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Tiny November Knitalong

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

All of sudden I had this idea today. I have a few free pattern projects that are already finished but in my head I still had a seasonal toy that I really wanted to do for Spud says! for the month of November. Clearly I had to do it. I cast on this morning and started working and writing on the pattern for this very project. I started thinking that maybe it would be fun if you would work right along with me, kind of like a tiny knitalong. What do you think?

Here is the plan, if you are interested I am going to post this pattern in pieces in the hopes that you will join me in progress! I will also post the pattern at the end of the project as a regular free pattern in pdf format. You will be able to access the entire pattern at the end so don’t worry about piecing the pattern together, I’ll do that work for you. The pattern will create a small, seasonal for November-type toy.

I want to keep the finished project a secret but I don’t think it is too tough to figure out what I am knitting (play along just to humor me). We’ll get this one whipped up way before it’s time for Thanksgiving. Easily.

Here is some information for the project:

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 1 skein in Rootbeer #7503 and small amounts of Firefly #7505, Firecracker #7509, Pollen#7508, Toast #7506 and Grass #7502 (or any assortment of fall inspired colors!)

Needles: US size 6 needles, double-pointed needles, set of 4 OR size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 5 ½ stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Materials:

Yarn needle

Scissors

Small amount of fiberfill

Small amount of poly-pellets (optional and do not use if the project is intended for babies or young children)

Ruler or tape measure

Stitch marker

The fun thing about this knitalong is that the project is small so we’ll be finished quickly. I would love to see your finished November-themed toys at the end when we finish all of the steps.

Here we go for the first part of the pattern:

Body:

With Rootbeer and the double-pointed needles, cast on 9 stitches placing 3 stitches on each of 3 double-pointed needles. Join to work in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch.

Rnd 1: knit

Rnd 2: kfb in each stitch (6 sts per needle, 18 sts total)

Rnd 3: knit

Rnd 4: kfb in each stitch (12 sts per needle, 36 sts total)

Rnds 5 and 6: knit

Rnd 7: (k3, kfb) repeat to the end of the round (15 sts per needle, 45 sts total)

Place a stitch marker on round 7 and leave it there. Knit every round until the body measures 2 1/2 inches above the stitch marker.

Let’s stop there for now and I will be back with the next step as soon as I get it knitted myself! This will be very soon, I promise. There is nothing like a little pressure to really get me going. I’m always up for a challenge.

Well, I hope you’ll join me in my first ever Spud & Chloe “mystery project” knitalong. It should be a fun one.

Happy weekend!

30 Responses to “Tiny November Knitalong”

  1. October 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm Ellen says:

    I’ll try to join you, although the whole dpn thing has me nervous. LOL. You never know until you try. I have plenty of website resources to look up to remind me how to set it up.

  2. October 30, 2009 at 4:57 pm Rachel says:

    ooo oooo I’m in.

    Just don’t tell the boss lady. SHHHHH!!!

    I have too many projects coming up that will need needles.

    But this little bitty one…I can do it!!!

  3. October 30, 2009 at 5:07 pm Jennie says:

    I’m intrigued…so I think I’m in! I’ve been wanting to knit a toy…I’m going to go look through my stash for some yarn : )

  4. October 30, 2009 at 5:40 pm Kristen says:

    I hope to join you, but I’ll have to track down my yarn first. I don’t have enough on hand. Hopefully I’ll get that done this weekend.

  5. October 30, 2009 at 6:25 pm Amybel says:

    Count me in. I don’t have Sweater (can’t seem to find any around here) but I do love a good stash dive!

  6. October 30, 2009 at 11:18 pm Yolanda Pugh says:

    Sounds like fun! I would love to participate.

  7. October 31, 2009 at 7:07 am Patty Pierce says:

    Love, Love, Love the mystery knit along idea!!!!!

  8. October 31, 2009 at 8:39 am Rebecca says:

    Sounds like fun! I have a feeling I know where you are going with this and I have a 23 mo old who would be very excited about the finished result. Like some of the other ladies, I am going to have go for the stash dive!

  9. October 31, 2009 at 10:56 am Andi says:

    Okay, I’m in too. Suffering from bad knee and very fluish. May be just the medicine I need! Off to the “Stash room …cough….cough… I mean guest room. LOL!

  10. October 31, 2009 at 11:34 am Raili says:

    Ohh!!! This sounds like so much fun! We don’t have Spud & Chloe yarn available here, so I’ll have to raid the stash, but I’m so excited to take part in this! What a great idea.

  11. October 31, 2009 at 12:20 pm chris says:

    Joining in…love the idea…will be my first mystery knit a long, ever. I have done quilt/block mysteries….this sounds like such a cute idea…thanks for creating it and the space for us to join you.

  12. October 31, 2009 at 3:21 pm Tanya says:

    Count me in. Sounds like fun! What a great idea!

  13. October 31, 2009 at 3:36 pm Brenda Kempf says:

    I’m caught up…what a fun idea…can’t wait to see what it is!

  14. October 31, 2009 at 9:07 pm Natalie says:

    How awesome! This is going to be great fun! Your knits and blog are inspiring, thanks for doing something so fun!

  15. October 31, 2009 at 10:44 pm IBAmyB says:

    Oh boy! No Spud & Chloe, but do have things in my stash that would work. Can’t wait to see Part 2!

  16. October 31, 2009 at 11:15 pm Oiyi says:

    I’m in! I am just going to use stash yarn since I don’t have any Spud and Chloe yarn on hand.

  17. November 1, 2009 at 2:18 am nevernotknitting says:

    What a super cute idea!!!!!

  18. November 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm jenn says:

    Hi – I’m going to play but I don’t do worsted weight so I will be using sock yarn and size 2 DPN’s! You say it will be tiny but I hope you can still see mine when done!!! LOL

  19. November 1, 2009 at 8:27 pm Diane says:

    I’m started and can’t wait to see the outcome. I have a 1 year old GD that can play with this toy.. I want to make her the giraffe! I have too many things gong right to start it. I will do it after Christmas!!!!

  20. November 1, 2009 at 8:34 pm Barb Yerke says:

    I am THRILLED to being doing a KAL with you. I LOVE your work and am SO excited that you started this. THANK YOU. Can’t wait to see the finished project.

  21. November 1, 2009 at 8:52 pm Tjaa says:

    I’m all caught up and having fun. Can’t wait to see what comes next :)

  22. November 2, 2009 at 12:19 am Prairie Girl says:

    Just came across this tonight on Ravelry!

    What a perfect excuse for stash busting! Will have a look and make sure I have all the colours. Hope to cast on tomorrow :)

  23. November 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm tammie says:

    i’m in! just getting back into blogging and knitting again after 2+ years, and this is the perfect way to do it! thank you!

  24. November 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm Carolyn Venhaus says:

    Too cute! Am having way to much fun with this! You are seiously undermining my Christmas knitting…oh well! Keep on with the adorable patterns. How about a Scarecrow. I was sitting here thinking about that, but don’t have your designing skills!

    Carolyn

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  27. October 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm sanderson says:

    Oh, you can do it!! I love my dpns and with a little practice you will too. Thanks for joining me, this should be fun.

  28. October 30, 2009 at 5:03 pm sanderson says:

    The term, boss lady, makes me laugh every single time. It is so funny, cracks me up.

    Shhhhh is right, I won’t let a word slip out of my lips to our boss lady. No way.

    This is going to be really, really quick and fun! You won’t regret it.

  29. October 31, 2009 at 11:07 pm IBAmyB says:

    Oh, since I don’t have Rootbeer, would black or brown be the best color to use? (Since I don’t know the finished product!)

  30. November 1, 2009 at 5:58 am sanderson says:

    Hi Amy,
    Use brown! Good to hear from you!!!
    (Amy is my volunteer editor on Ravelry and she is my right hand over there! Loooove Amy!)
    susan