Jun 25, 2012

Bitzer, the dog and his friend Shaun, the sheep

A while back, I was asked to knit Shaun, the sheep. I have found a crochet pattern and with some tweaks and adjustment I have knitted Shaun, the sheep. I was also asked to make him his friend, Bitzer, the dog. That I had to improvise.
After posting this picture on Ravelry, I was asked for the pattern.
It took a while for me to turn my scribbles into coherent knitting pattern.
At the moment the pattern is being test knitted, and hopefully soon will be available for everyone.

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Jun 15, 2012

Huggaluf Pillows

These pillows are perfect for hugging.

It's kind of a new as well as revisited pattern.
I was inspired by my Huggalufs. Also I wanted to make a pillow to take with you on a trip, or just play around in the house.

The pattern will be available soon.

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Jun 6, 2012

Pictures of some of the charitable donations

These toys travelled all the way to Michigan to be adopted by children in foster care.
These toys travelled all the way to Belgium to be adopted by children via Poekie project.












There are other toys and hats and baby blankets that have been already shipped somewhere else. I always hope that the recipients will appreciate the toys and will take care of them. It is something that I might never know, but that's OK. I will continue to send my toys away on their adventurous journeys to children all over the world.

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Jun 2, 2012

Knitting Pattern for Chadwick and Igor, the frog twins


Chadwick and Igor, the frog twins
by Stana D.S.

Finished toy size:  5" (13cm)
Yarn: Less than a ball of green yarn in medium weight.
Recommended Needle Size: DPN US#3/3.25mm (set of 4). Or use your preferred needles for knitting in the round.
Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, stitch marker, polyester fiberfill (1 small bag), small amount of white yarn for the eyes, small amount of black embroidery yarn.

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 decrease 2sts to 1st.

INSTRUCTIONS:
This frog is knitted in the rounds, start at the bottom of the body. The eyes, arms and legs are knitted separately and sewn on.

Body:
With the green yarn and three DPN cast on 6sts (2sts per needle). Place the stitch marker on the first st and begin working in the round.
Row 1: Knit around (6sts total)
Row 2: KFB all around, 4sts per needle (12sts total)
Row 3: Knit around (12sts total)
Row 4: KFB all around, 8sts per needle (24sts total)
Row 5: Knit around (24sts total)
Row 6: *KFB, Knit 1; repeat from * around, 12sts per needle (36sts total)
Row 7: Knit around (36sts total)
Row 8: *KFB, Knit 2; repeat from * around, 16sts per needle (48sts total)
Row 9 - 22: Knit around (48sts total)
Row 23: *SSK, Knit 6; repeat from * around, 14sts per needle (42sts total)
Row 24 - 26: Knit around (42sts total)
Row 27: *SSK, Knit 5; repeat from * around, 12sts per needle (36sts total)
Row 28 - 30: Knit around (36sts total)
Row 31: *SSK, Knit 4; repeat from * around, 10sts per needle (30sts total)
Row 32 - 34: Knit around (30sts total). Thread the tail from the cast on sts on a yarn needle. Stitch through all of the cast on stitches, pull up tight to close the hole, stitch to secure. Begin to stuff the body with fiberfill.
Row 35: *SSK, Knit 1; repeat from * around (20sts total)
Row 36: Knit around (20 sts total)
Row 37: *SSK, Knit 1; repeat from * around, the last will be SSK (13sts total)
Row 38:  Knit around (13sts total). Finish stuffing the frog. 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.

Eye balls (make 2):
With the green yarn and three DPN cast on 9sts (3sts per needle). Place the stitch marker on the first st and begin working in the round.
Row 1: Knit around (9sts total)
Row 2: *KFB, Knit 2; repeat from * around, 4sts per needle (12sts total)
Row 3: * KFB, Knit 3; repeat from * around, 5sts per needle (15sts total)
Row 4: Knit around (15sts total). Change the green yarn to the white yarn.
Row 5 - 6: Knit around (15sts total)
Row 7: *SSK, Knit 3; repeat from * around, 4sts per needle (12sts total)
Row 8: Knit around (12sts total). Thread the tail from the cast on sts on a yarn needle. Stitch through all of the cast on stitches, pull up tight to close the hole, stitch to secure. Begin to stuff the eye ball with fiberfill.
Row 9: *SSK, Knit 2; repeat from * around, 3sts per needle (9sts total)
Row 10: Knit around (9sts total). Finish stuffing the eye ball. 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. With the black embroidery yarn embroider the pupil on the eye ball, using the picture as a guide. Sew the eye ball on frog's head using the picture as a guide. Repeat for the second eye ball.


Arms and legs (make 4):
With the green yarn and two DPN cast on 6sts (3sts per needle). Place the stitch marker on the first st and begin working in the round.
Row 1 - 20: Knit around (6sts total)
Row 21: KFB around, 6sts per needle (12sts total)
Row 22 - 24: Knit around (12sts total)
Row 25: Knit and cast off from both DPN at the same time. Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail, thread the tail on a yarn needle and stitch to secure. Thread the tail from the cast on sts on a yarn needle and sew the arm (leg) on the body of the frog using the picture as a guide.
Repeat for the second arm, and for both legs.

Finishing: With the black embroidery yarn embroider the mouth on frog's head using the picture as a guide.

Copyright: This pattern was design and written by Stana D.S.
The pattern is for personal use only. The finished items may not be sold for profit, except for charity purposes. Please acknowledge the author. Thank you.