Hi there! I hope this week is going good for you. It’s going fine over here. I think we are on day #8, and the last day, of really warm November weather. It has been nice, but it is starting to feel a little bit weird. I hate to say this, but I am looking forward to more seasonal temperatures. Remind me I said this when I am complaining about the cold. 🙄
Sunday night I finished up *gasp* a knitting pattern! It’s been so long–I’ve been way too lazy, sorry if you’ve been waiting for more. I have ideas, but it is SO much work putting the designs onto paper, or virtual paper I should say. It’s hard getting into pattern writing mode, but when the pattern is done I am very happy it’s out there for you.
Over the years I have been asked to put my ear flap hat into pattern form. It’s specifically designed for the Little Darlings who wear a 7″-8″ wig, but this should fit other dolls with the same sized head.
The Ear Flap Hat pattern is different from my last ones in that it includes a video link to illustrate steps where visuals could help make the steps clearer. I am a visual learner–I know many of us are; I am hoping this video is quite helpful. There are clickable time stamps in the video’s description so that you can click and go to the exact place in the video that you need to go to–no jumping around randomly.
Now that this pattern sample is made I must get the rest of this outfit created. What are you working on this week?
Alice and I are sending you a virtual hug. 🤗 Stay safe. 💛
Wow! Two in a month! Not a lot of new ensembles made this month, but hey, two new patterns! I’d say I’ve had a busy month.
My newest pattern is for dear, sweet Patience! It’s her first, and she’s very excited!
I included Patience’s measurements on the for sale page as well as in the pattern in case you have a doll that might be close to her in size. I’ve always thought she is about like Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken, not including her head, of course.
I hope you all are having a great day today! It’s a crystal clear sunny, yet cool day here in northern Illinois.
Happy Saturday to you all! The snowfall from this past week is almost all melted around here, and spring is feeling just a bit more of a reality than it did a week ago. Yay! I know a lot of you already have lots of blossoms and blooms happening in the garden. That sounds wonderful!
My latest cardigan from the “Rosies and Lavender” ensemble has been published. It uses fingering weight yarn and can be worn as a cardigan or reversed to look like a pullover. I reworked the neckline to dip in a little bit, so it does not cut across the neck. The lace panels are on the back, sleeves, and along the front edges. The sewn bind off keeps the hemlines stretchy so that the lace can remain open and beautiful.
The lace stitch panels are only 9 stitches wide with lace rows worked on two right side rows every 6 rows. You are not constantly knitting lace stitches. I also have the lace stitches written in a vertical format that I find easy to follow. They are also graphed. To alleviate mistakes, I added instructions for using ring markers to mark off your lace panels so that you can count your stitches immediately after knitting those stitches. The rows that each of the two different lace rows are worked on are also noted on the charts and graph. I try to make knitting these lace panels as foolproof as possible as I tended to forget yarn overs or decreases. This method works for me every time.