Posts Tagged ‘free patterns’

I’ve finally written up a pattern for my eyelet skirty (or is it skirtie?) that I’ve been showing you lately. It’s more of a guide than a pattern but it’s free and I don’t think any of you will have any trouble with it. Happy knitting!

birthday girl in soaker

The pattern is below but I’ve also made a pdf that you can download and print. You can get that right here!

I knit this as an addition to a knit soaker (diaper cover) but have included a description of how to adapt it to be just a skirt for your little one.

To knit the skirt attached to a diaper cover:

1. First knit the soaker of your choice. I used the curly purly soaker pattern.

2. Using a circular needle the size that you used for the body of the soaker, pick up a row of stitches just below the ribbing, or about 2 inches below the top of the soaker. (Note: This is much easier if you purl the row after the ribbing when you’re knitting the soaker. Then use the purl bumps as your guide when picking up the stitches.)

3. Row 1: Join to knit in the round and *K1, yo* around. This doubles the number of stitches on your needle and adds fullness to your skirt.

4. Knit for 5 rounds. Next round (eyelet round): *K2tog, yo* around.

5. Repeat these 6 rounds until your skirt measures approximately ½ the desired length.

6. Change to needles one size larger than those you’ve been using. This will add a little more fullness to the bottom portion of the skirt. Continue in pattern until skirt is almost the desired length. End with eyelet round.

7. Knit around

*K2tog, yo* around

Repeat these 2 rounds one more time. (Ending with eyelet rounds close together prevents the hem from rolling)

Bind off.

Note: If desired, knit stripes of a different color as often as you’d like. Also, the frequency of the eyelet row is not essential.

To knit the skirt alone:

1. Knit a gauge swatch with your desired yarn and determine how many stitches per inch you have.

2. Measure around your baby’s waist. Multiply your stitches per inch by the number of inches your baby’s waist measures. Round this number to the nearest multiple of 4. This is the number of stitches you will cast on.

3. Using a needle sized 1-2 sizes smaller than you used on your swatch, cast on desired number of stitches and *K2, P2* around for approximately 2 inches.

4. Switch to main needles and knit skirt, beginning with the K1, yo round in #3 in the above directions.

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It’s 9pm and my baby is still awake. This is not good, people. Not good at all.
twisty toddler sock

Do you know what is good? Baby socks. They’re little and cute, super fast to knit and they use up those little balls of leftover sock yarn that never seem to go away. I knit these for the sesame babe and chose a twisting rib pattern because, well, her socks twist around whether I want them to or not. This way, when they twist around her foot, maybe they’ll look like they’re supposed to be doing that. They also have some some ribbing on the top of the foot to help them stay on. She still pulls them off in 2 seconds but they look darn cute for those 2 seconds.twisty toddler sock on

Know what else is good? I actually wrote up the pattern and you can download the pdf here!

Here are the details. Well, some of them.

These socks are a bit big for my 9 month old but not so big that she can’t wear them now. I think they’ll fit her for a while.

twisty toddler sock frontThe directions are written for the magic loop, or 2 circular method because that’s how I knit socks. They’re toe-up and have a heel flap because I like heel flaps better than short rows. They’re toe up so that you can use up every last bit of those scraps of sock yarn you know you have lying around. The last thing I need is to attempt to use up my tiny ball of sock yarn, only to have an even tinier ball of sock yarn leftover. That’s not cool.

Know what is cool? My baby is asleep now. Thank the heavens. Oh yeah, a free pattern for my lovely readers is pretty cool too. Did I mention you can download it?

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Google Hates Me

Sorry that my pdf’s were broken!  I had them hosted on google because I love google.  But google decided that my little pattern pdf’s violated their program policies.  They forbid obscene, hateful and violent material, copyright infringements, confidential information, impersonation and spam.  Hmmm, which of those categories do my patterns fall under??

Whatever, I fixed them and they’re downloadable again.  Hooray!

Valentines are here  and the tank chart is here

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Since I first blogged about the tank hat I made for Mike last year, I have had several requests for the chart.
tank hat
I’ve put together a pdf with the chart that you can download here. If you make something with a tank on it, please share a picture with me!

Mike wears the hat a lot and that makes me happy. Even though it’s alpaca, which tends to stretch out, it has held it’s shape nicely. I love knitting things that get a lot of wear and still look nice!

P.S. I’m going to be at Crafty Wonderland on Sunday! I’ll be selling stuff from my shop as well as some new things that aren’t listed there yet. If you’re in the area,stop by and say hi!

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Paper Valentines

lovebirdsI’ve been a little obsessed with cutting paper designs the last few days. This is not a good activity around my house these days because of a certain tiny person’s ongoing obsession with eating paper. I’ve been trying to scoop up all my little bits of paper before she gets to them, which is especially difficult now that our vacuum cleaner is broken. I really need to just put the scissors away.

heart on fire

When I was a kid, my favorite Valentines were those with lacy doilies glued to the front. That’s not quite my style now but I do love pretty paper designs. I’ve been cutting my own lacy designs and I’ve made templates for two of my favorites to share with you. One is a sweet Lovebird design and the other is a fiery Flaming Heart.

The templates are in a PDF that can be downloaded HERE!

Happy Valentine-making. I hope you like them!

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Scarf Patterns!

Wavy Razor Shell Scarf

I used 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino: 55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere, Approx. 137 yds/50g
Size 5 (or 6) needles- I don’t remenber.
Gauge isn’t really important but my completed scarf was about 6″ wide and 4.5 ft long.

CO 42 stitches

Row 1 (ws): purl across until last stitch, slip last stitch
Row 2 (rs): K2, yo, K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2, yo, K2, yo, K3, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K3, yo, K2, yo, K3, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K3, yo, K2, yo, K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2, yo, K1, sl 1

Slipping the alst stitch on each row makes a nice, smooth edge on each side.
Repeat these 2 rows until you reach your desired length. See notes below about knitting in one or two pieces.
Wash and block, being careful to pin each point so they will end up nice and defined.
Sew on beads, if desired. I just used thread in a matching color to sew them on.

To help you visualize the pattern a little better, The blue font shows the small edge shells and the red font shows the larger, middle shells. This pattern is easy to modify. You could knit just one large panel instead of two in the center or knit only 1 knit stitch in between the yo’s separating the shells for a more delicate look. Play around with it and you’ll get a beautiful scarf tailored to your yarn.

If you want the ends to match perfectly, knit scarf in two pieces then graft together. If you choose to graft, I recommend ending each piece with a right side row and then grafting. This makes the pattern at the join more continuous. You can use a 3-needle bind off to attach pieces but that will leave a seam. I grafted my pieces together and you could tell that something was going on there although it looked neat. It’s the part of the scarf that will be at the back of the neck and not really seen so I wasn’t bothered by my less than perfect finish.

If you don’t want knit the scarf in 2 pieces, it will still look nice knitted in one piece. The red line in the picture below shows how the bound off edge will wave if you knit it in one piece. You will end up with 1 more point on this edge than on the cast-on edge.


John Muir Scarf

More pictures can be seen here.
I used 4 skeins of Knit Picks Andean Treasure: 100% baby alpaca, 110 yards / 50 grams

I used size 5 needles. Guage isn’t important as it’s just a scarf! I was in such a Christmas hurry to send this off, I forgot to measure it. I think my finished scarf was about 7 inches wide and you can see it being worn if you click the link above to give you an idea of it’s length.
CO 54

Row 1: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P44, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Row 2: K1, P1, K1, P1, K46, P1, K1. P1, K1

Row 3: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P44, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

Continue working 5 stitches on each side in seed stitch for the rest of the scarf.
Rows 5-?: work 5 stitches in seed stitch, P2 (K2 on wrong side), work chart, P2 (K2 on wrong side), work chart, P2 (K2 on wrong side), work 5 stitches in seed stitch

When you reach your desired length, repeat rows 1-3, bind off.

On my chart, empty squares are knit stitches on the right side and purls on the wrong side. Squares with dots represent purl stitches on the right side and knits on the wrong side.


Twist 6 Left rib: Slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle, hold at front of work. Knit next 2 stitches from left hand needle, slip the 2 purl stitches from cable needle back to left hand needle and purl them. Knit 2 stitches from cable needle.


Twist 6 Right rib: Slip next 4 stitches onto cable needle, hold at back of work. Knit next 2 stitches from left hand needle, slip the 2 purl stitches from cable needle back to left hand needle and purl them. Knit 2 stitches from cable needle.


(Cable pattern taken from The Harmony Guide to Aran and Fair Isle Knitting, edited by Debra Mountford. )



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