Tag: knitting pattern

The history of a handpuppet

When I wrote my first knitting pattern back in 2010 I had no idea that this one puppet would change my life. It took me 2 years to actually write this pattern! The very first handpuppets I made for my 3 year old son were the pig and a mouse. Forgive the bad photographs, but 2008 was not the year of great shots 😉

schweinI named it Mr. Pigginson, but clearly it was more of a joke for me, than for my son. My daughter was born in that same year and the handpuppets got their fair share of usage. Since I loved anything animal related back then (and still do!) as it is often when you have small kids and are surrounded by cartoon animals all the time, I wanted to make more handpuppets. The fox was born! I changed the thumb/mouth and decided to center it like in real life and not make it like a mitten with the thumb on the side. After all it should be a handpuppet, not a mitten. Step by step the design became clearer and in 2011 I finally decided it was time to write it down. Along with the pig handpuppet, the fox was the only pattern I provided for sale and I celebrated each rare time I actually sold one of these two patterns.

Fast forward to 2012: the year of the “a puppet a week”. I challenged myself to make one handpuppet for each week the whole year of 2012. The idea was to simultaneously write the pattern for each puppet, but what was I thinking? No way you can write a pattern each week without loosing quality, so I dropped the pattern thing. I managed to make a puppet each week until August, but hey, it’s more than the half!

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The handpuppet knitting patterns always were the heart of my business. It’s where it all started and where I find a lot of joy in. I am so thankful for every handpuppet out there made with loving hands for the little ones! It’s so great to hear feedback and see photos of little animals coming to shape all over the world. From the kindergarden teacher who makes puppets for her kindergarden kids, to the caring grandmother who wants her grand children to play silly with the foxes – I love to hear the stories which come with the handpuppets and the life that is brought into them through the many people enjoying them. Thank you!

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Last month I got the great offer to sell my knitting patterns on a new german website called the makerist. They make how-to videos and offer complete kits for their video lessons, too, and want to offer PDFs like mine. In the process I realized that while my new patterns have a great new layout and photographs, my handpuppet patterns looked a little bit outdated in the comparison. So I decided to upgrade all of my handpuppet patterns one by one to the new layout.

This means:

  • all of my patterns are bilingual then (english and german)
  • less pages to print out because the layout optimizes space
  • the patterns are still a step-by-step type

If you have purchased one or more of my patterns before: I will upload all of the upgraded patterns within the next days. If you got the pattern through ravelry, Etsy, Patternfish, Craftsy or Kollabora check with your account, you should be able to download the new versions. If you purchased the pattern at Dawanda, I’ll be happy to send you the upgraded pattern to your email address. Contact me on Dawanda via your old pattern order.

I will update this post and add the patterns which are upgraded here. So far I have upgraded these patterns: All patterns complete!

sqfox sqpig sqrabbit sqrooster sqreindeer sqicebear    sqmole sqturtle sqsnail sqwalrus sqpenguin sqrhino

 

Ahoy Shorts pattern

Note: This is quite irrelevant if you read this in 2016 and later. You can find the pattern over here.

As some of you might remember I designed a knitting pattern for childsize shorts for online magazine Petite Purls in 2012. Sadly the editors decided to end the adventure of Petite Purls and made their final issue. The website is going to shut down this year, so if you want to get your hands on some of the many patterns there for free, please take a look around.

I will add the Ahoy Shorts pattern to this blog when Petite Purls shuts down and decided to continue making it accessible for free. I had so much fun knitting and shooting the shorts, so I hope you have fun with it, too.

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Reindeer, stars and pullovers

Constantly reminded, that I have only cardigans but not one fitting pullover I searched a pattern and cast on this gem by Amy Herzog. I enjoyed her fit for flatter blog series last year and it kind of was a revellation to me. It’s now easier to scan for the right clothes suiting my body shape.

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The book is “Long way on a little” by Shannon Hayes and it’s a great read – for a cookbook. Thus far I love her way of thinking and since me and my family still want to have a pig and chickens, it’s good to have a book at hand which shares recipes for the unusual parts of these animals meat, too. thus far i really really love it!

Although christmas seems to be far away for me (it’s rainy and no snow in sight over here in Germany!), there are some christmas related craftings going on. There is this marvellous paper star pattern which I had to try out immediately. It’s made entirely out of strips of paper (and glue) so no nasty cutting out shapes you have to print out before. That’s a huge plus!

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Also, there is a new handpuppet pattern in the shops. You could have guessed it: it’s the reindeer! With christmas around it’s a red-nosed one of course. I made some for the christmas bazaar at my daughters kindergarden, I hope every rudolph finds a child to attach to.
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the vehicle christmas stockings knitting patterns

Phew I did it! The vehicle stockings I made in the last weeks are available as an ebook and as single patterns now. I enjoyed making these three patterns alot. The inner child in me always thrives when I do pixel art in bright shiny colors.

So here they are:

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I showed you the cars stockings a while ago and a sneak peek of the other two. There are two color options for the plane stockings, one dark blue and one light blue (which you can see in the picture above). Because I get asked quite often if these can be knit in a normal size: Yes they can. I knitted a pair of star stockings in sock yarn and the fit my feet (size 7). However this depends alot on your gauge with stranded knitting. Regarding the modular nature of the vehicle stockings you could make them in every size by leaving out one or two vehicles in every line, depending on how big the socks should be.

 

Free knitting pattern: kitten hat

Kitten hat

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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

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)

Instructions

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

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Knitting Pattern: cars christmas stockings

Over time christmas stockings became quite an obsession for me. New ideas for motif collections kept flowing in my brain and this is one of them:

stockingscars2Sometimes the traditional christmas motif get boring for me and then cars, planes, ships and rockets make their way on christmas stockings over here. The cars were a fun knit and I will definetly do some water and sky vehicles, too. It’s just a matter of time, like always.

The cars christmas stockings are available here: youtube patternfish craftsy dawanda etsy

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Available as a set with the other vehicle stockings patterns! youtube patternfish craftsy dawanda etsy

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New knitting pattern: LINKED – summer stole

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My LINKED pattern project has another addition: the summer stole. It’s the 3rd in a series of 4 pieces using one lace pattern to create 4 different styles.

The summer stole is a plain lace scarf with long lines and the signature square lace pattern. I used a handdyed yarn made by german wool dying duo DyeforYarn. You can find them on Etsy. They have gorgeous yarn and funny colornames! Mine was “dragonfly flying too high” in Alpaca/Silk Lace.

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Buy the summer stole pattern here:    youtube patternfish craftsy dawanda etsy

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Knitting backwards

Knitting backwards or also called frogging is an activity frequently done over here in the last few days. The good thing is every version of my new scarf is getting a little bit better than the previous and the yarn I’m using is tear out resistant! It’s the same yarn I use for my knitting tutorials.Probably you will not have noticed but it’s not only the same yarn I use for most knitting tuts it’s exactly the same yarn.

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So it’s out, I have 2 small balls of yarn I use for EVERY SINGLE tutorial. And you know what? It still doesn’t show. I think that’s a really hard quality test to be frogged 20+ times. The yarn is named Semilla grosso by BC Garn and I used it for the Caroline and Trigonometric scarf. It’s not a bargain but it’s organic 100% wool and I highly recommend it (no I don’t get paid for this :)).

Off to the knitting needles again, bobbles and cables don’t knit themselves!linden02

When hippos help with weight problems

hippoSometimes hippos are the best when it comes to weight problems. My summer scarf for the LINKED collection is currently blocking in my window and I needed some weight to get it in the right position. This is probably not how blocking should look like, but it serves it’s purpose, right? I’m dreaming of a future when I have space and a fancy board just for blocking beautiful lace on it. But for now its 6 welding wires, some tape, thread, a curtain rod and a hippo.

linkedsummer2The yarn is a baby alpaca silk blend from german dyeing team Dye for Yarn (they have 2 etsy shops Dye for wool and Dye for Yarn), very soft and airy. I bought it for myself as a birthday gift in march and finally found the right pattern for it.The color is Dragonfly flying too high.

There is still a skein of the same yarn named Tweety’s Revenge (guess what color it is) in the corner awaiting its call.

linkedsummerSee the finished scarf here!

Knitwear

The knit wear section presents textured scarfs and hats. I like to combine lace patterns with thicker yarn, structural cables and geometric color knits. The difficulty ranges between simple knit and purls und more complex lace or color work knits.

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PINA fingerless mitts
Knitting skills:
– knitting in the round
– knit and purl
Finished measurements:
15.5×8.5cm/6.1×3.35inch (unstretched)

Buy here: youtubepatternfish craftsy dawanda etsy

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PFEIL double knitted infinity scarf
Knitting skills:
– knitting in the round
– double knitting
Finished measurements:
60x22cm/23.6×8.6inch laying flat

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HUEGELbeginner level beanie hat
Knitting skills:
– knitting in the round
– decreases, knit and purl
Finished measurements:
1-3 years – 35cm/13.8inch for head circumference 40.5cm/16inch
4-7 years – 40cm/15.75inch for head circumference 45.75cm/18inch
8-12 years – 42.5cm/16.75inch for head circumference 51cm/20 inch
adult – 45cm/17.7inch for head circumference 55cm/22inch

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PAUKA double knitted infinity scarf
Knitting skills:
– knitting in the round
– double knitting
Finished measurements:
60×17,5cm/23.6×6.9inch laying flat

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Linden scarf – bobbles and lace infinity scarf
Knitting skills:
– knitting in the round
– increase/decrease
– bobbles
Finished measurements:
55x23cm/21.6x9inch (laying flat)

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Caroline lace infinity scarf
Knitting skills:
– increase/decrease
– knitting in the round
– yarn over
Finished measurements:
50x22cm/ 20×8.8inch laying flat

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Trigonometric scarf – cable infinity scarf
Knitting skills:
– knitting in the round
– cables
Finished measurements:
small loop 42x14cm/ 16.5×5.5inch laying flat
large loop 57x21cm/ 22.5×8.2inch laying flat
Available in 2 sizes: adult and children

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TRIGONOMETRIC WRISTLETS cable pattern wristlets
Knitting skills:
– knitting in the round
– knit and purl
– cables
Finished measurements (one size):
9x12cm/3.54×4.725inch

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Fast Forward garter stitch infinity scarf (Horizont set)
Knitting skills:
– increase/decrease
– knit in rows
There are instructions for 2 lengths included and 3 color options.
Finished measurements:
Version 1: 62x17cm/ 24.4×6.7inch laying flat
Version 2: 52x17cm/ 40.9×6.7inch laying flat

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Point of view – garter stitch long scarf(HORIZONT set)
Knitting skills:
– knitting in rows
Finished measurements:
90x15cm/ 35.4×5.9inch laying flat

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Aulon lace hat and cowl
This light weight hat is convertible to a cowl.
Knitting skills:
– increase/decrease
– knitting in the round
– yarn over
Finished measurements: (circumference x height)
adult:50x30cm/ 20x12inch
child: 44x25cm/ 17.6x10inch
baby: 37,5x21cm/ 15×8.4inch

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Silver Lining – brioche stitch infinity scarf (HORIZONT set)
Knitting skills:
– knitting in rounds
– half brioche stitch
Finished measurements
53x23cm/ 20.8x9inch laying flat

This is a free pattern. You can find it here on the blog or as PDF at  youtube  craftsy

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LINKED spring lace cowl – LINKED set
Knitting skills:
– increase/decrease
– knitting in the round
– yarn over
Finished measurements:
33x24cm/13×9.4inch (laying flat)

Buy here:  youtube patternfish craftsy dawanda etsy

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LINKED winter – eyelet cowl (LINKED set)
Knitting skills:
– knitting in rounds
– yarn overs
– increase/decrease
Finished measurements
29x24cm/11.4×9.4inch (laying flat)

Buy here:  youtube patternfish craftsy dawanda etsy

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LINKED summer lace stole – LINKED set
Knitting skills:
– increase/decrease
– knitting in the row
– yarn over
Finished measurements:
120x53cm/47.2×20.6inch

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Purple toddler hat eyelet hat
Knitting skills:
– knitting in rounds
– yarn overs
– increase/decrease
Finished measurements (for toddlers 2-3 years)
40x18cm/ 15.7x7inch
stretches up to 18inch (46cm)

This is a free pattern. You can find it here on the blog or as PDF at  youtube  craftsy