Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Love Bug - Finally finished!

I have finally finished my love bug. This little knitted toy ended up coming together a little differently than planned all because I switched needles.

I started with an Amy Gaines pattern from her latest book "Little Knitted Creatures" for the lady bug. For the body I used magic cast on instead of having to stitch the front and back together. I thought that pair of circular needles read size 6, but when I used regular size 6 needles for the wings they came out HUGE. Other than that I think it came out really cute. My knitted heart appliques (free knitting pattern show be in the post just below this one) turned out to be perfect spots and I LOVE the heart-shaped, shell buttons I found at Joann's for the eyes.

My daughters are already eyeing this toy for their own, but I am going to make theirs in lavender and rose and use magic cast on for the appendages as well this time. I promise this next project I am going to remember to take step by step pictures!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Free Knitting Pattern - Small Heart

My current project is a lady bug I am turning into a love bug. All lady bug need black spots and for my love bug it needed heart shaped spots. I looked all over the place and could not find a good pattern. So I made a heart knitting pattern and I am going to share it with you.

Knit Heart
I used size 6 needles for the larger hearts

Abbreviations: CO cast on, k knit, inc increase, k2tog knit 2 together, sts stitches, p purl

CO 1
Row 1 k, inc (2 sts)
Row 2 p
Row 3 k, inc, k, inc (4 sts)
Row 4 p
Row 5 k, inc, k2, inc (6 sts)
Row 6 p
Row 7 k, inc, k4, inc (8 sts)
Row 8 p
Row 9 k, inc, k6, inc (10 sts)
Row 10 p
Row 11 k
Row 12 p
Row 13 k2tog, k, k2tog. Slip remaining stitches on spare needle or stitch holder
Row 14 p
Row 15 k2tog, k
Bind off remaining stitches. Cut yarn

Slip unworked stitches onto needle. We will be working from inside out. Rejoin yarn.

Row 1 k2tog, k, k2tog
Row 2 p
Row 3 k, k2tog
Bind off

Now you have a small heart to applique to your creations!

I will post pictures of how I used my hearts soon.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My daddy doll!

I have finally finished my daddy doll. I think he is cute but some adjustments need to be made to the pattern.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

My New Line of Thought...Kinda

So I got this really cool book on crocheting and knitting flowers, butterflies, leaves, etc. Here is my first creation!

I think it is so cute! I am going to make a whole bouquet!