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!


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