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Thorgal, a Children Top

23 Sep

My latest design, Thorgal, was just released in the Fall 2011 Edition of Petite Purls. The pattern is available on the Petite Purls site for free, make sure to also check the rest of the edition, lots of cute patterns!

Picture by Brandy Fortune

Thorgal is inspired by the traditional yoke sweaters but I wanted to make a more modern looking version with texture while following the traditional construction. The name of the sweater comes from the Norse god Thor, as a reference to the Nordic origin of yoke sweaters.

As a mother of boys, I find that there are many more fun knitting patterns for girls than for boys. This is why I wanted the design to be suitable for both boys and girls and I think the color choice will allow to make it boy-ish or girly, as desired.

Sizes
2 years 4 years, 6 years, 8 years, 10 years, 12 years
Shown in size 2 and 8 years

Recommended needle size
US #8/5 mm circular needle and dpns for sleeves (optional) or size needles needed to obtain gauge

Notions
1 stitch marker
Stitch holders or scrap yarn
Tapestry needle

Gauge
17 sts and 25 rnds = 4 inches in St st

See more projects in Ravelry:

Picture by Brandy Fortune

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Leo & Lea Sock Yarn Baby Booties

12 Aug

These booties are the perfect way to use teeny amounts of leftover sock yarn. The pattern offers two versions; unisex – Leo – and girl – Lea. The look is rather traditional but the knitting is totally seamless and in the round, there is no picking up of stitches. They will make a perfect baby shower gift and can even be knit at the last minute, an evening should be enough…

I’m working on a pair of matching mittens (in the two versions), stay tuned for these!


Difficulty

Intermediate

Yarn
About 13g of sock yarn.
Shown in Wollmeise sock yarn for the unisex version and Regia Cotton sock yarn for the girl version

Notions
Needles: 1 or 2 2.5mm/US1.5 circular needle or 5 DPNs (or size needles needed to obtain gauge)
Accessories: 2 st markers, Cable needle (unisex version only), Darning needle

Necessary Skills

Knitting in the round, simple cables & bobbles (unisex version only), Turkish cast on or toe up magic cast on, K2tog, SSK, M1

Gauge
32 sts x 40 rds / 10 cm – 4” in stocking stitch in the round

Size
0-3 months approximately

Price: $2.50

See more pictures and projects on Ravelry:

Sock Yarn Newborn Booties & Mittens – Girl Version

8 Aug

I’m working on a booties & mittens set for newborns, made out of my favourite yarn, sock yarn. I have finished the girl version and am now working on a unisex version. They will be perfect for baby shower gifts and can easily be made as a last minute gift as they are really quick to knit and use very little yarn. Here is a preview of the girl version, stay tuned for the unisex version 😀

Tricolour Trio of Bath Mitts

29 Mar

A set of 3 bath mitts using 3 colours, perfect for last minute presents. Each design is simple to knit, using slipped stitches so that only one colour is ever worked per round and can also be knit in two colours with great results.

Pattern is written for both sport weight and worsted weight cotton yarn.

Included in the pattern are two knitting versions, one from the top down and one from the bottom up. This way, you can choose the method you are most comfortable with.

Instructions both written and charted.



Difficulty

Intermediate

Yarn
Version 1: sport weight cotton yarn
About 33m/36yard of each colour for 1 mitt
Version 2: worsted weight cotton yarn
About 23m/25yard of each colour for 1 mitt

Needles
Version 1: 4mm/US6 circular needle or DPNs
Version 2: 5mm/US8 circular needle or DPNs
or size needles needed to obtain gauge

Necessary Skills
Knitting in the round, slipped stitches
Optional: Turkish cast on / toe-up magic cast on or Kitchener stitch

Gauge
Version 1: 23 sts x 28 rows / 10 cm – 4” in stocking st
Version 2: 17 sts x 23 rows / 10 cm – 4” in stocking st

Size
To fit medium sized adult hand, about 12cm/4.75” wide x 20cm/8” long
Tips on upsizing or downsizing in the pattern.


Pattern costs: $3.00

You can see other versions on Ravelry here:

Bright, Did You Say Bright?!

28 Mar

I am finally done with my Adult Surprise Jacket and I love it! One thing is for sure, it’ll be hard to hide when I wear it… 😉
It is made of 16 different colours!

Here are a few pictures:

Spaceman Nicolino Pattern Now Free

14 Mar

My Spaceman Nicolino Hat pattern is now available for free.

Pattern can be downloaded here.

If you haven’t seen it before, here are a few pictures, click the link above for more information.

Another Spaceman Nicolino for Nicolas

26 Nov

Last year, I gave the prototype I knit for my Spaceman Nicolino to Nicolas, who gave his name to this pattern. He was a newborn then. His mum liked it so much that she asked if I could knit him one for this winter as the first one is way too small now. So, here it is, modeled by my 6-year old (hopefully it won’t be too big for Nicolas).

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