Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sheepy Applique: Free Knitting Pattern!

I'm so excited to share my very first knitting design!

Isn't it cute?! I was inspired by a super adorable Sheep Hat in the book 60 Quick Baby Knits which I recently knit up for an upcoming baby shower:
The chochet-look stitch is called the Trinity Stitch, and it gives the sheep an awesome, puffy, sheepy look. I wanted to make a little matching sheep that I could add to a baby sweater to go with the hat. For the sweater, I chose a simple pattern (Striped Outfit for a Striped Knight, available on Ravelry) and knit it in colours to match the hat. 
Here they are, hanging out like two sheep in a knitted meadow, lol:
To knit my little Sheepy Applique, you'll need less than 50yds of a worsted weight yarn in white, less than half that in a dark grey and some scrap black yarn for the eyes. Also, size 7 (4.5mm) needles.

Download the pattern for free! Perfect for adding to a sweater, bag, hat or just about anything that could use a little sheepy cuteness. If you make my little Sheepy, I'd love to see it! Feel free to use it however you'd like, but please give credit where it's due with a mention and/or a link back to me. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Teardrop Bag and Key-Keeper Coin Purse

Here are two more of the great bags from Amy Butler's Style Stitches book: The smaller sized Teardrop Bag, and the Key-Keeper Coin Purse. While I made them in matching fabrics, they're not really meant to use together, as the coin purse barely fits into the opening of the bag. When she calls it a key-keeper, she means it, you can easily fit your keys, a lip gloss, bank card and driver's license in this adorable little bag.

Speaking of fabrics, I just love these funky prinst I found at Fabricville a while back. I got them on clearance for $2.99/meter.

The bright lime in the remnants bin, just under a meter for less than $2. I used it as lining for both bags.

I didn't keep these bags, they were prizes during the Opening Celebration of a message board I help to run. I'm looking forward to using some of the fabric on a bag for myself really soon, though!

Eyjafjallajökull Shawl

Here is one of my most recently finished knitting projects, an Eyjafjallajökull Shawl. The name means Island Mountain Glacier, and is the name of the volcano that erupted in Iceland last year. That volcano apparently inspired the designer to create this beautiful lace pattern.

This was my first time knitting lace, and it was much easier than it looks. I used stitch markers between each pattern repeat, which helped minimize the amount of tinking back I had to do. I gifted this to my sister-in-law for her birthday at the end of August, since I thought it suited her more than it does me.

The upper portion of the third photo shows the gorgeous colour of the yarn best. I knit this using Berocco Ultra Alpaca Fine, which was a dream.