Yesterday was a perfect summer day in Edmonton. A perfect day to spend outdoors in the garden! It was super calm and sunny, hardly any mosquitoes. I finally got to replacing the wood chips around my garden, which pretty much took the entire (work) day. It feels good to have that done and it was glorious to spend the day outside since I’ve been spending so many of my days indoors due to the rain, as well as working and working on our house! After I had finished working and took a lovely bath, I spent part of the evening sitting on our deck, enjoying a drink, some chill music and some knitting. So, I decided to collect a bunch of patterns for you to consider making this summer, for chill evenings on the deck, and relaxing mornings with a coffee.
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Last night, I was actually working on this cute little Pin Me Up Headband from Knitatude. This is one of her patterns that are free on her blog; it’s a pretty quick knit (though not as quick if you modify it to use sock-weight yarn, like I did-haha) and uses up smaller bits of yarn, which I love!
Chantal has also just released her new Tulip Wrap Tank Knitting Pattern which is an intermediate knit wrap tank top pattern that is written in 9 sizes (up to 5 XL)! I’m so pleased to see pattern designers include more sizes in their patterns. All bodies deserve cute hand-knit items; I’m so proud of the efforts that Chantal and other designers have made to increase their size offerings and make hand-knit patterns more accessible to more people. Get the pattern here.
I just love the simple refined look of this Ribbed V-neck cropped tank top knitting pattern. The delicate ribbing makes this easy/intermediate pattern look more difficult than it is. Made with a fingering weight yarn, it will be perfect to wear in the warmer summer months. This is also a size-inclusive pattern including up to 5XL! Get the pattern here.
For an even easier pattern, this Basic Bralette Knitting Pattern is rated “Easy peasy.” Love that. Super cute and quick knit made with a worsted weight yarn, it knits up quickly into a cute and sexy little bralette. Get the pattern here.
For a summer knit tank top that is more work-appropriate, but just as easy of a knit, check out this Silver Spring Knit Tank Top Pattern. You could easily wear this to the office (if that’s where you’re allowed to go these days) or throw a denim or leather jacket on it for a night out! Using worsted weight yarn, this pattern is also size-inclusive in 9 sizes all the way up to 5XL! This is a beginner level pattern and if you check out her Etsy listing, she has included a way to get the pattern for free on her blog. A printable pdf is so handy though, so for just a few bucks and to support this creative designer, get the pattern here.
Another Easy Peasy Tank Top Knitting Pattern! This sexy, relaxed knitting pattern is available in 5 sizes, up to 47-inch chest circumference. Perfect for the beach or just relaxing in the back yard, this intermediate pattern is quick and easy and uses baby cotton for a lovely soft and cool drape. Get the pattern here.
Of course, summer knits don’t have to just be tank tops! You can make yourself a skirt! This Marigold Skirt Knitting Pattern is even appropriate for the office! How cute is this?! This simple pattern uses your personal measurements so that you could make one for yourself and all your friends and everyone would get one just the perfect size for them! Get the pattern here.
For a skirt with a little more swing, The Flirt Skirt Knitting Pattern has a bit more flounce to it. This skirt pattern makes a high-waisted A-line skirt with an elastic waistband. This pattern is also size-inclusive, including 15 sizes, from a 22-inch waist to a 60-inch waist! Any size can wear this cute and flirty skirt! Get the pattern here.
Of course, you can always dress yourself head to toe in summer knits with this Beverly Knit Top and Skirt Set Pattern. This cropped knit tee and high-waisted mini-skirt is a fun and flirty coordinated outfit which features a faux cable ribbing and sleek stockinette stitch. This is a beginner-intermediate pattern available in three sizes (small, medium and large). Get the pattern here.
I know this collection of patterns has mostly been for grown women, but I couldn’t resist including this adorable Baby Bloomers with Skirt Knitting Pattern! How sweet would this be on a new little one this summer? The confident beginner can tackle this pattern as it uses just the basic techniques of casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. Make these bloomers in 4 different sizes, from 3-6 months all the way up to 2 years with or without the adorable skirt! Get the pattern here.
I certainly wouldn’t want to forget the crocheters out there. You can easily make up this Field Trip Crochet Halter Top Pattern in an afternoon on the deck and have a cute little cropped top for festivals or the beach. While this cute top is written in one small/medium (A/B cup) size, it can easily be modified to fit larger or smaller sizes. Get the pattern here.
You can also crochet up a classy tank top using this Finesse tank top crochet pattern. An intermediate level crochet pattern, this tank top is pattern is written in 5 sizes and uses fingering-weight sock yarn for a delicate drape. Get the pattern here.
If you’re looking for a quick top project for summer, check out this Crochet Pattern for Summer Roadtrip Top. With an open, lacy stitch, this top crochets up quickly and is the perfect project to bring on a road trip or the perfect garment to travel with! This is a great project for beginners and works up quickly! Get the pattern here.
I hope you’ve got some inspiration for your summer makes. Pick up a pattern today or pin it for later!
I’m sure we could all use a little extra comfort right now. A crocheted (or knit!) cuddly creature is the perfect thing to make to get a feeling of accomplishment with only a few hours of work (well, depending on the pattern). Smaller amigurumis (crocheted stuffed toys) can come together in one to three hours. It’s so fun to watch your yarn turn into a cuddly little friend. What better gift to give to your child or grandchild than a handmade stuffed toy for a little bit of extra comfort? Check out these adorable amigurumi patterns to make! (There’s even a couple of knitting patterns in here!)
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How about these Beep & Boop the Robot Twins? If you’re just getting started with amigurumi, this is a very easy crochet pattern that is only 11 pages long and includes plenty of step-by-step photos to help you along the way.
If robots aren’t quite cuddly enough for you, check out this Cuddle-Sized Teddy Bear Amigurumi Crochet Pattern. Tristan the Teddy Bear is the perfect little classic teddy bear amigurumi pattern, also a very easy pattern to follow with plenty of helpful step-by-step photos. Storyland Amis has plenty of other fabulous amigurumi patterns worth spending your time on! Go take a look for a wide assortment of adorable amigurumi creatures.
If you’re looking for a stuffed animal pattern that is a little bit less conventional, but just as adorable, check out this Plush Baby Bull Pattern. This sample is made with a plush velvet yarn, which looks so cozy! Anyone would love to snuggle up to this adorable little bull!
Of course, with Easter only a couple of weeks away, this Plush Bunny in Dress Crochet Pattern is here just in time for Easter gift-giving. You’ll have to get on it though! Look at how sweet this adorable Easter bunny is. What a sweet gift idea!
Speaking of bunnies, the pattern shown above Penelope Bunny in Granny Square Dress and hat. The Granny Square Dress and hat and shoes are a separate pattern (that fits a few of her dolls, so the Penelope Bunny would have to be purchased separately. Carmen Rent is also another prolific amigurumi designer with plenty of fantastic doll patterns to explore.
One of my favourite amigurumi designers, Manuska, has created this beautiful Maya Angelou Crochet Doll Pattern, celebrating a strong and accomplished woman. What a lovely way to introduce a young woman to this excellent female role model!
Of course, if you’re all about the animals, this Pug Shpuntic Dog Amigurumi Crochet Pattern is a hilarious, cartoony amigurumi pattern that you simply must try! I love all his folds and crazy eyes!
If you’ve stumbled on this post with not much time until Easter, this Charlie the Chick Crochet Pattern is a small pattern that works up quickly with a small amount of yarn. If you’re looking for a free version, it’s available here on the Yarn Society website.
For a different style of bird pattern, check out the Blu the Bird Amigurumi Crochet Pattern. Such a cute little birdie pattern. It’s also available for free on the Yarn Society website by clicking here.
For my knitters, I haven’t forgotten about you! It’s just not as easy to find cute knitted toys. The visibility of increases and decreases in knitting just doesn’t lend itself as well to amigurumi. But these Moss the Sheep Knitting Patterns are an exception! Fluff and Fuzz has quite a few adorable amigurumi knitting patterns, so if you’re not interested in learning crochet, check out the great variety of knitting patterns in the Fluff and Fuzz shop.
This one was another favourite from Fluff & Fuzz, the Berry Bear knitting pattern. In this fuzzy yarn, you can’t tell it’s knit at all! It looks so good! My kids would love one of these adorable scruffy-looking stuffed bears.
I know that some of you may have difficulty getting out to get supplies if you’re either quarantined or social distancing or if stores have temporarily closed in your area. Most online retailers continue to ship and in my city, Michaels is still offering curbside pick up. It’s not quite the same as making a trip into a store and squishing all the yarn, but Knitpicks and Lionbrand Yarn have a wide selection of yarn and other supplies that you can order and have shipped to you if you need some supplies to make these cute amigurumi toys.
Which of these adorable amigurumis will you get to work on today? Pick up a pattern or pin it for later!
So, it feels weird to just go about my business sharing my favourite crafts and encouraging you to get making something right now, but with all the weirdness of the world right now and the recommendation of social distancing, crafts are EXACTLY what we should be doing. Studies have shown that knitting can reduce anxiety and depression and crocheting can improve your sense of calm and give you a project to help pass some of your newfound downtime. But I also know that this is a time of great uncertainty for a lot of people, as many people are experiencing reduced work hours (and pay) and have uncertainty about the security of their jobs and income. So today I want to share some great FREE and discounted craft resources for you!
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Let me just give you a little glimpse into pattern designing and the business side of things: knit and crochet designers (among other pattern designers) put a lot of work into designing, writing and testing patterns. Those that offer them for free on their blogs can earn some ad revenue from your traffic and they often offer a pdf printable pattern for a small fee, often on Etsy or Ravelry. As I’ve disclosed, I’m an affiliate and so I get a little bit of commission bit if you make a purchase through one of my Etsy links. If you need free patterns, please be sure to access the designer’s website and give them the traffic they need to earn a little bit of ad revenue and if you can afford it (and also because pdf patterns are so handy), please use one of my links to purchase from Etsy, as that’s how the designer earns some money and how I earn a little bit, too (same price for you and it encourages me to keep finding great patterns to share with you). It really is a joy for me to promote patterns on Etsy because as someone with my own (sad) Etsy shop, I know that pattern designers are individuals, mostly women and often moms just trying to earn a little extra from home for their families, not giant corporations. And I’m glad to support and promote them in their creative endeavours.
First of all, there’s my local knit and crochet celebrity, Stephanie from All About Ami. Stephanie has nearly all of her patterns available for free on her blog. Here she is modelling her Daylight Cardigan, which is free on her blog or available on Etsy here. This cardigan is made with Lionbrand Chainette yarn and is available as a kit from Lionbrand. Lionbrand is running a promotion right now with 25% off all kits with the code KITS25.
Some of my favourite patterns from Stephanie include her amigurumi patterns. Every year, she designs a new one for Chinese New Year, which is really awesome. This year is the Year of the Rat, so she’s got this adorable Chinese New Year Rat amigurumi pattern. It’s available here for free on her blog and also available as a printable pdf pattern on Etsy.
Another great resource for free crochet patterns is Whistle & Ivy. You can get this great Tartan Plaid Slouchy Hat pattern for free on her blog. Bethany has so many great buffalo plaid crochet patterns too, but also crochet patterns of all kinds! She’s very prolific! I learned to crochet buffalo plaid from this hat pattern. If you want to purchase one of her ad-free patterns, they’re available here on Etsy.
Beyond buffalo plaid, Whistle & Ivy also has this beautiful crocheted flip flop pattern for free on her blog here or an ad-free pdf printable pattern here. This is a perfect pattern to work up right now to be ready for the summer weather to come. Some of you can already see the grass where you are (unlike me, who still just sees 20 cm of crusty snow covering my garden), so the hope of summer sandals is much more real for you. These flip flops are so cute! I can’t wait for summer!
If you’re just learning to knit or crochet and would like access to hundreds of online classes and crafting resources, Bluprint is offering 14 days of free online classes to new subscribers and 40% off any item this week (ends March 27, 2020).
We Crochet is a new crochet-focussed spin-off company from Knitpicks. They offer some free crochet patterns as well as pattern kits, complete with both the pattern and the yarn, as well as the option to purchase any hooks or other supplies you might need. Check out this cute Floral Tapestry Top, which is a free downloadable pdf pattern! Bonus!
I love Knitpicks for affordable yarn and needles. But did you also know they have free resources for learning to knit? You can learn to Cast On, Knit, Purl and Bind off. There are so many great free resources available on YouTube and blogs. If you have a free resource you’d like to share, please do so in the comments!
Now that we’re talking about Knitpicks, I must say I really do love my Knitpicks interchangeable needles, especially the beautiful wood needles! I have the Caspian Options Short Interchangeable Set, which I love for hats and sleeves. It’s so great to knit in the round without using double-pointed needles. I do also have a set of Caspian Double Pointed Needles, which come in very handy for finer yarns and when decreasing at the top of a hat. I love how all the Options interchangeable sets work with each other, so it’s like Lego, you can use them with all your other sets and mix and match as need be!
Jessica from Mama In A Stitch has a bunch of lovely free knitting patterns and free crochet patterns including this fun Trails End Seamless Poncho. Nearly every knitter and crocheter I know dislikes seaming, so when we see seamless, we’re in love! Get the free pattern here on her blog or the pdf printable version here on Etsy. Check out her Etsy shop for all her pdf downloadable patterns.
Another free pattern that I’ve made a few times and given away (all my kids have one in their rooms) is this No Fuss Fish pattern from Eden Reborn. You can get the free pattern here on the blog or buy a low cost, ad-free, printable pdf pattern here. It makes a super cute gift and really doesn’t take too long to make at all. Check out all of Eden Reborn’s free crochet patterns here.
Since we still have some time before Easter, it’s not too late to make this floppy bunny amigurumi pattern from One Dog Woof. You can find the free pattern here on the blog or an ad-free pdf printable pattern here on Etsy.
Ashleigh from Sewrella also offers a lot of free patterns on her blog. The Crochet Seaside Cardigan is a lovely drapey cardigan that’s perfect for summer. Find the free pattern here on her blog or an ad-free pdf printable pattern on Etsy here.
I recently made one of Ashleigh’s Double Thick Crocheted Potholders from the free pattern here on her blog (get the ad-free pdf printable pattern here on Etsy). I had some cotton yarn for dishcloths leftover from a previous project, so I whipped up one of these babies when I realized Mr Evangelist’s hands don’t really fit in our oven mitts, so that’s why he’s been using my tea towels!!!
Since we’ve been watching all the Great British Baking Show episodes lately, I want to make one of these Double Oven Mitts by Sarah of Ned and Mimi. She’s got the free pattern on her blog and an ad-free pdf printable pattern available for purchase on Ravelry. So pick up some cotton dishie yarn or any other 100% cotton worsted weight yarn and get making one of these lovely double oven mitts today. I have some Lionbrand 24/7 yarn kicking around, so I think that’s what I’m going to use.
If you are looking for a mandala pattern like the one in the pin and the title heading, I have a resource for you, but it’s not for the exact pattern that I have here. I think I ended up guessing my way through this pattern with an image of a partial chart and a photo, so I don’t really have a pattern for it. But there are some similar-looking patterns here from Mollie Makes.
I hope you’re able to make some of these great free patterns while you’re practicing social distancing. Makers, we’re ready for this! We’ve been stockpiling yarn for YEARS! It’s time to put your stash and your skills to use! Take this break from the whirlwind of life and make some beautiful things. It may help calm the anxiety and you could also get a sweater out of it!
Pin this for later so you can find all these great resources when you’re looking for them!
Today is Our Maker Life make meet up! I’m so pleased that I was able to get a ticket! It’s in Calgary, which is less than 3 hours’ drive for me, which is also great news! And it happens to be my and Mr Evangelist’s anniversary that day, so he is coming down with me and we are having a little getaway on the side! He’s such a good sport about my maker life… it’s OUR maker life! haha
Anyway, in honour of Our Maker Life, I wanted to highlight the OML 2019 presenters and their patterns! Check out these great designers and pick up one of their fabulous patterns. Support individual makers: their creativity and discipline in putting out incredible designs make this maker life so much more rich!
One of my all-time favourite designers is Stephanie from All About Ami. It was only in the last year or so that I learned she was from Edmonton, just like me! I’m so excited to meet her and hear her speak at OML! She designs beautiful knit and crochet patterns, from amigurumi to garments and bags, baskets, blankets & more! Her pdf patterns are really reasonably-priced, and you can even get them for free on her blog! The pattern above is her new Wildrose Backpack Crochet Pattern, which I’ve been meaning to make, but there’s just so much to make!!!
This Spring Bunnies Crochet pattern is an example of some of her great amigurumi patterns. These would make an adorable baby shower gift or a super sweet handmade Easter gift!
The Midtown Cardigan knitting pattern is a beautiful example of one of her wearable knit designs. I’m thinking I’m going to put this one on the docket to make this fall…
The other keynote speaker for OML 2019 is Chantal from Knitatude. She is from Calgary and I’m super excited to meet her and learn from her as well! She has a whole shop full of great knit garment patterns. I really like the Easy Eyelet Yoke Lite Sweater Pattern above. It looks like a lovely design to wear in warmer months and would layer well for the cooler seasons!
I also love this Cozy Celtic Raglan Cable Knit Sweater. Maybe it’s the gorgeous mustard coloured yarn that it’s made with, but I love the chunky yarn and the cozy jumbo cowl with the cropped body! Super cute!
As you might be able to imagine, many makers who are attending OML 2019 are making their own garments to wear. You can check them out on Instagram using the hashtag #dressmeupOML19. I have made myself one of these gorgeous Peaks Crochet Tank Tops in a sunshiney yellow! Bonus: this pattern is free from hookedbyanna.com!
I plan to be thoroughly enjoying OML today! Have a great maker day today! Pin this for later and to share with your friends! Oh, and happy anniversary, Mr Evangelist!
One of my goals for 2019 was to write more patterns. I want to write/publish one per month. Even though January was the Longest.Month.Ever, I still managed to miss my first marker. Partly because I’m new to this and partly because I’m a bit of a perfectionist, it’s probably not as great as I want it to be. But probably, they’re going to get better.
I wanted to wait until I had better photos. I wanted to wait until I got all my feedback from my test knitters. But I’m new to test knitters and my test knitters are new to test knitting. But I’m going to do it anyway. And I’m going to learn and maybe I’ll re-release it when it’s better. But here it is. If you make it and give me feedback, I will love you forever and I will send you an ad-free pdf of the pattern, and all updates when they come out.
This is a one-size pattern. If you want a smaller or bigger fit, try casting on fewer/more stitches in multiples of 3 and adjusting the total stitches accordingly. Ensure that you have an odd number of stitches for the edging stage. This will make the cardigan wider. To make it longer, knit more rows (try 24 inches of
- Size 11 (8.00 mm) 32” circular needles (I love my KnitPicks!)
- Size 10.5 (6.5 mm) 45” circular needles
- 4 – 7 oz (198 g) balls Bernat Premium Tweeds yarn (or comparable yarn to achieve gauge. You will hold 2 strands together for this pattern)
- Yarn needle
- Knit, purl, increase, decrease
- Provisional cast on
- Knitting in the round
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- k – knit
- p – purl
- yo – yarn over
- sl1pw – slip 1 purl-wise
- k2tog – knit 2 stitches together
- ssk – slip, slip, knit
4” x 4” = 12 stitches x 16 rows in the main body pattern. If your gauge is different, adjust by using larger or smaller needles.
Knit 2 together (k2tog): insert your right needle under the next 2 stitches and knit them together. This is a right-leaning decrease stitch.
Slip, slip, knit (ssk): slip 1 stitch from left needle to right needle knit-wise (as if you were to knit it). Slip another stitch knit-wise. Insert your left needle back into the 2 slipped stitches from the back and knit the 2 stitches together through the back loop. This is a left-leaning decrease stitch.
Provisional cast on
With 2 strands of yarn held together, using 32” size 11 (8.00 mm) circular needles, loosely cast on 105 stitches with a provisional cast-on using the 45” circular needle cable for the base of your provisional cast on. Find provisional cast on using circular needle cable instructions here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XIr2GiqjQg&t=182s
Alternate cast on
If you prefer to use a regular cast on, you may do so, but it will result in a seam along the edge where you join the cast on edge with the working edge.
(WS) *k1, p1* repeat to last stitch, k1
Row 1 (RS): sl1pw, p1, *k2tog, yo, p1* repeat from * to last stitch, k1
Row 2 (WS): sl1pw, k1 *p2, k1* to last stitch, k1
Row 3 (RS): sl1pw, p1, *yo, ssk, p1* repeat to last stitch, k1
Row 4 (WS): work as row 2
Continue in this pattern until work measures 22 inches from cast on edge, ending with a wrong side row.
Note: As the pattern takes shape, if you can’t remember if the last right side row was a row 1 or a row 3, pay attention to where the YO space is from the previous RS row. On each right side row, you will be closing up the space you created with the YO of the last right side row. And creating a new YO space in an alternating space.
On the WS, you should be knitting the knits and purling the purls & YOs. If you missed a YO in the previous row, it is easy to pick up a YO in the WS row.
You will notice that we are knitting the last stitch and slipping purl-wise the first stitch of every row. This creates a clean edge which will make up the arm holes.
Join cast on edge using the provisional cast on
Use the right needle of the size 10.5 circular needle that you used for the provisional cast with the left needle of the size 11 needle to work the first half of edging round 1.
Round 1 (RS): Turn. Sl1pw. K1, p1 to end of the row. Remove size 11 needle. Place a marker.
Fold the cast on edge up to meet the working edge, right side facing you and begin using the smaller needle from the cast on edge.
Join cast on edge using a regular cast on
If you used a regular cast on, pick up and knit 105 stitches along the cast on edge with the size 10.5 circular needle.
Seed stitch edging
You should now be using only the size 10.5 circular needles. K1, p1 to last stitch in round. Join to the beginning of the previous round by k2tog the last stitch & the first stitch of the previous row. This will decrease the total stitches in the round to 209.
All Remaining Rounds (RS): *p1, k1 around. The odd number of stitches means you will be knitting the purls & purling the knits, resulting in the seed stitch pattern.
Continue in this pattern until seed stitch edge measures 5 inches, using the stitch marker as your round beginning/end. Bind off with your preferred stretchy bind off. (I like this method).
Cut yarn and weave in ends.
You can add an optional button closure with a small i cord button hole loop just above chest level to help keep the cardigan closed.
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Does anyone else have frozen mousing hand syndrome? I mean, maybe I need an ergonomics assessment so I can figure out ways to get some warm blood flowing to my hands, but for now I’m trying to decide on a pair of fingerless mittens to make so that I can keep up my computer-related work while keeping my hands warm! (And even crochet with them on!!! Bonus!) I’ve found a bunch, so I hope you’re prepared for a big list.
Whistle and Ivy
I also like this simple crochet pattern for a stylish pair of fingerless mittens with an adorable button accent. I like the finishing detail on the top and bottom of these mittens, so I’d be really interested to get the pattern to see what method
If you prefer a crocheted wrist warmer pattern with a little more flair, you should check out these Long Dragon Scale gloves from Happy Seal Design. The dragon scale stitch is a lovely way to embellish any garment. And I also like the look of using a self-striping yarn, as shown in the picture to add another layer of interest.
Speaking of wrist warmers with flair, how about a pattern with some
As much as I love to crochet, finished items tend to be a little bulkier, so knit wrist warmers can be much more pleasant to wear while you work. If you’re not a knitter, or you just plain don’t have time to knit a pair before you need your hands
Here is another slim fitting and delicate looking pattern for these Wishbone Mitts. I love the cable knit detail along the back of them to add an extra layer of interest to an otherwise simple knit gloves pattern. The designer of this pattern has an Etsy shop full of lovely and
If you’re looking for a more whimsical knitting pattern AND maybe you’re a football fan AND maybe you’re a loom-knitter, you could make this pair of Loom-Knit Football Themed Fingerless Mittens.
Of course, if you’re looking to knit a pair of fingerless mittens as a gift, this adorable Christmas Heart Fingerless Mittens Knitting Pattern by Little Pickle Knits would be a lovely quick knit handmade gift for the little girl (or boy: hearts are for everyone!) in your life!
There are also some great-looking free patterns out there. I have my eye on this pair of Wannabe Vintage Mitts on Ravelry!
There’s also this lovely pattern for cabled Fingerless Gloves by Crazy Hands. They look quite warm and lovely!
Well, that’s about all I have time to show you right now, but if you want some more ideas, follow my Pinterest Knit and Crochet: Mittens board because I’m always posting there! So many great ideas!!! Choose one today or Pin it for later!
It’s my first pattern! I finally did it! I created my own pattern! Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve made many things without a pattern and have modified others’ patterns to suit my yarn or my tastes, but this is the first time that I’ve written it all down and have prepared something that someone else might actually be able to make. So, here it is! It’s free for you! If you would like a printable PDF version of this pattern, it is available in my Etsy shop for a small fee.
This scarf is based on the scarf worn by Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I created this pattern for my son who is going as Newt Scamander for Halloween this year. Halloween is such a great time to get crafty!
The Knit Scamander Scarf is knit in a rib pattern with a bulky yarn so it knits up quickly and lays flat. I used Loops & Threads Charisma. This is a bulky yarn (5) if you need to find a suitable replacement.
- Main Colour: 2 (100 g) balls Loops & Threads Charisma in Charcoal (you will only need about 40 g of the second ball).
- Contrasting Colour: 1 (100 g) ball Loops & Threads Charisma Heather in Gold (Bulky)
- 9 mm (US 13) knitting needles (I used the 9mm size from my KnitPicks Interchangeable Circular Needles Set)
- Yarn needle
- 8 mm crochet hook
- MC: Main Colour
- CC: Contrasting Colour
- K: Knit
- P: Purl
- K2togR: Knit 2 stitches on right needle together
- Cast on 22 stitches in Charcoal (MC)
- Row 1: K1 P1 across (22 stitches). Turn.
- Row 2: Slip first stitch purlwise, P1, *K1 P1 across (22 stitches). Turn.
- Row 3-14: Repeat Row 2. Turn.
- Row 15: Switch to Gold (CC), leaving the tail of both colours to be woven in later. Repeat Row 2. Cut MC from ball of yarn, leaving a tail to weave in later. Tie joining ends together with a half knot.
- NOTE: When changing colours, continue to slip the first stitch of the row, which will be in the colour of the previous stripe. Once you the ends are tightened up at the colour-changes, the stripes will look more even and not carry over into the next stripe.
- Row 16-22: Repeat Row 2
- Row 23-34: Switch to Charcoal, continue in the rib pattern (Repeating Row 2) for 12 rows.
- Gold stripes should be 8 rows. Charcoal stripes should be 12 rows. The first and last Charcoal stripes are 14 rows instead of 12.
- Continue in this pattern until you have 12 Gold stripes.
- Final Charcoal stripe: continue in pattern for 13 rows.
- To bind off: Slip first stitch purlwise, P1, K2togR, *K1, K2togR, P1, K2togR. Repeat from * to end. This creates a stretchy bind off very similar to a long tail cast on. Cut end and weave in all tails.
Cut 20 strands of CC 12 inches long and 24 strands of MC. Using 2 strands of CC and your crochet hook, fold yarn in half and pull through the centre of the scarf. Distribute 4 other CC tassels evenly along the same edge, two on each side, with space for MC tassels between them. There should be a tassel in the MC on each end, with 5 CC tassels alternating across.
Blocking is not necessary for this scarf, but I’ve found that the stitches distribute nicely and the rib comes together so it looks more like stockinette (which is how the original scarf appears to be constructed), if you gently pull on the scarf as you go.
I hope you enjoy this pattern! If you would like a PDF printable pattern (it fits all on one page, too!), you can pick that up in my Etsy shop here. If you would share it on Pinterest or your other social channels for me, I would really appreciate it!
I made this Fairy House Tea Cosy! Isn’t it ridiculously adorable?! I can’t make awesome things at the same speed that I can find awesome things to make, so that’s why I mostly share other people’s patterns and projects here. But I’ve been working on this tea cosy for a while now and she’s finally done!
It was a very partial WIP (work in progress) for a long time until I finally picked up a normally shaped teapot so I could make it fit just right. That’s when the real work began!
I used this tutorial to make the tea cosy. It’s in Russian. And before you go thinking it’s super impressive that I can read Russian, I can’t. I can, however, limp my way through Google’s Russian to English translation, which is its own feat. (Computer translations don’t necessarily do the greatest job with technical language.) Although about half-way through I found a better English translation here.
Fortunately, I have a fair bit of experience reading crochet patterns, charts, and making stuff up without a pattern, as well as a fascination with language and translation that keeps me going. Also, I love projects that look ridiculously involved and impressive. What can I say? I like to impress.
There are so many interesting details on this little fairy house tea cosy. And there’s so much room for creativity with all the embellishments!
I found the little keyhole charm for the door from Michael’s.
I don’t remember where I got those cute little wooden buttons, but I found some similar wooden flower buttons here if you’re looking for some.
I got to practice my embroidery and I got to work with so many different yarns, mostly just yarns from my stash, though I did find an eight-pack of cotton mini yarns at Dollarama, which I used for the snail and for the blue flowers.
This tea cosy will be auctioned off at The King’s University‘s Harvest Banquet and Silent Auction this Saturday, so lucky you if you’ve got some tickets… and I’ll see you there!
You could ask me to make you one, but unless you’re willing to part with eleventy million dollars, I probably won’t do it (but Pleasant Things Shop has some beautiful similar tea cosies and she seems to be a lot faster than me at making these little beauties!) None of us have any idea how much time I’ve spent on this, but suffice it to say, you’re probably better off picking one off Etsy if you’d like to use it this decade (though, maybe I’d make one for my mom or my grandma if they asked 😉).
I’d love it if you’d share my project on Pinterest. I’m pretty proud of how it turned out and sharing helps my little blog!
More crafty good news, friends! So many wonderful patterns to make your own handmade lovelies! Here are today’s top picks:
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I love the cable-knit look of this crocheted scarf pattern… and the adorable pompoms make it so unique! What a cozy looking cowl crochet pattern! You can buy the pattern here.
“Free” pattern for this adorable braided knitting pattern neck warmer scarf! So cute! So I guess Etsy doesn’t really let sellers list free items, but at 25 cents it’s practically free! You can get it here.
Bunny slippers! What an adorable crochet pattern for cute bunny slippers! I love the little bows by the ears! Fun Easter gift idea! Get the pattern here.
I LOVE OWLS!!! So adorable! What a cute crocheted purse pattern! I can’t wait to make this! Wouldn’t this make a fantastic gift for the girly girl in your life, who loves little purses? My daughter is maybe a little too cool for this little purse, but she loves herself some little purses! You can get the pattern here.
I have been having a blast lately finding some of the best crochet patterns on Etsy and Pinterest. I have really been impressed by the amazing designers who create doll patterns inspired by cartoon characters. There are so many wonderful craft patterns out there to check out. If you don’t want to go research and find them on your own, you can enjoy what I’ve found in this great round up!
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Charlie Brown – Doesn’t he look great? All those times you felt bad for poor ol’ Chuck; now you can just give him a hug and make him feel better.
The Snorks – I love this cartoon when I was a kid and it always felt like no one else even remembered that it existed. It did exist! My mom even made me a birthday cake shaped like a Snork one year! And this crochet pattern proves that other people remember too!
Just in time for the upcoming movie release… make your own Peter Rabbit stuffed toy!
Dory – This is such a great pattern for this lovable, forgetful fish.
Classic Alice in Wonderland character, the White Rabbit, that started it all.
Another classic cartoon character to crochet, Bambi’s best friend, Thumper.
My family and I loved the movie Inside Out. We tried to convince the kids it would be amazing to go as all the emotions from the movie for Halloween that fall, but alas, no one wanted to be Sadness. Both my youngest and my husband wanted to go as Anger. I’ll let you make of that what you like.
If you’re looking for more great Handmade Disney patterns, you should check out my Pinterest board, dedicated to Handmade Disney stuff!