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. olaf1
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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 years Shown in size 3 years
Finished Measurements
Waist Circumference: 19 inches Finished Length: 10 inches shorts1b

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a cardigan for her

penelope1 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......

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Free knitting pattern: kitten hat

Kitten hat


Finished measurements (for children 5-6 years/ head circumference 50-54cm/19.7-21inch) 47x20.5cm/ 18.5x8inch stretches up to 21inch (54cm) Gauge (stockinette): 10x10cm/ 4x4inch=19stsx29rounds needle size: 4mm/US6 Material 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 Abbreviations 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......

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