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
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

September = fox

... at least it does here - here's your #freebeefridayknits pattern for this merry month - I do love September even though it means back to early mornings... pattern here by the way

Budgie blank...

Use this simple pattern as a platform to add your own freestyle embroidery to create your own 'knitted' pet budgie.... pop by my @dotpebbles_knits Instagram gallery for more pictures

I used 3.25mmm straight knitting needles with DK cotton yarn such as Scheepjes Catona or Paintbox Yarn, toy filling and 6mm toy eyes (try Ebay)

Beginning at the tail cast on 8sts
Rows 1 - 22 Stocking stitch 22 rows
Row 23 dec) K3, skpo, k3 - 7sts
Row 24 P
Row 25 inc) Kfb, k to last st, kfb - 9sts
Row 26 P1, pfb, p to last 2 sts. pfb, p1 - 11sts
Rows 27 - 32 inc) Rep last 2 rows 3 times  - 23sts
Row 33 inc) Kfb, k to last st, kfb - 25sts
Rows 34-50 Beg. with a purl row, stocking stitch 17 rows
Row 51 Skpo, k9, kfb, k1, kfb, k9, k2 tog
Row 52 dec) P2 tog, p to last 2 sts, p2 tog - 23sts

... short rows to shape the head
Short row 1 K17, with yarn in front sl next st purl-wise onto RH needle, with yarn in back, sl st back onto LH needle, turn (WTk - wrap and turn knit)
Short row 2 P11, with yarn behind sl next st purl-wise onto RH needle, with yarn in front, sl st back onto LH needle, turn (WTp - wrap and turn purl)
Short row 3 K10, W+T
Short row 4 P9, W+T
Short row 5 K8, W+T
Short row 6 P7, W+T
Short row 7 K6, W+T
Short row 8 P5, W+T
Short row 9 K4, W+T
Short row 8 P3, W+T
Short row9 K2, W+T
Short row 8 P1, W+T
End short row K12 sts to end

Row 53 dec) P2 tog 5 times, p3tog, p2 tog 5 times - 7sts
Cast off.

Match then mattress stitch the row ends to join along the front of the body - stuff the body through the open cast off end at the head - at the same times adding the eyes - then mattress join the cast off edge to form the front of the head.
Along this front of head seam work a single long stitch then over that stitch work buttonhole stitch.

A five star knit for a starry July...

Hi - another month!
And another knitted pattern for you for free today only #freebeefridayknits on Ravelry
I love July... not only is it my birthday month but also it reminds me of school holidays of old... warm evenings, tennis, lighter evenings... ah halcyon days - you know those days when the sun shone endlessly! 
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little grey elephant for you

Here's another pattern to use up your stash...
Elephant Pattern
Cast on 31sts in DK, sportweight or 4 ply yarn and with appropriate sized needles - this little sole was knitted in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino on 3.25mm needles
Row 1 K31
Row 2 inc) K14, kfb, k1, kfb, k to end - 33sts
Row 3 inc) K.
Row 4 inc) K15, kfb, k1, kfb, k to end - 35sts
Row 5 inc) K.
Row 6 inc) K16, kfb, k1, kfb, k to end - 37sts
Row 7 inc) K.
Row 8 inc) K17, kfb, k1, kfb, k to end - 39sts
Row 9 inc) K.
...short rows for feet - Side A
*Short row 1 K4, w+t
Short row 2 K4
Short row 3 K3, w+t
Short row 4 K3
Short row 5 K2, w+t
Short row 6 K2
Short row 7 K1, w+t**
End of short rows for Side A dec) Cast off 7sts, k10, kfb, k1, kfb, k to end -  34sts
...short rows for feet - Side B
Rep as for Side A feet short rows 1 - 7 from * to **
Row 10 dec) Cast off 7sts, k to end - 27sts

Short row 1 K13, W+T
Short row 2 K12, W+T
Short row 3 K11, W+T
Short row 4 K10, W+T
Short row 5 K9, W+T
Short row 6 K8, W+T
Short row 7 K21, W+T
Short row 8 K10, W+T
Short row 9 K9, W+T
Short row 10 K8, W+T
End of short row 11 K to end

Row 11 dec) Skpo, k to last 2 sts k2 tog - 25sts
Row 12 K
Row 13 dec) Skpo, k10, kfb, k to last 2 sts k2 tog - 24sts 
Rows 14 - 16 Work 3 rows garter stitch

Row 17 inc) Cast on 8 sts, k across - 32sts
Row 18 inc) Cast on 8 sts, k across - 40sts
Rows 19 - 26 Work 8 rows garter stitch
Row 27 dec) Cast off 12 sts, k to end - 28sts
Row 28 dec) Cast off 12 sts, k to end - 16sts

Row 29 inc) Kfb, k3 (place stitch marker for ear) K3, skpo, k3 (place stitch marker for ear) K3, kfb - 17sts
Row 30 K
... short rows to shape top of head
Short row 1 K16, W+T
Short row 2 K15, W+T
Short row 3 K14, W+T
Short row 4 K13, W+T
Short row 5 K12, W+T
Short row 6 K11, W+T
Short row 7 K10, W+T
Short row 8 K9, W+T
Short row 9 K8, W+T
Short row 10 K7, W+T
Short row 11 K6, W+T
Short row 12 K5, W+T
Short row 13 K4, W+T
Short row 14 K3, W+T
Short row 15 K2, W+T
Short row 16 K1, W+T
End of short rows 17 K to end of row.

Row 31 dec) Skpo, k13, k2 tog - 15sts
Row 32 dec) K1, skpo, k9, k2 tog, k1 - 13sts
Row 33 dec) Skpo, k9, k2 tog. 11sts
Row 34 K
Row 35 dec) Skpo, k7, k2 tog - 9sts
Rows 36 - 37 Work 2 rows garter stitch
Row 38 dec) Skpo, k5, k2 tog - 7sts
Rows 39 - 41 Work 3 rows garter stitch
Row 42 dec) Skpo, k3, k2 tog - 5sts
Rows 43 - 45 Work 3 rows garter stitch
Cast off, leave a long tail end for sewing up.

EAR side A
With the back of the elephant facing you, begin at the stitch marker on your right, pick up 4 sts
*Row 1 inc) Kfb, k to last st, kfb - 6sts
Row 2 K
Row 3 inc) K to last st, kfb - 7sts
Row 4 K
Row 5 inc) K to last st, kfb - 8sts
Row 6 K
Row 7 inc) Kfb, k to last st, kfb - 10sts
Row 8 K

... a few short rows to shape the ears
Short row 1 K9, w+t
Short row 2 K8, w+t
Short row 3 K7, W+T
Short row 4 K6, W+T
Short row 5 K5, W+T
Short row 6 K4, W+T
Short row 7 K3, W+T
Short row 8 K2, W+T
Short row 9 K1, W+T
End of short rows 10 K to end of row.
Cast off**.
EAR side B
With the front of the elephant facing you, begin at the stitch marker on your right, pick up 4 sts
Work as Ear Side A from * to **

Join all seams with mattress seam -
Beginning at the cast off edge at the trunk - fold in half and join. Then sew along the trunk and head.
Fold each fore leg in half across the row end and join.
Join along the belly.
Fold each rear leg in half across the row end and join - easing the shaping against the straight edge to create a foot shape. Join in between the legs at the belly.
Stuff the elephant with spare yarn.
Join along the back - cast on - seam from foot to tail - for the tail leave a short length hanging down after you’ve secured the yarn at the end of the seam and with a sewing needle tease a little of the yarn to create a frayed edge.

'tis the season to eat strawberries...

Or rather - 'tis the season to eat make strawberries...
So here's a simple free project for a sitting outside knitting kind of day...
Strawberries pattern
I used small amounts Paintbox Cotton DK in shades of red  and green with 3.25mm/ size 3 needles for mine
Cast on 19sts
*Row 1 RS) K3, turn
Row 2 WS) Slip 1 knit-wise, k2
Row 3 K9, turn
Row 4 Slip 1 knit-wise, k8
Row 5 K15, turn
Row 6 Slip 1 knit-wise, k14
Row 7 K12, turn
Row 8 Slip 1 knit-wise, k11
Row 9 K6, turn
Row 10 Slip 1 knit-wise, k5
Rows 11 - 12 Garter stitch 2 rows**
Rep last 12 rows from * to ** 3 times.
To join the cast on edge with live stitches on the needle you are now going to knit them together as you cast (bind) off, as follows:
Have cast on edge adjacent to the live stitches
*Tip of needle into the first ‘live’ stitch (as if to knit) then needle into first cast on stitch nearest to that (knit-wise), pull yarn through both stitches and onto the needle in the right hand*,  repeat from * to *  - 2 stitches are now on the needle in the right hand - cast off (first stitch over the second and off the needle), repeat so to knit the live stitch with cast on stitch and then cast off all along the row/ cast on edge to the tip of the strawberry. Fasten off.
Turn the strawberry right way out.
Stuff  then work a running stitch around the open edge at top of the strawberry, pull up to gather and close the top. Weave in the end.
Stamen - with green yarn work a ten spoke star shape across the top of the strawberry, work over the star again so that each spoke is two strands thick, weave the end into the middle of the star pull it through to RS and snip it for the stalk.
Work little short dashes with yellow/ ochre embroidery thread or fine yarn for the seeds - if you look at a strawberry the seeds are positioned in four dot diamond-shape symmetry.
And that’s it!

A little free Midsummer magic...

Now - who doesn't believe in unicorns?
The most elegant and dreamy of magical creatures - and apparently - only the pure of heart will ever see one!
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... don't fly away

 - it's one of those strange conundrums in life and a little paradoxical - you nurture, care and - to be analogical - give them wings. You want them to grow, be successful - leave home/ fly the nest but stay with you forever... there is no answer, you've just got to/ I've just got to go with it I guess...
Here's a link to this free 'flying away' pattern - but with a difference - for the wings I used Tyvek - a plant/ fibre based 'paper' although not a paper - but a fabric - it cuts like paper but you can wash it and try as you might - will NOT rip - anyhow - perfect for these little wings...
And the yarn - I used Scheepjes Bonbon crochet cotton on 2.25mm needles which I bought from Loop - I love them - (the yarn, the birds and my children)

Cheap sheep

 - well FREE actually... and a little Spring project for you
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Please find the pattern for this sheepish character in full, written below... baa, baa (not blah, blah!)

SHEEP by Claire Garland ©­­­       
FINISHED SIZE Approx. 26cm/ 10” in height
YARN 1 x 150g/ 90 yards Super Bulky yarn I used Cloudborn Highland Roving
NEEDLES Pair 7mm knitting needles
EXTRAS Toy filling and some sort of ballast (I used a beach pebble) – for the weighted base
Abbreviations at end of pattern

Special instruction - LS - Loop stitch
*Insert RH needle into next st as if to knit, yarn around back (as knit), pul yarn through (as knit) but don’t complete the stitch, i.e don’t take the stitch off the LH needle - instead bring working yarn to the front in between the stitch/ the two needles, wrap the working yarn around your LH thumb from left to right to create a loop then back through the needles/ in between the stitch. Insert the tip of the LH needle k-wise into the stitch on the RH needle, slip the stitch onto the LH needle, then with yarn at the back, knit the two first stitches on the LH needle together through the back of the stitches to lock the loop in place* 1 x  Loop Stitch completed.
Rep from * to * as per loop stitches needed

There is an excellent video on how to do this here - youtu.be/U1RBaqgLD5U - How to Knit Loopy Stitch - The Easy Way, Tutorial by Jessica Joy

Beginning at the nose
Cast on 5sts
Row 1 inc) K2, kfb, k2 - 8sts
Row 2 inc) K2, kfb twice, k2 - 8sts
Row 3 inc) K3, kfb twice, k3 - 10sts
Row 4 K
Row 5 inc) K4, kfb twice, k to the end - 12sts
Row 6 K
Row 7 inc) K5, kfb twice, k to the end - 14sts
Row 8 K
Row 9 inc) K1, kfb, k4, kfb twice, k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1 - 18sts
Row 10 K
Row 11 inc) K1, kfb, k6, kfb twice, k to the last 2 sts, kfb, k1 - 22sts
Row 12 inc) K9, kfb, k2, kfb, k to the end - 24sts
       ... add fleece effect to the top of the head
Row 13 RS) K7, ML 10 times, k to end
Row 14 K
Row 15 K6, ML 12 times, k to end
Row 16 K
Row 17 inc) K3, kfb, k1, ML 14 times, k1, kfb, k to the end - 26sts

       ... short rows to shape head back
Short row 1 WS) K25, bring yarn to the front of the work, slip next st purl-wise onto the right hand needle, take working yarn to the back, slip the slipped stitch back onto the left hand needle, turn the knitting, take working yarn to the back ready for knitting = W+T (wrap and turn)
Short row 2 K4, ML 16 times, k4, W+T
Short row 3 K23, W+T
Short row 4 K2, ML 18 times, k2, W+T
End short row K24 sts to the end of the row

Row 18 inc) K1, kfb, ML 22 times, kfb, k1 - 28sts
Row 19 K
Row 20 ML 28 times
Rows 21 - 24 Rep last 2 rows until you have reached the size you’d like.
Cast off in rib leaving a long tail end for sewing the seam.

EARS make 2 alike
Cast on 8sts
Row 1 dec) K2 tog, k to end - 7sts
Row 2 dec) K to last 2 sts, k2 tog - 6sts
Cut yarn, thread end through all remaining sts and use both tail ends to sew onto the side of the head.

Have the row ends adjacent and work mattress stitch from the cast off edge up to the cast on edge.
Stuff the sheep inserting the ballast at the base.
Mattress sew the cast on edge to close
Sew the cast on edge of the ears to each side of the head.

          K = knit   P = purl
          inc = increase   dec = decrease
          K2 tog = knit two together
                          Rep = repeat  
          RS = right side
                          SKPO = slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over the knitted stitch
                          St/ Sts = stitch/ stitches
                          Kfb = knit into front then into back of stitch to increase 1 stitch

May's #freebeefridayknits

... it's splishy and splashy and very cuddly
... and not only that it's FREE for 24 hours here - its also very straight forward to knit...
However - if you're reading this a few day away as I write - in other words missed its 'free ness' - then don't miss out ever again and sign up here - I'll only send out a newsletter a month with your free pattern attached and a link to its Ravelry page - http://www.instagram.com/dotpebbles/

Hopping and leaping about - why? It's Spring!

A Spring bunny for you - to put a bit of spring in your step - or certainly a hop in your step!
  • Perfect for your Easter table celebration!
  • Perfect to use up your small bits of stash!
…And all dressed up for you in his favourite sweater! PATTERN HERE AT THIS LINK

Blossom + Birds

= Blossom birds - a simple equation for Friday
And a simple pattern for #freebeefridayknits pattern here

Wish blossom would last forever?

Knit your own (my solution to everything.... well almost everything!)
 #freebeefridayknits free pattern for today is here!



Happy Friday - here's another #freebeefridayknitsWhat are your plans this weekend when you aren't knitting?


Wouldn't that be nice?  -
#freebeefridayknits free pattern here

Never a dull moment cushion

Flip it over and over - make life more interesting... ahh - it's the little things he he!!
Free for you today 'cos it's #freebeefridayknits again folks! Just click this LINK!

Pick up a... pigeon

interpret as you will - it's your #freebeefridayknits pattern for today!

where will your little pig be going?

... to market, to town - of just a staycation?
This weeks #freebeefridayknits is here

First blossom!

So excited - not only is it #freebeefridayknits Friday - and half term week - but this morning we awoke to find that our apricot tree had bloomed - this for us is the first sign of pending Spring - so a day to celebrate indeed!
Hope you enjoy making these leaves by the way! (free pattern here!)

first blossom...

It's hare again...

but bigger this time - I do love 'em... #freebeefridayknits pattern here
@dotpebbles Instagram for more pictures and more past #freebeefridayknits 

Hare we are again!

Fridays do come around at a swift pace these days... which is great - but I don't want to wish my life away... #freebeefridayknits free pattern {here} time - leaping hares this week (whatever next? - follow the feed to find out @dotpebbles

sheep on an hill

...aka sheep teacosy - I know, it's crazy, loopy, baa-king mad - but then who say's we have to take life seriously all of the time? - Free pattern - "HERE"

Bah! Even eggs feel the chill!

But for no longer, not with this sheepskin coat - keep warm and carry on!
 - #freebeefridayknits free pattern here - Ravelry

New Year - New #freebeefridayknits

 - well not 'New' as such - just more...