Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jack O'Lantern Finger Puppet Pattern

Cast on 10 stitches with orange yarn.
Rows 1-8: Stockinette stitch
Row 9: Knit 2 tog, K6, K2 tog (8 stitches)
Row 10-12: Stockinette stitch
Row 13: K2 tog across (4 stitches)
Gather together.
Embroider face
Sew up seam
Pick up three stitches at the top with green yarn
Do i-cord for 3 rows
Knit 2 tog, Knit 1
K2 tog, and close

Monday, September 29, 2014

Ghost Finger Puppet Pattern


I made a dozen of these.  Now back to making regular people finger puppets.

Here's the pattern for the ghost.
 
Cast on 10 stitches with white yarn.
Knit stockinette for 6 rows
Row 7: Knit 2 together, Knit 6, Knit 2 together (8 stitches)
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: Knit
Row 10: Purl
Row: 11: Knit 2 together, Knit 4, Knit 2 together (6 stitches)
Row 12: Purl
Row 13: Knit
Row 14: Purl
Row15: Knit 2 together across (3 stitches)

Cut yarn,,thread through remaining stitches.
Embroider eyes and mouth with black yarn.
Sew seam with white yarn.


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Monster Finger Puppets

Here are 20 little monster finger puppets.   I've used the same pattern, just changed the colors and added a zig-zag mouth.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Finger Puppets

I thought a long time about what I could make with small amounts of yarn that would work well for charity giving, had free patterns, didn't involve a lot of weaving in ends, and was fun to make!

My answer was---finger puppets! There are many free patterns on the Internet to make animals-- here and here are two examples-- and monsters like these as well as people. I have decided to start with the ones found here. I'll modify the hair and clothing from other patterns I've found so I'll be able to make dozens of them, no two alike. And because it's close to Halloween I'll be making some monster ones as well. Fun!

And what will I do with all these finger puppets? Give them away to the phlebotomy departments of a children's hospital so that children can be given one when they have blood work done!   I'll be sending mine to the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Phlebotomy Department in Portland.

Here is a photo of the first eight:


Monday, September 15, 2014

And Finally, Santa Hats!








Pattern

DK yarn in white and red
Size 2 dpns

Cast on 40 stitches with white yarn and join.
Purl 1 round
Knit 1 round
Repeat until total of 8 rounds

Break off white yarn and use red yarn
Knit 15 rounds, end with knit 2 tog
*Knit 5, knit 2tog*  end knit 5 ( 35 stitches)
Knit around
*Knit 4, k 2tog* end knit 5  (30 stitches)
Knit around
*Knit 3, k 2 tog*  (24  stitches)
Knit around
*Knit 2 k 2 tog*  (18 stitches)
Knit around
*Knit 1, k 2 tog* (12 stitches)
Knit around
*Knit 2 tog* (   stitches)
*Knit 2 tog* (   stitches)


Last Four Hats Done!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Six Patriotic Preemie Hats


Knitting Goals for the Rest of September

My knitting goals for the rest of the month are:

1. Finish the last of the 100 preemie hats for Doernbecher Children's Hospital  NICU.  I'm knitting hat #92 now so it shouldn't be long.

2. Mail the hats and mittens I've finished to The Maine Mitten Project.  I plan on working on more of these for next year, probably starting in January.

3. Knit and assemble finger puppets to send to the Phlebotomy Department at Doernbecher. I will put up photos and links on this blog once I have some to show.

4. Knit Merridy, an adorable tunic/dress for Violet.  I may wait to start on this in October,but I want to finish it before Violet's second birthday on November 1st.

5. Work on socks (see another of my blogs, Knitting Only Socks.

I also want to decide on what sweaters I want to knit for Isabella in the next  few months as well as Violet's sibling, due  in the early Spring.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Three Plain Preemie Hats and Three Acorn Preemie Hats


The pattern for the Acorn Hats is free on Ravelry and can be found here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Preemie Tomato (or Apple) Hat

Cast on 48 stitches in red, join in the round.
Knit 24 rounds

Attach green yarn
Rnd 1:  K 2 in red, K 3 in green.  (K 5 in red, K 3 in green)   Repeat in ( )  End K 3 red
Rnd 2:  K 1 in red,  K 5 in green. (K 3 in red, K 5 in green)  Repeat in ( ) End K 2 red
Rnd 3:  K 7 in green, K 1 in red.  Repeat. Cut red.

Green only:
Rnd 4:  K3tog, K5 (36 stitches)
Rnd 5: Knit
Rnd 6: K3tog, K3 (24 stitches)
Rnd7:  Knit
Rnd 8: K2 tog, K2 (18 stitches)
Rnd 9: K2 tog, K1 (12 stitches)
Rnd 10: K2 tog (6 stitches)
Rnd 11: Knit
Rnd 12: Knit
Rnd 13: Knit
Rnd 14: K2 tog
Rnd 15: Knit


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Preemie Pumpkin Hat


I unfortunately have lost the pumpkin hat patterns I'd used previously and I had trouble finding a pattern I liked for a pumpkin hat and so I devised this one.  I have enough orange yarn to make three and I'm going to modify the pattern a bit to make tomato or, if you rather, apple ones.


Cast on 48 stitches, join in the round.
Knit 7 rounds
Knit 16 rounds of K6, P2
Knit 1 round

Attach green yarn
Rnd 1:  K 2 in orange, K 3 in green.  (K 5 in orange, K 3 in green)   Repeat in ( )  End K 3 orange
Rnd 2:  K 1 in orange,  K 5 in green. (K 3 in orange, K 5 in green)  Repeat in ( ) End K 2 orange
Rnd 3:  K 7 in green, K 1 in orange.  Repeat. Cut orange

Green only:
Rnd 4:  K3tog, K5 (36 stitches)
Rnd 5: Knit
Rnd 6: K3tog, K3 (24 stitches)
Rnd7:  Knit
Rnd 8: K2 tog, K2 (18 stitches)
Rnd 9: K2 tog, K1 (12 stitches)
Rnd 10: K2 tog (6 stitches)
Rnd 11: Knit
Rnd 12: Knit
Rnd 13: Knit
Rnd 14: K2 tog
Rnd 15: Knit


Another Six Preemie Hats


Three hats knit in Beanstalk pattern and three knit in the following simple pattern: Rnd 1: P1, K1 Rnds 2-3: Knit

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Six Beanstalk Preemie Hats

These hats were knit from this free pattern, Beanstalk Preemie Hats, on Ravelry.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Six Camo Preemie Hats

Not everyone feels comfortable with the idea of camo preemie hats, but the NICU nurses who write to thank me for my donations always specifically mention these hats, telling me they're popular with military families.  In particular, the fathers with preemie boys prefer them to pastel hats.  Because of that I always make sure to include a few.