Manny the kitty.

I wanted kittens but I wasn’t allowed get them…. they were perfect!! A tubby fluffy white one with a black tail and a lanky black one. I wanted to call them Manny and Bernard, respectively. (It’s an homage to Manny Bianco and Bernard Black who run Black books, i.e. the book shop in Dylan Moran’s short comedy series…. it’s hilarious, watch it.)

So I made my own kitty. Manny now sits on or couch, cuddled into the fur blanket. He watches your tea for you and keeps your hubby away from your snacks!

I found this cute pattern. It has a slight typo in the row number for the head. You’ll have to knit 14 rows, decrease 4 rows, increase 4 rows, knit 14 rows.

Also the tail is slightly confusing. What she means is:   cast 16 st. knit a full row, knit 10, turn, knit back along those 10, knit a full row… repeat that 3 times in total.

She doesn’t say to turn your work inside out after sewing up the edges. I did, I always find it gives a nicer edge and makes it rounder…. I guess it depends on how you sew along the edges.

Its a cute idea and you can make many colours. You could make a striped one or a really fluffy one using furry wool.

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Phone-gobbling Phone Cover

I don’t know about you, but I am constantly paranoid that I’m going to scratch the touchscreen on my phone. Because of this, I came up with this quick and easy pattern for a phone cover!

Materials used:

  • 3.75mm needles
  • 25g of Bergere de France yarn in Angélite
  • Yarn needle

Pattern:

  1. Cast on 19 stitches.
  2. For your rib, K1, P1 and repeat to the end of the row. Start next row P1, K1 and repeat to end. Repeat this once more.
  3. K to end.
  4. P to end.
  5. Repeat 3 and 4 until you reach the desired length.
  6. Once desired length is reached, do a second set of ribbing, as in 2.
  7. Cast off.
  8. Turn your length of knitting “inside out” and use the whip stitch to sew your work together. I overlapped the ribbing on the opening of the phone cover to make sure the phone would stay secure inside it. It also looks a bit like a mouth. See?

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I think, in future designs, I’ll make a colour change at the ribs and attach eyes, knitted arms and legs to it, so it can look like a real phone-gobbling monster!!

If you make your own version of this, please show me. I love seeing a fresh take on things! 🙂

Project update

I’m sorry I’ve been too busy to write a proper blog post, so I thought I’d show you some of the things I’ve made in the last few weeks 🙂

After the pokéball, I tried my hand at some more amigurumi. First I made a shark and narwhal.

Then I made this cow for my aunt’s birthday!

The patterns I used were from here (for fishies) and here (cow).

I also made three cowls, one of which is a moebius cowl with this pattern. I also used this pattern to make a big slouchy hat in the same colour. I’m quite happy with how it turned out!

At the moment, I’m knitting a chunky grey scarf out of a kit I was given from Aldi. It came complete with the correct needles and everything! As you can guess, I have been busy, so I hope you’ll forgive me for my absence from the blogosphere! 🙂

Snowball Scarf

If, like me, you HATE being cold in winter, this little project is a quick and easy must for you to do!

What you need:

  • Snowball (Scarf-In-A-Ball) wool 200 g in whatever colour you like
  • 8 mm (UK 0/US 11) needles
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
Pattern:
  1. Before you begin, cut off 10 strips of wool, 4 baubles in length each for fringing  when you finish the scarf.
  2. Make 5 stitches. To cast on, make loops with the thin part of the wool, twisting them around the needles twice.
  3. 1st row, knit stitch using thin section A for the first stitch, B for the second stitch, etc  (below)
  4. 2nd row, purl in the same way as above.
  5. Repeat these two rows to the end of the wool, leaving at least one thin section of wool free for fastening off.
  6. Secure the fringes you made earlier to the scarf at each of the 5 stitches still on the needle and attach the other 5 to the thin sections between the baubles at the cast on the edge (as below).                                                                                                       
  7. Sew the last thin section of wool into the base of the last stitch and the thin section at the beginning of the cast on row into the first stitch.
And there you have it!
Apologies for my makeshift diagrams. All I had to work with was MS Paint!

How to knit a beard

I have a “Faschings shoot” coming up in my Archery club (kinda like Karnival in Germany) and you have to be masked! You also still need to be able to see and hold a bow so I decided to knit myself a beard and sew it to one of my hats. (dont have enough time to make the hat too).

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I found this pattern online on eHow. It looked easy so i printed it and set to work. Only when I tried starting the second half of step one did I realise its very confusing. I just went by ear then. Below is what I did, maybe its easier for you to understand that way too. Let me know how it went!

I used two balls of brown wool and used both at the same time, as one, to make my beard thicker and more sturdy. I also used size 5 needles :)

Begin with the mustache part of the hat.

  1. Cast one stitch; then knit front and back (kfb) to make two stitches.
  2. Knit one row.
  3. kfb these to add two more stitches. Should have 4 stitches.
  4. Knit one row.
  5. Kfb first stitch, knit second, kfb third and knit last, should have six stitches now.
  6. Knit three rows.
  7. To decrease rows, knit 2 together, knit one, knit 2 together, should have 4 stitches.
  8. Knit one row.
  9. Knit two together, knit two together should have two stitches.
  10. Knit one row. This is the middle of your mustache.
  11. kfb first stitch, kfb second stitch. should have 4 stitches.
  12. repeat steps 4 to 9
  13. Knit one row and cast off
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The beard part.

  1. Cast on six stitches.
  2. Knit six rows.
  3. Knit three stitches then kfb to add three more stitches.
  4. Knit one row.
  5. kfb last three to add three more stitches.
  6. Knit one row.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have approximately 20 stitches.
  8. Keep checking the width against your face. Once my beard reached the corner of my lips I cast off 5 stitches. Careful that you cast off at the top of the beard, i.e under your nose. Its to make space for your mouth!
  9. Knit three rows (here I knitted until the beard reached the other side of my mouth), cast on five stitches (to replace the ones you took off in step 8.)
  10. Knit until the beard needs to decrease, check by folding the piece over in half.
  11. Knit until the last 4 stitches (careful that this is at the bottom of the beard, the  chin end).
  12. knit 2 together twice to decrease stitches.
  13. Knit one row.
  14. Repeat steps 11 to 13 until you have decreased to 6 stitches.
  15. Knit six rows. Make sure this side is as long as the other after 6 rows, if not, knit some more.
  16. Cast off.

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Using a large sewing needle, sew the separate beard and mustache pieces together at each end of the mustache. I let my mustache overlap onto the beard a little.

Sew the beard onto a beanie hat for wearing comfort.   :)  enjoy your new facial hair!!

Beans the cat

I found this pattern online and wanted to try it. I’ve been planning on making small knitted toys for an animal shelter that sell them to raise funds.

I didnt know how to kfb (knit one front and back) so I checked youtube… and voila. Here is a very easy to understand video.

This is after the cast on and the first 2 rows where you have to kfb. Mind, I’m doing it with straight needles since i dont have double pointed needles or round neeedles… I’ll have to sew along the back too to close it.

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I think I should have added a few row in the middle section because my Beans turned out a little on the short side… pretty short and pretty wide. haha. poor Beans.  I didnt use DK (double knit) wool so my knitting was slimmer and not as chunky. Still cute, the little fat cat.

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I made his tail using a Knitting spool, calld a “strickliesel” in German. I bought it for €2 in Aldi. Its really simple to use and makes a knitted sausage shape, perfect for cat tails  🙂  They also exist in bigger versions, usually called knitting looms, where you can knit a whole hat in an hour. Check youtube for demonstrations.

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As a little tip:

I’m terrible at remembering where I am in a pattern so I use a small calendar to keep track. Its a cheap 2013 pocket calendar that I use to keep track of what row I’ve just completed. I use the day that I started my project on. That way I always know when I started. Any little notebook would work, just remember to add a line each time you finish a row.

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Finger Knitting

First ever attempts at Finger knitting. I searched for it on youtube (I used this link. click here.) No idea what wool I needed so I just used some thin wool I had left over. In retrospect it was waaaay too thin. Definately need much thicker wool, maybe T-shirt Yarn (I’ll show you how to make it some other time).

First I made a trial knit. It ended up way too thin and flopsy because my wool was too thin. You couldn’t really decipher the individual knits or rows. So i decided to use the thin knitted “scarf” to knit again, re-knit the knitted so to speak. It ended as a very small but kinda cool knot.

I knitted a knot. Could maybe be used to decorate gifts or hair pieces and hairbands.  🙂  Enjoy trying it, its really fast and really easy once you’ve done it once.  Also, there are many interesting ideas for finger knitters on Youtube.

 

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