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Free Pattern, Put a Bear in The Basket

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Peter Cottontail is about to embark on his bunny trail.  This time of year, I like to create smaller or lighter projects that I can throw in my bag and take to my son’s baseball games.  This little bear was my project last weekend.

The pattern calls for Fantasy Naturale, and  I used the same colors listed. There is a huge color selection with Fantasy Naturale so the possibilities are endless and it’s so easy to customize.   I found that because of the mercerized cotton , the bear was soft, smooth and cuddly. I know my little guy will love it (he’s 6 so don’t dare tell his friends he still likes to sleep with a bear!)

There is just enough time to knit a keepsake gift for that special little boy or girl in your life.  You can tuck it right in their Easter basket after the bunny puts all those sweets in!

Pattern F203 PDF Download

Pattern F203

Pattern F203

FANTASY NATURALE
Stuffed Bear

Finished Size (Approx): 5” x 9”
Materials:  1- 100g hank of Fantasy Naturale (MC) and (CC), small pieces of black yarn for face.  Shown in colors 7360 (MC) and 5398 (CC).
Gauge:  18 sts = 4” on a US 7 needle over garter st.
Needles: US 7,  double pointed and straights. Crochet hook size E.  Polyfill stuffing, stitch holder.

Beginning at head:  Use double pointed needles & MC.
With MC, cast on 25 sts.  Work in the round.  Knit for 2½”.
Next row:  *(K3, k2tog); repeat from * around: 20 sts.  Knit 2 rounds even.
Next round: *(K4, M1); repeat from * around: 25 sts.  Knit 1 round even.
Next round: (K8, M1); 3 times, end k1: 28 sts.
Knit even in the round for 3”.
Next round: K14,  place remaining sts onto a stitch holder, or spare needle.
Leg: Working on 1 set of 14 sts only in the round: knit for 2½”.  Next round: (k2tog) around.  Cut yarn, pull through remaining 7 sts.  Pull up tight and fasten.  Reattach yarn to remaining sts, repeat as for 1st leg.  Sew up crotch area.
Stuff Bear legs.  Sew a seam across top of legs to allow them to bend.  Stuff  Body.  Sew up across head.

Ears (Make 2):  Using straight needles, & MC, cast on 4 sts. Knit 1 row.   Next row:  P1 M1, p2, M1, p1: 6 sts.  Work in st st for 1½”, ending with a purl row.  Next row:  K1, k2tog, k2tog, k1: 4 sts.  Purl 1 row.  Bind off.  Fold ear in half with purl side out.  Sew in place.  With small bits of black yarn sew on eyes, nose, mouth.

Arms (Make 2):  With double pointed needles & MC, cast on 10 sts.  Work in the round for 2”.  Next row:  (K2tog) around: 5 sts.  Cut yarn, pull through remaining 5 sts.  Pull up tight and fasten.  Stuff Arm.  Sew up cast on edge and sew that edge to side of bear.  Repeat for other arm.  Wrap yarn around neck area to accentuate neck.

Vest:  With straight needles & CC, cast on 30 sts.  Work in garter st for 1½”, ending with a WS row.  Next row: Divide: Knit 7 sts, BO 1 st, Knit 14, BO 1 st, K7 sts.  Working on last set of sts only, knit 2 rows.  Decrease 1 st at beginning of next row and every following alternate row 4 times total: 3 sts.  Continue even until length from underarm is 1½”.  Bind off.  With WS facing, reattach yarn to center back sts  Work even until total length  is same as front.  Bind off.  With WS facing, reattach yarn to remaining 7 sts.  Knit 2 rows.  Decrease 1 st at end of next row and every following alternate row 4 times total: 3 sts.  Continue even until length from underarm is 1½”, same as other front.  Bind off.   Sew up shoulder seams.  Make 2 chains with crochet hook for ties in front, sew in place.
Bow tie:  With straight needles & CC, cast on 8 sts.  Knit for 7 rows.  Bind off.  Wrap a strand of yarn several times around the center to draw it in.  Tie off.  Run a strand of yarn behind the bow, through the wraps.  Use this to tie around back of neck.  Weave in all ends.

©2006 Plymouth Yarn Company.   Design by Linda Jones & JoAnne Turcotte.  All rights reserved.

Wonderful, Wearable, Washable Whitney. Free Pattern Too!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Are you  still wearing your scarves and trusty cowl when you leave for the office in the morning?   I did take the fingerless gloves out of my pockets.  We are ready for Spring!  I will finish up my last warm and fuzzy WIP this weekend then I will count all the little sprouts in my garden, maybe even buy some mulch.  Of course, I’ll be waiting at least a couple of weeks until my husband gets all my gardening tools out from behind the snow blower and shovels in the shed.  So since I know I’ll be waiting, I have a little project in mind and wanted to share with you.

Let’s talk about Whitney, which is new this spring. Whitney is an aran weight 91% cotton, 9% nylon blend and available in 16 rich colors that are just perfect for so many projects.  Whether you are using it for babies, kids, adults or home accessories,  you will not be disappointed.

Whitney

Here is a great project to get you started.  I’ll be making a bunch of these bibs as there is always a baby coming and mom can never have enough. What a special gift this bib will make.  That’s why you need to make at least two, one to use and one to cherish!   Visit your favorite yarn shop and ask for Whitney today!

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F386

WHITNEY
Baby Bib
F386 Whitney Baby Bib PDF Download
Size:  1 size
Materials:  1- 50g ball Whitney; size 7 needles,
1 button.
Gauge:  4.5 sts =1” over garter st.

Bib:
Loosely cast on 4 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: K2, yo, knit to the end of the row.
Repeat Row 2 until you have 45 sts.
Begin decreasing as follows: K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to the end of the row.
Repeat this last row until you have 26 sts left.
Next row:  Bind off 20 sts, knit to the end of the row: 6 sts left.

Make Strap:
On the 6 remaining sts, knit every row for 7”.
Make buttonhole:  Next row:  K1, k2tog, yo twice, k2tog, k1.
Knit 7 more rows even.

Work buttonhole row, followed by the 7 plain knit rows- twice more for 3 buttonholes in all.  You will be ending with 7 knit rows.  Bind off on next row.  Sew on a 1” button as shown in photo.  You have 3 length adjustments possible with the 3 buttonholes.  Weave in all ends.

©2011 Plymouth Yarn Company.
All rights reserved.  092011jbt

New Year Resolutions

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Most people will make a New Year’s Resolution for 2012.  We want to lose a few pounds, save more money, drink less coffee and be more organized.  But what are your New Year’s Knitting Resolutions?  I’d like to share a few of ours with you, along with the resources to help you accomplish them!

1. Knit for yourself! Now that you have the feeling back in your fingers from the last-minute-holiday-crunch knits, sit down and find a pattern that you want for you.  Even if it’s as simple as a new scarf.  Think of the time you will have to fit in knitting for yourself.  If you only have an hour or two a week, think of a spring or summer shawl so when you are done your project, it will be the right season to use it.  Here are a few to consider….

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2.  Make a gauge swatch.  I am notorious for not following my own advice on this one.  I often go blindly into a project.  I learned my lesson just a few weeks ago while making a Christmas gift for my niece.  I switched a yarn in a pattern for a slouchy hat.  There were very few differences between the two yarns, fiber content and put-up were the only things that jumped out at me.  My slouchy hat ended not fitting my niece but fitting my husband and I can’t talk him into wearing a purple hat with a touch of glitz.   Check out this article from knitty.com on the importance of and how to knit a gauge swatch.

3. Use your stash! I tried to use my stash this year for all of my holiday knitting and will try to continue to do so.  I ran out of masculine colors and only had to purchase a few balls! I am left with mostly baby yarns so I am hoping for a very long, cold winter so I will get news in the spring that I have some babies to knit for.  I am going to use some for charity but I will get to that later in this post.  There are some wonderful things you can do with those one or two skeins you picked up.  If you have 100% wool, felt, felt, felt! Small coin purses, small bags, small bowls and headbands.  Have a baby or wedding shower to attend?  If you have cotton, consider washcloths.  I have one that a friend made me almost 10 years ago.  It was in my wishing well at my bridal shower and it may be the only linen that hasn’t needed to be replaced! Hats are a great way to use up the stash too.  Here are some pattern ideas you can try.

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4.  Finish the projects you start.  I’ll admit it, I have 3 wips in my inventory for about a year now BUT I also started and finished at least 20 others this year.  Will I ever finish those other 3? Hopefully, maybe, well, I can’t answer that question.  There are some great reasons why this should be a resolution you keep.  First is if you get to the end and realize you need just 20 more yards, it may be impossible to track down the dye lot.  Second is while I always try to have a couple pairs of needles in each size, they do me no good if they are tied up in a project I’ve been procrastinating on, then I am off to buy another set or borrow from one of my many knitting buddies.  Which isn’t so bad I guess as I get to see all the new arrivals at my LYS.  Third is the most obvious, that baby will grow right out of that sweater you started.  I am going to choose my projects more carefully and think ahead to make sure I have the time and supplies I need to complete them.  Try looking up your patterns on Ravelry and get real world tips, advice, materials lists and pictures of finished products.

5. Knit for Charity.  I know so many of you are already doing this and it’s such a wonderful opportunity to use your talents.  I send scarves to a local homeless shelter.  I can get them done in one or two nights while I’m watching t.v. and it’s a great way to use your stash.  Check with your local yarn shop, they will likely have a program set up for donations of all sorts.  Here is a list of just a few organizations we have had contact with….

Chemoclothes.org

Bob’s Blankie Brigade

Project Linus

Hair Flair for Hope

Stitching for America

6. Use your technology! Did you know there’s an app for that?  Use your smartphone for more than Angry Birds!  I use my iPhone for everything. There is a free app (called Needles) for cataloging your needles so you know what you’ve got on hand.  It can also direct you to the nearest yarn shop when you are on the go!  Vogue Knitting and Knitting Daily are available too.  YouTube is a great resource for how to videos on just about everything.  I’ve used it to learn a new stitch and how to knit with the new ruffle yarns.  You can also find yarn reviews there.  I can’t talk about technology without mentioning Ravelry.  If you haven’t joined yet, get on it! It’s a fantastic resource for everything yarn, patterns and the people who love them.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday and the gang here at Plymouth Yarn wish you a very Happy New Year.

More Naturale

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

I hope this beautiful summery knit inspires you to finish or jump start your summer knitting!

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Gathered Cardi

Gathered Cardi in Fantasy Naturale- 8 skeins

Hand Knit by Rosann

Hand Knit by Rosann

Raglan sleeve shaping with wide seed stitch borders on the sleeve and the fronts add simplicity. The gathering adds a youthful, flirty feel.

Design by Cathy Carron, pattern can be found at Vogue Knitting’s website or in Knit.1 Issue of Spring/Summer 2008.

Naturale Knitting

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Fantasy Naturale is one of Plymouth’s staples and has been in our family of yarns for years.

This 100% mercerized classic yarn has a lovely, crisp sheen. With a cheerful color range, our aran weight holds up exceptionally well to daily wear.

I particularly enjoy the Multis- the color blends are very unique and rarely seen duplicated. Many of these color are fresh and slightly exotic! I find them ideal for baby gifts for the expectant mom.

You can view our pattern ideas and see what we’ve been inspired to design with this versatile cotton.

Elizabeth knit this classic double breasted jacket using our pattern.

Plymouth Pattern C135

Plymouth Pattern C135

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Size 6-9 months- 3 skeins of Fantasy Naturale