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Four Leaf Clover Mobile Phone Keychain

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Last year someone from work told me that my birthday is just a day before St. Patrick Day, then my cousin requested that I knitted a leaf for her. Well after racking my brains out it just suddenly clicked — I thought why not do four leaf clover? I did my research and found that St Patrick’s only has three leaf, but I like four as it’s symbolizes luckiness. The pattern is very easy to adjust, simply knit one less leaf if  you prefer three leaf clover! 

These days I am using a lot of short rows in my knitting, this time also no exception. I used short rows to shape the leaf on the top. Also in this pattern, there is no need to wrap the yarn before turning as we won’t have any holes in the finished product.

I knit this in one go so there is no need for seaming at the end, if you find it too difficult you can always knit the 4 leafs separately then join them together at the end.

I made the four leaf clover into mobile phone charm, you can also make it into a keychain, or if you prefer you can just have it by itself as ornaments.

On top of the leaves, I sew some glass beads in various sizes. When I was designing it, I really wanted to add green and gold beads to give it that extra spark. I will show you what they look like, with and without beads. Which do you prefer?

Difficulty Level:
Intermediate Difficulty

Free Four leaf clover cute knitting patternsSkills Required:
CO: Cast On
K: Knit
Kfb: Knit front then back
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together as 1
Ssk: Slip, slip, then Knit 2 stitches together as 1
Short Rows: Rows that are only partially worked before turning.
BO: Bind Off

Finished Size: approx. 5cm diameter (Please note that this size is made with the needles & yarn specified below, different yarns and needles size will produce different results)

Straight Needles / DPN: US 00 – 1.75 mm (I use 3x DPN just to make it easier to maneuver but you can use 2 if you wish)

Yarns:
Lincraft Double Knitting Yarn in 5 Green (dye lot #2057)
(I also recommend finer yarn as substitutes)

Gauge:
not important as it doesn’t need to fit

Facial Features:
none

Other Materials:
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle
Beads of your choice (optional)
Scraps of green thread for sewing beads (optional)


Free Four Leaf Clover Keychain knitting patterns:

Leaf (make 4):
Starting from the bottom and with straight needles / DPN CO 1, leave long tails for creating stem later on. At this stage I measure the yarn as you will need to cut it later on. (With the needle size I am using, you will need 160cm approx. yarn to create a single leaf.)

Row 1: Kfree knitting patterns -- four leaf clover
Row 2: Kfb (2 sts total)
Row 3: K
Row 4: Kfb x 2 times (4 sts total)
Row 5: K
Row 6: Kfb, K2, Kfb (6 sts total)
Row 7: Kfb, K4, Kfb (8 sts total)
Row 8: K
Row 9: Kfb, K6, Kfb (10 sts total)
Row 10: K
Row 11: Kfb, K8, Kfb (12 sts total)
Row 12-14: K
Row 15: K2tog, K8, Ssk (10 sts total)
Row 16: K

Begin Short Rows:
Now you should have 10 sts total in your needle. We want to work on 5 sts at a time. For the first 5 stitches:

Step 1: K2tog, K3, turn your needle around (4 sts total)
Step 2: K2tog, Ssk, you are back at the beginning, turn your needle around (2 sts total)
Step 3: BO

Now by this stage I hope you have measured your yarn and figured out how long you will need. If you are using the same needle as I do and you are making four leaf clover, measure approx. 500cm then cut of the yarn from your skein. Carefully pull through the yarn, then you can use crochet hook / needle to thread the yarn down to the middle so it’s next to your live stitches. (refer to video tutorials)

*Option*: Or you can just cut off your yarn and leave approx 15cm and seam the leaves together at the end.

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Four leaf clover keychain back view

Now you are ready to finish the last 5 stitches:

Step 4: K3, Ssk (4 sts total)
Step 5: K2tog, Ssk (2 sts total)
Step 6: BO

Once again, pull through the yarn, then bring it back down to the middle and then all the way down to the bottom so it’s next to your CO tail. You have successfully completed your first leaf! Make three more by using the connecting yarn and start by casting on again.

When you have finished all four leaves, position all your leaves together then use your needle to secure the middle area so they no longer move around. weave in the remaining yarn.

Stem:
Using the long CO tail earlier, CO 1 and keep Knitting until you reach the length you desired. Then BO, and fold into two to make loop. If you are making a keychain / mobile phone keychain, attach it now before you secure the loop together.

Video Tutorials ***COMING SOON***

Remember, if you do make the three / four leaf clover, I would love it if you can share them with me by either sending me the photos via email for a chance to be published in the blog / tag me on Facebook / upload them in my Ravelry

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Christmas Snowman Mobile Phone Cover Case

AmareeLis Accessories, Bag 8 Comments christmas gift, free knitting patterns, intermediate knitting patterns, knitted bag, straight needles

Feel free to link to this pattern by linking directly to this page. Pattern is not to be copied or reproduced without permission from the author. Items made from my pattern may be sold (as long as you credit me as the designer and always link it back to this blog “FreeCuteKnit.com:) ), however this does not apply to business or corporation. Please contact me prior selling them at large scale. © Dina Wirawan


Ho ho ho! Finally I finished the Christmas Snowman knitting! It’s always very exciting when I see my creation come to life. This snowman probably will be my only Christmas related knitting for this year because it took me longer than I expected. Well, at least we still have 25 days before Christmas and enough time to knit some ;)

This mobile phone case is specifically designed for smart phones. It’s approximately 6.5cm wide x 11.7cm tall x 1.8cm depth so it will fit most smart phones (I have tested it with HTC Desire, HTC Incredible, Samsung Galaxy S1, iPhone 4 & Blackberry). If you notice, the depth is currently 1.8cm which means the case is currently a snug fit for Blackberry. But either way you don’t have to worry as there is a button on top so the phone won’t ever fall off!).

Free knitting patterns mobile phone case

The case with HTC Desire inside

All photos shown are using HTC Desire, so you can see it fits good even with the smallest phone. I will include knitting charts as well as instructions below so you can easily adjust the size to fit any other smart phones.

With colours, I tend to like soft romantic colours. I replaced Black, Red and White with Brown, Orange and Off-White. Which do you prefer?

I never done this before, I usually just show you my finished products, but I thought it could be nice to show my sketches too. When designing any knitting patterns, I always draw them on paper first. Here are a few of my sketches. ♥

Snowman mobile phone case sketch

First stages of sketching

Leave your comments, I would love to hear from you!

Difficulty Level:
Intermediate Difficulty
(well, aside from having to manage multiple yarns in the same time, this pattern is actually very easy! Though, typing them up was a colourful pain in the butt *lol*)

Skills Required:Free cute knitting patterns Snowman mobile phone case cover
CO: Cast On
K: Knit
P: Purl
Fair Isle: Colourwork knitting where stitches are knit alternately in various colours, with the unused colours stranded across the back of the work
BO: Bind Off

Finished Size: approx. 6.5cm wide x 11.5cm tall x 1.8cm depth (Please note that this size is made with the needles & yarn specified below, different yarns and needles size will produce different results)

Straight Needles: US 2½ – 3.0 mm

Snowman mobile phone case sketch knitting chart

Sketch stage 2 :)

Yarns:
Background & Back — Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in 16 Apple Green (dye lot #120708)
Hat, Scarf & Sides — Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in 20 Brown (dye lot #120712)
Hat & Scarf — Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in 7 Orange (dye lot #120502)
Snowman Body — Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in 3 Cream (dye lot #120602)
Eyes — Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in 2 Black (dye lot #10613)
Cheek — Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in 15 Pink (dye lot #120609)

Gauge:
15 stitches and 20 rows = 2″ inches in stockinette stitch

Facial Features:
scraps of black threads for mouth

Other Materials:
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle
1x Button of your choice (I use 10mm diameter button)
Scraps of green thread for sewing button

Free Snowman Mobile Phone Case knitting patterns:

*Note*: Whenever I say Sl1, I mean I slip my first stitch in the same direction as the pattern. So in a Knitting Row, I will slip my first stitch knitwise. In a Purling Row, I will slip my first stitch purlwise.

Front Side:
Starting from the bottom, with Cream, CO 20.
Row 1: K
Row 2: Sl1, P
Row 3: Sl1, K6, add Brown K6, K7
Row 4: Sl1, P6, P6, P7
Row 5: Sl1, K6, add Orange K6, K7
Row 6: Sl1, P6, P6, P7
Row 7: Repeat Row 3
Row 8: Repeat Row 4
Row 9: Repeat Row 5
Row 10: Repeat Row 6
Row 11: add Apple Green K1, K6, K6, K6, K1
Row 12: Sl1, P1, P5, P6, P5, P2
Row 13: Sl1, K2, K4, K6, K4, K3
Row 14: Sl1, P3, P3, P6, P3, P4
Row 15: Sl1, K4, *K2, K2* x 2 times, K2, K5
Row 16: Sl1, P4, *P2, P2* x 2 times, P2, P5
Row 17: Repeat Row 15
Row 18: Sl1, P6, P6, P7
Row 19: Sl1, K5, K8, K6
Row 20: Sl1, P4, P10, P5
Row 21: Sl1, K3, K12, K4
Row 22: Sl1, P3, P1, add Pink P1, P3, P2, P3, P1, P1, P4
Row 23: Sl1, K3, K2, K5, K2, K3, K4
Row 24: Sl1, P3, P1, P1, P8, P1, P1, P4. Cut off Pink Yarn
Row 25: Sl1, K3, K3, add Black K1, K4, K1, K3, K4
Row 26: Repeat Row 20
Row 27: Repeat Row 19. Cut off Cream Yarn
Row 28: Sl1, P3, P12, P4
Row 29: Sl1, K3, K12, K4
Row 30: Sl1, P6, P6, P7
Row 31: Sl1, K6, K6, K7. Cut off Orange Yarn
Row 32: Sl1, P6, P6, P7
Row 33: Sl1, K6, K6, K7
Row 34: Repeat Row 32
Row 35: Repeat Row 33
Row 36-40: Keep repeating rowing 32 & 33. (At Row 40, you will be repeating Row 32.)

Snowman sketch stage 3

Sketch stage 3 where I refine things more

Shaping the top:

Row 41: BO7 (Bind Off 7 Apple Green stitches, then cut off green yarn leaving approx 90cm for seaming later on. Pull that last yarn through the loop to complete the bind off.) Then K6 (weave the green yarn floats as per normal), then BO7.

When you have successfully completed this Row, you will have Bind Off all your green stitches and now you should have 6 Brown live stitches remaining on your needle.

Row 42: Sl1, P5Snowman mobile phone case cover free knitting patterns
Row 43: Sl1, K5
Row 44-52: Keep repeating Row 42 & 43. (At Row 52, you will be repeating Row 42)

Knitting Button Hole:
Row 53: Sl1, K2, BO2, K1. (4 sts remaining)
Row 54: Sl1, P1, CO2, P2 (6 sts total)

Row 55: Sl1, K5
Row 56: Sl1, P5
Row 57: BO

Weave in all ends except for the green yarn on the top.

Snowman knitted mobile phone case Blocking stage

Pin knitted materials when blocking to secure them in position.

Back Side:
Starting from the bottom, with Apple Green, CO20.
Work on Stockinette stitch until Row 40. Beginning with Knit at Row 1.
Row 41: BO

Cut yarn, leave approx 80cm tail for seaming later on.

The Sides:
Starting from one end, with Brown, CO6.
Work on garter stitch until Row 125. Garter stitch means you knit every row. Don’t forget to Slip your first stitch.
Row 126: BO

Cut yarn, weave in all ends.

Then block all materials and seam the pieces together. I use running stitch.

Snowman Free Knitting Chart:

Snowman Mobile Phone Case Knitting Chart

Click on the image for full size view. Right Click on the image and “Save Image As” to download it to your computer.

Instructions on how to resize the phone case:

  • Easiest way to adjust size is by changing your needle size. The bigger the needle the bigger the case will be. Remember to adjust your yarn size accordingly and check your gauge to make sure it can fit.
  • To resize phone case thickness so it will fit snuggly on thinner phones. Simply CO4 instead of 6 when knitting The Sides.
  • To resize the phone length so it can fit taller phone (e.g. iPhone 5), you will need to knit extra 6 rows. Increase Rows from the top and bottom of the pattern. (I would  increase 4 of the bottom rows, and 2 of the top rows)

Step-by-Step Video Tutorials

How to Knit Snowman Mobile Phone Cover (Part 1): Front Side Row 1-7

How to Knit Snowman Mobile Phone Cover (Part 2): Front Side Row 8-12

How to Knit Snowman Mobile Phone Cover (Part 3): Front Side Row 13-15

How to Knit Snowman Mobile Phone Cover (Part 4): Front Side Row 16-20

How to Knit Snowman Mobile Phone Cover (Part 5): Front Side Row 21-23

How to Knit Snowman Mobile Phone Cover (Part 6): Front Side Row 24-29

How to Knit Snowman Mobile Phone Cover (Part 7): Front Side Row 30-52

How to Knit Snowman Mobile Phone Cover (Part 8): Front Side Row 53-57

Updates:
4/1/13: video part 1 added
14/1/13: video part 2 added
17/1/13: video part 3 added
26/1/13: video part 4 added
9/2/13: video part 5 added
19/2/13: video part 6 added
22/2/13: video part 7 added
2/1/2014: video part 8 added

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Frog Coin Purse

AmareeLis Accessories, Bag 6 Comments cute amigurumi toys, free knitting patterns, intermediate knitting patterns, knitted bag, knitted frog, straight needles

Feel free to link to this pattern by linking directly to this page. Pattern is not to be copied or reproduced without permission from the author. Items made from my pattern may be sold (as long as you credit me as the designer and always link it back to this blog “FreeCuteKnit.com:) ), however this does not apply to business or corporation. Please contact me prior selling them at large scale. © Dina Wirawan


Ribbit! Here comes hopping the frog knitted coin purse. Well, not exactly hopping, but now it’s here anyhow! What I love about this frog coin purse is that his mouth is where the zipper is! So you can literally open and close the mouth by zipping it open and close.

I must admit knitting this project was extremely fun and exciting for me. This is because I used beads 

(I never used beads before and usually this would be impossible as it’s not baby safe, but now, it doesn’t need to be as a purse is never meant for babies!)

Frog Kero Keroppi Inspired coin purse free knitting patternsRest assured, I am really new with beads so there is no hard techniques involved here, just very simple stringing the beads with your sewing threads and needle then sewing them in place. I just thought they will be something new other than the usual embroidery I did. Hope you like the change! ;)

Out of the whole project, it took me the longest time deciding on the buttons I wanted for the eyes & the zipper colours! I had 3 different buttons for the eyes, and 4 different coloured zippers! Tossing and turning between them, before finally deciding on this one. This particular combination somewhat resembles Kero Keroppi anime cartoon character, if you don’t know Kero Keroppi, it’s basically a really cute frog cartoon character.

I’ve put the difficulty down as Intermediate, but this pattern is bordering Easy. You are knitting everything with straight needles and the trickiest part is knitting the eyes. I will write the knitting pattern in great details and explain things as much as I can. If you need help, just let me know and I will help the best I can!

Difficulty Level:
Intermediate Difficulty

Skills Required:
Frog Coin Purse free cute knitting patternsCO: Cast On
K: Knit
P: Purl
St St: Stockinette Stitch
SSK: Slip Slip Knit
M1L: Make 1 stitch Left increase
M1R: Make 1 stitch Right increase
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches as 1 together
P2tog: Purl 2 stitches as 1 together.
P2tog tbl: Purl 2 stitches as 1 together through the back loop
BO: Bind Off

Finished Size: approx. 8.5cm tall x 10cm width at largest point (Please note that this size is made with the needles & yarn specified below, different yarns and needles size will produce different results)

Straight Needles: US 2½ – 3.0 mm

Yarn:
Lincraft Superwash 8ply in 3005 (dye lot #774749)

Gauge:
Not important as it doesn’t need to fit. *Tips* Select slightly smaller needles for the recommend size yarn for sturdier purse

Facial Features:
2x buttons of your choice for eyes
scraps of pink thread & pink beads for cheek

Other Materials:
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle
Crown charm for the end of the zipper (As I was browsing eBay for my Crown Charm, I came upon this shop. I was soo close to buying this lovely golden cross crown but I was impatient to wait for it to arrive. The shop is located in the U.S, so if you are from America you might want to check it out!)
Red Satin fabric lining
Black zipper
Red thread for sewing fabric lining
Green thread for sewing buttons
Gold thread for sewing charm

Free Frog Coin Purse cute knitting patterns:

Body (back side):
Starting from the bottom, CO 30 sts.
Row 1: K

Frog Coin Purse after blocking

This is what they look like after blocking, nice and flat :)

I like to slip my 1st stitches to create a nice even edge which also makes it easier for seaming later on.

Row 2: Slip 1st stitch Purl wise, then P until end of row.
Row 3: Slip 1st stitch Knit wise, then K until end of row.

Repeat Row 2 & 3 until Row 10. So you will be working with the St St and at row 10, you will finish with Purl.

Free cute frog coin purse knitting patterns - Ribbit

The purse zipped opened, right before I added the crown charm!

Row 11: Slip 1st stitch Knit wise, SSK, K24, K2tog, K1 (28 sts total)
Row 12: Slip 1st stitch Purl wise, then P until end of row.
Row 13: Slip 1st stitch Knit wise, then K until end of row.
Row 14: Slip 1st stitch Purl wise, then P until end of row.
Row 15: Slip 1st stitch Knit wise, SSK, K22, K2tog, K1 (26 sts total)
Row 16: Slip 1st stitch Purl wise, then P until end of row.
Row 17: Slip 1st stitch Knit wise, then K until end of row.
Row 18: Slip 1st stitch Purl wise, then P until end of row.
Row 19: Slip 1st stitch Knit wise, SSK, K20, K2tog, K1 (24 sts total)
Row 20: Slip 1st stitch Purl wise, then P until end of row.
Row 21: Slip 1st stitch Knit wise, SSK, K18, K2tog, K1 (22 sts total)
Row 22: Slip 1st stitch Purl wise, then P until end of row.
Row 23: Slip 1st stitch Knit wise, SSK, K16, K2tog, K1 (20 sts total)
Row 24: Slip 1st stitch Purl wise, then P until end of row.
Row 25: BO

Cut yarn.

Body (front side):
To knit the front side, repeat the pattern for the back side above from Row 1 – Row 24. But instead of binding off at row 25, we want to make the eyes. Right now you have 20 sts total in your needle, we will be working on these live stitches separately. We will start with the first 8 stitches to form the first eye.Super Cute Knitted Frog Coin Purse, Free knitting patterns!

To knit the first eye:
Step 1: Slip 1st stitch Knit wise, K7.
Step 2: turn your needle around, Slip 1st stitch Purl wise, P7
Step 3: you are now back at the beginning, turn your needle around, Slip 1st stitch Knit wise, M1L, K6, M1R, K1 (10 sts total)
Step 4: turn your needle around, Slip 1st stitch Purl wise, P9
Step 5: you are now back at the beginning, turn your needle around, Slip 1st stitch Knit wise, K9
Step 6: turn your needle around, Slip 1st stitch Purl wise, P9
Step 7: you are now back at the beginning, turn your needle around, Slip 1st stitch Knit wise, SSK, K4, K2tog, K1 (8 sts total)
Step 8: turn your needle around, Slip 1st stitch Purl wise, P2tog tbl, P2. P2tog, P1 (6 sts total)
Step 9: you are now back at the beginning, turn your needle around, Slip 1st stitch Knit wise, SSK, K2tog, K1 (4 sts total)
Step 10: turn your needle around, P2tog tbl, P2tog (2 sts total)
Step 11: you are now back at the beginning, turn your needle around, K2tog (1 st remaining)

You are now at the top and just finished shaping the eyes. You now want to bring that last live stitch down so it’s not so far away from all the remaining stitches. To do this, you will pick 5 stitches on the left edge and everytime you pick a stitch and you have 2 live stitches on the right needle, you will pass one stitch over so there is only 1 live stitch remaining at all times. I was having too much fun knitting and forgot to record a video as I was doing this. *Oops* But luckily, this technique is similar to one of the video I did earlier in my Strawberry Keychain pattern. So you can refer to this video if you need help understanding the process. :)

Once you reach the bottom, BO 4 sts until you have 8 live stitches remaining. Now you are ready to do the second eye! To do the second eye:

Step 1: (Skip slipping the 1st stitch as you already have the first stitch on your right needle). K7
Repeat Step 2 – 11.

When you are at the top, you now want to bring that last live stitch down by picking stitches from the right edge instead of the left so the eye will mirror each other.

Making up Step-by-Step: (*Important* Before you join the pieces together, block all knitted materials. To block, simply spray lightly with cold water and block materials into shape and pin them to a towel and leave them to dry.)

  1. Sew beads for cheek using 2 strands of pink thread
  2. Sew the buttons for eyes using 2 strands of green thread
  3. Frog with one eye sewn on

  4. Cut 2x fabric linings to the same shape as the back side of the body, but make the length of the bottom slightly longer as it will need to be sewn to the zipper.
  5. Cute fabric linings for frog coin purse

  6. Overlock the fabric linings
  7. Shorten the zipper if you need to, but don’t cut it off yet. (from here on, refer to video below)
  8. Using 2 strands of red thread sew both fabric linings to the zipper
  9. With the zipper on the wrong side and the fabric lining right side is outside, using 2 strands of red thread, whipstitch the zipper area over and over to secure it.
  10. Turn so the zipper is on the right side and the fabric lining wrong side is outside, using 2 strands of red thread, sew the 3 remaining sides using running back stitch.
  11. If you haven’t done so earlier, weave all ends of our knitted green frog.
  12. Time to sew both of the knitted green frog to the zipper using 2 strands of green thread.
  13. Finally, sew the remaining 3 sides shut using 2 strands of green thread, being careful not to sew the fabric lining by accident.

Video Tutorials: Step 5 to Step 11

Crown Charm:
Use 4 strands of gold embroidery thread, string beads of your choice and attach the end to the zipper and secure tight.

We are done! As usual I will post all videos at later date. Lots for me to do now.. Time to design a new knitting pattern, while trying to catch up on the video tutorials *Eeepp*! I am thinking to do a Christmas theme for the next one. :) Until next time.. Enjoy and Happy Knitting!

Video Tutorials on Making Up the Frog Coin Purse

9/12/12: video tutorials on how to add the beads for cheek uploaded
12/12/12: video tutorials on how to make bead crown accessories uploaded
17/12/12: video tutorials steps 5 to 11 uploaded

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Strawberry Keychain / Keyring

AmareeLis Accessories, Keychain 9 Comments (DPN) double pointed needles, baby toys, cute amigurumi toys, face embroidery, free knitting patterns, intermediate knitting patterns, kid toys, knitted food, knitted toys, strawberry stuffed toys

Feel free to link to this pattern by linking directly to this page. Pattern is not to be copied or reproduced without permission from the author. Items made from my pattern may be sold (as long as you credit me as the designer and always link it back to this blog “FreeCuteKnit.com:) ), however this does not apply to business or corporation. Please contact me prior selling them at large scale. © Dina Wirawan


So, recently I’ve gotten addicted to knitting cute toys that have daily uses as well as being cute. This is why I’ve turned this free strawberry knitting patterns into a keychain. I’ve done few different versions of the strawberry finishes — with and without the face, with and without the yellow seeds. Which do you prefer? Leave your comments below!

I like how the size of the knitted strawberry is similar to a life sized one. As for the knitting patterns, I have put it down as intermediate instead of easy. This is because the stem is a little tricky! But don’t worry, I will include a video tutorial on how to knit the stem so you will have no trouble knitting them.

For the keyring, I’ve purchased mine from eBay. Must say I am very happy with the quality of the items for the price. For 12x Lobster Clasps and matching Split Rings, it only cost $2.99 AUD (includes free shipping too!). The items are shipped from China, so it may take a while but it’s worth the wait.

Difficulty Level:

Intermediate Difficulty

Skills Required:
CO: Cast OnStrawberry Keychain Keyring Free cute knititng patterns
K: Knit
P: Purl
M1: Make 1 stitch
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches as 1 together
Kfb: Knit front then back
DPN: Double Pointed Needles (ability to knit in the round)
BO: Bind Off

Finished Size: 8.3cm tall (without keychain) x 4cm diameter at largest point (Please note that this size is made with the needles & yarn specified below, different yarns and needles size will produce different results)

Needles: US 3 – 3.25 mm (sets of 4 or 5 DPNs)

Yarn:free Strawberry Keychain keyring knitting patterns
Body — Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in 18 Bright Red (dye lot #11621)
Green Stem — Lincraft Superwash 8ply in 3005 (dye lot #774749)

Gauge:
Not important as it doesn’t need to fit. *Tips* Select slightly smaller needles for the recommend size yarn so stuffing doesn’t show through.

Facial Features (optional):
scraps of black thread for eyes and mouth, scraps of yellow thread for cheek and seeds & scraps of green thread to attach body and stem together

Other Materials:
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle
Lobster Clasp with matching split ring (this is the exact item I bought from eBay)


Free Cute Strawberry Keychain / Keyring knitting patterns:

Body:

Strawberry knitting progression round 10

Strawberry knitting progression at round 10

Starting from the bottom, with DPN and Red, CO 4 sts. I evenly divided the sts to 4 DPN (1sts each). But you are more than welcomed to divide it to 3 DPN 1-2-1 sts each DPN. Being careful not to twist.
Round 1: Join, Kfb x 4 times (8 sts total)
Round 2: K. Place a stitch marker after your first stitch
Round 3: K2, M1, K4, M1, K2 (10 sts total)
Round 4: K
Round 5: *K3, M1, K2, M1* x 2 times (14 sts total)
Round 6: K
Round 7: *K4, M1, K3, M1* x 2 times (18 sts total)

Strawberry Free knitting patterns variations

Strawberry with both the seeds and face embroided

Round 8: *K5, M1, K4, M1* x 2 times (22 sts total)
Round 9: K
Round 10: *K11, M1* x 2 times (24 sts total)
Round 11: *K6, M1* x 4 times (28 sts total)
Round 12: K
Round 13: *K7, M1* x 4 times (32 sts total)
Round 14: K
Round 15: *K6, K2tog* x 4 times (28 sts total)
Round 16: *K5, K2tog* x 4 times (24 sts total)
Round 17: *K4, K2tog* x 4 times (20 sts total)
Round 18: *K3, K2tog* x 4 times (16 sts total)
Round 19: *K2, K2tog* x 4 times (12 sts total)

Cut yarn. thread through each remaining loop with tapestry needle. If you are embroidering the face, don’t close up the body yet. Do all embroidery now (face & seeds). Stuffed the body with fillings of your choice. Once finished, pull yarn tight to close up the hole and secure.

Green Stem:
Starting from the top, with DPN and Green, CO 4 sts. Leave approx. 80cm tail as you will need it for making up the keychain loop later. Being careful not to twist.

Round 1: K
Round 2: Kfb x 4 times (8 sts total)
Round 3: K
Round 4: *K2, M1* x 4 times (12 sts total)
Round 5: K
Round 6; *K2, M1* x 6 times (18 sts total)

Shaping the leaves:
You will now work on each leaves one by one. You now should have 18 sts total in your needles. For every 3 sts you are going to make 1 leaf. (6 leaves total)
Step 1: K3, turn your needle around
Step 2: P3, turn your needle around
Step 3: K1, K2tog, turn your needle around
Step 4: P2,  turn your needle around
Step 5: K2tog



Now you will notice you have reached the peak of your leaf. All is well, except the working yarn is too far separated from your next live stitch. What you want to do next is to pick up 4 stitches on the left edge of your leaf so you can slowly bring that working yarn down next to your live stitch.

Once you finished picking up 4 stitches on the edge and bringing that working yarn down, you want to join that stitch to the first remaining stitch. To do this, you slip the next stitch purlwise, then you pass the stitch that you have bring down earlier to this slipped stitch. Yay, you have just knitted the first leaf!

To do all the next leaves, the steps are exactly the same except for Step 1.

Consequent leaves: Strawberry Keychain Keyring cute knitting patterns
Step 1: K2, turn your needle around
Step 2-5: same as above.

Repeat above process until you have total of 6 leaves. Then, cut yarn and seam.

Keychain loop:
To make the keychain loop, you want to CO 10 with the long cast on tail earlier.
BO

Use tapestry needle to create a loop and secure the remaining yarn together.

Attach stem to the top of body with green thread. Use a thread instead of yarn as you want the join to be invisible when finished. Insert the split ring to the loop and you are done!

Video Tutorials on Shaping the leaves and creating the keychain loop

 6/12/12: video tutorials added

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Panda Hat Knitting Patterns

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Feel free to link to this pattern by linking directly to this page. Pattern is not to be copied or reproduced without permission from the author. Items made from my pattern may be sold (as long as you credit me as the designer and always link it back to this blog “FreeCuteKnit.com:) ), however this does not apply to business or corporation. Please contact me prior selling them at large scale. © Dina Wirawan


Difficulty Level:

Intermediate Difficulty

Skills Required:
CO: Cast OnFree cute Panda Hat Knitting patterns
K: Knit
P: Purl
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches as 1 together
Kfb: Knit front then back
Circular Needles / DPN
Pick up stitches
Duplicate stitches / Fair Isle / Intarsia

Finished Size: approx 58cm circumference, I cast on 78 sts. (Please note that this size is made with the needles & yarn specified below, different yarns and needles size will produce different results)

Needles: 7 mm (Circular needles / DPN)

Yarn:
White — Lincraft Veronica in White (dye lot #1175)
I used 1 ball of white = 71 yards (65 meters) /100 grams (3.53 ounces)

Black — Lincraft Luxe in Black (dye lot #111)
I used approx 1/2 ball of black = 28 yards (25.5 meters) /50 grams (1.76 ounces)

Gauge:
14 sts + 19 rows = 4″ (10cm) in Stockinette stitch.

Facial Features:
25mm

(for under 3yo, please embroidery the eyes instead)

Panda Hat Anyone?

So, my 3yr old son recent obsession is with Kungfu Panda. He loves watching the Disney movie on repeat and relate everything to Panda — such as, panda toilet, panda car, panda chicken (I don’t know why he started talking panda language, though I must admit it’s kinda cute!). Now, knitting a hat took me ages! I select super bulky yarns to make the hat since I thought bigger yarn and needles means faster to finish. Well, that is true though I kinda regret it a little now because I just found out that I don’t like the look of finished knitted bulky yarn as much as fine one. I am planning to make 2 hats, one for me and another for him (and you can bet that the next hat will use smaller yarn and needles ;) ).

Cute Kungfu Panda Inspired beanie hat, free patternsFor anyone who wants to knit the panda hat for babies, I would strongly recommend smaller yarn and needles so the finished work will look soft and cuddly. I have included 4 different measurements below, I wouldn’t cast less than 72 sts or the panda face will be located too close to the side of the head. So if you do cast less, please modify the panda chart so that the eyes doesn’t sit too close to the side of the hat. *Important* I include bigger measurements for anyone who wish to knit with smaller yarn and needles, thus needing to cast on more stitches. Always check your gauge :)

I have knitted the hat separately from the other elements and later using duplicate stitch method to add the eyes. If you prefer, you can use the chart below to knit them together. I personally haven’t tried Intarsia / Fair Isle / Duplicate stitch when I was designing this hat, and after reading many references, I decided that duplicate stitching will be the easiest to do out of the 3. Plus, it gives a slightly raised look to the finished work which will look great for eyes.

If you need any help, I have also included video tutorials in great details showing each knitting progression.

Free Panda Hat knitting pattern:

Hat:

Me wearing Panda hat before I add eyes and mouth

Me wearing Panda hat before I add eyes and mouth

With Black and circular needles / DPN,  Co 72 (78, 84, 90) sts. Being careful not to twist.
Round 1: Place a stitch marker & join. K
Round 2: P
Round 3: Switch to White, K
Round 4: Keep Knitting until you reach the length desired to fit. I knit until 16cm long and it fits my head as shown in picture. (refer to this size chart for more details. *Remember* that you will still need to decrease the round which adds to the total height of the hat)

Decreasing Round:
Round 1: *K4, K2tog* (60 [65, 70, 75] sts total)
Round 2: K
Round 3: *K3, K2tog* (48 [52, 56, 60] sts total)
Round 4: K
Round 5: *K2, K2tog* (36 [39, 42, 45] sts total)
Round 6: K
Round 7: *K1, K2tog* (24 [26, 28, 30] sts total)
Round 8: K
Round 9: *K2tog* (12 [13, 14, 15] sts total)

Cut yarn, and thread through each loop with tapestry needle. Pull tight and secure.

Nose:
With Circular Needles / DPN and White, refer to the chart below and pick up 48 stitches. I start from the bottom right working my way clockwise. ( If you prefer, you can just CO 48 sts and later joined the nose together to the face. If you do, don’t forget to leave a really long CO tail so you can sew them on in place later on.)

Round 1: Place a stitch marker, K
Round 2: K
Round 3: *K2, K2tog* (36 sts total)
Round 4-6: K
Round 7: K8, K2tog, K6, K2tog, K8, K2tog, K6, K2tog (32 sts total)
Round 8: K
Round 9: K7, K2tog, K5, K2tog, K7, K2tog, K5, K2tog (28 sts total)
Round 10: K
Round 11: K6, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K6, K2tog, K4, K2tog (24 sts total)
Round 12: K
Round 13: Switch to Black, K5, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K5, K2tog, K3, K2tog (20 sts total)
Cut White yarn, seam ends together before proceeding further.
Round 14: K (stuffed the nose with fiberfill now)
Round 15: K4, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K2, K2tog (16 sts total)
Round 16: *K2tog* (8 sts total)

Cut yarn, thread through each loop with tapestry needle, pull tight and secure.


Eyes:
With Black and tapestry needle, duplicate stitches as per chart provided.

Free Cute Panda Hat Knitting Chart

Click on the image to see full-size version of the chart

Ear (make 2):
With Straight Needles and Black, CO 5
Row 1: K
Row 2: *K1, Kfb* 2 times, K1 (7 sts total)
Row 3: K
Row 4: *K1, Kfb* 3 times, K1 (10 sts total)
Row 5: K
Row 6: K
Row 7: *K1, K2tog* 3 times, K1 (7 sts total)
Row 8: K
Row 9: *K1, K2tog* 2 times, K1 (5 sts total)
Row 10: K

Cut yarn, thread through all remaining loops with tapestry needle, pull a little so the ear curves. Thread it downwards and attach it to the top of the hat.

Video Tutorials for Knitting the Panda Hat:

How to Knit a Panda Hat (Part 1: The Hat)

How to Knit a Panda hat (Part 2: The Nose)

How to Knit a Panda hat (Part 3: The Eyes)

How to Knit a Panda hat (Part 4: The Ears)

Ok, I planned to include all the videos in a single post, but guess what.. They are massive!! I’ve been editing the videos for almost a week now and I still couldn’t finish it :( So I will post the videos later on. The videos includes detailed steps for knitting the panda hat. I am planning to divide them into parts so I won’t go crazy waiting for the video encoding time, plus it will be easier to check out the videos only on the parts you want to see later on. Will link the videos directly above this paragraph when they are ready!

*Updates*:
26/10/12 — YESS!! Part 1 is finished, 3 more parts to go :O! (Subscribe to the newsletter if you want to be the first to know about the update ;) )
4/11/12 — Part 2 uploaded.
10/11/12 — Part 3 uploaded.
12/11/12 — Part 4 uploaded. All completed! :)

This must be my longest post to date, I just hope it helps anyone who tries to knit the kungfu panda inspired hat. If you need any help, just ask and I’ll try my best :)   Good luck & Happy knitting!

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Heart & Black Sunglasses / Pirate Eye Patch

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Feel free to link to this pattern by linking directly to this page. Pattern is not to be copied or reproduced without permission from the author. Items made from my pattern may be sold (as long as you credit me as the designer and always link it back to this blog “FREE Cute Knit.com” :) ), however this does not apply to business or corporation. Please contact me prior selling them at large scale. © Dina Wirawan


Pirate pig Oink! cute free knitting patternsAhoy! Here comes Free Accessories time! I was inspired to knit some cute sunglasses for the recently finished Sweet Carrot & Cool Carrot. But once they are done, my little boy started playing and put them on my other finished knitted projects — and the best part is that they work with other toys too! Also, if you make just half of the black sunglasses, it will become a pirate eye patch (yes they are really versatile!). I leave a long tail for the ends so I can just tie it up around the toys, but if you want it permanent, you can sew them on the sides of the face.

free knitting patterns Sweet Carrot & Cool Carrot - cute together wearing sunglassesFree Black Sunglasses / Pirate Eye patch Knitting Patterns:

Difficulty Level:
Very Easy Difficulty

Cute Angel Candy Corn wearing sunglasses free knitting patterns
Skills Required:
CO: Cast On
K: Knit
Kfb: Knit in the front normally, but don’t take off your stitch from the left needle, instead knit another one from the back
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together
BO: Bind Off

Finished Size:
Black Sunglasses — approx 4cm length (frame only) x 1.2cm tall.
Pirate Eye Patch — approx 2cm length x 1.2cm tall.
(Please note that this size is made with the needles & yarn specified below, different yarns and needles size will produce different results)

Needles: US 0 – 2.0 mm

Yarn:
Sunglasses & Eye Patch — Panda Cotton blend in 2 Black (dye lot #10613)

Knitting Pattern begins here (make 1 = eye patch) (make 2 = black sunglasses):

CO 3Cool Carrot - free cute sunglasses knitting pattern
Row 1: K
Row 2: K
Row 3: Kfb, K2 (4 sts total)
Row 4: K
Row 5: K
Row 6: K2, K2tog (3 sts total)
Row 7: BO1, K1 (2)
Row 8: BO

Cut yarn and leave a long tail for tying. For sunglasses, make 2 and join together by seaming through the top. I have included a video tutorial below to show you what I did :)

Tutorials: How to join 2 pieces of the sunglasses together

Free Heart Sunglasses Knitting Patterns:

Difficulty Level:
Intermediate Difficulty

Skills Required:
CO: Cast On
K: Knit
P: Purl
Fair Isle: Knitting with different colour yarns simultaneously
Kfb: Knit in the front normally, but don’t take off your stitch from the left needle, instead knit another one from the back
Pfb: Purl in the front normally, but don’t take off your stitch from the left needle, instead purl another one from the back
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches as 1 together
P2tog: Purl 2 stitches as 1 together


Pig Oink! Heart Sunglasses - cute free knitting patternsFinished Size: approx 5.5cm length (frame only) x 2cm tall. (Please note that this size is made with the needles & yarn specified below, different yarns and needles size will produce different results)

Needles: US 0 – 2.0 mm

Yarn:
Red — Panda Cotton blend in 18 (dye lot #11621)
Black — Panda Cotton blend in 2 Black (dye lot #10613)

Knitting Pattern begins here (make 2):

With Red, CO 5
Row 1: K
Row 2: K1, (change to Black) K3, Kfb (6 sts total)
Row 3: Pfb, P4, P1 (7 sts total)
Row 4: K2, K4, K1Sweet Carrot Heart Sunglasses - cute free knitting pattern
Row 5: P2, P4, P1
Row 6: K1, K3, K1, K2tog (6 sts total)
Row 7: P2tog, P4 (5 sts total)
Row 8: K

Cut yarn, leave a long tail and thread through the remaining loop with tapestry needle. Make 2 and join together by seaming through the top to secure together in the same way as the black sunglasses.

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Candy Corn

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Difficulty Level:
Easy Difficulty
Knitting patterns are available in both Easy & Intermediate version.

Sweet Candy Corn knitted toySkills Required:
CO: Cast On
K: Knit
P: Purl
M1: Make 1 stitch
SSK: Slip slip knit 2 stitches together as 1
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches as 1 together
BO: Bind Off
DPN: Double Pointed Needles (the ability to knit in the round for intermediate version only)

Finished Size: approx 5cm wide x 8cm tall x 3cm depth (Please note that this size is made with the needles & yarn specified below, different yarns and needles size will produce different results)

Needles: US 3 – 3.25 mm

Yarn:
Body Yellow — Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in 6 Yellow (dye lot #120501)
Body Orange — Lincraft Double Knitting Yarn (dye lot #1189)
Body White — Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in 1 White (dye lot #12001 )

Facial Features:
6mm black safety eyes, little scrap of black yarn for eyebrows / mouth (use thinner yarn for mouth), little scrap of pink yarn for cheek

Halloween is a month away, and there is no better time to start preparing some handmade zero calories candy treats! If you come to this page from the home banner, you will notice that these candy corns have no wings attached. Yes, unfortunately no wings this time… my original wings knitting pattern is coming in the next post. Once they are ready I will share them with you :) In the meantime, please enjoy the free candy corn pattern to get you started!

The easy candy corn knitting pattern is designed by Crafty Alien and you can find it HERE. Crafty Alien has kindly converted their crochet pattern into knitting patterns and you can easily knit these candy corn with straight knitting needles.

Two most hardest skills in the pattern are M1 and SSK. I have previously attached both video tutorials on M1 and SSK in my free pig pattern post. On the other hand, if you are looking for more challenge and wish to knit in the round, I have provided the pattern conversion below.

Pattern Modification:

Body of Candy Corn:
with a set of 4 DPN needles and Yellow Yarn, CO 18 sts. Place 6 sts on each 3 DPN. Being careful not to twist.
Row 1:
Knit.
Row 2: K4, M1, K1, M1, K8, M1, K1, M1, K4. (22 sts total)
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: K4, (M1, K1) 3 times, K8, (M1, K1) 3 times, K4. (28 sts total)
Row 5: Knit.
Row 6: K4, (M1, K2) 3 times, K8, (M1, K2) 3 times, K4. (34 sts total)
Row 7: Knit.
Row 8: Knit.
Row 9: Knit.
Row 10: Knit.
Row 11: K5, K2TOG, K3, SSK, K10, K2TOG, K3, SSK, K5. (30 sts total)

Switch to Orange Yarn:
Row 12: Knit.
Row 13: Knit.
Row 14: Knit.
Row 15: K4, K2TOG, K3, SSK, K8, K2TOG, K3, SSK, K4. (26 sts total)
Row 16: Knit.
Row 17: Knit.
Row 18: Knit.
Row 19: K3, K2TOG, K3, SSK, K6, K2TOG, K3, SSK, K3. (22 sts total)  (rearrange sts if necessary)
Row 20: Knit.
Row 21: Knit.
Row 22: Knit.

Switch to White Yarn:
Row 23: K2, K2TOG, K3, SSK, K4, K2TOG, K3, SSK, K2. (18 sts total) (rearrange sts if necessary)
Row 24: Knit.
Row 25: Knit.
Row 26: Knit.
Row 27: K1, K2TOG, K3, SSK, K2, K2TOG, K3, SSK, K1. (14 sts total) (rearrange sts if necessary)
Row 28: Knit.
Row 29: Knit.
Row 30: Knit.
Row 31: K2TOG, K3, SSK, K2TOG, K3, SSK. (10 sts total) (rearrange sts if necessary)

Naughty Candy Corn knitted toyCut yarn, leaving approx. 10cm tail, thread through the loop and pull tight to close the hole. Seam the yarn inside to secure.

By this stage, I seamed all the other cast on & end tails to tidy up, and leaving the last Yellow cast on thread for closing up later on. Now, comes the face embroidery time! I personally use 6mm black safety eyes, but if you are making this for a baby, please embroidery the eyes instead.

Thanks for reading and happy knitting! ♥

 


Happy Fried Egg

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Difficulty Level:

Intermediate Difficulty

Happy Fried Egg free cute knit patternSkills Required:
CO: Cast On
K: Knit
DPN: Double Pointed Needles (the ability to knit in the round)
M1: Make 1 stitch
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches as 1 together
Yo: Yarn over
BO: Bind Off

Finished Size: approx 9cm diameter. 2.5cm tall (Please note that this size is made with the needles & yarn specified below, different yarns and needles size will produce different results)

Needles: US 3 – 3.25 mm

Yarn:
Egg White — Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in 1 White (dye lot #12001)
Yolk — Lincraft Double Knitting Yarn (dye lot #1189)

Facial Features:
6mm black safety eyes, little scrap of black yarn for mouth & little scrap of yellow yarn for cheek blush

So after I finished knitting the Tiny Chicken , I thought that hey what could be better to accompany it than a cute egg. Well, instead of a normal round shaped egg, why not a fried one? This is where this cute fried egg knitting pattern comes in. Designed by Ala & Ela, you can download the free pattern HERE.

I don’t remember where I read it from, but apparently someone knitted this very same fried egg pattern in just 12 minutes! I cannot imagine how fast her/his hands has to move to knit it up so quickly! (Well I certainly for one took much longer than that). I found this pattern quite tricky yet very intricate — the egg white uses both M1 and Yo, both are different type of knit increase technique to produce interestingly beautiful pattern to the finished knit work.

I previously cover the M1 knit tutorials in Oink pattern, as for the Yo technique you can find it below. This video has helped me understand the YO technique and I hope this will help you too :)

Tutorials: How to knit (Yo) Yarn Over

Pattern modification:

Face embroidery and making up

Which cheek blusher colour do you like better? :)

I modified the yolk knitting pattern slightly. Right after you join, I knit 3 rows instead of  8 rows. Then, when making up, I reverse the side so that the wrong side is on the outside as the shape curls up automatically and created this circular look. After sewing it onto the egg white halfway, I began making the face embroidery. I personally used 6mm black safety eyes, if you want it to be baby safe please embroidery the eyes instead. I constantly debated whether to give it a pink or yellow blush, in the end I go with the yellow one. What do you think? Do you like the pink or yellow better? :)

Happy Knitting! ♥


Tiny Chickens

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Difficulty Level:
Intermediate Difficulty

Tiny Chicken animal stuffed toy

Skills Required:
CO: Cast On
DPN: Double pointed needles
Kfb: Knit front and back
K: Knit
P: Purl
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches as 1 together
BO: Bind Off
Picking up stitches
Knitting I-Cord

Finished Size: approx 4.5cm tall x 3.5cm wide x 3cm depth (Please note that this size is made with the needles & yarn specified below, different yarns and needles size will produce different results)
**Note that due to the tiny size this is NOT a toy, and unsuitable to be given to under 3yo toddlers due to potential chocking hazards**

Needles: US 3 – 3.25 mm

Yarn:
Body & Wings — Patons Australia Zhivago Home in 5 (dye lot #762275)
Comb — Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in 18 (dye lot #11621)
Legs — Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in 6 Yellow (dye lot #120501)

Facial Features:
scraps of black yarn for the eyes & the same yellow yarn for the beak

So yesterday I was having the urge to suddenly knit something. I haven’t knit for a few days since I was crazily busy getting this blog up and running, but now I thought it’s a good time to get back to knitting again.

I always research what I wanted to knit and usually it takes forever (searching for patterns online and comparing them from one another, searching for actual images for colour inspiration, yarn selection process, all takes ages to do!). So after deciding I want to knit a Panda hat, I just found out that I don’t have suitable black yarn at home. Since it was just after midnight, I had no choice but to choose something else to knit. That’s where this extra tiny chickens came in. This tiny chickens pattern is designed by Anna Hrachovec, and you can find it HERE.

This tiny chickens were quite challenging to make, aside from knowing how to use DPN I also needed to learn some new skills. The first is Kfb (Knitting in the front and back). Kfb, just like M1 is another technique of adding an extra stitch to your needle. The way is slightly different and I personally find it a little easier as you don’t need to second guess where the in between stitches are like in M1.

Tutorials: How to Knit increases: Kfb

The next one is learning how to pick up stitches. This technique is used in creating the comb and wings for the chicken. It’s a nifty way of joining the knitting together which takes less time than creating the parts separately and then joining it together at the end. What you have to do is essentially locate the “V” shape of your stitches and insert your needle to begin knitting again. I had trouble picking up the stitches as my yarn kept slipping off, so I used a crochet needle to pick them up (it was much easier!). When you get up to knitting the wings, you will notice that the pattern has a mistake in it. Anna has corrected the mistake in her blog HERE

Tutorials: How to pick up stitches in Knitting

Last but not least is learning how to knit an I-Cord. This was my favourite tutorials, she explains I-Cord and make it sounds so simple. Also in this video she teaches you how to do CO (Cast on) using your hand instead of needles. This technique is a big time saver as you can cast on much faster with hand therefore it’s much easier to count your stitches as you cast. To knit I-Cord, the main point is that you should never turn around your needles and instead slide off your work to the other side, then you knit again.

Tutorials: How to knit I-Cord & How to do Hand (CO) Cast On

While I was knitting my tiny chicken, I notice that the wings were a little short. If I knit another one I would knit extra rows to make them slightly longer. The hardest part I found were actually inserting the legs inside the body. I love to stuffed my toys really tight (which explains why my chicken looks plump ;) ), and it was really difficult to pull through the i-cord along the fiberfill. But finally after I push and push.. it went in successfully. One side of the i-cord looks really strained after the force-pulling (Ooops), but luckily I found the legs looks too long anyway so I just undo some of the stitches to make them look cute and even.

Tiny Chicken fit in the palm of your hand

Now that it’s all done, my tiny chicken somewhat looks a little lonely by itself. Maybe if you can knit one too, be sure to post / tag it to the Facebook page and share it with us!


Oink

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Difficulty Level:

 Intermediate Difficulty

Skills Required:

Oink flying pig stuffed toy

CO: Cast On
K: Knit
DPN: Double Pointed Needles (the ability to knit in the round)
M1: Make 1 stitch
K2tog: Knit 2 stitches as 1 together
SSK: Slip Slip Knit
P2tog: Purl 2 stitches as 1 together
BO: Bind Off

Finished Size: approx 8cm wide x 9cm tall x 7cm depth (Please note that this size is made with the needles & yarn specified below, different yarns and needles size will produce different results)

Needles: US 3 – 3.25 mm

Yarn:
Body — Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in 15 Pink (dye lot #120609)
Inner ear / Tip of nose — Patons Australia Zest 8 Ply in 3707 (dye lot #33674)
Wing — Panda Cotton Blend 8ply in 3 Cream (dye lot #120602)

Facial Features:
little scrap of  black yarn for face embroidery


Oink, the flying pig is a free pattern designed by Susan B. Anderson, you can download it for free HERE. This cute piglet has wings attached to its body. It’s optional whether you decide to make it or not, but the clever Hi Bounce Pinky Ball adds a really nice touch! Susan has designed Oink to fit a bouncing ball within the body, so that he bounces when you drop him (yeap he flies!). Of course the ball is also optional — I couldn’t find a bouncing ball when I make mine so I have just stuffed him with the usual fiberfill.

This pattern requires some more skills compared to the Bunny Nugget one, however don’t get discouraged as I will go through them as much as I can. Aside from the ability to knit with DPN in the round, you will need to know how to make one stitch (m1), slip slip knit (ssk), whipstitch and do face embroidery. Out of all these, the trickiest stitch I found is m1. You encountered m1 as early as row 2 when you are starting to knit the body. I seriously spent hours (I think it was 3) getting stuck at this row and not knowing how to spot the yarn that is meant to be in between the two stitches. The best way to counter this is to practice the m1 in a separate needles & yarn by knitting a few rows first before you are attempting the m1 as it is easier to see the in between stitches when your knitting is longer. This YouTube video in particular helped me when learning m1

Tutorials: How to do M1

With ssk, you slip the first two stitches from the left needle to the right, then knitting the two yarn that you slipped together. The video below shows how this is done

Tutorials: How to do SSK

Finding how to do whipstitch in YouTube was a little difficult, but with persistence anything is possible ;) The video below consists of four short clips on joining two materials together, whipstitch is featured on the third one.

Tutorials: How to do Whipstitch

Face embroidery in this particular project is a little bit tricky since the pig body has been sealed. Here is a helpful video teaching you how to secure your yarn properly so that the thread is invisible to the naked eye.

Tutorials: How to secure your yarn in Face Embroidery

That is it! Hopefully this blog has helped cleared some of your questions with knitting this pattern.Oink knit pig with wings

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Knitting! ♥


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