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Tribal Stripe Coasters (Free Knitting Pattern!)

{Originally published September 2012 on Prairiesque}

I published this free pattern long ago on my old blog, and thought it was time to post again…this is a simple yet fabulous stitch pattern, (if I do say so!)   Like zipper pouches and coffee mugs, you just can’t have too many coasters.  Make these in some bright colors for a fresh & breezy feel, or maybe try them in a lovely subdued wool for something a little more hygge…

Tribal Stripes Linen Stich Coasters

Materials:

  • 2 Balls (each a different color) of Sugar’n Cream yarn (or any worsted weight cotton)
  • US 5  (3.75 mm) straight needles
  • tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
CO = Cast on
st(s) = stitch(es)
MC = main color
CC = contrasting color
k = knit
p = purl
sl = slip stitch

Instructions:

Using MC, CO 20 sts.

Row 1: k1, bring yarn to the front, sl 1, bring yarn to back, repeat.
Row 2:  p1, bring yarn to the back, sl 1, bring yarn to front, repeat.
Row 3:  k1, bring yarn to the front, sl 1, bring yarn to back, repeat.
Row 4:  p1, bring yarn to the back, sl 1, bring yarn to front, repeat.

*Attach CC.  Using CC, repeat rows 1 and 2 once.

Using MC, repeat rows  1, 2, 3, and 4 once.

Repeat from * four times.  Bind off loosely, weave in ends.  Enjoy!

 

Breton / French Sailor Top! (Free Sewing Pattern.)

{This pattern was originally published July 2016 on my now defunct blog, Prairiesque.}

I’ve been wanting to make my own striped blouse/Breton top/French sailor shirt for a long time.   I had made the pattern, but it was surprisingly difficult to find just the right fabric.  I finally found a great fabric at Needle Nook Fabrics here in Wichita.  (One of my favorite shops, by the way.  Check them out!!)

sailor top fabric

This is my original pattern, which I’m offering for free–please use as you wish!   (If you plan to sell a finished product based on the pattern, it would be much appreciated if you would mention Moth & Rust as the source of your pattern. Thank you!)

This particular pattern only covers a small range of sizes; however, it is a fairly basic two-piece pattern, which can be easily adjusted at the sides and in the middle or hem.  Also, it may fit differently depending on how stretchy your knit fabric is.   The best thing to do is experiment with some comparable but inexpensive fabric before making the final piece!  Instructions are as follows:

  1.  Print all pages (in the gallery below) and piece together with tape, using the picture below and alignment bars as a guide.
  2. The front and back of the bodice are the same, except for the neckline.  Place on fold to cut.  The sleeve is also placed on the fold when cutting.
  3.  With right sides together, stitch at shoulders.  You can use a 1/2″ or 5/8″ seam allowance.  I would also suggest stitching some non-stretch lace or ribbon along the shoulder seems to keep them from stretching.
  4. Pin armhole side of sleeve to bodice armhole, right sides together, and stitch.   Make sure your stripes align, at least close to the armpit/bottom of the armhole.
  5. With right sides together, pin garment so that sleeve edges and side edges are together (again, aligning stripes) and stitch up sides.  Be especially careful when matching up the stripes on the bodice!!  I learned the hard way that stripes may be together, but if you don’t match the corresponding stripes, you will end up essentially with a spiral going around the body, which makes getting a straight hem impossible.
  6. Hem arm holes, bottom, and neckline. You may also want to use ribbon or a running stitch in your neckline to prevent stretching.

sailortop5

sailortop3

The chart here shows how the sections will print and how they are pieced together:breton pattern layout

To print the pattern pieces, click on each thumbnail below and print directly from that page, or save to your computer.