Partridge & Twisted Rib Socks
[pinit] It is serendipity that I desired to rework these two children's sock designs in doubled Cascade Yarns Eco+ yarn, on the 10th anniversary of their conception, for their publication in the Fall 2002 (#8) issue of my Heels and Toes Gazette. I designed them for charity knitting, but they also make great last-minute holiday gifts - thick for quick knitting and warmth, colorful so that kids will want to wear them. The twisted rib stitch pattern pops out, like elongated popcorns. It stands up well, on its own and requires no ribbing, unless you desire one. The Eye of Partridge stitch pattern is enhanced by adding a second color, which brings out its almost houndstooth appearance.
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Strawberry Hats
Strawberry Hats
[pinit] This whimsical hat design comes in 3 sizes – two for children and one for adults! The pattern is an advanced beginner project – the stitch pattern is mostly Stockinette with a pattern round of dropped sts – quickly learned. I used this stitch pattern to design the Strawberry Baby Blanket, so it may be familiar to some knitters already. Four leaves, an I-Cord stem and I-Cord vines with newly forming white berries embellish the top. White seeds are stitched on after the knitting is complete.
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Baby Beehive Hats
Baby Beehive Hats
[pinit] These adorable and warm beehive hats are knit in Kraemer Yarns Naturally Nazareth, in a sunshiney yellow color. The honeycomb stitch ear flaps keep little ears warm, while adding to the bee theme. Crochet ties can either hang straight or be tied, and honey bee buttons embellish the hat and hang securely from the crochet loops at crown. The pattern is in 4 sizes, from newborn to small child, so that all the small ones in your life can wear this happy hat!
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Flower Baby Blanket
Flower Baby Blanket
[pinit] This absolutely adorable baby blanket is worked in doubled strands of Cascade Yarns Eco+ Peruvian wool yarn. The yellow center is worked back and forth in garter stitch, then stitches are picked up around the outer edge. Each petal is separated by, and edged with, garter stitch. The blanket is then worked in the round, until it is time to shape each petal tip. What baby wouldn't look even more precious lying under or on top of this cute blanket?
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Pumpkin Patch Baby Blanket
Pumpkin Patch Baby Blanket
[pinit] This fun baby blanket is knit with doubled strands of Cascade Yarns Eco+ Peruvian wool yarn, which is soft enough for a baby. The pumpkin blocks are portable, which is helpful when working on a large project. The blanket is comprised of six whole and four half blocks. Each block is mattress stitched or slip stitch crocheted to its neighbor, then the rows of blocks are duplicate stitched together. The seed stitch edging is worked one side at a time. The pumpkin stems are knit, then sewn on. The couched vine tendrils lend the final embellishment.
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Watermelon Baby Blanket
Watermelon Baby Blanket
[pinit] This adorable baby blanket is knit with doubled strands of Cascade Yarns Eco+ Peruvian wool yarn. This yarn is soft enough for a baby and comes in huge 8.75 oz. hanks, so there's far fewer ends to weave in. The easy-to-knit watermelon shape is knit in the round, from the center out, into a large circle. Short rows turn the circle into an oval. The watermelon seeds are embroidered on last. What baby wouldn't look even more precious lying under or on top of this blanket!
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Butterfly Baby Blanket
Butterfly Baby Blanket
[pinit] The inspiration for this design was a photo of an Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly. I was captivated by the colors in the wings and just had to design a butterfly blanket. The blanket could also easily be a wall hanging, as it is so graphic. Like the other blankets in this series, it is knit with doubled strands of Cascade Yarns Eco+ Peruvian wool yarn, with a touch of doubled Cascade 220 for the duplicate stitched gold wing spots.
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Strawberry Baby Blanket
Strawberry Baby Blanket
[pinit] This adorable baby blanket is knit with doubled strands of Cascade Yarns Eco+ Peruvian wool yarn. This yarn is soft enough for a baby and comes in huge hanks, so there's less ends to weave in. The strawberry is worked in an easy-to-remember stitch pattern. The leaves are sewn on afterwards, and the white "seeds" are embroidered on last. What baby wouldn't look even more precious lying under or on top of this blanket!
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Baby's Crochet Flower Blanket
Baby’s Crochet Flower Blanket
[pinit] This crocheted baby blanket will bring a smile to your face! The motifs are quick to make and portable – great for summer traveling. They are then sewn together into flower groupings, then those groupings are joined to create the blanket. The blanket is sampled in Cascade 220, a favorite worsted weight wool yarn.
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Kids' Jester Hat & Mittens
Kid’s Jester Hat & Mittens
[pinit] This design was originally sampled in Naturally Landscape, a wool boucle yarn. The yarn is now no longer available, so I've reworked the design in the readily available Cascade Yarns Eco+ Peruvian wool yarn. The texture is now different, but this yarn comes in bright, kid colors and is easy to knit.
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Sweetheart Baby Blanket
Sweetheart Baby Blanket
[pinit] This striking baby blanket is knit in Cascade 220 wool yarn. The center panel is knit in the round in 2 or 3 colors with a steek, or knit back and forth - your choice. The depth of color interest comes from duplicate stitching 2 of the colors throughout the piece. Garter stitch edges frame the heart graphic. It's not a quick project, but the result is worth it, and a lovely heirloom for that very special baby!
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Sweatshirt Jacket for Kids
Sweatshirt Jacket for Kids
[pinit] After I reworked the Sweatshirt Jacket pattern (that was originally in Fall '96 Knitter's magazine) with a lighter weight yarn, for the Sweatshirt Jacket for Women pattern, I decided that children could use such a jacket, as well. The original design was made with 2 strands of bulky yarn held together, for a very warm, and heavy, men's winter jacket! This children's jacket version (in 5 sizes) is made with just 1 strand of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky, and, though it is warm, it is not as heavy a jacket as the original. I have also chosen to work the entire garment in 1 size of needle - a US size 9 (5.5 mm), not with 2 sizes, as in the original. With this yarn, a tighter gauge than usual is a good thing to consider, as it is a single ply yarn. I wanted children to be able to wear the jacket, without having it pill excessively. Tighter gauges help to ward off pilling.
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Kids' Striped Kimono Jacket
Kids’ Striped Kimono Jacket
[pinit] I wanted to create a colorful jacket for a child, that would be fun to wear and easy to knit. The jacket is in stockinette stitch, with seed stitch borders. It is knit from the bottom up, with stitches added for the sleeves, so the striping continues uninterrupted to the shoulder. As it is a kimono styling, there is no neck shaping to deal with and the ties are added afterwards, eliminating the usual struggle with buttonholes and zippers! I used Bartlettyarns Fisherman Bulky, a super bulky wool yarn, for warmth and quick knitting. This yarn is also reasonably priced and won't break your budget, in order to knit the jackets! It is knit to a tighter gauge than super bulky is usually knit, but this makes a fabric that will wear longer and be warmer. As this is a youthful design, it is sized for younger children: 4 / 6 / 8.
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Fulled Snow Pals
[pinit] These lightweight jackets in 4 kids' sizes are quick to knit and can be embellished with any of the 9 charted snow buddy motifs - snowbear, snowmoose, snowbunny, snowleopard, snowbird, snowgoose, snowpeople, snowflake, and penguin! Use one motif on one front side, as shown in the photo, or put its' mirror image on the other side as well, or circle the whole body with the same or different motifs. Knit the jacket, then duplicate stitch the motif, WHERE YOU WANT IT, toss in the washer and dryer for a light fulling - the pattern allows for shrinkage in length. There is no shrinkage in width with the chosen yarn, so the knitted width is the finished width. The larger-than-usual gauge gives enough room for the yarn to bloom, creating a soft, fuzzy surface! The single row of I-cord allows for zipper or pewter clasp closure - the choice is yours!
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Primrose Garland Jacket & Cloche
Primrose Garland Jacket & Cloche
[pinit] These adorable girls' raglan jackets are quick to knit in Reynolds' Lopi. All edges are single crocheted and slip stitched. The 6 primroses are crocheted as well, then stitched on all around the yoke. Make it in fun colors like in the larger picture, or more subdued colors for a dress-up jacket. Matching hats are a must! Hanging tasseled primroses add that whimsical touch!
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High V-Neck Raglan for Kids
High V-Neck Raglan for Kids
[pinit] These quick to knit raglan pullovers are written in 5 kids' sizes, from 2 to 10. Larger necks have been configured for these childrenÍs pullovers, as compared to the adult version of the pattern, for ease of wear. Offered in 2 wts of in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride, both Worsted and Bulky, for quick and quicker still knitting!
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Girls' Guernsey Coat
Girls’ Guernsey Coat
[pinit] This little girls' coat is quick and easy to knit in a simple cable and seed stitch pattern, using 2 strands of Plymouth Galway, a worsted wt. wool yarn. Pockets, fold down collar and classic pewter buttons add style. The edging is single crochet and reverse single crochet.
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Teddy Dress with Shawl
The Teddy Bear Collection Dress with Shawl
[pinit] I recently acquired several teddy bears, in different sizes and styles. One looks like terry cloth and one is very soft and furry. They all seem to have specific genders, as well! Alanna¨, the 13" bear for whom this was designed, is definitely a girl teddy! She's so sweet, that I thought a dress and shawl would suit her perfectly. This outfit is knit circularly, in Brown Sheep Top of The Lamb Sport, for a lightweight dress and shawl, that has minimal finishing, just sew on the buttons and tack the lower edge and neck picots to the WS. The dress and shawl will fit a 11-13" tall bear.
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Teddy Sweatshirt Jacket
The Teddy Bear Collection Sweatshirt Jacket
[pinit] When I started the Sweatshirt Jacket for Kids, it struck me that a matching teddy bear pattern would be most appropriate, especially for younger children's bears! So, I began a jacket with the one largish bear I had - a Gund¨ bear that has been well-loved for 21 years. This bear is rather rotund with a very large head, and short arms and legs. In my subsequent search for typical bear sizes, I discovered there really aren't any! Teddy bears come in all sizes and shapes - much like people, but generally, they are not proportioned like people. So I chose 3 bear lengths and designed a jacket to fit all 3, in an effort to cover a wider range of the teddy bear sizes a child might own. The jacket has most of the design details of the full-sized Sweatshirt Jackets, with a few small changes to accommodate the unique sizing of a teddy bear. In this way, a knitter, new to sweater making, gets much of the "exercise" of making a jacket, while using much less yarn and taking much less time! I hope you'll enjoy knitting these jackets, as much as I have!
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Teddy Aran Pullover & hat
The Teddy Bear Collection Aran Pullover with Hat
[pinit] This pullover and hat were designed for 12-13" tall bears. These arans are worked circularly to the armholes, then front and back are worked flat. Sleeves are worked circularly from the cuff, then the saddle portion of the sleeve is worked flat, joining the front and back as you go (or you can work the saddles flat then sew them on.) The only finishing involved is pulling the live underarm stitches through the body fabric and tacking down - thanks to Susan Guagliumi and Kurt Fowler for this great sleeve-joining tip! The teddy hat is the ideal small project to practise the saddle joining technique, and how perfect its rectangular shape fits around the teddy head with large ears!
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Baby's Building Blocks Blanket
The Winter Harbor Collection Baby’s Building Blocks Bunting & Blanket
[pinit] This blanket is worked circularly, from the perimeter to the center, and so, is very portable. I used a thick, roving type yarn, which, when lightly fulled, gives a soft, cozy haven for baby. Velcro along the front edges makes for quick bundling up of baby. The blanket is not fulled, but could be, if you choose. Naturally, the finished dimensions would be smaller. Work it in the colors shown for a girl, or Denim and Natural for a boy.
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Sand & Sea Baby Blanket
Sand & Sea Baby Blanket
[pinit] I wanted a baby blanket whose styling was untraditional, yet derived from a traditional source. My inspiration was an antique block quilt. I used a wide rib, with single purl stitiches to simulate the quilting stitches. I used the tans and blue greens of beach and surf. And, so it was only natural to have a shell edging, which is quickly crocheted. The squares are very portable and easy to work. And using 2 strands of worsted weight yarn together makes it a quick project, as well - great for that last minute baby shower gift!
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Scrumptious Shagged Slipper Socks
Scrumptious Shagged Slipper Socks
[pinit] Shagging is a hundreds-of-years old technique, used by hand knitters in New England and Canada, to make hand knit mittens warmer. Robin Hansen described this technique well in Homespun Handknit and in Flying Geese and Partridge Feet and shows mitten patterns using the technique. I haven't seen the technique used on slippers or slipper socks, though, and thought it was ideally suited to the purpose. The shagging adds a cushy, inner layer to the slipper sock, further protecting the feet from any cold drafts. The socks are easy to knit and the shagging is fun and quick to do, after the socks are knit. I've worked up this pattern in 6 sizes, covering children through men's sizes.
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Scrumptious Slip Stitch Slipper Socks
Scrumptious Slip Stitch Slipper Socks
[pinit] This slipper sock pattern is in 7 sizes and is a quick-to-knit project. By knitting with 2 strands of yarn, when they are done being knit, they are done! Which brings me to what makes these slipper socks scrumptious. The yarn - Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, used double - is so soft and cozy. As the woman's medium size only needs 2 skeins, the project has a reasonable price, and are quick to knit, warm and comforting. The design employs the use of Heel Stitch, not just in the heel flap, but, also in the Dutch (or square) heel turning and along the entire sole of the sock. This stitch pattern adds some needed thickness and cushiness to the sock, for extra wear and comfort. You can knit the instep in stockinette or continue the rib, that began at the leg. I've set up the sole/instep so that there will be a balanced rib on the instep, if you choose to do the rib. I've used 2 colors together in each of the samples, for a marled effect - some are bright, especially the children's socks, others are muted and earthy. Lamb's Pride comes in a wide array of colors, so choose the two colors you like best!
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Fulled Family Booties
(new) Fulled Family Booties
[pinit] I've reworked this classic pattern in doubled Peace Fleece yarn. Peace Fleece is now a merino wool blend, which means it felts more easily than the doubled Bartlettyarns 2-ply used in the original pattern, and makes a softer, cozier fabric. Work them in any of the lovely Peace Fleece heathers or tweeds, or mix 2 colors together for a marled effect. The pattern is still available in 7 sizes, for all family members. And, of course, attach slipper bottoms if they are to be worn on slippery flooring.
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Cabled Family Socks
(new) Cabled Family Socks
[pinit] I've reworked this classic design in Peace Fleece. I am SO pleased with the new Peace Fleece merino wool blend. It is so soft and cozy to knit with - I enjoyed every stitch, and that's not only due to the soft merino blend, but also the resilience of the yarn. If you plan on using these socks in boots, I'd recommend reinforcing the heels and toes, with a sock reinforcement, like Fortissima Socka, which comes on cards, or Jawoll reinforcement, which comes on spools. Or wear them indoors, inside slippers or slipper socks.
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Toasty Toes Felted Slippers
Toasty Toes Felted Slippers
[pinit] These cuffed slippers are knit in a thick, roving type yarn, and then felted. The result is a warm, sturdy slipper. The cuff gives extra warmth to the ankles, and are large enough to be folded up, if need be. The cuff pattern has a clasped vesrion, for classic good looks! This pattern is in 6 sizes - so all the feet in the family can be warm this winter! One CAVEAT - I recommend the purchase of slipper bottoms, for the younger children and the elderly, as the slippers may be slippery on certain flooring. So, consider your home environment and decide accordingly. "Your Toasty Toes pattern has become a standard gift from my house! I've made the smallest for toddlers, and even made a pair for my doctor." -Ann
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A Bevy of Baby Socks
A Bevy of Baby Socks
[pinit] This "Buttons" yarn is a very soft wool, made in New Zealand, and is machine washable! Playful, with it's bits of color, so that even plain garments are fun to look at and wear! These socks are great projects for baby showers or gifts, where you don't want to, or have the time to, knit an entire baby outfit. Whether classic cables and lace in pastels or brights in ribs and bobbles, they are sure to coordinate with baby's clothing. So, make several pairs to keep those little toes warm!
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