Sunday, April 6, 2014

Easter Egg Pattern


These adorable eggs are quick and easy to knit. They use very little yarn which makes them a great stash buster project. Each finished egg measures about 2.5 inches long and about 6 inches around. They make great Easter basket stuffers, decorations, or toys. Enjoy!


Knitted Easter Eggs
By Emily Kintigh


Materials:

Small amount worsted weight yarn
US Size 3(3.25mm) DPNs
Yarn needle
Stitch marker
Stuffing


Abbreviations:

CO- Cast on.
K2tog- Knit two stitches together.
RLI- Right lifted increase. To work the RLI increase, lift right leg of the stitch below the next stitch up onto the left hand needle. Knit the lifted stitch and the stich that was above it to complete the increase.
DPN(s)- Double point needle(s).
K- Knit.
St(s)- Stitch(s).
Rnd(s)- Round(s).


Note: If you would rather work the KFB (knit in the front and back of the stitch) instead of the RLI (right lifted increase), simply replace all RLIs with KFBs. I prefer the RLI because it mirrors the K2tog decrease nicely.



Striped Egg:

With main color, CO 6 sts across three DPNs.
Rnd 1: K to end.
Rnd 2: (RLI) to end. (12 sts)
Rnd 3: (K1, RLI) to end. (18 sts)
Rnd 4: K to end.
Rnd 5: (K2, RLI) to end. (24 sts)
Rnd 6: K to end.
Rnd 7: (K3, RLI) to end. (30 sts)
Switch to stripe color, K 2 rnds.
Switch to main color, K 2 rnds.
Switch to stripe color, K 2 rnds.
Switch to main color, K 2 rnds.
Switch to stripe color, K 2 rnds.
Switch to main color, K 1 rnd.
Next Rnd: (K3, K2tog) to end. (24 sts)
K 3 rnds.
Tie in cast on end and ends from stripes. Add stuffing.
Next Rnd: (K2, K2tog) to end. (18 sts)
K 2 rnds.
Next Rnd: (K1, K2tog) to end. (12 sts)
Finish stuffing.
Next Rnd: K2tog to end. (6 sts)
Cut yarn and pull tail through remaining stitches. Sew in loose end.



Solid Egg:

With main color, CO 6 sts across three DPNs.
Rnd 1: K to end.
Rnd 2: (RLI) to end. (12 sts)
Rnd 3: (K1, RLI) to end. (18 sts)
Rnd 4: K to end.
Rnd 5: (K2, RLI) to end. (24 sts)
Rnd 6: K to end.
Rnd 7: (K3, RLI) to end. (30 sts)
K 11 rnds.
Next Rnd: (K3, K2tog) to end. (24 sts)
K 3 rnds.
Tie in cast on end. Add stuffing.
Next Rnd: (K2, K2tog) to end. (18 sts)
K 2 rnds.
Next Rnd: (K1, K2tog) to end. (12 sts)
Finish stuffing.
Next Rnd: K2tog to end. (6 sts)
Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches. Sew in loose end.


easter basket eggs knit bird rabbit bunny chick flower girls sundress
Here are some finished striped eggs in an Easter basket.

easter basket eggs knit bird rabbit bunny carrots duck boy farmer
More finished eggs in a basket, some striped and some solid.

This project is a great one to customize. I made most of my eggs in light pastel colors, but bright colors would look great as well. I even did some browns which could be chocolate eggs or natural eggs without dye. No matter what colors you choose, I hope you enjoy making these fun little eggs! Happy knitting!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

A boy's knitted Easter

Last year I posted about an Easter basket full of knitted things. It was absolutely lovely, but very girly. So this year I wanted to make one that was more boy friendly. This basket has a bunny in overalls, some carrots, several knitted eggs and a reversible duck and bunny toy.

hand knit easter basket boy farmer bunny rabbit carrots eggs duck

hand knit easter basket boy farmer bunny rabbit carrots eggs duck

The bunny is the same Debbie Bliss pattern (from her book Toy Knits) that I used last year, except in a darker color and wearing overalls instead of a sundress. The eggs are also the same pattern that I used for the girl's basket, but I used blue, green, white and brown. Instead of the chicks that I used last year, I added the reversible duck and bunny toy, a free pattern from Susan B. Anderson. It is a very fun, quick and easy knit. And instead of flowered hair clips, I made the knit carrots. 

Most of these items are currently available in my Etsy shop. I have also been editing the Easter egg pattern and will post it as a free pattern soon. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A set of reversibles

One of the custom orders that I had last year was for a set of three reversible toys. These are such fun toys to knit! They are from the book Itty-Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson. I've made a few of these as gifts. They are always received with joy and wonder as the recipient figures out that they turn inside out to reveal a second creature. 

For this special order I made a lion and elephant, a frog and turtle, and a ladybug and bumblebee. The ladybug and bumblebee combo wasn't a pattern in the book. To make them I just changed the colors of some of the pieces and made some antennae and wings. There are so many other fun reversible options that I want to try.

hand knit toy reversible lion elephant

hand knit toy reversible lion elephant

hand knit toy reversible lion elephant

hand knit toy reversible lion elephant

hand knit toy reversible frog turtle

hand knit toy reversible frog turtle

hand knit toy reversible frog turtle

hand knit toy reversible frog turtle

hand knit toy reversible bumblebee bee ladybug

hand knit toy reversible bumblebee bee ladybug

hand knit toy reversible bumblebee bee ladybug

hand knit toy reversible bumblebee bee ladybug

hand knit toy reversible bumblebee bee ladybug

I hope to finish some more of these soon to put in my shop. They don't seem to stay there very long though!


Sunday, February 23, 2014

A herd of animal puppets


Another one of the special orders I had during the busy time before Christmas was for a set of seven hand puppets. The first time I made these hand puppets was for my nephew a few years back. I made him a set of farm animals including a sheep, cow, horse and pig. I was working on editing the pattern and made another set which I put up for sale individually in my etsy shop. All the others had sold except for the sheep when a customer asked if I could make any other animals. I told them of the ones that I had already made and said that I could also make other animals if they had something in mind. They requested the farm animals plus a lion, an elephant and a bear.

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm lion elephant bear pig cow horse sheep

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm lion elephant bear pig cow horse sheep

hand knit hand puppets toy animals elephant

hand knit hand puppets toy animals elephant

hand knit hand puppets toy animals elephant

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm pig

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm pig

hand knit hand puppets toy animals lion

hand knit hand puppets toy animals lion

hand knit hand puppets toy animal lion

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm cow

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm cow

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm horse

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm horse

hand knit hand puppets toy animals farm horse

hand knit hand puppets toy animals bear

hand knit hand puppets toy animals bear

hand knit hand puppets toy animals bear


I still need to finish editing the pattern for sale, and now I have a few more animals to add to the options. I'll probably end up doing a few different sets that use the same basic pattern.  There are so many options!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Custom footballs

My knit footballs have been one of my most popular items. They always sell quickly whenever I have them in my shop. (I actually need to finish a few to put on there now, since the last one sold out a couple of months ago.) The pattern for the footballs has also been one of my best sellers. 

I recently had a couple of custom orders for some knit footballs. The first was for a set of footballs to use as ring bearer pillows. I made the footballs the same way I normally do, but simply added a crochet chain string to use as a tie for the rings. 

hand knit football stuffed ring bearer pillow


hand knit football stuffed ring bearer pillow

The next football related custom order that I had was for a pink and white football. I like this kind of custom order.  It is really simple to make something in a different color as long as I have the yarn (and I keep quite a large stash so that I have yarn available for custom orders) and the customer gets exactly what they want.

hand knit football stuffed pink white

hand knit football stuffed pink white

hand knit football stuffed pink white

I have thought about also making these footballs in team specific colors, but I haven't had any requests for that yet. It would be really easy to do, but I'm not sure which teams customers would be interested in. Perhaps it will be a custom order someday.

Friday, January 31, 2014

A doll for Christmas

For my niece's Christmas gift I decided to use one of the dolls that I had been working on earlier in the year. I had a few dresses already finished and was able to whip out a couple more in the days before Christmas. There are so many possibilities for outfits and they are so quick to knit it was easy to come up with a nice set of clothes.

With her doll I included three dresses, a skirt, a sweater, a shirt that can also double as a sweater, two headbands and a pair of shoes.

hand knit doll dress clothes

hand knit doll dress clothes

hand knit doll dress clothes

hand knit doll dress clothes

hand knit doll dress clothes

hand knit doll dress clothes

hand knit doll dress clothes

hand knit doll dress clothes

hand knit doll dress clothes

hand knit doll dress clothes

hand knit doll dress clothes

hand knit doll dress clothes

hand knit doll dress clothes

The doll was wearing a lovely Christmasy outfit when I gave her to my niece. She absolutely loved her new doll! 

I've sort of been taking a break from the doll project to work on other things, but I'm sure I'll be working more on them in the future.