The Rippling Diamonds Dishcloth is crazy simple- it’s literally only knits and purls. No slipped stitches, no yarn overs, no shaping of any kind. Its carefully charted pattern of knit and purl bumps make an interestingly-textured washcloth that’s fun (and easy!) to work up. (And, bonus! The pattern is totally reversible, so it looks just as cool from both sides!)Head over to Knit Picks’ website and download a free copy of the pattern. I’m really proud of it!
Last week, I told you about the kids I teach in my knitting class. They are all doing an amazing job, and they all like making different things. Some want to make tiny little projects they can finish in a day, some want to spend weeks working on a single item. Some only want to make garments for themselves, and some make garments for their stuffed animals.
But all kids love a new stuffed animal. (Or “stuffie” as my students say. Is that a regional thing? Or is it a generational thing. I never called them “stuffies” when I was a kid.”
So, I designed a pattern for two new stuffies, a bear and a bunny, that is easy enough for even an early beginner knitter. These two little guys are totally adorable (if I say so myself), and are made without any shaping, purling or other “complicated” knitting. If you can knit garter stitch, you can make yourself a new little friend. And, I’ve included step-by-step instructions, including pictures!But, I think my favorite part of this pair is their tiny little tails! (The bunny has a teeny pompom and the bear has an even tinier little nubbin. Adorable!)Are you a very beginning knitter looking to make something more fun than a potholder or a scarf? Do you have a kid itching to take up needles and yarn? Give these two a try!
I’ve got another free pattern for you. And this is one that I know you’ve been waiting for.
It’s Tea Cozy Time!
I finished my tea cozy a couple weeks ago, so all that I needed to do was to write out the instructions in a way that people could understand (ie, not the chicken scratching in my little notebook), and to give my tea cozy a name. Typing up the instructions is the easy part, coming up with a name is the hard part.
Which is why most of my patterns have either very literal names (Lace-Edged Shawl) or names that I’ve lifted from parts of Seattle (Ballard Pullover).
This time I decided to go with (drum roll please)… Stripes and Dots!
I know. Not a great name, but the pattern is super cute (if I say so myself).
You can grab a copy of the pattern in my Pattern Library, or click below!
Let me introduce you to my newest pattern, the Zagged Cowl.It’s knit with Knit Picks’ newest yarn, Woderfluff. It’s super soft and light and cozy, yet surprisingly strong (because it’s not actually spun- it’s a teeny tube of nylon filled with baby alpaca and merino). (But really, you could use any bulky yarn.)
The Zagged Cowl is worked in the round with no shaping, just garter stitch and an impressive-looking oversized cable up one side. The pattern only uses one skein, and works up on big (US 10.5) needles, so it knits up super fast. Talk about a great holiday gift!Head on over to Knit Picks to pick up a free copy of this pattern (and maybe a skein or two of Wonderfluff)!
I made another pattern, you guys! It’s a silly little one, and I kind of love it.
Say hello to the Mini Knapsack!This tiny backpack is totally functional (if you’re about a foot tall). It has straps, a flap to keep the rain off your tiny books and a drawstring that keeps the whole thing closed.
It’s about the right size for an American Girl Doll, or something a little smaller.It works up pretty quickly in fingering-weight yarn (I used KnitPicks’ Palette, since I had some in the right colors), a perfect gift for a favorite school-aged doll-enthusiast.
New pattern day! I’m excited about this one. (Though, I suppose I’m always excited about a new pattern.)
It’s a super simple cabled cowl in the most luxurious yarn have left in your stash. (I don’t know about you, but I have a bunch of little balls of bulky wool and alpaca that I can’t bring myself to throw away.)Covered in tons of simple cables, the Snoqualmie Cowl looks way more complicated than it is. It’s a great way to practice cable knitting and play with colors. And because it’s knit in super-thick yarn on great big needles, it works up in about fifteen minutes (OK, that’s an exaggeration, but it does go really fast)!If you want to give this cowl a shot, grab a copy of the free pattern here:
As promised! Another brand new free pattern! This one’s a little different than my usual knits. You know I love bulky yarn, and anything with wool. I love big winter sweaters, cozy socks and fluffy blankets. Basically, I like anything that you would hibernate in.
This pattern, on the other hand, is a definite departure. It is light and summery, drapey and girly.
It’s the Split Back Tank!Knit in a lovely washable cotton-linen blend at a nice big gauge, this tank top is both fast-knitting and lightweight. The Split Back Tank is worked from the bottom up in a single piece with literally no sewing-up! (A three-needle bind-off finishes the straps and a row of single crochet closes up the neckline and arm holes.) And, the A-line shape and open back makes it flattering on just about everyone, yet incredibly comfortable. I like to wear mine with jeans and sandals for a cute-yet-put-together look!Get the free pattern here!
We’ve done it, guys! We’ve finished our socks. The ones we started talking about way back in March.
You picked out the item, the style and even the colors. And, over the last couple months, we’ve been knitting up the socks piece by piece.
And, here’s the day we’ve been waiting for! It’s Finished Sock Day!
They are the perfect comfy-cozy everyday socks. Featuring a classic ribbed leg with bold stripes of contrasting color and a slip-stitch reinforced heel, these socks are perfect for hiking up to your mountain cabin, beachcombing on the Puget Sound or lounging in front of the fireplace. Simple, classic, cozy and perfect.
Thanks, everyone for your input! I hope you had fun working on these socks together… I know I did.
Want a nice copy of the finished pattern? Get it here:
A new pattern! And this one’s the perfect center of the venn diagram of knitting, cute things, and everything Harry Potter.
Mrs. Weasley (my favorite character from the Harry Potter books)is known for showing her love for her children through her knitting. So I can’t think of a better way to welcome a new baby to the world than with a personalized sweater based on Mrs. Weasley’s classic design. This charming pullover sweater is knit at a slightly large gauge, so it works up in no time into a warm and cozy sweater. Knit flat, with very simple shaping, the Baby Weasley Sweater is ideal for newer knitters. And, the letter embellishment is added with the duplicate stitch after the sweater is finished (perfect if you don’t know the baby’s name until after they’re born). The Baby Weasley Sweater will become a favorite of both the baby and their parents.
When it rains, it pours, right! Another day, another free pattern! This one’s a cute little dishcloth, and it’s available through Knit Picks!
The Pinwheel Dishcloth is a cheerful little project with vintage flare. Based on a traditional American quilt block pattern, this dishcloth is a fantastic way to play with color and use up scraps. The Pinwheel Dishcloth is cast on between a Main Color and a Contrast Color section using the provisional cast on. Using short-rows and wrap-and-turns, the washcloth is knit to form a square, and finished with a few stitches of Kitchener stitch.