Sep 20, 2014

The Book Project

The Book Project is probably somewhere in the middle of the whole process. I still have few samples to finish, a whole lot of photographs to take, and of course the patterns to finish, polish, and have them test knit.

During this whole process I have learned few things.

I need to put it down and work on something with more instantaneous results. The side projects tend to take away the stress from this overwhelming feeling  I have when I think of how much work still needs to be done.

It is strange to think of this as stress inducing project, but I feel responsible for finishing the whole Book Project in a timely manner. After all Cascade Yarn company believed in my capability as a designer and provided the yarn support for the entire collection of the patterns.

So after I finished the work on two of the samples for The Book Project, I am taking a weekend off to knit a few Bears in PJ , because many of my friends, and colleagues at work had or are going to have new babies.

To make sure that I don't feel guilty of completely abandoning The Book Project, even if for a few days, I have looked through the photographs I took for the title page and narrowed it down to two pictures. Now, I have to decide which one to use. I like them both.

Title picture 1

Title picture 2
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Sep 2, 2014

Knitting Pattern for Bunny Pencil Box


Bunny Pencil Box

Bunny Pencil Box:by Stana D.S. 
Finished size: Pencil box is 8” (21cm) wide and 4 ½” (12cm) tall.
 
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in # 873 (Extra Crème Caffe)
Total yardage is about 70 yards, and remnants of white fluffy yarn, dark brown, white,  and black colored yarn. 


Recommended Needles size: US # 5/3.75mm, and DPN US # 5/3.75mm.

Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker, stitch holder, fabric 2 rectangles about 9" x 6" (23cm x 16cm), light brown zipper 9"(23cm) long.

Abbreviations:
KFB = Knit in front and back of the same st, it creates 2sts from 1st.
SSK = Slip st, slip st and knit the 2sts together. This decreases 2sts to 1st.


Gauge: 21sts& 27 rows = 4” in stockinette stitches.

Instructions:

This pencil box is knitted flat in stockinette (knit and purl rows).
Cast on 50sts.
Row 1, and every odd row until row 55: Purl (50sts total)
Row 2, and every even row until row 54: Knit (50sts total).
Row 56: Knit and bind off.
Fold the knitted piece in half and sew together the sides.
 
Ears (make 2):
With the yarn and two DPN cast on 10sts (5sts per needle). Place the stitch marker on the first st and begin working in the round.
Round 1: Knit around (10sts total)
Round 2: KFB, Knit 4, KFB, Knit 4 (12sts total)
Round 3: Knit around (12sts total)
Round 4: KFB, Knit 5, KFB, Knit 5 (14sts total)
Round 5 - 9: Knit around 5rows (14sts total)
Round 10: SSK, Knit 5, SSK, Knit 5 (12sts total)
Round 11 - 15: Knit around 5 rows (12sts total)
Round 16: SSK, Knit 4, SSK, Knit 4 (10sts total)
Round 17: Knit around (10sts total)
Round 18:  SSK, Knit 3, SSK, Knit 3 (8sts total). Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail, and thread the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches on needles, gather up and close the hole, stitch to secure. Repeat for the second ear. Sew the ears to the top side of the pencil box using the picture as a guide.
 
Paws (make 2):
With the dark brown yarn and three DPN cast on 15sts (5sts per needle). Place the stitch marker on the first st and begin working in the round.
Round 1 - 2: Knit around 3 rows (15sts total)
Round 3:  *SSK, Knit 3; repeat from * around, 4sts per needle (12sts total)
Round 4: *S
SK, Knit 2; repeat from * around, 3sts per needle (9sts total). Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail, and thread the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches on needles, gather up and close the hole, stitch to secure. Repeat for the second paw. Sew the paws to the front side of the pencil box using the picture as a guide.
 
Tail:
With the white fluffy yarn and three DPN cast on 15sts (5sts per needle). Place the stitch marker on the first st and begin working in the round.
Round 1 - 2: Knit around 3 rows (15sts total)
Round 3:  *SSK, Knit 3; repeat from * around, 4sts per needle (12sts total)
Round 4: *S
SK, Knit 2; repeat from * around, 3sts per needle (9sts total). Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail, and thread the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches on needles, gather up and close the hole, stitch to secure.  Sew the tail to the back side of the pencil box using the picture as a guide.
 
 
Finishing:  With the black and white yarn embroider the eyes, nose, mouth, and whiskers on the face using the picture as a guide. Weave in all ends.
Use the two rectangles of fabric. Sew the three sides together. Insert the fabric inside the knitted piece. Attach the zipper to the opening and sew the zipper to the knitted and fabric layer. Before sewing on the sewing machine tuck the ends of the zipper between the layer of fabric and knitting for a neat finish.  
 
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Aug 28, 2014

Knitting Pattern for Owl tablet case

Owl Tablet Cover
I have been asked to knit an owl tablet cover in brown colors, with a zipper opening on two sides.
We even found a matching fabric in a fabric store to put inside and to make the case stronger we have inserted cut out piece of plastic folder between the two layers. I must admit, it was challenge to sew the layers together with the plastic in place and to make the corner on the zipper opening. I was happy that my mom was the one doing the sewing, while I only did the knitting and figuring out the pattern.

 
 
Owl Tablet Case:by Stana D.S. 
Finished size: Tablet Case is 7” (18cm) x 9” (23cm).
 
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in # 818 (Mocha) and # 873 ( Extra Crème Caffe) each about 65 - 70 yards.
Total yardage is about 130 - 140 yards, and remnants of white, dark grey, and black colored yarn. 



Recommended Needles size: US # 5/3.75mm.

Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, fabric 2 rectangles about 10" x 8" (26cm x 21cm), if using the plastic insert two pieces of plastic folder slightly smaller than 7" (18cm) x  9"(23cm),  brown colored zipper 16"(40cm) long.


Abbreviations:  
SSK= slip stitch, slip stitch, and knit the 2 stitches together, this decreases 2 stitches to 1 stitch.
KFB = Knit in front and back of the same stitch, this creates 2 stitches from 1 stitch.
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together, this decreases 2 stitches to 1 stitch.
K3tog = knit 3 stitches together, this decreases 3 stitches to 1 stitch.

Gauge: 21sts& 27 rows = 4” in stockinette stitches.

Instructions:

This tablet case is knitted flat in stockinette (knit and purl rows). With stripes change every four rows.
Cast on 80sts.
Row 1, and every odd row until row 67: Purl (80sts total)
Row 2, and every even row until row 66: Knit (80sts total).
Row 68: Knit and bind off.
Fold the knitted piece in half and sew together the bind off side.
 
White patch  (make 2):
With the white yarn cast on 5sts
Row 1: Purl (5sts total)
Row 2: KFB, Knit 3, KFB (7sts total)
Row 3: Purl (7sts total)
Row 4: KFB, Knit 5, KFB (9sts total)
Row 5: Purl (9sts total)
Row 6: Knit (9sts total)
Row 7: Purl (9sts total)
Row 8: SSK, Knit 5, K2tog (7sts total)
Row 9: Purl (7sts total)
Row 10: SSK, Knit3, K2tog (5sts total)
Row 11: Purl (5sts total)
Row 12: Knit and cast off.
Sew the white patches to the tablet case using the picture as a guide. Embroider the iris of the eyes  with black yarn. 
 
Beak:
With the dark grey yarn cast on 7sts.
Row 1: Knit (7sts total)
Row 2: Purl (7sts total)
Row 3: SSK, Knit 3, K2tog (5sts total)
Row 4: Knit (5sts total)
Row 5: SSK, Knit 1, K2tog (3sts total)
Row 6: Knit (3sts total)
Row 7: K3tog. Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail and thread the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining st on needle. Sew the beak to the tablet case using the picture as a guide.
 
 

 
Finishing: 
Weave in all ends.
Use the two rectangles of fabric. Sew the two sides together. Insert the fabric inside the knitted piece. If using the plastic insert it between the two layers. Attach the zipper to the opening and sew the zipper to the knitted and fabric layer. To make the corner we have made a small cut in the zipper fabric to make it easier to sew it in the corner. Before sewing on the sewing machine tuck the ends of the zipper between the layer of fabric and knitting for a neat finish. 
With the yarn sew across the two corners to create two ears.
 
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Aug 26, 2014

Knitting Pattern for Chameleon Leon

Chameleon Leon
Not too long ago I have worked with Dream in Color Classy yarn. I created Charlie the fish and Jelly the dachshund knitting patterns. While I was looking for the yarn to work with I came across the color Karma Chamelion and I just could not help myself and I had to create chameleon.

Chameleon Leon is long approximately 11" (28cm) , 18" (46cm) including tail.
You will need one skein of Dream in Color Classy Worsted in Karma Chamelion and a small amount of black yarn for the eyes.

You may purchase the pattern on Ravelry in my store Stana's critters etc or by clicking on this button:




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Aug 23, 2014

Knitting Pattern for Kitty Pencil Box

Kitty Pencil Box
Last week while we were at store picking up zipper for Sunny, the pencil box monster I saw the cutest kitty fabric. I could not resist and had to buy it.

These two pencil boxes were knitted because of the fabric. Now, I am not sure if everyone would agree with me that it is a cute kitty resembling pencil box. I have been told that it looks like a rabbit, a rat, a mouse, and many other animals. Sometimes the interpretation is different from what the creator had in mind.

I still have to knit a rabbit version of this pencil box with long floppy ears. I am curious what the result will be like... a rabbit or something else?



Kitty, the Pencil Box:
by Stana D.S. 
Finished size: Pencil box is 8” (21cm) wide and 4 ½” (12cm) tall.
 
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in # 892 (Space Needle) or # 858 ( Dark Ginger)
Total yardage is about 60 yards, and remnants of white and black colored yarn. 


Recommended Needles size: US # 5/3.75mm, and 2 DPN US # 5/3.75mm.

Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker, stitch holder, fabric 2 rectangles about 9" x 6" (23cm x 16cm), grey or rust colored zipper 9"(23cm) long.

Gauge: 21sts& 27 rows = 4” in stockinette stitches.

Instructions:

This pencil box is knitted flat in stockinette (knit and purl rows).
Cast on 50sts.
Row 1, and every odd row until row 55: Purl (50sts total)
Row 2, and every even row until row 54: Knit (50sts total).
Row 56: Knit and bind off.
Fold the knitted piece in half and sew together the sides.
 
Tail: Cast on 3sts and knit I-cord approximately 6" (16cm) long. Bind off. Sew the tail to the back side of the pencil box using the picture as a guide.
 
 
 
Finishing:  With the black and white yarn embroider the eyes, nose, mouth, and whiskers on the face using the picture as a guide. Weave in all ends.
Use the two rectangles of fabric. Sew the three sides together. Insert the fabric inside the knitted piece. Attach the zipper to the opening and sew the zipper to the knitted and fabric layer. Before sewing on the sewing machine tuck the ends of the zipper between the layer of fabric and knitting for a neat finish. 
With the yarn sew across the two corners to create two ears.
 

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Aug 17, 2014

Knitting Pattern for Sunny, the pencil box monster

Sunny, the pencil box monster

I have been thinking about how to organize my yarn. I was looking at pictures posted by other knitters on Ravelry (yes, there is a thread devoted to organizations of your yarn) and was amazed by the creativity and ideas some people can come up with. I still haven't figured out how I would like to have my yarn organized, but this Friday I made the first step. I looked through everything and kind of organized so it looks neat and colorful.

I also realized that if I look through my yarn, I have a sudden urge to create something new and exciting. Sunny, the pencil box monster is the result. I picked the random pieces of yarn and created a happy monster in rainbow colors.

 
This is how Sunny looked yesterday. This morning we bought zipper in grey, just to make sure it is not overwhelming, and we have used the same fabric as we used for the minion pencil box.
 
 
Sunny, the Pencil Box Monster:
by Stana D.S. 
Finished size: Pencil box is 9” (23cm) wide and 5 ½” (15cm) tall.
 
Yarn: Total yardage is about 110 - 120 yards (10-12 yards each color), and remnants of white and black colored yarn. For my monster I have used Sugar and Cream cotton yarn in these colors: Kiwi, Hot Green, Robbin’s Egg, Hot Blue, Blueberry, Hot Pink, Red,  Hot Orange, Gold, Yellow, Lemon. Some of these colors might not be available, but I am sure that everybody have the basic colors of rainbow in their yarn stack.


Recommended Needles size: US # 5/3.75mm.
Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker, stitch holder, fabric 4 rectangles about 10" x 7" (26cm x 18cm), grey zipper 9"(23cm) long.

Abbreviations:  
SSK= slip stitch, slip stitch, and knit the 2 stitches together, this decreases 2 stitches to 1 stitch.
KFB = Knit in front and back of the same stitch, this creates 2 stitches from 1stitch.
K2tog = knit two stitches together, this decreases two stitches to one stitch.

Gauge: 17sts& 24 rows = 4” in stockinette stitches.

Instructions:

This pencil box is knitted flat in stockinette (knit and purl rows). The eyes are knitted separately and sewn on.
Cast on 48sts in green (kiwi) color. Change the colors every 5 rows if using the same color scheme.
Row 1, and every odd row until row 55: Purl (48sts total)
Row 2, and every even row until row 54: Knit (48sts total).
Row 56: Knit and bind off.
Fold the knitted piece in half and sew together the sides.

White patch  (make 2): With the white yarn cast on 5sts
Row 1: Purl (5sts total)
Row 2: KFB, Knit 3, KFB (7sts total)
Row 3: Purl (7sts total)
Row 4: KFB, Knit 5, KFB (9sts total)
Row 5: Purl (9sts total)
Row 6: Knit (9sts total)
Row 7: Purl (9sts total)
Row 8: SSK, Knit 5, K2tog (7sts total)
Row 9: Purl (7sts total)
Row 10: SSK, Knit3, K2tog (5sts total)
Row 11: Purl (5sts total)
Row 12: Knit and cast off.
Sew the white patches to the pencil box using the picture as a guide. Embroider the iris of the eyes and the eyelashes with black yarn. 
 


Finishing:  With the black yarn embroider the smile on the face using the picture as a guide. Weave in all ends.
Use the four rectangles of fabric. (if making two pockets), otherwise use only two rectangles. Sew the three sides together. Insert the fabric inside the knitted piece. Attach the zipper to the opening and sew the zipper to the knitted and fabric layer. Before sewing on the sewing machine tuck the ends of the zipper between the layer of fabric and knitting for a neat finish. 

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Aug 7, 2014

Knitting Pattern for Minion Pencil Box

Minion Pencil Box
My last post was about minions. I have mentioned that I was asked to knit few minion toys, which made me think about what else I could make. Also we have only few weeks left before it's back to school, and the two thoughts combined together resulted in this pencil box.

I have to admit, I had a great help with the sewing part. My mom is visiting us and since she is a great quilter she knows how to work miracles with the sewing machine.

Minions Pencil Box:
by Stana D.S. 
Finished size: Pencil box is 9” (23cm) wide and 5 ½” (15cm) tall.

Yarn: 1 ball of medium worsted yarn in yellow and blue (for my minion pencil box I used Bernat Handicrafter cotton in lemon and blueberry color), remnants of white, black and grey colored yarn.
         
Recommended Needles size: US # 5/3.75mm and Double pointed needles (DPN) US #5/3.75mm (set of 5).

Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker, stitch holder, fabric 4 rectangles about 10" x 7" (26cm x 18cm), yellow zipper 9"(23cm) long.

Abbreviations:  
SSK= slip stitch, slip stitch, and knit the 2 stitches together, this decreases 2 stitches to 1 stitch.
KFB = Knit in front and back of the same stitch, this creates 2 stitches from 1stitch.
K2tog = knit two stitches together, this decreases two stitches to one stitch.
P = Purl
K= Knit
Y = Yellow
B = Blue

Gauge: 17sts & 27 rows = 4” in stockinette stitches.
 
Instructions:
This pencil box is knitted flat in stockinette (knit and purl rows). The eyes are knitted separately and sewn on.
Cast on 48sts in blue color.
Row 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15: Purl (48sts total)
Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14: Knit (48sts total). Attach the yellow yarn and continue with both yarns.
Row 16, 18, 20, 22, 24: K7Y, K10B, K14Y, K10B, K7Y (48sts total)
Row 17, 19, 21, 23, 25: P7Y, P10B, P14Y, P10B, P7Y (48sts total)
Row 26: K5Y, K2B, K10Y, K2B, K10Y, K2B, K10Y, K2B, K5Y (48sts total)
Row 27: P3Y, P2B, P14Y, P2B, P6Y, P2B, P14Y, P2B, P3Y (48sts total)
Row 28: K1Y, K2B, K18Y, K2B, K2Y, K2B, K18Y, K2B, K1Y (48sts total)
Row 29: P1B, P22Y, P2B, P22Y, P1B (48sts total). Cut off the blue yarn and continue with yellow yarn only.
Row 30, 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54: Knit (48sts total)
Row 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55: Purl (48sts total)
Row 56: Knit and bind off.
Fold the knitted piece in half and sew together the sides.


Goggles:
The grey sides of goggles:
With the grey yarn cast on 5sts. I-cord for approximately 6.5" (16cm). Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail, and thread the tail on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches on needle, gather up and close the hole. Sew together the beginning and end of I-cord. This creates one circle. Repeat for second circle.

White patch :
With the white yarn cast on 5sts
Row 1: Knit (5sts total)
Row 2: Purl (5sts total)
Row 3: KFB, Knit 3, KFB (7sts total)
Row 4: Purl (7sts total)
Row 5: KFB, Knit 5, KFB (9sts total)
Row 6: Purl (9sts total)
Row 7: Knit (9sts total)
Row 8: Purl (9sts total)
Row 9: SSK, Knit 5, K2tog (7sts total)
Row 10: Purl (7sts total)
Row 11: SSK, Knit3, K2tog (5sts total)
Row 12: Purl (5sts total)
Row 13: Knit and cast off.
Sew the grey circle to the white patch. If the goggles are double eyed, sew the two grey circles together on one side. Use the picture as a guide. Embroider the eyes with black yarn.

The black belt for the goggles:
With the black yarn cast on 6sts. Make one I-cord approximately 6.5" (16.cm), and second I-cord approximately 1"(3cm). Please make sure to measure the length by putting the belt and goggles around the Minions head. Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail, and thread the tail on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches on needle, gather up and close the hole. Sew the beginning of the I-cord to one side of the google circles. Repeat for the second side. Sew the goggles to the face of the Minion using the picture as a guide.


Finishing:  With the black yarn embroider the smile on the face using the picture as a guide. Weave in all ends.
Use the four rectangles of fabric. (if making two pockets), otherwise use only two rectangles. Sew the three sides together. Insert the fabric inside the knitted piece. Attach the zipper to the opening and sew the zipper to the knitted and fabric layer. Before sewing on the sewing machine tuck the ends of the zipper between the layer of fabric and knitting for a neat finish. 
I would suggest to leave the sewing of the black belt as the last thing. If you sew the black belt before it might be too thick for your sewing machine (it was for mine and we had to replace the broken needle)

 
Fill the pencil box with everything your artist may need.
 

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