Happy New Year!!!
Since 2/3 of my Christmas celebrations are over and these gifts have been given, I can now share them with the world. I will go in order from smallest to biggest, with a pattern to share at the end.
First, these tiny needle-felted sheep were sent with Lupo the Lamb to the generous givers of my lamb fleeces. I thought they would make cute Christmas ornaments. I meant to post them earlier, but time flies when you’re knitting against the clock:
My kids think they look more like puppies… I guess I need more needle-felting practice. :-(
Next, a tiny record player for my daughter… at her request:
I made it so the record can be placed on and off the turn-table, and I got the pattern from this fabulous book by Anna Hrachovec.
Next, a little knitted baby penguin for my nephew. He wanted a baby to go with this one I made for him, so I modified the original pattern by Amy Gaines a bit, and used smaller yarn and needles:
And finally, I knitted 2 pillow covers for my Sister-in-law and Mother-in-law. I used 4-skeins each of Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky yarn, and 20″ down-alternative pillow inserts and they are super soft and squishy and cozy.
I think Mae wants one too. ;-)
I saw a similar pattern online, but I thought it looked pretty simple, and I wanted to use a chunky weight yarn for a faster knit, so I wrote my own. Here it is, if anyone is interested. They are a pretty quick knit, and you can take the covers off for washing:
Cabled knitted pillow cover pattern : 20” x 20”
4 skeins (108 yards each) Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky (Hot Rod pink and Monterey Bay blue)
Size 10 (US) knitting needles (straight or long-cabled circular)
1 cable needle (or double point) of similar size as your knitting needles
Size G (4.0mm) Crochet hook
20″ x 20″ pillow insert of your choice (I chose a down alternative filling for squishy coziness)
Mine matched that listed on the yarn (4 stitches = 1″) so you can swatch and use different needles if you want, but I think it shouldn’t matter too much as it will stretch to fit the pillow.
Back panel bottom:
CO 70 stitches
knit 10” stockinette (about 46 rows) then knit 8 rows in 1×1 rib for the overlap.
Back panel top:
CO 70 stitches
knit 10” stockinette (about 46 rows) then knit 12 rows in 1×1 rib for the overlap.
Basics (Since I like a big picture overview): You will have 3 cable columns of 8 stitches each, 4 purl stitches in between each, 15 stitches stockinette on each side, and you will cable by holding the 1st 4 stitches of each cable section to the front of your work, then knitting 4 stitches, then knitting the stitches held to the front every 12 rows, starting on 11th row. You will also slip the first stitch of every row for a smoother, easier to crochet edge.
Now the details of the cable pattern:
row 1: sl 1, k14, p4, k8, p4, k8, p4, k8, p4, k15
row 2: sl 1, p14, k4, p8, k4, p8, k4, p8, k4, p15
row 11: sl 1, k14, p4, * slip 4 st on cable needle and hold to front, k4, knit 4 st from cable needle (3x from *), p4, k15
row 12: sl 1, p14, k4, p8, k4, p8, k4, p8, k4, p15
row 13: sl 1, k14, p4, k8, p4, k8, p4, k8, p4, k15
row 22: sl 1, p14, k4, p8, k4, p8, k4, p8, k4, p15
row 23: sl 1, k14, p4, * slip 4 st on cable needle and hold to front, k4, knit 4 st from cable needle (3x from *), p4, k15
Repeat row 12-23 5 more times, then row 12-13 5 times, then row 12 1 time, then bind off loosely.
Finished size should be about 20″ tall and wide.
Finish by pinning the back panels together with the ribbed stitched rows overlapping, then pin the back to the front so all the edges line up.
Single crochet (or sew if you prefer) around all of the edges and fasten off.
Stuff your pillow insert inside and let the cuddling begin!
Let me know if you find any errors in this pattern (I am definitely an amateur and this hasn’t been tested) and I will correct this post.
Now I shall return to spinning, spinning, and more spinning for Christmas Part 3 at the end of the month!