Pick up a free pheasant

A pheasant as a present - you need to make one for Christmas just so you can use the pun!
The link to your **FREE** pattern is here

AUCTION TIME

Hello - why is it that blogs (speaking for myself I'm ashamed to admit) get sooo neglected - I'm going to try and post once a week from now on (even written it in my diary)...
First up for this week (so far, so good!!) is to tell you about the auction I have for my one-off knitted Peter Rabbit: knitted in pure wool and alpaca yarn so it’s very pure and cuddly and very soft, he stands 30cms/ 12ins tall, stuffed with toy filling and is fitted with toy safety eyes although I would recommend that it is not suitable for a baby because of this.
The auction is open to everyone everywhere and you can place your bid in the comments section on my Instagram @dotpebbles_knits grid if you'd like to try and buy... 



 

Instagram

Plenty of Instagram inspiration for you @dotpebbles_knits  - plus I've a free kniting pattern coming your way next Friday 7th September.... It'll be something white...

Free today....

Look what I found in my garden!  - Ok, so I knit it - but you can too - it's June's #freebeefridayknits and it's a free pattern for today only - here's the link to Ravelry
 


FINISHED SIZE Similar to a hen’s egg!  
YARN    Small amount of any dk or sport yarn (or 4-ply, aran or chunky) depends how
               small or large you’d like your egg to be! I used Quince and Co. and Drops
               Lima from my stash
NEEDLES  For the yarn I used - 3.25mm/ size 3
EXTRAS     Toy filling or scraps fabric, yarn for stuffing

Cast on 4sts
Row 1 inc) Kfb into each stitch - 8sts
Row 2 K
Row 3 inc) [K1, kfb] 4 times - 12sts
Row 4 K
Row 5 inc) [K2, kfb] 4 times - 16sts
Row 6
K
Row 7
inc) [K3, kfb] 4 times - 20sts
Rows 8 - 9 Garter stitch 2 rows.
Row 10 inc) [K4, kfb] 4 times - 24sts
Rows 11 - 12 Garter stitch 2 rows
Row 13
inc) [K7, kfb] 3 times - 27sts
Row 14 K
Row 15 inc) [K8, kfb] 3 times - 30sts
Rows 16 - 17 Garter stitch 2 rows
Row 18 inc) [K4, kfb] 6 times - 36sts
Row 19 K
Row 20 dec) [K4, skpo] 6 times - 30sts
Row 21 K
Row 22 dec) [K3, skpo] 6 times - 24sts
Rows 23 - 24 Garter stitch 2 rows
Row 25 dec) [K2, skpo] 6 times - 18sts
Row 26 K
Row 27 dec) [K1, skpo] 6 times - 12sts
Row 28 K
Row 29
dec) K2 tog 6 times - 6sts
Cut the yarn leaving a length that’s long enough to use for the seam, thread the end through the stitches and pull up to gather the stitches together.

TO MAKE UP
This was the easiest way I found it to sew up:
Wrap the egg around the stuffing then sew up the seam - matching the shaping - working mattress seam - you can add a little more stuffing as you near the end of the seaming if it needs it.
Mould the completed egg with your hands to create that perfect egg shape.
Decorate your eggs at will - I simply embroidered on a few straight stitches radiating around some French knots and or some lazy daisy-ish flowers @dotpebbles_knits 'my stories'
- but really anything goes... they look lovely plain too!

Rabbits!

I'd like to say Spring-time bunny but somehow Spring still seems a very long way off - anyway... here's a bunny of sorts - free today only - before rabbit run, rabbit, runs... Pattern is here


... a little free squirrel

as part of my once a month free pattern aka #freebeefridayknits 
but only free for a day - grab the pattern here - Ravelry
 

A little light squirrel painting...

I had a beautiful wooden box of water colours given to me for my 50th (last July!) - time I got them out...

A bird in the hand...

is always a good thing - especially if it's a free pattern - which it is.... because today it's #freebeefridayknits January! 
Pick up your pattern here - but remember it's only free for a day!
Oh... and Happy Friday!



Happy Christmouse...

...And thank you for all your support and encouragement regarding my knitting and patterns throughout the whole of this year... I'm looking forward to next year's knitting - have ordered and had my yarn already delivered! And there will be more #freebeefridayknits too...
So - a Very Happy Christmas to all of you.... Claire
xx
Mouse pattern here

December -

That's a magic word... must be, because say it and it conjures up and evokes so many glittery and shiny feelings and thoughts of wondrous things.
For this magical month's #freebeefridayknits I've chosen to knit a barn owl - I've seen a few flying around here (my home in Cornwall) and even once saw one perched on a fence right outside my kitchen window, that was truly special.
... I love all owls but this little character is my personal favourite... and what characters they are - I hope I've captured something of it in my homage to... the pattern link is here - Ravelry/dotpebbles
She/ he is knitted all at once - joining on and picking up stitches as you go... I've added a detailed and photographic 'how to make up' section and you could always email me if you get stuck!


 

Woodland Collection

Hello - another month... I do actually like November - I know it brings the cold, damp and dark days but that for me signifies cosy warm fires, warm soups, thick wooly jumpers and family togetherness... and of course the pending suspense that is Christmas... bring in the woods - knit your own for free! - the pattern is here but is only free for a day...

Chunky just got chunkier...

Who isn't in love with the on trend chunky knits - who doesn't love their cloud soft-ness? Let me tell you - your little one-cup-teapot is in for a total treat!

Yarn - I used 1/2 ball Yarn and Colors Urban and 15mm US P Hook
Starting at the top make 3ch
Round 1 1ch, beg with 2nd ch from hook work 6dc (sc) - working either side of 3 ch so that's 3dc (sc) along one side, 3dc (sc) along the other. Place marker
Round 2 2dc (sc) in 1st, 1dc (sc) in next, 2dc (sc) in each next 2, 1dc (sc) in next, 2dc (sc) in last. 10dc (sc)
Round 3 2dc (sc) in 1st, 1dc (sc) in each next 3, 2dc (sc) in each next 2, 1dc (sc) in each next 3, 2dc (sc) in last. 14dc (sc)
Round 4 2dc (sc) in 1st, 1dc (sc) in each next 5, 2dc (sc) in each next 2, 1dc (sc) in each next 5, 2dc (sc) in last. 18dc (sc)
Spout and handle
Round 5 1dc (sc) in each next 9, turn and work in rows on one side as follows:
*Row 1 1ch, 1dc (sc) in each 9, turn
Rows 2, 3 & 4  as Row 1**
Cut yarn and fasten off.
Return to remaining 9 sts, pull yarn through 1st of 9dc (sc) to work the other side as before from * to **
Joining both sides
After working across last row, do not turn but carry on across your first side and then across the second so 1dc (sc) in each next 18 dc (sc). Fasten off

Fancy a fig?

We endulged on these fancy figs on our holidays - the ones I can buy here are not as jammy and sweet but still delicious and so beautiful to look at - objet d'art in themselves - I'm totally inspired by them hence this knitted version!

I used 3.75mm (US 5) straight needles with Drops Bomull-Lin yarn in off-white and embroidered with single strands taken from 6 stranded embroidery thread
Beginning at the stalk end
In MC cast on 5sts
Rows 1-3 Beg. with a p row st st 3 rows
Row 4 inc) K1, kfb 3 times, k1 - 8sts
Row 5 P
Row 6 inc) [k2, kfb] twice, k2 - 10sts
Row 7 P
Row 8 inc) [K1, kfb] 5 times - 15sts
Row 9 P
Row 10 inc) kfb 15 times - 30sts
Rows 11-17 Beg. with a p row st st 7 rows
Row 18 dec) [K4, k2 tog] 5 times - 25sts
Row 19 P
Row 20 dec) [K3, k2 tog] 5 times - 20sts
Row 21 P
Row 22 dec) [K2, k2 tog] 5 times - 15sts
Row 23 P
Row 24 dec) [K1, k2 tog] 5 times - 10sts
Row 25 P2 tog across - 5sts
Cut yarn, thread end through rem 5 sts, pull up and secure - mattress sew up seam stuffing at same time.
Work many short stitches in fig colour shades all over the fruit - there is no particular method as long as each stitch is worked in a similar direction - I think of it similar to machine embroidery only by hand!
Note: this makes a round fig - if you want the effect of a cut fig then push in one side as you work embroidery over it