I live in a mid-century home, and I’ve tried to furnish it with pieces actually manufactured during the 40s, 50s, and 60s. We have a wonderful mid-century modern furniture store that’s run on consignment, so the prices are fabulous.
|Cabled Footstool from Knits at Home|
|Bolster Pillow from Knits at Home|
Over the years, I’ve purchased the occasional cheaply made, thought fairly expensive to buy, pieces of furniture. I’ve almost always regretted it. My coffee table, purchased last year at a certain giant Swedish store, has recently become bowed in the middle for some mysterious reason. My china cabinet, which was made in the 1940s, is solid and perfect. Even the glass sliding doors are in great shape.
Our world is full of particle board and veneer, and I’m not a fan. I’ve realized that you really do get what you pay for, and by buying (or making) high-quality items, I actually save money in the log run because I don’t have to replace things so often.
This is one of the reasons I’ve become interested in knitting for my home. Sometimes my consignment-purchased furniture needs new cushions or pillows, and of course, I can knit those!
In her new book Knits at Home, designer Ruth Cross presents patterns that really appeal to me. Her projects are earthy with a modern twist—just my style—and they’re the perfect way to update a classic piece.
Here’s some advice from Ruth about choosing a pattern for your home:
|Geometric Cable Throw, Intarsia Blanket, and Round Pouffe|
|X Pattern Pillow Cover|
There is something very comforting about interiors with knitted details. They add a certain warmth and charm so welcome in a home. However it is likely that most things you have already will not be knitted, so it’s really important you consider how your lovely knit will fit in to your existing space so it works as a whole.
Luckily it’s really easy to work out how to cover something with a bit of measuring and some simple maths. The key now though is proper planning and thought for the design of your piece—if you’re covering a chair, for example, it will take a long time, use a lot of yarn and you will have to live with it when it’s finished.
I strongly recommend taking time to consider how the color, texture and pattern will work within the room. Using your samples try your ideas out in the space before getting started. Remember, if you’re doing something big, a strong design will be far more dominant on that scale instead of the small swatch you have in your hand, so imagination and vision are vital at this point.
Sometimes photographs of your space can help reduce the scale and show more easily how your new design will fit in scale-wise. You can use whatever technique you find helpful to visualize the finished result—just go for it.
—Ruth Cross, from Knits at Home
I’ve been wanting to change the pillow covers on my couch, and I think the X Pattern Pillow Cover, pictured at right, is perfect. It looks like an easy knitting pattern that I’ll be able to memorize after a couple of repeats.
Because I usually knit in the same color family, I think I have plenty of yarn to knit coordinating pillows for my couch.
That bolster pillow, pictured above left, is pretty neat, too. My mom has a chair almost exactly like the one in the photo, and I’m sure she’d love a bolster for it.
As you can see, I have lots of plans for the projects from Knits at Home! Get your copy today; I’m sure you’ll be inspired to knit for your home, too.