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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 February 3, 2012  patterns Tagged with: , ,  1 Response »
Dec 012011
 

Why the umbrella? It wasn't even raining. 4 year olds have no logic.

I am so excited about this pattern!  A few months back I was day-dreaming about a pair of mittens that I had as a small child.  They were puppets and the pinky and thumb were knit separately to give each a set of arms.  They had felt buttons and eyes that I’m still amazed stayed on seeing my need to wear them everywhere.  Those blue, white and red guys (I think they were soldiers?  Nutcrackers?  I have no idea) went through a lot.

I have come across knit patterns for mittens like these before, most memorably in a vintage Red Heart booklet dated 1952, but I wondered, dare I knit my 33 year old self some?  Surely there’s a way to make them for myself without seeming like a nut-job for wearing kid’s mittens?

Colorwork was my answer.  I designed these cozy, fingering weight mittens to have a face that you may not notice at first glace.  Once you take a closer look you see the eyes, then the nose, the bangs and the curly locks.  On the palm side you can use the thumb to make the puppet talk, since she is equipt with not just a tongue (the inside of the thumb) but even a full mouth.  Molars and all!  When in your life are you ever going to have another excuse to knit a uvula??

 

I hope everyone else can enjoy the whimsy and fun of these mittens.  No one who has seen them yet has resisted smiling over them!  Lots of fun is to be had with these.   Best of all this pattern is free!

 

The Details:

Yarn:  Two colors of fingering weight yarn.  100% wool will work best.  The sample above is shown in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift.
Yardage:  About 190yds of each color
Gauge:  38sts/38rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch
Suggested needle size:  US size 1

Price: Free!

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Mar 112011
 

Spring is creeping in here in Colorado.  Time to get outdoors as much as possible before the heat drives us back inside.  We get so much sunshine in this state that a sunhat is a mandatory accessory for any small child.  With knit hats it’s hard to find a middle ground between a tight enough gauge to not be too floppy and a loose enough gauge to not be too hot.  The double layer edging of this hat makes the brim stiff enough to not fall in the wearer’s eyes while the hat’s eyelets allow for ventilation.  With a variety of sizes to choose from it’s easy to find a perfect fit for any small one, from birth to age three.

The Details:

Yarn: sport weight cotton (pattern shown in Patons Grace)
Yardage: 110-212yds
: 6sts/1 inch in stockinette
Suggested needle size: US 4
: 0- 6mo, 6-12mo, 12-24mo, 2-3yo, 3-4yo
Finished measurements:  14.8” (16”, 17.3”, 18.7”, 20”)
Price: Free!

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Thanks to Cassidy for the name “Dear Liza”!

 March 11, 2011  knitting, patterns Tagged with: , , , ,  1 Response »
Jan 242011
 

When I was little my brothers and I had adorable matching stockings.  They were red and white gingham with green felt trim.  The best part was that at the toe of each of them was a little stuffed mouse head, making it appear as if a mouse had climbed in, chewed a hole in the bottom and was peeking out to say hello.  Each Christmas I got so excited to unpack these memory filled treasures but each year I also felt melancholy that this mouse friend was just a head and not a whole toy a play with.

Fast-forward a few decades to the first year of being a mother.  Close to Christmas I started thinking about these stockings and decided to make my baby son a reproduction of these mice but this time finally giving it a body.  Three years later for my daughter’s first Christmas I made her one too and this time wrote down the pattern.  I like the idea of sharing this pattern so lots of trees can house a mouse all over this globe.

There is no specified size for this mouse so you can use whatever feltable wool you like.  Fingering weight will give you a medium sized ornament whereas an aran or bulky will make a nice small toy.

The Details:

Yarn: any wool that is feltable
Yardage: about 50yds
: unimportant
Suggested needle size: one size larger than your yarn suggests

Price: Free!

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 January 24, 2011  patterns Tagged with: , ,  2 Responses »