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August 31, 2011

Knickers for Chloë – Free Pattern

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have wanted make Chloë a quick pair of knickers ever since I knit her a few years ago. This week I was determined to do just that. I whipped up a simple undergarment for Miss Chloë that is specifically shaped for her round little body and skinny legs that sit at the front. She has a bit of an unusual shape, cute as it is. It took several tries to get it just right but I am very pleased with the outcome.

I am delighted to share the pattern for Knickers for Chloë with you today. That Chloë is getting quite a sweet wardrobe. It is fun to add a little something here and there for her.

The knickers could be made in many different colors of Sweater. If your Chloë doll is for a child I know they will enjoy an undergarment or two to dress her with. I don’t know if you have noticed but one of the first things kids do when they get a doll is to see what is underneath the clothes. This is a universal phenomenon. Now Chloë is covered!

Here are some things you might like to know:

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater in Igloo #7517, 1 hank (only a small amount is needed)

Needles: US 7 dpns

Gauge: 5 sts per inch in stockinette stitch

Have fun with the Knickers for Chloë pattern!

Click here to download the free pattern for Knickers for Chloë!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for Knickers for Chloë!

August 19, 2011

Chloë’s Cardigan – Free Pattern

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Here is Miss Chloë’s cardigan for you. I dream about lots of little extras for Chloë in the future. She is a girl who is just getting started.

Here is some information you might like to know about Chloë’s Cardigan:

 

Size: To fit the Chloë doll in the book, Spud & Chloë at the Farm (The pattern for Chloë is only found in the book, Spud & Chloë at the Farm.)

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 1 hank in Lake #7504

Needles: US size 7, 24-inch circular or straight needles to work back and forth and a set of four double-pointed needles or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Materials:

Yarn needle

Stitch markers

Scissors

Scrap yarn

Ruler or tape measure

 

This a fast and fun little knit with no seams, only a 3-needle bind off at the shoulder seams. The sleeves are picked up and knit down. It really couldn’t be easier.

Have fun! Maybe Chloë could have stripes or a little fair isle or a flower or two embroidered on… you decide!

Click here to download the free pattern for Chloë’s Cardigan!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for Chloë’s Cardigan!

April 8, 2011

Oink ~ Free Pattern

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

After an overwhelmingly positive response for the Oink preview and for adding wings….. here he is! This project is so fast to work up you will barely blink an eye and a pig will be flying around your house. I promise.

Oink’s body has a Hi Bounce Pink Ball inside but it is optional. You could also use fiberfill for stuffing instead of the ball. The ball inside is fun though. Here is a link to purchase the Hi Bounce Pinky Ball.

Here is some information you might like to know:

 

Finished Measurements:

3 ½ inches tall by 2 ½ inches wide

Yarn:

Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 160 yards/100 grams), 1 hank each in Watermelon #7512, Popsicle #7501 and Igloo #7517 (optional for the wings only)

Needles:

US size 5 double pointed needles, set of 4 or size to obtain gauge

Tools:

Yarn needle

Scissors

Tape measure or ruler

Polyester fiberfill (small amount)

Hi-Bounce Pinky Ball (optional and available on Amazon.com)

Black embroidery floss

Stitch marker

Gauge:

6 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

 

Pigs really do fly! Well, this one does at least.

Have fun and hopefully Oink will bring some smiles to you and those around you.

Click here for the Ravelry project page for Oink!

Click here to download the free pattern for Oink!

August 12, 2010

Flamingo – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Okay, I’ve got a cute one for you today. I’ve been putting out some sneak peeks on Twitter and Facebook yesterday (please join me on both – see the top of the blog sidebar for links). The response was huge! I didn’t know everyone needed a Flamingo but now I do. What a fun and fast knit. The Hi-Bounce Pinky Ball inside the body makes for a great shape and a great bounce. My daughter could not stop with the bouncing flamingo yesterday. You can bounce this one standing up and it will bounce high enough that you can catch it.

Here is some information you might like to know:

 

Finished Measurements:

3 inches wide (including the wings) by 5 inches tall (with the head curved over)

Yarn:

Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45 % organic cotton; 160 yards/100 grams), 1 skein each in Watermelon #7512, Ice Cream #7500 and Popsicle #7501

Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton (100% organically grown cotton; 150 yards/100 grams), 1 skein in Ink #613

Tools:

US size 5 double pointed needles, set of 4 or size to obtain gauge

Yarn needle

Scissors

Tape measure or ruler

Polyester fiber-fill

Pinky Hi-Bounce Ball  (optional if you prefer to stuff the body with fiberfill)

Black embroidery floss

Stitch marker

2 pipe cleaners

Gauge:

6 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

 

The wings and tail use a simple picot edging bind off. I have a video tutorial available on how to do this technique if you are interested.

Click here for the video tutorial!

The legs and tail help to balance the body so it can sit up nicely. Play around with the placement of these pieces so your Flamingo can sit up on its own.

The reason the Hi-Bounce Pinky has an optional after it on the pattern is because you could also just stuff the flamingo with fiberfill if you don’t want the ball inside. That works fine, too. The Hi-Bounce Pinky Balls can be found at many local toy shops but they are also available for online order on Amazon.

Click here for the Hi-Bounce Pinky Ball link to Amazon!

Click here for the downloadable pdf pattern for Flamingo

Click here for the Ravelry page for Flamingo!

Have fun with your Flamingo knitting. Enjoy.

March 20, 2010

Mini-Reversible Duck to Bunny – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I wanted to be sure to get this pattern up in time for you to whip up a few before Easter and the spring season in general. I originally designed the Duck to Bunny toy as a teaching project for a few classes I was holding on my last book tour. It is a very small toy, measuring about 3 inches high, yet the project packs in every skill you need to make all of the toys in my book. It’s the perfect project for anyone interested in tackling some fun toy knitting projects. If you are already familiar with toy knitting techniques, you are set to make a super-fast and cute reversible toy. Now that my tour is over and my teaching is over for a long time I want to share this fun mini-reversible toy with all of you.

The Duck to Bunny is knit up in Spud & Chloë Sweater and will literally take you a couple of short hours to make.

Here is some information you may like to know about the pattern:

 

Finished measurements: 3 inches tall by 2 inches wide

Yarn:

Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards) 1 skein each of Ice Cream #7500, Firefly #7505 and a small amount of Pollen #7508

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

Materials:

Small amount of fiberfill

Scissors

Ruler or tape measure

Yarn needle

Black embroidery floss

 

Everyone loves these little friends. This toy makes the perfect baby, child, or even adult gift this spring. It uses a small amount of yarn so you can use up you leftover Spud & Chloë Sweater. Have fun with this little set of spring time friends.

Isn’t that a happy little face? Proof is in the pudding!

Click here for the link to the Ravelry page for the Mini-Reversible Duck to Bunny!

Click here to download the free pattern for the Mini-Reversible Duck to Bunny!