Mar 1, 2021

Porta Wrap


I took this photograph exactly one year ago. I have finished the wrap few days earlier and it was washed, blocked and measured and the pattern was written up.  The following week I gave the wrap to the receptionist at the doctor's office where I was going for my physical therapy with my elbow. I used to take that knitting project with me and I would work on it while waiting for my appointment. The receptionist always complimented on how much she liked the color, and how nice it looked. After I gave the wrap away, I started another sample, this time instead of using Lion Brand Amazing, Olympia colorway yarn as in the pictured sample I used Caron Cakes in Red Velvet colorway. It has been my "on the go" knitting  project, and someone else was complimenting the wrap as well. I have the finished sample ready to give it away to this person. I will most likely start another sample of this wrap, most likely in different yarn than the previous two samples. 

This easily memorizable pattern is completely reversible and the pattern from this wrap has been redone and later published as Harvest Poncho last fall  by I Like Knitting magazine. 

Photo by I Like Knitting magazine

The exclusive period for the knitting pattern for the Harvest Poncho is over and I will be republishing the pattern later this month. But first I am publishing the knitting pattern for the Porta Wrap.

You can purchase the pattern on Lovecraft (link will be added soon), Payhip: Porta Wrap on Payhip  or Ravelry: Porta Wrap on Ravelry or by clicking on this button:

Thank you for visiting.

Feb 22, 2021

Around the World Stitch -a-long and some other Work in progress.


I took this picture the last time I was traveling by airplane. It has been in the summer of 2019 and I was returning home from visiting my family in Europe. It seems like a lifetime ago. I do not know if and when I will be able to visit my mom again. I hope that it will be this year, but who knows what is still ahead of us. I have realized that these days I travel a lot in my dreams. I am visiting places that are close to my heart.


Somehow I have stumbled upon an event named Around the world stitch-a-long. It is an independent knitwear designers knit a long and it is happening all around the world. I am a bit late talking about it here as the fun already started on February 15th. But the whole thing is running through March 28th so there is still plenty of time to participate and win some prizes.

The event is filled with knitting, crocheting, games, and variety of prizes. In the group on Ravelry the chat is filled with traditions, recipes and chat with people from all around the world. 

Here is the link to the group on Ravelry: Around the World Stitch-a-long   

and here is the link to the big bundle of participating designers also from all around the world: Participating designers 

also the event is hosted on Instagram Around the World SAL

One of the participating designers and organizers is Ranee Mueller from Arabian Knits. I had a pleasure get to know her a bit through this Interview with a designer  I did two years ago. 

Join us for this fun event and learn about the other participating designers. In a way it's like traveling to far away places and learn something about people from those different places. 

 In December 2020, after I published Paw Print Heart knitting pattern I announced that for every purchased pattern in the month of December I will donate $1 to our local animal shelter. In December I have sold  9 patterns for the Paw Print Heart. I decided to donate $1 for all of my patterns sold in December. That was 35 patterns and therefore $35. I have rounded that up to $50 and made a check and dropped it at the local animal shelter. 

In December I was approached by a Canadian yarn website and asked if they can sell my knitting pattern for Rockefeller, the owl on their website. 

Here is the link to the pattern on the Canadian Yarn website: Link here


Thank you for reading and visiting. 

Keep on knitting, one stitch at time.....


Feb 9, 2021

Paw-some Dog Cowl and matching Human Scarf


This fancy paw-some cowl is for our four legged furry friends. The knitting pattern provides variety of sizes from extra small to extra large with directions on how to adjust to your furry friend. A human infinity scarf in opposite colors is the perfect companion for all those long walks. A knitting pattern for matching hat will be available also. 

You can purchase the pattern by clicking on this button (it takes you to Ravelry):

or you can purchase the pattern on Payhip and shortly also on Lovecraft website: link here.

Pictured bellow is T-Bone modeling the cowl, patiently waiting to go out for a walk.

The pattern was originally published by I Like Knitting website in their August Issue. The matching hat was published in October Issue.

                                                              photo by I Like Knitting

Feb 7, 2021

Corey, the cardinal


Corey the cardinal.

The toy mystery KAL is over. But you can still kit your own cardinal bird. The pattern is written for worsted weight yarn, but you can easily use different weight yarn and simply adjust the needle size to the yarn weight you are using. 

You can purchase the knitting pattern on Payhip: Corey, the cardinal

in my store on Ravelry:  Stana's Critters Etc

or by clicking on this button:

The pattern will be also on Lovecraft in a day or two.

Thank you for visiting.

Jan 31, 2021

Corey, clue 3


Third Clue:
Wings (make 2):
With the MC yarn and DPN, CO 6 sts. Work flat.
Row 1: KFB, (K1, P1) 2x, K1 (7 sts total)
Row 2: (P1, K1) 3x, P1
Row 3: KFB, (P1, K1) 3x (8 sts total)
Row 4: (P1, K1) 4x
Row 5: KFB, (K1, P1) 3x, K1 (9 sts total)
Row 6: (P1, K1) 4x, P1
Row 7: KFB, (P1, K1) 4x (10 sts total)
Row 8: (P1, K1) 5x
Row 9: KFB, (K1, P1) 4x, K1 (11 sts total)
Row 10: (P1, K1) 5x, P1
Rows 11, 13, 15, 17: (K1, P1) 5x, K1
Rows 12, 14, 16, 18: (P1, K1) 5x, P1
Row 19: K2tog, (K1, P1) 4x, K1 (10 sts total)
Rows 20, 21, 22: (P1, K1) 5x
Row 23: K2tog, (P1, K1) 4x (9 sts total)
Rows 24, 26: (P1, K1) 4x, P1
Row 25: (K1, P1) 4x, K1
Row 27: K2tog, (K1, P1) 3x, K1 (8 sts total)
Rows 28, 29, 30: (P1, K1) 4x
Row 31: K2tog, (P1, K1) 3x (7 sts total)
Rows 32, 34: (P1, K1) 3x, P1
Row 33: (K1, P1) 3x, K1
Row 35: K2tog, (K1, P1) 2x, K1 (6 sts total)
Rows 36, 37, 38: (P1, K1) 3x
Row 39: K2tog, (P1, K1) 2x (5 sts total)
Rows 40, 42: (P1, K1) 2x, P1
Row 41: (K1, P1) 2x, K1
Row 43: K2tog, K1, P1, K1 (4 sts total)
Rows 44, 45: (P1, K1) 2x
Row 46: K2tog, P1, K1 (3 sts total)
Row 47: P1, K1, P1
Row 48: K3tog (1 st total)
Cut the yarn, leaving a long enough tail, and thread the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitch. Secure the end. 

Legs (make 2):
With the MC yarn and DPN, CO on 9 sts. PM on the first st and begin working in the rnd.
Rnds 1 – 2: Knit. Cut off MC. Attach C2. Continue with C2 only.
Rnd 3: (SSK, K1) 3x (6 sts total)
Rnds 4 – 6: Knit
If using the pipe cleaners, cut and bend small piece around the main pipe cleaner to create three fingers. Insert the pipe cleaner with the end pointing through the CO edge. See the photo at the end for visual aid.
Continue with first 2 sts. Working around the pipe cleaners.
Increase 2 sts to 3 sts and work 3 rows I-cord. Cut the yarn approximately 2-3 yards (1.80 – 2.75 meters) long. Thread the end on a needle yarn. Pull the end through the 3 sts, close the hole. 
Pull the needle through to the next 2 sts. Increase 2 sts to 3 sts and work 3 rows I-cord. Thread the end on a needle yarn. Pull the end through the 3 sts, close the hole. 
Pull the needle through to the next 2 sts. Increase 2 sts to 3 sts and work 3 rows I-cord. Thread the end on a needle yarn. Pull the end through the 3 sts, close the hole. 
Sew the holes between the 3 I-cords creating the bottom part of the leg. 

With the tail from the CO sts sew the wings to the side of the body, leaving a tip of the wings pointing towards the tail. With the tail from the CO sts sew the legs to the bottom part of the body 
Using the black yarn, embroider the eyes on the side of the head, if needed add more black color to the side of the bird’s head, by embroidering it. Weave in all ends. 

Have fun knitting.

Jan 29, 2021

Work in Progress - Bernie Doll - January 2021


It took me over a week. I have watched the memes and knitting patterns appearing for the Bernie Sanders' mitts. I watched the knitting patterns for hats, cowls, and even a sweater being inspired by the famous mittens Bernie Sanders wore for the Inauguration of the 46th US president.  I saw a crochet doll and the crochet patterns for the Bernie Sanders dolls being offer for sale, for free, and I watched the bidding on E-bay for the original doll created by one of the crochet designers. There are so many crochet patterns for Bernie doll on Etsy (and other platforms that sell patterns)  now that it's amazing. And I believe I have seen two different knitting patterns for Bernie Doll. Both of which are interesting, but not what I would like to actually make. Somehow the variety of knitting patterns for Bernie doll are a little bit behind on this.  

I guess, being a knitwear designer comes handy as I am able to create a knitted toy that will fit my vision as to what the doll should look like and how much it hopefully will resemble the original Bernie Sanders in the now iconic photo. 

As with every design it starts with picking up yarn. I am using stash yarn as much as possible and this doll is not an exception. I looked through my stash and narrowed it down to those yarn as they are closest to the colors, as seen in the photo. I would like the doll to be able to either sit or stand, and have the clothes removable, and I also would like to include the chair for the doll to sit on. 

I should be working on some other knitting projects that have been on my needles and have some sort of deadline attached to it, may it be for few submissions, toy mystery KAL, knitting pattern samples,  etc.  I will post another work in progress blog post next Friday as to what I actually decided to work on. 

And those who are reading and wondering if I will type up and make the pattern available for other to knit their own doll;  I will do that after the toy is finished and I am happy with the result. 

Thank you for visiting.

Jan 24, 2021

Corey, clue 2


Second Clue: 
Begin to stuff the xxx and xxx with fiberfill. 
Rnds 32 – 42: Knit 
Rnd 43: K8, SSK, K12, K2tog, K8 (30 sts total)
Rnds 44 – 45: Knit 
Rnd 46: K8, SSK, K10, K2tog, K8 (28 sts total)
Rnds 47 – 48: Knit 
Rnd 49: K8, SSK, K8, K2tog, K8 (26 sts total)
Rnd 50: Knit 
Rnd 51: K8, SSK, K6, K2tog, K8 (24 sts total)
Continue to stuff the xxx with fiberfill.
Rnd 52: Knit 
Rnd 53: K6, K2tog, K8, SSK, K6 (22 sts total)
Rnd 54: Knit 
Rnd 55: K5, K2tog, K8, SSK, K5 (20 sts total)
Rnd 56: K4, K2tog, K8, SSK, K4 (18 sts total)
Rnd 57: K3, K2tog, K8, SSK, K3 (16 sts total)
Rnd 58: K3, K2tog, K6, SSK, K3 (14 sts total)
Rnd 59: K2, K2tog, K6, SSK, K2 (12 sts total)
Rnd 60: K2, K2tog, K4, SSK, K2 (10 sts total)
Finish stuffing the xxx with fiberfill. Fold the pipe cleaner and insert into the opening. 
Rnds 61 – 90: Knit 
Lightly stuff the tail around the folded pipe cleaner. 
Rnd 91: K7 and mark a new beginning on the side of the xxx.
Rnd 92: (SSK, K1, K2tog) 2x (6 sts total)
Rnd 93: K3tog 2x (2 sts total)
Cut the yarn, leaving a long enough tail, and thread the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches. Secure the end. 

Using MC, pick up 6 sts evenly along the CO edge at the front of the xxx, PM and join to work in the round.
Rnd 1: Knit 
Rnd 2: K2tog 3x (3 sts total)
Cut the yarn, leaving a long enough tail, and thread the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches. Secure the end. 

Third Clue: February 1st, 2121 

Have fun knitting.