Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Tutorial #8 - Custom Toe-Up Socks using magic loop


As promised earlier. Today I am posting a tutorial on how to knit custom toe-up socks using magic loop technique, which essentially is knitting socks on one long circular needle. Since I am a visual learner myself, I figured a video will be the best medium to demonstrate this technique.

Hope this is helpful to all the viewers. Please use #krityummakers if you use this video to knit your project so we can take a look at your creations.


Friday, 30 September 2016

How to Knit Custom Toe-Up Socks for any yarn and any size


I have put up a new series of videos on my youtube channel on how to knit custom toe-up socks for any yarn and size.

Part 1 - Addresses Judy's magic cast on and how to calculate to knit up to the heel

Part 2 - Addresses placing waste yarn for afterthought heel and then knitting up to the cuff

Part 3 - Demonstrates how to pick up the heel stitches and knit the after thought heel, weaving in ends, steam blocking

Friday, 16 September 2016

How to Sew a Zippered Pouch for Sunglasses


We are sure everyone will agree that zippered pouches are the ultimate accessory for any age and any kind of bits and bobbles that we might have. Today, we would like to share with you our zippered pouch tutorial on youtube where SS makes a sunglass case for MS from the Krityum Team.

In this case the pouch exterior is shaped to fit a sunglass but the method would remain same for any kind of zipper pouch.

Find the pattern template for this pouch at the POLKA DOT CHAIR blog
You will need to subscribe to their newsletter to get the free template.

Or simply make your own template for two panels (one front and one back) of the same size for a pouch.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Shop Update #2 - Project Bags, Notions Pouches, zip pouches, DPN cozies


Our Krityum Handmade etsy shop (krityumhandmade.etsy.com) now has a bunch of project bags, cosmetic bags, zip pouches and more. There are a lot of one of a kind ones in this update. More styles coming soon. 
These bags are great for use with your knitting and crochet projects, but that's not all. They are also good for organising a number of other stuff including school supplies, cosmetics, and other bits and bobs. Here are the different styles that are available in the shop now:

Find all the details for these in our etsy shop listings. In addition, there are a few knitting stitch markers available now. Crochet markers coming soon.

You can see our shop update video for these items on our YouTube channel. 

Hope to see you guys grab some of this stuff from our shop. 

Friday, 29 July 2016

First 100 giveaway on Instagram


Just a short post today to let everyone know that we (me and my sister) are holding a giveaway on our Instagram accounts in celebration of our first 100 followers. So we will be giving away this gorgeous handmade journal to one lucky winner on Aug 5th, 2016. It would be great for your project journal if you are a crafter or just a daily journal of your thoughts.

We have put up a small little video on our youtube channel too, to let everyone know.

Just a few simple rules to make your entry:

  •  Follow both our accounts on Instagram if you are not already - @krityum & @krityumhandmad

  • Tag at least one of your friends on Instagram to our original giveaway post. The more tags you make the more entries you get.

  • Repost our post on your public account with #first100

  • So All the Very Best to everyone.

    Tuesday, 19 July 2016

    Our first Etsy Update video! Hand Dyed Yarns for your pleasure!


    This is the supporting blog post for our first ever Hand Dyed Yarn update, for our etsy shop, on our new youtube channel.

    Be warned this is going to be a picture heavy one. Click on the name of the colorways under the picture to take you to the etsy shop listing.
    First up are few skeins of our Superwash Merino Worsted Weight Yarn

    Two skeins of Moody Sky
    Two skeins of Wild Pansy
    Two skeins of Hari Mirch
    One Skein of Tota
    One skein of Genda
    Two skeins of Thums Up
    Next up is our Superwash Merino Sport Weight Yarn

    Three skeins of Sindoor
    Two skeins of Patjhad
    Four skeins of Purple Hues
    Some Superwash Merino Fingering

    Five skeins of Neel Kamal
    Sock Superwash Sport

    One skein in Aru
    BFL Sport Weight

    Two skeins in Lali 

    100% Pure Alpaca Fingering

    Three skeins of Hariyali
    Merino-Bamboo Fingering

    One huge skein of Jamun

    You can find the youtube video for this update here:

    Krityum Sisters

    How to sew a custom bottle cover


    This is the supporting blog post for our second sewing project video tutorial on our new youtube channel... How to sew a custom bottle cover. We looked at primarily two sources while coming up with this one:
    The dimensions for fabric for one bottle cover are as follows:

    • One rectangle of main fabric
      • Width = largest cirumference on the bottle + 1.5 in (4cm)
      • Length = Height of bottle - 1in (2.5cm))
    • One rectangle from inner fabric with the same dimensions as above
    • One circle outer fabric drawn by tracing 0.5in (1cm) out of the actual largest circumference on the bottle
    • One circle inner fabric with the same dimension as above
    • (Optional) One rectangle of fusible fleece or interfacing with 0.5in (1cm) less all around dimensions of the fabric rectangles we cut before
    • (Optional) One circle of fusible fleece or interfacing with the same circumference as the largest circumference on our bottle
    • For longer strap 
      • For a kid - a rectangle each from inner and outer fabrics with width = 2.5in (6.5cm) and length 33in (84cm)
      • For an adult - a rectangle each from inner and outer fabric with width = 2.5in (6.5cm) and length 58in (147cm) or desired length
      • (Optional) - a rectangle of fusible fleece or interfacing with width = 1.5in (4cm) and length equal to fabric strap
    • For shorter strap 
      • For a kid - a rectangle each from inner and outer fabrics with width = 2.5in (6.5cm) and length 10in (25cm)
      • For an adult - a rectangle each from inner and outer fabric with width = 2.5in (6.5cm) and length 12in (30.5cm) or desired length
      • (Optional) - a rectangle of fusible fleece or interfacing with width = 1.5in (4cm) and length equal to fabric strap
    From here on follow our video tutorial

    Krityum Sisters

    Tuesday, 12 July 2016

    How to sew a mounted front envelop back cushion / pillow cover


    We are back with a new tutorial for everyone. And best of all, we made a video for all you guys so you can follow through with us.

    You will need:
    • Measurements of your cushion / pillow form. Ours is 15"x15" (38x38 cm)
    • Add half an inch all around to these measurements. So ours becomes 15.5"x15.5"(39.5 x 39.5cm)
    • Now calculate two thirds of the measurement of the longer side of your piece. Ours is a square so we have only one measurement. So (15.5*2)/3 = 10.5"(27cm). Add half an inch for seam allowance here = 11" (28cm)
    • Now we need to cut three pieces from our fabric: one will be the exactly 15.5"x15.5", and two will be 11"x15.5"
    From here onwards you can follow on with our video:

    The pair of cushion covers that are featured at the end of our video are available through our handmade items' etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/448691884/one-of-a-kind-hand-painted-and-pieced?ref=shop_home_active_1 

    Krityum Sisters

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016

    How to make Continuous Bias Binding - Photo tutorial

    Today we are going to share our process for creating a continuous bias binding. We learned this process from our friend Sandy's youtube video (see below). If you wish to jump directly to that part where she discusses this technique go to 1.50min

    We mostly followed her method but did a few tweaks. Here is what we did step by step. 

    Step 1
     Take the whole width of the cloth, square the top (straighten the raw edge) and then fold it from one corner to one of the selvedges, forming a triangle. Now cut at the bottom of this triangle.

    You will get a perfect square of fabric.

    Step 2

    Now fold into the triangle again and cut the fold-line to  form two triangles. Place them one on top of other as shown below.

    Step 3
    Pin the bottom edges together and sew with a quarter inch seam allowance.

    You will get the following. Turn the inside up and press the seam allowances apart.

    Step 4
    Now draw parallel lines (using a grid ruler will be very helpful here) at a distance equal to the width of the bias tape you want. We drew them 1.5inches. Our mistake was that we drew it on the public side of the pieces. The correct way is to draw them on the wrong (the one with the seam) side of the piece.

    Now cut away any excess or unstraigtened edges at the end.

    Step 5
    Now with the public side up, fold the pointed ends towards the seam line. You will get something like below, and you will notice that the parallel lines form contnuous lines actoss the fabric cuts.

    Pull the pointed edges in opposite direction away from the pieces so that the next set of parallel lines are aligned. (see below)

    Step 6
    Now pin in place and sew this diagonal edge with the same quarter inch seam allowance.

    You will get this tube wuth two ends sticking out on either side.

    Step 7
    Start cutting at one of the ends that are shooting out of the tube we just sewed.

    Since we already aligned the parallel line, we are going to get one continuous piece of bias binding.


    In order to turn this into corded binding, find a matching sewing thread first.

    Now get the cord to go in the binding. We did not have one so we used a yarn.

    Fold the bias tape lengthwise, matching raw ends, with the seams enclosed within the fold and press. Put the yarn flush with the fold-line and using a zipper foot, start sewing the entire length of the tape you want corded. And wallah!!! You have your own corded binding.

    Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will come back for more in the future. Do let us know if you would like us to make a specific tutorial to help you guys. 

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