Mother’s Day Pattern Special

Happy Mother’s Day! 

I’m so thankful to have a loving mom who is always there for me!

In honor of my mom on this Mother’s Day weekend, I’m offering a pattern special. 

Buy 1 Get 1 Free Pattern Special!

(Details below!)

Get my Katelyn Mitts pattern for FREE when you purchase my Andrea Mitts pattern

Buy this pattern:

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Get this one free:

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So it’s a buy-1-get-1 free offer!  Fun, huh?! 

Be sure to put BOTH patterns in your Ravelry shopping cart and enter code thanksmom at checkout to get your free pattern. 

Hurry, because this sale ends at midnight May 11th CST!

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day! Celebrate your Mom tomorrow!

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Free Pattern: Newborn Bunny Butt

Diaper Cover to Match Bunny Hat

I’ve finally had time to write up my crochet diaper cover pattern that goes with my Newborn Bunny Hat pattern.  Since it’s based heavily on Cassi Ence’s diaper cover pattern in her Newsboy Set pattern, I’m offering my version for fuzzy, bulky yarns as a freebie.

Here’s what it looks like:

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Get the free pattern as a PDF download on Ravelry here:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/newborn-bunny-butt-diaper-cover

Looking for the Newborn Bunny Hat too?

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Purchase the matching hat pattern for $1.00 here:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/newborn-bunny-hat-2

Just a reminder, my patterns–both free and for purchase–are copyrighted with all rights reserved and are intended for personal use only.  Please do not sell items made using my patterns without written consent from me. Thanks much!

Happy crocheting!

~Stephanie

Newly published pattern!

Published pattern: Newborn Bunny Hat

That’s right!  I finished one of my monthly goals and published a new pattern!  This one is for the crocheters out there.  It’s an adorable baby bunny hat!!!  Newborn size, but since babies come in a variety of sizes it might fit smaller babies up to 2 months or so.   {It’s been so long since I’ve had a newborn, that I really can’t say for sure.}

The hat is made with basic single crochet. It’s easy-peasy! Then comes the slightly-more-difficult-but-still-pretty-easy making of the bunny ears.  The hardest part is getting the ears sewn on so they look proper!  But if you take your time (and aren’t afraid to undo stitches if an ear isn’t standing in just the right place) you’ll do fine.

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I’ve decided to set the cost of this hat pattern at the affordable price of just $1.00 since it’s pretty easy to crochet.

To all my hook-loving friends, enjoy and happy hooking! 🙂

Blog Updates

Thanks to the Biannual Blogathon Bash, I’ve gotten some blog-related work done today!

1. New pattern published!  YAY!!!

2. Updated blog pages:  If you check out the menu bar above, you’ll see I’ve updated it to include a page for my Free patterns as well.  And I’ve updated both pattern pages with links to my newest patterns, both free and for purchase.

3. Another blog update that’s probably not as noticeable, but will hopefully help me:  updated categories and tags for my posts. One of the Blogathon’s mini-challenges was to sort out the difference between categories and tags, and then limit the categories to 3-6 and have related tags for each category.  I had *no* idea what I was doing before, but it was getting pretty messy!! So I’ve cleaned it up and re-categorized my posts.  It’s still not perfect, but MUCH better!

Still working on the other goals…plus a few more that I’ve thought of too!  Plus I’d like to try and do a few more mini-challenges before the Blogathon Bash is done.

But for now….I need me some KNITTING!!!

So I’m going to go put the kiddos to bed, find a show to watch with my man, and knit!

Have a nice night!  Happy knitting!

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FO: Bigger Bigger on the Inside

Finished Object: Bigger Bigger on the Inside Shawl

Here it is! The Bigger Bigger on the Inside Shawl is finally finished, loose yarn ends are woven in, and shawl has been blocked.

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Yesterday was a gorgeous day here in Northern Minnesota–above freezing!! (And after sub-zero temps, that feels like a heat wave!) So hubby and I stepped outside for a few photos of me modeling it for you. I know some of you reading this are seeing these photos of me wearing short sleeves outside in the snow must think I’m a bit crazy, but going from -30 degrees F to above freezing is a huge difference and feels {relatively} warm! Really! Besides, it was only for about 10 minutes or so. (Although hubby *did* go to church wearing short sleeves and no coat…he’s a crazy hardy Northerner!)

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Clearly, this shawl is a bit larger than my first Bigger on the Inside (which measured 52″ wide by 15″ high). After blocking AND after modeling the larger shawl, I lay it out and measured:  turns out it’s 62.5″ wide by about 17.5″ high (at the center).  Although the width is about perfect, I still wish it was just a couple inches longer in the back. Which would require figuring out where to add more length–above and below the TARDIS pattern? making the TARDIS pattern taller? adding even more length to the bottom ribbed edging?

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But it definitely has more of a shawl feel than my first attempt which is a pretty nice Whovian scarf instead.

And Patty, my dear pottery-making friend, I hope it’s to your liking because it’s already in the mail and headed your way!!!

On My Needles

Here’s a sneak peak at what’s on my needles now… (if you follow my Facebook page, you’ve already seen this):

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What’s On YOUR Needles (or Hooks)

If you knit or crochet, tell me what project(s) do you have in progress?

And don’t be afraid to find me and friend me on Ravelry! (I’m perfectioKnits there too.) I don’t have enough time to really get involved in the groups and forums at this point, but it’s still fun to connect with my readers!  “See you” on Ravelry?!

As always, happy knitting!

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Autumn Fern Möbius

Finished!

The Autumn Fern Möbius is finished…well, at least the knitting part is done! It took me a little longer than I anticipated, but I made time to finish the knitting today. All I have left to do is graft the two ends together in the möbius twist shape and then lightly block it. I will get it shipped out on Monday.

It really has been an honor and a privilege to knit this Autumn Fern Möbius for Chelsea’s Light. Thanks again to Dream in Color yarn for coordinating the volunteer effort and for the yarn!

Have a happy weekend of knitting!

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FO Friday: Bigger on the Inside

Bigger on the Inside #1

One down, one to go!

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Pattern: Bigger on the Inside by Kate Atherley

Yarn: Valley Yarns Huntington in Blue, about 2.5 skeins

Needles: Pattern recommends size US3.  I used size US4 to get gauge.

Edit: I evidently remembered incorrectly! I used US6 needles!

Size: one size (mine is more of a shawlette than a true shawl)

My first attempt at this shawl turned out a bit smaller than I had thought it would be.  It’s really more of a shawlette.  Still cute, but not exactly as I’d hoped knowing that the dear friend for whom I was knitting it likes her shawls to actually wrap around her.  After discussing it via email with her, we’ve agreed that I should keep this one and do what I can to make the second Bigger on the Inside a bit, ahem, bigger.  Here’s hoping that the next one I make will be much more shawl-ish!

Do you know what to do if a knitted item is too small?

Well here are a few of my thoughts on the subject.

First of all, don’t panic! Chances are pretty good it’s still a nice whatever-it-is. Perhaps you can think of someone whom it would fit perfectly! (And yes, gifting slightly off-sized items is perfectly acceptable! Just ask my niece who became the recipient of a Soap Bubble Wrap sweater that was a tad too wide in the shoulders for me, but fit her just fine! Lucky girl!)  Anyways, this Bigger on the Inside shawl is better-suited to my petite frame and, quite honestly, makes a fabulous scarf {see photo below} so I will happily keep it and use it.

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Since I know I’m going to make another one of these shawls, what should I do to make it larger? 

Well, I do have at least a couple options.

The easiest way I’ve found to knit something in a bigger size is to use larger knitting needles. As you can see in my above notes, I already used a larger needle just to get gauge.  This is pretty normal for me because my yarn tension tends to be tighter than a lot of other knitters.  Tension affects gauge. Big time.  That’s why it’s so important to check your gauge before you start a project by knitting a swatch.  (I’m a rebel when it comes to swatching though.  I don’t usually swatch my smaller projects like socks or mitts, but I have been known to have to rip out and restart a pair of socks in order to get them to fit. You, my dear readers,  can learn by my mistake and swatch your socks, OR you can be a rebel like me! Regardless of your level of rebelliousness, you will NEED to swatch for larger projects like sweaters if you want them to fit!)

Okay, so for my second attempt at this shawl, I will most likely start out going up to my US6 needles.  Why not try US5s first?  Because I don’t have any! So, without purchasing new needles,  my next size up is US6.  By using such a large needle size–compared to the pattern and yarn I’m using–it’s possible the lace might not look right.

My next best option is to do some math and add a couple motifs or repeats to the pattern.

I’ll be the first to say, I hope the US6 needles work out, because just thinking about doing that math makes my head hurt.  But I’ll do it if I have to–or recruit the math master {aka my hubby} to do the math for me!  Ultimately, by adding stitches and/or pattern repeats, I would be adding length and/or width to the shawl. I’m just hoping for the easy way out though!

Edit: I do have US7 and US8 needles…I’ll be trying them both out to see how the fabric looks and determine if I would gain any length and/or width. It’s looking a lot like I might be adding repeats or otherwise modifying the pattern though!

What about you?

Have you had any knitting projects that seemed to work out just fine, but in the end didn’t quite fit?  What did you do? Share your experience in the comments below!

I’ll be linking up again this week with Tami’s blog for FO Fridays! Happy knitting!

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FO Friday: Heartland Lace Shawl

Heartland Lace Shawl

Here it is! My Heartland Lace Shawl, finished and blocked!

Just in time to link up with Tami for FO Fridays! Be sure to hop over there and take a peek at the other fantastic FOs from this week.

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  • Pattern: Heartland Lace Shawl pattern by Evelyn A. Clark
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Cotlin (using up leftovers…not sure exactly how much I used, but maybe 3 or 4 balls?)
  • Needles: US Size 8 circular needles (I used Knit Picks interchangeable needles and started with a 32″ cable then later switched to a 40″ cable.)

Now this is my kind of shawl.  It covers my arms to my elbows. Just the way I like a shawl to fit. It will be especially nice to wear with the weather getting cooler already!

Choose My Next Project

Have you had a chance to look at the patterns in yesterday’s post and vote yet?  If not, please take a minute to check out the pattern possibilities sometime before the weekend is done and let me know which project you’d want to see me work on by leaving me a comment there.

Before you go…take a moment and let me know what you think of my shawl by leaving a comment below too!

Happy knitting!

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