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DIY Diamond Pattern Friendship Bracelet Tutorial from The Purl Bee. 

This is just the diamond pattern flipped to the “wrong side”. This is not a beginner project, but rather for someone who has made a few friendship bracelets. Use this idea of using 1 color of floss for a different look.

This Purl Bee post only has pay patterns/kits (I felt misled after reading their post and clicking through their link to find this out and that the kits were up to $27.50). 

You can google “diamond pattern friendship bracelet” or go to this Purl Bee page here for a free diamond pattern. For a huge archive of friendship bracelets of all kinds go here.

Monochrome Friendship Bracelet | The Purl Bee

I usually make sure I have plenty of crafty stuff to keep me busy when I come home to my parents but this time I failed miserably. I brought my cross stitch but no needles. I brought my wooden beads but no cotton cord. I completely forgot my loom knitter. So I was browsing my Pinterest boards and came across these monochrome friendship bracelets and thought - hey I used to love making those! And I have plenty of cotton thread. I love the monochrome look of the bracelets - definitely more grown up than the crazy multi-coloured ones I whipped up when I was in Brownies. If you need a bit of a reminder in how to make these, click here for a ton of patterns to try, from the basic stripe to chevron to the above pattern.

DIY Knit Unisex Cowls with Free Patterns.

Left Photos: The free pattern for the “Lovely Ribbed Cowl” comes from The Purl Bee here. The photos are from Süsk and Banoo, including information on the hat here

Right Photo: The free pattern for this lightly felted cabled cowl is from LionBrand, and is rated intermediate.

For DIY “manly gifts” that I’ve posted go here: truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/manly-gifts

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Classic Blankets | The Purl Bee

Every time I look through the Purl Bee website I wish again that I could knit! I freakin’ love both of these blankets, but especially the multicoloured striped blanket. Doesn’t it look so warm and comfortable? Perfect for wrapping up in during those cold nights in front of the TV or when reading a book. Oh man. SOMEONE KNIT THIS FOR MEEEE!

Double Seed Stitch Blanket - can be knitted up to a Queen size for your bed! Free pattern over at Purl Soho.

We love how the simple double seed stitch pattern creates a subtle field of wonderfully nubbly texture. Combined with the comfort and softness of our Merino, this is a seriously cozy blanket with the reassuring weight and warmth of a handknit!

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Striped Cotton Cowl | The Purl Bee

Even though I still don’t know how to knit, I love sharing the projects for y'all who do! In fact, I think I need to hunt someone down to make this for me because I love it so much! I especially love the coloured yarn threaded throughout. I wish that it wasn’t Summer coming up… horrible, horrible Summer, but I can still wear this next Winter!

DIY Knotted Cord Fabric Friendship Bracelet Tutorial from The Purl Bee.

These bracelets are made braiding 5, 7 or 9 stands of Chinese Knotting Cord. The fabric is bias tape which you can buy or make. The Purl Bee’s Liberty fabric tape is so pretty but very expensive. It’s 7/8″ wide before folding for bias tape to give you an idea of the size. 

For more friendship bracelets of all kinds go here or see these roundups - links top to bottom.

The Best Of Summer Crafting | The Purl Bee

The Purl Bee is my favourite place to go for knitting, sewing and crocheting. They have what I call ‘modern classics’, meaning items you could wear now, wear later, and hand down. This is an awesome round up of super fun, neon rich mix up of projects to try on those Summer days when it’s better to be inside than out!