Je Suis Charlie hat pattern made available for EU knitters

European Union (EU) knitters now have access to downloading the Je Suis Charlie hat knitting pattern via Please follow this link to purchase with 100% percent of the cost going to UNICEF less VAT.
It took me about two days to knit this one. The pattern is well-written for both skull cap and slouch hat styles with several options for top features. Happy knitting!

copyright, SWatterson/knitnscribble, 2015

Je Suis Charlie hat pattern by Boston Strong designer

In the wake of overwhelming tragedy of the terrorists strikes in Paris, Lisa McFetridge, knitting designer of the Boston Strong hats and scarves, has created the Je Suis Charlie cap pattern to honor the murdered journalists and defy all those who seek to stifle freedom of expression. The hat pattern is available now to the knitting community outside the EU, but due to VATMOSS, will be available shortly to EU knitters via 100% of your donation goes to UNICEF.  Lisa has done beautiful hat designs for many special projects that in turn raise funds for charities around the world. Please find out more about her endeavors here and download the #JeSuisCharlie hat pattern.

photo used with permission, Lisa McFetridge 2015

Baby jacket reborn yet again

A good design becomes a great design with knitting collaboration. This analogy is so true of Debbie Bliss' "Ribbed Baby Jacket" a free baby sweater pattern. After Magic Pixie Knitter posted her knock-off pattern, knitnscribble chose to amend it once again. Here's my version of this generous sized quick knit baby sweater, 12-24 months.
copyright S.Watterson/ 2014

Please find all the details with oodles of photos and original and knock-off versions free pattern links here

Knit and crochet Halloween and Autumn

Halloween patterns - pumpkins that last forever! Knit and crochet fall decoration patterns include pumpkins, apples, scarecrows and cornstalks. Colorful Stitches blog posting yesterday was all about knitting them up to last for more than one Halloween, jack o'lanterns that won't rot! Knitted apples and real looking cornstalks are all from the genius of Bonnie Burton. 
Pdf patterns for three different sizes of pumpkins, and some that are striped like gourds, all very life-like. Cornstalks and harvest corn, a knitted bushel basket full of apples, and even one delicious looking apple core are included in this artistic display of Bonnie Burton's extraordinary talent.
Halloween decorations that last for years. Here are some more fun fall decorations you can knit or crochet.
Crochet pumpkin garland, use singles for coasters and potholders.

Remember veterans with crochet and knit poppy patterns

Crochet and knit poppies to remember our veterans. "The greatest casualty is being forgotten." The blood red poppy waved in the wind and was the first flower to bloom on the battlefields of Flanders in WWI. Remember our veterans with these poppy patterns links below. Red poppies are the symbol for Remembrance Day  worldwide and have become a symbol for remembering veterans on Memorial Day in the US. 

Crochet poppy pattern
Knit poppy pattern

Valentines Day hearts, every stitch says 'I love you'

copyright 2014,  S. Watterson/knitnscribble

Happy Valentine's Day all. Had quite a lot of fun knitting up this heart garland for my grandchildren's valentines. Using some old trims collected over the years and a few crochet stitches, think it might be a valentine keepsake for years to come. The pattern for the valentine heart is here in this post where you will find many quick heart patterns for both knitting and crochet which can be layered, sewn on Valentine's cards, used as appliques, or for a garland like this one I just sent off via UPS to my grandchildren. I used the smallest heart pattern of Elizabeth Murphy's freebie for a wine bottle tag.

copyright 2014, S. Watterson/knitnscribble

Oliver Fox cushion and other free toy patterns by Amanda Berry

Oliver Fox, knitting pattern by Amanda Berry
Lets Get Crafting Issue 52
Not being an avid toy pattern collector or cushion pattern knitter, you can imagine the angst felt yesterday when a Facebook reader of Knit and Crochet Patterns ask where to find Amanda Berry's Oliver Fox free knitting pattern as published in Let's Get Crafting Magazine Issue 52. Google was a first choice with no luck. Then reluctantly visited a busy knitting forum, which often trades free patterns back and forth, and as well, known for its lack of copyright decorum, and found that they were unable to locate the free animal knitting pattern either. Um, what to do?

courtesy Let's Get Crafting

Amanda Berry is a talented knitter of toys and amusing trendy home decor cushions. Her website "Fluff and Fuzz" and blog on Wordpress is proof of just that. She has had her lovely toy patterns published numerous times and sells all her animal knitting patterns very reasonably and quite successfully as Fluff and Fuzz on Etsy. So, a conversation was in order with Amanda Berry, who kindly sent the free pattern links for Oliver Fox, Peter Puppie, Ossie Owl, and a slew of others via the Let's Get Crafting web site.

courtesy Let's Get Crafting

Clicking on the download icons at Let's Get Crafting in turn sends one to Let's Knit Magazine site, which requires a sign in. Ossie Owl, Oliver Fox, and many of their friends are there. You'll be happy to receive all their mailings as discussed in a previous post about the chicken doorstop pattern.

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