DIY: Yarn Wrapped Pattern Weights

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

 

A little while ago we were talking about budget friendly pattern weights and I mentioned that I had ordered some giant washers and had plans to prettify them a little. Actually I had a couple of ideas and am waiting on a delivery of some more washers to try out the other(s) but in the meantime here’s one way of prettying them up! I’ve seen these done with ribbon on pinterest which can work equally well, but here’s my little twist on the idea with some seasonally appropriate pastel ombre touches….

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

They remind me slightly of pastel macarons when stacked like this

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

They’re a decent size too!

 

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

If you fancy making your own you’ll need some yarn. (I used simple cotton dischcloth yarn).  Large metal washers (I used these). A yarn needle. Scissors.

 

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

The washers singly are not quiiiiite heavy enough so we’re doubling them up. Start by  cutting a length of yarn approx 4m long and tying a slipknot through the central hole of both washers.

 

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

Tighten the slipknot then twist the knot and tail around to the back…

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

Thread the long end through a yarn needle and start wrapping. The first few wraps are a little cumbersome as you’ve got so much yarn to play with, but it gets easier as you go. The wrapping part is not quite as straightforward as wrapping one strand next to another all the way round.  You have to do it in sections like this, then work your way around about 3 more times, filling in the gaps each time.  So the first round looks something like this.

 

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This is it flipped over to the reverse. Use the first round to “bury” the tail of the slipknot and snip off the end once it’s secure…

 

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

Then it’s just a question of working your way round filling in the gaps that the last round left. 3, possibly 4 times with this yarn. More if it’s thinner, less if it’s thicker. The yarn from the current round will slot in between the yarn strands from the previous round. On the final round, when the wrapping has become more compact, use your nail to move the wraps up close against eachother (behind my finger in the pic) and make space (in front of my finger in the pic) for the final round of wrapping.  See those teeny gaps where you can see the metal through the yarn? The final strands of yarn will snug in those inbetween places.

 

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

When you’re done feed the tail under the uppermost yarn strands around the hole in the centre to bury it and snip off the excess…

 

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

Done! (Each one takes about 15 mins).

 

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

I rather like the simplicity of them as they are and they are VERY tactile!

 

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

These ones have been dipped in food colouring to give the pastel ombre effect…

 

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

These ones I dyed the yarn first with food colouring to create an ombre effect (mini tute on that to follow), and then wrapped my washers…

 

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

 

Learn how to make these yarn wrapped pattern weights at www.makery.uk

 

They’re definitely much prettier than your standard metal washer now! Wouldn’t they make great tablecloth weights for outdoor dining in the summer too?? Just add a loop!

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13 Comments

  1. Kate April 2, 2015

    Such a good idea and yours look so pretty.

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    • portia April 2, 2015

      Aw, thanks Kate! So easy to do!

      Reply
  2. Toria April 2, 2015

    Genius!

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    • portia April 2, 2015

      🙂 Toria! Px

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  3. audrielle April 2, 2015

    genius

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  4. JJ April 3, 2015

    Oh yes, they look so much prettier now! Way better than the stack of staples for a staple gun I’m using right now. :o)

    JJ
    http://www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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    • portia April 3, 2015

      Hey if staples work they work, lol 🙂

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  5. Anne Weaver April 7, 2015

    I love using pattern weights! So much easier (and faster) than pins. I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later today that links to your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-yarn-wrapped-pattern-weights-2/2015/04/07/
    –Anne

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    • portia April 8, 2015

      Thanks Anne! I saw it! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂 Px

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  6. Mona April 11, 2015

    Such a good idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • portia April 12, 2015

      You’re welcome Mona! Px

      Reply
  7. Marilee May 20, 2015

    OMG. I had bought some of these heavy washers at the Home Depot for a fraction of the cost of “real” pattern weights and while I was using them, was displeased with the rough edges which occasionally snagged pattern paper and cloth. This is such a smart solution. As a crocheter, I have lots of yarn leftovers… so I can not only beautify my “industrial” look weights, I will be recycling. Win-win.

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    • portia May 21, 2015

      Perfect Marilee!!

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