Tag: children

Olaf in a tin

My little niece celebrated her birthday this weekend.Looking for handmade gifts in Pinterest I found this incredibly cute mouse in bed in a tin box, that I wanted to make quite a long time. Luckily I had one, which had a not-so-much-childfriendly quote with gummibaers on it. I sanded the print and painted it with 2 layers of white acrylic paint. In the 2nd layer I sprinkled some iridescent very small paillettes.

My niece is into “Frozen” like many girls nowadays (and I can’t blame her for that) and at first I wanted to make an Elsa doll (and maybe a 2nd as Anna), but it turns out if you don’t have the right felt tone for skin, everything looks weird. And I failed at the face and hair and then I decided to go with Olaf, because nobody can ruin a snowman.


I attached little patches of pink felt to the blanket to make it look like a cozy quilt. I glued in the yellow base felt and the window.

The red reindeer was a dala horse first, then I decided there should be a reindeer. Luckily my niece was smart enough to recognize it at first sight.


She loved it immediately! I know I would have loved it as a child, too. Tiny things certainly have their own charme.


Free knitting pattern: Ahoy shorts

Ahoy Shorts

This pattern was published in Petite Purls, an online magazine for kids knitting patterns. Sadly the magazine does not exist anymore, so I decided to make it available here, too, in case the original pattern page shuts down forever.



The inspiration for these shorts comes from the bavarian lederhose. I always liked the look of these short pants with thick button rows and matching suspenders. Living in the north of Germany I like the maritime theme more than the southern mountain theme though, so I combined the lederhose with sailor style. The result is a double button row shorts with suspenders made with cotton yarn, so it’s not too warm to wear in summer.


1 [2-3, 4-5] years
Shown in size 3 years

Finished Measurements

Waist Circumference: 19[20, 21] inches
Finished Length: 10[11½, 13] inches



Rowan Denim [100% cotton; 102 yards / 93 meters per 1.75 ounce / 50 gram skein];

#225 Nashville; 2[3, 3] skeins

Recommended needle sizes

US #6 / 4 mm set of 4 dpns
US #6 / 4 mm 20 or 24 inch circular needle


Crochet hook, size G/6 (4 mm) – for provisional cast on
½ inch buttons – 6
Elastic – 19½[20, 21½] inches
Stitch marker – 1
If suspenders are worked with fabric: 4 strips of fabric 1¾ inch x 15½[17½,19½] inches


17 sts and 28 rounds = 10 inches in seed st (pattern stitch).
Gauge is critical for this design.

Pattern Notes

The sailor shorts are worked top down.
The waistband is constructed to insert an elastic band. I recommend to do so, since cotton yarn is not very flexible and it’s likely the pants will begin to widen and give a baggy look.
If you use the recommended yarn (Rowan Denim) WASH IT FIRST! The yarn shrinks after the first wash, so if you knit it before washing, the pants will become too short. The yarn will also stain your fingers and needles if you do not wash it before knitting. After washing staining is no longer a problem.

Seed stitch (multiple of 2):
Rnd 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * around.
Rnd 2: *P1, k1; repeat from * around.
The number of stitches of every round is uneven so you can work around in pattern easily without changing the beginning of a new row.

Circular Cast On Video

Cast on method: I used the provisional cast on for the waistband. It’s necessary to use a cast on method that allows the cast on stitches to be joined together with the knitted piece. You may choose to cast on differently and sew the waistband together after the pants are finished, but it will not stretch as well as the knitted join method.

Skills Required

knitting in the round, basic increases, basic decreases



With provisional cast on method and circular needle, cast on 83[87, 91] sts. Place a stitch marker before first st. Being careful not to twist, join to work in rounds.
Rnds 1-3: Knit 3 rounds.
Rnd 4: K 40[42, 44], bind off next 2 sts, knit around: 81[85, 89] sts.
Rnd 5: Knit to bound off sts, cast on 2 sts, knit around: 83[87, 91] sts.
Rnds 6-8: Knit 3 rounds.
Rnd 9: Purl around.
Rnds 10-16: Work 7 rounds in Seed st.
Unzip the provisional cast on and put the sts on the dpns or a second circular needle.
Join the old sts with the new ones in seed stitch pattern. The St st side will be on the inside with the Seed st side on the outside of the garment. Holding the Seed st side in the front of the St st side and working one st from each needle together, p2tog, (k2tog, p2tog) around.
Work 3[5, 8] rnds in Seed st.


Increase Rnd: M1, work next st, m1, work around in pattern: 83[87, 91] sts.
Work in pattern, repeating Increase Rnd every 6[4, 4] rnds, 2[4, 6] times: 87[95, 103] sts.
Work in Seed st until shorts measure 6(6½,7] inches from folded edge of waistband.

Separate for Legs
Divide sts as follows: slip first 44[48, 52] sts onto dpns. Slip remaining 43[47, 51] sts onto scrap yarn.

Work around to last 2 sts, k2tog or p2tog to maintain pattern: 43[47, 51] sts.
K2tog the last st and the first st of the first leg. 43(47,51)sts on the needles.
Work in pattern until leg measures 4[(5, 6] inches from separation.
Bind off all sts.
Put the second leg sts on dpns and work in pattern for 4[5, 6] inches.
Bind off all sts.
Roll up the leg and sew loosely in place.


Suspenders (knitted version – make 2)
Cast on 7 sts.
Knit every row until work measures 14[16, 18] inches.
Next Row: K3, bind off 2 sts, knit across: 5 sts.
Next Row: Knit across.
Next Row: K1, k3tog, k1.
Next Row: K3tog.
Cut yarn and pull through last st.

Suspenders (sewn version – make 2)
Place 2 fabric strips with RS facing. Sew long side, short end, and second long side. Turn RS out and iron flat. Fold raw edge to inside and sew in place.
Work a buttonhole ½ inch from the bottom of the suspenders.

Sew suspenders 1[1½, 2] inches on each side of center back.
Thread elastic through the waistband and sew ends together.
Using photos as a guide, sew buttons to front and waistband.




a cardigan for her


I finished the burgundy cardigan for my daughter. The edges are made with i-Cords, so is the closure for the buttons. The cardigan is worked to-down and with the sleeves I tried the contigouos method. Once the basic calculations found their way into the part of my brain which understands math and logic principles, it was actually pretty easy to figure things out. You know, once it clicks nothing can stop you.

penelopeThe shirt she wears is an old shirt of mine I have worn a lot when she was still in my belly. I altered it to toddler size when she was 3 and she wears it occasionally. It’s such a pleasure when she picks this garment, because it always reminds me of the days when she was kicking my belly and ribs from the inside – as opposed to hanging on my neck to proove how strong she is now.

penelope2Joining in with Keep Calm Craft On and Ginny.

Free knitting pattern: kitten hat

Kitten hat


Finished measurements (for children 5-6 years/ head circumference 50-54cm/19.7-21inch)
47×20.5cm/ 18.5x8inch
stretches up to 21inch (54cm)
Gauge (stockinette): 10x10cm/ 4x4inch=19stsx29rounds
needle size: 4mm/US6

Garnstudio DROPS Baby Alpaca Silk (23.0sts=4inches). It’s worked with 2 strands!
Maincolour (MC): 50g in lilac
Contrasting colour (CC): 25g in off-white
circular knitting needle size 4mm/US6

CO cast on
** repeat instructions following the asterisks as directed
st(s) stitch(es)
k1 knit one stitch
p1 purl one stitch
rnd(s) round(s)


To achieve a larger or smaller size just add/leave away a multiple of 3sts in the width to increase size by 1.6cm/0.62inch.

1. With MC cast on 90sts. Join them in the round, be careful not to twist stitches.
2. Establish the ribbing: *k2, p1*.
3. Work ribbing for 10 rounds.
4. Knit for 21 rounds. Cut one strand of the MC and include one strand of off-white. You are working with one lilac and one white strand now.
5. Knit for 12 rounds. Then cut the second strand of lilac and include one strand of off-white. You are working with 2 white strands now.
6. Knit 18 rounds. Bind off stitches with 3 needle bind off. You can graft the seam, too, if you like the head without a visible line.
Ravelry link to the pattern site: youtube