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Lifestyle: How to make D.I.Y knitted home decorations

Are you looking to spice up your home? Why not try knitting some decorations? They're fun, quirky and versatile, the perfect way to make your space creative without breaking the bank, by Rosa Fairfield.

Knitted decorations by Linda Smith 



Know what you want to make
There's so many different styles of decoration you can create. From dangling stars to fruit baskets, there are lots of options to be discovered. (Make sure you don't mistake knitted fruit for food, it doesn't count as your 5-a-day.) 

You could even try a larger project, like a knitted footstool or basket. Pinterest is a great place to look for craft inspiration. Soon, your whole home will look like a cute, cosy haven. 

My mother has started making knitted fruit and vegetable baskets, the ones you can see in the pictures. So, if you want to purchase some knitted fruit or have a commission in mind, message me


Find knitting patterns
You can start by purchasing a book filled with knitting patterns. This is great if you're a beginner. As you get more advanced, you can adapt patterns or invent your own.

Browsing books may also spark your imagination. You can find an idea that you haven't previous thought of.

There's also lots of YouTube videos you can follow if you're struggling. It helps to have a visual aid. (That way, you can clearly see it's not meant to look like the circle, with 5 corners, you may have ended up making.) 



Get your supplies 
Once you have your knitting pattern sorted, it's time to buy your supplies. So you don't overbuy yarn, make sure you work out what colours, and how much, you need first.

Amazon is a great place to find all kinds of coloured yarn and you can receive it the next day with Prime delivery.

Don't forget knitting needles. If you're a newbie, make sure you think about different sizes and how many you'll need for the pattern. 



Practice 
Like anything, you get better with practice. So, keep at it. Accept that your first creations won't be your best work and try again.

Before you make your first decorations, you might want to have a couple of practice attempts. If it's going to be in pride of place, in your home, you want it to look its best. 

Knitting is also a great hobby. It's something you can do alone or with a group of friends. You could even find a knitting meet-up to take part in. It's especially good if you feel less confident around people, working on a task together gives you a guaranteed conversation topic. So, whether you're looking for a way to relax or a way to make new friends, this could be perfect for you. 



Create a fun display
You can display small knitted items in baskets or crates, this works well with knitted fruit. You could also turn them into fairy-lights, hanging decorations or a knitted mobile. There's lots of different options, you go where your imagination takes you.

Knitted decorations create a fun, colourful and cosy atmosphere.