Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Little Spring Handiwork

Last week at Knit Night, our theme was strawberries.  I'm not going to show you the crocheted strawberry dishcloth I made because I have that weird texture phobia and this dishcloth gave me the creeps -- I ripped it out as soon as I got home from class.  (But, if you would be interested in the pattern, you can find it here at garn studios.  This is a fantastic place for free patterns, and the cloth really does look like a basket of strawberries.  Pay no attention to my weirdness.)

But just look at this cute knit strawberry hat!  The pattern is here, by a designer whose name, I think, is Ulla -- this site is in Finnish -- thank goodness Google Chrome translates!  If you need the pattern in English, I made it into a printable form for class, and would be glad to send you a copy.  

I worked this hat on #4 DPNs, and held together two strands of Knitpicks Palette for both the green and red portions of this hat.  You knit the brim first, then join it together and pick up stitches along the brim for the rest of the hat.
The size is for a 1-2 year old girl, but since I don't have any of those around here, my adorable Small World doll, Eugenie, is a good model. I think I might make up a simple 2-rectangle poncho to go with this, using the same stitch pattern with a green border, and then give them to a 1-2 year old girl.  Stay tuned. 

This is a pattern I handed out at the first session in March -- a bunny based on a granny square designed by The Green Dragonfly from New Zealand.   I worked this one up using kitchen cotton, but you could use any yarn.  Very quick, very cute.   

I gave Joannie a skein of yarn for her birthday last May, and promised her a pair of socks.  I almost have a pair of socks done now, but the first one was ginormous, so for the second one (and third one, once I rip out the first), I switched to this beautiful pattern.  It's called Katniss, and it's a free download if you are on Ravelry.

This is a very beautiful sock.  I learned the German twisted cast on -- very stretchy.  And, I turned the heel without holes.  I'm a girl on fire.  :)


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