Monday, February 29, 2016

A work of art, pattern free for the asking

What do you do with all those leftover balls of sock yarn, or just as important, the gorgeous full skeins you might hoard? Hedgehog Fibres has provided the perfect answer for knitting up all that yarn stash with this free wrap pattern into a beautiful work of art! A perfect summer knitting project indeed.....

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Knitting heavier socks for boots and clogs on larger needles

If you have never knit socks, or just don't want to deal with teeny tiny needles, a great option is knitting heavier socks on larger needles with this free sock pattern.  These socks are great for this time of the year, when wearing clogs or boots in spring rains. It is a favorite of mine and I'm using US 4 dpn's with this particular yarn; most 6-ply yarns can use up to a US 6 (4.25 mm) needle.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Love this cowl pattern for spring! Great stitch pattern

photo by Laura Snyder/
I love this lightweight short cowl pattern for spring. It has an interesting knitting stitch pattern and is knit with a DK or worsted yarn, as long as you use the smallest suggested needle to get gauge. And it's a free pattern as well.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Canadian knitter surpasses goal for Flint Water Crisis

Canadian knitter Nicole Drouillard and her Water Drops for Flint, a fund-raising campaign for the Flint Water Crisis, first announced by Knitnscribble last week, has surpassed her goal again. She is donating the proceeds from her knitted water drop cat toys and the knitting pattern to those affected via the United Way of Genesee County, Michigan. Another charity knitting effort pays it forward.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

How to tie a triangle scarf or shawl, rectangle or Pashmina

We've all seen those cute little videos with a single neckpiece about how to tie a scarf on Facebook. Trouble is, scarves come in all sorts of shapes. Whether rectangle, oblong pashminas, square silk Hermes scarves, or knit and crochet shawls and triangle scarves, this quick video from Eileen Fisher masters the art of how to tie a scarf and better yet, how to wear a scarf comfortably. Enjoy! You'll look Maaarvelous!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Easy baby hat and booties patterns plus a little imagination

Just received a reminder for a charity baby shower knit-a-long, what a great idea! A free knitting pattern for boy or girl baby bootees so cute and simple even for beginners is my goal. One knitter has paired a free bootee pattern with a baby beanie pattern and added her own sweet touches. Just goes to show what a little imagination can do. Easy baby shower gift!

Here's the baby bootie pattern all done up with the baby hat. This savvy knitter from Great Britain has only been knitting a year it seems.

photo by Ca55ieW

She's taken the free booties pattern and paired it with the beanie pattern and knit a lovely gift.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Canadian knits water drops for Flint water crisis

Knitter Nicole Drouillard of Windsor, Ontario, near Lake St. Clair, about an hour south of Flint, Michigan, is raising awareness for its water crisis. She knits water drop cat nip toys after designing a water drop knitting pattern with proceeds from both sales going to assist Flint residents through the United Fund of Genesee County, a charity on the frontlines of the Flint water crisis.

photo courtesy @Mercantile519

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Free fingerless mitts pattern - another great reason to knit this spring

As the winter turns mightily to spring, an early one at that, hand warmers make great sense instead of gloves. This free pattern for fingerless mitts from Purl Soho will knit up nicely in one weekend. Knitting is done on US 2 (2.25mm) needles in the round, and there is a beautiful pictorial to teach you how to knit the fisherman's rib mitts on dpn's. If size 2 needles don't tickle your fancy, these free patterns on larger needles might do the trick.

photo by Purl Soho

Monday, February 1, 2016

Baby boy and baby girl cardigan pattern

I've been knitting this little baby sweater for years for my grandchildren and decided to write down the knitting pattern for this traditional, generously sized baby jacket in two sizes, 6 - 9 months and 12 months. It's Wattery Totteries' Oliver & Olivia Baby Cardigan. Three little pearl buttons and a collar, a boxey little cardi, what could be sweeter? A 5-page pdf pattern with photo tutorial, suitable for beginner knitters.

You can purchase the pattern on Ravelry.

Find it at Loveknitting as well.

Wattery Totteries was very honored to have 'Oliver and Olivia'
 featured by Skacel Knitting.

I used Skacel's HiKoo Llamor, 100% baby llama, for this little sweater, and it feels like cashmere. "In Spanish amor means love" and is the perfect choice for this project. You'll need 3 to 4 skeins (300-400 yds) of DK yarn and US 4 and 5 needles. Instructions are provided for both baby boys and baby girls. See all knitnscribble patterns here.

Woman born without fingers knits!

Jennifer Jeremie Marquis has been fingerless since birth, due to bilateral congenital hand defect, but she has managed to teach herself to knit. With an amazingly positive attitude, she videos herself knitting so that it might give others a boost. She also does cross stitch. Ten fingers are overrated!
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