Apr 18, 2014

Bunnies, Bunnies, Bunnies!

We have two special designs today for you, each of them will delight a child in your lives. First, we have the Easter Egg Bunny–a delightful miniature bunny that fits inside a plastic egg.

 

Easter Egg Bunny 1

Fill those Easter eggs with a special treat and watch your little one’s eyes light up in a pleasant surprise. The Easter Egg Bunny is small enough to fit snuggly in one the large size plastic Easter Eggs, or you can also squish him inside one of the medium size eggs.

Pattern Specifications

Knitting loom: Sock Loom 2

Yarn: Approx 40 yds of worsted weight yarn. Sample was worked with Knit Picks Swish yarn in White, Carnation, and Cobblestone Heather

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle.Easter Egg Bunny 2

Other: Small piece of ribbon for necktie. Small amounts of polly fill for stuffing or you can use bits of left over white yarn.

Gauge: 10 sts x 17 rows=2” (however, gauge is not important for this project).

Size: 3 inches tall (not counting the ears), 4.5 inches tall with ears.

Abbreviations

K=knit

P=purl

St(s)=stitches

Rnd=Round

K2tog=knit two stitches together. Move the stitch from the right to the peg to the left, when you knit the peg with the two loops, work both loops together.

INSTRUCTIONS

Head

Leave a 10 inch yarn tail, cast on 16 sts, join to work in the round.

Rnd 1-Rnd 6: k to the end of rnd. From this point on, work in rows.

Row 1: k3, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k4, k2tog.

Rnd 2: k to the end of rnd.

Bind off with gather bind off. Leave 10 inch yarn tail. Using yarn tail, sew the small opening from left from the last two rows.

Before closing the cast on edge with the yarn tail, lightly stuff the head, shaping it as you insert the stuffing.

Face Details

Using black or gray yarn, do two embroidery French Knots for the eyes.

Using pink yarn, simply work two running stitches at the front of the head, covering the gather bind off.

Body

Leave a 10 inch yarn tail, cast on 16 sts, join to work in the round.

Round 1-14: k to the end of rnd.

Bind off with gather bind off.

Before closing the cast on edge with the yarn tail, lightly stuff the head, shaping it as you insert the stuffing.

Legs
(make 2)

Cast on 7 sts, prepare to work  a flat panel.

Row 1-14: k to the end of row.

Bind off with gather bind off. Leave a 10 inch yarn tail. Use yarn tail to seam long the side of the panel, thus forming a small leg.

ArmsEaster Egg Bunny 3
(make 2)

Cast on 6 sts

Row 1-10: k to the end of row.

Bind off with gather bind off. Leave a 10 inch yarn tail. Use yarn tail to seam long the side of the panel, thus forming a small leg.

Ears
(make 2)
Cast on 6 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1, 3, 5, 7 : k to the end of row.

Row 2, 4, 6, 8: p to the end of row.

Row 9: k1, ktog, k2tog, k1.

Row 10: p to the end of row.

Row 11: k2tog, k2tog.

Row 12: k2tog.

Bind off.

Ears sewing

Assembly

Fold ears in half. Using the yarn tail from the cast on edge, seam along the curved side of the ear, just a couple of stitches.

 

Sew the ears to the top of the head. Best placement is almost next to each other, at the top of the head.

Next, sew the head to the body, placing the head. Sew the small arms to the side, about 3 rows down from the neck.

Lastly, sew the legs to the bottom section of the body place them towards the back and to the side so the bunny is able to sit.

Optional: add a small ribbon bow to the neck.

Notice: If gifting to a baby or toddler, make sure that all the pieces are securely sewn.

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Renita Bunny

Sweet Cuddle Bunny
by Renita Harvey

Knit a little cuddly stuffie for those little love ones!

 

Pattern Specifications

Knitting loom: Sock Loom 2 or All-n-One loom

Yarn: Approx 60 yds of bulky 5 weight yarn (large 10” bunny) or 65 yds of sport 3 weight yarn (2 strands held together  (7” bunny)) for the small 7” bunny. Contrast color yarn for eyes and nose.  Sample was knit with Jiffy, 10” sample, and Baby Bee Sweet Delight for the 7” sample.

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle

Other: Stuffing and ribbon for neckline bows.

Size: 10″ inches (purple sample) and 7″ (yellow sample).

Gauge: 14 sts x 22 rows= 4”

Abbreviations

CO =Cast on

BO = bind off

K=knit stitch

S= slip or skip

M1 =Make 1. Reach for ladder from the previous row, twist the ladder and place it on the empty peg.

K2tog =knit two stitches together (see above pattern on how to do it).

SSK=slip slip knit

INSTRUCTIONSRenita Bunny 2

Bunny
(Make 2)

Chain CO 10 stitches, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: s1, k9

Row 2:s1, k7, m1, k3

Row 3: s1, k8, m1, k3

Row 4: s1, k9, m1, k3

Row 5: s1, k10, m1, k3

Row 6:  s1, k11, m1, k3

Row 7: s1, k12, m1, k3

Row 8: s1, k13, m1, k3

Row 9: s1, k14, m1, k3

Rows 10: 18 – s1, k17

Row 19: s1, k14, k2tog, k1

Row 20: s1, k13, ssk, k1

Row 21: s1, k12, k2tog, k1

Row 22: s1, k11, ssk, k1

Row 23:  s1, k10, k2tog, k1

Row 24: s1, k9, ssk, k1

Row 25: s1, k8, k2tog, k1

Row 26: s1, k7, ssk, k1

Row 27 – 28: s1, k9

Row 29: s1, k7, m1, k3

Row 30: s1, k8, m1, k3

Row 31: s1, k9, m1, k3

Row 32: s1, k10, m1, k3

Row 33: s1, k11, m1, k3

Rows 34 – 38: s1, k14

Row 39: s1, k11, k2tog, k1

Row 40: s1, k10, ssk, k1

Row 41: s1, k9, k2tog, k1

Row 42: s1, k8, ssk, k1

Row 43: s1, k7, k2tog, k1

Row 44: s1, k6, ssk, k1

Row 45: s1, k3, BO 1, k4

Ears are worked separate over 4 stitches each.

Ear 1

Rows 1 – 12: s1, k3

Row 13: s1, ssk, k1

Row 14: s1, k2tog

Row 15: k2tog

Row 16: k1

BO by pulling working yarn though final stitch

Ear 2

Attach yarn and repeat Ear 1.

Side Strip

Chain CO 5 stitches

Rows 1 – 170: s1, k4

BO

Assembly

With the front piece facing down and starting at the inside between the ears, place 5 to 7 slipped edge stitches back on the pegs.


Renita 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the side strip facing up, place the same number of slipped edge stitches on the same pegs. 
Renita 2

With a new strand of yarn, work the basic BO to seam the edges together and remove them from the loom.  Place new edge stitches on the loom as you work the BO until all the edge has been seamed together ending at the inside of the ears.

Repeat with the back piece and other edge of the side strip.

Stuff and seam the opening between the ears.

With contrast yarn, sew eyes and nose on with tapestry needle.

Weave all ends in.

 

 

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Apr 11, 2014

Carrots Hat and Rattle Set

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Easter is around the corner and the bunny theme is in the air. Knit a beautiful set of hat and rattle for a wee little one in your life.

Knitting Loom: All-n-One knitting loom

Yarn: Worsted weight yarn. Sample was knit using Cascade Yarns Pacific in White, Orange, and Green.

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry

Other: Ribbon

Gauge: 10 sts x 17 rows= 2”

Size: Sample fits 3-6 months.

Abbreviations

K=knit stitch

P=purl stitch

St(s)=stitches

Rnd=round

Rem=remain

INSTRUCTIONScarrots 3

HAT

Using MC, cast on 68 sts, join to work in the round.

Round 1-8: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of round.

Next: Work 4 inches in stockinette stitch.

Next round: *k2tog; rep from * to end of round.

Next round: k

Next round: *k2tog; rep from * to end of round.

Bind off with gather removal method.

EARS

Outer Layer (make 2)

Using MC, cast on 12 sts, prepare to work a flat panel

Rows 1-22: k to end of row.

Row 23: k1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (10 sts rem).

Rows 24- 26: k to the end of row.

Row 27: k1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (8 sts rem).

Row 28: k to end of the row.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

 

Inner Layer (make 2)Carrots

Using CC, cast on 10 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Rows 1-20: k to end of row.

Row 21: k1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (8 sts rem).

Rows 22- 24: k to the end of row.

Row 25: k1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (8 sts rem).

Row 26: k to end of the row.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Ear Assembly

Steam block before assembly. Using the mattress stitch, place wrong sides together of the Inner layer and Outer layer, seam along the edge.

Sew the Ears to the top of the hat.

Add a little bow to each ear using ribbon.

CARROT FOR HAT

Using SCC, cast on 7 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1-3: k to end of row.

Row 4: k2, k3tog, k2. (5 sts rem)

Row 5-7: k to end of row.

Row 8: k1, k3tog, k1 (3 sts rem)

Row 9: k

Bind off with gather bind off method. Leave a long tail. Use this long tail to mattress stitch along the side of the carrot, to the cast on edge. Sew the cast on edge close.  Secure carrot to the front area of the hat, near the brim of the hat (use sample as guide).

Thread tapestry needle with G, whip stitch a small stitch on to the top of the carrot and cut the ends closely to the carrot, to leave small “leaf” like strands.

CARROT RATTLE

Using SCC, cast on 18 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Rows 1-4: k to the end of row.

Row 5: k1, k2tog, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2

Row 6-8: k to the end of row.

Rep from Row 5-8: until 10 sts rem.

Next: Work 9 rows even.

Next: Rep Row 5.

Next: Work 3 rows even.

Bind off with gather removal method. Leave a long tail. Use the long tail to mattress stitch seam up the side of the carrot, all the way to the cast on edge. Before closing the cast on edge with gather removal method; stuff the inside with bits of left over yarn and two jingle bells. Optional: you may want to place the stuffing inside a panty hose to prevent it from poking through the fabric of the carrot.

Carrot leaves: cast on 2 sts, work a 4 inch icord. Bind off. Fold the icord in half and sew securely to the top of the carrot.

 

 

 

 

 

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Apr 10, 2014

Shrug for Special Occasions

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Easter dresses are almost always too light weight for this time of year, but who can resist them, especially after the loooong winter we’ve jus had?  This quick to make shrug is designed to give you just enough warmth without stealing the show from your fab new Easter outfit for prom dress.   The size is a regular small.  But easy to adjust to your size!  Simply run a tape measure from the front of your shoulder under your armpit across your back under your othe armpit and up to the top of the front of your other shoulder.  The shrug is knit as a scarf (yep that easy) and then manipulated and stitched together to form the shrug.  It’s done in a basic rib cable.

Your will need:

Knitting Board with 22+ pegs

knitting hook

186 bulky yarn ( I sues 2 skeins of DeborahNevilles Serenity which has a sprinkle of sequins for more glamor).

N- cochet hook

seam pins

scissors

tape measure

painter’s tape

Sitches:

Basic Rib

Cable

Instructions:

Cast on 22 stitches with your yarn.

Work Row 1 in Ribbed stitch.

Mark with tape where cables will be worked. this makes it easy to keep cabling in the same spot. I started with from the left and  crossed acable in font using the firs two ribs, I did another front-crossed cable every two ribs over from the last two I just crossed.

Coninue  knitting in the rib pattern.

every 8th row, work another set of cables.

For this shrug I knit a 60″ Long scarf and ended with a rib row. I wanted it to be a snug fit  Pin these edges to the side of the scarf. Use the tail to sew together these edges. YO will end up with an 8″ neckline and approximately a 7″ arm hole.

scarf-folded-int0-shrug

 

Bring the lower corners up to he 4″ marked seam pins.  HINT:   if you can’ imagine how his can possibly work, take a long rectangular scarf and old it as directed to see it before you begin working.

 

 

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Apr 4, 2014

Chunky necklace

Necklace Green

A wonderfully quick project to add an extra touch to your wardrobe. Worked with ruffle style yarn to provide quick thick stitches.

Pattern Information

Knitting loom: Knitting loom with at least 12 pegs. Sample was knit on small 32 peg loom from the Loom Knitting Basics Kit

Yarn: 1 skein of ruffle style yarn. Sample used Flora Rozetti in Green Meadow (green sample) and Stormy (dark gray sample). Rosette-worsted weight yarn in color of choice and a crochet hook size I.

Notions: Knitting tool, tapestry needle.

Gauge: not relevant for this project

AbbreviationsNecklace Green 2

k=knit

sl=slip–skip peg with yarn behind the peg

st(s)=stitch(es)

Pattern notes

Use three pegs as 1 peg.

INSTRUCTIONS

NECKLACE

Cast on 4 sts, prepare to work a flat panel.

Row 1: Sl 1, k to the end.

Repeat Row 1 until only 10 inches remain of yarn.

Bind off with basic bind off method.

Join bind off edge to cast on edge by mattress stitch.

Weave ends in.

ROSETTE (Sample shown on green necklace)Necklace Black

Rosette was crochet.

Leave a 12 inch length of yarn for sewing. Chain 60.

Row 1 (Wrong side): Dc 60 across.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn; 5 dc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-2 sp, (6 dc in next ch-2 sp, sc in next ch-2 sp) 10

times, finish off leaving a 5″ length for weaving ends.

Thread the tapestry needle with yarn from the beginning end. Roll the rose, petal by petal. Form it with your hands. Once the rose is to your desired specifications, sew the rose securely with the yarn coming from the beginning tail.

Sew the rose at the mattress stitch seam point of the necklace.

2 Comments

  • Please explain the m1l increase from 60to80 that is for the slouchy hat on the cover of your all in one book. An answer would be nice! That hat and scarf combo was the reason I bought the book. I know how to do the m1l just not from 60to80. Please e-mail me back!

  • http://knittingboardchat.com/blog/index.php/archives/2083 Check out this link, it provides two ways of achieving the increase.

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Mar 29, 2014

Chevron Hat

Chevron Hat Magic

Back in the fall, I started seeing all these cute scarves and skirts with chevron designs and I was in love with every single one of them, since then, I have been wanting to design a hat and cowl with the chevron design. Finally, on a Sunday afternoon, I had a chance to sit down with some graph paper and color the chevron design. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.  The design uses only color changes, no decreases or increases for the design.

Pattern Information

Knitting loom: All-n-One knitting loom

Yarn: Approx 120 yards of worsted weight yarn. Cascade 220 was used in sample in White and Mint (less then 1 skein each color).

Notions: knitting tool, row counter (optional)

Gauge: 11 sts x 17 rows= 2″.
Please note how tight my gauge was with this yarn, if you do not obtain this gauge with your swatch, your hat may come out bigger/smaller than mine. Please check your gauge before starting this project.

AbbreviationsChevron 4 small

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

sts=stitches

Rnd(s)=round(s)

MC=Main color (Mint)

CC=Contrasting color (white)

Pattern notes

Reading a chart: Read a chart from the bottom up and from right to left. Each cell represents a stitch.

Tips: Carry the unused color loosely at the back of the work. Do not pull too tight on these floats as this will make the work “pucker”. Nice and loose and it should provide with a nice stitch pattern. It is imperative to always reach for the colors in the same manner. For example, I always reached for the CC through the bottom of the MC, and I always reached for the MC over the CC. Steam blocking helps set the stitch pattern and take away some of the puckering.

floats

INSTRUCTIONSChevron Hat Design

Using MC, cast on 102 sts, join to work in the round.

Rnd 1-8: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 9-13: k to end of rnd.

Rnd 14-21: Follow Chevron Chart.

Rep Rnds 14-21: 2 more times. Cut CC, leaving a 6 inch yarn tail.

Cont with MC.

Next 20 rounds: k to the end of rnd.

Bind off with gather removal method.

Weave ends in. Steam block.

Chevron hat

 

 

 

7 Comments

  • Isela, I love this hat, and I can wait to make one for my boy.

    By the way, I would like to ask something that is not exactly related to this hat. I bought 2 of your books; one for making socks, and I can make anything because of the loom that you used. I haven’t been able to find that loom, but I have the All-in-one.

    Do you think some day you will be able to tell us how to make all of those beautiful socks using the All-in-one loom?

    Thanks a lot!

  • Soon enough, I think we will have access to a loom that we can use all those patterns :).

  • Isela, now, I know what you meant… I just bought the Sock Loom EFG by AKB… I can’t wit to receive it, and start making my socks!

    Thanks!

  • Isela, I bought also the new Hat Loom 4 in 1… but i have a question. Your pattern says that I need 102 stitches using the AIO, which spacing between pegs is 3/8″, and the new Hat Loom could be use too with that spacing… But it has just 84 pegs in order to make the biggest size! (23″ circumference).

    What should I do?
    How does the new Hat Loom work?
    Is it going to be too small?

  • Ruth,
    The chevron hat is a special case, as well as any other that has stranded colorwork. The colorwork pulls the knitting in and this requires us to knit the item a little larger than regularly. Also, the yarn that I used for this pattern is a little thinner than worsted weight yarn.

  • :). I am glad that everything worked out :)

  • I just looked at the pattern again, the stitch pattern is a multiple of 6. You can try the pattern as is, the stitch repeat works perfectly with the 84 pegs; it may end up a little smaller than the slouchy version I have on the blog. It may end up a little snug.

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Mar 21, 2014

Pom Pom Striped Hat

Striped Hat Nyah

A crazy funky hat to bring some pizzaz in to your day. Simple stockinette and giant pom pom at the top make this hat a hit with any kiddo out there.

Materials

Knitting loom: All-n-One Knitting Loom

Yarn:  About 150 yards of worsted weight yarn. Vickie Howell Sheep(ish) in Magenta and Chartreuse was used in sample (1 skein of each color).

Notions: knitting tool, tapestry needle.

Gauge: 10 sts x 17 rows= 2″

Abbreviations

k=knit stitch

p=purl stitch

sts=stitches

Rnd(s)=round

MC=Main color–magenta

CC=Contrasting color–chartreuse

INSTRUCTIONSPom Pom Striped Hat Back 2

Using MC, cast on 80 sts, join to work in the round.

*Rnd 1-Rnd 8: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd. Cut MC leaving a 6 inch yarn tail. Join CC, leaving a 6 inch yarn tail.

Rnd 9: p to the end of rnd.

Rnd 10-Rnd 17: k to the end of rnd.

Rnd 18: p to the end of rnd. Cut CC, leaving a 6 inch yarn tail. Join MC, leaving a 6 inch yarn tail.

Rep from Rnd 9 to Rnd 18, using MC.*

Rep from * to *: 2 more times.

Remove with gather bind off method.

Weave ends in. Block lightly.

Pom Pom

Cut two cardboard circles about 5 inches in diameter. Using both yarns, wrap the yarn around the cardboard. You want a big and fluffy pom pom, so wrap about 200 times around the cardboard. Here is a quick video that I created a few years ago on creating pom poms.

Assembly

Attach pom pom to the top of the hat. Voila!!! It is done!

 

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