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Emily Explains: Creative Embroidery

Fall is creeping on in, which means it’s time for me to start pulling out my beloved woolens. I love basic hats to keep me warm throughout the fall and winter, but I’ve been thinking it might be fun to embellishing them with a bit of embroidery. I adore these  vintage bathing caps from the 1950s! I’d love to wear a hat with this kind of whimsical character.




I’ve been daydreaming and sketching some of my own embroidery options…

illustrated options - edited for blog

Did you see our free pattern Catarina from KnitBits? I sketched some fun animal options for embroidery too!


Want to give it a try? It’s easier than it looks! Here are my tips for getting started:

  1. Make sure your strands of yarn isn’t too long. It is so much easier to work this way : )
  2. Start from the center and work out so that you have an idea of proportions.
  3. For more solid areas of color work, make your embroidery stitches one after another side by side until your shape begins to form.
  4. Slightly overlapping stitches helps make smoother embroidered lines.
  5. And most importantly… play with color and have fun!

I hope this inspires some of you to illustrate and embroider on some of your own knits!

Happy Knitting!



4 thoughts on “Emily Explains: Creative Embroidery

  1. I love this – I had not seen these beach caps – what a GREAT idea to put the embroidery on the back. Now I have to design some in crochet!

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