Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sheepy Applique: Free Knitting Pattern!

I'm so excited to share my very first knitting design!

Isn't it cute?! I was inspired by a super adorable Sheep Hat in the book 60 Quick Baby Knits which I recently knit up for an upcoming baby shower:
The chochet-look stitch is called the Trinity Stitch, and it gives the sheep an awesome, puffy, sheepy look. I wanted to make a little matching sheep that I could add to a baby sweater to go with the hat. For the sweater, I chose a simple pattern (Striped Outfit for a Striped Knight, available on Ravelry) and knit it in colours to match the hat. 
Here they are, hanging out like two sheep in a knitted meadow, lol:
To knit my little Sheepy Applique, you'll need less than 50yds of a worsted weight yarn in white, less than half that in a dark grey and some scrap black yarn for the eyes. Also, size 7 (4.5mm) needles.

Download the pattern for free! Perfect for adding to a sweater, bag, hat or just about anything that could use a little sheepy cuteness. If you make my little Sheepy, I'd love to see it! Feel free to use it however you'd like, but please give credit where it's due with a mention and/or a link back to me. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Teardrop Bag and Key-Keeper Coin Purse

Here are two more of the great bags from Amy Butler's Style Stitches book: The smaller sized Teardrop Bag, and the Key-Keeper Coin Purse. While I made them in matching fabrics, they're not really meant to use together, as the coin purse barely fits into the opening of the bag. When she calls it a key-keeper, she means it, you can easily fit your keys, a lip gloss, bank card and driver's license in this adorable little bag.

Speaking of fabrics, I just love these funky prinst I found at Fabricville a while back. I got them on clearance for $2.99/meter.

The bright lime in the remnants bin, just under a meter for less than $2. I used it as lining for both bags.

I didn't keep these bags, they were prizes during the Opening Celebration of a message board I help to run. I'm looking forward to using some of the fabric on a bag for myself really soon, though!