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Halloween knit; Part 2

My knitted character is finally taken shape, I have reversed the front seam as it made a bodice effect. Luckily my colour changes work well with the base shape of the body, packing the shoulders and using a seam at the decrease row to define the chest was relatively easy. Following the seam throughout the back added central definition to the chest, all in all the knit pattern was simple to modify through adjusting and padding as required.

The shoulder colour pattern is added to the arms creating a great visual of an off the shoulder dress. I chose not to add the skeletal arm and leg of the corpse bride as it would be too vulgar and as a Halloween decoration she requires a little adaptation. I intended to build a flesh tone version to dress however we shall see how this knit goes. I fancy creating a version off the patchwork dress from nightmare before Christmas.

The hands are simple but effective, twisted and gnarly as the genre requires. I have to say it really looking Good, even my youngest is fascinated by it. Anyway I have planned the leg pattern already created my own visual pattern with photos to reference so I can use it again. Today food is our focus as we settle in to enjoy our Sunday, I will build the rest as and when I can.

Happy knitting!

Cheryl

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Halloween knit: Emily/ Corpse Bride

Tim Burton’s inspired corpse bride: Emily;

As my daughter begins to crawl it is time to find a small project what better than a Halloween knitting pattern creation. After seeing an amazing homemade cake of Tim Burton’s character I felt an urge to transform it into wool, so this morning I started on my first pieces.

I will change the colours of the hair to create another nightmare before Christmas character, either way my larger patterns will be in True to form in Mary Shelley ideal, create your own characters by building up a collection of patterns, until you have a completed character or a selection of part patterns suitable to devise your own…

Whether from leftovers to shop bought wool, create your own unique character at your craft level. The more you create, the better the pattern, but for know I enjoy my hobby enough to share, given a few moments as my youngest begins to start moving I can create a few new pieces.

Obviously their are much more intricate patterns, as my previous posts show my skill set was built around the masters, this pattern was created using a picture for reference from experience with no other point for reference.

So if you fancy learning to build your own dolls, whether for home or work, the first pattern would be a great story addition.

Happy Knitting!

Cheryl

 

 

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Easter egg Brooders!

A few hours of knitting and finding an old knitting pattern donated from my sister in law and I have made a few egg brooders for my youngest to play with. It has been nice to take a little time as my youngest sleeps to make something new. I additionally found a formatted pattern on;

ref; http://www.dublin.mothersunion.ie/pdf/KNITTED_CHICK_WITH_CREME_EGG_FOR_EASTER.pdf

Brood Base;

Cast On 26 stitches

Knit 1, increase 1 stitch, Knit to end

Pearl 1 row, increase 1 stitch, pearl to end

  • repeat last two rows 5 times (36 stitches).

Tail;

Knit 2, slip 2 stitches, knit to end

Pearl 2, slip 1 stitch, pearl to end

  • repeat last 2 rows twice. (36 stitches)

Head;

Knit 4 rows

Cast off ten stitches on the next two rows (16 stitches in centre)

repeat on pearl row

Knit 1, knit 2 stitches together, knit 2 together, knit 1 on last three stitches.

repeat until eight stitches remain

cast off (8 stitches)

Beak;

Cast on 7 stitches

Stitch to stitch three rows

cast off 7 stitches

To Make;

Step 1; Using mattress stitch with the material knit side in and follow from cast on to the top of the head.

Step 2; Turn it the knit side out and stuff a small handful of stuffing and stitch the head at a graduate drop from the neck. Once secure centralise the beak stitching down to the last 5mm. Use the last of the thread to stitch the eyes, knotting through as you go.

Step 3; For a tidy finish sew through the back of the neck and pull tightly, to cut off the excess thread to secure inside the stuffing and out of view.

These were made with; UK 6 needles as they were the nearest size available and are more suited to the plastic egg or cup egg sizes than the Cadbury originals. I however find them perfect as knitted characters to add to a nest or Easter prop for your collection. I shall be reducing the cast on and building myself a Bunny Brooder over the weekend and maybe a unicorn for one of my daughters if I get the time.

Cast on using a three or four size needle and I feel they will be perfect for Cadbury eggs, I found this on a simple knit of around an hour maximum. This is perfect for a dinnertime knit or to complete in an evening, the larger the needles the larger the character. If you used a sized ten needle with a stiff Arran wool they would easily make cup or tea cosy size covers with a few additional cast on stitches to the pattern.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Cheryl

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Knitted Chicks; Egg Brooders!

A few hours of knitting and finding an old knitting pattern donated from my sister in law and I have made a few egg brooders for my youngest to play with. It has been nice to take a little time as my youngest sleeps to make something new. I additionally found a formatted pattern on;

ref; http://www.dublin.mothersunion.ie/pdf/KNITTED_CHICK_WITH_CREME_EGG_FOR_EASTER.pdf

Brood Base;

Cast On 26 stitches

Knit 1, increase 1 stitch, Knit to end

Pearl 1 row, increase 1 stitch, pearl to end

  • repeat last two rows 5 times (36 stitches).

Tail;

Knit 2, slip 2 stitches, knit to end

Pearl 2, slip 1 stitch, pearl to end

  • repeat last 2 rows twice. (36 stitches)

Head;

Knit 4 rows

Cast off ten stitches on the next two rows (16 stitches in centre)

repeat on pearl row

Knit 1, knit 2 stitches together, knit 2 together, knit 1 on last three stitches.

repeat until eight stitches remain

cast off (8 stitches)

Beak;

Cast on 7 stitches

Stitch to stitch three rows

cast off 7 stitches

To Make;

Step 1; Using mattress stitch with the material knit side in and follow from cast on to the top of the head.

Step 2; Turn it the knit side out and stuff a small handful of stuffing and stitch the head at a graduate drop from the neck. Once secure centralise the beak stitching down to the last 5mm. Use the last of the thread to stitch the eyes, knotting through as you go.

Step 3; For a tidy finish sew through the back of the neck and pull tightly, to cut off the excess thread to secure inside the stuffing and out of view.

These were made with; UK 6 needles as they were the nearest size available and are more suited to the plastic egg or cup egg sizes than the Cadbury originals. I however find them perfect as knitted characters to add to a nest or Easter prop for your collection. I shall be reducing the cast on and building myself a Bunny Brooder over the weekend and maybe a unicorn for one of my daughters if I get the time.

Cast on using a three or four size needle and I feel they will be perfect for Cadbury eggs, I found this on a simple knit of around an hour maximum. This is perfect for a dinnertime knit or to complete in an evening, the larger the needles the larger the character. If you used a sized ten needle with a stiff Arran wool they would easily make cup or tea cosy size covers with a few additional cast on stitches to the pattern.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Cheryl

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Knit – Free Santa bag, New flexible Pattern

 Beard; (white/cream)

Cast on 12 stitches,

Pearl 1 row,

Increase 1 stitch beginning and the end

Pearl 1 row

Repeat last 2 rows until forty stitches.

leave 20cm of wool to stitch if making a folded bag

Face;

Stitch first 10 in white,

Add flesh colour knit 8, increase in next 4 stitches, knit 8 (44 stitches)

Change to white for 10 stitches.

(White) Stitch 10,(Flesh) Knit 8, increase in 8, knit 8, (white) knit 10 (52 stitches)

Stitch to stitch 3 rows.

(White) Knit 10 stitches,(Flesh) knit 12, knit 2 tog 4 times, knit 12,(White) knit 10. (44 stitches)

Pearl 1 row

(White) Knit 10 stitches, knit 10 (flesh) knit 2 tog twice stitches, knit 10, (white) knit 10       (40 stitches)

Pearl 1 row

Stitch to stitch 6 rows

Leave 20cm of wool if making a folded bag

Hat;

Change to fluffy white; stitch to stitch 5 rows

Change to red; pearl 1 row

Decrease beginning and end stitches

Repeat last two rows three times.

Cast off.

leave 10cm per colour to stitch if making a folded bag

This pattern can be transformed into a small stocking by folding in half and stitching with mattress stitch. I thought it would make a great sweet holder for the tree.

Alternatively using a few layers of material it could be made into a cushion or small present bag. Ensure all stitching is added with the knit face inside so it can be turned inside out on completion, this will keep all stitching inside the bag or cushion. Turning it right side out fill and stitch or button the seam as required.

Finally it could be hung as a banner by adding two loops to hold a twig, with a 25 cm length of crochet string to hang it from. But for my first Santa panel I chose to fold it and make a sweet stocking for our tree, I think those cone sweet packs would fit perfectly.

Whether made into a cushion or a bag I feel his character is clearly defined in this festive knit, completed in just a few hours. The eyes will be added at a later date…when my daughter finally has her nap!

Happy Crafting!

Cheryl

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Knit – Free Poppy Pattern!

This pattern was designed due to a world war 2 trip my daughter is attended recently, as the beret I bought did not hold it’s shape very well I decided to add a knitted flower to give it added form.

However with the up and coming Remembrance day on the 11th of November;

Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”, in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. (“At the 11th hour” refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am.) The First World War officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.[2]

With the sale of fund raising poppies been on for a week, several of which we have already purchased. I felt it was a good time to re-post the pattern, I am planning on making a few small token projects using the pattern.

As previously discussed the only patterns I have are for crochet poppies, I decided to have a go at making my own:

First Petal;

Cast on 12 stitches. (Red Wool)

Pearl one row

Increase beginning (beg.) stitch, knit 5, increase 1, Knit 5, Increase end stitch. (15 stitches)

Pearl One Row (15 stitches)

Increase beg. stitch, knit 7, increase 1, Knit 6, Increase end stitch. (18 stitches)

Pearl one row (18 stitches)

Increase beg. stitch, knit 8, increase 1, Knit 8 Increase end stitch. (21 stitches)

Pearl 1 row (21 stitches)

Thread through the stitches and tie off. (leaving 20cm of thread to finish)

Second Petal;

Cast on 12 stitches. (Red Wool)

Pearl one row.

Increase beg. stitch, knit 5, increase 1, Knit 5, Increase end stitch. (15 stitches)

Pearl One Row (15 stitches)

Increase beg. stitch, knit 7, increase 1, Knit 6, Increase end stitch. (18 stitches)

Pearl one row (18 stitches)

Increase beg. stitch, knit 8, increase 1, Knit 8 Increase end stitch. (21 stitches)

Pearl one row (21 stitches)

Increase beg. stitch, knit 10, increase 1, Knit 9 Increase end stitch. (24 stitches)

Pearl one row (24 stitches)

Increase beg. stitch, knit 11, Increase 1 stitch, Knit 11 Increase end stitch. (27 stitches)

Thread through the stitches and tie off. (leaving 20cm of thread to finish)

Poppy Heart;

Cast on 12 stitches. (Brown Wool)

Pearl one row.

Knit one row.

Pearl one row.

Knit 2 together to end.

Thread needle through stitches and loosely stitch the exterior stitches to cup the centre


To make up;

The first petal loop is sewn through the second petal, to make a snowman shape when linked together. It is essential to keep the stitching neat if it is to be added to a pin or brooch. The heart is then sat in the centre of the flower, using red thread to the centre loop of the flower by the exterior stitches of the cup until secure. Once satisfied in the shape of the poppy secure the flower cut back the excess wool.


To add leaves;

Cast on 2 stitches. (Green Wool)

Pearl one row.

Increase beginning stitch, Increase end stitch. (knitting the stitches between)

Pearl one row.

Repeat for seven rows.

Decrease beginning stitch, decrease end stitch. (knitting the stitches between)

Pearl one row.

Repeat until last stitch and cast off.

To Make up;

Attach to the back of the flower ensuring they stretch out form between the conjoined petals.

To add a Stem;

Cast on twenty stitches (Brown wool)

Knit 4 rows and Cast off

To make up;

Stitch together edge to edge and tie off. (leaving 20cm to work)

Secure to the back of the flower at the centre of the heart. (cutting back excess wool)

 

As you can see it turned out quite well, although the picture does not do it justice due to the sparkly red wool that I chose. It took less than twenty minutes to make, for seasoned knitters you basically increase stitches at the beginning, centre and end for the petals and pearl between the knit rows.

It would not take long to produce a whole basket and repeating the second petal three times, around the centre heart you could make a large more symmetrical  oriental poppy instead. Whatever the use this quick project is one I will use again as it so simple to create, it is ideal for using up old wool and could easily be strung together to add a table drape or as a cascade arrangement on several strings across a ribbon.

Just a few things I may try if I get a little time!

Happy Knitting!

Cheryl

ref; Wikipedia – Remembrance Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Knit – Sénor Skeleton – Part 10

Arms;

As the final pieces are put together, The new character is in need of some arms and once I added the hands to the arms I began to prepare them for sewing. Lay the body on its side and position the arm centrally around four rows down from the collar. Once in position stitch the flat top of the arm.

I find it easier to sew the back into position following a stitch line of loops on the jacket it can be secured neatly along to the reduced point. Following a set line stitch the under arm position and add enough stuffing to pack out the arm and shoulder.

The arm requires to be full enough to maintain a good shape, once you are satisfied stitch up the final side following s stitch line and tie off through the under arm neatly. Once complete repeat with the second arm removing the excess thread as required.

Hat;

Now if you have made this original to the pattern you will have a wonderful mariachi hat to add to the character. This being my second skeleton I thought I would make my own style hat, it has the shape of a Pharaoh’s; Queen Nefertiti as it has straight side and peaks at the back.

To make;

Cast on 46 stitches – Purple

Knit 3 rows in garter stitch (knit rows only).

Change to ascent colour (emerald green) Pearl 1 row.

Knit 3 rows in garter stitch (knit rows only).

Change to purple -Pearl 1 row.

Stitch to stitch for 10 rows.

Increase beginning stitch and end stitch of the next 6 rows.

knit 3 rows in garter stitch (knit rows only)

Cast off.

 

Flat top;

Crochet;

Chain stitch – 5 links,

Double chain, single chain – link to the circle.

Repeat this line until you have around a  5cm diameter circle

Allow 10 cm of excess thread, tie off the final loop.

Stitch into the top of the hat from the fold seam, until returning to the seam thread through the underside of the top and secure.

Making up;

I have left the lower third of the face visible to add small features and give the impression of an extended head. So finally I will make up an ornate skirt and detail the character, but for now it is a complete skeleton requiring a few final touches.

To achieve the best results;

  1. Ensure your material is knit face out.
  2. Ensure your positioning is accurate before you attach the pieces.
  3. Try not to over pack the pieces.
  4. Leave on all excess thread for the final sewing of the pieces.
  5. Once secure tightly draw the threads to cut and relax it back inside the finished piece.

Again if you wish to make your own Halloween project today, with this day of the dead inspired character! You will find the website link below, whether you are seasoned or a novice it is worth the time and attention as the nights draw in to create something unique for your family!

AlanDart.co.uk\Holiday knits (Sénor Skeleton) for £2.50.

The information on this project should give you enough detail to complete any of the projects on the website, whether you choose the Noah’s ark an epic sized knit or one of the many fairy tale of celebratory characters the focus and attention to detail is the same.

Happy Creating!

Cheryl

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Knit – Sénor Skeleton – Part 8

 Making up the Head;

The head is quite a difficult part to complete, obviously it requires packing firmly to show the shape. Once it is full and firm you can sew the neck to the base of the body, it is essential that with all centralised parts you ensure the seam is linked at the back of the character.

The neck;

Using two straws place a hole in the centre of the body for them to sit ensuring there is enough stuffing below to prevent them popping through the bottom. If you have added the bean bag, it should sit neatly against the top of the bag, however if not an inch of filling below should be sufficient.

Once in place pad around the straws in the neck until firm maintaining the body shape slopes to allow for the shoulders. The straws can then be looped around tightly to restrict the movement in the neck space, after stretching out the rest of the straw you are ready to add the skull.

Making  an indent in the filling of the skull, you can post the remaining straw into place and attach the top of the neck to the base of the skull. With equal stitches these should link together perfectly once you have linked the seams at the back. Sew around externally through each loop starting at the back seam and working your way back to the seam, tying off on completion.

The thread can then be pulled taught and cut closely against the fabric to hide the excess thread. The body and head now firmly in position it should be fully supported with the straw holding them up perfectly. This is an important stage for the structure, it is the weakest point of the make as once the straws have been flexed it can become floppy.

Jacket;

The cape has several staggered layers for this I chose to add buttons to secure it without extensive stitching to the body. Using the excess thread secure it to the same position on the opposite side of the decrease. Once the jacket is set in position you can sew the first button tightly into place, after sewing through the eyes, loop around the button and tie through to the back of the button twice and cut off the excess threads.

The second button is positioned at the second decrease, repeat as above sewing through the eyes and tying off at the back. The excess threads on the jacket can now be cut back, however I tend to knot through the knit at the final loop to ensure the panel does not unravel.

As with all makes it is all about the finish, removing the threads once secured to the panels will allow you to cut away without having to reknit which often happens if the cast off knot is loose.

To achieve the best results;

  1. Ensure your material is knit face out.
  2. Ensure your positioning is accurate before you attach the pieces.
  3. Try not to over pack the pieces.
  4. Leave on all excess thread for the final sewing of the pieces.
  5. Once secure tightly draw the threads to cut and relax it back inside the finished piece.

Again if you wish to make your own Halloween project today, with this day of the dead inspired character! You will find the website link below, whether you are seasoned or a novice it is worth the time and attention as the nights draw in to create something unique for your family!

AlanDart.co.uk\Holiday knits (Sénor Skeleton) for £2.50.

Happy Halloween!

Cheryl

 

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Knit – Sénor Skeleton – Part 6

Cushion Filling;

As my husband had popped to the range to collect me the filling for my new Skeleton, it was around £6 per bag on the last purchase which I usually buy a couple of bags so I have plenty to knit with over winter. As once the weather draws in I generally spend my free time between writing and knitting, as days at the allotment are rare.

Shoes;

The first step is to cut out a cardboard foot to fit the base of the shoe, if you wish to be able to wash you character it is probably best to use a plastic base. This will allow you to get it wet without losing the structure of the foot, as cardboard will disintegrate in the wash.

Once the sole of the shoe is reinforced you can add the filling, pressing down on it to firm it into position. The key is to add a little at a time to ensure a firm but not over pack the finish, pressing the outside of the shoe to ensure the form is firm and that the filling is not visible.

Legs;

The legs require setting knit side out, with the seam drawn to the back of the shoe. The key here is to stitch together the final two loops of the cast of row, this leaves one horizontal stitch visible that creates a defined lip to the shoe. As I used the thin end of the leg to the shoe occasionally you have to add two stitches per loop to ensure that the sides are in a good position.

As you complete the final stitch neatly and tightly tie up the back and sew through to the outside, once secure you can pull the excess thread through tightly and cut it back close to the panel, this draws in the final thread once relaxed it returns into the finished leg. This method is good when adding the facial details on completed items, although you have to be careful with the darker colours on white for example as they can often still be seen through the material.

Once both shoes are secure you are ready for the next stage, it really is a small part completing the build, as once you have your collection of pieces you can move through the various stages quickly. It is easy to ensure a good finish if you stick to these rules;

  1. Ensure your material is knit face out.
  2. Ensure your positioning is accurate before you attach the pieces.
  3. Try not to over pack the pieces.
  4. Leave on all excess thread for the final sewing of the pieces.
  5. Once secure tightly draw the threads to cut and relax it back inside the finished piece.

So, as you can see the legs are the next step, I could have continued them on however I want to be able to detail each area and support the description with a visual representation.

Again if you wish to make your own Halloween project today, with this day of the dead inspired character! You will find the website link below, whether you are seasoned or a novice it is worth the time and attention as the nights draw in to create something unique for your family!

AlanDart.co.uk\Holiday knits (Sénor Skeleton) for £2.50.

Happy Halloween!

Cheryl

Knitting Pattern

Poppy Knitting Pattern!

This pattern has been designed due to a world war 2 trip my daughter is attending soon, as the beret I bought did not hold it’s shape very well I decided to add a knitted flower to give it added form.

As the only patterns I have are for crochet poppies, I decided to have a go at making my own:

First Petal;

Cast on 12 stitches. (Red Wool)

Pearl one row

Increase beginning (beg.) stitch, knit 5, increase 1, Knit 5, Increase end stitch. (15 stitches)

Pearl One Row (15 stitches)

Increase beg. stitch, knit 7, increase 1, Knit 6, Increase end stitch. (18 stitches)

Pearl one row (18 stitches)

Increase beg. stitch, knit 8, increase 1, Knit 8 Increase end stitch. (21 stitches)

Pearl 1 row (21 stitches)

Thread through the stitches and tie off. (leaving 20cm of thread to finish)

Second Petal;

Cast on 12 stitches. (Red Wool)

Pearl one row.

Increase beg. stitch, knit 5, increase 1, Knit 5, Increase end stitch. (15 stitches)

Pearl One Row (15 stitches)

Increase beg. stitch, knit 7, increase 1, Knit 6, Increase end stitch. (18 stitches)

Pearl one row (18 stitches)

Increase beg. stitch, knit 8, increase 1, Knit 8 Increase end stitch. (21 stitches)

Pearl one row (21 stitches)

Increase beg. stitch, knit 10, increase 1, Knit 9 Increase end stitch. (24 stitches)

Pearl one row (24 stitches)

Increase beg. stitch, knit 11, Increase 1 stitch, Knit 11 Increase end stitch. (27 stitches)

Thread through the stitches and tie off. (leaving 20cm of thread to finish)

Poppy Heart;

Cast on 12 stitches. (Brown Wool)

Pearl one row.

Knit one row.

Pearl one row.

Knit 2 together to end.

Thread needle through stitches and loosely stitch the exterior stitches to cup the centre


To make up;

The first petal loop is sewn through the second petal, to make a snowman shape when linked together. It is essential to keep the stitching neat if it is to be added to a pin or brooch. The heart is then sat in the centre of the flower, using red thread to the centre loop of the flower by the exterior stitches of the cup until secure. Once satisfied in the shape of the poppy secure the flower cut back the excess wool.


To add leaves;

Cast on 2 stitches. (Green Wool)

Pearl one row.

Increase beginning stitch, Increase end stitch. (knitting the stitches between)

Pearl one row.

Repeat for seven rows.

Decrease beginning stitch, decrease end stitch. (knitting the stitches between)

Pearl one row.

Repeat until last stitch and cast off.

To Make up;

Attach to the back of the flower ensuring they stretch out form between the conjoined petals.

To add a Stem;

Cast on twenty stitches (Brown wool)

Knit 4 rows and Cast off

To make up;

Stitch together edge to edge and tie off. (leaving 20cm to work)

Secure to the back of the flower at the centre of the heart. (cutting back excess wool)

 

As you can see it turned out quite well, although the picture does not do it justice due to the sparkly red wool that I chose. It took less than twenty minutes to make, for seasoned knitters you basically increase stitches at the beginning, centre and end for the petals and pearl between the knit rows.

It would not take long to produce a whole basket and repeating the second petal three times, around the centre heart you could make a large more symmetrical  oriental poppy instead. Whatever the use this quick project is one I will use again as it so simple to create, it is ideal for using up old wool and could easily be strung together to add a table drape or as a cascade arrangement on several strings across a ribbon.

Just a few things I may try if I get a little time!

Happy Knitting!

Cheryl