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Monday, April 30, 2012

Z is for ZOO ANIMALS

GIANT PANDA
This is the final day of the A to Z Challenge and, you guessed it, the letter is "Z".  I have searched out some links for some wonderful free patterns of Zoo Animals for you to click on and use.  This first is this absolutely adorable giant panda and I'm sure you know someone you can make this for!!!

ANIMAL SWEATER
For you intarsia lovers, remember we had a tutorial on that, here is a zoo animal sweater that almost any kid would love to have.  When I get a handle on intarsia (should I live long enough) I'll be making it too.   They use Cascade 220 washable yarn which is one of my all time favorites to work with. 




ELEPHANT
Now for another cute stuffed animal for the family zoo, you can't beat this wonderful elephant.  The pattern is also called "easy" so let's hope that's true.  

MONKEY

 Finally, we have the adorable monkey who would be welcome in anyone's zoo. 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CLICK ON TITLES TO LINK TO PATTERNS.


Pirate Knitting will be here even without the challenge.  My next challenge is to consolidate all the patterns I've listed for you to find easily whenever you want.  We'll always be looking for more so definitely STAY TUNED. 








Saturday, April 28, 2012

Y is for YOKES

YOKED BABY SWEATER
The letter for today is "Y" and the links are all going to be for free patterns of yoked sweaters.  What is a Yoked sweater you may ask?  This is a sweater that is mainly done in stockinette or other even stitch, but around the neck there is a decorative stitch as in the baby sweater above.

Often, the yoke is done in a stranded color pattern, like this child's sweater:

SHEEP YOKE CHILD'S SWEATER
Now in case you've been wondering if yoked sweaters are only for children, here are some lovely designs that you might want to make for yourself.
YOKED TUNIC
CABLE YOKE CARDIGAN

There you have it.  These are some wonderful free patterns that you can make without breaking any YOKES (o.k. bad joke)!!!

CLICK ON THE TITLES TO LINK TO THE FREE PATTERNS. 

Friday, April 27, 2012

X is for X BONES

SKULL & CROSSBONES SCARF
Well, for "X" day what is better on "Pirate Knitting" than CROSSBONES.  I found these free patterns so you can get your pirate on and knit some great crossbone items.  The scarf above looks really great, although might be the easiest project around.

SKULL & CROSSBONES DISHCLOTH
Of course, I have to find some dishcloths and this one seems to be the easier of the two as it doesn't involve color changing, and it will make a great Halloween gift.  

SKULLY DISHCLOTH






Of course if you look in the archives of this blog you will see many, many other crossbones patterns, this is of course, "Pirate Knitting".

However, you can never have too many hat patterns and this one is a great one for this kids.
ADRIAN'S SKULL CAP

DON'T FORGET TO CLICK ON THE TITLES TO GET THE FREE PATTERNS!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for VEGETABLES

CORN

Yes, you can eat your vegetables and knit them too.  Today's linked free patterns are for the cutest and most unbelievable knitted vegetables EVER.  Your kids might even eat veggies if they have a stuffed knitted one, like the adorable piece of corn above.  

MUSHROOMS WITH EYES
Now for the most adorable mushrooms with eyes:    O.K. they are just a little bit creepy, but think of the possibility of knitting up a whole salad and it will never wilt and go bad. 

CLICK ON THE TITLES TO LINK WITH THESE GREAT PATTERNS. 


Now the most adorable baby hat that is, of course, a vegetable and not only that it looks pretty easy (one of my favorite things).

EAT YOUR VEGGIES BABY HAT


Finally, not to leave the drinkers out of this "good for you" eating knit fest.  That's right, it's an OLIVE!!!  I have not yet found the pattern for the knitted Martini though.

OLIVE (without a martini)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

U is for UNUSUAL PATTERNS

FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER

As you can see from the picture, U is for Unusual patterns, although some of them are a little bit more useful than this one.  

DEAD FISH HAT
It probably doesn't get more unusual than this dead fish hat, although you can bet that the kids will love this.  Don't forget to CLICK ON THE TITLE to link to the pattern.


WINGSPAN
This next one could be a cowl or a shawl or even a scarf, it's shape is what makes it unusual enough for this post.  Using variegated yarn as in the picture really makes this pattern pop .


Finally, in the unusual category, we come to the very pretty dragon scarf.  The edges look like dragon scales.  This is a fun pattern.

DRAGON SCARF

  CLICK ON TITLES FOR PATTERN LINKS.

Monday, April 23, 2012

T is for TOWELS

BASKET RIB HAND TOWEL

Today I am linking you to free patterns for TOWELS.  This are great to make in the summer as they are generally made with cotton yarn and these towels turn out to be surprisingly absorbent.  I know that I'll be putting some these on my needles very soon and of course, will show you the result right here on Pirate Knitting.  

If any of these light up your eyes and make you get your needles out, CLICK ON THE TITLE to link with the wonderful designers who came up with these.  

SIMPLE HANGING TOWEL

Here you will notice that this pattern says "Simple" and while I haven't read the pattern yet, I know it will not be real simple for me.  I do want to make it though and if you do, CLICK ON THE TITLE.


The next towel has a great design and it looks like it will be thirsty like the Red Pepper one I put up previously.  This one is also going my needles soon and yes, CLICK ON THE TITLE to get the pattern.

GRIDDED KITCHEN TOWEL


And finally for the last towel, I picked another towel that looks to have great absorbency and yet not too hard to make.  This is another one that is headed toward my needles this summer.

RIPPLE HAND TOWEL


CLICK ON THE TITLE


When you go to the links of these wonderful patterns, remember to take a look around because these designers just don't create just one thing.  If you find something great, let me know.  

Saturday, April 21, 2012

S is for SIMPLE SOCKS

PIRATE ARRRGYLE SOCKS


Today's bevy of  free patterns is for socks.  Now I must be honest, I don't know how to make socks and there are many ways you can do it, toe up, magic loop, four double pointed needles, etc.  That being considered the patterns I have put up today are for BEGINNER SOCKS, or at least that's what they say in their titles (except for the pirate socks above).

I have also included a video (part 1) on magic loop sock knitting which is the kind that I intend to learn so here we go:




This first pattern is a beginner pattern for magic loop socks.  The pattern
says that they can be "Toe up or Toe down" and although I'm not sure what that means, it looks like there is a choice which is always a good thing. You can discover what method you enjoy the best. 

BEGINNER SOCKS TEACHING


These second socks are done on double pointed needles and the pattern bills itself as being a "teaching" pattern which sounds good to me.  I know pretty much that I don't have the dexterity for double pointeds except in a very small area like the top of a hat, but some people swear by them.  Give these a try and let me know how they go.


SUPER SIMPLE SOCKS
For the final pair, the designer says that they are "the most basic
sock pattern you can get" and that sounds wonderful to me.

REMEMBER TO CLICK ON THE TITLES FOR THE PATTERNS. 

R is for RABBIT

SOCK BUNNY

The free patterns and projects that I have for you today involve RABBITS.  The adorable one in the top picture is from RAVELRY and is the rabbit form of the sock monkey.

The next one is dear to my heart as I love Asian art and it is a neat design that someone is willing to give the free pattern for; a Year of the Rabbit Hat.
RABBIT BOOKMARK

YEAR OF THE RABBIT HAT
Bookmarks are great to make because they are small, relatively quick and you can practice techniques.  This one is a good one to practice DOUBLE KNITTING on.








And finally, if you want to make a great toy for your cat or cats, here is the Catnip Bunnies, all in a bunch and filled with catnip.   

CATNIP BUNNIES

CLICK ON TITLES FOR FREE PATTERNS. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q is for QUILTS (knitted that is)

BUTTON QUILT

Today's letter is "Q" and so I've searched out some free patterns for you under Quilts.  What, you might say, is the difference between quilts and afghans, usually it's just terminology in knitting, however, I have found some knit quilts that look like actual quilted quilts. 

PATCHWORK BABY BLANKET
Check them out, first we have a patchwork baby blanket, which is a series of not too difficult squares, and as it is a baby blanket, not too many squares.  I would pick brighter colors in mine.   

The Windmill Quilt was chosen because it looked like it was done almost all in garter stitch, which may be boring but is easy and could be a nice "in front of TV" piece to make. 

WINDMILL QUILT 


Now for another baby blanket (they're cute and they do get finished faster than adult sized quilts).

TEXTURED BABY BLANKET









The best thing about doing quilts in the summer is you only have to carry around a small piece at a time.  REMEMBER TO CLICK THE TITLES FOR THE FREE PATTERNS.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

P is for POTHOLDERS (and double knitting)



STAR TREK POT HOLDERS

P is for Potholders which are great things to knit in the summer.  I have have a cute (not free) pattern that I ordered from Knit Picks and will post when I ever finish it.  One thing about pot holders is that you want them to be thick so that you can pick up a "pot" without feeling the heat.  

The method used in knitting these potholders is called DOUBLE KNITTING, and I have NEVER done it, but will be so I've found a tutorial for it and have posted it below.  It doesn't seem too hard, but those could be famous last words:  OK let's learn DOUBLE KNITTING:



Now that we are all experts at DOUBLE KNITTING, here are the free patterns that I found to highlight in today's blog.  REMEMBER CLICK ON THE TITLES TO GET TO THE FREE PATTERNS!

TEA POT DOUBLE KNIT POTHOLDERS
HEART DOUBLE KNIT POTHOLDERS


FROG DOUBLE KNIT POTHOLDER

COFFEE AND TEA DK POTHOLDERS

O is for OLYMPIC PATTERNS

OLYMPICS RINGS 2012 DISHCLOTH
Well if I hadn't been watching the Stanley Cup Hockey playoffs (or watching my husband watching them), I would have forgotten that this is indeed an Olympic year and the Summer Olympics would be on NBC from London in a few months.  Thus, I figured that there must be some Olympic patterns out there and the first one I found was the dishcloth which I am going to put onto my needles tonight.  Not only will it be a great dishcloth, hey, but a keepsake.  

Olympic knits, however, tend to lean toward the Winter Olympics (who wants to knit a bathing suit) so I've found some FREE PATTERNS (remember to click on the titles) for hats and scarves also some wonderful ones from the Special Olympics.  
OLYMPIC NECKLACE
SPECIAL OLYMPICS SCARF





SPECIAL OLYMPICS LOGO SCARF


Enjoy, now I've got to go cast on that Olympic dishcloth!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

N is for NAPKIN RINGS and more

CABLE NAPKIN RINGS
Well, as I was roaming around Ravelry trying to find some free patterns for the letter "N", I came across these interesting napkin ring patterns that also have other things like egg warmers with them.  I've never thought of making these for myself (I don't think I own a napkin ring), but they make make a nice gift for those who do own them.  Below I have a pattern for a lacier table set and also, since now is the time to do it, one for the Christmas table setting.

LACY NAPKIN RINGS 

CHRISTMAS TABLE ACCESSORIES



Now the final pattern is a FISH SERVIETTE, I have no idea what this is but I really liked the knitting pattern and I'll bet it will be easy to transfer to something else.  

FISH SERVIETTE PATTERN