Fabric pinboard

Whether used to hold messages for the household, notices of things to do, useful clippings, photos of unforgettable moments or a combination of all these things, this clever message board will become an invaluable part of your life. Made using only one ball of yarn, it can easily be created in just a single afternoon. Pretty, simple and useful, this board can be adjusted for size and made in a variety of colours.

  • Fabric pinboard
You’ll need
    • 1 x 50g ball of Debbie Bliss Cotton
    • DK in mink
    • Pair of 3.75mm knitting needles
    • Fabric, 50cm x 70cm
    • Felt or batting, 40cm x 60cm
    • Cork board, 40cm x 60cm
    • Staple gun and/or strong
    • Parcel tape
    • Bronzed upholstery fix and fasten nail
    • 60 x 40cm
    • st(s) = stitch(es)
    • yarn = yarn round needle

    The tension is not relevant.

    Figures in brackets refer to the long lengths, figures before the brackets refer to the shorter lengths.

    If you use a different size board, you will need to adjust the length of the strips, fabrics and the amount of yarn.

    Our strips used one complete ball of yarn.

    Make four short lengths and four long lengths.

    Leaving a 1.5 ( 3 )m length of yarn and using the thumb cast-on method throughout, work as follows: Cast on row with 3.75mm needles

    Place a slip knot on the right needle, [cast on 2 sts, lift the first st over the 2nd st and off needle, yrn, lift st over yrn, cast on one st] 38 ( 76 ) times. 77 ( 153 ) sts.

    Cast off all sts knitwise.

Making up

    Cut the batting or felt to fit within the frame of the board and lay in place. Lay the fabric over the board, folding the excess over onto the back and neatly folding the corners. Then tape or staple the fabric in place to the back of the frame. Use pins to measure and mark the positions for the knitted strips then, taking the excess over onto the back and pulling to tighten, staple the strips in place – four diagonally in one direction, then the remaining four diagonally in the other, weaving under and over. Apply the upholstery nails where the strips cross. If you prefer, you could also cover the back of the board with felt to neaten.