new free pattern: Leeport Baby Blanket

A colleague will be having a baby soon and I was really inspired by her photos of the nursery as they have been putting it together. They have a great color palette (not pastels, but not primary colors either), and I realized that I could make a blanket that would go perfectly AND do a thing I’ve been wanting to do, which is design a garter stitch blanket that uses 100% cotton yarn. It has so many things that make it ideal for a baby blanket: it’s so durable, it’s washable, it is unlikely to set off any allergies or irritate sensitive skin, and it’s light/not wooly. 

So, here’s the Leeport Blanket! You could make it with as many or as few stripes as you’d like, as many or as few colors as you’d like. It has a decorative edge but isn’t too fussy. Enjoy!

Download this free pattern on Ravelry, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.


Pay-it-forward results!

This morning I did the drawings (actually random number generators) for the nine dresses I posted as a pay-it-forward. I’ve noted here where the person commented, as there were comments on a couple of the places this posted (all entries were weighted evenly).

And the winners are:

  • A (green dress) – Sal Dean (Facebook)
  • B (pink floral hankie dress) – Donna Hyland Tkachuk (Facebook)
  • C (pink knits dress) – Julieta A (Youtube)
  • D (floral top dress) – Mandy Riggs (blog)
  • E (sweater top dress) – Elisia Von Finsterwald (Facebook)
  • F (faux suede top dress) – Pipa V (Youtube)
  • G (brown dress) – Colleen Vaught (Facebook)
  • H (apron dress) – Heather Roy (Facebook)
  • I (floral under pink dress) – Robyn McMurry (blog)

Congratulations, folks! If you are a winner, please contact me with your shipping info! 🙂


Serena Sweater Coat for Blythe

It’s a new pattern!

Serena Coat for Blythe

Another coat, this time with a more a-line shape and some strategically placed rows of garter stitch to emphasize the princess style. It’s worked all in one piece – the body worked flat and the sleeves picked up and worked in the round – and requires NO SEAMING (and everyone rejoices!).

Pick up this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.