Apr 18, 2017

Knitting Pattern for Roland, the raccoon

Roland, the raccoon
The mystery KAL for this adorable raccoon is finished, and the complete pattern is available now.
The toy is knitted in the rounds, limbs, tail, and head worked separately and sewn on. The technique intarsia in the rounds is used for the head, or optional is to use duplicate stitch.

The finished toy is approximately 9" / 23 cm sitting, and 15" / 38 cm head to tail long.

Worked in worsted yarn, Knitpicks Mighty Stitch, you will need less than a skein each of grey color, black color, white color, and red color.

You may purchase the pattern in my Ravelry store, or by clicking on this link:




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Mar 22, 2017

Knitting Pattern for Gradient Cable Cowl

Gradient Cable Cowl
The knitting pattern for this Gradient Cable Cowl is now available to purchase in my Ravelry store, on Knitpicks website link here or by clicking on this button:



The pattern is worked in Knitpicks Palette, fingering weight yarn, held double for the gradual color change.
Gradient Cable Cowl

Or you can try to use worsted weight yarn, such as Malabrigo Rastita.
Here is a picture of my work in progress in Malabrigo Rastita in Archangel color.

Mar 17, 2017

Toy Mystery KAL

Roland, toy mystery KAL
Our second toy mystery KAL for 2017 starts next week.

With three clues, spread out over three weeks you will end up with a cute toy to keep for yourself or give it away to someone special.

For more details, and to see the work in progress and all the fun,  join my Ravelry group:
Here is  Link to the pattern

Have fun knitting :)


Mar 14, 2017

Knitting Pattern for Polka Dot Cowl

Polka Dot Cowl
Do you often stand in front of your closet undecided and wondering what to wear?

 Do you feel sometimes like wearing stripes, or perhaps polka dots, or half and half? The construction of this whimsical cowl lets you wear it in three different ways, depending on your mood.

This cowl is knit in the rounds, start with provisional cast on, work on stripe section, then the polka dot section, and finishing it with Kitchener stitch.

Finished Size:
Cowl:  26” (66 cm) long (circumference)  and 10” (26 cm) wide (tall).

Suggested Yarn: KnitPicks Hawthorne, fingering weight (80% Superwash Fine Highland Wool, 20% Polyamide; 357 yards / 100 grams)
1 skein Slate Kettle Dye 26688 – MC
1 skein Rose City 26432 – CC

Or use any of your favorite fingering weight yarn with similar yardage.

The pattern is available now to purchase in my Ravelry store, or by clicking on this button:




Polka Dot Cowl

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Mar 11, 2017

DVT, PE, and LIFE

Life can be full of surprises. In my knitting world I missed the sixth anniversary of this blog existence. However I do have a good reason; even though I try to keep my knitting world and my personal world separated the two has combined together in a strange twist of fate.

I had been diagnosed with DVT, and PE, I am happy to be alive, and am under the care of doctors. This is my second occurrence of DVT; about twelve years ago I had a brand new baby and was admitted to a hospital with massive DVT. It was hard; my family lives on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, my husband had to go to work to keep us afloat, and to keep our health insurance, and I was in pain, alone, and scared of not having the opportunity to watch my kid grow up. This time, things are slightly better. Luckily we still have health insurance, though when the doctor's bills will start arriving it will get tough, but I have a job to return to. Even though it's an hourly paid job that fits between the bus stop wait, I still have it. Also I have a blossoming and slowly growing side business for designing knitting patterns. Thank you for every single purchase of my knitting patterns, I really appreciate that, it encourages me to keep designing.

On my way to recovery I have to concentrate on positive thoughts, and focus on the fact that I am alive, and not to dwell on what could have happened.

This week I kept myself busy with reorganizing my yarn stash. It was something that I wanted to do for some time, but life was too busy with other things and commitments, but now I had the time and opportunity.

Here are some pictures from the process:
Yarn Pile - Blue and green shades
Yarn Pile - Dark to Light
Yarn Project - in the progress
Yarn Project - Dark to Light
Yarn Project - Colors
Yarn Project - Mix of yarn, books, and knitted toys
 
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Feb 10, 2017

Behind the scene

At work
Knitting has been important part of my life for many years. Ever since I have learned - at first to crochet, thanks to my wonderful and patient grandmother, then to knit I have been enjoying the process of taking a ball of yarn and turn it into something wonderful one stitch at the time.

Internet has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to share my passion and allowed me to offer the various knitting patterns that I create.

It is a lot of work. The hours in front of computer, creating the written patterns, charts, and editing is not as enjoyable as the actual knitting. I have to admit, I really prefer to knit over the other aspects of the whole process that is the creation of a knitting pattern.

Here you can see my work in progress, unfinished sample of Polka Dot Cowl, in Knitpicks Fingering Hawthorne Kettle Dye Yarn.

This is a picture in the middle of the process. I already sent out the submission, which was accepted, the yarn was shipped, and the sample is almost finished. Now it's the time for rewriting the pattern from my notes into a word document, create the charts on chart software program, editing, and of course the photo shoot. After all of this is done, it's time for a test knit call, then more editing before the pattern is ready to be published.

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Feb 7, 2017

Knitting Pattern for Helga, the hexagon owl

Helga, the hexagon owl
Helga, the hexagon owl started as the toy mystery KAL in January 2017.
 The mystery part is over, but you can purchase the complete pattern in my Ravelry store or by clicking on this button:




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Jan 20, 2017

Knitting Pattern for Grecian Poncho

Grecian Poncho
The knitting pattern for this oversized poncho, worked in bulky yarn Wonderfluff  by Knitpicks  is available now to purchase in my Ravelry store, on Knitpicks website:
Grecian Poncho

or  by clicking on this button:



Jan 17, 2017

Knitting Pattern for Nine Lives Hat

Nine Lives Hat
A friend saw picture of our FSM with his new pink hat and asked me to make her an adult version.
I have used worsted weight yarn and wrote the pattern for this very simple, yet versatile pattern named Nine Lives. The hat is worked in the rounds, the stitches for the ears are picked up directly on the hat.

The pattern is free, and available to download by clicking on this button:

download now

or in my Ravelry store.

Have fun knitting.

Jan 15, 2017

FSM

#FSM with #Pussyhat

For anyone who wish to knit their own version of this particular hat,
I used Caron Simply Soft acrylic yarn and DPN needles US 5/ 3.75 mm
The size that fits FSM
CO 40 sts.
Begin to work in the round.
Round 1 - 5: Knit
Round 6: (SSK, K8) 4x (36 sts total)
Round 7: (SSK, K7) 4x (32 sts total)
Round 8: (SSK, K6) 4x (28 sts total)
Round 9: (SSK, K5) 4x (24 sts total)
Round 10: (SSK, K4) 4x (20 sts total)
Round 11: (SSK, K3) 4x (16 sts total)
Round 12: (SSK, K2) 4x (12 sts total)
Round 13: (SSK, K1) 4x (8 sts total)
Round 14: (SSK) 4x (4 sts 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.

Ears (make 2):
Pick up directly on the hat 10 sts (5 + 5 sts)  along the top part of the hat. Join to work in the round.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: (SSK, K1, K2tog) 2x (6 sts total)
Round 3: (K3tog) 2x (3 sts total)
Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail, and thread on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches on needles, gather up and close the hole. Stitch to secure.

Weave in the ends.

The gauge is 20 sts and 26 rows per 4" in stockinette stitch



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Jan 12, 2017

Mystery KAL

Helga, mystery KAL
Happy New Year.
I know I am a bit late as we are already few days into the New Year. However, I hope that all of you are having a lot of happy days filled with family, friends, and knitting ahead.

The new mystery KAL (knit-a-long) hosted in my group on Ravelry started few days ago with the release of clue one. Helga, is our mystery toy. There is still plenty of time to join the fun.

Hop over on Ravelry and grab the coupon to get your pattern for Helga for free while the mystery is in progress.

The link to the pattern and all the information is here:

Helga, mystery KAL

Have fun knitting.