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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 – 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 9

Attaching the legs;

Dependant on how you work best this step can be quite difficult to get the right positioning for the legs, it is a good idea to use large knitting clips to pin the two legs in place. It is obvious that the feet need to be facing forwards and that the thigh position is set equally on the body position.

Once you are happy that you have the correct position put the needle in at the nearest back point of the seam and push through catching the leg to secure in the front position. This will pin the leg into place, the leg can now be stitched into place in a circular line ensuring you stitch positioning evenly to ensure a symmetrical finish.

Once the first leg is in place position it is easier to set the second with equal proportions, it is essential to space them to fall evenly but it does take a good eye and consistent positioning to get an accurate finish.

As you can see from the photographs, choosing a loop per line on the body, you can stagger the stitches in a circular position with ease ensuring that the finished sew falls without any twisted material. Remember to ensure the feet are facing forwards is a key step it is easy to start sewing up without checking your positioning is correct especially if you are new to making characters.

 

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.

I think the combination of colours work well, although I still have not decided what the finished skeleton will look like as I am still deciding on what hat to creat.

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 7

Previously the filled shoes were sewn directly onto the legs, once they are secure and the excess thread has been removed you can begin to fill the legs. This requires adding a small amount at a time, this will ensure that the shape is not lumpy and uneven.

Once you have add a quarter of the packing you can roll it within the leg to smooth and stretch out any excess, once the legs are full they will be ready to attached to the body. If there was any lumpy parts continue to roll until the legs are firm, if you can see the white of the filling through the leg reduce until only the material is visible.

The next part to be filled is the body, the original is black, orange and white but irrelevant of the colour it is the same make as the pattern. With this part you have to place a large amount of packing into the base firming into shape with your thumb. If you push the filling into the edge of the body and rotate as you add more you will end up with a nice cylindrical shape.

Once the body is full set to one side, this will require reworking in the final attachment to the head. The completion of these pieces really show how well this pattern works, the character already is evident in the made up parts. 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.

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 5

Arms and Jacket;

Saturday has been my first day this week that I have had chance to sit and focus, yesterday I completed the arms, hands and jacket and legs to Sénor Skeleton. With that in mind, I have everything but the hat completed.

The Arms are a straight forward knit, which as with all other panels require reversing before stitching with mattress stitch to the decrease for the shoulders. As the decrease is the section which will require attaching onto the body of the skeleton once the hands and arms are stuffed.

The hands follow on from the sleeves, however I chose to knit them from previous experience of hand patterns, the end product will be similar just take a little longer. It is much easier to complete by using the pattern however as I was completing them by part I chose to cast them off so the panels could not be lost on the needles.

The hands are started after a change to white, they are a gradual increase and work over a few stitches at a time and require tying off at the end of each finger tip. I find it is easier to stitch the fingers upon completion, as there are a lot of excess threads to sew into the inside of the hand, to ensure a neat finish on the completed arm.

The jacket panel is a simple knit which has gradual increases, and casting off at the end of the panel. It will require at least 20 cm of excess threads, as will the arm pieces to ensure you have enough to attach them into their final positions. On completion of these parts there is only the hat to knit, however I will be working on the making up of the main character; as the hat is the final part before the final touches, which are the facial features of the skeleton.

As you can see the choice of colours make a big difference to the style of the finished skeleton, however the is finished the pattern itself is great for those early nights, After a few days of celebration and the preparations for half term I am thankful for a good sit down and a warm cup of tea.

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 4

This morning being the first quiet moment as my daughter got up I decided to build up the shoes, this is a relatively small knit although it has a few complex increase rows which take concentration to complete. After around and hour both pieces were complete.

As you can see there is a decrease of stitches on the second row, leaving the excess at 20 cm for making up, start were you tie off, folding the stitches knit side in ensure the stitching does not cover the leg opening and mattress stitch the shoe seam to completion.

The easiest way to remember is to follow the reduction along the shoe line until you reach the centre of the base of the shoe. Once both are completed you should have two tiny little booties, that are ready to fit to the base of the legs, once the stuffing is in place.

The next pieces are the jacket and arms, which will take a reasonable amount of time to complete being three pieces. So I will return to my project as soon as I get a moment but until then this is the character pieces so far, it is better to secure the shoes using the excess from the base of the trousers so any excess wool can be cut back after tying off.

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