1 yarn needle
– Quilt pins
This is a very simple craft to make when you find yourself with spare time, or just sitting and watching TV for an hour a day. This craft does take a number of hours to complete, depending how fast you are with the Clover Wonder Knitter. (It you have never used one, then I advise reading the package for detailed instructions.) I did this entire craft in roughly 5 1-hour increments while watching Perry Mason at lunchtime at work.
Use the variegated yarn with the Clover Wonder Knitter and produce roughly 10 yards of knitted rope. While making this, I realized that it was an enormous amount of rope and it got tangle up very easily. I suggest rolling it into a ball, or tying it up somehow to ease the continued knitting process.
When the entire 10 yards is complete, it is time to design your mat. I chose the standard circle, but if you are feeling creative, you can also make a beautiful oval. To make the circle, just take the tip and begin to roll the rope around the center. Keep it flat and continue to wrap it around and around. (See the above photo for reference.) This will get a bit difficult because you want to keep the rope even and slightly tight, but not too tight because it will then start to curve. If you like, you can use quilting pins to pin places of the growing mat in place.
After you have the entire 10 yards wrapped into your circle, it is time to begin sewing it in place. Take your quilting pins and secure the circle in place in different places. Take your yarn needle and, using the same fall color yarn, begin at the center of the project and gently secure the first few center loops. After that, begin at the center and push the needle through the radius of the circle to the end. Secure in place but do not snip the end. Instead of cutting the yarn, just continue to the middle again. You can use this idea to secure it in place or you can do it your way. Any way that you decide to do it, always remember to not go all the way through the rope. You do not want the sewing to show through to the top when you flip it over.
After the entire project is sewn, flip it over and check for loose area of the rope. If you find any, flip it over and sew a few more areas. If all the areas are nice and tight, but not too tight to cause the rope to curl, then you are done. If you do pull the sewing yarn too tight and the rope begins to curl, just take out the sewing and start over. This project is very simple and can be done many different ways. Enjoy your new festive fall centerpiece!
Washing instructions: Hand wash only and dry flat.
*If you do not have a 3-prong Clover Wonder Knitter, then you can also use the standard 4-prong spool knitter or any other spool style knitter.
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