Did you just see the Easter Bunny hop by? Because, I think I did!
And what’s that over there? Is that a special Easter present just for you?
I think it might be!
(Full disclosure: I don’t really celebrate Easter, but any holiday that involves candy, baby animals, and deviled eggs is all right with me!)
It’s my patterns, the Little Knit Doll, and her Easter Set! These are some of my favorite patterns I’ve made- I mean, look at her! She’s totally cute! The doll is fully knit, and about 8 inches tall. In the basic pattern, the Little Knit Doll comes with a simple sun dress and a lot of hair. And the Easter set includes a cute puffed-sleeve dress, bunny ears, and an adorable little Easter basket.
Usually these patterns are $5 each, but this weekend only, head over to Ravelry and use the coupon code “BUNNY” to get both patterns for free!
(Also, this is the first time I’ve tried using coupon codes on Ravelry, so let me know if you’re having trouble!)
Well, when it rains, it pours. I’ve got another new pattern for you today! And, better yet, this one’s free!
Introducing: The Gradient Scarf! (Yes, I know I’m not great at naming patterns.) It’s an asymmetrical triangular scarf, wider on one end (obviously, because it’s a triangle), and it’s knit in Knit Picks Stroll and Stroll Gradient.
Stroll Gradient is brand-new, and just lovely (I just received a couple skeins yesterday, and my fingers are itching to start kitting). It’s a super-soft merino sock yarn dyed in one long continuous gradient. (And, better yet, the colorways all have goofy names! “Kale Yeah!” is my favorite, but “Hula Girl” is the one we used for the example.)The Gradient Scarf is worked in the round, starting at the narrow end. Every few rounds, you increase a couple stitches, creating the gradually increasing triangle shape. Then, the wide end is closed up with Kitchener Stitch (my favorite), making a super-sleek, seamless scarf.I suppose you don’t have to work this scarf with gradient yarn- it would be lovely worked in all one color, or solid stripes- but there’s something very entertaining and super satisfying in watching your yarn change colors as you knit along.
Want to knit your own Gradient Scarf? Get the pattern here! And pick up a ball (or two) of Stroll Gradient here!
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)!
It’s an incredibly rainy morning in Seattle- we’re bracing for the biggest wind storm since the 1960’s, so keep you fingers crossed that we don’t lose power!
But what could be better on a rainy day than looking at some brand-new patterns!
Maybe looking at some brand-new garter-stitch patterns? I don’t think anything says “cozy up inside” better than a hot cup of tea and a book full of garter stitch coziness.
Introducing: Garter Ridge, a new collection by Knit Picks, featuring a pattern from yours truly.This is probably the sweater that I wear the most. I love my Carkeek Park Pullover. It’s super comfy, surprisingly warm and soft. And, it’s knit with DK-weight yarn, so it’s not bulky (in other words, I can wear it under a jacket or, if it’s really chilly, with another sweater on top… I get cold sometimes),I love the bands of multi-color garter at the hems and yoke. It’s so fun to order lots of each color and watch how they blend together as you knit them up. My prototype was knit in shades of green and brown, but I’d love to see Carkeek Pullovers in every color of the rainbow!But my sweater isn’t the only gorgeous pattern in this collection!
I think I might make the Helianthus Shawl. It’s just so pretty, and Preciosa yarn is so fluffy and warm, that you know it’ll even manage to keep me warm.And that cover sweater! I know the last thing I need is another oversized cardigan. But I think I need the Nineveh Cardigan. I love the weird modern shape, and the tiny sleeve detail in the contrasting color- to die for!There are a ton of other gorgeous patterns in this collection. You definitely want to get yourself a copy!
Want to try your luck and win a free copy? Comment below with your favorite rainy-day knitting! I’ll hold the drawing next Friday (rain or shine)!
Last week I did my first try at writing up the Tea Cozy pattern.
This week I did a bunch of knitting (and proofreading)!
Remember that math I did last week? I determined that I needed about 120 sts around the belly of the pot. I could just cast on 120 sts, but I want the ribbing at the bottom to be a little tighter. I think it’ll look better that way.
I figured if I want to increase about 1 st per 8, that should give me the result I’m looking for- just a little tighter, without any weird puckering. So, a little more math, a bit of estimation, and I’ll cast on 106 sts.
I worked a p2 (k2p2) rib for a generous half inch (5 rows), then worked an increase row to get me up to 120 sts.
Then it was colorwork time! Hoo boy, did I underestimate the amount of ends I would be generating! So many stripes, so many color changes. Oops! At least it looks pretty.
Also, I want to bring your attention to a detail I’m really proud of. Look at the edge of the handle hole (I really need a better word for that):See the brown edge? I made a little mini-skein of brown for each side, and used intarsia to work a few stitches of garter stitch to keep the ends from curling. I think it makes the tea cozy look really professional.
Now I just have to figure out how I want to make the hole for the spout… Hmm.
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.
I’ve got the gauge, I’ve got the stitch pattern, and I’ve got the design in my head. It’s time to start getting this pattern on paper.
I’ll start by measuring my teapot. 19″ around the fattest part, which, with some math, can give me my stitch count.
Then I’ll sketch out my design, adding in notes about all the details- where the increases will be, what stitch pattern to use, etc. I’m going to make this tea pot like a modified hat. So, I’ll start from the bottom and work up, but I’m going to knit flat (until I make it to the “crown”). That will make it easy to make the big hole for the handle; I’ll just sew up an inch or so at the hem, and voila! Tea cozy. (Or at least that’s the plan.)Then, starting with the cast on at the bottom, I write a first draft of the pattern, knowing that a bunch of it will be wrong. But that’s OK, that’s what first drafts are for!Then, I finalized the stitch pattern…
I totally used up most of the yarn I was planning on using (I got excited about another project and used up almost all the red and yellow and blue… oops!)Well, I’ve got lots of neutrals, so I guess this teapot will be more neutral than bright and colorful. Ooh! I can use neutrals for the stripes and colors for the dots. That should look cute!OK, now that everything’s set up and beautiful, it’s time to start knitting! (And time to start figuring out where all my mistakes are!)