Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Free Froggy Pattern

I have another new pattern out! The Froggy pattern is now available as a free download on the Knit Picks Website. It's a really fun and quick knit. It is also fairly simple, so it's great for beginners.

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frog, froggy, toad, knit, green, pattern, free, toy, knit picks

frog, froggy, toad, knit, green, pattern, free, toy, knit picks

frog, froggy, toad, knit, green, pattern, free, toy, knit picks

The body and head are knit in one piece from the bottom up and stuffed along the way. The eyes, arms and legs are worked separately and then sewn on. The fingers are made with I-Cords and are worked as part of the arms and legs (not separately) so that there aren't lots of ends to sew in. All pieces are worked in the round on double point needles.

Hope you all enjoy this wonderful little toy!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Birthday Gifts

It was a bit challenging figuring out what to make my nephew this year for his birthday. He has plenty of stuffed toys and doesn't need any more (I've been told that he insists on taking his dinosaur, dog and football to bed with him every night.) His parents requested something he could play with outside, so I decided to make him some discs that he can use in the yard. I crocheted this project instead of knitting it. That way I was better able to make a firm fabric that would fly through the air nicely. It also helped make the really awesome swirl pattern. My hands aren't used to crocheting, so by the third disc they were a bit sore. It was worth it though, the discs turned out great and my nephew immediately began throwing them around.

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disc, frisbee, crochet, crocheted, toy, blue, green

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disc, frisbee, crochet, crocheted, toy, blue, white

For my niece's birthday she requested a purse. Purple and yellow with a blue button. Purple is one of my favorite colors, and it pairs nicely with yellow. I used some artistic license, however, with the button choice. All of the blue buttons that I found just ruined the lovely purple purse. Then I found a yellow button that matched the darker yellow perfectly. I was much happier with the final product, and my niece either didn't remember her original request or simply didn't care. She seemed very pleased with her new accessory.

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Finished purse with button.

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Purse before felting.

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Purse after felting.

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Before

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After

Felted projects are always fun. It is amazing how much the fabric changes from one little run through the washer. Making this purse made me want to do more felting. Maybe I will make a purse for myself. Green with purple stripes would look nice. It may be a while before I get to that though. With the holidays a few months away, my knitting time is filling up quickly!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Puppy Dog Playset Pattern now available!

It took a lot longer than I anticipated, but I finally finished the Puppy Dog Playset Pattern! I'm really happy with the finished product and it was definitely worth all of the hard work. The pattern is 18 pages long. It includes a title page with table of contents, pattern information, written instructions for the Beagle, a chart for the Beagle, written directions for a plain dog, written directions for accessories as well as abbreviations. I formatted the pattern so that the knitter can choose which sections they want to use so that they don't have to print the whole 18 pages. If you only want to knit a solid colored dog, you don't need to print the Beagle instructions and chart.


knit beagle dog toy stuffed food water dishes pattern

knit beagle dog toy stuffed pattern

knit beagle dog toy stuffed pattern

knit beagle dog toy stuffed pattern

knit beagle dog toy stuffed pattern

I made quite a few changes to the original pattern to get all the shaping the way that I wanted it. The idea is still the same, but everything looks a lot smoother. I added some short rows to the front legs to make them attach to the body at a slight angle the way the back legs do. I also added short rows to all four feet so they would look more paw like. Short rows now shape the stomach of the puppy and are still used to form the top of the head. I know that's a lot of short rows, but I find that it is a very useful technique when shaping three dimensional objects.


knit dog toy stuffed pattern

knit dog toy stuffed pattern

knit dog toy stuffed pattern

By far my favorite feature of this pattern is the food and water dishes. I love that kids will be able to feed and water their toy puppy. The dishes are great for make-believe play.

knit dog toy stuffed food water dishes pattern
Empty food and water dishes.

knit dog toy stuffed food water dishes pattern
Food and water.

knit dog toy stuffed food water dishes pattern
Some of the first versions of the puppy.

knit dog toy stuffed food water dishes pattern
More puppies.

I made several puppies in the process of working out the shaping. At one point I didn't have enough yarn in any neutral colors, so I made a pink puppy and a blue puppy. All the puppies will have bowls and collars soon and should be added to my etsy shop in time for the holidays.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Knitting

Summer break is here! That means lots of time for morning bike rides, working in the yard, and most importantly, knitting. Most of my knitting this summer will be focused on designing, writing and editing patterns. I have several projects in the works, and I hope to come up with some new ideas as well.

As a fitting beginning to my summer of knitting design, today the second KnitPicks pattern collection that I have been a part of was released! It is called the CotLin 2014 Collection. My pattern is the Lacy Baseball Tee. It has lacy sleeves and a basic striped body with a keyhole detail in the back.

This is the first garment that I've designed, and I'm very happy with how it turned out! Even though it took a lot of work to sort out all of the details, I'm already thinking of other garment design ideas that I would like to try in the future. It is so fun to see something transform from a sketch in a notebook to a professionally photographed garment!






I've got a few more projects in the works for future KnitPicks collections that I will be working on in the next couple of months. I also have a couple of stuffed toy patterns that I plan to release independently soon. Not to mention several pattern ideas that have been on the back burner for a while. We'll see how many I have time to actually finish. Right now it feels like I have all the time in the world. Summer always goes by too quickly, though, so I'll enjoy it while I can.

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.


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Here are some finished striped eggs in an Easter basket.

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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!