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!

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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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Dec 082011
 

Grumpy troll or misunderstood old man?  No one knows with this guy.  I am so pleased with this one.  This turned out exactly like my original sketch, so much so that I even surprised myself!

The shaping of the body is pretty simple.  What makes this guy stand out is his features: the long nose, the stubby fingers, and the lumpy boots.  Single ply yarn makes for dready locks.  You’ll be surprised how fast this one knits up. 

 

The Details:

Yarn: worsted weight wool or blend of your choice
Yardage: less than 50yds of skin color, a bot less for pants and boots, plus small bits for embellishments
Gauge: 6sts/ inch in stockinette
Suggested needle size: US size 5, either 4 DPNs or one long circular
Finished measurements:  approximately 7.5″ tall
Price: $3

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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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Sep 012011
 
How I love a good topsy-turvy doll, even though I’m not a big fan of the frilly dresses that most of them are adorned with.  I wanted to try to create one myself so I chose this more modern theme for a spin on the traditional.

I used Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift for this doll which turned out to be a great choice.  The yarn has a sticky quality that really solidifies the doll.  I highly recommend it.

Yarn: fingering weight wool in a cream, brown, gray and blue
Yardage: less than 60yds per color
Gauge: 30sts/4 inches in stockinette
Suggested needle size: US size 2
Finished measurements:  approximately 8″ tall
Price: $6

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Jul 062011
 
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There is so much love in this monster.  The original image for this pattern came from a drawing that my husband did.  A doodle, really.  But, as a friend once said, “he is a Norse god of doodling”, meaning his quick drawings are usually much better than us mere mortals can do if we sat down and concentrated all day.  Indeed.  In the years we’ve been married (nearly 8!) we’ve occasionally collaborated on art projects but this just may be my favorite so far.

Short rows create most of the shaping.  The ears and jaw are knit separately and sewn on, but otherwise there is no seaming.

Yarn: sport weight wool or blend of your choice
Yardage: approximately 110yds in cream, plus a bit in gray for embellishments
Gauge: 7sts/ inch in stockinette
Suggested needle size: US size 2, either 4 DPNs or one long circular
Finished measurements:  approximately 7″ tall
Price: $5

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May 182011
 

Oh, linen stitch, how I love you.  I remember first coming across this woven-looking stitch in a knitting-pattern-a-day calender years ago.  I was infatuated with this stitch like nothing before.  Aside from a few dishcloths, though, I don’t think I ever made anything with it.

Until now.  Summer is obviously barreling down on us here.  Last week’s rains brought leaves to every tree and new growth everywhere imaginable.  I even have sprouts in the vegetable garden!  Instead of bracing for those 90 degree days of June and July, I’m daydreaming about cool breezy evenings.  To me, nothing beats mid-summer walks at dusk, enjoying the break in the heat and the sun.

With these cool periods in mind I made this shawlette.  The stitch is actually half linen stitch, meaning every other row is plain stockinette.  This combined with the larger needles in relation to the yarn weight creates a nice open fabric perfect for allowing maximum breathability while being just warm enough to shake off a light chill.

Instructions are given for the smallest size (shown in the photo).  Feel free to keep on adding length if you like something a little larger or more drapey.

The Details:

Yarn: fingering weight wool or blend of your choice
Yardage: at least 260yds, plus at least 60yds contrasting color for the edging
: 22sts/4 inches in half linen stitch
Suggested needle size: US size 8 for the shawl, US size 6 for the edging
Finished measurements:  approximately 46″ across the top edge
Price: $4

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Apr 122011
 


Poor little boys. Or rather, poor knitters who knit for little boys. One does not realize the imbalance of the ratio of girl-to-boy knitting patterns until one tries to find a boy suitable pattern. It’s rather sad.

I was very pleased to see just how much of a positive response there was the the Dear Liza pattern. As a mother of a son, I did feel a tinge of guilt for leaving out all the wonderful little boys out there. In the interest of fairness I created Dear Henry. Dear Henry enlists the same type of eyelet pattern for ventilation as it’s feminine partner but they are cleverly hidden in the garter stitch band. A shorter hat and a flatter crown lend to a more masculine look.

The Details:

Yarn: DK weight cotton (pattern shown in EL. D. Mouzakis Butterfly Super 10)
Yardage: 110-250yds
: 6sts/1 inch in stockinette
Suggested needle size: US 4
: 0- 6mo, 6-12mo, 12-24mo, 2-4yo, 4-6yo
Price: $3

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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”!

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