Jul 102012
 

Warning: it is impossible to wear these gloves or mitts without feeling the need to wildly wiggle your fingers!

This is such an addictive pattern.  Seriously, I’ve knit three versions and I still want to make more.  It’s one of those where you finish one and immediately want to start another with new colors.  Oh, who am I kidding, I was already planning the next before I’d finish the first glove of a pair.  I never, ever take commissions to knit things but I have already accepted one for these since the person who suggested them came up with a really fun version that I was eager to attempt.

The background and palm-side consist of an easy to memorize four row repeat while the back shows off the kraken whose tentacles are your fingers!  The fingerless version works best when the kraken color is close to your skin color, allowing the two to blend together.  For this reason, I highly suggest Jamieson Shetland Spindrift or Knit Picks Palette, both of which come in an array of neutral tones.

The pattern includes four charts.  There are separate left and right charts for two versions, one for light colored kraken and one for dark.  There are also instructions for working a full glove or the fingerless version.  Two different sizes use the same charts, the sizing determined by the needles and gauge.  Lots of room for customization here!

And hello there, little baby cephalopod on the thumb gussets!  Try to hide but you are oh-so cute that you are hard to miss!

 

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  100% wool will work best.  The samples above
    are shown in Knit Picks Palette.
Yardage:  164-240yds, depending on size and version.
Gauge:  30sts/ 34rows = 4″  for Small and 28sts/ 30 rows = 4″ for Large in stranded pattern
Suggested needle size:  US size 2 for the Small, US size 3 for the Large, plus one set of
    smaller needles for the ribbing

Price: $6

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Jun 072012
 

Finally, a reptile in the Wattsolak collection!  I’m so happy to share this alligator.  Or crocodile.  I still haven’t fully decided what she is.  Does it matter?  They both give me the heebie jeebies.  The zoo in Denver has an exhibit with cute little tropical animals and some reptiles, plus a really great old sea turtle.  Then you turn a corner and – BAM! – you’re face to face with an alligator behind seemingly-not-strong-enough plexiglass.  My fight or flight instinct always pipes in and tells me it’s a really stupid thing to do to stand that close to a gator.

Mine is a little less intimating.  This one won’t spook you when you come around a corner in your darkened house.  I hope.

The pattern is written for worsted weight yarn but if you choose your needles wisely it could be done in any weight.  A tiny fingering one would be adorable!  Part of me really wants to knit one with worsted yarn doubled and size 13 needles for one the size of a true baby alligator.  Or crocodile.

The Details:

Yarn: Worsted weight yarn,
   shown here in Fancy Tiger
   Heirloom
Yardage: 250yds/227m green,
   40yds/36m contrast color for
   stripes, 15yds/13.5m white
   yarn for teeth, 5yds/4.5m
   black for eyes
Gauge: 21sts and 26rows =
   4 inches / 10cm in
   stockinette stitch
Suggested needle size:
   US size 6 / 4mm
Finished measurements:
   approximately 24″ long
Price: $5

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Apr 032012
 

I’m on a dog kick, apparently!

I had such a blast designing and knitting Sputnik the Magnificent that I was a bit sad when the pattern was posted and it was all done with.  Obviously I still had some stranded toys in me.

Strelka had many inspirations, most of which came from childhood favorite dogs.  In Strelka is a little of both Droopy Dog and George P. Dog, plus a large heaping of the Fisher Price Little People dog.  Although as an adult I am not much of a dog person, I adored them as a child due to these wacky cartoon versions.  I hope Strelka carries along some of these same characteristics well!

 

The Details:

Yarn: fingering weight wool, shown here in Knit Picks Palette
Yardage: approximately 125yds in MC (shown here in light gray) and 100yds CC (shown here in dark gray)
Gauge: 34sts and 38 rows = 4 inches / 10cm in stockinette stitch
Suggested needle size: US size 1, either 4 DPNs or one long circular
Finished measurements:  approximately 13.5″ tall
Price: $5


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Mar 122012
 

Some patterns, it seems, have a mind of their own.  I had a really cute sketch for this dog.  It was a sweet little beagle with floppy ears and spots.  Somehow the prototype took on a life of it’s own and decided at some point that it wanted to be a dachshund instead.  I obliged because, really, how can you say no to a face like that??  I love that it became what it did.  The long body is a prefect size for grasping and the floppy legs give it a real goofy quality.

The pattern comes in two sizes.  The above example is in sport weight while a worsted version will give you a bit larger of a dog.

The Details:

Yarn: sport weight yarn for the small (shown) or worsted for the large
Yardage: approximately  150yds of either weight
Gauge: 24sts/4″ with sport weight for small, 20sts/4″ with worsted weight for large
Suggested needle size: US size 4 for small and US size 6 for large, either 4 DPNs or one long circular
Finished measurements:  approximately 15″ long for small, 20″ long for large
Price: $4

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Mar 062012
 

Spring is currently flirting with Colorado, making us all want to rip off the winter coats and cast aside the heavy mittens.  Unfortunately Mother Nature is a cruel temptress and still has snow and darkness in store for us.  I’m getting pretty surly towards winter this year.  Having already powered through months of chilly temperatures, colds, and frozen toes, I’m ready to sport these mitts and fight off the rest of winter.  I’ll clear a path for you, Spring, not stopping until I see those daffodils and crab apple blossoms!

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  100% wool will work best.  The sample above is shown in Knit Picks Palette.
Yardage:  About 90yds of MC and 70yds of CC
Gauge:  30sts/ 34rows = 4″  for Small and 28sts/ 30 rows = 4″ for Large in stranded pattern
Suggested needle size:  US size 2 for the Small, US size 3 for the Large, plus one set of smaller needles for the ribbing

Price: $5

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Feb 032012
 

My old friend Daren is a professional photographer. He returned from a few years in Thailand last spring just about the same time that I finished my pattern for the Topsy Turvey Werewolf. We made a trade (a photoshoot for a home cooked steak dinner) which turned out so well that I talked him into another shoot for the Recess for Grownups pattern. This time I promised him a hand knit.

Everything in the resulting project was a collaboration between me and him. He wanted orange and gray, cables, and earflaps. It was fun to have a little bit of someone else’s brain in this project to step outside what I’d normally think of. I love the end result!

On the photoshoot for this hat, we both laughed at the idea of a photoshoot for a new pattern that resulted from payment for another photoshoot.  Perhaps the next thing I knit for him will end up as a pattern too.  Stay tuned…

The Details:
Yarn: two colors of bulky weight yarn
Yardage: approximately 128yds for the MC and 46yds CC
Gauge: 17sts/24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Suggested needle size: US 8
Sizes available: one
Price: $3

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Feb 012012
 

I am so, so in love with stranded colorwork.  I would knit stranded mittens constantly if I could.  But, really, how many mittens does one need?  I was thinking a few weeks back on how else to employ the colorwork that I enjoy knitting and designing.  What an obvious thing it was to combine it with my love for toy design!


The shaping of the cat is similar to that of shaping of a mitten.  Anyone who has knit a colorwork mitten will have no problem making the leap to toy knitting.  Really!

 

 

 

 

The Details:

Yarn: fingering weight wool, shown here in Knit Picks Palette
Yardage: approximately 115yds in MC (shown here in yellow) and 60yds CC (shown here in orange)
Gauge: 34sts and 38 rows = 4 inches / 10cm in stockinette stitch
Suggested needle size: US size 1, either 4 DPNs or one long circular
Finished measurements:  approximately 15″ tall
Price: $5


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Dec 082011
 

How cute are these three together??!  This here is my very first ebook and I’m so happy to finally share it with everyone.  You can buy each of the patterns separately or as the ebook at a discounted price.  Click on the photos below to see the individual patterns!

Click below to buy the three as a set for $8!  $2 off!


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Dec 082011
 

This right here is the one that started it all.  My friend Jane is currently growing her third child, due to be released some time next month.  Jane is an fellow knitter and I wanted to design something special just for her.  One night the chant “First is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the hairy chest” popped in my head and I knew that third baby would need a hairy chested doll.

 

 

This guy’s large feet and wide hands allow him to stand on his own.  Half a skein of Cascade 220 will do you for this, plus a bit of extra contrasting yarn for the embellishments.

 

 

 

The Details:

Yarn: worsted weight wool or blend of your choice
Yardage: approximately 110yds, plus small bits for the hair and teeth
Gauge: 5sts/ inch in stockinette
Suggested needle size: US size 6, either 4 DPNs or one long circular
Finished measurements:  approximately 9″ tall
Price: $4

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Dec 082011
 

Who doesn’t need a sweet little pixie in their life?  I want to make a slew of these and turn them into ornaments.  Or maybe just leave them places.  Hide them in trees in the park perhaps.

This is easy peasy.  I wrote the pattern to be pain free for those who have never knit toys before.  Can you knit an icord?  Decrease?  Work a yarn over?  You can make this!!  For those who are more advanced knitters or experienced toy makers, this pattern would be a quick gift idea. 

The Details:

Yarn: worsted weight wool or blend of your choice
Yardage: very small amounts of yard in 4 different colors (skin, dress, tights, hair)
Gauge: 6sts/ inch in stockinette
Suggested needle size: US size 5, either 4 DPNs or one long circular
Finished measurements:  approximately 6″ tall
Price: $3

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