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Decorative Effects

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Elevate your projects to new heights with these exciting techniques. Add texture and decoration to your projects with bobbles, ruffles, pom-poms and much more!

Course created by

Neti Love & Julie Peasgood

Elevate your projects to new heights with these exciting techniques. Add texture and decoration to your projects with bobbles, ruffles, pom-poms and much more!

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Decorative Effects

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Neti Love & Julie Peasgood



78m 01s






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What you need

What you need

Your finished knitting; a tapestry needle; a pom-pom maker (optional) or two cardboard rings; safety eyes

Course Lessons ( 15 )

  • 1. How to: knit a bobble on one row


    Bobbles are brilliant for adding individual chunky dots where you need them or as an all-over pattern for an interesting cushion or jumper and are easy to make, if a little fiddly until you get the hang of it.

  • 2. How to: Swiss darn (duplicate stitch)


    This is a clever way to add small blocks or details of colour through embroidery while retaining the knitted look of your fabric, as Swiss darning uses yarn in a tapestry needle to go over existing knit stitches.

  • 3. How to: work a French knot


    A French knot is an embroidery stitch that leaves a small bobble knot on the right side of the fabric. It’s great for adding little eyes, cute noses, or contrast buttons, bobbles or clusters to a design.

  • 4. How to: make pom-poms


    Who doesn’t love a pom-pom? Whether as the finishing touch for a hat, edge decorations for a cushion, or a fab all-over pom-pom wreath, knowing how to make the perfect pom-pom is a skill we can all enjoy. Quick and satisfying, with endless variations, let’s make pom-poms.

  • 5. How to: work satin stitch


    This embroidery stitch is used to fill small areas with parallel stitches and is especially good for adding doll hair and animal noses, or filling flat leaves and petals in a flower motif.

  • 6. How to: work straight stitch


    Here’s an easy embroidery stitch for your repertoire and one that you’ll use time and again, especially if you like to knit toys or add surface decoration. Just a few stitches can make all the difference!

  • 7. How to: work chain stitch


    As the name suggests, this embroidery stitch forms a chain of single stitches, the beauty of which is that you can meander across the surface of your fabric making decorative lines, shapes or even letters.

  • 8. How to: add fringing


    A fringe is an evenly spaced dangly edging that really adds some swish to an accessory, but the same simple technique can be used for adding hair to a toy’s head, or fur, a long tail or even a mane to an animal. Your pattern will tell you to cut the right number of lengths of yarn for your project, so measure and cut the right number before you start.

  • 9. How to: make a tassel


    These eye-catching embellishments can adorn the corners of homewares, such as cushions and blankets or even be used to create a pony tail on a toy. Quick and easy to make, they can add a classy or fun touch to a project.

  • 10. How to: create a simple ruffle


    Used as a decorative edging for garments or accessories, a ruffle can also make a sweet skirt or feature for a toy. This simple shaping is created by decreasing stitches evenly along a row, so you will start with a large number of stitches that is then reduced until the knitting gets to the right size.

  • 11. How to: attach safety eyes


    When you’re making toys for small children, remember that buttons may come off, so embroidery, or safety eyes, are more appropriate. If you’ve not sure how to attach safety eyes, you’ll find this step-by-step very useful.

  • 12. How to: Lazy Daisy


    This simple embroidery technique creates pretty flower shapes from loops radiating out from a central point, each anchored by a tiny stitch. It’s a quick way to add a floral design to any fabric.

  • 13. How to: add beads with a crochet hook


    There are two ways to ‘knit in’ beads to your knitting for an extra sparkle or interest, and for this easy technique you’ll need a fine crochet hook that is able to pass through the hole in your bead.

  • 14. How to: create ruching


    This type of decorative gathering can be found on garments and accessories as an eye-catching feature that draws in the knitted fabric either in the middle or along an edge.

  • 15. How to: work blanket stitch


    As the name suggests, this stitch has long been associated with blankets. It is an embroidery stitch, rather than a knitted stitch, and is used mainly to add a contrast edging not just for homewares but also to embellish cuffs, pockets and even buttonholes.

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