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Pattern Update

Filed under: Blogfriends,Downloads - Original Knitting Patterns,Knitting — folkcat at 3:54 pm on Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Internet is a great big pond, and everything you post on it makes ripples that keep going on, long after you have forgotten about the stone you threw in.

Someone who found my pattern for the Knit Felted Catnip Mice decided to repay me for offering it free. You may or may not remember that I posted the pattern as a TXT file on my patterns page, because I never got around to creating a finished PDF version. Imagine my surprise yesterday morning when I found exactly that in my inbox – a finished, professional PDF of the pattern!

I am eternally grateful to this new friend for her gift, and I have made sure her work was not in vain. The PDF is now posted on the patterns page for anyone to download. I’ve left the TXT version up as well, just in case anyone prefers that.

I just need to go figure out what Ravelry links and listings need to be updated now!

Enjoy!

Soon to Come – Catnip Topolino!

Filed under: Blogfriends,Downloads - Original Knitting Patterns,Knitting — folkcat at 4:44 pm on Wednesday, February 6, 2008

In an interesting turn of events, an Italian reader, Lila, found my Knit Felted Catnip Mouse pattern, and asked permission to translate it to Italian to share on a crafting board she’s a member of. I said, “by all means, yes!” and her work is currently in progress.

Lila was nice enough to share a link to pictures of her first finished topolino, as they’re known in Italian. Here it is: http://crea.ornato.it/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=101&p=483#p483

She appears to be creating a chart for the pattern as well, which will be a bonus even for those of us who only read and understand English.

I’ll be linking to the translation once Lila’s done with her work. Many thanks, Lila! I appreciate how hard this must be to do!

Pattern! Fluffy Ribbed Hairbands

Filed under: Downloads - Original Knitting Patterns,Knitting — folkcat at 1:02 pm on Monday, May 21, 2007

I did, indeed, spend most of my crafting effort this weekend on knitted hairbands. I had settled early on a stitch pattern (a modified Shaker rib) and a cast-on number that worked. There was much experimentation with different yarns and needle sizes.

FO - Knitted Hairbands
Seven of Nine

These are the seven finished ones that weren’t on my head at the moment of photo-taking, and there’s another hairband still on the needles, for a total of nine.

The first ones I knit are rather longer than the later ones. I was paranoid about making sure they’d stretch enough to fit my head, yet still stay on. And they do stay on. But at first, I was knitting to about 22 inches, and my later ones are ranging from 16 to 18 inches, depending on the yarn.

I’ll probably stop the concerted effort when I finish the current hairband. But I imagine that, anytime I find myself with an odd bit of yarn leftover, or another yarn catches my fancy, I’ll cast-on for yet another hairband to add to the wardrobe.

Quickly, here’s my “pattern” for my Fluffy Ribbed Hairbands:

Materials – any smooth-finish yarn. Mine ranged from fingering weight (sock yarns) to DK and sport. While it may be tempting to use fun furs or other novelty yarns, they just won’t work well – you have to be able to see the stitches easily to work this pattern.

Needles – I used size 4 through size 8, depending on the yarn. For sock yarns, I used the fours. For most DK or sport, I used 5 or 6.

If you’re not sure about your needle and yarn choices, knit at least 3 inches in pattern with your yarn and see if you like the results. The hairband should be soft and springy, with a fair bit of stretch along the length. If it’s too tight, go up one or two needle sizes.

Special StitchesK1 in stitch below. This is simple. Instead of putting your right hand needle into the stitch on the left hand needle, put it into the stitch just below that one – the stitch from the previous row. Pull the working yarn through just as you would in normal knitting, and drop the stitch off the left hand needle.

The Pattern

Cast on 8 stitches.

Row 1 (set-up row): Knit
Row 2 (and all remaining rows): *K1, K1 in stitch below*, repeat between *’s to last two stitches, end with K2.

Keep repeating Row 2 until you reach 16 inches or so (for an adult head). You can also test fit as you go. Just hold the cast-on edge along with the needle end, and try to slip it on your head. If it’s too tight, keep going for at least another inch.

Bind off loosely in pattern. Whipstitch the two ends together, and cut the excess yarn. Wear, and enjoy!

Free Pattern – Knit Felted Catnip Mice

Filed under: Downloads - Original Knitting Patterns,Knitting — folkcat at 6:58 pm on Wednesday, January 31, 2007

You know, sometimes the only answer to doing something is just do it. Mere minutes ago, I posted that “someday” I’ll get the catnip mice pattern up for people to use.

Then I looked over my documents for it, and you know what? The text is complete, it’s just not in the form of a prettified PDF yet. So I decided, what the heck? I’ll put the text up anyhow, and people at least can start using the pattern!

It’s been over a year since I wrote about them, so here’s a photo of a finished one for you:

Knit Felted Catnip Mouse

The pattern is in the form of ASCII Text, so you should be able to load it in any word processing software you might own. It will also simply display in your browser window. I consider this a Beta version, so if you knit a mouse and find errors in my instructions, please let me know!

You can find the pattern two ways: go to the Free Patterns link on my menu bar at the top of this blog, which will take you to the front page for all my patterns; or click here to go directly to the mouse pattern.

So there you go – the mouse pattern is finally available, at least in a raw version. And all because someone wrote and asked me about it! Which just goes to show, it never hurts to ask.

It’s Like, A-r-r-r-r…You Know?

Filed under: Downloads - Original Knitting Patterns,Knitting,Special Events — folkcat at 12:55 pm on Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Pirattitude!: So you Wanna Be a Pirate?: Here's How!

Today, September 19th, is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, dedicated to the attitude of Pirattitude.

I’m afraid I’m not much of a role-player, so the title of this post is the closest I come to really talking like a pirate. I feel I have lots of Pirattitude, though, because I believe in trying new things, being bold about my life choices, that having fun is better than a boring grind, and that there are more important things in life than following the rules just because they’re there.

And in case you doubt the level of Pirattitude present Chez Folkcat, here’s a picture of Gryphon – Piratically known as Iron William Flynt – from my Free Patterns Page:

Iron William Flynt Says, "A-r-r-r-r!"

Gryphon is, of course, sporting my original knitting pattern, the Felted Eye Patch. If you’ve a mind to display a little Pirattitude yourself today, but don’t have any pirate-y accoutrements, the Felted Eye Patch is a quick to knit, quick to felt item that you could complete in an hour or two. Take an iron to it after felting, and you can even have it dry to wear before midnight.

The pattern’s even in two sizes, adult and child – here we have the Dread Pirate Earnest showing off his own eye patch…

Dread Pirate Earnest

I haven’t figured out how to get one to stay on the Ratties’, or I might be able to show you a picture of that as well.

More Pirate-y Fun

The Yarn Harlot posted a series of links to fun pirate knitting patterns on the web today, too. Go Check It Out!


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More Incremental Blog Progress!

Filed under: Blog Admin,Downloads - Original Knitting Patterns — folkcat at 1:03 pm on Monday, June 19, 2006

Up on the navbar, there is now a live link to my new Free Pattern Gallery. Hoo-Rah!