Are your ears cold? If you live in my neck of the woods, they probably are. You may even be spending a bunch of time outside shoveling snow and your ears are REALLY cold, but if you put a hat on, your head gets too warm because you’re doing physical labor. Perfect solution: the Murry Headband. It’s warm and cozy for your tender ears, but won’t mess with your hairdo or make you overheat.
A loose cowl that serves a decorative (rather than thermal) purpose is a great way to bring some warmth to an outfit. I’ve made this one as a gift several times and it has always been well received.
Smash the patriarchy!
Blythe can show her feminism loud and proud with this super cute hat that makes a statement. The March in Washington showed the power of this movement and it doesn’t have to stop there! Keep it going with Blythe! Also fun for cat lovers and cosplay!
Huzzah! It’s another free pattern!
This one was inspired by a friend of mine who is getting hitched soon. I always like to make wash/dish cloths because I find them so handy myself. You can use them for just about anything, they’re a snap to launder, and I think it’s nice to have a bunch on hand for whenever a need arises. I use them for washing my face, scrubbing dishes, dusting, and cleaning a ton of other things around the house. They make great gifts – or treats for yourself!
It’s finally starting to feel like autumn – my favorite season! I was super excited to receive this gorgeous yarn in the mail from Laughing Hens – it’s the perfect fall color and is sooo soft and cozy.
I like to wear a cowl to work during autumn and winter. A lot of cowls are really big and more appropriate for outside wear, so I wanted to make one that works well indoors. This one is cozy and will keep your neck warm, but isn’t so bulky that it feels weird or too hot inside. It’s also stretchy and will easily fit over your hair without messing it up. 🙂
Thanks again to Laughing Hens for sharing this great yarn with me!
Anyone looking for a fun, portable, easy summer knitting pattern that requires almost no thought or effort? And is free? This hat is for you!
You can wear it slouchy or not depending on your style. It’s lightweight and doesn’t smoosh your hair much. It’s designed to work well with Knit Picks Felici self-striping yarn, but should have a lovely effect with any self-striping yarn – OR with any solid or pooling yarn! It’s totally up to you!
Congratulations! You made it to Friday! Sometimes to me that feels like a real accomplishment. To celebrate, here’s a brand new free knitting pattern!
This pattern is for a pair of easy-to-knit leg warmers for Blythe. They’re cute and can be worn as scrunched or straight as you like.
As I’ve been trying to do more styling of Blythe outfits lately, I have really gained an appreciation for versatile pieces that can work in a variety of contexts. This inspired me to design these leg warmers! I will probably end up knitting a whole rainbow of them so I have lots of choices. (Everyone appreciates having options!)
It’s afghan season and I decided that my Blythes needed to be included.
Presenting the Ripple Afghan for Blythe! It’s a free pattern! Happy afghan season!
I wanted this blanket to be a lap blanket size, though of course you could make it larger if you wanted to. I like a lap blanket for sitting around and I figure Blythes might also like the same.
Isn’t it cozy? I kind of want to make a human sized one for myself, too, except I have too much holiday gift-knitting on my to-do list right now.
I had a really long break from work over the holidays, which meant that I was able to do a ton of knitting, including designing/publishing a number of new patterns (some of these designs were in the hopper for quite some time and this break gave me the opportunity to get them ready for prime time). I was super lazy about posting, though, so here we are to catch up.
This is the Chroma Fingering Scarf. I designed it to take advantage of this particular yarn‘s neat dye scheme. This pattern is SUPER simple and easy and knits up pretty quickly for fingering weight yarn. It’s also free!
Here’s another freebie! This is the Winter Headband – of which I made two for xmas gifts. It’s another quick and easy pattern and might be a good opportunity to learn a new technique if you haven’t done a provisional cast-on or Kitchener stitch before. Kitchener stitch is magical and will make you feel like a wizard, no joke.
Here we have the Sea Monster Hat. I made this one with a very stretchy rib pattern so it would be sure to fit the head of even my biggest-brained friends, but not be so huge as to give them the (totally incorrect, obvs) impression that I think they have a big head. I’ll definitely be making this hat many more times in the future, and probably for myself pretty soon.
Although, I might make myself one of the Velveteen Hat instead. I am SO PLEASED with how this pattern turned out. I also love the yarn I used for this one – it’s a Merino/silk blend that is so soft and supple and really perfect for cold days when you want to feel cozy.
Okay! That’s enough for right now, though admittedly I have a bunch more Blythe-centric things that I will also post about soon. I hope that all of you are starting the new year off with cozy handknits to keep you warm, or at the very least the yarn and needles to make something for yourself!
I recently completed another hat and a lap blanket for a friend’s father who recently went into hospice.
This is a pretty standard watchcap pattern, but with a twist: you knit into the back of the knit stitches, which gives the whole thing a little bit of an angle.
I love the decreases on this pattern! They turn out so crisp and tidy and symmetrical! So pleasing. The friend for whom I made this hat has been going through kind of a rough time lately, and I tried to think positive thoughts while I was knitting it.
This lap blanket was pretty simple to come up with and make. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and I hope that it will be useful. The colorway of the yarn I chose (and for which I named the pattern) is Sequoia, and I thought, what better metaphor for the strength one needs when going through or helping someone go through a hospice situation.
I wrote the pattern for this and published it as a free download on Ravelry. Please feel free to download it and share it with your friends! I think this might make a nice project for making give-away items as well as for those you might know who could use one.