Category Archives: Free Pattern

Merry Spring and Happy Easter :)

Ahh spring time in Nova Scotia..I am SO happy to be saying that 🙂  And with spring comes spring cleaning…. which I have been doing a little of …. and painting too and thought a little machine embroidery was due. Since fresh paint was going up and new curtains. Just a quick little valance made from left over board cloth and fresh white linen cafe curtain with a little trim. I am quite proud that I keep using from my stash..mostly  …lol

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The pic is a little dark…since I was taking a pic of the window I had to wait until evening. You can see off to the right is the other machine embroidery I stitched. This one is from the apothecary embroidery pack at urbanthreads.com. I stitched the design on the same white linen and since it is a dense design , it pulled at the sides a little, making puckering around the design.  A heavier fabric would have been a better choice but for a framed piece I think it will be ok …

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Bees always say vintage to me…and I have a few bee designs 🙂  This design is from embroidery library.com. I have a couple of designs picked out to stitch onto a fabric shower curtain.. but thats a bigger project in the future. I use water soluble stabilizer on top of the towel as well and a tear away underneath. The top stabilizer keeps the stitches from sinking into the terri cloth. A run through the regular wash will get rid of the rest of the stabilizer.

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With another room painted and cleaned up. Its time to enjoy the rest of the weekend. I did that by stitching up these adorable woven bunnies from a free pattern offered by mellysews.com ….another stash busting project….I think I’m on a roll lol and instead of stitching the eyes and nose as instructed ( like I follow instructions very well lol)  I found a embroidery design that I could edit and use on the bunny’s face… makes them look sleepy 🙂 it was a very quick and easy sewing project and took very little fabric at 9″ (23cm) tall

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Sew…..I hope you have a great weekend and Happy Easter….

Izz

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March 26, 2016 · 9:50 PM

Hooked on Crochet …aka… Medallion Throw

🙂  Sorry about the title…I just had to do it lol  I had a busy year in 2015 for crocheting, something I’ve said that I don’t often do. Well 2015 proved me wrong .. I was asked to make 6 Medallion throws as Christmas gifts ( I work for cost for family of course) last year and working off and on and with the packing and moving last year. I surprised myself that I got them finished in time (my apologies for posting late about christmas projects) but as I got these 6 finished up another request came in and well, here I am crocheting again…By now I should be quite proficient at this particular design…wouldn’t you think ?? ha ha The really name for the pattern is Sunny Spread and I recently discovered that the pattern for this throw is free on Ravelry  Although I have had this pattern since 2008, its from the Jan/Feb issue of Crochet Today. A really nice pattern and it works up fast and for me that’s a bonus 🙂

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I have pics of 3 of the finished throws from  last year ( Eggplant, Cream and Chocolate) but like I said with moving and all I didn’t get pics of the blue, burgundy and harvest coloured throws so I’m afraid what’s left of the balls of yarn will have to do as a visual lol  I used  Knit Picks Yarn Brava, a nice worsted weight for all except the brown throw. I couldn’t get a rich brown in Brava so I went with a Red Heart Yarn which was a little heavier weight but still a worsted.

I started the new Medallion throw in Early January and as of a few days ago it is complete 🙂 This one is made with Patons Canadiana Worsted weight, another very nice yarn and one of my favs for throws and children’s mitts and hats. The colour here is Dark Green Tea. Its a woodsy green like evergreen trees, I think that would best describe the colour.

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The work moved along quickly as I could concentrate on crocheting a little more this year !!  lol

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The original pattern calls for 64 medallions but for the size I’ve been making I have used 10 balls of yarn for each which makes 48 medallions, a very nice lap size throw at 42″ (106cm) square.

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And I love the border too. I think it really sets it off. Well that’s my crocheting adventures for now, the wrist and hands need a bit of a break….. from crocheting anyway.

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Thanks for dropping by…have a great week at crafting

Izz:)

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February 4, 2016 · 7:06 PM

Still Knitting Fast …its Winter Now !!!

Happy Winter Solstice, which means more knitting !! and staying warm and cozy ! And I’m all for that 🙂  I have a couple of finishes to show you. In a previous post (Knit fast and stay warm) I had started little mitts and a wool cabled hat with Briggs & Little wool yarn. I’m happy to say they are now finished and the little hands are staying warm and I have already tried out my new hat ! Its been windy and cold for the last few days.

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I’ve already started on the mitts to match the hat. Although the pattern for the mitts is a little confusing. Its not written in a concise way. I don’t mean to criticize but I had to unravel the mitt once I got into the cable pattern. The seed stitch pattern wasn’t looking like it should. Anyway, I rewrote it a bit so that it made sense to me  🙂  I do like the pattern and love this yarn. Briggs & Little , Regal 2ply, 100% wool in the colour Plum

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Now , not that I’ve turned into the mad hatter or anything, but I wanted to show you some of the hats that I have knit in the last few months and was waiting for the right post  🙂

The first two hats were knit using Cocoon Pattern I found on Ravelry.com. The Pink and taupe colour is Bernat Softee Chunky Twists in Tawny Rose. a discontinued colour now 😦 Brown one is knit with Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds, in Earthy Brown

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I added my own little, “flare” if you will 🙂 to each hat. Picking up stitches in the ribbing rows on the pink hat making a horizontal rib and adding a button. With the brown hat I added a couple of Purl rows to the crown of the hat too see how that would go 🙂  ok it was an experiment…I crocheted a circle and added that to the side ..just for “interest”.

The next in turn is a hat I knit from an eBook, called Patons Classic Wool Bulky Vol.1 Full of beautiful sweaters and hats. I have my eye on one sweater in particular. A whale of a sweater, but thats for another post 🙂 The hat pattern is called True Colors Hat , a very basic hat and very warm with the chunky yarn. I can’t find the yarn label for this one but I’m sure its Bernat Softee Chunky in an Ombre and I don’t recall the colour, sorry. I see the pattern is free on Revelry.

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This two colour gray hat is another version of the Cabled Hat. Knit in Baby Alpaca and felted. Again a button on the side to add a little something 🙂 The Baby Alpaca Yarn is a finer yarn so of course the hat is a smaller size , a very neat fit.

 

 

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I like trying out different yarns and patterns, it gives me a project to knit and it has help me with my gauge. I have always knit a little loose. For a long time I would knit with a size or two smaller knitting needles. I’m pretty happy where I am at with my knitting.

Except for finishing up the cabled mittens I think any new projects will wait until Christmas dinner is over 🙂

From the Knitting basket have a great week crafting at what makes you happy.

Izz 🙂

 

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December 21, 2015 · 2:54 PM

Knit fast and stay warm….

Hello and welcome… I have to say that I love that saying… no I didn’t make it up lol.. but I love using it…. and that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to lately and I’m still knitting.. as well as a couple other forms of stitchery , which I wish was witchery..lol say that three times fast lol 🙂   Maybe I have too many needles in the pin cushion… or getting myself tied up in a knot over all the needlework I have on the go ?…ok ok  a stitch too far, I know. I think I’m “starting ” to get giddy or tired? lol  But I’m not complaining because I love to knit and I’m often guilty of picking up a new project before I’ve finished the first one… why do we do that ??  My first “finish” was a basic hat embellished with a large button and cable fingerless gloves in a beautiful Natural Heather by Patons Yarns in their Classic Wool. A soft yarn and very nice to work with. ( I apologize for the pics one seems to be darker than the other, but the hat is more of the true colour of the yarn )

Both patterns are free at  Yarnspirations.com  -:Effortless Beanie”, I shortened up the ribbing at special request. And  “Fingerless Gloves”

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Next up is a cable hat for myself.. I thought it was time 🙂   in Briggs & Little , Regal 2 ply, 100 % pure wool in the colour Plum, and made in New Brunswick . I’ve had this pattern book for a long time and I enjoy knitting this pattern. I love cables and this one knits up quickly. I will be knitting the mitts in this book to match and the scarf as well but I will be mixing in a lovely Lilac colour.

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Sorry that one pic is brighter than the other, as of posting time I have this much done…But of course I have stopped to start a pair of wool mitts that the smallest grandson is in need of… cold weather has set in….

 

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This is another Wool yarn from Briggs & Little, Heritage in Royal Blue. This pattern for mitts and hats is also free at Yarnspirations.com  ( striped basic hat and mittens)  There’s a local shop that carries plenty of this yarn so I am a very happy knitter 🙂  I love the idea of using local resources and since New Brunswick is our neighbouring province…well ..how great is that??  As soon as I finish posting I’m back to knitting on the mitts.. can I get them finished before the night is out??

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And apparently I speak quite often about my love of knitting and how much I am enjoying knitting with Briggs & Little yarns because for my birthday last month… yes I have been that obsessed with knitting I haven’t posted about my wonderful birthday present my Hubby gave me… a big beautiful bouquet of………. yes ..yarn  … 10 skeins in all   lol  and every one a different colour!!  I couldn’t wait to get them all wound and neatly stacked 🙂  I added in 5 others that I already had including the Plum and Lilac. Some will be hats and some mitts and I haven’t decided on all of them but aren’t they just a lovely sight !!  This winter should be a quieter winter, ( except for the quiet clicking of knitting needles) while we are pretty well settled in here on the beautiful coast of Nova Scotia , I will be able to think more on knitting and needlework instead of packing and moving. As much as I love sewing and other forms of needlework, knitting has to be my favourite,  its soothing and the idea of creating a garment of warmth….just makes me all fuzzy inside 🙂

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Thank you for dropping in I hope you are enjoying your week doing what you love…

Izz

 

 

 

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December 7, 2015 · 6:38 PM

Cheyenne’s Christmas Sweater

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Hello everyone and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are ready for 2015 🙂 I’m going to start off with a brand new sweater pattern that I came up with myself. I have been buying a Children’s Hospital Charity Bear each year for the past 3 years and I make them a special sweater to wear while they sit under our Christmas tree. This year the bear was a very pretty one with her own tiara, not that the others aren’t pretty but, Cheyenne needs a special sweater. 🙂 I couldn’t find what I was looking for in all the patterns I have so I knitted and unraveled and knit some more and made notes and came up with this Teddy Bear Wrap Sweater. I call it Cheyanne’s Christmas Sweater. I didn’t make up her name by the way. That’s the name given to this year’s Charity Bear. They all have a tag on their ear, introducing themselves.

The sweater does just what it says….its wraps around and ties in the back …see 🙂

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I would like to share my pattern with you .. yes and for FREE ..

I hope I have made the directions clear, and haven’t left anything out. If that has happened I  do apologize. I recommend reading the pattern completely before you start knitting in case there are any errors. I appreciate feed back too where improvements are needed.

Please keep in mind this is my original pattern and I am offering it  FREE  for personal use . If you would like to make a teddy bear wrap sweater for your own bear or as a gift, that would be great but please do not make these to sell or sell my pattern or make copies of my pattern in any way. IF you would like to share the pattern please make a link back to my blog. That would be great too. https://isabelsneedleworks.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/cheyennes-christmas-sweater/

Now that I got the serious stuff out of the way let’s make a teddy bear sweater 🙂

First you’re going to need red yarn in a worsted weight. 1- 50gm skein is plenty. And white faux fur yarn, about 6 to 8 m ( or yards) and a willing assistant as you can see in the back ground.

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4.5mm straight knitting needles ( or the size to acquire correct gauge)

4 mm Dpn ( Double Pointed Needles)

4 mm Crochet hook

Tapestry needle and scissors

And a row counter if you have one or pencil and paper works great too since it is a small project.

Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows = 10cm (4″)

I should add before I get too far along that this sweater fits a teddy bear that’s about 40.5cm (16″) tall  and about  41.5cm (16.5″)  around the tummy. The sleeve length is about 10cm (4″)  and Sweater length from shoulder to bottom of ribbing is  15cm (6″)

Abbreviations: 

CO – Cast On

BO – Bind Off

K – Knit

P – Purl

K2Tog – Knit 2 stitches together 

SKP – Slip 1, Knit 1, pass the slip stitch over

St st – Stockinette stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

SWEATER RIGHT FRONT:

With red and 4.5mm needles,  CO 36 sts.

Work Rib for 4 rows (K1, P1)

Row 1: Knit all sts

Row 2: Purl all sts

Row 3: Knit all sts

Row 4: Purl all sts

Row 5: K2Tog twice (decreasing 2 sts) knit to the end.

Row 6: and all even numbered rows , Purl

Row7: K2Tog twice (decreasing 2 sts) knit to the end.

Continue in this pattern (Rows 8 to 30) until there are 8 sts on the needle, ending with a purl row.

Row 31: K2Tog twice, knit 4

Row 32: Purl all sts

Row 33: BO remaining 6 sts knit wise. Cut yarn.

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With red and 4.5mm needles CO 36 sts

Work Rib for 4 rows (K1, P1)

Rows 1 through 4 work as for RIGHT FRONT

Row 5: Knit to the last 4 sts, SKP twice, (decreasing 2 sts)

Row 6: and all even numbered rows, Purl.

Row 7: Knit to the last 4 sts, SKP twice, (decreasing 2 sts)

Continue in this pattern (rows 8 to 30) until there are 8 sts on the needle, ending with a purl row.

Row 31: K 4, SKP twice.

Row 32: Purl

Row 33: BO remaining 6 sts knit wise. Cut yarn.

SLEEVES

Note:  Knit both sleeves the same.

With 4.5mm needles and faux fur yarn, CO 20 sts.

Knit 2 rows.

Cut yarn and join red yarn.

Row 1: Knitting all sts, increase 10 sts evenly across row =30 sts. (In which ever form is suitable for you.

I knit one and knit in the back of the same stitch to increase 1 st.)

Row 2: Purl

Depending on the length of your bear’s arm, continue in St st for 16 more rows total and ending with a purl row.

Row 19: K 2Tog, Knit to the last 2 sts, SKP = 28 sts.

Row 20: Purl

Then BO all sts knit wise, cut yarn.

Make second sleeve.

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With red and 4.5 mm needles CO 36 sts

Work 4 Rows of (K1, P1) rib as for sweater fronts.

Row 1: Knit all sts

Row 2: Purl all sts

Work in St st for 18 more rows (20 rows total)  ending with a purl row.

Row 21: K2Tog twice, knit to the last 4 sts SKP twice

Row 22: Purl

Row 23: K2Tog, knit to the last 2 sts, SKP, 30 sts on needle.

Continue to work in St st to Row 32 (ending with a purl row).

Row 33: BO knit wise and cut yarn.

Now you’re ready to assemble the wrap sweater, starting with the shoulder seams. Placing right sides together and matching the front and back shoulder seams, stitch them together. Then find the centre top of sleeve and match this to the shoulder seam to centre the sleeve.

 This is how the side seams should look after you’ve stitched the sleeve onto the shoulder.  This photo shows the trim already on. Thats our next step after the side seams are stitched. On the left side seam, leave enough room for I cord to pass through. Be sure to match the ribbing and armholes when stitching. If all your rows are the same, everything should line up nicely.

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It’s time for the faux fur trim.

With  right sides facing,  4 mm crochet hook and faux fur yarn, make a loop. Pass hook through the decreased stitches on garment and single crochet in each of these stitches  along the sweater front edges. When you come to the back pick up stitches that have been BO and down the other side of  sweater front and end off. Cut yarn and weave in all the ends on the sweater where needed. Here is where I apologize for my lack of crochet savvy. I am not proficient in crochet by any stretch of the imagination 🙂  You could also pick up stitches with a smaller knitting needle and BO as you go along. I thought 2 rows with knitting needles  (1 row to pick up stitches and 1 row to BO) would seem bulky. As it ends up the loose single crochet row makes a nice trim.

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With 4mm Dpn pick up and knit 4 sts . along the front edge of sweater, horizontal to ribbing rows. Slide stitches to opposite side of needle. The yarn should be coming out of the left stitch. Pull the yarn from behind. *K4. Slide stitches across needle. Repeat from * until I Cord measures 20 cm (8″).  K1, K2Tog, K1. To bind off, thread yarn through large-eyed blunt needle and pull it through all 3 stitches 2 or 3 times.

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Repeat for the other front side of sweater .

When putting the sweater on your bear, remember the space you allowed in the left seam of sweater and pass the I Cord through that to tie the sweater in the back.

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I hope you have enjoyed todays read and like the pattern. I plan to do a couple more. If you would like a PDF download version  click this link Cheyanne’s Christmas Sweater copy

Thank you so much for stopping by, here’s to another wonderful year 0f crafting and all the best to you and yours.

Izz 🙂

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January 2, 2015 · 12:50 PM